Top Ten Best Hip Hop Lyricists

The Top Ten

1 Nas Nas Nasir 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.

Nas is the most clever emcee I have ever heard. His raps are like poetry and I get lost in his music. His lyrics are genius and I would highly recommended illmatic if you haven't heard it yet.

Number 1. Nas is the best there was, the best there is, the best there will ever be. Hear N.Y. state of mind, one mic, memory lane, the world is yours, most of his songs

Those words were carefully chosen: "lyricist" over "rapper" or "hip-hop artist;" "greatest" instead of "most successful;" "all time" rather than "today."

He's a genius

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2 Eminem Eminem Eminem, 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 300 million records 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.

Eminem is obviously d best! No doubt about it. Listen to his sick lyrical flows, his deep angst and pains in some of his songs, his funny side in some other songs and his inspiring side in songs like Lose Yourself and you will realize the truth. EM rules forever!

The internal rhyme schemes that Eminem utilizes is second to none. He can combine sick wordplay, an internal rhyme in one sentence while maintaining an extended metaphor throughout a song.

While I'm not a big fan of a lot of his messages, I don't think there is any doubt this man can string together lyrics like none other. The depth of his rhyme, rhythm, and flow are unlike any I've ever heard before. My #1 for sure.

Should be eminem, biggie, nas, tupac, then jay z

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3 Rakim Rakim

"The GOD MC, The Microphone Fiend, The 18th Letter, Clearly the BEST. "

The Greatest Lyricist that ever touched a mic. No one comes close to his lyrical content. He can be credited with changing the whole rap game as it is known today!

Just don't know on which basis is he no3

The GOAT MC - Rambles

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4 Tupac Tupac Tupac 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.

No doubt the G of all G's. The best flow, lyrics, everything. All eyez on me - the greatest album of all time.

Worst lyricist of all time yeah right the best lyricist of all time by far you either illiterate or deaf or just to stupid to understand what the hell he saying jack ass!

Just listen to "If I Die 2nite" then tell me he's not the greatest lyricist of all time

He's one of the best lyricist not because of his cool rhymes & all that cool stuff but he is very influential with his lyrics.Plus, he's the greatest rapper of all time

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5 Notorious B.I.G. 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.

Biggie reigned supreme as the master of lyricism. While most other rappers depend on the way they deliver their songs, Biggie used the words he just thought of off the top of his head. Should definitely be #1

Big Poppa is King of Hip-Hop!

King of hip hop

Best lyricist every lived! R.I.P.

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6 AZ

People being amazed at Eminem's rhyming scheme have never even heard a Doe or Die song. Some times AZ will screw around and effortlessly rhyme 95% of the words in a verse with a near untouchable flow. - StealthShadow

"Real MC with Skillz"

7 Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar

Lamar should be in the top five, I'm mean some of the artist don't even deserve to be up there

Young and immaculate, he is the next rap God

A lyrical genius indeed

The more lyrical pac

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8 Kool G Rap Kool G Rap Nathaniel Thomas Wilson, better known by his stage name Kool G Rap is an American rapper from the Corona neighborhood of Queens, New York City.

"A veteran in the game who will never die"

A great lyricist combines not only what to say, but how to say, what words to use...Kool G does it

"Foul Catz"...that's all you need to know.

9 Slick Rick Slick Rick

The greatest storytelling rapper of all time. Not only that, he was extremely comedic.

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

Though many my not agree with what his lyrics say, it's undeniable that no lyricist can even compare to what he's created in songs like "Dance with the Devil" and "Caught in a Hustle" they're just pure genius, with lines like:

"It's funny how on the block, n****** will kill you for cash. But never raise the gun and cry out 'Freedom at Last! '" and

"I would like to raise my children to grow to be soldiers, but then a general would decide when their lives would be over."

He is really good story teller just listen to dancing with the devil and prove me wrong

Dopest alive.

The Newcomers

? Inspectah Deck Inspectah Deck Jason Hunter better known by his stage name Inspectah Deck, is an American rapper, producer, and member of the groups Wu-Tang Clan and Czarface.
? Joey Badass Joey Badass Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott, better known by his stage name Joey Badass, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor.

The Contenders

11 Jay-Z Jay-Z Shawn 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.

Should be higher... Paints very vivid pictures of the streets.. Jay Big and Nas should be top 3

Who voted 4 him? LOLOL...he sucks D! CK when it comes to lyrics...almost like nursery rhymes with basic words and always an aabb rhyme scheme.

12 GZA GZA Gary Grice, better known by his stage names GZA and The Genius, is an American rapper and songwriter.

Arguably one of the greatest lyrical rappers of all time. GZA also has one of the greatest hip hop albums ever "Liquid Swords"

You must be an idiot to put Lil Wayne over Gza

"Way better than that ugly punk 50 who can't rhyme like the GENIUS. "

Easily top 3, much better then Eminem.

13 Talib Kweli

"BLACK SMITH IS THE MOVEMENT! "

14 Lupe Fiasco Lupe Fiasco Wasalu 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 ...read more.

Lupe is way better than some rappers who make lots of noise like Kendrick lamar! His lyrics are deep and intellectual

Just listen to tracks like failure and dumb it down or even the newer go to sleep because you will need to listen again because it has so much meaning to it making Lupe the best lyricist

Many people don't realize it but lupe's lyrics are literally poetry... Tetsuo and youth is the best album I've heard in a while. Just look up any of his songs on genius and you'll see what I'm talking about

Lupe is BY FAR, the best lyricist, higher then the level of Nas, Biggie, MF DOOM in my opinion. Just listen to tracks like Words I Never Said, Mural, Prisoner 1 and 2, Show Goes On, Kick Push, No Scratches, etc. His storytelling is really good. He has good subejct matter and also has good double entendres, wordplay, alliteration, assonance, homonyms, storytelling, etc. which are all components of lyricism. there will never be a rapper near as good as lupe in storytelling.

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15 Common Common Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known by his stage name Common, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, film producer and poet from Chicago, Illinois.

"Definition Of Conscious Hip Hop"

16 Lil Wayne Lil Wayne Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. is an American hip hop "artist" and is often referred to as one of the worst "rappers" of all time. He was signed to Cash Money Records by Birdman at a young age. He has been critically acclaimed and even more panned throughout his career. He's often criticized for talking ...read more.

He should be number 1. The best word play in rap game

Listen to lil Wayne

The best metaphors in the game. Eminem should come down and everyone move up.

Yeah, way deeper than the cheap internal rhymes of M, way fewer cliches, way more imagination

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17 Kanye West Kanye West Kanye 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.

So underrated. Once you get past his ridiculous/hilarious punchlines, there's so much more depth to his lyrics

18 KRS-One KRS-One Lawrence "Kris" Parker, better known by his stage names KRS-One, and Teacha, is an American rapper and occasional producer from The Bronx, New York City, New York.

LOOK UP DEFINITION OF HIP HOP HE'LL TELL YOU.

19 Cassidy

Hands down none of these Emcees on this list, alive or dead outweigh his punchlines. He's the first punchline flow creator, also the first emcee to make an album battling himself. He lives what he raps and wont sell out for the checks.

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