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 8. Ice Cube - Death Certificate



 7. N.W.A - N---az4Life



 6. Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt



 5.Run-DMC - Raising Hell



 4. Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die



 3. Dr. Dre - The Chronic



 2. Nas - Illmatic



 1. Eric B & Rakim - Paid in Full



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This panel of experts compiled, voted upon and then debated (and debated and debated) the "Greatest MCs of All Time" list. Their personal Top 10s will be published on Friday.

The MTV Hip-Hop Brain Trust

Tracy Bachman - associate producer, "Direct Effect"
Tuma Basa - manager, MTV Music Programming
Bridget Bland - production associate/writer, MTV Radio Network
Tone Boots - producer, "Direct Effect"/creative consultant, MTV
Buttahman - manager, music and talent, "MTV Jams"
Sway Calloway - on-air correspondent, MTV News
Rahman Dukes - features producer, MTVNews.com
Sean Lee - supervising producer, MTV News
Joseph Patel - segment producer, MTV News
Rodrigo Perez - producer, MTVNews.com
Shaheem Reid - hip-hop editor, MTV News
Shari Scorca - senior producer, MTV News
Curtis Waller - senior producer, MTV Radio Network
Kurt Williamson - associate producer, "Direct Effect"


Tracy Bachman's picks:

1. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full
2. Dr. Dre - The Chronic
3. Nas - Illmatic
4. Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt
5. Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
6. Tupac Shakur (As Makaveli) - The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
7. Snoop Doggy Dogg - Doggystyle
8. Run-DMC - Raising Hell
9. 50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin'
10. Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

Tuma Basa's picks:

1. Dr. Dre - The Chronic
2. 2Pac - 2Pacalypse Now
3. Dr. Dre - 2001
4. Nas - Illmatic
5. Jay-Z - The Blueprint
6. Outkast - Aquemini
7. Do or Die - Picture This
8. 2Pac -All Eyez on Me
9. Notorious B.I.G. - Life After Death
10. Scarface - The Fix

Tone Boots' picks:

1. Dr. Dre - The Chronic
2. Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
3. Snoop Doggy Dogg - Doggy Style
4. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full
5. Ice Cube - AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
6. N.W.A. - N---az4Life
7. Various artists - "Above the Rim" soundtrack
8. Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
9. Run-DMC - Raising Hell
10. Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded

Buttahman's picks:

1. A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders
2. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full
3. EPMD - Strictly Business
4. KRS-One - Return of the Boom Bap
5. Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
6. N.W.A - Niggaz4life
7. Notorious B.I.G. - Life After Death
8. Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt
9. The Fugees - The Score
10. De La Soul - De La Soul Is Dead

Sway Calloway's picks:

1. Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded
2. Dr. Dre - The Chronic
3. Ice Cube - Death Certificate
4. Nas - Illmatic
5. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full
6. Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
7. Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt
8. Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
9. Tupac Shakur (As Makaveli) - The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
10. Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Rahman Dukes' picks:

1. Nas - Illmatic
2. Run-DMC - Raising Hell
3. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full
4. Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
5. Big Daddy Kane - Long Live the Kane
6. Notorious B.I.G.- Ready to Die
7. Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
8. Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt
9. EPMD - Unfinished Business
10. De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising

Joseph Patel's picks:

1. Nas - Illmatic
2 . De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
3. Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
4. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full
5. N.W.A - Straight Outta Compton
6. A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
7. Jay-Z - The Blueprint
8. Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
9. Outkast - Stankonia
10. Main Source - Breaking Atoms

Rodrigo Perez's picks:

1. Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
2. De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
3. Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
4. A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders
5. Ice Cube - Death Certificate
6. Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele
7. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full
8. Common - Like Water for Chocolate
9. Ultramagnetic MC's - Critical Beatdown
10. Run-DMC - Raising Hell

Shaheem Reid's picks:

1. Notorious B.I.G. - Life After Death
2. Nas - Illmatic
3. Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
4. Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
5. Ice Cube - Death Certificate
6. N.W.A. - N---az4Life
7. Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt
8. Dr. Dre - The Chronic
9. Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
10. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full

Shari Scorca's picks:

1. Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt
2. Nas - Illmatic
3. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full
4. Main Source - Breaking Atoms
5. Mobb Deep - The Infamous
6. N.W.A - Straight Outta Compton
7. Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
8. Dr. Dre - The Chronic
9. Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
10. Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique

Curtis Waller's picks:

1. Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
2. Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
3. Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
4. Scarface - The Fix
5. Ice Cube - AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
6. Jay-Z - The Blueprint
7. KRS-One - Return of the Boom Bap
8. Various artists - "Menace II Society" soundtrack
9. Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
10. Outkast - Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below

Kurt Williamson's picks:

1. Nas - Illmatic
2. Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
3. Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
4. Mos Def & Talib Kweli - Black Star
5. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - E 1999 Eternal
6. Jay-Z - The Black Album
7. Snoop Doggy Dogg - Doggystyle
8. 2Pac - 2Pacalypse Now
9. 2Pac - Strictly 4 My N.-.-.-.A.Z.
10. Common - Like Water for Chocolate




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