It’s that time of year again. Every John Q is exiting his cubicle to head to the bar and watch the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament with his buddies. The nation is in near-shutdown mode while our favorite annual sports fever—”March Madness”—is allowed to permeate our brains and make us so dependent on the outcome of Gonzaga-West Virginia that little Billy won’t get picked up from daycare until the sun goes down.
I understand the importance of the tournament; it’s an awesome American tradition that “gets the people going,” so to speak. But what if there was more than just sports madness? What if, per se, the madness reached into the world of hip-hop? That would be cool, right?
Well, dream no longer. The first annual “Rap Bracket” is upon us, and it’s time to decide the king of hip-hop. You’ll see some traditional names amongst the field of 32, but this is about who is making an impact in the rap world right now.
Witness the fall of west coast hip-hop (The Game, who has been churning out more underground product than Osama bin Laden for the past five years, is a No. 1 seed in the “West” region). Young stars litter the “East” bracket, but kingpin Hova still reigns supreme at the top. Another mainstay, the artist formerly known as Slim Shady, is the top dog in the “Midwest.” The south should be a dogfight, with Lil Wayne trying to hold off fast-rising B.o.B. and J. Cole.
Who will come out on top? First round voting will be open until one week from now, March 22, at 10 a.m. Central Standard Time.
This is your chance to decide who should wear the crown as king of “The Rap Bracket.”
Thanks to Dan Renfro for help with research. He is a cool dude.