Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip hop musical Hamilton is filled with references to contemporary rappers, and now we officially know Miranda’s take on the top five best rappers ever. When asked into name the greatest rapper of all time in an interview with The Rockefeller Foundation, Miranda lists five. As you might expect, he has excellent taste.
Without further ado, they are:
2. Big Pun
4. Lauryn Hill
5. André 3000
Jay Z almost made the cut. According to Slate’s breakdown of Hamilton‘s rap references, Biggie, Eminem, Lauryn Hill, and Jay Z are referenced in the musical. The question is, when are we getting an album of Miranda’s favorite artists covering songs from Hamilton?