New York City as we know it is known to be the mother and father of hip-hop. But if you take a deep look into the eyes of the south it is undisputable that some of the best rappers that have ever lived came from the South. Here are the top five best southern rappers of all time in no particular order. This list is judged by impact on the culture of hip hop, lyrical skills, quality, and content, influence in their respected regions, consistency, substance and the main ingredient, the number of classic albums the artist has made.
Here is what I came up with …
1. Scarface – Without a doubt who can deny Mr. Scarface as being # 1 on this list. He is your favorite rapper's favorite rapper. He is by far the best from the South period. From the eighties through the 90`s he recorded several classics albums with the group Geto Boys; and in 1991 as a solo artist he made his first classic album "Mr. Scarface is Back". His ability to tell stories is that nothing short of a poet. He has collaborated with the late great Tupac Shakur, Nas, Jay Z, Bun B, Ice Cube, & KRS-One. With one Grammy award, & seven classic albums under his belt out of eleven, he by far deserves to be # 1 on this list.
2. Andre 3000 – One of the most amazing and underrated MC`s to ever breath on a microphone. He is the one rapper that everyone wants to cooperate with. In the 2009 issue of Vibe magazine Eminem was quoted as saying that Andre 3000 is the best rapper and Mr. Shawn Carter (Jay Z) himself calls Andre 3000 a genius. With movies, several Grammy awards and record setting multi platinum plaques on his resume. There is no denying his impact on the rap game itself as it relates to the South.
3. Bun B – This rap verse by Bun B "It's the big big rap fasorrio" by far was the best rap verse on Jay Z`s smash hit single "Big Pimpin off of Vol.3 The Life and Times of S. Carter. One half member of UGK (rest in peace Pimp C) Bun B has always been sick with the lyrical flow.
4. Lil Wayne – Arguably the hardest working rapper since the late great Tupac Shakur, no rapper at such a young age (except for Tupac) has more consistent than Mr. Carter (Lil Wayne) himself. The self-proclaimed greatest rapper alive has been has cranking out hits since the late 90`s with the group "Hot Boyz" and has won multiple Grammy awards as a solo artist. And last but not least Lil Wayne has continued to wow us with his non-stop work ethic & superior rap skills as an artist.
5. TI – The self proclaimed King of the South has been fighting for respect from hip hop fans and peers alike since he first stepped onto the scene way back in 2001 with his regional hit single "I'm Serious" featuring reggae sensation Beanie Man on Ghetto Vision records. Since then his resume has been nothing short of a work of art. From multi platinum plaques, to Grammy awards, to movies, TI has faught hard to establish himself as one of the best southern rappers that the South has produced. Even though many people do not agree with his claim as the King of the south. There is no denying that TI has taken hard to establish himself as one of the greats.