Eminem

Only someone like Eminem could be as exquisitely irreverent, quirky, angry, and even self-deprecating in his music as he is while still fully deserving his undisputed status as the king of hip-hop. With lyrics that effortlessly bounce and rhyme to infectiously thick backbeats in critique and ridicule of all manner of society, including government, media, celebrity, and any subject in the realm of the topically popular, nothing is off limits to the great Marshall Mathers. Kicking off his career in the late 1990s with the legendary Slim Shady LP, he transformed the rap world practically overnight. Twenty years later, with over 230 million records sold and nine consecutive number-one albums to date, Eminem continues to shock, delight, galvanize, and lead the world with his inimitable brand of rap artistry and social rebellion.