HLKendrick, who was dubbed “Hottest MC” by MTV in 2012, doesn’t hold back on the track in his quest to steal fans. His controversial verse gets pretty intense:

“I’m usually homeboys with the same n****s i’m rhymin wit/But this is hip hop and them n****s should know what time it is/And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron‘, Tyler, Mac Miller/I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n****s/Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n****s.”

He also has a verse that says: “I’m Machiavelli’s offspring, I’m the king of New York/King of the Coast, one hand, I juggle them both.”So far none of the rappers have taken issue with the song. In fact, Pusha T took to Twitter to write: “I hear u loud and clear my n***a… @kendricklamar.”

Kendrick Lamar has every right to call out other popular rappers because, frankly, he’s better than most of his competition and knows it. Rap has been a competitive sport since it’s inception when Dr. James Naismith first won a beatboxing contest against a wicker basket back in the early 20th century. Kendrick is prodding these guys to try to get the best from them. Raise the bar a bit, etc. But if the 5’6″ MC thinks he’s the best rapper alive, dude’s wrong. LIST!

#5 – Earl Sweatshirt

I know there are going to be comments like, “I stopped reading this list as soon as I saw Earl Sweatshirt” (or “I stopped reading this blog when I saw “rappers”, I guess). Doesn’t matter. If you’ve heard the music from Earl and still don’t think he’s a great rapper, it’s really time you considered the possibility that maybe he is in fact a great rapper and you are just stupid. Because that really could be the case. Your stupidity could be blocking your good sense and taste. Happens all the time.

#4 – Action Bronson

Action Bronson is the funnest rapper alive. Easily atop the rappers you’d like to hang out with in real life category. Big fat famous guy with lots of money and confidence who also happens to be a chef? “Hey maurice, you wanna smoke then eat some lightly seared ahi tuna while these chicks we scooped try to out-slut each other on the helicopter?” Yes, Action Bronson. Yes I do.

#3 – Meek Mill

Can your favorite rapper win an actual rap battle? Has your favorite rapper actually been to jail? Can your favorite rapper do wheelies while illegally driving a dirt bike helmetless through Philadelphia? Has your favorite rapper ever written a novel that user “Babz” on called “one of the best most interesting books I’ve ever read”? Yes? Then your favorite rapper is Meek Mill. If he’s not then you’re missing out.

RIP Lil Snupe.

#2 – Kendrick Lamar

Section.80 and good kid, m.A.A.d city are A+ albums. Sometimes I think about him being 5’6″ and have trouble taking him seriously, but then I remember Section.80 and good kid, m.A.A.d city and practically every verse he’s ever done and remember that it’s okay. Gifted lyricist who’s not wasting it on only bragging about his money and power. Speaking of bragging about money and power…

#1 – Kanye West

Nobody’s fucking with him. Polarizing, sure, but misguided hate shouldn’t diminish decades of dominance and classic albums. I’ve never immediately hated an album then grown to love it more than Yeezus. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is an all-timer and the Grammy’s are still a joke for not nominating it for Best Album (at least at the Billboard Awards we get Hogan leg drops). He’s at the forefront. Kanye being a conceited asshole doesn’t make the music bad.

Honorable Mentions:

Fucking Everybody. It’s only a list of five. You try making a list of five and see how you feel.