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Who is the best rapper of all time? Show more Show less

Rap is a music genre that has evolved over time into one of the most popular forms of music the world over. And to excel at the rap game requires style, a way with words and lyrics, verbal gymnastics, ability to entertain, and many other skills. So who has the best rap game? Who has done the most for the craft? Who has had the biggest impact on our hearts and minds?

Jay Z is the best rapper Show more Show less

The King of the royal family of rap, Jay Z has took rap from the hood and into the boardroom. His music and his empire has taken Rap to a whole new level.
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Jay Z built an empire

Jay Z was the first to move from rapper to proper business mogul, giving new visibility and power to rappers who were now no longer "just" the talent.
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The Argument

Jay Z turned his artistic talent into a brand. A successful rap career requires an immense amount of intelligence. The best rappers know how to manipulate words and phrases and pair them with rhythms and beats to create complex rhyme schemes. Jay Z not only excels at this, but he is an immensely successful businessman.[1] Jay Z has a net worth of approximately $810 million and a diverse portfolio which includes investments in sports, streaming platforms, liquor, art, and real estate.[2] Jay Z is an incredibly gifted rapper and a resourceful and versatile businessman. Furthermore, Jay Z uses his wealth and influence to give back to the rap community by bringing other talented rappers, like Kanye West, into the limelight. Jay Z built an empire by using his skills as an artist, businessman, and philanthropist, which makes him the best rapper of all time.

Counter arguments

While Jay Z is extremely accomplished and successful, his business empire does not make him the best rapper of all time. He may be the most versatile rapper of all time, but in terms of pure musical and lyrical talent, there are better rappers.

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References

  1. https://medium.com/@Tino_X_O/rap-rushmore-the-4-greatest-rappers-of-all-time-jay-z-cc4948b216d
  2. https://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2019/06/03/jay-z-billionaire-worth/#14b5a2673a5f
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