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Billboard writers Steven J. Horowitz and Alex Gale have opened themselves up for scrutiny today by positing their list of the “10 greatest rappers of all time” — and as might have been predicted, outrage over their choices is flying fast and furious around the interwebs, with names like Snoop Dogg, T.I. and Jay Electronica crying foul (still waiting on Azealia Banks).
First, here's the list:
1. Notorious B.I.G.
2. Jay Z
6. Andre 3000
7. Lauryn Hill
8. Ghostface Killah
9. Kendrick Lamar
10. Lil Wayne
While the biggest gripes so far seem to be the absence of West Coast rapping legend Tupac and the allegation that No. 7 Lauryn Hill (the only woman on the list) doesn't have enough raps to even qualify, other notable omissions include Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Kanye West and current comeback queen Missy Elliott. Here are a selection of gripes from around the social medias:
Of all times?? No Cube no LL no Moe D no grand Puba no Kane no Pac no G rap Nas at #5 ???????????????????? no Common no Krs one no Chuck no Ice GTFOH
– SCARFACE (@BrotherMob) November 17, 2015
why is everyone so upset about the billboard list. upset over a top 10 list of rap greats written by these dudes? pic.twitter.com/cJDw3YJ6fi
– ??? ???? (@JayElectronica) November 17, 2015
Big Daddy Kane:
You guys are all that matter, so I don't need their validation. As long as y'all show love, I'm not concerned with Billboard, Source, etc…
– Dark Gable (@bigdaddykane) November 17, 2015
Then again, Ghostface Killah doesn't have a problem with it:
– Ghostface Killah (@GhostfaceKillah) November 17, 2015
Very big of him.