Who is the best rapper on the planet right now? This is a question that has raged on since the deaths of Tupac and Biggie.
Rap fans have been looking for someone to crown king and as of recently there seems to be some trouble in doing so.
The reason for this debate is because over the last year there has been a “beef” between Nas and Jay-Z.
The rappers have exchanged “disses” ranging from “Takeover” (Jay-Z) to “Stillmatic” and “Ether” (Nas) to “Super Ugly (Jay-Z).
For people who really listen to rap, those diss records are the only things that can compare Nas and Jay-Z’s lyrical skills.
When a person tries to compare the two rappers it almost becomes pointless because their rap styles are different.
Nas is a smart guy who pays attention to things other than what goes on in his neighborhood.
He likes to rap about things that the average rapper fails to rap about and the average guy on the street fails to think about. Don’t get me wrong, Nas has done his share of club songs, but that is not his strong suit.
All of Nas’ best songs have had substance to them. You have tracks like The World Is Yours (“Illmatic,” 1994), “The Message” (“It Was Written,” 1996), “If I Ruled The World” (“It Was Written,” 1996), “We Will Survive” (“I Am,” 1999), “Ghetto Prisoners” (“I Am, “1999), “New World” (“Nastradamus,” 1999), “You’re Da Man” (“Stillmatic,” 2001) and “One Mic” (“Stillmatic,” 2001).
Jay-Z on the other hand likes to rap about money, women and his experiences in the “drug game.”
Jay-Z, in my opinion, is one of the best rappers ever, but I would also classify him as a great punchline rapper.
Jay-Z keeps the clubs jumping with hit after hit. With songs like “Ain’t No…” (“Reasonable Doubt,” 1996), “Money, Cash, H—” (“Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life,” 1998), “Can I Get A…” (“Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life,” 1998) and “Jigga that N-” (“The Blueprint,” 2001), it is easy to see why Jay-Z sells.
Rappers are competitive by nature, so they are always trying to prove who is the best. There is nothing wrong with that.
Both Nas and Jay-Z have done a good job in relaying to everyone that this is just a lyrical beef.
We are all aware of what can happen when people get the wrong idea.So after reading all this, you still want to argue who is the best.
Well for the sake of arguing, lets compare Nas’ “Illmatic” and Jay-Z’s “Reasonable Doubt.” First albums are classics and are arguably two of the best rap albums ever.
They have both put out one whack album each. It was Jay-Z’s “Vol. 3: Life & Times of S. Carter,” and Nas’ release of “Nastradamus,” respectively.
As far as their battle songs go, you have Nas’ “Ether” and Jay-Z’s “Takeover.” I think without question, Nas’ “diss” was stronger than Jay-Z’s.
So who’s the better rapper, I guess that depends on your taste.