Top Ten Rap/Hip-Hop Artists

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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.

em came from the deepest parts of the underground (if you know what I mean) and now he is the top, he is a great rapper, and raps about life, hate and love, his strangles, the poorness of our community, and comedy. he really deserves to be 1. however, 2pac should definitely be no. 2, he is a legend, and any rapper who says they weren't influenced by pac is definitely lying, I know both em and pac have influenced my style a lot too. nowa days nobody gives a sh** bout lyrics, just a good beat, man, lyrics is what rap should be about. I can't believe that artists like flo rida are even classified as rappers.

eminem is a true lyricist, he talks about life and problems in our society instead of girls money and cars. However, a lot of other old rappers did the same, the reason he deserves to be here is that he mixed real lyrics with great beats, a good hook, and he does it in a catchy voice. he also turned the rap industry upside down by becoming a multi-platinum white rapper

Eminem is undeniably on top of the hip hop game. People can't deny his skills. In a rap battle or freestyle he proves himself over and over again just as much as the controversial music in his albums. Eminem deserves every bit of respect, success, credibility and then some because he truly represents hip hop/rap well and one of music's finest and talented artists and yes it is completely true, because hip hop could definitely ill afford to lose him.

Just read out lyrics

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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.

PAC deserves to be #1 he died to soon of course but if he was still here he would have out sold every rapper period he is a rap icon its more rapper's trying to either look like him or sound like him then any other rapper to ever rap think about it drama, ja rule, DMX need I say more

Pac hands down needs to be first! biggie and em are 2 and 3

Goes to show how white brain washed America is Eminiem is number 1 I mean wow white people are like rap is getting too big let's take it from Jen

If you vote for em your a racist

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3Notorious B.I.G

I know Tupac was better. But, I had to vote for Biggie. NO way does the B.I.G. deserve to be way the F down here. Bumped him up from 16 to 15. A couple more votes will put him in the top 10 where he belongs.

Can't belive biggie is number 6 he should be at number 1 with Eminem

Best tap gtoup ever! Eminem still deserves to be 1 with big coming in 2

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4Kendrick Lamar

So much potential and such an early success! His rhymes tell deep stories of growing up as a troubled adolescent in Compton, and his flow is dead on smooth. Expect big things from Kendrick!

Has some of the best lyrics and one of the best rap albums ever and he still has much to come. Expect big things from king kendrick

KENDRICK is one of a kind what best punch lines of which he deserves to b on top 5... WELL RATED!

Finally gets his due - Themusicman

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5NasNasir 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.V1 Comment
6Jay-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 still a legend and active while not failing at all can't beat these new rappers

The Highest selling rapper of all time, should at least be in the top ten, but I can't believe that 27 other suggestions have been placed here without Jay-Z, I mean hell. But Snoop and 50 Cent are better

Holy smokes most of people voting consider lil Wayne to b a rapper rather than a drug abused stoner loner.. jay z is the reason I listen rap along with Eminem. What the hell is drake doing here. - butthurtbastard

Because like his songs

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7J. ColeJermaine Lamarr Cole, better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer.V1 Comment
8T.I.Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., better known by his stage names T.I. and Tip, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor from Atlanta, Georgia.

Way better than Lil Wayne. T.I. will murder Lil Wayne in a rap battle. He wont even last a minute against the true and only king of the south. T.I. is the greatest ever!

Way better than Birdman, David Banner and Lil Wayne. T.I. can beat these rappers together in a rap battle. He will murder them. King forever.

TI gotta stop making top ten lists

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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.

Best selling rapper of all time

Why the hell is LIL 'PAIN'doing above dr dre and B.I. G, what the hell

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10Kanye 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 ...read more.

Voted low because he's a douche, but as a musician, he has more tricks up his sleeve than the devil himself. Not to say he worships satan, but... never mind. Get him in the top ten, for Christ's sake.

What the hell is Kanye West doing all the way down here? Granted I'm more of a rock n' roll guy but still the way that Kanye West makes and produces music never ceases to amaze me and he is undoubtedly my favorite Hip Hop artist. Should be in the top 5 at least. For me, Kanye West defines the meaning of Hip Hop!

He well better then Lil Wayne should be second behind eminent

What the hell is Kanye doing all the way up here he is so full of himself he is so terrible

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The Contenders

11Lil' Wayne

Lil Wayne is a horrible rapper compared to Eminem and 2Pac! No one will ever be above their level, maybe you should rethink the music you listen to because if you listen to Lil Wayne you don't know real music... !

He's the beast he's a dog he's a goblin vote for him. - Mymanqw

Lil Wayne is far better than most of thesethe only two that keep up is Eminem and 2pac

You're kidding right people?

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12Tech N9ne ...read more.

Tech n9ne should number one 13 is bull number1 all the way he deserves it more he raps like no one else has the deepest and created a new rap style he is not even in his prime he's 42 and he is only getting better tech n9ne for number1 - Realtechnician

Technicians stand up this is bull he's better than almost everyone on this list top 10 for sure - tsshadyfan1

Tech n9ne's lyrics and lyrical genius is why he deserves to be at number 1

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13Norm Ender

Socialist policy gangsta all in one!

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14MacklemoreBen Haggerty, known by his stage name Macklemore and formerly Professor Macklemore, is an American singer and songwriter from Seattle, Washington.

I think he's best because his song thin line means a lot and it's cool too.

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15DrakeAubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.

I definitely think he's not #1 but he's not the worst either

Drake is all over hype and should not be in the top ten.

Drakes has been the greatest rapper since day one so I think he deserves to be the best rapper

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1650 CentCurtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, actor, entrepreneur, investor, record, film, and television producer.

What is 50 cent doing all the way down here? He deserves to be at least 2nd Eminem is the king and probably always will be. 2pac is okay but 50 cent is better than him anyway but him and Eminem are the best on this list

He is better than drake and maclemore and should be above norm ender and kanye with tech but tech even higher. - tsshadyfan1

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17Big LLamont Coleman (May 30, 1974 – February 15, 1999), best known by his stage name Big L, was an American hip hop recording artist, born and raised in Harlem, New York City, New York. Coleman embarked on his career in rapping, with the hip hop trio, Three the Hard Way. His first notable appearance came ...read more.

Big L deserves to be number 2, if want to hear a truly amazing lyricist then just listen to these songs; Ebonics, Put it On, No Endz, M.V.P, Lifestylez ov the Poor and Dangerous, Street Struck, or All Black - KrazzyMadd

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18B-Dawg
19DMX

Top 15 for sure he's better than b dawg, big l, Kanye, and macklemore as far as artists outside the top 10. - tsshadyfan1

20Rakim

Deserves more respect for his skill. Top 15 - tsshadyfan1

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