#10: Rick Ross
#8: Young Jeezy
#4: 50 Cent
#3: Kanye West
#2: Lil Wayne
Now don't get me wrong I believe everyone on the list is hot but if you haven't been relevant for at least 5 years you can't make the cut. After talking to JI she cleared it up for me why everyone made the cut. And I agree it's kind of hard to replace the rappers on there who I didn't believe should have made the cut. But besides the fact that I think Drake and Rick Ross have been relevant for about 2 years the one person that should have been on this list was Lupe Fiasco.
Lupe dropped Food & Liquor in '06 and has undeniably been killing the game lyrically and delivery-wise. Honestly, I know that Lupe doesn't care much about what pop culture thinks, but I thought that BET would be the first to honor that.
As I've said before I believe in hip-hop, I believe it's coming back, and I agree with a significant portion of this list. But I think that this list is also omitting the rappers that have contributed to its growth. I don't think that you should have been able to put Jada, Drake, and Rick Ross in the same category, you either choose Gucci to round it out, or place Lupe and Fab in the mix to keep it moving. But if this is the current state of hip-hop, I'm still okay with that, we got more coming that may have BET take a second glance at that list.
the revolution will not be televised.
Check out more footage on BET.com as to why Jay-Z, Nas, & Snoop didn't make the cut.