7. Kanye West
By now Kanye is not only a rapper but a producer, a fashion designer and nothing less than a pop culture icon. The thing that sets him apart from the pack is not only that he’s a jack of all trades, but that he kills it in every category.
Having broken onto the scene after producing classics like Jay-Z’s Heart Of The City, Kanye turned old-school soul sampling into his own lane. With classic album after classic album like The College Dropout, Graduation and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye is able to transcend styles and even genres without losing the feeling of a Yeezy track.
His attitude is polarizing, his antics are ranted and raved about, but none of that would be happening if Kanye wasn’t an absolute trailblazer in the rap game, regardless of what you thought of Yeezus.