Ja Rule recently made headlines by asserting that it is “statistically impossible” for him not to be considered one of the top 50 rappers of all time. This comes after his exclusion from Billboard and VIBE’s Top 50 Greatest Rappers of All Time list, where JAY-Z was crowned as Hip Hop’s finest MC.
Having been previously left off the prestigious list, Ja Rule took to social media, expressing his discontent and confidently stating, “There ain’t 50 rappers dead, alive, or waiting to be born better than me… #ICONN #Vibes @billboard congrats to everyone on the list well deserved but check my resume… #ICONN #Vibes.”
Ja Rule expanded on his criticism during an appearance on The Tamron Hall Show, emphasizing that while he congratulates those on the list, he questions the validity of such rankings.
He argued that music is subjective, with everyone having their favorite artists. His main contention, however, was with the methodology behind the list, especially considering it is compiled by Billboard, known for its emphasis on numbers and statistics.
During the interview, Ja Rule defended his claim, stating, “These lists, they’re meaningless because music is subjective. You like who you want to like, you know everybody has their favorite artist. But my thing was: this is a list comprised by Billboard. They do numbers and statistics, if I’m not mistaken. Ok so, that list is impossible to make without Ja Rule being on it — statistically impossible.”
Ja Rule acknowledged the diversity of metrics needed for evaluating older artists who may not have had the same sales figures. He highlighted that some artists lack number one records or albums but contribute significantly to the industry. In essence, he stressed that music appreciation should go beyond mere statistics.