Who Is the King of Hip Hop Music?

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In this post, we will attempt to answer the question: Who is the King of Hip Hop Music? We will do this by examining the data from a variety of sources.


The History of Hip Hop

Hip hop music originated in the 1970s in the Bronx borough of New York City. It was created by African American and Latino American youths who were influenced by the Jamaican music they heard while living in the Bronx. Hip hop music became popular in the 1980s with the release of rap records.

Origins in the Bronx

The first hip hop songs appeared in the Bronx in the late 1970s. These early songs were called “break-beats,” and they were created by DJs who played popular songs on their turntables and then “ scratched” the record back and forth to create a new sound.

The DJs also added other sounds to the music, such as hand claps and drum machines, and they often rapped over the break-beats. This style of music became known as “rap.” The first rapper to gain widespread popularity was DJ Kool Herc, who is considered to be the “ godfather” of hip hop.

In the 1980s, hip hop spread from the Bronx to other parts of New York City, and then to other cities across the United States. Hip hop became a national phenomenon in the 1990s with the rise of rap groups such as Public Enemy and N.W.A. In the early 2000s, hip hop achieved mainstream success with artists such as Outkast, Eminem, and 50 Cent.

The Golden Age

The Golden Age of Hip Hop was a time when the music was fresh and new, and the artists were passionate about their craft. It was a time of innovation and creativity, and the artists of this era are still considered to be some of the best in the history of the genre. This era is often considered to have begun in the late 1970s with the release of The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” and ended in the mid-1990s with the rise of gangsta rap. Some of the most iconic and influential artists of this era include Run DMC, Public Enemy, NWA, and Beastie Boys.

The East Coast/West Coast Feud

In the early nineties, the rap music industry was on the rise. Hip hop was becoming more popular than ever and artists from all over the country were beginning to find mainstream success. However, two particular geographic regions would come to dominate the hip hop landscape: the East Coast and the West Coast.

The East Coast/West Coast rivalry is often cited as one of the main reasons for the decline of hip hop in the late nineties. The beef between these two regions came to a head with the murders of two of rap’s biggest stars: Tupac Shakur and Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace.

The murders of Tupac and Biggie are still unsolved to this day, but many believe that they were a result of the intense rivalry between the East Coast and West Coast. After their deaths, many other rappers were caught up in the crossfire, and hip hop as a whole suffered as a result.

Today, hip hop is still recovering from the East Coast/West Coast feud. Although there are many talented artists from all over the country, the beef between these two regions continues to cast a shadow over the entire genre.

The Candidates

The candidates for the title of King of Hip Hop are Jay-Z, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar. All three artists have had successful careers in the hip hop industry and have achieved critical and commercial success.


Jay-Z is an American rapper, business magnate, and record producer. He is one of the most successful hip hop artists of all time, with 22 Grammy Awards and an estimated net worth of $1 billion as of 2020. He is considered to be one of the greatest rappers of all time and has been described as “the King of Hip-Hop”.

Born and raised in New York City, Jay-Z began his musical career in the mid-1990s, after which he released his debut album, Reasonable Doubt, in 1996. He has since released 11 additional albums, all of which have been widely successful. In addition to his solo work, Jay-Z is also a renowned record producer, having produced records for a number of artists including Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, and Drake. He has also founded a number of businesses, including the clothing line Rocawear and the streaming service Tidal.


Eminem is one of the most controversial and best-selling artists of all time. With more than 200 million records sold, he is also one of the world’s bestselling music artists. He has been praised by critics and fans alike for his lyrical prowess and artistic genius, with many calling him one of the greatest rappers of all time. Eminem has also been a major figure in the world of hip hop, helping to popularize the genre and influencing numerous other artists.

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is an American rapper from Compton, California. He first gained major attention after the release of his 2010 mixtape Overly Dedicated. Lamar’s major label debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, was released on October 22, 2012 to critical acclaim and commercial success. The record contained the hit single “Swimming Pools (Drank)”, which peaked at number seventeen on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. His next album, To Pimp a Butterfly (2015), debuted atop the US Billboard 200 chart and received critical acclaim; its first week sales also set a Nielsen SoundScan record for the highest weekly sales by an independently distributed rapper in history.

The Results

After careful consideration and much debate, we have come to the conclusion that the king of Hip Hop music is Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick Lamar is a Compton-born rapper who first gained mainstream attention with his good kid, m.A.A.d city album in 2012. He has since released two more critically acclaimed albums, To Pimp a Butterfly and DAMN.


With a net worth of $1 billion, Jay-Z is not only the king of hip hop, but he’s also one of the richest musicians in the world. He’s come a long way from his humble beginnings in Brooklyn, and his journey to the top has been nothing short of incredible.

Jay-Z began his career as a rapper in the early 1990s, and he quickly rose to prominence with his debut album, Reasonable Doubt. Since then, he’s released a string of successful albums that have cemented his place as one of the greatest rappers of all time. He’s also ventured into business, and he now has his own record label, streaming service, and clothing line.

There’s no doubt that Jay-Z is one of the most successful musicians in the world, and he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.


As far as cannot be denied, Eminem is one of the most influential rappers in the hip hop industry, not to mention one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He has sold more than 170 million albums and has won numerous awards, including 15 Grammy Awards and an Academy Award.

The rapper, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, was born in Missouri in 1972. He had a troubled childhood and was expelled from high school before he could graduate. He began rapping as a teenager and rose to fame with his debut album “The Slim Shady LP” in 1999.

Eminem’s lyrics are often controversial and have caused much debate over the years. His critics say that he promotes violence and misogynistic attitudes towards women. However, his fans argue that his music is simply artistic expression and that it should not be censored.

Whether you love him or hate him, there is no denying that Eminem is one of the most successful and popular rappers of all time.

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar has been crowned the “King of Hip Hop” by Billboard.

The magazine’s music editors put together a panel of hip-hop experts to decide who currently sits atop the throne vacated by the late great Tupac Shakur.

And it was unanimously decided that Kendrick is the one worthy of the title.

As well as being a masterful lyricist, Kendrick is also an accomplished musician, and his last album DAMN. was one of the best-selling and most critically-acclaimed releases of 2017.

He’s also won 12 Grammy Awards, and is widely regarded as one of the most important voices in hip-hop today.

The Conclusion

In the end, the title of “King of Hip Hop” is subjective. Some people may believe that Jay-Z deserves the title because of his impact on the music industry and culture. Others may believe that Kendrick Lamar is the rightful heir to the throne because of his lyrical prowess and ability to transcend generations. Ultimately, it’s up to the individual to decide who they think is the king of hip hop music.

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