Those are fine answers and each are arguably the GOAT, however takes beyond them should be looked at seriously, and one journalist is making a new and pretty legit case for Scarface.
Ambrosia For Heads’ Justin Hunte recently broke down why he believes the Houston emcee is the best. He cites other rap legends who say he’s one of the best, including Jay-Z, Killer Mike and Big K.R.I.T. and also that time he beat out Hov, Eminem, Prodigy, and Talib Kweli for a 2001 Source Award for “Best Lyricist.”
Hunte also points out ‘Face’s discography both with the Geto Boys and in his solo career, citing three platinum albums and four gold, while collecting three more golds with Willie D and Bushwick Bill.
Perhaps most impressive is Scarface’s consistency and relevancy over the past three decades. Hunte says that’s one of the most important factors in determining who the GOAT of hip-hop is.
“Scarface’s blueprint is that he doesn’t switch it up. He stays in his lane and keeps to the same themes. Honesty, vulnerability, pain are timeless themes that resonate throughout the great works in history, not just music. And in this space, this Rap cypher, Facemob is possibly the truest pioneer in terms of storytelling and emotional depth,” he says. “Hip-Hop has a tendency to champion evolution and risk taking. It’s one of the reasons Kanye [West] is revered. Or Andre 3000. Or Kendrick Lamar. [They are] artists that switch it up every time out.”
BET awarded Scarface the I AM Hip Hop Award in 2015. Check out Justin Hunte’s full breakdown below.
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