In hip-hop culture, GOAT status is highly coveted. Fans will go to lengths unseen to defend the honor of their favorite artists, whether in real life or on the internet. In such a competitive scene, the discussion of "top five dead or alive" remains a recurring one, and has been throughout recent history. Everybody has their own opinion, including the rappers we all respect and listen to.

So who's the greatest of all time? We've looked back on responses and opinions from some legends of the game, and gathered a diverse array of nominations. But the discussion doesn't end there. Leave your own favorite rappers in the comment section. Make your case, or simply discover something new.

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