10 Best Rappers Ever (Including Groups)

Ten best rappers of all time dead or alive... including groups.

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1EminemEminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 172 million albums making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

Yeah there are so many other rappers who got good songs, but 2pac is outstanding. I can't belive so many DUMB FANS of hot rappers like EMINEM who respect pac are dissing pac, that means they dont know what they are doing. I checked most of their profile and found out they are less than 18 years (CHILDREN), Eminem can never diss pac, so IF YOU DISS PAC - YOU DISS EMINEM - YOU DISS YOURSELF, that means you suck. Wyclef said "imagine if Biggie and Pac never got shot, them both be king and rulers of hip hop". The truth is 2pac remains the best rapper EVER. Note - Am not dissing all Eminem Fans because am one too, but those dissing Pac and other Great rappers, but if you wanna be one of them then its on. This vote count for 2pac... - DavOG7

Testimony: I didn't like rap music for the longest time and only listened to ones that made it to the top 40 for a while. Then "Recovery" came out. Now I am a huge Eminem fan. That guy can effing rap. He makes me proud to be white, instead of one of those WASPS that wants to be a "coo' black ma-en". His rapping voice and style are unique and stand out among all the other dudes who think they're as cool as him. And like everyone else agrees, he raps about real stuff and not just stupid crap.

Eminem has so many amazing songs that all tell stories and are full of emotion. He has songs for every mood you're in; funny ones like fack and just lose it, serious and inspirational ones like not afraid and lose yourself, and other ones about his life. He is so talented and doesn't waste time rapping about crap like many of the rappers nowadays.

Yep Eminem is truly the best :) in my opinion

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22pacTupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was ...read more.

2pac and Biggie brought the rap game to a height unknown in previous years. When they both died it seemed that without 2pac, the truth ceased from being rapped about. Eminem is a good lyricist, but in my opinion, talks too much about the male genetalia and rape in his songs all the time.

He lives the THUG LIVE and is the king of rap an nobody evan touches him even though there are so good rappers like Eminem, Snoop Dogg, SPM and other rapper but there not as good as 2pac he is the god of rap!

The most incredible black male rapper in history he spreads thoughts and emotions to people who understand... Thug passion... one of the greatest songs from one of the greatest albums ever.. Rest in peace Tupac Shakur

If you think about it, anyone can rhyme. But not no-one compares to Tupac when it comes to the passion in his music, and the emotions he flawlessly communicates

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3Notorious B.I.G.Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage name, The Notorious B.I.G (a.k.a. Biggie Smalls), is consistently ranked as one of the best rappers of all time. The Notorious B.I.G was born May 21, 1972, he was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 24 The Notorious B.I.G was murdered ...read more.

fundamentally, he was even a better rapper than pac. biggy jus lacked the hardhitting topics in his music. could probably out-freestyle anyone to this day, and make it sound like art, not jus rap

Biggie is the best no doubt! Juicy and Runnin are the best songs ever produced in the Rap industry!

Like his old friend, he too dominated the rap scene. - DelThaRealist

I can't believe Biggie is number 10

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4Beastie BoysThe Beastie Boys are an American Rap/Rock group that was formed in 1981 by its three original members, Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, and Adam "MCA" Yauch.

The beastie boys were one of first rap groups ever and they have stuck together for the past 25 years and made dozen of hit songs - jared5

Probably the greatest rap band of all time.

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5Jay-ZShawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name Jay Z, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and investor. He is best known for his album Reasonable Doubt.

he is like the monopoly guy of hip hop and always has been since he started rock-a-fella. his ability to freestyle and then repeat it is unlike anyone in hip hop and his ability to make hits and nothing else is unlike anyone who's been around as long as he has

I used to not really be much of a fan of Jay, but I've recently acquired a lot of his albums and I absolutely fell in love with his music. He is the God of Rap, and that's an understatement.

He rocks! He's the King! Yep baby baby

You can tell this guy is one of the best since one of his nicknames is god mc

6NasNasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper. His album, Illmatic, is considered to be one of the best rap albums of all time . He is also considered to be one of the best rappers of all time.

do Eminem fans use this site as their home page? I mean I like Eminem's stuff, but ahead of 2pac and Big? And even JayZ would admit that NaS will and did take Jigga down in battle. Ether made Takeover look like a preschool nursery rhyme. Nas is #3 maybe #2 behind tupac and in front of Biggie.

nas is a poet, not jus a rapper. he has deep references like no other. he is also unarguably has one of the best flows. PLEASE MAKE MORE MUSIC NAS

Nas is the best rapper of all time, how jay z is above him I don't know... ether?

7NWA

Hands down the best. No question. Their style was great. Real gangsta rap. Not the soft crap you hear today. Dre's lyrics, eazy's voice and ice cube's toughness. Enough said

When you have Ice Cube, Eazy-E, and Dr. Dre in one group, that's scary

8Ice CubeO'Shea Jackson, born June 15, 1969, known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A. and later joined the seminal gangster rap group N.W.A. After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, he built ...read more.

A West Coast original, he holds his own against the up and comers. - DelThaRealist

9Dr. DreAndre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics.

Also a beat master, he is known for not just his flow, but discovering the best of talent. ( namely #1 on this list. ) - DelThaRealist

Didn't write his own lyrics. Lyricism is important in rapping and he didn't have any. Can't be put here. - Themusicman

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10Wu-Tang ClanThe Wu-Tang Clan is an American hip hop group from New York City, originally composed of East Coast rappers RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Cappadonna.

every member of the wu tang clan has done well on their own and when they come together, its like a supergroup. imagine all the superheroes apart, and then imagine the justice league. multiply that by one thousand, and you can understand how good they are. they are too underrated and its not just gangsta rap, its everything. with intellegent rhymes that you have to listen to, not just hear them. - originalmc

the most original group since the creators of rap. wu tang varies depending on member, but together they make the best rap group of all time and probably the largest too

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11Public EnemyPublic Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, Khari Wynn, DJ Lord, and the S1W group.
12Eazy E

Man the best rapper ever. Put gangsta rap on the map

Didn't write his own. Lyricism is a big part of rapping, so he can't be put here. As well as dre. - Themusicman

13A Tribe Called QuestA Tribe Called Quest were an American hip-hop trio that was formed in 1985, and was composed of MC and producer Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg and DJ and producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

Thus group is amazing! My favorite song by them is Electric Relaxation

14Mike ShinodaMichael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer.

Dude, just the fact that his is in Linkin Park Makes him GOD-LIKE! Look, his beats are amazing, he keeps a steady flow and he is STILL able to infuse that with the best rock music that ever existed!

This guy is an amzing role model of all the young guys
He is a true example of perfection, he is an one man army
With the little sip of chester's voice his raps sounds like the angels voices

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16LudacrisChristopher Brian "Chris" Bridges, better known by his stage name Ludacris, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and actor.

he is the best rapper ever have you heard all of his great songs I mean at least he should be some where in the top 10

Like PAC more however this dude is pretty good(and I only remember 2 of his songs: Stand up and Area Codes)

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18Snoop DoggCordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr., known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper and actor from Long Beach, California.

With his cool demeanor, he still stays calm and collective in a changing business. - DelThaRealist

without a doubt the coolest personality in hip hop and has always been one of the most talented

19Eric B. & Rakim
20Outkast

with big boi's flow and andre 3000's personality, outkast takes the two most important traits for a rapper and puts them together better than anyone who didn't make this list

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