Best Current Rap Crew: G.O.O.D. Music vs. Young Money
Power tends to be consolidated in rap… Rap has always had great crews/label rosters. What gets to be the most fun though is when to groups come to dislike each other and lob disses at each other. While there have been a few minor dust-ups between these groups (Common vs. Drake most recently), I don’t think it’ll flare up. That doesn’t mean we can’t debate, which group is the best now and which has the best future ahead of it?
Have to head to the Tale of the Tape for this one and discuss the most notable members of each crew.
Young Money (YMCMB)
Established Under: Cash Money Records (Baby & Mannie Fresh)
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Resume: 3 #1 albums, 4 Grammys (10 Nominations). One of the most famous rappers of all-time. 9 studio albums to date.
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Resume: 2 #1 albums (his only 2 albums). 4 Grammy nominations (all for first album, second album to be nominated next year). Arguably the most popular rapper out right now.
Hometown: Queens, NY
Resume: One #1 album (only album out, second album due in May which will debut at #1). One of the biggest current stars in music. Turning into a pop superstar (performed with Madonna at Super Bowl halftime).
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Resume: Newest famous member of the crew. 1 studio album. Current single “Rack City” in Top 10 of Billboard.
Established Under: Roc-a-Fella Records (Jay-Z)
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Resume: 4 #1 albums (out of 5 total, his debut album peaked at #2). 18 (!!!) Grammy awards. One of the most famous rappers and producers of all-time.
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Resume: 1 #1 album (1 #2 album). 2 Grammys (11 nominations). 8 studio albums. Rap legend.
Hometown: Springfield, OH
Resume: 9x Grammy winner. 3 studio albums (peaked at #3, #4, and #4 on Billboard). One of the most famous young singers in the world.
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Resume: Newest famous member of the crew. Debut album opened at #3. Single “A$$” went double platinum. One of the brightest young stars in rap.
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Resume: The most eclectic member of the group. 3 Grammy nominations. 3 studio albums (Debuted at #3, #3, and #4 on Billboard).
Breakdown: It really comes down to what you like… Young Money is more of a top-heavy crew with Lil’ Wayne, Drake, and Nicki Minaj being legitimate superstars while only Kanye West is the only superstar from G.O.O.D. Music. However, G.O.O.D. Music has 29 Grammys compared to Young Money only having 4 (all from Lil’ Wayne).
Do you like style or substance? If you like style then Young Money is the bet. If you like substance, go with G.O.O.D. Music. It’ll be fun to watch how this plays out with each empire continuing to grow with new artists yet to establish themselves.
What do you think?