According to Last Week's Poll
MTV just recently did one of those My Block specials, which I guess means the Windy City is poised to be the next big shit in hip-hop. Last week's poll sought to determine which of Chicago's prominent MCs is the best overall.
Best Chicago rapper?
- Common (210 votes)
- Twista (74 votes)
- Kanye West (68 votes)
- Lupe Fiasco (59 votes)
- Rhymefest (30 votes)
As you can see, Common pretty much ran away with this one, having received about three times as many the next closest competitor and seven times as many votes as poor ol' Rhymefest. Which I suppose shouldn't come as that much of a surprise; the guy is kind of a legend, and he's about as popular as he's ever been, with Be having sold over 800,000 copies.
At the rate that it's going, Food and Liquor won't hit the platinum mark anytime this decade, but I was surprised to see Lupe Fiasco only came in fourth in this poll, just ahead of Rhymefest. A few weeks ago, this ass-clown was all the rage on les internetes: could it be that his star has already begun to fade, only like a month into his "career" so to speak?
Kanye West is the most popular artist on the list by far, but I don't think very many people regard him as a particularly capable MC, which would explain him coming in third, behind the relatively less popular Common and Twista.
I would've liked to include more underground Chicago MCs on the list, but the truth of the matter is that I'm not that familiar with the scene. I did get the soundtrack to that MTV special the other day which has a lot of lower-level Chi-town rappers, so I'll have to check that out.
For next week's poll, which is already up, I'm running a slightly remixed version of a poll I ran earlier this year about who will be president first between, primarily, a black man, a woman, and a Jew. Vote early and vote often.