Kanye West

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Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching ...read more.


The most multitalented rapper on the list, easily number one. He is the greatest producer in the game currently and is possibly the most clever rapper around. He owns GOOD Music, THE most talented hip-hop label around, it includes rappers like KiD CuDi, Lupe Fiasco, Common (O. G. ), John Legend, Big Sean, Mos definitely, Pusha T, Consequence, and more. He "o the rap and the track, triple double no assists". His first three albums, which he produced, with out any assistance, and raped on, have gone double platinum or better and he's more recent albums are on track to do the same. Not only does he produce for his fellow members of GOOD Music, but also produces for huge names such as Jay-Z, his mentor, and Lil Wayne. He is a lyricist, a producer, and the GREATEST RAPPER ALIVE!

Mike shinoda bro, he has way more talents than Kanye. Nothing to put Kanye down though

It can't get any better than kanye west. He's a lyrical genius and always knows what he stands for. He's not like any other artist out there, his mind runs wild with art and creativity, he NEVER stops no matter what. The media seems to label him as heartless, an ass, and garbage but he's nothing like that. You need to look above and beyond him, listen to the "Last Call" on the college dropout album you'll definitely view him differently after peeping that but in a good way. The college dropout and my beautiful dark twisted fantasy are two of my favorite albums by him, just because he never really talks about living in the hood or having to live through a tough time as a child doesn't mean he's not full of knowledge and doesn't know how to rap. He's a very talented musician you just gotta look above him.

I listened to mbdtf and the other albums, why ain't he number one?
He's lyrics AND his productions! Perfectness!

Really... Mike Shinoda is above Kanye? This is list is really, really bad. MBDTF was one of the best albums of all time!

Every one of kanye west's albums has its own clear identity sonically. He also has the distinction of making a mid-career (and height of popularity) non-rap album... That actually succeeded. Very few rappers get outside of their comfort zone while being uncompromising as kanye west. In addition to that his production work on so many others' albums is stellar including but not limited to jay-z, john legend, talib kweli, mos definitely, common, the mad rapper, scar face, and those are just where he did the majority of an album.

Kanye West has produced and rapped the most diverse music of other artist I know out there. Kanye is a producer and a lyrical genius. He went from the up coming brother from Chicago, to a record setting, and to the spine chilling My Beautiful Dark Fantasy. That album showed a lot of people a kanye they never heard of, to the now famous Watch the Throne collab with Jay Z. So Before you put Hove up there and then forget about Ye. Make sure you fix this and put Kanye as equal to Jay Z.

Only the fact that he tends to be personally unlikable can explain Kanye being so low on this list. No other rapper in history has reinvented himself as many times as Kanye. Every single one of his albums is different from any other, yet they are all brilliant. On top of this, Kanye West perhaps has the broadest knowledge of music, across all genres, of any other rapper. Only Kendrick comes close in terms of innovation in the modern hip-hop game.

Kanye is not cheap as Eminem or similar rappers. He don't even have to follow the conventional minimum of "f", etctera, to be considered a genius. His songs are different, are masterpieces. He is a really artist and not an angry kiddo who grew up to discover that he could get some of the pain recovered by throwing dirt on others. Kanny is future, is elegance, is the new black! Eminem and similar ones are from last season.

Not only the best rapper of all time, but one of the truest artist this generation has ever seen. Kanye's musical knowledge shown in his samples and genius to put them together to make such amazing music is rarely seen in today's music industry. HE IS AN A******, but an more importantly, an artist. He has way more meaning to his raps than lil wayne and a better understanding of hip-hop as music, rather than a guy telling everyone that he thinks he is the s*** over some random beat.

Without Kanye West, Hip Hop would have been stuck in the 'gangsta' cycle for MANY more years. He opened up the door for alternative-style rappers to thrive and expanded the genre to much more than it had been. It's understandable if you don't agree with the way he acts sometimes but overall it's undeniable the amount of work he puts into his music. 21 Grammy's, Six number 1 albums in a row. Enough said

Kanye West may be known by haters as a selfish, horrible man with a big ego. These haters have never heard his songs. I mean, listen to the College Dropout album! Through the Wire, Never Let me Down, All Falls Down. My Beautiful Dark Fantasy! Lost in The World, All of the Lights, Dark Fantasy! Amazing songs. Kanye has won the Emmy for best rap album 3 times!. He's won the 47th, 48th, and 50th ones given out! Kanye is also probably the greatest producer ever! Kanye has fell down in the past years with his horrible Yeezus and Watch the Throne albums but Life of Pablo is bringing parts of his Old Style back!

Kanye is one of the most influential and original rappers ever, and he had an enormous impact on the game both trough his lyrics and production. I'll admit Eminem and Pac are betters rappers but I just had to tell people to download and listen to My beautiful dark twisted fantasy right now, its the best album I have ever heard, fan of kanye or not, PLEASE listen to it.

Kanye is clearly the front runner for best rapper of all time. He brought soul back to hip hop with his sick production skills, credited for the production of one of the best albums of all time (the Blueprint). Now, we're talking about best rapper not best producer, but now listen to his first three cds (College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation), you hear nothing but genius lyrically. His voice commands your attention. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy... Kanye decided to go Cold and Hard. Watch The Throne is some of his best work yet... As my boy Same Ole Slang says... "He's got people thinking, what the hell he gon do next!?!? " Kanye West > the field.

Kanye West is a legend. It's incredible that people don't see him as a rapper in at least the top 5... His musci is medicine for people who understand him. I think this is the problem, people who don't understand him think he's a douchbag, arrogant etc. Maybe he is, but he's just part of today's society! Kanye raps about what he feels and what he thinks, and doesn't care what people think about that.

And okay, maybe you can doubt about the question if he is one of the best rappers, but there is no one in history who can sample music as he. His songs are sometimes like art. Kanye West is a legend.

In all honesty, Kanye isn't my favorite rapper, and he isn't the best rapper of all time. HOWEVER, both he AND Kendrick Lamar deserve a place on the top 10. Kanye's production is probably the best of all time, A very prime example is My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, arguably his greatest album he's ever made. The musical production of that project was pure perfection, and the lyrics on some of those songs were top-notch. He's made many amazing hits throughout his entire career.

An artist that not only transcends the boundaries of hip hop but also music on a whole. Kanye's been in the game for a decade now and has managed to put out enough memorable, iconic songs that could make up 3 separate careers. You may have your problems with him and his personal life, but one thing is for sure, this man is a talent that won't be replicated.

Kanye West is the best rapper to ever walk on the earts surface, He is the realist rapper known to man. Kanye west has changed the way music is now and even though its changing he has remained to keep it real and speak the truth. He has worked with all of the best rappers in the game and has been in the game for a very long time. He should be the most respected rapper to these other clowns. His topics and themes of his music are always diffrent he talks about EVERYTHING. He had to deal with the the death of his mother and still manages to talk about other things. Most rappers would have wrote 100 songs on that one topic but he remained to give you diffrent topics.

Kanye West Deserves to be so much higher on the list then Lil Wayne. Kanye has broken down so many barriers of music, and done things that other rappers were too scared to do or say until Ye came along. Look at songs like Jesus Walks, I Am A God, the entire 808's and Heartbreak Album. Kanye West is a very famous under rated rapper according this list. And I won't be satisfied until he's top ten

Okay yes artists like 50 and em are great, but you have to give it up to kanye, not only is he a producer but he is a great rapper he has worked with a lot of artists that others wouldn't, he gives rap a different meaning. He raps with feeling and heart and a lot of people don't like his new stuff but kanye is kanye he deserves to be top ten.

Kanye West is a great rapper and he's very unique. His talent for rapping and making music is so natural that he could probably make a chart topping hit at any random time he wants. Additionally, the creativity that he has contributed to rap has changed music and what we perceive as rap music. He is also an excellent producer.

Unlike every other rapper on this, he is able to traverse various genres and styles, to produce what is altogether a far more rounded, well produced, classy rap style, which does not rely upon a low socio-economic background to act as a basis for EVERY SINGLE SONG. There are exceptions to this of course. Moreover, considering hip-hop is essentially the new rock, being the most creative innovative genre currently out there, as rock used to be, Kanye West is undoubtedly the most publicised. He most definitely holds the qualities of a rock star; out spoken, grandiose; but brilliant. Does this make him the greatest rock star currently active in the music world? Probably

Kanye West puts music back into the rap genre more than any other rapper out there. For this, he deserves the highest amount of credit than can be bestowed upon a rapper.

Really deserves at least top ten. Ye is one of the most controversial and honest rappers of this generation that never holds back in his music. The College Dropout was a masterpiece, only topped by the groundbreaking My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Two albums that really changed the way I view rap. Not hip-hop, REAL rap.

Kanye is by far, in my opinion, the greatest rapper, hip hop artist and producer there has ever been. His albums, freestyles and mixtape's all dropped, as well as Kanye bringing in so many great rappers such as Big Sean. The only other rapper who comes close or is on par is Jay Z.

Ye is the NWA of my generation. His first four albums can all be in the discussion of greatest albums of all-time. Period. He reinvented rap with his lyrics, beats, flow, and eventually fashion. His story alone about his first record label and losing his mom are iconic and produced some of the greatest albums ever.