Best Answer: I think some underground artists definitely should be up for consideration. I don't think marketing, mainstream appeal and record sales have anything to do with skills, which is what is what I would base their position on if I had a top 10 list (along with a consistent discography). And for those people who would base it solely on influence should realize that there have been pioneers in the underground who have influenced many underground artists as well.
Here's a few artists who have the potential and should eventually be considered to make someone's list:
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Absolutely an underground artist can be considered a GOAT! I must admit I am not a big follower of underground music but the few artist I do enjoy are much better than what most would consider a GOAT!
Also "to each is own"! The artist I might consider a GOAT some might consider trash!
Straight outta Kilt-town. - f*ck the grampian police.
"Nah. If dem wack underground rappers is so good. How come I aint herd of dem? Cause dey wack."
I can consider Pac-man for GOAT status if I want.
Whether or not people will agree with me/my reasoning is a different story. GOAT's will always be discussed with commercial success/recognition in mind.
If I say J-Live is arguably one of the greatest MC's of all time, I'll catch about 6 thumbs down. If I say Vast Aire is one of the best punchline artists on the planet, I'll probably catch another 6. If I say for raw lyricism and metaphors, Aesop Rock buries most MC's - another 6.
I figure people figure see it as "If he's the greatest of all time, Why haven't I heard of him?"
Either way, I shout the following.
- Aesop Rock
- Vast Aire
- Percee P
I might elaborate when my manager stops watching me >_<.
I would still put them in the conversation, but if they continuously release bad albums I wouldn't rank them as high as I once did. KRS-One (up until Survival Skills) would be a good example. Even though he released a few bad albums, it doesn't take away from his Boogie Down Productions albums, as well as his first 3 solo albums. He personifies hip hop and a few crappy albums can't take away from that. BQ: Ghostface Killah (The GOAT in my eyes, but he hasn't been as influential as others) and R.A. The Rugged Man are probably the only two in my top ten that I put there solely based on skill. Skill is only maybe 50% important in my eyes. Quality albums, influence, staying relevant, etc. takes up the other 50%. All are extremely important and have to be considered when talking GOAT emcees.
I don't think so. The GOAT is a consensus amongst fans and not all are fans of underground hip hop. For a rapper to be considered the GOAT they have to be elite at their craft and they have to be known. Would Pele have been considered the best footballer in the world if he was Guyanese instead of Brazilian? Probably not.