Top Ten Rappers of the 21st Century


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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 more.

he's unstoppable once he puts his mind 2 it he says the most amazing things that sound crazy but it makes sence not 1 rapper would go head up with him with out getten there feelings hurt eminem will get on you about anything hair shoes anything

Eminem is the Best he always does what ever he can to stay on top Hes "" THE KING OF RAP "" not only the 21st century but forever

Hes the best rapper out there, has so many top songs its crazy,
his best song is either No love ft. lil wayne or when im gone!
check him out, the best there is by far!
k bye.

Em is the greatest rapper alive...No doubt about that

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2Kanye WestKanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching more.

How is a person that HAS NOT ONE SINGLE classic album made it to the top ten? Hell even number one? How is a rapper like Eminem that basically has emotional problems and only raps about killing his mom and wife and killing others for no reason makes it to number one? This site is irrelevant. Kanye has made 3 classics and HAS MADE CLASSIC BEATS FOR OTHERS THAT HAS BEEN CLASSICS. Blueprint is thanks to him. Black Album, etc.

"How is a person that HAS NOT ONE SINGLE classic album made it to the top ten? Hell even number one? How is a rapper like Eminem that basically has emotional problems and only raps about killing his mom and wife and killing others for no reason makes it to number one? This site is irrelevant. Kanye has made 3 classics and HAS MADE CLASSIC BEATS FOR OTHERS THAT HAS BEEN CLASSICS. Blueprint is thanks to him. Black Album, etc."

You're stupid. Eminem is the best rapper out there and every one knows it.
6 out of his 7 albums have won grammys.

Kanye creates new music, something not heard before and that's what makes him so good. His albums also feature lots of levels of different emotions and his music is good for almost every occasion. His life is also pretty interesting with lots of scandals and he has lots of talents like fashion etc. He is the best rapper/artist of the high art of the 21st century.

Pure, talent, genius. shakespeare of 21st century

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3Kendrick Lamar

So good way better than lil Wayne. why do people like his music. He just raps about money and women. Plus his voice sucks. But Kendrick lamar is straight outta compton - LegitGames12

Kendrick is good but he's not the in the TOP 10. Think of Em, Jay Z, 50, Kanye, Dre, etc.

How is a person that HAS NOT ONE SINGLE classic album made it to the top ten? Hell even number one? How is a rapper like Eminem that basically has emotional problems and only raps about killing his mom and wife and killing others for no reason makes it to number one? Kendrick lamar destroys anyone except jay z in this top ten lyrically since jay z has classics in his lap like blueprint reasonable doubt and such. But kendrick is one the best right now lyrically and the best lyricaly right now DOES NOT INCLUDE Eminem. NAS's worst album destroys every song that Eminem has ever made.

Best rapper under 20 at the moment and he will be a legend to hip hop if not already one

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The best rapper all time by far... No one raps like he does. No one has or ever will match his clever lyrics and his style of rap. The biggest pioneer of rap

Clever rapper one of my favorite rappers

His lyrics are to dope to not listen to, why is he even down here. If you heard Who Do You Love by YG and Drake, you might change your mind.

He great... I gave him my attention after the Meek Mill diss...I even heard nothing of that type in my life

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JAY Z is literally a genius. He's been rocking the rap world ever since '96 with Reasonable Doubt, and hasn't really slowed down for the most part. He is the true king and has the best flow. Where Eminem may have the best lines, and Kanye may be the most "showy", JAY Z is a real master of ALL aspects of rap - lyrics, beats, marketing, and performance.

Every rap is a story and comes from Jay's heart. His rhymes have meanings and they make sense. He's sold the most albums, put out the most songs, and has a collection of awards to show it. By far the best rapper ALIVE, and its not even close!

He's really good with rhymes and can really put messages behind each rap. The best is Run This Town ft. Rihanna and Kanye West

Jay 7 is th king of rap

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650 Cent

50 should Be in The top 10 because he been running hip hop from 02-07 and has arguably 2 classic albums with one of them being the highest debut in hip hop. He also has sold like over 30 million records worldwide and has accoplished what jay and diddy have in a shorter period with less material and last but not least he has won almost every beef he has been in if 50 cent ain't a hip hop legend I don't know who is!

waidy from MIA!
50 cent is one of the best rappers of the 21st century because he's invented he've won every beef that he's been in. he said it himself, he "I want them to love me like they loved pac". 2pac was an instinct killer, and nobody has come closer to that than 50 cent!

50 made a huge impact on hip-hop. he destroyed more careers than any other rapper and made others succesful such as The Game. He maybe isn't the most talented rapper, but the most successful one. And theres a reason why he's so successful, its cuz he's really good.

50 cent should be number 1 no body got flow and lyrics like him

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7J. Cole

Unbelievable lyrics. Cole spills his heart and soul out on each track, it's actually ridiculous. #6? More like #1. Listen to some of his less popular tracks like "Cole Summer" and then talk. He wipes Drake and Eminem off the list in any way possible. Best rapper of the 21st Century.

Flo rida or Tinie Tempah? Are y'all kidding me? J cole even makes the legends go damn.

J. Cole Has one of the best balancing skills in the rap genre right now

Has the best story based albums there is...

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8Dr. Dre

I'm guessing he's only at 15 cause he's not done much in the last 13 years (other than produce)? If not this is ridiculous...

Dr. Dre helped Eminem get to where he is now and I'd dare say is probably the father of rap, making Eminem the son of rap cause without dre, we wouldn't have Eminem. Just my opinion on the way things worked out.

Dr. Dre is the father of rap. He got Eminem to where he is now and Eminem is the best rapper in the world. U have to listen to Mockingjay, When I'm Gone, Rap God, That's All She Wrote, and I Need A Doctor. Dre is the producer mostly, now.

9Tinie Tempah

He is the best mike shinoda can't beat him

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10Mike Shinoda

Best rapper in the world.. Not only Linkin Park fans love him, but also all the people in the world.. He should be at least be in the top 5

Mike Shinoda is extremely underrated but his contribution to Linkin Park is invaluable, not to mention his sick 'Styles of Beyond' project; think 'Remember the Name'.

What the hell mike shinoda at 20. No way he is the rapper of the century. No one can beat him except Eminem and jayz. He is the rocking rapper. Listen place for my head by Linkin Park, he raps crazily. He should be on top3.

Shinoda is a beast. He is better than everyone but Eminem and Kendrick. He has great lyricism, and his delivery has so much confidence behind it. He raps about real stuff

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The Contenders


T.I. is the sexiest rapper alive and he keeps it real in all of his songs he is the best. I love all of his songs. but I don't think that kanye west is better then him they should have put him in 5 and T.I. in 3

Greatest in the game. Some rappers call him the "Jay-Z" of the south. That has lots of meaning. Rappers these days are trying to copy his swag and style but just can't because there is only one king and that's T.I.


T.I. is the Rap Ali! K.I.N.G. PERIOD

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His voice is really amazing and he is my favourite singer

Great singer, beautiful voice, and cute, too

Flo ride should be at least over kanye west and Lil Wayne. Flo ride is awesome

His voice is the best feature!

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13Lupe FiascoWasalu Muhammad Jaco (born February 16, 1982), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. He also performs as the frontman of rock band Japanese Cartoon more.

The fact that he isn't in the top 50 is sad. He is amazing and is a real dude

This dude is amazing... Talking about sense

Without a doubt one of if not the best lyricist in the 21st

14A$AP Rocky


His music is so easy to really jam too and his lyrics are impressive. Easily in my top 5

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I'm gonna protest lecrae should be in the top ten

Damn good rapper, shows a change in lifestyle while still keeping tradition in rap

One of the most inspiring rappers, he definitely deserves to be in the Top 10

This man is a born rapper

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16Snoop Dogg

Well he is different and way more amazing.


Chip is killing the grime scene right now

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Hopsin is amazing he should be higher in the list. If you listen to his songs and listen to his flow and lyrics you should be able to recognize his skill

Hopsin should definitely be higher in this list

Listen to "ill mind of hopsin 5 & 6". He is the realist rapper ever... But don't take my word for it listen to his music.

Good ass skater and also a dope rapper

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19Kid Cudi

Really a champion whose raps are easy to chill too, yet he also has deep songs. Some of everything but its all great. Disappointed to see him this low. He's definitely top 5 quality.

Kid Cudi is a beast. He might be new but his skills are way better than most of the rappers on the top ten. I think he is way better than fiddy. and chipmunk, who is that?

The lonely stoner seems to free his mind at night, at at at night. On some real

Kid Cudi has some real chill songs

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How come he even a rapper! He's crap and utter waste

How is he in this list? He's not even a rapper

Pitbull rules!... At least my 7 yo son thinks so

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