The "Best Rhymers of All Time" Get Deconstructed & Analyzed

From Kurtis Blow to Rakim, The Notorious B.I.G. to Mos Def, Outkast to Eminem, MF DOOM to Kendrick Lamar.

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People like rap for different reasons. Some enjoy it musically, gravitating to the appeal of beats and vibes more so than the rapping or lyrics. Others are drawn to the lyrics, rhymes and poetic devices. Vox decided to give an in-depth analysis to the “best rhymers of all time” — rappers who use multisyllabic rhymes, complex proses and cadences, double entendres and more. They go about it from a very traditionally academic, analytical perspective, deconstructing the rap styles of revered lyricists like Rakim, The Notorious B.I.G., Mos Def, Outkast, Eminem, MF DOOM, Kendrick Lamar and more. Watch it above and let us know what you think about the breakdown.

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