This is a question that has engaged Hip-Hop fans for more than 30 years. The discussion about “The Greatest Of All Time,” made “GOAT” for short—thanks to an LL Cool J coined term—represents much more than a debate about one man or woman’s verbal prowess. Inside that conversation, who we deem to be our GOAT says a lot about who we are as individuals. Whether we advocate an all-time underdog or defend the successes of a platinum-plus superstar, it’s impossible to take ourselves out of the equation. Here is part 1 of a 4-part series exploring themes that arose out of Ambrosia For Heads' 9-month quest to name Hip-Hop's greatest MC, as determined by millions of fans.