I just read a disgusting thread called 'Best Rapper Currently In the Business Right Now' and the replies people were posting made me want to run to the nearest sink and violently vomit into it. There is barely anyone in that thread who knows what true hip hop is. I've seen a few refreshing posts naming artists like Canibus, KRS1, Atmosphere, Z-Ro, Wu Tang etc. But most people don't have a fucking clue. To the OP: Kid Cudi is wack as fuck. The only track I remotely like by him is Day N Nite which as far from rap as Stairway to Heaven is from reggae. The OP's prattling on about Cudis 'freestyles' which he probably prewrote and even if he didn't, are average as fuck. The only emcees I've heard that could geniounly freestyle better than most artists could write were Rakim and Big L. I'm sure there are more but who gives a shit about freestyling? There is NO ONE who can freestyle anywhere near as well as a GOOD emcee can WRITE. As for people naming Loyd Banks, Tony Yayo and Gucci as the greatest emcees alive, you disgust me. I have more money than you I am physically stronger than you I am more physically attractive than you I have sex with more beautiful women than you I have more credibility as a gangster/drug dealer than you I am a better fighter than you and your entourage My album is predicted to be more lucrative than yours I wear a large amount of jewellry and drive expensive cars Seriously, how in the name of God can you possibly rate these garbage spewing talentless personifications of mediocrity as THE BEST RAPPERS ALIVE!? It's like saying The Jonas Brothers are a better rock band than Led Zeppellin. It's like saying Dan Brown is a better writer than Steven King. It's like saying that Billy fucking Nobrush is a better artist than Michelangelo Carravagio. Listen to some REAL hip hop, some true talented artists who are masters of the metaphor and encapsualate lyrical greatness in their mind blowingly well constructed verses. Let me name you some REAL good hip hop artists. Bearing in mind, I'm judging emcees on their BEST work. For instance, judging Eminem on the Slim Shady Lp rather than Encore and Canibus on Rip the Jacker rather than Hollywood Stories. Also, I have missed many names out as I am just naming a few very good emcees, it is a far from exhaustive list. Canibus (Rip the Jacker is, in my opinion, the greatest hip hop album ever made) Rakim Sage Francis Vakill Gangstarr (Moment of Truth is my fave hip hop album ever) Cunninlynguists Wu Tang Clan Tonedef A Tribe Called Quest Braille AZ Nas (Illmatic was arguably the greatest hip hop album ever depending on your viewpoint) Blue Scholars Blu and Exile Atmosphere Immortal Technique Brother Ali De La Soul Eminem (pre Encore) Jeru the Damaga And thats just to name a FEW. Seriously, there is a multitude of good emcees that don't get heard because they're not marketed. Turn off the radio and get on rapreviews.com or even fucking amazon listmania. They know way more about hip hop than the billboard charts. I wouldn't mind if people were saying 'I PREFER these wack emcees because I dislike the complexity of Canibus' lyrics, and prefer listening to he soothing sound of these wannabe gangster negros droning voice and monosyllabic content.' But they didn't say that. They said 'these blatantly wack emcees are the GREATEST artists currently alive in the hip hop genre.' Well sorry guys, fuck you very much.