Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper and entrepreneur born on September 14, 1973 in New York City. 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 one of the illest rappers ever, if you listen to 'One Mic' you would know that Nas it's not just a song, it's an experience. Nas is, in my opinion, the reigning king of the East Coast
Illmatic tells us why! N.Y. state Of Mind, It Ain't Hard To tell, One Love, Halftime, Life's A Bitch etc.
The best rapper when it comes to the age between the old and the new school
He's the God Mc
William Michael Griffin, Jr., better known by his stage name Rakim, is an American rapper. He was born on January 28, 1968.
Done it all! Number 9 on the list. Didn't stop just let it all out every time he entered the booth. He brought in a sound that only could get better and it did, he showed us what it meant to stick with something we loved and never give up on a dream. Knowing that he entered in a time where it was difficult to compete he still put forth the effort and made a name for himself.
Long in the game still drops bombs
Nice flows and great with beats
He is the god mc no reason to be below #1
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.
Although so loved by the media, still great. Lyricist with a fantastic and fast flow. Songs to have fun and to reflect over also.
Doing it BIG for years, being able to change his mood over the years from personalitys like Slim Shady the guy who did not give a f#%$ about no one but himself to the person that had a soft side and able to put it all out on the line to make videos with his daughter in it, which by the way was never been seen before.
You are my favorite pop singer. I like the way you shake your little brother. Do your best. I will be the happiest person to see your next album.
His unique style, voice, flow and talent for lyrics earns him a spot on my list
4 Tupac / 2pac
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.
By far the best there has ever been, from the digital underground to death row Tupac changed the game forever! Every album that he put out had a meaning. Songs like Brenda's got a baby, changes, trapped, to hit em up, every song listed there descibed something different in the game. He could rap about anything, anyone and he would put it out there for them to hear it and didn't care.
2pac is the hottest guy around even though some believe he's not but I can listen to his music all day the song I listen to the most is Dear Mama
Lyrics actually meant something and he tried to improve the world
He is one of the realest and greatest rappers ever
5 Biggie Smalls / The Notorious B.I.G.
I love it when you call me big papa! Bad boy for life... There is no Puff without Biggie and no bad boy without him. He was one of the best in his time and nobody can take that away from him. It was a tragedy when we lost him, we definitely lost a great.
The fact that John Cena is ranked higher than Guru on this list should tell you everything you need to know.
6 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.
10 times better than Biggie
Too ill too kill
Too ill to kill
7 Big L
Lamont 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.
8 Big Pun
Christopher Lee Rios, better known by his stage name Big Pun, was an American rapper. Emerging from the underground hip hop scene in The Bronx borough of New York City, in the early 1990s, he was the first Latino rapper to have an album certified platinum as a solo act. ...read more.
9 Big Daddy Kane
Antonio Hardy, better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is a Grammy Award-winning American rapper and actor who started his career in 1986 as a member of the rap collective the Juice Crew.
10 KRS One
11 Jay Z
Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name JAY-Z, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur and investor born on December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for his albums Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, and The Black Album. He is considered to be one of the best rappers of ...read more.
Rockafella Records is still going strong, signing artists like Kanye West, and going from once that was a label that bounced up and down to finally starting a firm cast of all-stars to help carry this label to into super stardum, and behind all this is the jigga himself Jay Z! He started it all there not letting his crowd down selling out with crazed fans waiting to hear songs like Hard Knock Lfe, 99 Problems, Dirt off Your Shoulder, and Excuse Me Miss! He is the catalyst that brought us into what we have listened to since the millenium.
Smart streetsound with flowing lyrics
Jay-Z? Best MC? Lol
Wait...you're not joking...
12 Black Thought
Tariq Luqmaan Trotter, better known as Black Thought, is an American artist who is the lead MC of the Philadelphia-based hip hop group The Roots, as well as an occasional actor.
10 times doper than Jay Z
Eric Kaiser (born 9 September 1970), better known by his stage name K-Rino, is an American rapper and record producer from Houston, Texas. He is a pioneer of the Southern hip hop scene, and has been rapping since 1983. K-Rino's first release was the single "rocking It" with his group Real Chill in 1986, ...read more.
14 Snoop Dogg
Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr., (born October 20, 1971) known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, actor, record producer, and television personality from Long Beach, California.
16 Slick Rick
17 Chuck D
Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, known professionally as Chuck D, is an American rapper, author, and producer.
The best political and social rap ever
18 MC Ren
Lorenzo Jerald Patterson, better known by his stage name MC Ren, is an American rapper from Compton, California. He is the founder and owner of the record label Villain Entertainment. His moniker is derived from the middle letters in his first name.
19 One Be Lo
20 Will Smith
Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He is best known for his acting career overall. He has been in many popular movies, These include, but are not limited to, the Men in Black franchise, The Pursuit of Happyness, and After Earth. He is ...read more.
One of the most underrated rappers of all time, he isn't the best, probably around #8-10. He has a nice clean style that makes him unique, plus listen to songs like Just The Two Of Us (which Eminem copied [kinda copied... Arguable that Eminem wrote his earlier but it was released 6 months later so, ya] when he made Bonny And Clyde '97). I'm just saying, fresh prince (like button).
21 Mike Shinoda
Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda (born 11 February 1977) is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer. He co-founded Linkin Park in 1996 and is the band's rhythm guitarist, primary songwriter, keyboardist, producer, and co-lead vocalist. ...read more.
Earl Simmons, known professionally as DMX and Dark Man X, is an American rapper and actor. He was born on December 18, 1970.
Different style and dope beats
In my opinion the best and after him are Ra and Nas
You can feel all the emotion in his songs and you know he puts his heart and soul in to his music
Listen to Right or wrong, I can feel it, The rain and tell me that DMX isn't the realest to do it, and I can bet my life on it that he would murder anyone who would dare to beef with him ( Listen to Get at me dog )...The G.O.A.T DMX!
23 Death Grips
Death Grips is an American experimental hip hop band from Sacramento, California, formed in 2010. The group consists of vocalist MC Ride, drummer and producer Zach Hill, and recording engineer Andy Morin.
MC Ride is my dad
24 Busta Rhymes
Trevor George Smith, Jr., better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, record producer and record executive.
25 Immortal Technique
Felipe Andres Coronel, better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is an American rapper and urban activist from Lima, Peru. He was born on February 19, 1978