Certain jobs didn’t exist five or ten years ago. Think YouTube stars, video game testers, web developers and the hundreds of other modern gigs, where creatives thrive and find their calling. What if those jobs never came to fruition? What would those people be doing? More than likely, they’d be nurturing less-fulfilling roles and wondering where their talents went awry, all because of timing that was completely out of their hands.
Now, consider how many MCs have fallen into that hypothetical rut, in real life.
Think of all the MCs who fell apart too soon, gave up before their fans caught on, or simply came in at a time when technology didn’t allow their talents to flourish to the full extent. Many gifted artists fall under these circumstances, but unfortunately that’s just how the cookie crumbles for many of us, no matter what we do for a living.
Below are 10 rappers or groups that were ahead of their time, in one way or another. Had they hit the scene later, their careers — and hip-hop as whole — could’ve wound up completely different.