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.
The best rapper when it comes to the age between the old and the new school
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.
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.
He is one of the realest and greatest rappers ever
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
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
26 Tech N9ne
Aaron Dontez Yates, born November 8, 1971, better known by his stage name Tech N9ne, is an American rapper. In 1999, Yates and business partner Travis O'Guin founded the record label Strange Music. He has sold over two million albums and has had his music featured in film, television, and video games. ...read more.
Definitely the best that has come out of the underground, though he has not done as much as 2pac, but he is still going, and not done with it. He has turned the industry upside down and don't want to turn it back over! Starting from nothing and not settling to join a major record label, tech started his own label Strange Music, and made his name known and being the #1 independent rapper alive. Now collabing with names like Twista, Ice Cube, Scarface, and Lil Wayne he definitely put it out there that he is not stopping anytime soon!
Better than anybody on this entire list Eminem is an absolute joke as far as being the second best MC of all time... Tech 4 Life!
The absolute, without question, most talented rapper in the world. 6688846993. Just listen. He is on par if not better than Eminem and Tupac. Yeah I said it. I swear if I hear another song about Tupac I'm going to go to my nearest FYE and go on a shooting spree
27 Lil Wayne
Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was discovered by Brian "Baby" "Birdman" Williams at a very young age, and was signed to Cash Money Records, where he would be one quarter of the rap group Hot Boys. In the years to follow, he would go on to find his own ...read more.
For what he has accomplished in his time, from being just a mid to going straight to the top and staying there. Forming a powerhouse in YMCMB, and making his label the best out there today. He is definitely one of a kind, there will be no one like him ever again, the closest might be Drake, but that young kid has still a lot to learn.
First of all, Lil Wayne isn't an M.C. However, even if you don't like his music or him in general, you have to give him credit for his insane accomplishments. If Lil Wayne never rose to fame, we wouldn't have Drake, DJ Khaled, Tyga, Nikki Minaj, or any of the other Cash Money Records rappers. Aside from all the artists Lil Wayne has helped get fame, he was putting out some decent music, including the Carter 2, 3, and 4. When you compare him to some of the awful artists in the game right now, he's certainly not that bad. For the most part, the Carter 2 and 3 are better than anything Future, Lil Uzi Vert, or Lil Yachty has put out. Give the man some respect. Also, he invented the greatest party drug ever: LEEEAN.
There is a difference between an MC and just a rapper.
MC's: Nas, Rakim, Pharoahe Monch, Guru, Big Daddy Kane, Big Pun, K-Rino, Lupe
Rappers: Drake, Lil Wayne, Kanye, Lil Yachty, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross etc
Brad Terrence Jordan, better known by his stage name Scarface, is an American rapper, music producer, and author.
Davood Ali Asgari, better known by his stage name Locksmith, is an American rapper from Richmond, California.
30 LL Cool J
James Todd Smith, known professionally as LL Cool J, Is an American rapper, actor, author and entrepreneur from Queens, New York.
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.
Treats the words like if they were his mother, his daughter, his beloved girl. A real poet
Phonte Lyshod Coleman, better known as Phonte, is an American rapper. He is known as one of the most technically gifted lyricists from the south, and is one third of the North Carolina hip hop trio Little Brother, as well as one-half of the duo The Foreign Exchange. In addition to his contributions ...read more.
33 Pharoahe Monch
34 Eazy E
Before he passed he did so much for the game, got it off the ground, steered it in the right direction and let it form in to what we are starting to see again through other eyes like Eminem, Lil Wayne, Tech N9ne, but of course in their own way and starting their own genres in a sense. Easy E will forever be remembered as the one who teamed up with icons like Pac, Biggy, Bone thugz, and started a movement with NWA that turned peoples heads!
35 Ice Cube
O'Shea Jackson, born June 15, 1969 in Baldwin Hills, CA, known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A and later joined the seminal gangster rap group N.W.A. After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, ...read more.
NWA only existed because of him. Despite of Eazy E receiving all the credits, he was the head. And kept making success alone
36 Dr Dre
People don't know what an MC is, everyone's clearly just putting down their favorite artists.
NWA, Death Row Records, Aftermath, explains every bit of it. He has been an important part of the industry for quite some time. You don't hear a whole lot from him anymore, but the impact that he has on every mc's life is the most important. He teamed up Tupac, Easy E, and Eminem 3 of my top 4 in the countdown. He put every one of them in the spotlight.
37 MC Hammer
Stanley Kirk Burrell, better known by his stage name MC Hammer, is an American hip hop recording artist, dancer, record producer and entrepreneur.
Well I guess he has MC in his name lol
38 50 Cent
Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, actor, entrepreneur, investor, record, film, and television producer.
You got me dancing in the club
39 C Murder
40 Vinnie Paz
Vincenzo Luvineri, better known as Vinnie Paz, is a Sicilian American rapper and the lyricist behind the Philadelphia underground hip hop group Jedi Mind Tricks.
41 R. Kelly
Robert Sylvester Kelly, known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American recording artist, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player.
R Kelly an MC? Lol. Who is showing so much foolishness to add him?
43 Tru Life
Christopher Brian "Chris" Bridges, better known by his stage name Ludacris, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and actor.
Timothy Zachery "Tim" Mosley, known professionally as Timbaland, is an American record producer, singer, songwriter, rapper and DJ.
He's more of an artist and producer, not an MC
46 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.
Doesn't even write most of his own lyrics, and even when he does he's still garbage on the mic. Listen to his "nothing' rhymes" freestyle on Sway in the Morning to know what I mean.
47 Vanilla Ice
Robert Matthew Van Winkle, known by his stage name, Vanilla Ice, is an American rapper, actor and television host.
48 Papa Doc
49 Eric B
He's a producer
50 Missy Elliot
What? A woman on the list! Yup she pulled it off she is able to go toe to toe with any of these mc's and stand her ground. She definitely put her self out there to be known! She can put it down and put it down with any beat and anybody!