#14. Nas
By Illmatic, you could argue Nas had already largely matured past the “I went to Hell for snuffin’ Jesus”/“I’m waving automatic guns and nuns” Christian-baiting compulsions of his Nasty early appearances. Nonetheless, his rep as a lyrical hellion remains – as is evidenced by the heavy metal-style “Nas” that’s on virtually every one of his releases. Lyrically, he’s God’s son. Graphically, Goth’s son.