Best Rappers of 2012

The Top Ten

1 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 more.

True, this guy has been quiet for about two years, but he has an album coming soon and he is still an elite rapper. If you forgot about Em listen to The Marshall Matters Lp, and The Slim Shady Lp.

He's the best of all rappers,

Why he is not on the top, this guy is the king of rap and he deserves to be on top forever

Best ever no doubt

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2 Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar

I had a difficult time choosing between J Cole and Kendrick for the #1 spot. They are hands down the two best rappers right now. Growing up Kendrick admired Tupac, maybe that's why he's so lyrical. This Compton dude is brilliant and if you have not cheek out Section 80 and Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.

11th, what not only has this guy just made the album of the year, probably one of the best albums in the 21st century. This guy raps about his childhood in Compton and about his brother and friend getting killed while Lil Wayne and Rick Ross etc rap utter bull. #1 by a mile.

Kendrick lamar merks on all these rappers, just listen to the art of peer pressure, swimming pools and bitch don't kill my vibe. I mean come on, he beat nas, kanye west, jayz and J cole for best lyricist of the year.

Can I ask how Eminem is at the top of this. No disrespect because he is one of my favourite rappers of all time, but I can't say apart from a good verse on My life with 50 cent I can't say he did much else. Wheras Kendrick was so damm good this year.

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3 Lil Wayne Lil Wayne Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., also known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper. 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 constantly talking about money, girls, and more.

Lil Wayne is an amazing rapper no wonder he is number 1. If you haven't heard the song HOW TO LOVE BY LIL' Wayne you need to right now because it is the most inspirational song ever

As JAY-Z has said many times he passed on the mantle of the best in the game to young Carter and told him to go further and go harder, something Weezy is living up to, Best in the world today

Lil wayne is the greatest rapper alive now... He do what no artist can do which is walk in the studio with no pen or paper n spit like he been writing for days

He's the best. It's as simple as that. Eminem is garbage and doesn't deserve to even be on this list. Weezy makes songs at a rate that is unbelievable. He is different from any other rapper which makes him even better. Also he never seems to care about a hater and continues to work hard. He never disappoints and the carter 5 is gonna be the best rap album ever just take my word for it. #weezyFbaby #bestever

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He goes harder then anyone in the game right now. Eminem needs to collaborate with him. Cleveland in the building!

Mgk is brilliant, he has two sides, one of joy, the other of pain!

Mgk is the best out of anyone on this list without a doubt waka 1st? Really? Listen to "SEE MY TEARS" that song alone makes him better than anyone on this list!

Amazing rapper with an even more amazing movement

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5 Meek Mill

True rapper who can rap fast and actually raps about his life. The guys a genius with his lyrics and never sleeps. When he freestyles my jaw drops because its insane.

He's a beast and he is the best rapper out there right now he could be the best rapper to live one day he has some really really great songs I think that he will be the best rapper of all time one day just keep watching him because he is amazing

One great mixtape, and a great album, I think meek mill finally did it. Last year meek mill was known by very few people, but now meek mill is indeed a house hold name.


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

Two years ago Drezzy would have been a top five rapper. But he has fallen off since then, although he's not as lyrical as some of the other rappers in the list he has an excellent delivery. Listen to Thank me later or Take Care (they're always playing in the radio).

Drake is easily one of the best rappers in the game right now. His lyrics are very easy to relate to. He doesn't just rap, he makes music. The dude is crazy talented and just look at what he has done at just the age of 26. 2 amazing albums now that NTWS dropped I've decided that it is going to be a favorite of mine from now on. Let a lone Take Care being one of the best albums in the last 10 years, in my opinion. Straight fire on features. He can kill the beat with crazy flow or slow it down and sing. Total package.

Yal Need To Stop hating on frizzy, unless he overflows Nothing Was The Same with too much R&B, he said he was going to have a different sound to this album and when he shows people it they are all like who is rapping and he says, "that's me.", well that better mean more rap, less R&B, and less raping about girls like he used to not way back before he was big time, like there are very few songs about girls in his 2007 comeback season, that's what I need to see out of drizzy another album like comeback season where he gives real rap, with his improves self. You can see drizzy killing raps on other people's songs all the time and he needs to do that on this album. If he does he is the best, if he doesn't add me to that list of haters.

He's back he's black he can whoop chris browns ass!

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7 Tech N9ne Tech N9ne more.

But favourite rapper of all time is DMX but if you're looking at the best rappers of 2012 then you have to look at someone who consistently was around in 2012, not just an album and a feature. Because Tech N9ne has had so much out in 2012 and 100% of it was amazing, he is the best rapper of 2012. Seriously... He came out with 3 EP's with high quality tracks on them, played a couple of shows during the first few months of 2012, had songs he was featured in, and still has enough material to release an album in 2013 and be featured in several songs in the year of 2013. Only Lil Wayne has done that much in a year, and that is with whack lyrics and rushed songs. Tech N9ne killed it in 2012!

My number one favorite rap artist. Better than Wayne, better than Drake, and whoever else you put ahead of him. He's far better than that overrated Eminem you guys have placed in number 1, again...

Every time this guy picks up a mic he kills everything in his path, my favorite song with him is just a feature but "bloody murdah" is an example of what he's capable of

8 2 Chainz 2 Chainz Tauheed Epps, als o known as 2 Chainz, is an American rapper. He is more popular when contributing guest verses to people like Kanye West, B .o. B, and Lil Wayne . His latest album, ColleGrove, came out earlier this year .

2 chainz has been in the game for a while, but in 2012, he really made it big. His album based on a T.R.U. story went to number one on the billboard 200 chart. If you really take the time to listen to some of his music you'll see he's really a great rapper. People hate on him because he is new and different and people hate different. I love 2 chainz for being different. We can't have all rappers be the same, and 2 chainz shows us this through lyrics, beats and music.

2Chaniz is the best rapper in the game listen to no lie its a really great song

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9 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 more.

He might not be as good as he once was, but he is still a good rapper. If you forgotten Kanye's greatness listen to my favorite personal album The College Drop Out.

Nobody in today's rap game can create music like Kanye can. Nobody!

Kanye west is the best rapper of this century no other rapper can top his skills.

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10 T.I. T.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.

Horrible list bro; the best rappers right now are Kendrick Lamar, J cole, Dee-1, Lupe Fiasco, Big K.R.I.T., and Eminem.

Trouble Man is the best album of 2012

Hell yeah #1 love all his songs

What Type Of List Is This Kendrick Lamar shouldn't Be First what!

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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.

He's awesome! All his songs have been great hits

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12 Wiz Khalifa Wiz Khalifa Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper, songwriter, and actor.

I'm in love with everything he does!

His rapping is so unique. No one raps like him. He has great rhythm, beats, vocals, all in one song.

Wiz is the best rapper alive no one is working as hard as him

His the best so far for me

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13 Childish Gambino Childish Gambino

Yes get him in the top ten guys! He deserves it! Check out Freaks and Geeks, You See Me, and Bonfire if you have any doubts about him!

Sour face, unnecessary, silk pillow, bonfire, 1 up...

14 ASAP Rocky ASAP Rocky Rakim Mayers, better known by his stage name ASAP Rocky, is an American rapper, record producer, director and actor from Harlem, New York.

A$AP blew up as quick in 2012 as I've seen any rapper. Releases one mix tape at the end of 2011 and by the end of 2012 his album is one of the most hyped in the industry. Now that's quality...

The kid is fresh as hell.. He's got a great style and he's proved that he can roll, and even kill the "big boys" in rap... Long. Live. ASAP

Are you kidding me? He's is so humble and he's so much better than any of these 17 rappers placed before him. All rappers are awful compared to him. Is this a joke?

Kendrick lamar is my favorite new but asap should be 2 -

15 Rick Ross Rick Ross William Leonard Roberts II, better known by his stage name Rick Ross, is an American rapper and entrepreneur .

He good at hip hop/rap

He is great, he is the best, he should be number 1 number 4.

He is suppose to be number 1 he is a great rapper

I kind of like RR but now that he will be the opening act for Deadmau5 he may not be as popular as he used to be.

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16 Big Sean Big Sean Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, known professionally as Big Sean, is an American hip hop recording artist from Detroit, Michigan.

How does 2chainz come in front of wiz and big Sean? People must be deaf

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

This website is a rip off look at this MACKLEMORE and number 19 do not go together

I don't think they have even heard thrift shop

Make the money don't let the money make you

Maklemore is easily is easily in top three. The website is bull!

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18 B.o.B B.o.B Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr., better known by his stage name B.o.B, is an American recording artist and music producer from Decatur, Georgia.

Listen to generation lost by him

19 Tyga Tyga Tyga is a rapper that was born November 19, 1989. He was popular in 2012 and is best known for dating Kylie Jenner while she was still a minor.

Tyga with the Last Kings! He's my inspiration and is easily the best rapper in YMCMB. Personally, I think Tyga deserves to be number 1. He kills it every song and no one can compete.

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20 Royce Da 5'9 Royce Da 5'9 Ryan Daniel Montgomery, better known by his stage name Royce da 5'9", is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. V 1 Comment
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