Top 10 Most Inspirational Rappers of All Time


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 more.


His songs have meaning and not just a lot of random crap that rhymes and just about gang fights, girls, and drugs. He raps about his life and about other peoples lives. He puts in in words and a song.

He's just the best rapper I know and there is a mening in his songs.

He shows how he really cares for his fans and his daughter, Hailie. how is that not inspirational

2 Tupac Shakur 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 more.

"Here's a message to the newborns, waitin' to breathe
If you believe then you can achieve
Just look at me
Against all odds, though life is hard we carry on
Livin' in the projects, broke with no lights on
To all the seeds that follow me
Protect your essence
Born with less, but you still precious
Just smile for me now"

Pretty inspiring if you ask me.

Tupac is not Just a rapper but he is a poet, freedom fighter and he also has enough brain power to be president. Eminem is a good rapper but Tupac is just the greatest. His Music is Raw and Authentic. It tells a story and Tupac can make you laugh, cry, dance, be crazy anything. Eminem even said himself that Tupac is the Greatest and most influential artist. Honestly just listen closely to his Words. Tupac has a song that everybody can relate. Just think about it a guy that can make such a huge impact in the music industry at the age of 25 has to be the greatest. If Tupac was still alive nobody would even talk about Eminem. Tupac also suffered many hardships. He only had two pants and a sweate. But he brang himself out of this struggles. He was the only rapper who was not scared to take on the police, and illumanati. His last album was called Killumanati. All these rappers of today are sell outs. So I don't care how famous you are or how much records you sell there will never be a man ...more

One love! Thanks Pac

2pac is better than Eminem

3 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.

This guy right his is extremely inspirational Eminem even said he's one of the best. Go listen to I Can by him and One Mic and all his songs with Damian Marley.

Nas is educated he puts into his rap hence his words by default have more depth and substance. he should be number 1

Neva lisented to his music

I'm a fan of Eminem and even I can face the fa the that the most inspirational rappers of all time are biggie smalls and Nas. No one is more inspirational than these 2.

4 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. more.

Mike is gem. He's multi-talented. He's a keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, painter, artist, etc. His creativity knows no bounds, yet the fame never got to his head. He's been humble ever since the beginning. A true role model.

Mike Shinoda has always been a major inspiration to me. His lyrics spoke out to me more than any other rapper that I knew. His work on Linkin Park was amazing, and helped me get through a major depressive stage in my life. Fort Minor was a great side project and has many amazing songs, my personal favourites being Right Now and Where'd You Go? His solo career with Post Traumatic is also one of the most underrated albums of the year so far, as it flew under the radar from many people. His lyrics speak on the issues that many people of different ages can touch on and interperet in their own ways.

Mike is the best rapper ever along with Eminem... Should be at 2 place at least...

"In the end, it doesn't even matter, " is one of the most famous modern song lyrics today. Songs that tell you to let it go, and to be yourself rather than the person people want you to be. He I much better than Eminem, he should be number 1. And plus, Eminem always swears even when he doesn't need to. And his voice is awful. M SHINODA FOR LIFE!

5 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.

Best Producer of Hip-Hop's History/Strong &Lyrical Text/Excellent Voice
These are Why Dr. Dre is in List

Not only does he rap well, he also produces for other rappers

Forgot About Dre is 1 of the greatest songs of all time Jim Jones thinks he's better then Dre he is on Crack

Music good not inspirational though

6 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.

He stopped a man from committing suicide. How is that not inspirational?

T.I is THE icon of inspirational rap

Yes he did stop that but you know what else... HE didn't STOP TYGA FROM BEING A PEDO!

And no other rapper or even person on Earth stopped him, so you really can't count that against him. - KUZGUN

He is the number one rapper of all times and best well rounded rapper there is💥💥💥💥💥💥

7 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 more.

The stuff he says is not just cool it makes a lot of sense. If you don't find it inspirational in any way you probably sick in the head

He has a unique flow and style that many rappers don't have. His lyrics and storytelling is a major factor to why he inspires people.

Should be higher, to pimp a butterfly describes his fight against depression and finally getting out of it, and that's the most inspirational album I have ever heard. And that's saying something

Top 5 for sure, arguably top 3... Lyrics and positive messages are out of this world. Number 8 is a disgrace.

8 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. Before he became a household name and the artist he is today, he was 1 quarter of the southern rap group The Hot Boys, more.

Lil Wayne is inspirational? Haha! Good one!

He only has two songs that are the best which is How to Love and Mirror. He wrote song called Gonorrhea which is a disease that you get from performing oral sex. Lil Wayne isn't anywhere close to a inspirational rapper so this thing right is just a joke that isn't funny.

What? Lil Wayne? Really?

Lil Wayne ain't inspiring in any way all he talks about is women and drugs and being "gangsta". If you ask me he is the tounechi

It's inspiration a guy can flunk school, sound like that... and have no knowledge of vocabulary and still make millions. That's magic

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

What has the world come to when the guy who inspired all these others here is not number 1? - DaWyteNight

When it comes to the likes of Pac and Eminem, they indicated at some point in their career that Rakim had an influence on their music.

One of the fathers of rap. Shoulb be in top 10 along with kendrick lamar.

10 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, more.

Your mom gay

So Tyga is on this list and Ice Cube wasn't this makes me faith in the people who use this site - christangrant

Sick and tired of seeing this Rap God lost and forgotten.

The Contenders

11 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.

Most of his songs are amazing but the drugs and sex ones let him done

B.O. B is wack

The way he doesn't talk about the same thing like lil Wayne his word mean same thing then drugs and bitches

His tracks really are an,drugs,money..not his thing! total Turn Off

12 Common 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.

Honestly Common should be much higher than this - 9713524179

He is the best ever rapper his song are like fire in they sky...

13 J. Cole Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer.

He is inspiring

Definitely should be higher

He's the best

Let's look at this list for a second Eminem fanboys. What is the title? Now I know a majority of you haven't heard of Cole or his story, but when you hear the word inspirational, Jermaine Cole beats everyone on here by a mile. He is the definitive every man. Even if his songs which alone should propel him to top ten on this list aren't enough to convince you, his story should crow him number one every time. Grew up in a rough neighborhood with an abusive father and a drug addicted but caring mother. Went to college for a degree but became poor due to student loans, moved to NYC waiting outside of Jay Z's studio for an entire year to hand him his mixtape, gets signed to Roc Nation, becomes a big success and is now one of the greatest rappers of the new generation. If that doesn't make you feel like you can do anything you put your mind to than I think you suffer from some sort of disorder, and because why not DOUBLE PLATIINUUUM WITOUTTT NO FEATUURREZ!

14 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 more.

So much symbolism in his lyrics that most people don't get it

I don't see how Jay z is inspirational

How is lil wayne above H.O.V. A?

He is way deeper than what eveeryone thinkss

15 Hopsin Marcus Jamal Hopson, better known by his stage name Hopsin, is an American rapper, record producer, director and actor from Los Angeles, California. Hopsin was born on July 18, 1985. His first album was called Emurge but he's best known for his album titled Raw.

Very inspiring. - DarkBoi-X

Hopsin is has always inspired me to do great things and always helps me in tough times

One of the only rappers that doesn't need drugs or alcohol to keep the day going. Speaks the truth and his flow is super consistent.

Hopsin is one of the best rappers out there, listen to his music its definitely worth it. he keeps it real

16 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 was a true gangster who was shot 9 times and lived, and he got out of the ghetto. His songs aren't all about money and sex most of them have some real meaning.

50 cent is cool and all but I really like Tupac. Tupac was I think is the best rappers of all time and isn't that why he's the prince of rap? Tupac was just like 50 cent... Pac grew up in the ghetto and had a mom affiliated with something that involves crime. 50 cents mom did drug dealing and Tupacs mom was in the black panther group. Again they were gangsta rappers inspirational and alike. So 50 cent is a sort of reincarnation of Tupac

50 cent is one of the greatest rappers of all time, even thought he shot at like 9 times.

After biggie and tupac died him and Eminem and nas were the ones who kept rap alive

17 Logic Born on January 22, 1990, in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, better known as Logic, is one of the most influential artists in the rap game today, with amazing lyricism and flow. Logic first gained major fame through making 2013's edition of the XXL Top-10 Freshmen List, and has easily more.

He's a really good rapper and he helps with your troubles with his music - itslitty12

I love his music it is so good and I feel like it is so relatable to all those who had parents like him

Love this guy. he is so inspirational. Why is he not top 10?

Logic should be at number 5 for being a inspiring rapper and never having a mentality about drugs or gang affiliation of any kind

18 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 more.

How are mainstream rappers like Lil Wayne, Big Sean. etc. are on this list. Man you never heard Lupe's lyrics at all. Seriously? He raps about political/social issues and also has a great meaning associated with it.

Preach! Like I love Em don't get me wrong. But Lupe ONLY makes inspirational songs. This vote is for inspirational rappers and he needs to be top 5. Get Lil Wayne out of there. I know he's not top 5. But Wayne shouldn't even be top 100

All he makes is inspirational music nothing else

Lupe fiasco words actually make you think and he is not a face like Drake who should not be on this list at all

19 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.

This guy is legendary.. so damn inspirational, deserves to be in TOP 5 - WillWords

The more songs he releases the worse rap is

A very bad rapper

The longer he raps the worse it gets

20 Foxy Brown Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand, better known by her stage name Foxy Brown, is a Trinidadian American rapper.
21 Sagopa Kajmer

Best lyrics, deepest meaning, strongest beats... That concludes Sagopa Kajmer is the best rapper in Turkey and maybe in the whole world!

Sagopa Kajmer big rapper

Best turkish rapper ALIVE!

I heard a song of his I 50% liked it 1 half it had good beat to it other half I can't understand it

22 Easy-E

#3 rapper, behind em and pac. PLEASE don't call him inspirational though

Straight out of Compton - Nadoz

23 The 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 more.

Not as good as Tupac but really inspirational

The absolute greatest rapper of all time. Scary to imagine how successful he'd be if he hadn't been shot.

Greatest rapper of all time.. Well in my opinion

Hell no he should not be here. This is the most inspirational rappers list, not the most influential. - DaWyteNight

24 LeCrae Lecrae Devaughn Moore, mononymously known as Lecrae, is an American Christian hip hop artist, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is also the co-founder of reach records.

Amazing rapper and amazing story. He's inspired so many people so should definitely be higher on this list.

I'll admit, I don't really like rap anyway, but LeCrae's messages are better than anyone else above him here. His lyrics are often directly inspired or taken from scriptures- usually inspirational scriptures.

Christian rapper, amazing. He raps about his faith and what he believes in. Not only that, he also talks about life

Man Lecrae speak God's truth in his lyrics.. His words mean so much how he testifies his life and his relationship with God in his lyrics.. he is definitely my favourite rapper ever..

25 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".

Isn't inspirational at all, he didn't start from the bottom whatsoever, he cannot relate to what rappers growing up in Compton and New York City were surrounded by whatsoever.

How's he an inspiration? He keeps saying that he struggled growing up in the hood even though he's never been in the hood. He's from Canada! There are no actual criminals in Canada most of the time.

Funny that drake rhymes with fake. Hidden message? Hell no we already knew he was a fake.

Closest to people

26 XXXTentacion Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy (January 23, 1998 - June 18, 2018), known professionally as XXXTentacion, and often referred to as X, was an American rapper, singer and songwriter.

Greatest rapper ever

Inspires me

Greatest rapper ever

Best artist in last 10 years.

27 is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and actor known for being the lead vocalist in The Black Eyed Peas. He was born in Los Angeles, California. He has released several solo albums such as "Songs About Girls" and "Will Power" .

He is just plain awesome

He must've been in the top ten. 3 words: HALL. OF. FAME.

Tyga should be called A.ped.i.Am


28 Macklemore Ben Haggerty, (born, June 19, 1983) known by his stage name Macklemore and formerly Professor Macklemore, is an American singer and songwriter from Seattle, Washington.

Best rapper ever. His songs actually make sense and they get people out of problems. It inspires you to not take drugs or drink instead of rappers just rapping about how cool they are. He should be top 5!

How is Little Wayne up there but not Macklemore honestly macklemore has instant classics like otherside, same love, can't hold us, white walls

How in god's name is macklemore less inspirational than Lil Wayne, will.I. am and nicki minaj?

I don't even like Macklemore but he is obviously more inspirational than Lil wayne.

29 Killer Mike (Run The Jewels) Michael Render, better known by his stage name Killer Mike, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor and activist from Atlanta, Georgia.
30 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

I know that technique isn't for everyone.. his style is more of a political stand view rapping about the government and how we are tricked to think that it Is a picture perfect gov and all others suck, but in reality it is one of the most corrupt plutocracy taking advantage of third world countries. And technique sees through that and demolish them in his killer rhymes. Enough said

Shows real initiative to teach and draw awareness to the injustice cause by greedy governments. Raps about things going on in the world, not just about materialistic views that are being produced in today's music

Hardcore old political rap... Sick beats and killer lyrics that send chills down a spine

Should have been number 1 because he inspires you by the fact he did it all alone

31 Wiz Khalifa Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. He was born on September 8, 1987.

Listen to the race by Wiz Khalifa and you'll see why he's inspirational. t=236

32 Machine Gun Kelly Colson Baker, better known by his stage names MGK and Machine Gun Kelly, is an American rapper and actor, from Cleveland, Ohio.

He literally came from the bottom and truly against all odds held his own as an incredibly unique artist who's been through hell and back. And through all his fame and good fortune he's nowhere near jaded and is, at least in my book, a potential contender for one of the best lyricists alive. A lot of his songs really hit home to me and I genuinely appreciate him. Kells.

Probably the best for he made fight depression while I was down his songs 'Her song' and " See my Tears' are just breathtakingly awesome.

What makes me adore him more is that he's still young but his song way more inspiring than any other rapper that are older than him

Machine gun kelly is the reason I live and breathe, his music keeps me going

33 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 more.

He an inspiration, not the best rapper but inspiring

The Game deserves a spot in the top 20.

El Chapo is insane. It's awes Me in every way. - AlphaQ

The game a true survivour coming from the streets of compton to sloughtering 50 cent, tony yayo, buck and loydd. Lyrically and physically he is a 100% hood telling stories from the hood that are easy to relate to, how he grew up, betrayal, his familly, his life experiences and his pain. Hate it or love the game is one of the greatest gangster rapper since big n pac he is the last of a true dieng breed the last of the gangster rappers.

34 G-Dragon

Its quite hard to call him a rapper, but is a musical genius, his tone of music immediatly strikes you as different. definitely second to eminem.

The only thing I hate about gd is his girly side of him

G-Dragon is one of the most popular and best K-pop rappers ever.
He cares for his fans... and he has prominent fans too! Many talented newcoming rappers name him as their idol.
Don't believe me? Listen to A BOY (my favourite one) or the songs of the boygroup BIGBANG, which he is the leader of. He has influenced the whole kpop world!

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

The dude is talented he makes relatable music and has been an inspiration for many young rappers now

He helps me feel good about my self when I'm down and I feel like I can relate to his music

Tygas a kid pedo

day n nite

36 Yas Yaser Bakhtiari, better known by his stage name Yas, is an Iranian rapper. Yas is one of the most popular rappers in Iran and Middle East. He is also known for his Faravahar pedant, a symbol of Iranian nationalism and Zoroastrianism, that he wears most of the time.

he is king - YAD_AM

37 Honey Singh Hirdesh Singh, known by this professional name, Yo Yo Honey Singh or Honey Singh, is an Indian music producer, Indi-pop singer and film actor.

Awesome singer! Just love him

He is an awesome rapper in Bollywood. His voice is very perfect for rap. He is so famous of modern stage of Bollywood and teenagers heart as well.

Whz she? never heard about her

He is a person who has shaked the whole Punab and India by his awesome tracks such as Brown Rang, Dobe Shope, Blue Eyes, Party All Night etc. His song Brown Rang has chart the tops of most viewed Youtube video in India in 2012. He was very poor when he was child and gained popularity due to his Hard Work.

38 Norm Ender

Best rapper in Turkey

39 Bohemia

The original Punjabi Rapper

Bohemia his real name is David roger. His rapping style had been copied by a lot other rappers, but still all this doesn't seem to other him. Bohemia is the punjabi rapper belonging from lahore currently living in California.

Bohemia is only on one Indian rapper...

Bohemia the best punjabi rapper!
Why the hell is is honey Singh above him?
Honey Singh ain't a rapper, people laugh at his rap

40 Pitbull Armando Christian Pérez, better known by his stage name Pitbull, is a Grammy (and Latin Grammy) winning Cuban-American rapper, songwriter and record producer.



He ain't a rapper in the slightest he's a pop artist that likes to pretend to be a rapper

He is an inspirational rapper
Just listen to Triumph or Hustler's Withdrawal

He literally came from nothing to big bucks and that inspires me not just from his lyrics but his entire life story
He deserves more credit than he has

41 Mos Def Yasiin Bey, best known by his stage name Mos Def, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor and activist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York.

Lyrical with amazing rhythm, He's lyrics actually means something, not just about money, drugs and girls. Very underrated.

Mos definitely is goat

Lyrics of all his songs are great. - Aman2201

42 Birdman

What inspirational about Birdman? Don't make me laugh

Birdman-Lil Wayne father son relation

Tygas a pedo-man

43 Chance The Rapper Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, known professionally as Chance the Rapper, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from the West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.

Come on now Chance the Rapper should be top 15 at least

Great positive lyrics.

he's lit

Listen to Hey Ma
Or even Family ft. Vic Mensa


44 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. more.

Tech N9ne is amazing as a person & out of this world on the mic! He works so hard & it shows in his music. He is able to write about his true feelings & his thoughts down knowning people will go to his music because its real & he is my inspiration for writing poems expressing myself. Tech N9ne will always be an inspiration to me & I will be proud to say I will always be a loyal fan of the snake and bat till I am dead in the ground & even when I'm dead ill still be a loyal fan!

Most creative, unorthodox rapper out there. Tech N9ne is himself throughout every song and does not let ridicule affect his music.

One of the most underrated rappers of all time! He isn't just dope, real and underground, he shows extreme technical skill. He tackles similar themes to Biggie's and even went to collaborate with Eminem in a mind blowing track "Speedom" ( Judging by technical areas and not speed like most do )

I like him some of his stuff isn't to good but overall he is crazy good.

45 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.

God Bless, Is Happiness Just A Word, The Oracle, End Of Days etc says it all

Bwahahaahahaa nothing is inspirational about birdman.

Manaman is a badman

46 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.

Best persian rapper
God fother

47 Phora

I think this list is stupid.. This guy is all about inspiring buy his down like this

Lucky to have a rapper like him

Needs to be heard more often

Relatable music

48 Mehrad Hidden Mehrad Hidden is a Iranian singer, rapper, and producer. He grew up listening and composing rock songs. At age 18, He formed the group Zedbazi with Saman Wilson.

He is the best in Iran

49 Shahin Najafi
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