My Top 10 (In No Particular Order)
The Roots - Probably the most talented group of musicians Hip Hop has ever seen.
Wu Tang Clan (group and solo) - Probably the most talented group of Rappers to come together. RZA may be my favorite mind in all of hip hop.
Jay Z - One of the GOAT
Kanye - Not the greatest technical rapper, but he knows how to put together a great Album that is more than just a bunch of Songs, it is an experience.
A Tribe Called Quest - Pioneers of Alternative Hip Hop
Kid Cudi - My fave rapper to come out of the last few years. Saw him in concert in June and was one of the funnest shows there could ever be.
Brother Ali - Raps straight from the heart in some of the most personal songs you will ever hear a rapper do.
Mos Def - Black On Both Sides is one of the understated classics in Hip Hop.
Nas - IMO the best at rapping about the issues. Has a way with lyrics that very few can match.
Run DMC - One of the first acts that got me into hip hop, so they will always hold a special place in my heart.
Honorable Mentions: Beastie Boys, Notorious BIG, Lupe Fiasco