T.I. listed himself and 50 Cent on Tipâ€™s greatest rappers of all time list. (Photo: Instagram â€“ @troubleman31)
For the past 20 years, Tupac Amaru Shakur (2Pac) and Christopher â€œNotorious BIGâ€� Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls) have been listed at or near the top of most rap punditsâ€™ list of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time.
That doesnâ€™t change with hip hop mogul Clifford â€œT.I,â€� Harris, who took his time to handwrite his choices of the Top 50 greatest rappers who ever lived and post it on his Instagram page.
There were some surprises on his list along with notable omissions. While 2Pac and Biggie Smalls were in the top three, sandwiching Jay-Z, Calvin â€œSnoop Doggâ€� Broadus was listed at No. 4. Biggie Smallsâ€™ former protege, Lil Kim, is ranked ahead of Nicki Minaj at 40, while Minaj settles in at 41. And, as old school rapper D-Nice noticed, KRS One, who is universally considered a pioneer, was conspicuously deprived of a Top 50 slot.
Tip, for his part, listed himself just outside the Top 10 at No. 11.
Tip advised folks to take a deep breath before going off on his Instagram page. The Grand Hustle boss implores his fan and contemporaries to consult his weekly podcast â€œExpediTIouslyâ€� to get the rationale for whom he put on the list and where he placed them before popping off.
THIS IS THE FINAL LIST #ExpediTIously createdâ€¼ï¸� IF Yâ€™ALL AINT HEAR THE WHOLE EPISODE YOU SPEAKING LOUD,OUT OF TURN AND WRONG AS A MUUUUUFâ€”AðŸ¤¦ðŸ�½â€�â™‚ï¸�. Now while IDGAF WHAT NUMBER I AMâ€¦ (Music doesnâ€™t validate ME or MY EXISTENCE,u can Put me at 51 if u likeâ€¦MY LIFE AINT GON CHANGE!!!)Yâ€™all can feel free to go back and forth with acts of futility about OPINIONS all you like. Iâ€™ll be doing something different & progressiveâ€¦âœŒðŸ�½ Ohâ€¦& we framed it for yâ€™all to winâ€¦ How to enter the giveaway: Just Leave a review on the expediTIously Apple Podcasts page and include your social handle #BeEazyðŸ‘‘.
Rap legend Snoop Dogg was most grateful to Tip for the Top 5 ranking, saying in the comments section under the post: â€œNuff respect. @troubleman31 thanks for putting the old dogg in the mix ðŸ’™ðŸ”¥â€�
Another legend, Common, who was listed at No. 19, also weighed in the list. â€œLet me check the calendar to see if itâ€™s April 1st. ðŸ˜‚ðŸ˜‚ðŸ˜‚ FYI, no list is perfect people. Itâ€™s just a fun game to play.â€�
@kingkeran also loved the list, stating: I love how DMX is top 10 ! ðŸ‘ŒðŸ�¾
But rapper D-Nice was incredulous when he asked: â€œNo KRS-One?â€�
â€œLike there wasnt ever a DOG POUND? ðŸ¤£ðŸ¤£ðŸ¤£ðŸ¤£ @troubleman31.â€�
â€œPowerâ€� actor Lorenz Tate is pensive and doubtful: â€œðŸ¤” **heads over to podcast â€¦â€�
Rapper 2Chainz said: â€œHahahah I got bodies all in that list.â€�
Do you agree with Tipâ€™s all-time rap list? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments section.