Top 10 Best Battle Rappers of All Time

Battle Rap has been an integral part of Hip Hop since the culture’s early years. It has gone through various eras. From call-and-response chants to school cyphers, the Battle Rap scene was always present.In recent years, the popularity of Battle Rap has grown making it more intricate and polished than ever. Add to that the marketability and profitable nature of today’s Battle Rap scene, and you have a subculture within Hip Hop that is growing and gaining significant momentum throughout the world, with leagues popping up in England, Australia and the Philippines, just to name a few.
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 da 5'9") half of the hip-hop duo Bad Meets Evil... read more

Eminem is by far the best rapper of all time, hands down.

I'm a 61-year-old black male. I listen to all kinds of music, rap included. There are three components in rapping: articulation, speed, and the most important, creativity. Eminem is excellent in all three, but his creativity is like no other. The creation of his alter ego, Slim Shady, is genius. Then, to solidify his genius, he raps about the issues he went through while growing up. Now, that in itself is total genius. Some may not like his style of rap, and that's fine. I just want to point out the superior talent Eminem possesses.

I don't care who you are. Eminem will ruin your career. Period. "Nail In The Coffin" was the best diss track of all time. If you mess with this man, your career is over. There will never be another battle rapper like Eminem, and there will never be another Eminem.

Are you kidding me? A diamond artist who got his start battling and had many beefs in the game isn't number 1?

2 Charlie Clips

Charlie Clips, who is arguably undefeated and definitely one of the best battle rappers presently active in the sport. Both Norbes and Hynaken cosigned Charlie heavily, and Norbes even went so far as to admit that he believes Charlie would beat Eminem if they ever battled one another.

Used to have the best show-stopping battle lyrics of all time. Even though he's down a bit, he can still bring the heat. The man is a lyrical genius, even with the simple schemes.

Incredible freestyle ability, able to rap about literally anything in any tone, mood, voice, etc. Has beaten nearly every URL rapper.

3 Dizaster

This Persian lyrical genius could literally take off any rapper's head clean if he's in the mood. Em is only better because he could ride a beat. But wait a minute, isn't this supposed to be a battle rap list? Dizaster should be #1. Period.

He's the most creative battler in the game. He knows when to be aggressive and how to make jokes of his opponents. Also, it's so great how he plays with words and always comes up with new meanings and materials every battle.

Dizaster, Dizaster. He is the greatest of all time. He is fast, but you have to wait for the punchline to drop, and it takes time for the audience to connect with him. He is one of the best, no doubt, and I still remember the day Pat Stay defeated him.

4 LOADED LUX

This is a list of battle rappers, correct? Anyone who knows anything about the battle rap culture will put Loaded Lux at number 1. He beat Charlie Clips, who is at number 2 on this list. I'll save you all some time.

1. Loaded Lux
2. Hollow Da Don
3. Aye Verb
4. Brizz Rawsteen
5. T Top
6. Charlie Clips
7. Nu Jerzey Twork
8. Daylyt
9. Tsu Surf
10. Tay Roc

All of the above would destroy Eminem in a three-round a cappella battle. Eminem is an amazing artist, but battle rap is different from the record industry.

For anyone who actually watches battle rap, Loaded Lux has to come first. The legend is basically a statue in the culture, and every battle rapper would consider himself a top tier as soon as having the chance of rapping with him. Let alone his lyrical ability, which is considered unmatched by most of the battle rap community.

Loaded Lux is THE G.O.A.T. since his return to the ring at URL's Summer Madness 2. He has taken relevant and dangerous opponents and has rarely disappointed. Not to mention his battle vs. Detroit's Yung Miles was the standard modern battle rappers used to create the culture today.

5 Hitman Holla

Best performer in battle rap. I believe he is the hardest to beat with his crowd control and the power of his performance and his character.

Performance, crowd control, schemes, rebuttals, wordplay.

Great performer. His crowd control is on another level.

6 Arsonal

One of the greatest. Arsonal is a legend who has been a legend that is not easy to face. Mr. Disrespect has put too many great battles that he has to be considered a Top 10 if not Top 5.

This man is nasty and is known to be very disrespectful to his opponents. I love it.

The best, simple like that.

7 Conceited

Con has become a little overlooked in today's culture. But he was absolutely catching bodies back in the Grind Time era, where he had one match against Ars that is debatably the others are CLEAR wins in his favor. He is doing his thing on television now and doesn't seem too interested in taking any more battles, but if he does, I'm here for it!

This dude right here... lyrical genius! When he gets to blasting on-site, he lets you know why he was donned the name "Conceited"! Everyone thinks he spit fire on Nick Cannon's show. But try type his name in the YouTube search bar... better yet, Google him.

I have never seen anyone out-rap this man, aside from Charlie Clips. Every word connects to a much deeper punchline later.

8 Hollow Da Don

He's the best! Hasn't lost since Arsonal in Fight Club. All his battles have either been clearly won or are debatable classics. He beat Clips & Lux. It's debatable with TayRoc, but I have Hollow edging Roc. HOLLOW DA GOAT!

Hollow Da Don is a LEGEND. Definitely on the Mt. Rushmore of battle rap! Hollow has stood in front of just about everyone of prominence and rarely loses clearly. His wins are some of the best in the culture too.

The Goat conversation is between Loaded Lux and Hollow. For any real fans of the culture, Hollow is the smartest battle rapper with the most creative approaches on the stage.

9 DNA

Just having bars and being able to freestyle and come up with new creative material after battling 100+ times is insane. DNA has put too much in this culture not to be Top 10.

Best freestyle battle rapper, period.

Best scheme and delivery.

10 Rone

Rone should be at the top of this list. I'm a huge Eminem fan. However, his style as a battle rapper and ability to change it up is better than anyone. Hell, Dumb and Diz have been ducking this dude for years.

My man Rone is top 3 EASY. Rone & Soul Kahn - untouchable tag team.

Rone should be top 3.

The Contenders
11 Tay Roc

The energy and the performance that made him the face of the main stage of battle rap (URL) is the reason he will always be a fan favorite. Tay Roc is a legend that grew up doing this and will always be a legend that every battler aims to see at some point in their career.

Tay is the best, from his delivery to setup to punchline. His energy on stage is at a hundred. Also, his freestyle ability, which the URL universe is sleeping on, is noteworthy. He's different because it doesn't make any difference whether he starts or he replies. His gun bars are always there for him as a comeback and as a huge offense to his opponent. ROC OVER ANY PAPER OR SCISSORS ANY DAY!

Best URL battle rapper.

12 Pat Stay

Been in the game since the beginning of Canadian battle rap. Can control the crowd better than anyone. Can mix jokes and bars to clown his opponent into submission.

Pat can mix it up and use all sorts of flows to get the win. He's especially good at making jokes to clown the other MC, but then next round get aggressive.

Hands down, overall one of the best.

13 Dumbfoundead
14 Tsu-Surf

Tsu is one not to be reckoned with. He should be in the top 10.

That's the one, very slick.

He has got to be top 5.

15 B Rabbit
16 Cassidy

Cassidy vs. Freeway was the start of today's battle rap, period! If there wasn't a Cassidy that killed Freeway, battle rap would still be the outlet to advance to the next level, which is the industry. No one thought battle rap was a lucrative business until we saw the very first viral battle ever. He's been in over 5000 battles and never lost, not even a tie like a shoe lace. Not even Eminem himself can brag about a record like that. He also stands alone, making $250,000 for his official debut back into the Battle Rap scene, and has been making six figures every time back on the stage, over $100,000 for 9 minutes of material which is over $27,777 a minute, $463 a second. That speaks volumes and solidifies his claim to be the G.O.A.T and The Savior of Battle Rap, giving him his God Tier status that he confidently speaks about.

He is the best battle rapper of all time. He bodied Freeway, took a 12-year break (which included being in critical condition from a car accident), returned, and destroyed Dizaster (one of the highest-rated battlers of the modern era) 3-0.

He has a battle record of 5001-0.

17 Murda Mook

Mook is the reason for today's battle rap! If Lux's rd vs. Miles is the template for which battle rappers used to formulate their rhymes, Mook is the symbol and the Noah of it as he ushered in modern-day battle rap.

Murda Mook, one of the best to ever do it.

Mook is the G.O.A.T.! Hands down. Best ever.

18 Daylyt

He's the greatest battle rapper of all time - antics or no antics. In his most lethal form, Daylyt's pen game has no comparable equal in rounds, no peers. Second to none.

Pen game is too strong, even when he's joking. When he's serious, he can destroy.

No one gets his smart punchlines, but he deserves to be in the top 10.

19 Iron Solomon

Iron Solomon is a legend's legend. He's been around since the SMACK DVD era and has been dominant since. He has a couple of bad losses, but when he's on, he's very elite.

Legacy punches. He is not the greatest at getting the crowd but he is bar for bar as good as anyone.

Most underrated by fans.

20 K-Shine

His Prof Shine scheme vs DNA and his gun scheme vs Verb... legendary.

K Shine better than so many people you got above him. Crazy...

He's number 1 in my books.

21 ILLMACULATE
22 Eyedea

He didn't have to write. He worked off the top in the moment every time. Straight bruiser.

Eyedea won the Blaze Battles tournament and beat Immortal Technique in a rap battle. Though he uses a beat, unlike other rappers on this list, he goes in with constant disses.

For the time, he was a beast. It seemed like he freestyle too.

23 ShortyHorror

He would kill Eminem easily. Eminem doesn't deserve to be at the top. Eminem was even killed by Juice. I have every hit song of Eminem on my phone, but Eminem might be the best hip hop artist, but not the best battle rapper.

Don't know why he's slow. Can only suggest it's because he's white and from the UK. Battered Arsonal.

Shotty Horroh beat all of your top picks. Should redo your list... he's probably top two or three at least.

24 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 on Lord Finesse's "Yes You May (Remix)". Coleman released his debut album, Lifestylez ov da Poor... read more

Insane this guy isn't number one. Born and bred battle-style rap on the underground scene. Beat out 2000 guys at Wax and carried on battling on the blocks even after he blew up.

Top rapper of all time. Only person that might have him in a rap battle is Blind Fury.

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