The Five Biggest Problems With GQ's Worst Rappers List
Last week, GQ magazine posted its list of who the writers believe to be the 25 worst rappers of all time. As with any online list (and I've written a handful myself), there's bound to be some disagreement. But this list goes far beyond leaving a two-word comment consisting of the word "No" followed by a tangentially related proper noun and a question mark. Rather, GQ's list is rife with choices that, while aiming to entertain, are past the point of opinion to be flat-out wrong. In response, we've assembled our own list of the Five Biggest Flaws In GQ's Worst Rappers Ever list.
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5) Tom Green
Yes, those of us fortunate enough to be part of the warm, turn-of-the-century MTV generation have fond memories of Tom Green's bum all over the small screen. Silly as his antics were, to ignore his contributions to hip-hop and gifts on the mic is selling the man (whom the article mentioned as never having listened to) short. In the early '90s, Green was part of Canadian rap outfit Organized Rhyme, whose "Check the O.R." went on to win a Juno Award. More recently, in freestyle sessions with hip-hop guests, Green has more than held his own with the likes of Xzibit .
4) Slick Rick
The article goes on to make the giant generalization of "everyone from England ever not named The Streets." While, yes, Europe has exported some marginal talents, so has America. So has Canada. So has Papua, New Guinea. Of course lesser talents exist, but to write off an entire country is foolish, especially when said continent gave us the greatest storyteller in rap history. You would think a compiled Worst 25 Rappers list that made an point to pardon The Streets, of all people, would know that.