Nas named greatest rapper ever by NME.COM readers

'Illmatic' rapper ahead of Notorious BIG., Andre 3000 and Eminem in poll

Nas has been named the best rapper of all time in a new poll voted for by NME.COM readers.

Nasir Jones – known to the 25m people to have bought his albums worldwide to date as simply Nas – broke new ground for rap in 1994 with ‘Illmatic’, a coming-of-age sprint through the sights and sorrows of his native Brooklyn. Last year’s ‘Life Is Good’, as its title suggests, saw him mellow without losing any of his lyrical fire.

The rappers included in the Top 10, revealed to coincide with this week’s issue of NME, available digitally and on newsstands now, also include Notorious BIG, Big Pun, Roots Manuva, Andre 3000, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Mos Def.


To see a full run down of the 30 rappers included in the poll, including Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Tupac and KRS-One, check out Greatest Rappers Ever – Voted For By You now.

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