In recent years, fans have started to wonder if another MC - Brooklyn's Fabolous - could also be part of this conversation.
Talk about this has been bubbling for years. Just check out these tweets from 2013 and 2014:
How Fabolous Feels About The Title
So, how does The Young OG feel when fans give him the crown? We asked him on the BET Awards red carpet on Sunday (Jun. 28).
"I’m not aiming for any kind of recognition," the MC told MTV News. "I’m just doing what I do. But it’s great that you can get a title of such that isn’t, in this day, self-proclaimed. It’s something that the people actually [say]. That’s always dope.
"I just try to do things for the city as a whole, to bring dope stuff back to New York," he added. "Of course, it’s the mecca of it all. So, I’m just trying to do my part."
We saw a glimpse of that at this year's Hot 97 "Summer Jam" concert.
How Fabolous Emerged As A Leader At 'Summer Jam'
At the this year's event, Fab was joined on stage by a series of N.Y. vets including Method Man, Raekwon, Mobb Deep, Black Rob, Busta Rhymes, Remy Ma, Fat Joe, Lil Kim, LOX and Ma$e. Quite an impressive roster, right? That classic "Summer Jam" moment, though, wasn't easy to pull off.
"It was crazy, man. That’s a lot of people to deal with," he explained. "That’s a lot of camps. That’s a lot of time, having to fit. Summer Jam gives you a certain amount of time. But we went really smooth.
"Actually, no one knows, but we went over like two or three minutes," he continued. "But I was like, ‘You can’t end this classic set by saying I ran out of time.’ So, they gave us the two minutes that we needed and it worked out."
This year - perhaps partly because of that showing - many continued to praise him for representing N.Y. to the fullest.
But Fab said he wasn't trying to win the crown when he set up the star-studded set. Still, rappers who joined him said it was fitting that so many greats united during his time slot at the event.
"A couple of guys told me, ‘You’re the guy that could’ve put this together,’" he said. "I didn’t even look at it from that standpoint ever. That was just something I was trying to do for the city, for the show, for hip-hop. But they were like, ‘You’re one of the few guys who actually could have made this happen.’ So, I got that recognition as well. I was like, ‘Wow. That’s dope.’"
Fabolous Pays Respect To The Past
Through all of this "King of New York" talk, Fab's also quick to pay homage to the greats who've been named that before him, like Biggie, who coined the term on classic tracks like 1997's "Kick In The Door."
"That’s one of the first times I had heard that title," Fab said. "The 'King of New York' movie came out in the ‘90s [also].
"[Biggie] embodied it, too," he added. "He represented New York fully. When you saw him out, he always screamed ‘Brooklyn.’"
So, is Fabolous the new King of New York rap? If not, who is? Let us know in the comments.