These artists have greatly influenced and defined hip-hop culture and are still heavily impacting current rap artists. Rap music would not be as revered as it is today without the contributions of these ten musical geniuses.
American rapper Rakim is the other half of the first DJ/MC duo, Erik B. & Rakim. The hip-hop community recognizes him as one of the greatest skilled and influential rappers ever.
In 2016, Time named him one of the most influential people in the world on their top 100 list. Kendrick has had several incredible features with artists, including ScHoolboy Q, Nipsey Hussle, and Kanye West.