Complex Names Their Best Rapper Alive of 2017

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Complex Names Their Best Rapper Alive  2017

A few years ago, Complex started coming up with the best rapper alive for every calendar year since 1979.

Here was their list coming into 2017.

1979: Grandmaster Caz 1980: Kurtis Blow 1981: Kool Moe Dee 1982: Melle Mel

1983: Run 1984: Run 1985: LL Cool J 1986: KRS-One

1987: Rakim 1988: Slick Rick 1989: Big Daddy Kane 1990: Ice Cube

1991: Q-Tip 1992: Redman 1993: Snoop Dogg 1994: Nas

1995: The Notorious B.I.G. 1996: 2Pac 1997: The Notorious B.I.G. 1998: DMX

1999: Jay Z 2000: Eminem 2001: Jay Z 2002: Eminem

2003: 50 Cent 2004: T.I. 2005: Jeezy 2006: Lil’ Wayne

2007: Kanye West 2008: Lil’ Wayne 2009: Jay Z

2010: Kanye West 2011: Drake 2012: Drake

2013: Kendrick Lamar 2014: Nicki Minaj 2015: Drake 2016 Chance The Rapper.

For 2017, they've named Kendrick Lamar for the second time.

Jay-Z, Cardi B, Future all got honorable mention for '17.

Here's what they wrote about Kendrick:

Do you think Kendrick ran rap in 2017?

Complex Names Their Best Rapper Alive  2017