Top 10 Best Hip Hop Artists
The Top Ten
I guess this one is not about being a good rapper (where Slim is best too) but about being a good artist. Watch his lives! They are super. It isn't lip sync because he prepares his songs. SS forever.
His music videos! Just lose it, lose yourself, not afraid, love the way you lie, when I am gone etc...
(2 years later when I finish counting them). Best movie ever - 8 mile. Super autobiography.
IF Michael JACKSON IS CONSIDERED THE KING OF POP...
Eminem MUST BE THE GOD OF RAP...
KEEP rocking' EM...
Eminem's rapping style is unique. In every song, Slim has something novel to offer. After a really bad day, listening to Em's songs refreshes anyone who likes good music.
Slim shady is rap
Eminem is hip hop
Tupac and Biggie are rappers so shouldn't be on the list
All his songs have meaning, he was a tough guy who grew from concrete, when tupac was young he was poor and a lot of people crushed his dreams from him becoming a rapper so he was slangin to support his mother and younger sister, pac is a real man, when he and biggie died, hip hop died along with them. ALTHOUGH I am rooting for 2014 MAKAVELLI!
All his song was so enjoyable,meaningful and above all was fearless
Well here is my 2 cents in this, I believe that if you ask who is the BEST RAPPER EVER? It would be Eminem because he is a very well rounded rapper. He got the whole package (flow, wordplay, technique, content, metaphors, etc.). But if you ask who is the BEST HIP HOP ARTIST OR MUSICIAN? I'm going to say TUPAC because he influence the game time. He rap every song from his heart and all of his songs had a purpose. More importantly, he made songs about REAL LIFE and wanted to change the world and life style through his music!
If nas was killed hed be higher then 2pac and biggie on this list lol
GOAT no doubt
The disrespect towards Nas is just too damm high.
The man is a poet, hands down the best lyricist of all time, a storyteller like no one before or after.
I honestly believe that the only reason he isn't more publicly acclaimed is because he wasnt looking for fame, but to get is message out there. he's way better than jay z, and to be real here probably better than pac and BIG, but because of their tragic early deaths they became a sensation, icons maybe if they had live longer they would have prove me wrong, and eminem, well great as he is, he's no Nas, but the fact that he managed to make hip hop more mainstream, gained him a legion of fans (including me), but still nothing like Nasty Nas.
Nas deserves better recognition as a TRUE lyricist, rapper and MC. ILLMMATIC is probably one of the best albums I've heard and he's got plenty more. Especially when he did this at the age of 19 and dropped out of school. I would put him as number 1 cause I've realised what he brings to the table that other rappers do or don't. He brings a message and he delivers it.
The rule "nobody's perfectdidn't apply to Biggie: You'll be hard pressed to prove he wasn't the most skillful ever on the mic. His approach to rhyming amazing his flow is untouchable he has the abillity to freestyle on the spot he has swagger charm example he charm faith evans and married her over 2 years and they thad a kid together, He his great as a person great beats and the first ever rapper to get a diamond the lyrical genius a big voice and big talent and a big lost after his tragic death it has been a big lost to the hip hop industry. HE change the world and he was peaceful. He and Tupac have set the highest bar no other rapper can hit.
The best hip hop rap artist ever he should be first place me and my mates think biggie is the strait up G he comes first in our list but I am not sad with third but he was better then Eminem but slim is one of the best he was the first hip hop artist I liked.
He is the Notorious B. I. G. the greatest rap lyricist of all time, and if he was still alive he would be the best there is in the Hip Hop industry - roblist
Biggie Smalls is definitely better than Eminem! MArshall MAthers might be a lyrical genius, but Biggie is a lyrical MASTER!
Name one rapper with a discography as diverse and prestigious as his. You can't.
No doubt Best ARTIST!
YES! This is why I looked this up. Kanye is the hip-hop GOAT! While not being the most amazing RAPPER of all times, he is a jack of all trades kind of master of all. He's one of the most influential cultural icons of our time and deserves to be #1 on this list.
When you separate the art and the artist, you can tell that Kanye is not only the best rapper of all time, but one of the greatest artists of the last 20 years. He’s one of the most consistent artists, something that rappers like Eminem and Nas lack (albums like Revival, Recovery, Life is Good, etc. that are from not good to awful are included). Not only is he a great artist, but he’s an amazing producer. He produced masterpieces like Ghost Town Pt. 1 and 2, POWER, The Games We Play, all of the KIDS SEE GHOSTS songs, Flashing Lights, and possibly hundreds more.
Most seem to dislike Kanye for one of two reasons, one being his occasionally corny lyrics. I find this fairly hypocritical as I see most rap fans that say this are also fans of Logic and Eminem, who write a lot more corny lyrics, and that he is very controversial, which I seem is unfair. To say an artist’s music is bad because of their personal life is unfair, except if they are bragging about their horrible ...more
Bar none the greatest lyricist of all time. Deepest lyrics of all time. Sing about me, I'm dying of thirst is mind blowing. If you doubt me look up the lyrical analysis of that. He also has very intelligent insights on popular issues. Blacker the berry is also a great example on how his lyrics often can have many meanings and hold two thoughts. He makes a statement on racism the entire song, but at the end the song comes full circle which adds a whole new thought to it. He talks about the presence of racism in America the whole time, while hinting that what he is saying is hypocritical. At the end (I don't want to give it all away) another message that the song embodies is that racism can come from everybody and everybody has been racist. The most poetic lyrics and is technically adept - Themusicman
Kendrick lamar is the best rappee in the world I like him so much
Kendrick Lamar could only be second to Tupac. Not only for his lyrics, which are pure poetry relating to every possible theme, from the hood ghetto life, to love, from politics to religion, black emancipation and so on, and each of these themes is seen and told by a whole new perspective; but he also has an outstanding sense of music, with old school, funky, jazz, blues, classic and soul influences. No better rapper or artist in general. He is making a revolution not only in the industry, but also in music history.
Kendrick entails three things most artistes lack; rap creativity, humility- he don' like money, but deeply loves God. And thirdly, truth about life. He actually talks about modern-day situations and challenges which makes us rethink about our own personal lives. Think of him as the only philosopher who raps- a musical and rapping philosopher.
Jay night be the most overrated artist of all time.
I wouldn't say Dre is the best rapper but he has had the biggest influence over Hip Hop/rap... he has made some of the kings of rap, including a god (Eminem) and has also made 2 of the best rap albums out there (2001 and The Chronic
Dr. Dre has without doubt the best beats of any producer to have ever been active in the rap scene. So even if he isn't the best rapper he is certainly the best producer.
Dr. Dre never wrote his own raps, he always had ghostwriters so I don't consider him a rapper
JAY Z King of New York. Best Rapper Alive! All his albums are classic in rap history. Jay's dominance is largely fueled by his Grammy and BET omnipresence. Even if he hadn't taken home a single statue at these shows, his 16 Grammy nods and 23 BET nods would put him near the top; he earns the title thanks to his seven Grammy and nine BET wins, plus a handful of AMA and MTV wins.
What more can I say...
I've always like Jay Z's flow and voice. I think he's 1 of the best Rappers ever.
Snoop Dogg is the Boss dogg and is the greatest Hip Hop artist of this century. He may not have many followers but his songs are superb and humorous. Rhythms are sensible and crakalakin. He's got the jagger outta all em' kids. Go Snoop Doggy Dogg! - damiantop10
I love Snoop Dogg cause his music makes me feel much more cool and awesome than I already am!
I like the voice of snoop Dogg and his raping style...
I just like him because he's sasha banks's cousin
In rap you either rapped BR or AR. Before Rakim or after!
He changed rap and Pac, Biggie, M, non of them would be who they are today without him. Of course the best rappers are the ones still doing it because they can still innovate. But you must respect the history. We stand on the shoulders of GODS! Respect
Kanye higher than Rakim? - DaWyteNight
The 18th letter always and forever! The true GOD MC.
Re got underground hood hits by the pound!
The Wu made such a big impact with its huge amount of members, each one of them with their unique style. RZA, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, U-God, Masta Killah, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Ol' Dirty Bastard.
These guy's are awesome
They are the best ever!
The greatest rap group. They defined a generation. Wu-Tang's individual members could be considered for this list. Raekwon Meth ghost face Killah GZA inspecta deck. That's unheard of to have so much talent. Also C.R.E.A.M. is in my opinion the greatest rap song ever. They could have fun with protect ya neck and method man but also spit the honest truth about drug addiction and the struggle of the hood in CREAM and Can it all be so Simple. Every track has a smooth beat and intelligent lyrics that mean something. Their not just talking about money and hoes but about life. More than you can say about most of the other artists on this list.
Ice Cube GhostWrote Eazy-E's song! It is not far to have him infront of Ice Cube! That makes Ice Cube upset! The greatest rapper of all time is definitely O Shea, he is even better than Tupac! And the greatest member of the NWA!
The greatest hardcore West coast rapper of all time! A true innovator and legend in the game! Death Certificate was his best work!
I have no idea how he isn't in at least the top 5, he should definitely be ahead of Dre, considering he wrote many of his songs.
The original gangster of hip hop and always will be! Ice Cube chops Lil Wayne in half! - roblist
How the hell is Big L below Drake? You people don't know real hip hop
He is the definition of the best hip hop
I have maad respect for big l and mad love for him my favorite song is unexpected flava Rest In Peace
BIG L WAY BETTER THEN EMINEM
They are the "King of Rock".
Best group of rappers in the 80s Era of hip hop. - Mymanqw
Rock... not hip hop
Awesome band and if you don’t think they are better than Meninem you should listen to them all the time
How is tribe called quest not placed higher than 22? They are the best MC in hip hop history; Tied with the roots and geto boys. However I don't even see the other two listed on here. Sad, that people consider the TURD FACE Lil Wayne better than the amazing, ATCQ
If Tribe isn't in your top ten and you listen to hip hop or rap then I don't know what you're listening to...
This site is whack saying these legends are worse that "Lil herb"
the most flawless, rythmic rapper of all time!
his cool attitude is awesome
He's awesome, Biggest Hip Hop star of all time
50 Cent is one of my favorite rappers he has a very sad story behind him but is still rocking it In the Club
One of the only rappers that have countless videos and websites pages dedicated to trying to figure out what the meaning of his lyrics are. No other rapper has the wordplay ability to create such elusive metaphors. Truly one of the smartest to ever grab the mic. Although the I am willing to admit he does have a weak flow at times and doesn't have such great production to back him up.
Lupe should be at least top 15. I'd put him somewhere in the top ten or at least just outside of it...This list is almost as sad as my life is...
I understand lack of interest for the uneducated, but this man can be unstoppable if he wants to. Giving him the thumbs up.
Unapologetic, abrasive, confident, daring and exceptional. Best artists out there, let alone best hip hop outfit
By far one of the most game changing hip hop groups of the decade. They have created a very unique sound that is extremly abrasive, but remains to be catchy. Albums like No Love Deep Web, Exmilitary, and The Money Store have truly let death grips have their place in history. I can't believe Fetty Wap and Iggy are above a true original group suchas this.
Sigh...how are they behind Eazy-E? No offense to Eazy, by the way, but he didn't have much of an album discography. Also, almost NONE of the rappers above can sing, whereas Andre CAN. Beat that suckers!
Andre doesn't have a good singing voice though in my opinion, I think he should only rap and never ever sing. - DaWyteNight
What the hell people, Eminem isn't near of being a hip hop artist he is hardly a rapper anymore, outkast is awesome
OutKast IS HIP HOP, plain and simple.
Most of the artists on this list are terrible.
Outkast have been in the game for a long time and they are the best duo ever.
It's Outkast. 'enough said.
Hell yeah, I'm glad I got him up to 25. Let's get him even higher! - DaWyteNight
This definitely deserves more attention
I voted for SevenSixx, because there music is lyrical high energy at its best! The hard songs like, "No Love","Get It Started" & "Not My Fault" get me pumped up and the soft songs like, "Deep", "Be Like This" "Miss Me" will have you sit back and think about life. Thank you guys! SevenSixx for life!
Great stage presence, well written music, needs more music videos!
Not bad! Who are these guys?
Who is this? - DaWyteNight
Drake is higher than this guy. Let that sink in... - DaWyteNight
B.O. B is way better than kanye west. I don't understand why hip hop songs are judged on the basis of beats and rapping style and not on lyrics. Some of bobby ray's songs are way more sensible than the songs of the listed top ten artists.
I puked seeing this
His songs are for money and the radio. He shouldn't be this high
He should go back to the 30s area not top 11. - Mymanqw
The Roots should be top 10, like what even is this list! Kendrick lamar and kanye west? - DaWyteNight
Goat... str8 up 100it gang
He is a singer
His lyricism is absolutely incredible, as well as his production. All of this and he is young! He will only get better
Why is he even here, and Gang Starr and some others didn't even make the list yet? - DaWyteNight
Silly rapper and don't deserves to be here at all. Well its not useless music always, but not place 14 at all maybe place 50 if I'm on a nice sense.
To me Lil Wayne is the legend. He got most of the beats. You guys might not believe me but he actually got 3000+ songs right now. He's not even trying because he got so much money right now he don't even need anymore. If he was many people that's into hip hop will definitely listen to Lil Wayne. He's the only one that can still bring old school hip-hop right now.
Lol you said "old school" hip hop lil wayne is far from old school - DaWyteNight
I find Lil Wayne's voice is so ANNOYING & creepy especially when he adds auto tune to it. It sounds like fingers nails screeching down a chalk board. Auto tune & Rap should never be mixed.
I personally didn't like rap music at first, or more than so... I am more of an R&B soul kinda gal. But when I first heard this guy, I some how fell for the rap game you know. I know people say there are many rappers who are greats and I give them their respect but for someone to change my perception for rap. I have to give Drake his props. I love him for that! I've been around since 93' so I've heard Jayz, BIG, nas & kanye just to name a few. No one has connected me more to rap than Drake.
Man I don't know how you guys don't like drake. man he is a good artists man I ain't gonna lie but all his songs are dope. to me drake is the number one and so is young money.
1)biggie. 2) drake 3) Nas 4)rakim
He has it all and could become king
Missy is a hip-hop legend. Vote if you agree
Krs One will always be a good rapper not a great rapper he will always stay in his postion at the top he did do a great job of making a name for himself good rapper.
WOW. This has to be a joke...
Eazy e was the icon of notorious gangs
People don't understand WHO Eazy-E is! All that talk of Hip Hop and G Funk, if it wasn't for Eazy-E those spoiled idiots wouldn't know what it is! Eazy-E is better than Tupac, Biggie, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, Nas, 50 Cent and even Snoop Dogg! The greatest legend in the music RIP Eric Lynn Wright, dead at 32!
The greatest gangster rapper of all time, and the greatest West Coast repper of all time! Eazy-E is one of the founders of G-Funk and he has paved the way for such rappers like The Game! He has done everything in the hip hop industry and I wish he was still alive, to give Lil Wayne a piece of his mind! Eazy-E was the greatest and always will be!
How could someone not like Eazy-E? He's a frickin pimp! but I do like all of these and it was really hard to true.. especially with 2Pac and Eminem in there.
Fort Minor isn't on this list, WHAT?! Best Hip-Hop Producer Mike Shinoda is its owner. So VOTE FOR FORT MINOR!
Mike is, according to me, one of the most underrated rappers. His lyric flow is excellent, the beats of his songs are really catchy,and oh my god, the meanings of his songs are so deep/relatable! According to me, he's second after Eminem. Linkin Park and Fort Minor fans, you out there? VOTE FOR DADNODA!
Mike Shinoda Rocks! Mike Shinoda Rocks! Mike Shinoda Rocks! If Eminem Raps about life and is at number 1 so does Mike So He Should be on 2! And His Rap is about Life not about sex and girls like others. So Vote For MIKE!
Linkin park is blessed with such an excellent rapper. He stands in 1st position for rapping without using explicit language...
Mike is one person that wants to say something about the beyond of the Honor, glory and universe. Trust me he is one of the best men and rappers in the whole world!
DOOM is an incredible rapper and producer. His wordplay is unique and fantastic, and he was part of the best hip hop album of the 2000s (Madvillainy). It pains me to see him this low.
He should be number 4 or even higher
Great rapper and producer
Doom is a lyrical genuis
In a League of his own. Lyrically incredible and completely unique. Flow and Rhythm unlike anyone. - itsalways420
Most dominant group of rappers in the 80s Era of hip hop in front of Run DMC. - Mymanqw
It's a rap group though
He is number one in rap
He s best rapper in Asia
One of my favorite rappers should be way higher
Best mainstream rapper of this generation, minus his fart lines of course. - DaWyteNight
The greatest rapper alive
Top 10 for sure, no cap.