Posts Tagged ‘Magneto’

Magneto’s Top 10 Rappers Ever (Entrant 1)

Friday, July 16th, 2010
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And we’re down to the last one. Before we begin with the final entrant, I’d just like to address a few issues people have expressed about my rankings and the omission of certain artists. I expected that not everyone would like or agree with my list going in, and I’m fine with that. I knew people would say it’s rather “Cliché” and that is also a criticism that I was certain would be stated. However, one that people have misconstrued is that I made this list out of my PERSONAL favorite rappers. This isn’t about my favorites, this isn’t even necessarily a list of the most talented rappers, imo. It’s about the My Top Ten Rappers of Ever, based off a criteria that I laid forth, that I felt would give the most un bias result. Anyway, without anymore delay…Number 1..Jigga

1. Jay-Z

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The MC from Marcy Project that went on to become the most successful rap artist of all-time

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Magneto’s Top 10 Rappers Ever (Entrant 2)

Friday, July 2nd, 2010
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And we’re down to the final two. Deciding who would be ranked number one between the last two really difficult, because they end up with identical scores. What determined who was first and second, was then based off which ones of the four factors holds the most value in terms of who actually is the better rapper. For me, the combination of Material and Influence, which one ranked one point higher than the other in those categories which put him over the top. So without further adieu .. we are at number 2.
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2. KRS-ONE

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Live from the BRONX, NY KRS-One is considered one of the most controversial and contradictory rappers of all-time, but also maybe the best

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Magneto’s Greatest Rappers Ever (Entrant 3)

Friday, June 18th, 2010
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And we’re back, with another installment of the best rappers ever. We’re down to the final 3 rankings, and we will start with one of the most controversial MCs of all time. From a critical standpoint has released one, if not the greatest album ever, but to most has never lived up completely to the hype bestowed upon him once he made his first appearance. This rapper could have easily been ranked number 1, if it weren’t for a few terrible missteps in his career. Arguably the most respected and well versed MC in his generation …Escobar Season Returns ..

3. NAS

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The Queensbridge native is one of the greatest rappers to ever touch the mic

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Magneto’s Top 10 Best Rappers Ever (Entrant 4)

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
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Down to the final four slots, as now separation becomes even more miniscule. Before we begin, I’d like to thank everyone who drops feedback on, who read it every Friday, and overall those who support this blog. With that out the way, number 4 on the list, is a rapper, who I believe based off his talent, should actually be number 1. But with a lack of quality material over the last decade, it’s hard to put him at that level. With that said, he has still released enough great material over his 20 year career, to be on anyone’s top 5. The Legend .. The R..

4. RAKIM

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One of the greatest lyricists of all-time is the benchmark all rappers are measured to from a bar to bar perspective.

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Magneto’s 10 Greatest Rappers Ever (First Entrant)

Friday, April 16th, 2010
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When I originally thought of creating a list of the top 10 rappers ever, I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into. This process took a lot of time and effort, as I went back and listened to a lot of albums over the last few weeks. Some of these albums I know like the back of my hand I listened to them so much, and others I rarely if ever played. However, in order to get a truly accurate and non bias list of rappers who belonged on this list, I forced myself to sit through albums that are not just bad, but should not have even been released for public consumption.

After doing that, and making changes to the list about 5 times to finally get it right, I believe I created the most accurate top ten that can be made. Of course, that’s just in my opinion, I’m sure right off the bat there will be people who will disagree with rankings, and feel some of their favorites should’ve made the cut. When this ten week process is over, I will gladly explain to you why certain legends or other well respected rappers didn’t make it on the list.

I will be posting a new entrant onto the list every Friday, the rankings will be based off four main factors

Material – This includes everything from albums, mix tapes, unreleased tracks, features etc…Basically, any thing the artist made, that I heard, counts.

Longevity – How long was this rapper on top, and I don’t necessarily mean selling records, more about the quality of their releases and the ability to maintain their talent

Influence – The importance they had in the game and to other MCs

Skill level – Talent level of the rapper. How skillful was he in putting songs together, wordplay, rhyme schemes, vocab, etc…all the nerd shit us internet rap fans love.

Each one, will be graded by a score of 1-10 (10 being the highest) in each category, and will add up to a total score.

Without further adieu….

10. SCARFACE

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Coming straight out of H-Town, Texas, Scarface has been one of the most influential rappers of the last 20 years. A part of one of rap’s all-time greatest groups the Geto Boys, Scarface has created a legacy of music that stands up to any other southern artist ever.

Material – 8/10 – Scarface as a solo artists, as one undeniable classic which is The Diary, and another debatable one with his debut “Mr. Scarface is back”. His material with Geto Boys is what really puts him in the elite status as far as catalog of material goes, with Grip it! On That Other Level and Resurrection being their apex as a group. However, Scarface did a have a few missteps in his long career (The Untouchable, yeah, exactly) , and a period between 1996-2001 (The Fix) where it was pretty thin on memorable moments for Mr. Face.

Longevity – 8/10 It’s hard to find many rappers that can match Scarface in this department. Scarface has been rapping in the limelight for over 22 years, and only a 5 year period of mediocrity, before coming back with a great album (The Fix). Currently, he is coming back with another album, which I don’t have high hopes for in terms of quality, but if anyone should be given the benefit of the doubt …

Influence – 7/10 In today’s climate, Scarface’s impact isn’t really that felt because his legacy was created in another era. HOWEVER, ask any of your favorite rappers from the 90s where most of their ideas come from, and concepts for their album cuts, and it goes directly to Scarface and The Geto Boys. He has left a very strong influence on the game, and even though many of the rappers of the last decade may not be directly influenced by his material, the rappers they look up to are. In other words….Scarface is your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper.

Skill Level – 6/10 This is where Scarface takes a hit. While he has tremendous material, and has been very innovative, he lacked a lot in terms of raw talent. A lot of his rhymes were straight forward and simplistic, which is not a bad thing, when you have such a fearsome delivery that makes the lines come to life. However, when it comes to evaluating the skillfulness of putting these rhymes together, that causes issues for the Texas legend. As far as rhyme schemes, vocab and other technical aspects of rapping, he is far behind a lot of his peers on this list, and that knocks him down a few notches. One factor that does help is that he was one of the great cinematic storytellers in rap history. Every line is intricate part of the story, and he leaves you always entertained. That counts for a lot.

Overall, Scarface ends with a 29/40 rating.

Best song: Jesse James
Best album: The Diary

You Can Check CNN For The War Report

Friday, February 12th, 2010
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The first leak off the War Report 2 from CNN, featuring Imam and Musaliny. If the rest of the album sounds anything like this, we’re in for something special. Since CNN first made their appearance in 1996, they have gone through drastic changes (Arrests, label issues) but now they are back, and hopefully they continue to drop heat like this.


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