Billboard Names Jay Z ‘Greatest Rapper of All Time’

by Duchess Magazine

Billboard named American rapper, Shawn Corey Carter, also known as Jay-Z, as the greatest rapper of all time.

The major US entertainment journal, in collaboration with Vibe, published the list of the “50 Greatest Rappers of All Time” on Wednesday in honor of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary.

According to Billboard, the term G.O.A.T. is both a prestigious and contentious accolade when it comes to ranking who or what is considered to be the very best.

Kendrick Lamar, who has been in the rap game for three decades, was ranked second just behind Jay-Z.

“Billboard and Vibe editorial team limited the rap arena to North America and took into account; body of work/achievements, cultural impact/influence, longevity, lyricism and flow,” according to the methodology used to calculate the ranking.

“It took a lot of deliberation to compile this list, which it described as a well-thought-out, authentic list that reflects hip-hop’s foundational pioneers, evolutionary trailblazers and contemporary mainstays.”

Jay-Z has the most No. 1 albums in the Billboard 200 with 14, and he has sold more than 140 million albums altogether.

He co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records, amassed 24 Grammys, headed hip-hop’s Def Jam Records, developed a sizable entertainment/sports agency called Roc Nation, and launched the best-selling booze brands D’usse and Armand de Brignac.

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