When it comes to rap it seems that everyone has a different idea of who’s the GOAT. The creation of a list of a “Greatest Rappers of All Time” list is a mostly subjective process, although there are several names that consistently rise to the top. With the “Golden Age” of 80s and 90s hip-hop well behind us, there have been few rappers who have been worthy of being mentioned among the Mount Rushmore of rap. Hip-hop fans have been debating just who is the greatest rapper of all time for decades and now it’s our turn. We’ve covered The 10 Best Lyricists and the 10 Greatest Hip-Hop Acts and now we present Goliath’s list of The 15 Greatest Rappers of All Time. Remember, this list is subjective, so feel free to list your own top 15 in the comments and most importantly, enjoy!
15. Lauryn Hill
AKA: L Boogie
Region: East Coast
Resume: The Score (The Fugees) (1996)
Lauryn Hill may be most well known for her multi-platinum 1998 album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill but her early work with Fugees already had her in contention for the best female rapper of all time. Hailing from South Orange, New Jersey, Hill flirted with acting in the early 90s and landed roles on the TV show As the World Turns and the 1993 film Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit where she showcased her soulful singing skills. She joined the Fugees shortly after and released the albums Blunted on Reality in 1994 and the Grammy Award-winning The Score in 1996.
Lauryn’s ability to sing beautifully, combined with a steady flow of sharply delivered rhymes, makes her a talent the likes of which we’ve never seen before or since. Her wide array of skills are perhaps best displayed with her work on the track “Ready Or Not” where she is not only responsible for one of the 90s most memorable hooks, but also raps with the distinctive flow that has her “defecating on the microphone.” If not for her public breakdown in the late 90s and a subsequent prison stint, Lauryn Hill would most likely have been on track to become the greatest selling female artist of all time.