Top 10 Overrated Hip Hop Lyricists

This is gonna be controversial... Overrated doesn't mean bad, it just means that these lyricists get more praise for their lyricism than it actually deserves.

The Top Ten

1 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 more.

Honestly this guy is one of the most overrated and useless lyricists in rap, and if Big L and Biggie had lived I highly doubt anyone would've cared about Jay-Z. - DaWyteNight

I agree with this. The second most overrated rapper of all time only behind Eminem. - RobertWisdom

Most overrated rapper ever. Took a huge L up against Nas who is better than Jay. - DarkBoi-X

2 The Notorious B.I.G 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.

His lyrics are very amazing, you can close your eyes and imagine it, like watching a movie. - Votebotingsucks

He's amazing though but he's not the best thing ti exist. - AlphaQ

He paints a vivid picture of street life. And his wordplay was insane. - RobertWisdom

I'm ready for the death threats - DaWyteNight

No death threats. It's just you put Big, one of the slickest wordsmiths and most vivid storytellers in all Hip-Hop on this list and left out The White In shining armor, The Great White Hope off the list and he's easily the most overrated. - RobertWisdom

3 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 more.

Yes, his lyricism is overrated. He isn't one of the top lyricists of all time. - DaWyteNight

He's amazing but to be honest I kinda like his instrumentals more. Especially from TPAB, now the instrumentals there are legendary. - DarkBoi-X

4 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, more.

Maybe he is mostly hated on this site, but lots of people in the hip hop community actually consider him a great lyricist which is pretty sad. - DaWyteNight

Wrong! The Hip-Hop community does not think he is great. It's the current pop fan base that thinks he's great. - RobertWisdom

More like overhated, you can't b overrated if everyone hates you. - AlphaQ

He sells millions of albums for absolutely no reason. That's not overhated. - RobertWisdom

5 Kanye West Kanye West Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching more.

I do think Kanye is a solid lyricism but he's more on the experimental side than on the lyrical side. But he's not overrated because a lot of people hate him. - AlphaQ

He is hardly lyrical at all but some people still consider him one of rap's best lyricists. - DaWyteNight

6 Denzel Curry Denzel Curry Denzel Rae Don Curry (born February 16, 1995) is an American rapper and songwriter from Carol City, Florida. He released his debut full-length album, titled Nostalgic 64 on September 3, 2013. His second full-length album, titled Imperial, was released on March 9, 2016.

A rapper who can be lyrical at times, but just isn't as lyrical as he is made out to be. - DaWyteNight

Denzel is a great artist in my opinion but yea, he does get a little overrated. - AlphaQ

7 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 more.

He's a great rapper and has killer flows but damn, he is so overrated! Almost everyone here thinks he's a goat. - AlphaQ

Easily the most overrated rapper of all time! - RobertWisdom

Overrated as hell!

Hmmm don't know bout this, his lyricism is great. - DarkBoi-X

Well he isn't held in as high regard with the Hip-Hop community as he is with his delusional fan base. Us Hip-Hop heads have heard better. This guy is hot for gimmicks. - RobertWisdom

8 Freddie Gibbs Freddie Gibbs Fredrick Tipton, better known by his stage name Freddie Gibbs, is an American rapper from Gary, Indiana.

Freddie is a decent rapper at best when he has the right kind of production for him, but he honestly isn't that lyrical. - DaWyteNight

Checked him out and he seems like an amazing rapper although again, for me, it's mostly the Madlib's production I like the most. - DarkBoi-X

9 Scarface Scarface Brad Terrence Jordan, better known by his stage name Scarface, is an American rapper, music producer, and author.

It always makes me laugh when people say that 2Pac isn't lyrical, but then turn around and call Face one of the best lyricists of all time. It's not that Face is a bad lyricist or anything, he's just very straight forward and not that lyrical. - DaWyteNight

Scarface is a goat and doesn't get that much credit so I disagree. - AlphaQ

10 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, more.

Angry comment more anger than ice cube face - AlphaQ

What I said about Scarface could also be said for him. - DaWyteNight

The Contenders

11 Danny Brown Danny Brown
12 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 more.

Okay, don't get me wrong, Andre is a great lyricist, the best on this list by far, but he isn't the best of all time like rap fans on the internet will constantly tell you. - DaWyteNight

13 Chance the Rapper 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.
14 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 always praised wherever I go, there's no a single bit od criticism when it comes to that guy. Illmatic is 1 of the best albums of all time but it is very overrated. - AlphaQ

Nah, his lyricism is great. - DarkBoi-X

15 Rick Ross Rick Ross William Leonard Roberts II, better known by his stage name Rick Ross, is an American rapper and entrepreneur.

I seriously knew this guy who was convinced that Rick was a great lyricist and was a goat. Sad thing is, this person isn't the only one who thinks this. - DaWyteNight

Seriously people I've heard tend to say that he is trash (except selfdestruct) I don't know much of his music so I would tend to think he probably is but I don't know.

Yeah. He sucks! - RobertWisdom

16 Ski Mask the Slump God Ski Mask the Slump God

I've actually seen lots of people praising him, calling him 'one of the best lyrical rappers of the last few years', nope, I don't see it at all. Ski is more goofy and funny than he is lyrical. I respect your opinion if you like him but I just can't see the hype. - DaWyteNight

Nah, he's not that recognised that much compared to most of these other lyrical rappers, and his lyricism is funny. - AlphaQ

17 XXXTentacion XXXTentacion Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy (born January 23, 1998), known professionally as XXXTentacion, and often referred to as X, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter.

Almost everyone who hates SoundCloud rap and modern rap likes him, he's has a strong fanbase on YouTube. - AlphaQ

18 Gucci Mane 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. more.

He's not lyrical whatsoever, I've honestly never heard anybody refer to him as a lyricist. - DaWyteNight

Never heard anybody ever refer to this clown as a lyrical wordsmith. - RobertWisdom

He's not a mumble rap at all, but he's far from lyrical. His modern songs are better though. - AlphaQ

19 Big Sean Big Sean Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, known professionally as Big Sean, is an American hip hop recording artist from Detroit, Michigan.
20 Pusha T Pusha T
21 MF Doom 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.
22 Schoolboy Q Schoolboy Q Quincy Matthew Hanley, better known by his stage name Schoolboy Q, is an American hip hop recording artist from South Central Los Angeles, California.
23 Travis Scott Travis Scott Jacques Webster, better known by his stage name Travis Scott, is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer and musician from Houston, Texas.
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