Vince Staples On Best Rapper Alive: “Kendrick, Easy, Not Even Close”
LBC rapper Vince Staples stopped by Power 106’s The Cruz Show, and J Cruz spawned a debate over who deserves the “greatest rapper alive” title. Cruz confidently throws Eminem’s name into the mix, but Vince disagrees, mentioning Eminem’s recent slump as a deterrent. “We could say Michael Jordan, but he’s not beating Lebron one on one,” says Staples. “If we’re talking about right now, it’s Kendrick, easy, not even close.”
Staples also throws Kanye’s name in the mix, citing his overall influence on art and pop culture as an important factor. While Cruz maintains Em is still deserving of the title due to his massive record-breaking sales, Staples still thinks Kanye has Slim Shady beat. “We gotta separate commerce and art when we talk about music,” says Staples. “You don’t get in the museum by having a lot of money.”
This discussion starts at the 24:30 mark.