When Macklemore managed to win four Grammys, including a win that edged out competitor Kendrick Lamar, many in the hip-hop community were dismayed. Macklemore’s status as independent outsider left many to question and deride his street cred.
The “Gigolo” rapper left many people scratching their heads when he decided to call his album “White People Party Music.” He never really exudes an image of toughness, and his marriage to Mariah Carey pretty much revoked any credibility he had in his "rap" career.
Even though this femcee is being mentored by T.I., the self-proclaimed King of the South, her recent BET award nomination and performance left many in the hip-hop community wondering whether Iggy even deserved to be on the stage. Despite her debut independent release, her songs have deviated too far from rap for some.
The Maybach Music rapper dropped a bombshell in 2008. Ross confessed that he had worked as a correctional officer, and it led many people to question his credibility and the authenticity of his art.
Drake’s songs are known for their emotional content. The Canadian-born rapper isn’t afraid to share his feelings about women and life and because of that he is considered to be overly emotional. His past as a child actor on "Degrassi" doesn't really help his case either.
Nicki’s choice to take what many called the pop star route despite being a skilled rapper resulted in many fans of her earlier work dismissing her. Minaj definitely came from a troubled past, and she displayed her ferocious rap skills at the start fo her career, but seems to have gone the way of pop hooks and Top 40 radio.
These days it seems French Montana is known more for his relationship with Khloe Kardashian than for his street cred. The rapper also made the blogs after he insulted actress Tichina Arnold on Instagram and was the target of her swift and pointed rebuttal.
Dr. Dre might be West Coast hip-hop royalty, but his recent foray into corporate business with his Beats by Dre brand led some to wonder whether he was selling out.
Ice Cube has the swagger of a gangster in his raps, but now he's starring in cheesy kid's movies like "Are We There Yet?" Apparently, Ice Cube is more like his current persona than his rap one, and he was bullied in high school.
After a celebrated career as maybe the only successful child rapper, this "106th and Park" host never quite learned how to make a smooth transition from child star to full-grown hip-hop icon.
Ice-T as aggressive as a rapper, but has now transitioned into a TV star. Many have pointed out the fact that Ice-T's song "Cop Killer" is pretty adverse to him taking the role of a detective in "Law & Order: SVU." He also had a reality show on the E! network, which killed the last ounce of street cred that he might have had.
Plies built up his rap career and street cred by bragging about his criminal past. But, as it turns out, the rapper's first run-in with the cops occurred in 2006, after he was already famous. In the end, it was revealed that Plies was actually a well-rounded student at Miami University before he got famous for rapping.
As half of Mobb Deep, Prodigy was making a name for himself as one of the hardest rappers in New York during the turn of the century. However, that all came to a screeching halt after he got into a feud with Jay Z. HOV won their feud by displaying images of a young Prodigy tap dancing at his grandmother's dance studio.
Whether he's Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy, or Sean Combs, the rapper has made a lot of fans confused by his recent ventures. Aside from the fact that he clearly cares more selling products or running TV shows than making good music, Diddy has come out as a fan of "Downton Abbey" and the "Real Housewives" shows; even admitted to going onto online chat rooms devoted to them.