Rolling Stone Magazine’s writers and editors decided this week to unleash the big guns for its top 50 most influential hip hop songs issue.
The issue, according to a Reuters story Wednesday will be on newstands Friday and feature four different covers of Eminem, Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z.
“It’s a list that would have been a lot harder to do ten or 15 years ago because hip hop is so young,” Nathan Brackett, deputy managing editor of Rolling Stone, told Reuters.
“We’ve reached the point now where hip hop acts are getting into the (Rock and Roll) Hall Of Fame… it just felt like the right time to give this the real Rolling Stone treatment.”
Songs mentioned in the Rolling Stone hip hop song top 10, as reported by Reuters: Run-D.M.C.’s 1983 track “Sucker M.C.’s,” Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s 1992 hit “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang,” Public Enemy’s 1990 song “Fight The Power” and Notorious B.I.G’s 1994 hit “Juicy.”
Who do you think is the greatest rapper on the cover?