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 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.

Okay this is super unpopular but I can't find anything that makes Jay Z special. Yes, he can rap but he has more hair than anything special about him (and he's bald). I really don't get why he's praised so much. - AlphaQ

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

He's actually one of the only hip hop artists that I tolerate. He's pretty good compared to all of these other clowns. - RogerMcBaloney

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

3 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.

I find him very good as a lyricist but hey everyone doesn't have to agree. - JoLeKosovo

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

How dare you have a different opinion from me go commit yeet tickling - AlphaQ

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 Jadakiss Jason Terrance Phillips (born May 27, 1975), better known by his stage name Jadakiss, is an American rapper and songwriter. He is known for being a member of the group The Lox, as well as being a member of the Ruff Ryders collective and for his solo work. His first solo album, Kiss Tha Game Goodbye, ...read more.
5 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.

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

He's not that great. - RogerMcBaloney

Easily the most overrated rapper of all time! - RobertWisdom

Overrated as hell!

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

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

Na, he's hated on this site but there are many people in the hip hop community who think his lyrics are genius. - DaWyteNight

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

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

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

The Newcomers

? Ludacris Christopher Brian "Chris" Bridges, better known by his stage name Ludacris, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and actor.
? Ghostface Killah Dennis Coles, better known by his stage name Ghostface Killah, is an American rapper and prominent member of the Wu-Tang Clan.

The Contenders

11 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

12 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.

Angry comment more anger than ice cube face - AlphaQ

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

13 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

14 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

15 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.

I've honestly never seen anything amazing about Chance, he's good at best but a lot of people be saying that he's 10/10 but most his albums are just ordinary good at best. - AlphaQ

16 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.

Rick Ross is trash. - AlphaQ

Yeah. He sucks! - RobertWisdom

17 Andre 3000 André Lauren Benjamin, known by his stage name André 3000 is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia, and is most known as one half of the hip-hop duo OutKast. Despite never actually releasing an official solo studio album, 3000 has built up a strong following online among hip hop listeners and often ...read 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

Better lyricist than 2Pac yes, Em though I wouldn't say so (and I'm not even an Eminem fan like that) - DaWyteNight

18 Danny Brown Daniel Dewan Sewell, known professionally as Danny Brown, is an American rapper. He is best known for his individuality, being described by MTV as "one of rap's most unique figures in recent memory".
19 Ski Mask the Slump God Stokeley Clevon Goulbourne, born April 18, 1996, is an American rapper and songwriter from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is well known for his goofy and sometimes nonsensical lyrics and songs and his fast flows, as well as for collaborating with the late XXXTentacion.

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

I put him on here because he gets overrated on this site. People on here were calling him one of the best lyrical rappers of the last few years on here. - DaWyteNight

20 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.

I've never really seen him called a lyricist or lyrical in that kind of way. I think a lot of his fans don't really care or know hip hop like that, since he tends to make a lot of non-hip hop music. His fans liked him more for his singing and artist vibe, and dark depressive songs. - DaWyteNight

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

No, pretty much almost all his songs on YouTube have positive comments, even his worst songs have very positive comments. - AlphaQ

21 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 Quincy Matthew Hanley, better known by his stage name Schoolboy Q, is an American hip hop recording artist from South Central Los Angeles, California.

I don't know what K Dot saw in him. - DaWyteNight

23 Gucci Mane Radric Delantic Davis, known professionally as Gucci Mane, is an American rapper who has released 12 studio albums and over 70 mixtapes. In 2007, he founded his own label, 1017 Records. He helped to pioneer the hip hop subgenre of trap music alongside fellow Atlanta-based rappers T.I. and Young Jeezy. ...read more.

Complete trash. His song Gucci Gang is probably the worst, most unoriginal and most repetitive song ever made. - RogerMcBaloney

Gucci Mane and Lil Pump are actually very different and look nothing like each other though, the only thing they both have in common is that they are trash. - AlphaQ

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

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

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

24 Big Sean Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, known professionally as Big Sean, is an American hip hop recording artist from Detroit, Michigan.

He can rap and is a somewhat decent lyricist but I disagree with him being overrated because not many people have good things to say about him. - AlphaQ

Well the people who do have good things to say about him tend to overrate him. They say he is on the same level with Kendrick and Cole and stuff like that. - DaWyteNight

If you took Lil Wayne, Drake and Kanye West's worst qualities and combined them all into one, you'd probably get something like Big Sean. His lyrics and wordplay is extremely boring, corny, generic, random, and he doesn't even have great beats like some other mediocre lyricists to make up for it. What's worse is that some people actually believe he's better than Logic. - DaWyteNight

25 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.

Man I like Travis Scott but who honestly thinks he should be on the list? He's not overrated or a lyricist, he's melodic. - AlphaQ

Travis Scott? Lyricist? - DaWyteNight

He has lyrical songs like Coffee Bean and that part of Antidote but he's definitely more melodic for sure. - AlphaQ

26 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.

I per - AlphaQ

27 Lil Uzi Vert Symere Woods, better known by his stage name Lil Uzi Vert, is an American hip hop recording artist and songwriter.

I wouldn't really call him a proper lyricist but I've seen him try to be lyrical. I honestly can't stand his voice and I think he's annoying. He's also highly praised on a lot of Hip-Hop sites too. - AlphaQ

28 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 ...read more.
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