BET Unveils Top 10 Rappers List of the 21st Century

The BET Top 10 rappers of the 21st Century list was recently unveiled after serious deliberation by a Hip Hop panel. The list was disclosed during an hour-long television special, and featured the hottest rappers of the past decade, from 2000 onward.

Again keep in mind that this isn’t an all-time list, but rather the top 10 list for rappers from the year 2000 to present, but even considering that this list just compiles the best of the best from the past 10 years, something still doesn’t seem right.

The special just aired last night on BET. Coming in at #1 on the list is Eminem (as if the pic didn’t give it away), who has sold more records than anyone on the list. Second is Lil’ Wayne, and third is Kanye. 50 Cent takes the fourth spot due to three platinum albums in the past decade and consistent hit making. Rounding out the Top 5 is rapper T.I. who is not only making hit records but also is saving people’s lives.

Here’s the complete list of BET Rappers Top 10:

1.) Eminem
2.) Lil’ Wayne
3.) Kanye West
4.) 50 Cent
5.) T.I.
6.) Ludacris
7.) Drake
8.) Young Jeezy
9.) Jadakiss
10.) Rick Ross

I’m a little surprised that Drake made the cut. I’m not saying that he’s not hot RIGHT now, but this list is supposed to be all about the past decade and his catalog isn’t long enough…yet.

The Game, Nelly, Eve, Gucci Mane, and Fabolous all were part of the final 15 but didn’t make the final cut.

To compile the list, BET put out a list of rappers for hip-hop fans to vote on. After 25,000 votes, a list of just fifteen rappers remained. That list was judged by a “Hip-Hop Supreme Court” which was headed by Justice Big Tigger.

According to BET’s website the “Supreme Court” deciding panel consisted of: Jermaine Dupri (Producer – ATL); Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur (; Boy 1da (Producer);DJ Diamond Kuts (Power 99 FM – Philadelphia); DJ Greg Street (V103 – ATL); Tony Neal (CEO, Core DJs); DJ Timbuck2 (107.5 WGCI – Chicago); Chloe Hilliard (Managing Editor/Social Media Manager, Vibe Magazine – NYC); and DJ Vlad ( – NYC).

What do you guys think about this list? Who should’ve been included or left off? Sound off below.

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