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Top Five: The Best Rappers Alive of 1998

The Best Rappers Alive of 1998

Honourable mentions:

Method Man


Busta Rhymes

Mos Def


5. Inspectah Deck

Notable releases: N/A

Key guest appearances: Big Pun – “Tres Leches (Triboro Trilogy)”, Killah Priest – “Cross My Heart”, Gang Starr – “Above the Clouds”, Streetlife – “S.O.S.”, Pete Rock – “Tru Master”, Method Man – “Spazzola”

4. Big Pun

Notable releases: Capital Punishment

Key guest appearances: Pete Rock – “Verbal Murder 2”, Noreaga – “Banned from T.V.”, Fat Joe – “Bet Ya Man Can’t (Triz)”, Fat Joe – “John Blaze”, Digital Underground – “The Mission”, DJ Clue – “Fantastic 4”, Kid Capri – “Block Party”

3. Jay-Z

Notable releases: Streets Is Watching (soundtrack), Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life

Key guest appearances: M.O.P. – “4 Alarm Blaze”, R. Kelly – “We Ride”, Timbaland – “Lobster & Scrimp”, DMX – “Blackout”, DJ Clue – “Gangsta Shit”, Juvenile – “Ha (Remix)”, Kid Capri – “Like That”

2. Lauryn Hill

Notable releases: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Key guest appearances: N/A

1. DMX

Notable releases: It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood

Key guest appearances: The LOX – “Money, Power & Respect”, Onyx – “Shut ’em Down”, DJ Clue – “It’s On”, Jermaine Dupri – “Get Your Shit Right”, Cam’ron – “Pull It”

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