dc.. spit your knowledge. This.. is just wrong in soooo many ways.
I rather not debate someone like cheesesticks. He has no idea what he's talking about, and knows very little about lyricism and grammatical ability.
All I will do is post 3 quotes....
"," Nas acknowledged in an interview with Peter Rosenberg. "The fact that that he’s doing what he’s doing is a an awakening call for all of the Gods and Earths to wake up and understand that this generation is bigger than what we can even fathom. He is one of the only ones out of the whole community that we grew up in, from the Run DMC days, who’s taken this sh!t seriously, taken this sh!t very seriously musically and businesses wise. That’s powerful. So you've gotta respect him.”
Director of the British Royal Shakespeare company, Micheal Boyd:
"I think contemporary filmmakers, I think contemporary rappers, in terms of verse—someone like , or Nas, or Eminem. They inherit one part of it: that extraordinary, quick-fire, highly organized, very sharp, very witty, metrical rhyming language. Brilliant."
Adam Bradley, University of Colorado Boulder English professor:
"Jay-Z uses a lot of puns—where the humor derives from a similar sounding words and/or that word’s multiple meanings. Jay-Z also uses a lot of similes, and metaphors. Excellent lines like "I was moving birds like an Oriole fitted" and "I'm on the block like I'm 8 feet tall" do convey the sense of two distinct images, but as mentioned before, the meaning is clear, not coded."
I could keep going on a on. People who know far more about lyrical technique, have commented on Jay-Z prowess; nothing more has to be said.
Hov is objectively one of the greatest to ever do it. To say otherwise is flat out ignorant and ridiculous.
I didn't say Jay-Z was not important for Hip-Hop, nor that he wasn't good. I said he isn't the best and he only had one good album. He is good because of Reasonable Doubt and he is not the best rapper of all time. This what i'm defending, not that Jay-Z is a bad rapper.
As your quote state, Nas was also praised by these people and I think NaS is far better than Jay-Z. So I don't know why you're showing me that people praise Jay-Z when that's not even in the question.
No. Nas, Guru, Kool G Rap, Rakim and Biggie are all better. Big L could have been there, but his career was too short.
Jay Z had one good album and Eminem start being bad with Purple Pills.
Yeah, it was Reasonable Doubt. Jay-Z was destroyed by NaS in so many ways in the 90's. Yes Jay-Z sold better, but the substance in his album, beside RD weren't all that great. And in the end of the 90's, Big L showed why Jay-Z wasn't all that great in the DITC album.
And @chillxpill, don't call for Dccomicsrule guy. He think Lil Wayne is the greatest, I think that's enough said to nullified his arguments.