10 Best Rappers Ever (Including Groups)

Ten best rappers of all time dead or alive... including groups.

The Top Ten

1 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.

Yeah there are so many other rappers who got good songs, but 2pac is outstanding. I can't belive so many DUMB FANS of hot rappers like EMINEM who respect pac are dissing pac, that means they dont know what they are doing. I checked most of their profile and found out they are less than 18 years (CHILDREN), Eminem can never diss pac, so IF YOU DISS PAC - YOU DISS EMINEM - YOU DISS YOURSELF, that means you suck. Wyclef said "imagine if Biggie and Pac never got shot, them both be king and rulers of hip hop". The truth is 2pac remains the best rapper EVER. Note - Am not dissing all Eminem Fans because am one too, but those dissing Pac and other Great rappers, but if you wanna be one of them then its on. This vote count for 2pac... - DavOG7

Testimony: I didn't like rap music for the longest time and only listened to ones that made it to the top 40 for a while. Then "Recovery" came out. Now I am a huge Eminem fan. That guy can effing rap. He makes me proud to be white, instead of one of those WASPS that wants to be a "coo' black ma-en". His rapping voice and style are unique and stand out among all the other dudes who think they're as cool as him. And like everyone else agrees, he raps about real stuff and not just stupid crap.

Eminem has so many amazing songs that all tell stories and are full of emotion. He has songs for every mood you're in; funny ones like fack and just lose it, serious and inspirational ones like not afraid and lose yourself, and other ones about his life. He is so talented and doesn't waste time rapping about crap like many of the rappers nowadays.

Incredibly Talented. I don't care if he's white he's still better then 99 of the black rappers out there - 3anegroes

2 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.

2pac and Biggie brought the rap game to a height unknown in previous years. When they both died it seemed that without 2pac, the truth ceased from being rapped about. Eminem is a good lyricist, but in my opinion, talks too much about the male genetalia and rape in his songs all the time.

He lives the THUG LIVE and is the king of rap an nobody evan touches him even though there are so good rappers like Eminem, Snoop Dogg, SPM and other rapper but there not as good as 2pac he is the god of rap!

The most incredible black male rapper in history he spreads thoughts and emotions to people who understand... Thug passion... one of the greatest songs from one of the greatest albums ever.. Rest in peace Tupac Shakur

If you think about it, anyone can rhyme. But not no-one compares to Tupac when it comes to the passion in his music, and the emotions he flawlessly communicates

3 Notorious B.I.G. Christopher George Latore Wallace, born May 21, 1972, better known by his stage name The Notorious B.I.G (sometimes Biggie Smalls or just simply Biggie), is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York. On March 9, 1997, he was murdered in a drive by shooting in Los Angeles, California at the age of only ...read more.

fundamentally, he was even a better rapper than pac. biggy jus lacked the hardhitting topics in his music. could probably out-freestyle anyone to this day, and make it sound like art, not jus rap

Biggie is the best no doubt! Juicy and Runnin are the best songs ever produced in the Rap industry!

Like his old friend, he too dominated the rap scene. - DelThaRealist


4 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.

he is like the monopoly guy of hip hop and always has been since he started rock-a-fella. his ability to freestyle and then repeat it is unlike anyone in hip hop and his ability to make hits and nothing else is unlike anyone who's been around as long as he has

I used to not really be much of a fan of Jay, but I've recently acquired a lot of his albums and I absolutely fell in love with his music. He is the God of Rap, and that's an understatement.

He rocks! He's the King! Yep baby baby

You can tell this guy is one of the best since one of his nicknames is god mc

5 Beastie Boys The Beastie Boys are an American Rap/Rock group that was formed in 1981 by its three original members, Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, and Adam "MCA" Yauch.

The beastie boys were one of first rap groups ever and they have stuck together for the past 25 years and made dozen of hit songs - jared5

Probably the greatest rap band of all time.

The ones who popularized rap.

6 Nas 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.

do Eminem fans use this site as their home page? I mean I like Eminem's stuff, but ahead of 2pac and Big? And even JayZ would admit that NaS will and did take Jigga down in battle. Ether made Takeover look like a preschool nursery rhyme. Nas is #3 maybe #2 behind tupac and in front of Biggie.

nas is a poet, not jus a rapper. he has deep references like no other. he is also unarguably has one of the best flows. PLEASE MAKE MORE MUSIC NAS

Nas is the best rapper of all time, how jay z is above him I don't know... ether?

He has it all flow, lyrics, great story telling.

7 Supa Hot Fire

But he's not a rapper... - venomouskillingmachine

8 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.

Dude, just the fact that his is in Linkin Park Makes him GOD-LIKE! Look, his beats are amazing, he keeps a steady flow and he is STILL able to infuse that with the best rock music that ever existed!

Mike Shinoda rocks big time

This guy is an amzing role model of all the young guys
He is a true example of perfection, he is an one man army
With the little sip of chester's voice his raps sounds like the angels voices

9 A Tribe Called Quest A Tribe Called Quest were an American hip-hop trio that was formed in 1985, and was composed of MC and producer Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg and DJ and producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

Thus group is amazing! My favorite song by them is Electric Relaxation

10 Wu-Tang Clan The Wu-Tang Clan is an American hip hop group from New York City, originally composed of East Coast rappers RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Cappadonna.

every member of the wu tang clan has done well on their own and when they come together, its like a supergroup. imagine all the superheroes apart, and then imagine the justice league. multiply that by one thousand, and you can understand how good they are. they are too underrated and its not just gangsta rap, its everything. with intellegent rhymes that you have to listen to, not just hear them. - originalmc

the most original group since the creators of rap. wu tang varies depending on member, but together they make the best rap group of all time and probably the largest too

The Contenders

11 NWA

Hands down the best. No question. Their style was great. Real gangsta rap. Not the soft crap you hear today. Dre's lyrics, eazy's voice and ice cube's toughness. Enough said

When you have Ice Cube, Eazy-E, and Dr. Dre in one group, that's scary

12 Ludacris Christopher Brian "Chris" Bridges, better known by his stage name Ludacris, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and actor.

he is the best rapper ever have you heard all of his great songs I mean at least he should be some where in the top 10

Like PAC more however this dude is pretty good(and I only remember 2 of his songs: Stand up and Area Codes)

13 Outkast Outkast is an American hip hop duo formed in 1991, in East Point, Atlanta, Georgia, composed of Atlanta-based rappers André "André 3000" Benjamin (formerly known as Dré) and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton. The duo achieved both critical acclaim and commercial success in the 1990s and early 2000s, helping ...read more.

with big boi's flow and andre 3000's personality, outkast takes the two most important traits for a rapper and puts them together better than anyone who didn't make this list

14 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.
15 Geto Boys
16 Lil Wayne Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. is an American hip hop artist and is often referred to as one of the most iconic rappers of all time. He was signed to Cash Money Records by Birdman at a young age. Before he became a household name and the artist he is today, he was 1 quarter of the southern rap group The ...read more.

the most creative rapper because he can rap about whatever and make it cool. his style is influencing rap as we speak and he may be one of the most copied artists in the future

Lil Wayne z second to none

His raspy voice and cleverness earns him a spot.


17 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.

A West Coast original, he holds his own against the up and comers. - DelThaRealist

18 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 isn't good,just very overrated. He had ghostwriters for first 4 albums

19 Run-DMC Run-DMC was an American pioneering hip hop group consisting of Run, DMC, and Jam Master Jay. They were formed in 1981 and disbanded in 2002 after Jam Master Jay was murdered.

"walk this way talk this way"

I love run DMC

20 Public Enemy Public Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, Khari Wynn, DJ Lord, and the S1W group.
21 Daddy Yankee Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, known by his stage name Daddy Yankee, is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, actor and record producer.
22 Eazy E

Man the best rapper ever. Put gangsta rap on the map

Didn't write his own. Lyricism is a big part of rapping, so he can't be put here. As well as dre. - Themusicman

23 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.

50 cent is awesome many men and in the club are clasic songs how he hasnt been voted for beats me - Lazershow

One of Eminem and dre's great finds

24 Dr. Dre Andre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur born on February 18, 1965 in Compton, CA. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics.

Also a beat master, he is known for not just his flow, but discovering the best of talent. ( namely #1 on this list. ) - DelThaRealist

Didn't write his own lyrics. Lyricism is important in rapping and he didn't have any. Can't be put here. - Themusicman

I like him for his sick beats - SoloPotato

Without him, eminem and shady reords would not exist.

25 Mac Dre Andre Louis Hicks, better known by his stage name Mac Dre, was an American rapper and record producer, founder of Thizz Entertainment record label.

Not one rapper in the league could ever compare with Dre's. I highly reccomend you listen to him because I swear you will get hooked, Forever a Legend. R. I. P. Dre - LyricalGenious

"Thizz is what it iz" RIP Mac Dre

26 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 born on September 25, 1980 in Atlanta, GA.

T.I. is one of the greatest rappers ever. He deserves to be top 10. He has lots of street credit and all he does is rap because he likes to rap. He doesn't rap for money, he raps because he wants to help other people throughout his music and show everyone he is the king of the south! - stefanobalossi

27 Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
28 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.

Technician 4 Life! He is better than Lil Wayne and Ice Cube... Tech N9ne = Greatest Rapper Of All Time!

His Fast lyrics and morbid rhyme makes him a great addition to anyone's CD collection. - DelThaRealist

How is he 26th? Tech N9ne is amazing!

Most experience have been the longest time underground 30 years of excelence in 2015

29 Rakim William Michael Griffin, Jr., better known by his stage name Rakim, is an American rapper. He was born on January 28, 1968.

Before Rakim everyone's rapping was elementary, after he came along heads had to sharpen their tools because the GOD as arrived!

if there was a moses of hip hop, it would be rakim. his style is the prototype to every rapper today. he shaped rap to be what it is today no doubt

30 Drake Aubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born on October 24, 1986 in Toronto, Canada. He started his career on Canadian reality show "Degrassi: The Next Generation".

Love his songs and beats love the way he sings.

Drake should be way higher than this. better than Eminem? No but I say he is close! Love how he combines true r^^b and rap together. ain't no one like him

31 Insane Clown Posse Insane Clown Posse is an American hip hop, horrorcore and rap rock duo consisting of rappers Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, that was formed in 1989 in Detroit. ...read more.

icp with albums like riddle box and the and songs like homies and dating game deserve to be on the list - Lazershow

32 Cypress Hill Cypress Hill is an American hip hop group from South Gate, California. Cypress Hill was the first Latino American hip hop recording group to have platinum and multi-platinum albums, selling over 18 million albums worldwide.
33 Wiz Khalfia

The only good thing that Wiz ever did was join Tinie Tempah is Till I'm gone which is an absoulutely epic song though the only thing that Wiz does in it is sing the chorus!

The hell is. This site is a Muthef**ka. Wiz is the best and need to be between the top ten. His beat and fans make the game more intrestin. High as F**K

34 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.

With his cool demeanor, he still stays calm and collective in a changing business. - DelThaRealist

without a doubt the coolest personality in hip hop and has always been one of the most talented

35 De La Soul
36 Method Man Clifford Smith, better known by his stage name Method Man, is an American rapper, producer, and actor. He is known as a member of the East Coast hip hop collective Wu-Tang Clan. He is also one half of the hip hop duo Method Man & Redman.
37 Papoose
38 Bad Meets Evil

Royce the 5'9" and Eminem together are so good.

Why is this 44,come on..this should be top 20

39 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.
40 DMX Earl Simmons, known professionally as DMX and Dark Man X, is an American rapper and actor. He was born on December 18, 1970.
41 Lloyd Banks Christopher Charles Lloyd, better known by his stage name Lloyd Banks, is an American hip hop recording artist and member of East Coast hip hop group G-Unit, alongside childhood friends and fellow American rappers, 50 Cent and Tony Yayo.
42 Lauryn Hill Lauryn Noelle Hill is an American singer, rapper and songwriter. She is known for being a member of Fugees and for her solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won many awards and broke several sales records.
43 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.

Master of the punchlines, one of the most under rated MCs to ever spit on the mic. Could easily be considered for top 10.

44 Mac Miller Malcolm James McCormick (January 19, 1992 – September 7, 2018), best known by his stage name Mac Miller, was an American rapper from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was also a noted record producer under the pseudonym Larry Fisherman. Miller died of an apparent drug overdose on September 7, 2018.
45 Slick Rick

Old school people! Most of the old school players wax half this list by their names alone.

46 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

Would beat any rapper in a rap battle including Eminem, no rapper would ever dare to diss technique

Greatest of all time with pac

47 MF Doom Daniel Dumile, also known as MF DOOM, is a British-born hip hop recording artist who spent most of his life in the United States.
48 Gucci Mane Radric Delantic Davis, known professionally as Gucci Mane, is an American rapper who has released 12 studio albums and over 70 mixtapes. In 2007, he founded his own label, 1017 Records. He helped to pioneer the hip hop subgenre of trap music alongside fellow Atlanta-based rappers T.I. and Young Jeezy. ...read more.
49 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.

Even though he only released one album, he doesn't stray far from the conversation of best rapper alive. - DelThaRealist

50 Xzibit

A true mastermind at what he does. - DelThaRealist

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