In honor of National Nap Day, which rapper remains the most slept on in the game?
The rap game runs deep. While parity does exist, there remain several franchise players consistently basking in the praise, visibility, and accolades. Artists like Eminem, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, and Jay-Z come to mind; whenever they drop something, it seems as if the entire game stops and pays attention. That’s not to say they haven’t earned it. Generally, with great ubiquity comes a great discography. Yet the talent pool is deeper than it appears. Plenty of rappers have been putting out excellent material for years, receiving only a fraction of the shine.
As any hip-hop fan knows, part of the fun is engaging in the inevitable top-ten debates. And while many people tend to feel obliged to insert the legends out of sheer principle, there often remains room for the “niche” pick, also known as the “hipster pick.” Generally, it’s reserved for a periphery spot, for an artist you feel deserves more shine then generally allotted. Doubtless, you’ve found yourself in a situation where you were rattling off your top ten, and proceeded to dazzle all with your obscure, perpetually slept on dark horse selection.