The Greatest Rapper Of All Time Part 1

Andre 3000 is my favorite rap artist today.

giphy dre

I totally lose my mind when he gives us long verses that paint pictures and bounce around in cadence and the words twist and lean on each other. Every bar segues into another effortlessly and he becomes one with the music. Andre Benjamin shined during his time with Outkast so much that his solo effort The Love Below overshadowed Big Boi’s release even though he rapped on less than half of it. He murders verses, he makes sense, and he has social commentary without preaching. The 3000 at the end of his name fits perfectly. His dexterity is incomparable. He jumped on corny remixes like “Walk it Out” and then brightened up a John Legend single without trying. Mr. Benjamin finds a way to blend in with Rick Ross, T.I., and anyone that calls on him. And he manages to say something introspective in a way that is always new. He sings without making us feel like he’s singing and he raps with a tenacity and intelligence that can reach all demographics and regions. He is possibly the greatest of all time.
Or not

This is probably the easiest argument of all. Dre has to drop a solo LP. We loved The Love Below but it was 89% crooning and 100% love. Even Drake has the scales tipping on the rap side on his sappy albums (we’ll discuss him later).
Andre has to do one small yet grand gesture and he can put to rest any question that he’s Neo. A solo hip-hop album with concepts and flows and his own ideas and maybe even some features. But until then it’s unfair to say he’s the best to ever do it. The fact that Big and Pac ran out of time, Eminem recorded during and after drug use and Jay dropped every year faithfully whether you liked the project or not, we had something tangible to judge them on. They released sole bodies of work that represented them outside of any group. We need that. Not to mention his Baduism that put him on another planet for a short time…3000 became a bit of an ATLien for real when his strange garments went over the top, he didn’t want to do tours and all of a sudden he’s telling girls to shake it like a Polaroid picture. He’s different. He’s not all the way hip-hop. We’ve given the crown to guys that could stop the car on any corner, join a neighborhood cipher, then go to the boardroom of some major brand and push a song on them that would make them go crazy…then sell out a crowd full of young people, mature listeners, Browns, Whites, Beiges, and ladies included all whilst moving units. Dre isn’t quite that guy…but he could be.

Next Up: The new guys.

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4 Comments on “The Greatest Rapper Of All Time Part 1”

  1. IK Neboh says:

    Sha Stimuli, you are almost a legend in my book. And of course I respect your opinion just because I have so much respect for you as an artist. But I disagree with some points you made in this GOAT article. Not your top five pic, nobody can disagree with your list because that is subjective. We can only put our 2 cents in and leave it at that.

    My thing is, you mentioned something about Jay-Z not tackling a lot of societal ills, he very much did. Hard knock life, meet the parents, minority report, somewhereinamerica, murder to excellence, and other half verses here and there but you know what? Thats really beside the point.

    The thing is, Jay-Z is an artist, he doesnt have to address societal ills. He really doesnt. He’s a poet. His job is to tell the story in the best way possible, good, bad, terrifying, horrific, lovable, incredible, diabolical, devilish, amazing, soulful, what ever the subject matter turns out to be. He’s not our moral compass. Thats our parents and community leaders, putting artists or painters on such a pedestal is a disservice to art in general. Thats not HOV’s job.

    “No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an upardonable mannerism of style. No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything. Thought and language are to the artist instruments of art” ….Oscar Wilde

    The moment we start expecting too much out of artists thats when we start strangling art and choking of its essence/freedom. Subject matter to me is truly irrelevant, I mean granted it somehow guides what you listen to but it does not determine how talented an artist is. Technique does that.

    Striaght lovers of art, music and entertainment are more fans of Jay-z (ME), than purists who believe that hiphop or some art form should stick to some kind of pretentious code and tend to gravitate towards Nas. I’m a fan of Both. I just think that Jay-Z is LEAGUES ahead of Nas when it comes to writing lyrics. period.

    Of course you are a rapper’s rapper because you are equally very talented yourself, so is it possible you are listening from a rapper’s point of view? i’m just a listener and I just appreciate poetry for what it is.

    To me Jay-Z is probably the wittiest and most brilliant rapper of our time. He connects dots in such a way that it is honestly mind blowing, especially when you factor into the equation his writing process. Nas is great too, my problem with Nas is intermittent pretentiousness and use of too many cliche lines. I cant really quote Nas as much as JAY, because Nas is a reader and I’ve read some of what he’s saying in some book. But HOV, who is also a reader, has many ORIGINAL quotes.

    One more thing that bother’s me about your Biggie arguement is this: Biggie is dead. There is no IF, or Whether, no, he’s dead. He’s not here. Jay-Z is. And Jay-Z is better than Biggie. That is what it is. Maybe in an alternate universe we can argue about who is better where biggie is alive but he’s not. Lets not leave the realm of analysis and start threading that of extreme speculation.

    Sha Stimuli has more original quotes than Nas. But on my list of 100 top emcees you’re not above Nas, just because you can appear too preachy sometimes, and your flow, something is missing for me LOL but then you are too talented that I can’t even complain. I dont fault you on that because thats part of you, It is what it is.

    Thank you for blowing my mind with your lyrics.

    I’ve seen crips lose blood, 911
    I’ve seen bloods turn cripple, these are not just puns
    I try to wake em up when the sun comes
    Imagine getting a ‘one love’ letters from loved ones – Sha stimuli

    “I bring change, four quarters no time outs”….Sha stimuli (Feel good)

    Dude you are a lyrical beast, i just dont understand what happened to your career. I always felt like you had the kind of wittiness Jay-Z had and if he backed you, you would make it in the mainstream. Sad man.

    • Sha Stimuli says:

      Thanks so much for this comment. I too believe Jay is great. I didn’t get up to the next part of this post yet. It’s pretty long. But for these I just compiled arguments that I heard from people over the years so it’s not solely my opinion. I guess I’m just building a case and providing opposing views before others can. As far as my career, you’re right, something was missing. And that was complete honesty. Not really in my words, but in my mission. I was confused about what I wanted and I got lost trying to chase Jay’s throne when I should have been carving out my own lane. Ironically he had a small hand in ending my mainstream dream. With that said, I may return but not as the same artist I was before. I may be even more “preachy” for lack of a better word but either way I will be more honest even though most of my fans probably enjoy my spitting bars, I have to do what I feel. Thank you again.

  2. IK Neboh says:

    Of Course Man!!

    If you changed too much i probably would not like you as I used to. I feel like that “preachiness” (honestly, i ran out of words on that man lol) is both your greatest strength and weakness. I just want to hear Sha Stimuli. I dont care what you rap about. You’re dope. Like i said, skill is skill, you can rap about donuts and still kill it!!!

    And to be honest, you got insight man, I like how you see things, it informs some of my decisions too.

  3. I am currently using Tumblr as my default platform.
    I kinda want something similar to what you have. Great job, I think I have to invest into a proper website.

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