8. Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre is a hip-hop icon. From a legendary producer to a rock-solid MC to the world’s first hip-hop billionaire there is no doubt that Dre is one of the greats. Having been in the game for 30 years, there are few rappers that even come close to the longevity that Dre has had.
Starting in ’85 with his first group, the World Class Wreckin’ Cru, then taking N.W.A. to the top and laying the foundations of gangsta rap with their debut Straight Outta Compton in 1988, Dr. Dre was a pioneer before his first solo album had even debuted. When his studio debut The Chronic dropped in 1992 the west coast rap scene was redefined. Dre had single handedly brought G-funk to the masses. By taking Eminem to the top with his beats and bringing another smash of a solo album, 2001, in the early 2000s, Dre cemented himself as a legend.