That he seemed to know exactly who he was, even as his evolution over the last 20 years suggests he also knew that he could expand our understanding of who that person is. In other words, he was an artist in a way so quiet, and so powerful, that we can only fully appreciate it by listening to his amazing body of work in hindsight.
Two of my favorites:
Queen Latifah (ft. Treach, Heavy D & KRS-One) – "Rough"
So Vibe slouched toward further irrelevance among black people by putting together a Best Rapper Alive contest where fans could vote on a series of head-to-head “battles” and end up with a consensus of the Best Rapper Alive.