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Blaze Magazine – The 50 Greatest MCs Ever!

Blaze Magazine (February 1999)

The late Blaze Magazine’s 50 Greatest MC’s list. Their Top 5, Dead or Alive, pre-millenium:

  1. Rakim
  2. KRS-1
  3. The Notorious B.I.G.
  4. Big Daddy Kane
  5. LL Cool J

No Eminem (it was 1999) and my personal fav, no Ghostface (pre-Supreme Clientele).

I distinctly remember feeling a ways when this issue dropped that neither Guru (RIP) nor Black Thought made the cut. And Pharaohe Monche should never be last on any MC list. The rest of the field after the vid (courtesy of Moblito’s, because I damn sure was not about to type all those names out.).

6.Kool G Rap

7.Tupac

8.Slick Rick

9.Jay Z

10.Ice Cube

11.Grandmaster Caz

12.Chuck D

13.Run

14.Melle Mel

15.Nas

16.Too Short

17.Kurtis Blow

18.Posdnous

19.Kool Moe Dee

20.Redman

21.Lauryn Hill

22.Scarface

23.DMC

24.Busy Bee

25.Q-Tip

26.Common

27.Raekwon

28.Gza

29.The DOC

30.Kool Keith

31.Ice T

32.Treach

33.Dre (OutKast)

34.Doug E. Fresh

35.Grand Puba

36.Method Man

37.Snoop Dogg

38.Fresh Prince

39.Cee-Lo

40.Eazy E

41.MC Lyte

42.Busta Rhymes

43.E-40

44.Biz Markie

45.Ras Kass

46.Schooly D

47.Queen Latifah

48.Lord Finesse

49.MC Ren

50.Pharoahe Monch

July 16, 2010 - Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News, Scans | , , , , , , , ,

14 Comments »

  1. I remember buying this issue and even posting it here http://thimk.wordpress.com/2008/12/15/goat-redux/. They also reviewed the greatest producers as well. But these lists could easily change every few years or so. And it could largely be based on popularity at that moment in time(i.e., Lauryn Hill was #21 at the time).

    Comment by Vincent | July 16, 2010

  2. i remember this as well. i still have the blaze magazine with swizz and manny fresh on the cover.

    i thought their ratings system was dope too.

    Comment by ipoppedoff | July 16, 2010

  3. You forgot Jeru Da Damaja!!!!

    Comment by angel lugo | July 20, 2010

  4. Rakim
    KRS-1
    The Notorious B.I.G.
    Big Daddy Kane
    LL Cool J
    No Eminem (it was 1999) and my personal fav, no Ghostface (pre-Supreme Clientele).

    I distinctly remember feeling a ways when this issue dropped that neither Guru (RIP) nor Black Thought made the cut. And Pharaohe Monche should never be last on any MC list. The rest of the field after the vid (courtesy of Moblito’s, because I damn sure was not about to type all those names out.).

    6.Kool G Rap

    7.Tupac

    8.Slick Rick

    9.Jay Z

    10.Ice Cube

    11.Grandmaster Caz

    12.Chuck D

    13.Run

    14.Melle Mel

    15.Nas

    16.Too Short

    17.Kurtis Blow

    18.Posdnous

    19.Kool Moe Dee

    20.Redman

    21.Lauryn Hill

    22.Jeru Da Damaja!!!! i will put Jeru way before Scarface.

    23.DMC

    24.Busy Bee

    25.Q-Tip

    26.Common

    27.Raekwon

    28.Gza

    29.The DOC

    30.Kool Keith

    31.Ice T

    32.Treach

    33.Dre (OutKast)

    34.Doug E. Fresh

    35.Grand Puba

    36.Method Man

    37.Snoop Dogg

    38.Fresh Prince

    39.Cee-Lo

    40.Eazy E

    41.MC Lyte

    42.Busta Rhymes

    43.E-40

    44.Biz Markie

    45.Ras Kass

    46.Schooly D

    47.Queen Latifah

    48.Lord Finesse

    49.MC Ren

    50.Pharoahe Monch

    How can anybody forget Jeru Da Damaja?? from back in the days on Tony Touch, and when it was suppose to be Jeru, Biggie & DJ Premier in Bad Boy.

    But Puffy diz Jeru & Premier by signing Biggie only.

    Comment by angel lugo | July 21, 2010

  5. i remember having this mag and being surprised that they even had Andre 3000 on the list. but after all, this was at the height of Aquemini when it seemed like the rest of the world finally realized that Outkast…could rap. They put Big Boi on the honorable mention page.

    Comment by Maurice Garland | August 3, 2010

  6. Fuck tupac is tha greatest

    Comment by Roscoe | November 21, 2010

  7. WTF? Cee-lo?!?! where’s black thought? Pharoahe is that low? no DMX? no offense. top half i agree with, maybe switch kane and krs – but the bottom half needs work. Fresh Prince? GTFOutta here. Where’s Missy? She’s gotta be on that list.

    Comment by lydian martinez | February 25, 2011

  8. No Mos Def? LOL. Woops. That’s a head-slapper.

    Comment by Brian | October 2, 2012

  9. 1. Canibus 2. Biggie Smalls 3. ODB 4. RZA 5. Cappadonna 6. NAS To talk of lyricists without mentioning Wu Tang members is insane, they are acknowledged even by other rappers as the best lyricists of all time.My list is for strict lyricism. If you want overall qualities, it would be different, my new favorites are Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler the Creator. The rappers that are the most musical, with the best flow who fit seamlessly into the music when they rap, ., Jay Z is very musical, Biggie and Q Tip, best flows…best albums Cypress Hill would have to be in there for their first two, and NWA . absolute best shit talker Too Short. Best chroniclers of street life 1. Biggie 2. Ice T I mean it depends on what qualities you’re looking for, most avant garde Wu Tang and Odd Future, Killah Priest..best mix tape2012-13, Yo Gotti…best mix tape recently Chance the Rapper best beats, Drumma Drama, Jordan River Banks and kanye West best 2013 official album The Psychic World of Walter reed by Killah priest Best Chicago Rap Group The J Davis trio cant forget Prodigy, Bushwick Bill, Scarface…

    Comment by Chris | February 12, 2014

  10. Greatest group of all time who made Art, not just rap..nobody comes close to Wu Tang, ever. They are head and shoulders above the rest

    Comment by Chris | February 12, 2014

  11. Greatest sung hook of all time Thuggish Ruggish Bone, Bone Thugs in Harmony. Greatest takeover of a track and subsequent verse Cappadonna on Winter Warz…and I hate too repeat myself but no one talked more shit than Too Short

    Comment by Chris | February 12, 2014

  12. who dropped science? Public Enemy, X Clan, Poor Righteous Teachers

    Comment by Chris | February 12, 2014

  13. and dont forget Geto Boys …best french rap group NTM

    Comment by Chris | February 12, 2014

  14. best duo, method man and redman

    Comment by Chris | February 12, 2014


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