Most Lyrical Rappers of All Timeskullgangjewelz Describing, and honoring, the most lyrical rappers of all time. Focusing on the mastery of lyrical skills.
The Top Ten
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..
Most loyal rapper to the rap lyrical/gameV 247 Comments
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 stuffV 68 Comments
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 underratedV 45 Comments
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 bestV 138 Comments
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
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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. - DaWyteNightV 17 Comments
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
I like this rapper, and his unique lyricsV 47 Comments
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 - DaWyteNightV 9 Comments
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 artistsV 9 Comments
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
Spell binderV 105 Comments
Joyner makes raps with meaning and a certain beauty. It's not only rap it's story's about real life and the things going on. I'm disgusted that Lil pump is higher on this list than he is.
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.
Top 5 but under kendrickV 35 Comments
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 iranV 37 Comments
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 allV 12 Comments
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 - DaWyteNightV 3 Comments
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 rapperV 15 Comments
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.V 14 Comments
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 rapperV 50 Comments
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 isn't my favorite rapper because eminem is but he is the most lyrical one I can think of on the top of my head.V 6 Comments
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
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.
He is very talented he should be higher on this list he just goes into the study and freestyle he does not even write anything down that is how talented he is.V 33 Comments
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.
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.V 15 Comments
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"
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
"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
"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.V 7 Comments
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.
One of the best Mc's of all time very underrated
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.V 3 Comments
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!V 31 Comments
How is freak Lil Wayne above busta rhymes? Busta rhymes rapped faster than Eminem in "speed of sound"
He should be to 5 in my opinion. He’s mad versatile and his lyrism is heavily underrated
Busta rhymes is a beast, and quite humerous too. try listening to break ya neck.
Who put them here? They are trash
Worst lyricists ever...ruined rap
How the hell are Migos lyrical lol - DaWyteNightV 1 Comment
Come on now Pharoahe Monch is one of the top 10 best lyricist dead or alive!
Come on how isn't pharoahe here
Come on, how this dude not at the top of the list? I mean, I love 2Pac, but it's kind of a common belief that he wasn't the most lyrical. And all these others, Kendrick, jay-z, 50 cent? SMH - DaWyteNight
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
Kaf kef sagopa keyV 4 Comments
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 iranV 21 Comments
He has best lyrics
Pishro is king of Persian rap
I Love You Reza Pishro
King of diss musicV 10 Comments
He has more complex type rhymes than Em. No disrespect I love Em, was the first rapper I binge listened to. Though this guy is way better in terms of metaphors and rhyme schemes.
Why isn't MF DOOM top 5 this list is bull
Great lyrics and makes his own beat.. Very underrated
Best rapper on the worldV 2 Comments
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 fromV 2 Comments
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!V 1 Comment
Royce is probably the best artist on Shady Records right now (Eminem not counted). He has a sick flow. He puts some great imagery in his raps.. He can beat any one from Young Money and is better than all of those "Mainstream Rappers". He deserves more recognition.
Have you ever heard the song "bad meets evil"? Eminem still @ number 1 but the lyricism in bad meets evil is simply incredible. - Rydershady2001
Why is Royce this low? Lyrically he can keep up with em. Delivery also but that's not the point. Royce shreds doe... End of story
All of slaughter house! Shady records all the way to the top!V 2 Comments
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.
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 LucasV 14 Comments
Most talented MCs in Nepal, greatest hip-hop artists of all time who uses alter egos in his songs to use different styles of rapping and subject matters which really happening in current Nepal.
Started rapping when only few people were there to listen and people from his country criticized him for cursing
NO one is better than him in this earth.
No more with the most talented idol of us miss u lot ripV 12 Comments
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