If you're like me, when you walk into the typical barbershop it's always a debate. Some of the classic arguments that circle around is between: Biggie & Tupac, Jordan & Kobe, Jadakiss & Sigel. There's no getting around these arguments, and even with substantial points either side is willing to change it's opinion. Perhaps one of the biggest dispute is Jay-Z being the best rapper alive. Listed below are three reason to support my statement.
Hanging with the best
Often times we compare the greats by the timeline and events taking place. Perhaps at the time when Jay first came on the scene, he was just another average rapper. But surely when he had his chance, Shawn Carter made it clear that the new kid on the block wasn't taking any prisoners. Jay got a chance to spit with the legendary Biggie, Big L, and LL Cool J. During the 90's, Hov made a name for himself in the rap game proving that the Marcy projects native had what it took to become legendary. Starting an independent record label with Dame Dash was costly, but the necessary factor that would later lead him to stardom. Let's not forget that the 90's had caliber artist like: DMX, LL Cool J, Jarule, The Lox's, Nas, Busta Rhymes, etc.
Consistency is everything
Surviving in the rap game for more than two singles is difficult in the current state of hip hop. The current build of the industry depends on up tempo- beats, catchy hooks, and 'jibberish' lyrics. Most hip hop fans will agree that the rap scene has been watered down ten times from the early 2000's. Mr. Carter, has managed to deliver us classic after classic since The Blueprint. What started as the introduction for Kanye, is still considered a timeless classic to the masses. Many rappers haven't been able to maintain consistency regarding dope lyric features, and albums as a whole. Yes Nas won battles, but Jay-Z without a doubt monetized his brand in every aspect. On top of being consistent with music, he opened the door for rappers like Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Kanye, Young Gunz, and State Property to leave a mark in the book of dynasty's.
Even with the commercial success that Jay-Z received throughout his career, he did not settle at just music. The music mogul has continued to reinvent himself outside the rap scene every way possible from running his own record label to being the head at Def Jam. Jay started off with endorsements, that later led him to becoming a minority owner for the Brooklyn Nets. In addition, the New York rapper opened night clubs, and even started a premium liquor line. At the moment Jay-Z and his company "Roc Nation", represent top athletes around the world such as Andre Ward, and Kevin Durant.
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