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Eminem Crowned King of Hip-Hop, Beating Kanye West and Jay-Z

August 16, 2011 (6:39 am) GMT
While the Slim Shady sits atop the list, Yeezy and Jiggaman occupy the fourth and fifth slots behind Lil Wayne and Drake.

is named the most successful rapper by Rolling Stone. While the Slim Shady beats and on the list, he fell short on Forbes' Hip-Hop "Cash Kings" list as Kanye occupies the third spot and Jigga sits at the first place.

In deciding the King of Hip-Hop, Rolling Stone gathered data from 2009 through the first seven months of 2011. They ranked 20 solo rappers who have dropped an album during the period of time, and looked at their album sales, R&B/hip-hop and rap charts, popularity in social media, concert grosses, awards and critics' ratings.

In alphabetical order, the contenders are , , , , Eminem, , , , Jay-Z, , , , , , , , , Kanye West and . Describing the word "King" as a gender-neutral term, they also include femcee on the list.

The survey shows that the rapper rules in multiple categories including album sales and social media ranking. He sold 7.5 million copies album from his two efforts; 2009's "" and 2010's "". He was ranked the first in social networking with almost 5 million Twitter followers, 43 million "likes" on Facebook, and 1 billion views on YouTube.

A couple place lower, there are Kanye and Jay-Z who sit at No. 4 and 5 respectively. The former got the most awards during the period of 2009 and mid 2011 by bagging a total of 65 trophies. The latter, meanwhile, received the best rating in album reviews from the critics.

Ahead of the two rappers, Lil Wayne and Drake round up the top 3 by occupying the second and third place respectively. Weezy earned more cash from his tour than any other MCs by grossing $51 million. Drizzy, meanwhile, was the king of the single chart.

Rolling Stone's King of Hip-Hop:



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