After having a fabulous dinner with Miss Kim (she's so funny), I made it home to watch BET's Top 10 Rappers of the 21st Century. Why?
Why did I subject myself to this waste of good TV time?
Looking at the panel, you'd think "Hey, these are some educated DJs on the cutting edge of music. They even have credible Hip Hop journalist and JD (that's Mr. Hit Maker, Jermaine Dupri). So it should be a good show with an all-star list." Ha! Liars!!!
First, the overall list comprise of faux rappers, ie Drake, and crap rappers, ie Gucci Mane left off Jay-Z, Nas, Ice Cube, LL Cool J.
Second, the only female rapper was Eve and we haven't heard a single from her since she teamed up with Gwen Stefani. What about Lil Kim, Missy Elliott, Foxy Brown or even (cringe) Nikki Minaj?
If this is supposed to be a listing of the top 10 rappers from the past 10 years based on flow, lyrics, money made, and cultural impact (with the additional of social media for extra nudging), then there are some HUGE omissions (see above). But what really worked my nerve was the argument that Drake was listed too low on the list. WTH? He's NOT a rapper.
If I had to vote based on their top 5, it would definitely be reordered to look like this:
5. Lil Wayne
4. Kayne West
I am positive that with the c-rap (pronounced CRAP) that is blasted on the airwaves of late, the next showdown will be between Waka Flaka Flame (what a dumb-ass name), Wiz Khalifa, Justin Bieber and Willow Smith.
I'm voting for Willow.
Do you listen to rap? How would you vote?