yes, favorite rappers and best rappers are a hard subject for me, but nas is definitely the best balance of mainstream success/lyricism/street cred/poetry.
This sums it up for me. A descriptive analysis and a hesitation to show off a clean rank and file list.
Nas' image is in the conversation for GOAT. Same as Pac and Big and Rakim and Jay and occasionally Eminem and BDK and a few others, pioneers or otherwise. People feel comfortable giving Nas that label, and it's not completely misplaced, because he's a really talented dude. As mentioned, he The problem is that too often, real discussion of the question is overwhelmed by waves of endlessly perpetuating popular opinions, with the same old routine back-up argument (Pac had real emotion, Big's flow was untouchable, Rakim blazed the trails, etc, etc, etc) and no more analysis. Recent history has left the names of these particular guys in everybody's head; because of their success in moving merchandise; because of their marketability; because of word of mouth; and coupled of course with their undeniable skillset and quality products. And in addition, all of these factors contribute to the funding for more of the same quality product, which again in arguments of longevity only go to further those same claims for 'GOAT' status.
So yeah, I don't think too highly of these conversations. Mostly it's just the same names being tossed around for the same reasons with nothing comparative to back anything up. It's self-serving reiteration that eventually reproduces the same talk backed by even stauncher and deeply entrenched 'authority' - authority mostly derived from the preceding iteration. Again, perpetual. Strict ranking of the arts generally serves as little more than a window into the preferred qualities of the ranker. Not that information like that isn't interesting in itself, but without personal explanation, it does little to settle any of these debates.
All that said without any desire to stop these conversations, yeah, Nas is a worthwhile candidate for the title.
Personally I've always preferred Nas over Jay-Z. Street's Disciple to me is a very underrated album. If you listen to it from start to end it's like a journey. Very few albums do this. Especially rap albums.
Some dumbs*** was tellin me Eminem is better than Nas
Nas da bess
Well it's debatable.
Illmatic is one of the best albums ever.Rakim's(Eric.B's)Paid in Full is also a candidate.Biggie's Live after Death also.Eminem's MMLP,LL Cool J's Mama said knock you out..A lot of albums are Best ever candidates...
In my book Eminem is the greatest ever and Nas is in my Top-10
7.Big Daddy Kane
8.Kool G Rap
9.LL Cool J
As about the King of New York again it's debatable.Rakim was the first who had that title,then Big Daddy Kane,then Biggie,Nas,Jay-Z...
But Jay-Z love him or hate has that title for many years and the most success.
As about Eminem you kidding yourself if you think that Eminem isn't in the same class with Nas,If you ask 1.000.000 people 900.000 will tell you that Eminem>Nas.Do you remember Vibes voting last year?Nas wasn't even in the Semifinals.Eminem was the winner of Vibes best rapper ever contest.Eminem was up against 2pac in the finals, and won with 67% after 1.000.000 people votes Semis
Eminem has the most fans than any other rapper in History.Call them Stans or whatever you want but the reality is that Eminem has by far the most fans worldwide.
Nas is Great and I don't have a problem if you consider him the GOAT but don't dispute Eminem because Legends like Rakim and Nas respect him a lot.
"Em is nasty man, I tell people to this day...if Em was black...he’d be the next Muhammad Ali.” - Rakim
"I think that's one of the most exciting things hip hop can look forward to. He contributes so much lyrically and musically, he's amazing,"-Nas on Eminem's album release