Most Lyrical Rappers of All Time

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Describing, and honoring, the most lyrical rappers of all time. Focusing on the mastery of lyrical skills.

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.

Thank God Lil Wayne is not on here. Every time I hear someone say "WEEZY SPITS FIRE" I die a little inside.

Lyrically Eminem can not be touched. Listen to "Words are my weapons" and try to make an argument.

Nobody can touch Eminem I've been listening to rap since it started and never heard anyone even close to his lyrics or the way he delivers them. Unbelievable lyrical genius!

His lyrics are just everything that he can think of, no other rapper have crazy lyrics.. man.. I feel sorry now proof is gone, Eminem is not funny as he was..

No one can bury Eminem big facts

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2 Tupac Tupac 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.

He's a poet from the street and with no doubt as poetical as Goethe or someone like him, his death made him immortal

"Long live the rose that grew from concrete"
The greatest ever!
With songs such as Dear Mama, Changes and So many Tears, He deserves the top spot.

2pac is a great rapper and artist, not a lyricist. There's a HUGE difference. A lyricist like Eminem (didn't vote for him) (just an example) can make you shocked that a human can do this and make your creative juices run a lot more (if you are an artist) when you hear an amazing line. Or another type of lyricist is people great with metaphors (Lil Wayne does not suck, he actually is a really good lyricist if you stop hating and actually listen, also the reason he is so big is because of his skill at this technique)

Talked about real stuff

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3 Nas 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.

Nas is the greatest lyrical rapper of all time. Just listen to "It ain't hard to tell", "Halftime", well really a the whole album of Illmatic. You will need no more proof after that. If you are really stubborn just listen to his other albums. His flows and rhymes are untouchable. No question about it.

Nas is probably the 2nd best lyrical rapper of all time. The only rapper I would pick over him is Tupac. But Tupac and Nas are very much alike in the way they write their songs. I would not be surprised if they were very good friends. Eminem is good but his songs are annoying to listen to. Listen to No introduction by Nas and you will see why he is great.

That Lil' Wayne is even on this list is a disgrace. If you're going to call yourself lyrical the least you could do is put together a coherent song that makes sense. Neither a good rapper nor a good lyricist raps about lasagna.

Really is the goat to me kinda underrated

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4 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.

The Best Lyrics in The World

The godfather of rap. Persian language such as English is not widely known in the world because the rapper is low. Text and style but she is amazing

Hichkas best rapper in the world... Best best best

Best best best

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5 The Notorious B.I.G. (Biggie Smalls)

Biggie smalls is the best mc of all time even canibus says on round 2 knockout he says THE BEST MC DIED ON MARCH 9, REST IN PEACE KID and mtv say he is the most talented mc of all time and nas is very good but biggie smalls is the illest

Biggie is the best rapper of all time, and eazy e is 2nd. I mean they're complete opposites but with their trademark and unique styles you just can't beat em

The originator of using heavy metaphores, which was really rare in his time period. - skullgangjewelz

Aa

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

Rakim is one of the most under-rated main stream rappers who ever picked up a mic. His multi-syllabic rhymes combined with his precise flow make him a treat to listen to. He has creative, story-telling lyrics, with strong beats, and a unique twist on words through most of his music. I am actually surprised he isn't top ten.

Rakim is the best of all time why do people put Wayne or juelz santana they are not even lyrical at all

Amazing imagery an storytelling skills. And people: this is a list ranked purely on LYRICAL skills. How is Dr. Dre so high up? He's a great artis but since when is Dre a top lyricist?

Kendrick lamar above rakim? What is the world coming to. - DaWyteNight

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7 Shahin Najafi Shahin Najafi

The voice of freedom in Iran
The first rapper who his poem are postmodernist
His voice is one of best voices I ever heard
He is first rapper who apostated by Islamic government of Iran

Perfect lyrics. He is the voice of Iranian fighters for freedom

He is the best

The voice if freedom in iran

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8 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.

His lyrics personally reach me and help me these lyrics resemble me more than other rapper he reaches me and is able to help me relieve pain and anger, he has expierenced some things I have. He's incredible he keeps the beat and rhymes incredible.

Kendrick Lamar is the best with his metaphors, similes and allusions. Sure Tupac may be more iconic and have deep lyrics too, but his lyrics are very simple and his lyrics could be understood after one listen easily. Kendrick Lamar is a poet. His songs get great the more you try to decipher his lyrics and analyze his works which is why I say he is the best rapper in terms of lyrics.

Honestly, definitely top 10 all time when its all said and done, but for now, I think he should be lower. Still though, his last 2 albums... The way his from-the-hood style lyricism can just merge with the hugely intelligent deeper meaning behind "To Pimp a Butterfly" is insane. I don't know of any other rappers that can do that

Lyrical genius, his allusions are so crazy.

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9 Yas 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.

Voice Of Persian People

The Best Lyrical in Persian Rap

YES NUMBER ONE IN THE WORD AND WORLD!

He is like the 2 pac of Persian rap, his lyrics are raw, real, and dark, but always carry a positive message at the end of the day.

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10 Ho3ein Ho3ein

Oh God you said you are one!
But what is that guy?
He is GOD too! God of rap

In the name of the Persian rap that most of the Persian young people loving it.

I proud of hos3ein because he does the best Persian rap about lifestyle outside and inside Iran he doesn't show off or he doesn't share his photos anywhere with different girls so this is the time we all stand up for this young man and keep his flag on top of the pole as best Persian rapper alive.

You may call him G as genius I love him with that " emam Ali" tatto lool buy his one the first rappers in Iran his amazing

Hi best raper in iran

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The Contenders

11 Bahram Bahram Called as one of the 50 people shaping the culture of the Middle East, by Huffington Post, Bahram Nouraei challenges the dominant artistic, cultural and philosophical consensus of the Iranian society . He constantly pushes himself out of his comfort zone to reach his own understanding of creativity ...read more.

Bahram number one in pershian rap

His lyrics is so0o go0od

He is VOICE OF THE STREETS... He Has a KINGDOM IN PersiaN HIP HOP

King of iran

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12 Mehrad Hidden 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.

The best in the world, he is god of rappers and have special style and vocal and lyrics

I love mehrad hiden

He is sick even though I don't understand farsi, and yess he is the God of rap!

HaveThe best voice in iranian rapper

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13 K-Rino K-Rino

I'm glad this guy is finally mentioned on a "best rapper list" even if it is one that is greatly biased due to popularity (which cannot be controlled and is understandable, I don't mean to complain too much). I believe he should at least be in the top 10 if not 2, I think he's the best rapper alive or dead thah I know of because of his intelligent lyrics, diversity in flow and topics, and his passion for rapping. he put out 3 albums this year and they were all good quality. He has a total of around 20 and that means you have a lot of great songs to listen to if you do enjoy K-rino.
If your looking where to start I would recommend his album "annihilation of the evil machine". And if you don't like conspiracy theories in your rap, you do not have to worry too much with K-rino he has a few which happen to be his highly viewed songs, but they make up a small minority of his songs. He has also been rapping since 88 or 83, he's been around for a while and I hope he gets recognized for ...more

#23! Seriously what the hell have you guys been smoking krino is the best emc there is he has everything he has the passion, heart, intelligence, flow, wordplay, storytelling. He raps about the truth and exposes corruption. He also has many songs that any person can relate to. This man also is very consistent and has a wide variety of topics and concepts to rap about from braggadocios to religion, storytelling, to politics and very unique concepts. He is the Shakespeare and Tesla of Hip Hop a Genius who isn't recognized for his dedication to his craft

The best ever k-rino, he can rap about tooth paste and you hooked, and when it comes too battle flows one of favorite songs 4 minute warning

Excellent rapper

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14 Dr. Dre 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.

I don't dislike Dre, but you can't really have Dre on the list. He doesn't write his own raps (Snoop Dogg wrote Nuthin but a G-Thang, Em wrote Forgot About Dre, Pac wrote Cali Love, Ice Cube and DOC wrote NWA's songs), and he is a producer anyway. - Sonired

You can't be lyrical if you don't write your own music but I like dr dre though

I listen to dre a little bit but his lyrics are not very influential

Dre is one of the greatest hip-hop artists

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15 Immortal Technique 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

Not in the top 10? Are you serious?! Listen to Revolutionary Vol.2 and tell me he doesn't belong in the top 10!

He must be in top ten. Among today's rap artists, he's the only one who raise his voice to tell the truth. He gave a different perspective and a purpose to rap music through his philosophy.

He is not just good or the best, he is unbelievable smart. Just listen to the songs that aren't this popular. Its amazing. This guy could change the world, and oh, the best rapper? He is that since the first time he touched a mic!

If we are talking about the most lyrical rappers of all time, Immortal Technique certainly deserves to be above some rapper like Jay Z. In my opinion, he deserves to be at least in top 5. Check out his album and his lyrics, he is at another level, talking about issues that matters. That's what Rap is all about! Expressing and spreading the message!

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16 Reza Pishro Reza Pishro Mohammad Reza Naseri Azad better known by his stage name Pishro is an Iranian rapper and producer from Tehran.

He has best lyrics

Pishro is king of Persian rap

I Love You Reza Pishro

King of diss music

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17 Jay-Z 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.

His style is unique, and words stay on point, with a different taste, Jay-Z can only deliver. - skullgangjewelz

I thought of him as the enemy, at first, then I saw how Tupac was planning to end the West coast/East coast rivalrie and I, then, started to listen to his lyrics. He seems to be a great person on the inside also! "... Song Cry " is my favorite!

Jays lyrics are laced with double entandras (sp? ) And metaphors. One verse can have meaning on the surface and on another layer. People that don't understand him can't appreciate him the same as those who do.

He sucks - DaWyteNight

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18 Big L 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.

"wouldn't GIVE A CHICK 10CENTS TO PUT CHEESE ON A WHOPPER" BIG L "A GIRL ASKED ME TO PUT A RING ON HER FINGER SO I PUT A RING AROUND HER WHOLE EYE" BIG L

Top 5

"ASK BEAVIS, I GET NOTHING BUTTHEAD" laugh out loud he should be in the top 10 - bbilsk

Well he is definitely top 5 for lyrical skills, no doubt, but when it comes to the meaning, I'm not so sure of he's even on the top 30

I love Eminem but L deserves to be higher on the list.

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19 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.

I am a huge fan and have a lot of respect for rappers like Em, Jay, Nas, Dre, Rakim, etc. But as far as pure lyricism goes (discounting everything else like flow, production, rhyme scheme, etc) Lupe takes the top spot easily. With tracks like around my way, words I never said, and American terrorist to all the symbolism and complexity the cool saga there is no competition for him!

A real rapper something of which we don't see too common these days. Lupe fiasco uses the same flow and storytelling of The legend Nas. He's a lyricist worth recognition.

Lupe Fiasco is a wizard with words, his lyrics are deeper than Marianas Trench, he is so inspirational, and his songs have an incredible flow. He is the most unique rapper I have ever witnessed, and even though I acknowledge that Eminem, Nas, and a few other rappers are also rap geniuses, but the true lyrical king is definitely Lupe Fiasco.

Four classic albums (Food and Liquor, The Cool, Tetsuo & Youth, Drogas Wave. As someone who regularly reads and goes to Shakespeare plays, I rate Lupe as highly.

Lyrically he's not on another level, he's in another dimension:

"The galleries lack the wall space
So I made a gallery of galleries, made of all space"

Mural Jr.

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20 Andre 3000 Andre 3000 André Lauren Benjamin, known by his stage name André 3000 is an American rapper and one half of the hip-hop duo OutKast. He is widely considered to be the better half of the duo, and he is also considered to be one of the greatest lyricists in hip hop. Despite never actually releasing an official ...read more.

Great storyteller listen to day in the Life of Andre Benjamin

He should be way higher top 3 over tupac. U guys need to listen to some outkast and pay attention to what he is saying

The GOAT. MF DOOM is 2 lyrically.

21 J Cole J Cole

He's a beast I don't know how you could say j Cole is not one of the top ten lyrical rappers of all time. How can u put j Cole under Lamar's bum ass. In addition, the only rappers I can see being more lyrically inclined than Jermaine is Big E, Tupac, and Eminem. Not all of his songs are super catchy, but as far as true lyrics and being about the words he's spitting j Cole can't be under top 5.

One of the most intelligent rappers of all time complete genius in terms of lyrics

HE is amazing. One of the best rappers in the game right now. Rapping about things that matter.

He is a top 5, the realest most lyrical rapper ever with sick flow

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22 Tech N9ne 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.

Tech is severely underrated because underground fans don't like his subject matter and most others haven't heard about him. Sometimes his lyrics are too fast for most but I understand every word it just takes some getting used to. Some people call him nonsensical because of the way he rhymes to makes his songs more lyrical is a little odd but simply listening can tell you what he's talking about. Tech is insanely lyrical and has some complex symbolism as well, if you don't believe me think about his name. It's more than just a gun, tech said the "tech" is short for technique and 9 is the number of completion, tech then proceeds to explain why 9 is the number of completion, 360 degrees is a full circle 3 plus 6 equals 9

How could tech be anywhere but #1? This guy makes Eminem, Biggie & Pac's songs sound like nursery rhymes. I mean the niqqa uses like 6 & 7 word rhyming patterns and he can make any word rhyme. And his flow is untouchable he is always using the craziest flows I've ever heard. And his speed is incredible, I guarantee If he would do a song at top speed it would be the fastest rap ever because he makes twista & busta rhymes sound slow without trying. Tech N9ne is the best that has ever lived his work proves that. If you don't realize his talent you need to go ahead and check yourself into a psycho ward. He is the only complete rapper in the game. By the way #2 would be Eminem and #3 is Hopsin in my opinion but you can't deny Tech at #1 unless you've never heard him

Tech n9ne is the greatest artist out there. If you don't understand that by now then your never going to. Which is truly sad because he is a poetic assassination to the beat when he heats up! Always gonna be my favorite rapper. Technician 4 life, I am just happy he came through in my life time. Lastly he is doing songs with so many different artist and excelling at his craft. Not even close to done, true art!

Where the hell is Joyner Lucas

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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. Hopsin was born on July 18, 1985. His first album was called Emurge but he's best known for his album titled Raw.

Hopsin is so real and down to earth and he doesn't censor his thoughts. He makes sense and reaches out to his audience on a whole other level than people like Lil Wayne. He's still fairly young, but his beats and lyrics do nothing but get better and get more real. Check out his song - Fly. enough said.

Though hypocritical at times, Hopsin is a promising rapper who displays fast spitting rhymes and real rap. Ill Mind of Hopsin 5 is the best so far.

Hopsin to me is probably the best rapper in the rap game because he's not satanic like at the other rappers and he speaks the truth

Ashamed of this list. Em is definitely 1st but hop is top 3 for sure.

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24 50 Cent 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 is so under rated. His talent is taken too lightly

I love you mafia 50

He isn't lyrically deep,but his delivery is very good.

50 ain't lyrical lol - DaWyteNight

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25 Kool G Rap 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.

Look up fast life ft nas, it is the most lyrical song I've heard, mainly from Kool g's verse

Dumbasses. Eminem is not the best and no one has heard of these Persian people or cares anyway. Kool g is the emporer of lyrics with nas as his righthand man.

The top ten should include kool g rap, rakim, big pun, chino xl, R. A the rugged man, nas, tech n9ne, MF doom, and big daddy Kane. No particular order.

26 Big Pun 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.

Why is Big Pun all the way down here?!

Big pun. I never heard anyone play with words like him. And his flow is unmatched to this day, he should be at the top of this list.R.I.P. big Punisher

This is just dissrespectful! Pun is top 5 top10 lyricist of All Time! Capital punishment is an untouchable classic. End of discussion.

He should be higher up! Like, seriously the most lyrically complex!

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27 Black Thought 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.

One of the best Mc's of all time very underrated

28 Ice Cube 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.

Best lyrically since the CIA til present day

Delivery content and street knowledge Icecube is definitely a great lyricist.

Ice Cube Is A Miracle

Ice Cube was straight off the streets, that is where he got his stories from

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29 Sohrab MJ

Zed bazi is my life

Sohrab MJ, the only Master of Joint

Best rapper in Iran

The best one

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30 Drake 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".

Drake's songs are dope, which is why I am a fan of him, but as a rapper, he is complete trash. Drake is a little boy from Toronto who raps without a purpose and you can tell he only relates the most when he talks about girls.

Guys like him and all of young money shouldn't even touch this list

There are a lot of rappers on this list that may be better freestylers but the numbers and broken records speak for themselves...

What do numbers and records have to do with anything? This is about lyrics. - DaWyteNight

There are many words I'd use to describe Drake, but lyrical is not one of them. - DaWyteNight

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

His Lyrics Is Really Meaningful! He Doesn't Rap About Girl Money Or any Thing Like That And That's What REAL music mean. He Deserves To Be Number ONE.

He is better than Eminem and Macklemore. He actually raps about real nice quality lyrics that flow and his work makes sense ( not that Eminem and Macklemore don't, he just surpasses them).

I glad to see mike shinoda in this list. I'm his diehard fan, and I don't care if he is on 28. only matters that you actually compared him with Eminem!

Better than another mumble rap

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32 GZA GZA Gary Grice, better known by his stage names GZA and The Genius, is an American rapper and songwriter.

Proven by a machine to have one of the largest vocabularies in rap history (#2). His flow is unprecedented. There's a reason his name is GZA the Genius.

Besides possessing an impressive vocabulary, GZA also possess a brilliant intellect rarely scene in the rap industry.

Gza no doubt destroys all these weak emcees with liquid swords

He's called the genius for a reason. One of the best if not the best!

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33 Bibak

His lyrics Is best & his voice is best

Mohammad bibik I love you

Mohammad Bibak... Sound of Streets!
Mohammad Bibak... Sedaye ejtemae

34 Hishaam Honzo
35 Ab-Soul Ab-Soul Herbert Anthony Stevens IV, better known by his stage name Ab-Soul, is an American rapper from Carson, California.

Ab-Soul goes completely under the radar to most. Many of his lyrics go right over your head the first few listens. The fact that you often you have to sit with the lyrics in front of you and read them to find the multiple meanings in his words is incredible. Truly deserves to be higher on this list.

Look up his songs in rap genius. The lyrics in his beats are some of the most carefully written ones I have seen.

Once you get into Ab-Soul, give it 2 months he'll be your favorite rapper

How y'all going mention Kendrick Lamar without Ab-Soul smh He's one of the most over looked emcees today

36 Erfan

He Is The Only rapper in Iran who has rap scince

He is rap sun

My love is sadegh

He is the best.

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38 Killah Priest

So much depth to his lyrics. "I build lyrics like the Art Director/ Then show them to you like a Film Projector"
Heavy Mental is a CLASSIC!

Underrated even among the underrated.

39 Ben Sharpa

This guy is TRULY one of the most prolific hip hop artists to come out of South Africa. His content and delivery is second to none.

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

His songs make absolutely no sense and he definitely does not deserve to be so high on the list, let alone be on the list at all. His flow is weak and his lyrics have no depth. Lil Wayne is an embarrassment to rap music.

Crappy sexist lyrics with no thought put into them - LegitGames12

I honestly think that the only reason lil Wayne is so high on this list is because everyone voted for him so they can give him a hate comment.

Y'all bugging Wayne is 100% the goat

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41 Canibus Canibus Germaine Williams, better known by his stage name Canibus, is a Jamaican born-American rapper and actor.

WHY IS EM SO MAINSTREAM? Just listen to one of his early albums then revisit this page.

Literally 42 places lower than Drake. This list is just a popularity contest. Joke.

Dope ass emcee, he's the vocalist beast...

Underrated.

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42 Aesop Rock Aesop Rock

I've never heard an emcee use such complex rhyme schemes and a wide vocabulary. I wanna die a little simply cause Lil Wayne is higher on this list. Aesop Rock was part of a study to find the most lyrically intricate rappers, and he topped the entire list. He used a wider vocabulary than SHAKESPEARE used in his own works. He was leagues ahead of Herman Melville (the writer of moby dick) and all of wu tang, Eminem, kendrick, etc. Keep in mind, Aesop Rock is FAR from my favourite rapper, I have fallen victim to the Top Dawg Ent. bandwagon as of late. But I cannot deny that Aesop Rock is the most lyrically intricate emcee ever heard.

Aesop's metaphors are untouchable. His work is definitely NOT as some people say, nonsense. He Requires some patience to understand his storytelling but ultimately it is very fulfilling.

When compared to other rappers, he uses more words. Period. Per 35,000 words, around 7500 of them are unique words. Most rappers were found to have less than half of that. Objectively, scientifically, he has been proven to be the most unique words out of any other well known rapper.

Labor Days, Float and The Impossibe Kid says it all

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43 KRS-One KRS-One Lawrence "Kris" Parker, better known by his stage names KRS-One, and Teacha, is an American rapper and occasional producer from The Bronx, New York City, New York.

Even his name is more clever than most new lyrics. He is one of the best not only because of how good he sounds but because of what he says and teaches from the messages in his songs. Even his interviews are good to listen too. He should definitely be higher up.

He just about invented the art of lyricism. Dropping knowledge and truth since '88. His lyrics are like getting slapped in the face with an encyclopedia, hard hitting and damn son, you learning while enjoying this dope album.

The knowledge alone with a life time message.

Greatest emcee off all-time!

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44 Proverb

Is one of the greatest rapper in S. A, he is doing his numbers out there I'm been for real if you don't believe me means that you've never heard him or you don't know how to write Proverb.

Best MC in Africa. He raps in English but can rap in Afrikaans too

45 Ghostface Killah Ghostface Killah Dennis Coles, better known by his stage name Ghostface Killah, is an American rapper and prominent member of the Wu-Tang Clan.

Can it be all so simple is a wonder to listen to

46 Ali Sorena Ali Sorena

Alone man in the Persian rap

He have powerful lyrics
He is best

Our Start Is End Of Lots.

BEST❤

47 Willie D

Willie D may not have the best delivery or be that great of a lyracist, his way of telling it like it is and his witty rhymes keeps him one of my all time favorite rappers.

48 Eazy-E Eazy-E Eric Lynn Wright better known by his stage name "Eazy-E", was an American rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. He is affectionately called "The Godfather of Gangsta Rap". He was born to Richard and Kathie Wright in Compton, California. On March 26, 1995 Eazy-E dies from complications ...read more.

People so easily forget that his songs are written by Ice Cube, so he shouldn't even be on this list - germshep24

Wow, blows me away. One of the pioneers of rap at 49

My boi should be in the top ten, if not this websites gay

He's one of the best

49 Sagopa Kajmer

The Best Lyrical Rapper.. ! This is true, and If you search this, You will find. !

Perfect lyrical, the most lyric

Please find it:Sagopa Kajmer-Sabah Fabrikam

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50 R.A. the Rugged Man

Should be way higher on this list

Crazy lyricist. Deserves to be in the top 10. Just listen to "Uncommon Valor"

Intelligent lyrics, sick flow, best in the game! No Mainstream stuff

Uncommon valor!

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