Anyway, in hopes of bringing us out of our collective grievances, I came up with an idea, one that may not be entirely new to you all, but oh well: sit there and listen anyway. You'll like it. I thought to myself, "Nifty, what if there was a March Madness for hip-hop?!" I threw the idea at the crew and they loved it, and so we present the Hip Hop March Madness!
Now, before y'all get all crazy, there was no strict criteria for who we selected. We didn't want to go back and forth for a month trying to determine our 64 most qualified emcees, so we kept it simple. We also didn't feel like seeding the choices was necessary. This *was* a last minute idea, after all. Maybe next year we'll get fancy, depending on how y'all like this one.
We started with four regions: East Coast, Midwest, South and West Coast and then selected eight artists from each region. Yes, we could have gone for 64 but this way would be faster. We tried to select the 32 emcees that have had the largest impact on both their region and the game. Trust us, it wasn't easy. We could have easily swapped more than half of these cats with someone else, but this is where we laid our stones, and we also wanted to get representation from various eras of hip-hop.
After the Selection Committee disbanded, we commenced to fighting for our favorite artists. Some of us were concrete in our decisions and couldn't be swayed, and some of us changed our minds when another crew member presented a well placed argument. The criteria to win? Who brings more heat with their lyrics, who would outlast in a cypher, who has a better discography and who has the most impact. Some decisions were simple and others not so much. But there can only be one victor. We'll be posting roughly one round a day for the duration of the month, so check back often for results.
Also, we know you won't like all of our choices, and that's cool. But, instead of griping in your head, how about you leave your thoughts in the comments below? We'd love to hear your thoughts; let the games begin!