Posted on Thu Aug 18th, 2011 9:35am PDT
Rolling Stone just released a nine-page long analysis naming the King of Hip-Hop ... and the winner is: Eminem?!!?
Some are surprised over the ranking, but the mag says that it took into account album sales, chart rankings, YouTube views, social media, concert grosses, industry awards and critics' ratings when tallying its list.
Only solo rappers (not groups) were evaluated, and the time frame looked at was 2009 to present -- making this the crowning of the current King of Hip-Hop.
Ultimately, Jay-Z didn't even get second place! Here are the top five:
2) Lil Wayne
Get the full list after the jump!
7) Rick Ross
9) Gucci Mane
11) Snoop Dogg
15) Wiz Khalifa
17) Waka Flocka Flame
18) Lupe Fiasco
19) Kid Cudi
20) Big Boi
Rolling Stone says that, in specific categories, here's who won:
Album Sales: Eminem
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: Drake
Hot Rap Songs: Drake
YouTube Views: Eminem
Touring: Lil Wayne ($51,2223,642 gross from touring)
Social Networking: Eminem (Facebook likes and Twitter followers)
Critical Acclaim: Kanye
Most Awards: Jay-Z
In June, the mag did its Queen of Pop ranking. See that list here.
What do you think of the Hip-Hop rankings? Agree?
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