Now that we're three months into these Rap Power Rankings with the good folks at Green Label things are really starting to take shape, we're starting to separate the contenders from the pretenders. The game changes every minute of every month so of course we'll see some rappers rise and others fall, but the ones that are here month in and month out, those are the truly powerful rappers.
Before we get into the results of the most recent month, March, a quick reminder of the philosophy behind these. In theory the Rap Power Rankings is all about reflecting hip-hop as a competition sport. Both overtly and subtly, rappers are constantly fighting for position, trying to climb into the top of rap's mythical hierarchy, and just like sports, those positions are constantly changing. Like the rap game itself, there aren't any hard rules for how we determine ranks, how could there be? How does a mediocre album measure against a great hit single? If a rapper kills another rapper on their own song (* cough, "Control" * cough) should that count for more than dropping a great verse on their own song? Figuring out where every rapper belongs is an almost impossible task, but greatness has never come easy and we're not afraid of some difficulty. In the words of Kevin Garnett, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!
This month sees a few rappers lose their footing on a top ten spot, like Vic Mensa and Joey Bada$$, but the really notable manuevering is near the top. Most importantly, Kendrick seizes the top spot from Drake, of course, after dropping his powerhouse new album, To Pimp a Butterfly. For the rest of the rankings though, along with full breakdowns, you're just going to have to hit that link below.