It is nearly impossible to get a bunch of passionate hip hop fans to agree on anything. But I tried anyhow, starting with a series of polls on Facebook that aimed to figure out which emcee or group was the best in the game as driven by the letters of the alphabet. No specific rubric or criteria was given; just a simple request for answers to the question, "Who is the best emcee or hip hop group beginning with the letter 'A'?; 'B'?; 'C'?; 'D'?..." and so on. The responses were immediate and spurred some pretty spirited discussions. A general consensus was ultimately reached for each and per the request of Music Editor Leilani Polk, I'm bringing the poll results to Ear Buds. Each week, I'll reveal a letter and its "winning" artist, and then I'll re-open the question for further debate. Once we finish the first 26, we'll start it all over again fresh.
Find out who won the letter 'A' after the jump.
Before we get to the winners. I want to thank the folks who are active on my Facebook Page for voting. This list reflects their collective voices but I’ll take responsibility for all the hate mail.
The winner of the letter A is Atmosphere.
Atmosphere awareness has three basic levels. Level one is complete unfamiliarity — you've never heard of them. Level two is periphery knowledge — thinking this GROUP is an individual. Level three is knowing that this Minnesota hip hop duo (Slug and Ant) from the Rhymesayers label gets busy. So — what level are you on?
Did we get it right? Who gets your vote for the letter 'A'? Vote below, or leave your answer in the comments...
Infinite Skillz is a hip hop fan and emcee. Click here to find out more about his music.