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 Royce ...read 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

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2 Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper and songwriter. Raised in Compton, California, Lamar embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg ...read more.

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. 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.

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

Jay and yeezy said he was he brought drake and nicki

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4 MGK

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 Meek Mill Robert Rihmeek Williams, better known by his stage name, Meek Mill, is an American hip hop recording artist.

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.

MEEK MILL IS THE BEST RAPPER AND EVEN THOUGH HE IS FEATURED HE ALWAYS KILLS IT AND MOST OF THE TIME HE SAVES A SONG FROM BECOMING BORING

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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.

Drizzy is NOT the best rapper on this list. Questionable bar for bar whether he is even a top 5 rapper on this list. But Who cares because that is not what Drizzy is about. His Flow and Overall as an artist he is the best. If you only listen to rap then you probably wont like drizzy but if you branch into other places like pop and R&B then you will love drake's combo.

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7 Tech N9ne Tech N9ne ...read 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

He's the best of them all. You people shold think that to. Tech n9ne should be the bestrapper of all time, all the time. Him and tupac.

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.

You is a good rapper keep it up

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

Tauheed Epps, also 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 last year.

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9 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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10 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.

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.

KANYE WEST IS THE MOST CREATIVE RAPPER IN HISTORY

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

HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE NUMBER 1! NOT 32
EVERY SONG HE HAS ARE GREAT HITS

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

He is the best rapper in the world he is G

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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 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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15 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?

yep

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16 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

What!
They were 2012 wonder of "thrift shop"

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17 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

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.

Best rapper alive no doubt

Tyga u r my best singer and my dream is u 2nd numbers in rappers

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
21 The Game The Game Jayceon Terrell Taylor, better known by his stage name The Game, is an American rapper and actor. He was born on November 29, 1979 in Los Angeles, California. Game spent most of his childhood in foster care (up until high school) even though he knew all of his brothers and sisters. Since 2002, Game ...read more.

His Jesus piece album is arguably the best rap album of 2012
And I know what you all thinking what about nas's life is good, kendrick lamar's good kid maad city
Believe me when you listen to this album you'l forget about those others
I wasnt a big fan of the game until this album
I mean yes I have listened to his previous albums but this was what brought me really close to his music

22 Earl Sweatshirt Earl Sweatshirt Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, better known by his stage name Earl Sweatshirt, is an American rapper, record producer, and disc jockey from Los Angeles, California.

OFWGKTA my boy earl in the top 20s!

23 Hopsin Hopsin Marcus Jamal Hopson, better known by his stage name Hopsin, is an American rapper, record producer, director and actor from Los Angeles, California.

Is probably the only rapper that isn't in the rap game trying to rap about what everyone els is, he's trying to make his own flow'

Only rapper out there who still boasts a positive message and has a killer flow to match

How is hopsin behind as many people as he is? He has potential to be a legend and he's behind Makelmore, Minaj, and 2chainz what?

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25 Waka Flocka Flame Waka Flocka Flame Juaquin James Malphurs, better known by his stage name Waka Flocka Flame or simply Waka Flocka, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia.

Another rapper who people hate on because he is different and new, shows us that he really is the king of the trap with an album, triple f life: fans, friends & family, and an even better mixtape, salute me or shoot me 4 (banned from america. )

Waka is 1 of the top 10 rappers from the south

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26 J Cole J Cole

The modern day Tupac or Nas. Much like both of this legendary mcs his songs go beyond rap. He tells stories: listen to Warm Up and Friday Night Lights to see for your self.

27 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.

Is hard to believe this guy is in his 30s, but he's been around for a while. Lupe might be the most underrated rapper all time when you think of how great he is. The guy is incredibly lyrical, some his best songs are Kick Push, Daydreaming, and Hip hop save my life.

28 Chris Brown Chris Brown Christopher Maurice "Chris" Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. Born in Tappahannock, Virginia, he was involved in his church choir and several local talent shows from a young age. He is most well known for his physical assault towards the singer Rihanna in ...read more.

Not 26th position am expecting 2nd or 6th position

Chris Brown should be in top 5 not top 40 who ever did this you is dum - London33

29 Hichkas Hichkas Sorush Lashkary (born May 10, 1985) better known by his stage name Hichkas (Persian: Hiĉkas - هیچکس‎‎; meaning "Nobody") is an Iranian rapper from Tehran. Hichkas is considered as one of pioneers of "Persian Rap" and "Persian Urban music.

Who can bet him? ? ? I love him

He is God Father

Ye mosht sarbaz is the best

HE IS THE POISON OF ENEMIES

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30 Kid Cudi Kid Cudi Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, better known by his stage name Kid Cudi, is an American recording artist and actor from Cleveland, Ohio.

Kid cudi is good and One of the top
Tens listen to Man on the moon best álbum ever

31 Big K.R.I.T. Big K.R.I.T. Justin Scott, better known by his stage name Big K.R.I.T., is an American rapper and record producer from Meridian, Mississippi.

Big K.R.I.T. combines todays dirty south rap sound with some older sounding southern rap and makes something worth the while, live from the underground.

Is hard to believe how underrated the guy is, he's one of the better rappers to come about in the last three years or so. He's best work includes Krit wuz here and Live from the underground.

32 Ace Hood Ace Hood

You just gotta love his delivery and what his rap tells. You just gotta love Ace Hood I tell ya

With three mixtapes out this year, ace unveals plans for a brand new album next year. Ace shows us why he really is the motovation of hustlers around the globe.

Ace hood is good even thought I picked rick ross I loved the song called buggati

33 Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian American rapper / pop music artist. Nicki is most known for songs like "Anaconda", "Only", "Truffle Butter", "Super Bass" and "Stupid Hoe" . Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She was born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James Trinidad and Tobago. ...read more.

I love her best she is good in rapping

Nicki is not only the best female rapper of all time but she is definitely top rapper period. Even other rappers name her the best! It's Barbie bitch!

34 Flo Rida Flo Rida Tramar Lacel Dillard, better known by his stage name Flo Rida is an American hip hop recording artist from Carol City, Florida.

He's the best
He makes old songs into awesome and makes meaningful raps

35 Mehrad Hidden Mehrad Hidden

Yo are my zakhar

HE IS OUR ZAKHAR

36 Pitbull Pitbull

Pitbull's making a big impact on mainstream rap music of the year

He has Global Warming, Feel This Moment and also Outta Nowhere

Eminem has fallen off hard since Recovery making bad rap music with bad beats

Replace him with Pitbull

He's the now!

He's unbeatable should at least be in the top 3

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37 Bohemia

His Album Thousand Thoughts was the Best Selling Asian Rap Album according to Flipkart.
The flow, music and lyrics of his songs in the album were uncomparable.
He Also performed in Coke Studio, becoming the 1st Rap artist to do so. - kavyakaur

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38 Future Future

No one makes better songs than future.. Future is the hottest thing in antlanta ever since Gucci mane.. Come join bricksuad future please

39 Gucci Mane Gucci Mane

Best rapper alive.. Period!

40 Akon Akon Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, better known as Akon, is an American-Senegalese singer, rapper, songwriter, businessman, record producer and actor.
41 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.

The guy needs no introduction, he's maybe the best rapper all time, your favorite rapper's idol. The reason why he's not #1 is because he's not as relevant as he once was. If you want to cheek out the greatest rap album all time, Illmatic.

T.I. is my favorite rapper of all time, but for 2012 I'd have to give it to Kendrick. I voted for Nas though, because he should be in the top 5 for 2012. Definitely better than Wiz, 2Chainz, Future, and others. Eminem shouldn't be #1. He's good but overrated.

Nas is easily at the top this year. Hopsin, MGK, and maybe Kendrick Lamar are also near the top as well.

He is the BEST rapper ever seen

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42 Mac Miller Mac Miller Malcolm James McCormick, best known by his stage name Mac Miller, is an American rapper from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Mac miller deserve to be wayy higher than this. #37? Get outta here.

43 Tyler, the Creator Tyler, the Creator Tyler Gregory Okonma (born March 6, 1991), better known by his stage name Tyler, The Creator, is an American rapper, record producer, and music video director.

Complex rhyme schemes, clever lyrics, storylines. Great flow, funny as hell and the rest of Odd Future is sick too. Should definitely be top ten.

Yonkers has to be the best

44 Juicy J Juicy J

Juicy j has been making great rap music for a while, but this year he really makes it big. He takes his old classic three 6 mafia sound, and combines it with todays rap music sound to make something very great.

Stay trippy is at the top right now

45 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.

He's the best!

46 Dr. Dre Dr. Dre Andre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. V 2 Comments
47 Amigo Wolf

Very very god amigo wolf best lyrics

48 DMX DMX

He is the best rapper. With best bully lyrics. And he was sincere enough to say he knws he is going to hell in his track the profess
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49 Soulja Boy Soulja Boy DeAndre Cortez Way, known professionally as Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, or simply Soulja Boy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur.

Soulja Boy sucks. Get him off this list.

50 Mike Shinoda Mike Shinoda Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer. V 1 Comment
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