In the rap game, there are those who excel at spitting rhyme, and then there are those who have taken the game to the next level… the world arena. They have taken a monster bite out of show business. This list is set to honor those individuals. But there are rules! Everyone on this list — or associated with a group on this list — must be living at the time of publication. Repeat: Living. That’s the reason you’ll find no Run DMC, and sadly, no Tupac, Wu Tang Clan or Beastie Boys.
14. Busta Ryhmes
Busta Rhymes, known to his most intimate as Trevor, was handed his moniker by Chuck D of Public Enemy, and it’s completely appropriate. Busta is known for his intricate rhyme schemes, and one helluva long wind. He must work on holding his breath a lot while he’s enjoying the smoke. Kidding aside, when he really busted onto the scene in the 1990s, there wasn’t anyone quite like Busta. He understood that a persona was bigger than any person, and it was the way to sell in this business. He has stayed out of trouble, and enjoyed wild success with Flipmode Entertainment, as well as working in an out of mainstream pop music. Enough to garner 11 Grammy Nominations throughout his illustrious career. Up next, the sequel to E.L.E., E.L.E. 2, to be released in 2016. An album that has been six years in the making.Photo by Veda Jo Jenkins/REX