marsburqua asked: I think you're spot on as to what constitutes "best rapper alive", but I disagree that consensus about it is dead cuz like it or not Drake is there at the moment. He fits into your formula almost exactly (what other rapper could get away with "hold on") but he flips Jay's script: first he had the charts, now he has the streets. I don't think his persona is realistic and I hate "Thank Me Later" as much as the next clown but face it: pretty much everyone is down for Aubrey right now
Recently I went to Germany and talked to some students about rap music. When I asked them about Drake I was told “he’s very popular… but everyone hates him.”
Sometimes i like to let kevin spacey do my talking.