Top 10 Most Inspirational Rappers of All Time

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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.

His songs have meaning and not just a lot of random crap that rhymes and just about gang fights, girls, and drugs. He raps about his life and about other peoples lives. He puts in in words and a song.

He's just the best rapper I know and there is a mening in his songs.

His story coming into the rap world and fame inspires anyone who hears it. He grew up in the very bottom of life (like his song "rock bottom"), and made his way into being the BEST RAPPER EVER. Everyone bullied him and said he couldn't do it. Even his own mom was mean to him. His good friend/uncle Ronnie committed suicide, his best friend proof was killed, and his other uncle committed suicide. He was beaten up and put in a coma for 3 weeks. He was addicted to drugs for years. He was divorced twice. He was sued by his bully growing up, his own mother, his wife, and many other figures. He uses his scars in his songs. He is DEFINITELY the best, most inspirational rapper ever.

Energetic song

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2Tupac ShakurTupac 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.

"Here's a message to the newborns, waitin' to breathe
If you believe then you can achieve
Just look at me
Against all odds, though life is hard we carry on
Livin' in the projects, broke with no lights on
To all the seeds that follow me
Protect your essence
Born with less, but you still precious
Just smile for me now"

Pretty inspiring if you ask me.

Tupac is not Just a rapper but he is a poet, freedom fighter and he also has enough brain power to be president. Eminem is a good rapper but Tupac is just the greatest. His Music is Raw and Authentic. It tells a story and Tupac can make you laugh, cry, dance, be crazy anything. Eminem even said himself that Tupac is the Greatest and most influential artist. Honestly just listen closely to his Words. Tupac has a song that everybody can relate. Just think about it a guy that can make such a huge impact in the music industry at the age of 25 has to be the greatest. If Tupac was still alive nobody would even talk about Eminem. Tupac also suffered many hardships. He only had two pants and a sweate. But he brang himself out of this struggles. He was the only rapper who was not scared to take on the police, and illumanati. His last album was called Killumanati. All these rappers of today are sell outs. So I don't care how famous you are or how much records you sell there will never be a man ...more

You damn right PAC was the realist, just look at the titles to his songs, somebody really dick riding em, but even em gives PAC his props. Tupac lyrics are studied on a college level as a course trident to breakdown what he was saying oh he died at 25 meaning he wasn't at his peak yet

He's a gangsta

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3NasNasir 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.

This guy right his is extremely inspirational Eminem even said he's one of the best. Go listen to I Can by him and One Mic and all his songs with Damian Marley.

Nas is educated he puts into his rap hence his words by default have more depth and substance. he should be number 1

He is so inspirational! I've watched two documentaries about him and his story is so powerful and emotional! How is Eminem and Lil' Wayne even inspirational!? They just make hit songs. Nas is extremely inspirational and should be #1 on this list. There are just too many Eminem fans and worshipers on this site that vote him for everything!

I agree about Lil' Wayne, in my opinion he has no talent whatsoever. But I'm a HUGE Eminem fan and he is by far the most inspirational rapper. Don't get me wrong, I love Nas too but Eminem is RAP GOD.

Nas is the most inspirational rapper of all time. - keyonpoole

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4Kendrick Lamar

The stuff he says is not just cool it makes a lot of sense. If you don't find it inspirational in any way you probably sick in the head

He has a unique flow and style that many rappers don't have. His lyrics and storytelling is a major factor to why he inspires people.

Should be higher, to pimp a butterfly describes his fight against depression and finally getting out of it, and that's the most inspirational album I have ever heard. And that's saying something

This guy puts pictures on my mind with every song. Every song has meaning. Props.

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5Dr. 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.

Best Producer of Hip-Hop's History/Strong &Lyrical Text/Excellent Voice
These are Why Dr. Dre is in List

Not only does he rap well, he also produces for other rappers

Forgot About Dre is 1 of the greatest songs of all time Jim Jones thinks he's better then Dre he is on Crack

Music good not inspirational though

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6The Notorious 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.

The absolute greatest rapper of all time. Scary to imagine how successful he'd be if he hadn't been shot.

Not as good as Tupac but really inspirational

Greatest rapper of all time.. Well in my opinion

Most inspirational rapper ever

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7Mike ShinodaMichael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer.

"In the end, it doesn't even matter, " is one of the most famous modern song lyrics today. Songs that tell you to let it go, and to be yourself rather than the person people want you to be. He I much better than Eminem, he should be number 1. And plus, Eminem always swears even when he doesn't need to. And his voice is awful. M SHINODA FOR LIFE!

Mike is the best rapper ever along with Eminem... Should be at 2 place at least...

Mike Shinoda is better than any other rapper
Mike shinoda FOREVER - WillWords

He should be lil more higher, At least top 5

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8B.o.BBobby Ray Simmons, Jr., better known by his stage name B.o.B, is an American recording artist and music producer from Decatur, Georgia.

Most of his songs are amazing but the drugs and sex ones let him done

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9Jay-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.

I don't see how Jay z is inspirational

So much symbolism in his lyrics that most people don't get it

He's a bender
And I'm not homophobic

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10HopsinMarcus Jamal Hopson, better known by his stage name Hopsin, is an American rapper, record producer, director and actor from Los Angeles, California.

Hopsin is has always inspired me to do great things and always helps me in tough times

One of the only rappers that doesn't need drugs or alcohol to keep the day going. Speaks the truth and his flow is super consistent.

Hopsin is one of the best rappers out there, listen to his music its definitely worth it. he keeps it real

Hopsin is the best

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The Contenders

11Sagopa Kajmer

Best lyrics, deepest meaning, strongest beats... That concludes Sagopa Kajmer is the best rapper in Turkey and maybe in the whole world!

I heard a song of his I 50% liked it 1 half it had good beat to it other half I can't understand it

He will touch you with his text. Simple but deep.

Sagopa kajmer is the best rapper in the wold

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12Snoop DoggCordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr., known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper and actor from Long Beach, California.

The more songs he releases the worse rap is

The longer he raps the worse it gets

This is guy is legendary.. so damn inspirational, deserves to be in TOP 5 - WillWords

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13DrakeAubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.

Isn't inspirational at all, he didn't start from the bottom whatsoever, he cannot relate to what rappers growing up in Compton and New York City were surrounded by whatsoever.

How's he an inspiration? He keeps saying that he struggled growing up in the hood even though he's never been in the hood. He's from Canada! There are no actual criminals in Canada most of the time.

Funny that drake rhymes with fake. Hidden message? Hell no we already knew he was a fake.

Closest to people

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1450 CentCurtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, actor, entrepreneur, investor, record, film, and television producer.

50 Cent was a true gangster who was shot 9 times and lived, and he got out of the ghetto. His songs aren't all about money and sex most of them have some real meaning.

50 cent is cool and all but I really like Tupac. Tupac was I think is the best rappers of all time and isn't that why he's the prince of rap? Tupac was just like 50 cent... Pac grew up in the ghetto and had a mom affiliated with something that involves crime. 50 cents mom did drug dealing and Tupacs mom was in the black panther group. Again they were gangsta rappers inspirational and alike. So 50 cent is a sort of reincarnation of Tupac

50 cent is one of the greatest rappers of all time, even thought he shot at like 9 times.

He's definitely one of the biggest rap icons, and for good reasons, but inspiration ain't one

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15Ryan Patrick Maginn

Ryu (Styles Of Beyond) (Fort Minor) (Demigodz) this guy is honestly one of the best, he brings in a new flow, and he makes it better, he inspiees in a intellectual sense

16Mos Def

Lyrical with amazing rhythm, He's lyrics actually means something, not just about money, drugs and girls. Very underrated.

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18Immortal TechniqueFelipe Andres Coronel, better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is an American rapper and urban activist from Lima, Peru.

I know that technique isn't for everyone.. his style is more of a political stand view rapping about the government and how we are tricked to think that it Is a picture perfect gov and all others suck, but in reality it is one of the most corrupt plutocracy taking advantage of third world countries. And technique sees through that and demolish them in his killer rhymes. Enough said

Shows real initiative to teach and draw awareness to the injustice cause by greedy governments. Raps about things going on in the world, not just about materialistic views that are being produced in today's music

Hardcore old political rap... Sick beats and killer lyrics that send chills down a spine

Just listen to Dance with the devil

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19Nate DoggNathaniel Dwayne Hale, better known by his stage name Nate Dogg, was an American rapper, singer, and actor. He was known as one of the pioneers of West Coast hip hop. He was noted for his membership in rap trio 213 and his solo career in which he collaborated with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Warren G, Tupac Shakur, ...read more.

He is one of the few inspirational rappers

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