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Aesop Rock, one of the lesser known artists who Daniels analyzed, came out on top, with Wu Tang Clan founding member GZA ranked second and Kool Keith third. DMX sits bottom of the pile, but Daniels has praise for his “raw energy and honesty.”
A wider range of lyrics doesn’t mean better rapping, of course, but it’s interesting to see that a lot of artists placed higher than Shakespeare — that’s something you might not expect.
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