Snoop Dogg, a man who many consider one of the greatest rappers of all time, has posted his own list of the top 10 MCs of all time. Detroit rapper Eminem didn’t make the cut.
The list, which he posted on Instagram, is made up of these 10 all-time greats:
Slick Rick — The ’80s hip-hop pioneer, known for his own solo career as well as his work with Doug E. Fresh on such classics as “The Show” and “La Di Da Di.”
Ice Cube — Hall of Famer from N.W.A. went on to a hugely successful solo recording career and became a major movie star to boot.
L.L. Cool J — In 2017, the man responsible for “Rock the Bells,” “Mama Said Knock You Out” and “I Need Love” would become the first rapper to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.
KRS-One — The hip-hop great came to fame in the late ’80s as a member of Boogie Down Productions, then went on to a successful solo career in the early ’90s.
Rakim — One of the genre’s greatest lyricists, this pioneering talent is best known for his work in the golden age hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim and the blockbuster “Paid in Full” album (and title track).
Joseph “Run” Simmons and Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels — The two Run-D.M.C. rappers greatly helped popularize hip-hop in the mid-’80s, releasing a number of classic platters, starring on MTV and lighting up the charts with the likes of “It’s Tricky,” “My Adidas” and “Walk This Way.”
Big Daddy Kane — A name that deserves to be on every list of all-time great MCs, Kane is a wordsmith beyond compare, who influenced and moved legions with the late-’80s classics “Long Live the Kane” and “It’s a Big Daddy Thing.”
Ice-T — Before he starred on the NBC police drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Ice-T delivered a steady run of gold/platinum-selling albums in the late ’80s and early ’90s, beginning with the classic debut “Rhyme Pays” in 1987.
Too Short — This West Coast rap legend, who attended Oakland’s Fremont High School, is known for such platinum-plus-selling offerings as “Short Dog’s in the House” and “Life Is ... Too Short.”
So, that’s the list. And it’s really, really good. But some people aren’t happy with it and they’ve let Snoop know about, complaining about all the notable omissions — which would include, but certainly isn’t limited to, Tupac Shakur, Jay-Z, Nas and The Notorious B.I.G.
That led Snoop to comment on his original Instagram, noting that all of his selections are artists who came before him.
“Notice how none of my peers or m.Cs after me are on the list respect ya. Gz is what I was taught if u offended you’ll get over it I get left off a lot of top10s I’m not even on this one,” he writes.
The discussion of Snoop’s favorite rappers seemingly got started during a recent radio interview, when “the Long Beach, California, rapper said that although Eminem is on a lot of other people’s top rappers list, the Detroit rapper didn’t make the cut on Snoop’s own list,” according to an XXL article.
“Eminem, the great White hope,” Snoop reportedly said, according to that same XXL article. “White rappers had zero respect in rap. Let’s keep that one thou-wow. None. He (Dr. Dre) has probably put Eminem in the position to where he could be one of the top 10 rappers ever. I don’t think so, but the game feels like he’s top 10 lyricists and all that that comes with it. But, that’s just because he’s with Dr. Dre and Dr. Dre helped him find the best Eminem that he could find.”