JTTS Greatest 100 Greatest Rappers Of All Time – #97: DMX

As always, please keep in mind this list isn’t actually in any particular order.. but even still.. this is probably the first time since the 90s DMX has made a “Top Rapper” list. I understand the thrill in knocking this guy, he was never a lyrical powerhouse – but for a brief period in rap, DMX held the fucking crown.

Rap purists will debate his origins in hip hop; he was around for a while in early 90s, (I have his “Born Loser” record on vinyl).. but any true fan of DMX will tell you, his career really started in 1998. It was around this time I REALLY began to take notice of Dark Man X at my local barbershop / bootlegger. Talk ran rampant of his origins, “Yo I heard this dude was homeless for 10 years…”, and “Canibus vs. DMX” mix tapes were poppin’ up left and right. He murdered his verses on “24 Hours To Live” and “Money, Power, Respect”, and let’s face it.. you probably copped BOTH of his multi-platinum releases that year (It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot and Flesh of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood).

The DMX franchise grew rapidly with his music success reaching it’s peak with “And Then There was X” in 1999. Unfortunately for DMX, his star burned too brite, too fast and hollywood ultimately destroyed his “gangster” brand with a series of horrific movie roles (the Ice Cube syndrome). (Umm.. although I will say this, if he had shot the minister at the end of “Belly” instead of getting born again .. that movie would have been a certified classic piece of cinema).

DMX hasn’t really existed to me musically since 2000, aside from the occasional musical blip on my rap radar (Who We Be) he has flopped more times than a fish out of water. As a celebrity, my fascination with the man has once again grown to 1998 levels of excitement (no homo). He’s using crack now, has been arrested several (hundred) times in 2008 alone, and is serving jail time whylin’ out on C.O.s. Not to mention the fact that DMX is clearly batshit crazy, and more or less rap’s Amy Winehouse.

With all that said, DMX is a creative, eccentric, entertaining force, that why I put him on this list. Hate if you want but.. “YOU CANNOT TAKE THIS FROM ME BAYBEEEEE” .. Boomer! One Love N*gga!

540 Responses to “JTTS Greatest 100 Greatest Rappers Of All Time – #97: DMX”

  1. 1Love-HipHop! Says:

    Heres my list, personally I struggle to make a top 10 as I dont think it is fair, for example I think ready to die is better then any 2pac album, but I think that any of 2pacs albums are better then life after death… so where does that leave me? If I had to break it down, Id do it like this

    1)2pac
    2)Nas
    3)Biggie
    4)Ice Cube
    5)Masta Ace
    6)A.Z.
    7)The Wu Tang Clan collectively (Namely Ghostface, Genius, Meth & Chef)
    8)DMX
    9)Redman
    10)Bun B

    Reallisticaly, not many people make good music anymore, in my opinion. The best period for music in my eyes was undoubtedly 1990-2000, there some decent artists around these days, i feel young buck a hell of a lot, if i had to pick a favourite out of all the new school rappers it would probably be him. I can’t stand the young money camp, their ruining hip hop! At the end of the day this is my list, i struggled to put it together and im not sure if it is in the right order or not, I dont really listen to any rakim/big daddy kane, ive gave that shit a chance and i just cant get into to, thats why they are exempt from my list. The oldest album I own is the greatest adventures of slick rick & the newest album i own is blackout two, i have over 200 albums inbetween.

  2. 1Love-HipHop! Says:

    oh & something else i’d like to include, I cannot stand eminems music, his voice is annoying, his lyrics are for the most of his songs corny & childish, his serious songs aren’t too bad but they aint brilliant either, really don’t see the fuss about this guy, I think white guys just make a fuss over him because of his commercial success so they can feel like they are a part of hip hop. One of my favourite albums of all time is styles p , a gangster and a gentleman, that shit is probably my favourite album from the past decade (2000-2010), man that shit is slept on like seriously, i dunno if its just me but that album is seriously hot! Also, jay rock and nipsey hussle are seriously hot right now, I prefer nipsey out of the two, jay rock is going wayward making tracks with people like rick ross & lil wayne man i dunno if hes doing it just for the publicity or what but he aint fake like them that kid is straight from the street, so is nipsey too & its good to see he aint selling out making tracks with wayne etc, the marathon even thoguh its only a mixtape that shit is hard & so it TMC,, i just hope he gets the big break he deserves man hes been working hard, like him, jay rock & young buck is who im feeling now right now, ive always liked young buck man even though he been kicked out of g unit hes not selling out & doing tracks with wayne & drake & shit. anyway thats it rant over man

  3. Temwa Says:

    1.Eminem
    2.Lil Wayne
    3.Tupac
    4.Nas
    Full stop

  4. Hiphopluva Says:

    1) Tupac
    2) Nas
    3) Rakim
    4) Notorious B.I.G
    5) Eminem
    6) Eazy E
    7) DMX
    8) Immortal technique
    9) The Wu Tang Clan
    10) Scarface

  5. radi Says:

    1.tupac
    2.big daddy kane
    3.nas
    4.raekwon
    5.jeru the damaja
    6.tha pharcyde
    7.ghostface killah
    8.King Just
    9.Gang starr
    10.Rakim

  6. Killaphatarat Says:

    1.lil wayne
    2.game
    3.soulja boy
    4.jay z
    5.kayne west
    6. dr dre
    7.wiz khalifa
    8. big sean
    9. 50 cent
    10. t.i

  7. korbyn Says:

    1. Nas
    2. 2Pac
    3. Rakim
    4. Jay-Z
    5. Notorious B.I.G.
    6. Ice Cube
    7. Scarface
    8. Eminem
    9. Big Daddy Kane
    10. Big Pun

  8. fat Says:

    1. Lil Wayne
    2. The Game
    3. Eminem
    4. 2pac
    5. Biggie Smalls
    6. Dr. Dre
    7.The Guru
    8. Knaan
    9. Gang Starr
    10. T.I.

  9. Decent Says:

    Ok just sayin if i hear one more person list lil wayne as number one on one more list on any website im gunna drop kick a baby down a flight of stairs. Come on hes not a real rapper ;/ hes new age bullshit real rap is like N.W.A. or dr dre esay e snoop dogg jay z 2pac biggie but personally im shady all the way Eminem<3

  10. Jake20 Says:

    Heres a list of my fav rappers in no order
    Nas
    Blu
    Tupac
    Big
    Immortal tech
    Tech n9ne
    Hopsin
    Fashawn
    J dilla
    Guru
    Blue scholars
    MF Doom
    Slug
    Talib kweli
    Mos def
    Dutchmassive
    Aloe blacc
    Dialated peoples
    Exile
    Wu tang
    Giant panda
    Macklemore

  11. dboy Says:

    u cant have lil wayne on a list if eminem isnt on there. top 5 are
    1. 2pac
    2.Biggie
    3.Nas
    4.Big L
    5.Eminem (my favorite rapper)

  12. Bebop19 Says:

    1.Rakim
    2.Nas
    3.Tupac
    4.Big Daddy Kane
    5.Eminem
    6.Tech N9ne
    7.KRS-One
    8.Chuck.D
    9.The Notorious B.I.G.
    10.Common

  13. no one Says:

    the real list
    1.eminem
    2.dayton family
    3.bone thugs n harmony
    4.tupac
    5.esham
    6.hollywood undead
    7.haystak
    8.lil wayne
    9.snoop dog
    10.eazy e
    11.I.C.P

    OH yeah redhot rape isnt a nice word stupid fu**ing whore so stop being mean or il rape your mom yeah i said rape cause i dont like you stupid whore and be mean any one else or il rape your moms to

  14. ^er_ Says:

    1.Eminem
    2.Eminem
    3.EMINEM
    4.DR dre,
    5.lil wayne
    6.50 cent
    7.the game
    8.Tupac

  15. Jim Says:

    fuck no
    1. tupac
    2. biggie smalls
    3. ice cube
    4. snoop
    5. nas
    6. eazy e
    and others

  16. Chase Says:

    1. Tupac
    2. Nas
    3. Biggie
    4.DMX
    5.Big L
    6.Rakim
    7.Jay Z
    8.Common
    9.A.Z.
    10. Eminem

  17. Anthony Says:

    My list

    1. Biggie
    2. Nas
    3. Tupac
    4. Tech N9ne
    5. Ice Cube
    6. Eazy E
    7. Rakim
    8. WU-tang
    9. Bone Thugs
    10. I know nobody will agree, but The Game (The Documentary was ridiculous)

  18. Patrick Says:

    1. Drake

  19. meeky Says:

    best of 90s
    1.biggie smalls
    2.tupac
    3.nas
    4.jay z
    5.dmx
    6.snoop dogg
    7.eazy e
    8.big pun
    9.big l
    10.methood man

    best of 00s
    1.lil wayne
    2.eminem
    3.t.i
    4.ludacris
    5.kanye west
    6.50 cent
    7.fabolous
    8.rick ross
    9.jadakiss
    10.the game

  20. ya mum Says:

    1.dmx ( you may disagree but ive been listening to him and he just happens to be my favourite)
    2.tupac (ive always liked him he a legend)
    3.nas (nas is one of the greatest ive heard, fuck gay z)
    4.ice cube ( hes got a strong voice and a strong flow)
    5.cypresshill( if ur a stoner u know why)

    this is my list you may dissagree i sont give a fuck smoke on !!!

  21. Luke Says:

    1. Nas
    2. Big L
    3. Rakim
    4. Big Pun
    5. Andre 3000
    6. Big Boi
    7. Immortal Technique
    8. 2pac
    9. Bizzy Bone
    10. Biggie
    11. Krayzie bone
    12. Raekwon
    13. Methodman
    14. Redman
    15. Ice Cube
    16. The Game
    17. Eazy E
    18. Jay Z
    19. DMX
    20. Eminem

  22. lil saint Says:

    1.Eminem
    2.B.I.G
    3.2pac
    4.Onyx
    5.Redman
    6.LL Cool J
    7.Eazy E
    8.Outkast
    9.Methodman
    10.Luinz

  23. lil saint Says:

    and cant forget the original
    1.Public Enemy
    2.NWA
    3.Run DMC

  24. Rdubb Says:

    You are all dumb and are posting without any real knowledge of hip hop…

  25. Markymarc44 Says:

    1. NAS
    2. PAC
    3. EMINEM
    4. BIGGIE
    5. JAY-Z
    6. ANDRE 3000
    7. TECH N9NE
    8. Q-TIP
    9. COMMON
    10. LAURYN HILL
    11. KANYE WEST
    12. BIG PUN
    13. EAZY E
    14. MASTA ACE
    15. LL COOL J
    16. JADAKISS
    17. RAKIM
    18. TALIB KWELI
    19. SNOOPP DOGG
    20. BLACKTHOUGHT (from the roots)

    best groups/duos in no particular order:
    NWA
    BEASTIE BOYS
    RUN DMC
    TRIBE CALLED QUEST
    PUBLIC ENEMY
    FUGEES
    UGK
    SUGARHILL GANG
    D12
    OUTLAWZ
    SLAUGHTERHOUSE
    WU TANG
    THREE 6 MAFIA
    BAD MEETS EVIL
    G UNIT
    WEST SIDE CONNXION
    MOBB DEEP

  26. dan Says:

    that first list is complete garbage…
    anyway, id say
    1.Jay-Z
    2. Nas
    3. Biggie
    4. Rakim
    5.eminem

    plenty others are debatable, but this is my opinion

  27. deezzz nuts Says:

    1.DYLON!
    2.DYLON!
    3.DYLON!

  28. Renzo aka Ren Says:

    1st of all,any1 who say lil’wayne,drake,rick ross and the whole young money crew and mmg make it 2 the top 50 are full of SHIT!!!y’all know shit bout rap.Now this is the list of top 10 best rappers of all time.

    1.2pac makaveli
    2.eminem
    3.dr dre
    4.Outlawz
    5.50cent
    6.Nas
    7.Jay-z
    8.Kanye west
    9.Biggie smalls
    10.and then T.I

    And fuck all those who say 2pac is a fossil! We talkin bout the greatest rapper ever lived…

  29. Real rap music Says:

    1.2pac
    2.Notorious B.I.G.
    3.Eazy-E
    4.Ice Cube
    5.Big L
    6.Eminem
    7.Wiz Khalifa
    8.The Game
    9.Missy Elliot
    10.Lil Wayne

  30. dandan Says:

    what vanilla ice?
    maybe not number 1, but at least in the top 10?!
    remember that song, “ice ice baby”?!
    that was funky. word.

  31. dandan Says:

    what about vanilla ice?
    maybe not number 1, but at least in the top 10?!
    remember that song, “ice ice baby”?!
    that was funky. word.

  32. click here Says:

    I tend not to leave many comments, but i did some searching and wound up here
    100 Greatest Rappers Of All Time – #97 : DMX
    | JTTS.com. And I actually do have 2 questions for you
    if it’s allright. Is it only me or does it look like a few of these comments come across like they are written by brain dead folks? 😛 And, if you are writing at additional places, I would like to follow everything fresh you have to post. Could you list of all of all your communal sites like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

  33. West Coast Fan Says:

    read this and shut up

    1. EAZY-E
    2. TUPAC
    3. JAY-Z
    4. DR.DRE
    5. NAS
    6. SNOOP LION
    7. EMINEM
    8. BIGGIE
    9. THE GAME
    10. AKON
    11-100- OTHER BITCHIES LIKE WIZ KHALIFA, KANYE WEST, LIL WAYNE…

  34. JahraOfficial Says:

    1. Tupac Shakur
    2. Notorius B.I.G.
    3. Rakim
    4. Nas
    5. DMX
    6. Eminem
    7. Snoop Doggy Dogg
    8. Kool G Rap
    9. Ice Cube
    10. KRS One

  35. seniormate Says:

    1.tupac
    2.nas
    3.rakim
    4.nutorious B.I.G
    5.eminem
    6.dr dre
    7.eazy e
    8.icecube
    9.krs-one
    10.jay z
    This is the original list of greatest ms’c off all time and forever am seniormate i just wanna start rapping and be famious,popular,rich because i was born the day tupac was gone or dead

  36. KINGSTEEZY Says:

    1. Nas
    2. 2Pac
    3. Jay-Z
    4. Biggie
    5. Wu-Tang
    6. Rakim
    7. N.W.A

  37. ThaTruth81 Says:

    1.Tupac
    2.Biggie
    3.AZ
    4.Nas
    5.Cormega
    6.Ali Vegas
    7.Big Pun
    8.Guru
    9.Big L
    10.Rakim
    11.Ras Kass
    12.Jadakiss
    13.Method Man
    14.DMX
    15.Scarface
    16.Eminem
    17.Snoop Dogg
    18.Trae tha Truth
    19.Hussein Fatal
    20.Jay z

  38. ThaTruth81 Says:

    Groups
    1.Wu Tang
    2.NWA
    3.RUN DMC
    4.Outlawz
    5.Mobb Deep
    6.Bone Thugs
    7.Boot Camp Clik
    8.The Firm
    9.G Unit
    10.The Dogg Pound

  39. truthnigga Says:

    Eminem
    Tupac
    Biggie
    Jay Z
    50 cent
    Kanye West
    Lil Wayne
    DMX
    Ludacris
    Drake

  40. Ravengade Says:

    01. K-Rino
    02. Canibus
    03. Immortal Technique
    04. 2Pac
    05. Eric B & Rakim
    06. Jadakiss
    07. Tech N9ne
    08. Notorious B.I.G.
    09. Hopsin
    10. Dead Prez

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