Who’s the Most Influential Rapper Alive: The Debate Continues

Published on February 13th, 2017

Who’s the Most Influential Rapper Alive: The Debate Continues

By Anji Cross

February 13, 2017


Wanna be Hip Hop culture enthusiasts don’t really have a clue, but they press their faces to the glass.  Wars and rumors of war via internet splash, The Plug, Ranker, and of course PHATincmag.com.

attends the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

Who is the GOAT (Greatest of All Time)? Complex.com says “The debate is strictly for the catalog artists, people who have shifted the culture in previously unmovable ways…” Who would be invited to be in “Rap’s hall of fame” if it existed? For sure it would be those whose prose, style, and kick has lasted or endure time, process, politics and change. Who is the most influential Rapper Alive? Urbaniquity (the flavor of the day) an acquired taste, sampled for the world – keeps the debate going. Ask DJBooth he will tell you that Drake while Okayplayer unequivocally boasts that Lil Wayne holds the “Most Influential” title. Clearly they set the stand for productivity and dollars clocked. But talent and prose open up a whole different argument.


The genesis of the Hip Hop culture was an orgasmic movement featuring tribal beat, simple rhyme, breakdancing and the loop and scratch of DJ mix-master skill.  One name, now history: Rappers Delight birthed an entire Genre we know as rap. Most influential and now pioneers of the movement which has lasted almost 40 years are:

Kurtis Blow (The Breaks), Grand Master Flash (The Message), Run DMC (It’s Like That), Public Enemy (Don’t Believe the Hype) and

NWA (Fuck the Police) – and there are many more.


But if you were to ask which rapper has been The Most Influential of All Times, one name comes to mind… hip hop legend Tupac Shakur. Tupac has contributed much!  To boast about his accomplishments, he was a poet, rapper, activist, record producer, actor (8 movies), and has sold over 75 million records worldwide and returned after death to perform as a hologram.  No one has done more.  Make sure to catch the highly anticipated biopic “All Eyez On Me” to be released on June 16th of this year.   


  1. Finally, “The Most inFluential Rappers of all time” as stated by several different sources may not be who you choose but …it’s always up to debate) are, in no particular order: Tupac and Notorious B.I.G., Eminem,  Nas, Ice Cube, JayZ, Snoop Dog, Dr. Dre, Rakim and Kendrick Lamar


By the way, since the world is watching their eyes were on the Grammys this weekend;


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