It is nearly impossible to get a bunch of passionate hip hop fans to agree on anything. But I tried anyhow, starting with a series of polls on Facebook that aimed to figure out which emcee or group was the best in the game as driven by the letters of the alphabet. No specific rubric or criteria was given; just a simple request for answers to the question, "Who is the best emcee or hip hop group beginning with the letter 'A'?; 'B'?; 'C'?; 'D'?..." and so on. The responses were immediate and spurred some pretty spirited discussions. A general consensus was ultimately reached for each and per the request of Music Editor Leilani Polk, I'm bringing the poll results to Ear Buds. Each week, I'll reveal a letter and its "winning" artist, and then I'll re-open the question for further debate. Once we finish the first 26, we'll start it all over again fresh.
I have a huge confession to make. I do not enjoy the music of the winner of the Hip Hop ABCs Letter 'T'. I have procrastinated posting this article because I know being honest with you about this will severely damage my reputation. I mean, how can I be respected enough to write about hip hop when I don’t like an artist who is widely considered the best emcee of all time. Maybe I can’t be. The truth, however, is the truth.