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Eat up this epic, illustrated list of the best rappers alive in every single year since 1979

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If someone asked you to start the most iconic or best rappers of all time, it wouldn’t be too much a an ordeal right? Biggie, 2pac, Snoop… the prodigies go on and on. What would be tougher is embarking on a tour of rap history, knitting together a masterlist of each year’s king.

Complex have done just that with this amazing article. Starting at 1979 and working all the way to 2015 they’ve named the rappers who owned each year, as well as providing ‘credentials’ on the inclusion of each. Illustrations of each artist by Dale Edwin Murray are the icing on the cake.

Illustrations by Dale Edwin Murray

Illustrations by Dale Edwin Murray

Who would you name as the best rapper of all time? Complex magazine have named their kings; the greatest MCs of every single year since 1979.

Whether you agree or disagree with the choices, the illustrations are fucking incredible and the work which has gone into this is magnificent. Head over to the original post to hear the reasoning behind each nomination.

Check out the rest of the choices below.

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1979: Grandmaster Caz

1980: Kurtis Blow

1980: Kurtis Blow

1981: Kool Moe Dee

1981: Kool Moe Dee

1982: Melle Mel

1982: Melle Mel

1983: Run

1983: Run

1984: Run

1984: Run

1985: LL Cool J

1985: LL Cool J

1986: KRS-One

1986: KRS-One

1987: Rakim

1987: Rakim

1988: Slick Rick

1988: Slick Rick

1989: Big Daddy Kane

1989: Big Daddy Kane

1990: Ice Cube

1990: Ice Cube

1991: Q-Tip

1991: Q-Tip

1992: Redman

1992: Redman

1993: Snoop Doggy Dog

1993: Snoop Doggy Dog

1994: Nas

1994: Nas

1995: The Notorious B.I.G.

1995: The Notorious B.I.G.

1996: 2Pac

1996: 2Pac

1997: The Notorious B.I.G.

1997: The Notorious B.I.G.

1998: DMX

1998: DMX

1999: Jay-Z

1999: Jay Z

2000: Eminem

2000: Eminem

2001: Jay Z

2001: Jay Z

2002: Eminem

2002: Eminem

2003: 50 Cent

2003: 50 Cent

2004: T.I.

2004: T.I.

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2005: Jeezy

2006: Lil Wayne

2006: Lil Wayne

2007: Kanye West

2007: Kanye West

2008: Lil Wayne

2008: Lil Wayne

2009: Jay Z

2009: Jay Z

2010: Kanye West

2010: Kanye West

2011: Drake

2011: Drake

2012: Drake

2012: Drake

2013: Kendrick Lamar

2013: Kendrick Lamar

2014: Nicki Minaj

2014: Nicki Minaj

2015: Drake

2015: Drake

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January 31, 2017