Top 10 Greatest Deceased Rappers

The Top Ten
1 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 assassinated on September 1996 at the age of 25. more.

Yes Tupac was someone who rapped about drugs and all that gangsta stuff, but he also rapped about change and how bad this world is. He is inspirational, he wasn't the most talented rapper but his lyrics and messages on some of his songs makes him an inspiration and I just wish that Pac and Biggie were still here. There was no need for the rivalry from 2 of the greatest rappers of all time whose lives and careers were cut short. RIP

Tupac did rap about drugs and alcohol and all of that but he did rap about how bad this world is. The fact that he died of a heart attack is truly tragic. I wish he was still alive to share his legacy.

Tupac was a legend who touched everybody with his words wisdom smile charisma and respect and in my eyes will ALWAYS be the best rapper/poet of all time

Tupac was so poetic it made you feel like you were him and feeling what he was. Way better than lil wayne. I would put yaki kadafi at number two

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 24. To this day it’s unknown who murdered him. more.

Big change rap point blank he made the best raps I have ever heard and change rap for the east coast and made it really over here on the east coast and all the rappers could not hang with him 2albums and he made history as one of the best rappers ever to live on earth

A very good rapper whose songs made some sense and entertained people with his lyrical ways and was a very big inspiration because he changed his life around, he realised he didn't need to be a hustler, he needed to be a good person.


I respect most of the rappers on this list but Biggie is the best out of them all even Tupac.

One of the only rappers that won the crown on a rap battle he won

3 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 & Dangerous, in 1995 and significantly contributed to the underground hip hop scene. In 1998, he founded Flamboyant Entertainment, his own indie label, through which he released one of his most popular singles, "Ebonics" (1998). more.

Big L's Freestyles just smooth. He know what to do on the mic. Amazing flow, amazing style, amazing lyrics. He is top 2 or even top 1 rapper. Just take a listen to his music. Take a deeper look in it and you'll realize that he is way too underrated. Put your Ls up.

This one is another of those that will never be forgotten they the ones that used to create real hip hop. The real question what happened to hip hop

Big L, Better than Eazy E I would even go to say he is better than Tupac. Equal to Biggie though., Give him a listen.

Big L was miles better than Eazy E. He doesn't get much recognition. Listen to Danger Zone and Street Struck.

4 Eazy E

Eazy E didn't even die from aids he was murdered with injection, how could someone die from aids a months after getting the disease, why then didn't his pregnant wife encountered the diseases with the baby now... The best the west have ever seen no disrespecting pac..

Eazy E paved way for these gangster rappers as he is the Godfather of gangster rap, in his N.W.A. days he was the front man and everybody all over him before pac and biggie became the best but since he died from a complication of AIDS number 1 is talking about him and his legacy as a legend... Eazy was the best the west ever say...R.I.P.E..

Eazy E was the cheekiest rapper of all time. His music just made me happy and it also made me smarter on the streets.

Eazy E didn't write his own lyrics and had a very basic flow, so no he is not the best at all.

5 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. Pun was proud of his Puerto Rican heritage and became an icon within his community. Weighing nearly 700 pounds, he died of heart failure. Pun wasn't generally considered the greatest rapper of all time, but was the first rapper to carry such a devoted Latin fan base, one that exceeded that of Cypress Hill.

With songs like twinz, still not a player, 100% and (my favorite) I'm not a player (i'm Not still) such a great flow. Its sad. If he and L never died they would have been the best rappers ever

Thank god somebody has some knowledge outside form the most known artists

Rest in Peace Pun your legacy shall live on

The flow is amazing like biggie

6 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, songwriter, and criminal.

I cried because he died he was my favorite rapper he inspired me so much the people that killed him they killed him because he had 75,000 dollars in his bag but why can't they work for their money and don't kill just don't kill people important to others cause they are the best and favorites and I loved his songs

X was the most inspirational rappers and I like the way u were so filled with energy and at the same time so emotional. When I heard u died first I did not believe till I checked and as soon as I saw I cried my eyes out. And just want to say your songs will live forever

X inspired so many people. He showed people that if your in a rough place or your a bad person things can get better or you can change. He did a really good job relating to and helping his fanbase and they mostly reciprocated. He will not be forgotten #LLJ

X was one of my faves and once I figured out he died I was crying my eyes out. I really wish he was still here to make more amazing music RIP

7 Proof DeShaun Dupree Holton better known by his stage name Proof, was an American rapper and actor from Detroit, Michigan. During his career, he was a member of the groups 5 Elementz, Funky Cowboys, Promatic and most notably, D12. He was a close childhood friend of rapper Eminem, who lived on the same block, more.

Eminem and Proof are almost the only rappers who always are making fun together, the best songs from Eminem where with Proof written, cause then the lyrics when crazy that's what they always were together, just freaking crazy, I love that..
R.I.P. Doody

PS. It isn't bulls*** whey Eminem went 4 years out.. Proof was the best friend you can imagine he said.. he's right..

Not riding anyone's jock here because Proof and Pac are equally skilled, but Proof never had the fame of Pac. However Proof was arguably the greatest freestyles of his time and his delivery is insane. Best hype man in the game too. Dudey at least deserves the number 3 spot

Proof is such a good rapper and a great freestyler he and eminem were a fantastic team rip

The good die young

8 Ol' Dirty Bastard

Ason unique. Best Wu-Tang rapper whether dead or alive. Some of his songs were deeper than Tupac, his flow was sometimes more fluent than Biggie, and his style was always amazing. Personally I think his songs had the best beats of all dead rappers. Just listen to "Dirty the Moocher. "

One of The Wu tang Clan founders he was a good rapper in the group but in 2004 he died of a drug overdose in his LABEL in New York city

Different than anyone else in a good way

9 Nate Dogg Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, better known by his stage name Nate Dogg, was an American rapper, singer, and actor. He was known as one of the pioneers of West Coast hip hop. He was noted for his membership in rap trio 213 and his solo career in which he collaborated with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Warren G, Tupac Shakur, Westside Connection, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Ludacris, Xzibit, and Shade Sheist on many hit releases. He released three solo albums, G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2 in 1998, Music & Me in 2001, and Nate Dogg as a bootlegged album in 2003 and on CD in 2014. Nate Dogg died in 2011 in Long Beach, California, of complications from multiple strokes.

Nate Dogg was amazing, one of the best vocals of all time in the rap game. Cousin of Snoop, should be #4

Nate Dogg was the king of the chorus and he always had a sung delivery better than bone thugs and harmony (no disrespect) He was one of the best.R.I.P. Nate D. O double G.

10 Speaker Knockerz

Good songs but its sad he was found coughing his chest in his car in his garage,dead.Many say he got shot others say carbon monoxide poisoning.I think he could've had an heart attack or some failure in his organs/lungs.

His death shocked the entire server of twitter and everyone was mourning. He didn't even get to turn 20 R.I.P Speaker Knockerz 1994-2014 REST EASY!

He is the best dead rapper and in the top 5 rappers of all time. Its sad he had to die at only 19 by unknown causes.

Goat and one of the originals in the trap scene, shame the dude went down

The Contenders
11 Guru Keith Edward Elam (July 17, 1961 - April 19, 2010), better known by his stage name Guru, was an American rapper, producer and actor. He was a member of the hip hop duo Gang Starr, along with DJ Premier. He was born in Roxbury, Boston.

Guru is probably top 25 who EVER did it. He's definitely top 5 ten dead.

This guy is a top 10 rapper who LIVED, he should easily be top 3 here

Guru needs to be at least top 5 ahead of proof for sure

Should be definitely in the top 10. RIP Guru

12 Lisa Lopes Lisa Nicole Lopes better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American rapper, singer, dancer, musician, actress, and songwriter.

I use to love tlc and I still do today! Lisa " left eye " was an amazing rapper. She did'nt rap about drugs, private parts, or any of the other things other female artist rap about today. REST IN PEACE LISA " LEFT EYE " LOPES, NEVER FORGOTTEN ALWAYS REMEMBERED IN OUR HEARTS. LEFT EYE LEGACY, TLC4EVA.

She should at least be in the top 5. 8 months after Aaliyah died in a plane crash, she followed in a car accident. She was great friends with Tupac and they both died horribly.

Um hello... Waterfalls, unpretty, what about your friends, she didn't only rap she sang an wrote all the songs I just mentioned. she should've been on this list a long time ago.

13 Heavy D

He was positive about his messages on every album. He didn't have to curse. He threw some of the slamming videos and concerts. RIP Heavy D and Trouble T-Roy.

14 Mac Dre Andre Louis Hicks, better known by his stage name Mac Dre, was an American rapper and record producer, founder of Thizz Entertainment record label.

Mac Dre is the first rapper to ever to record a whole album over the phone.

Everyone respects Dre for the uniqueness and ability to fit any style

Mac dre had a very unique style and has one of the most loyal fans

Dre was the hardest and will stay the hardest ever

15 Pimp C

UGK member comes from my city HOUSTON he gained major recognition with Bun B in UGK

This guy here from h-TOWN my city he a legend wish he was still alive but his music never dies

16 Big Mello Curtis Donnell Davis, better known by his stage name Big Mello, was an American rapper from Houston, Texas.
17 Prodigy

The fact that prodigy is this far down is a disgrace to hip hop

Best member of mobb deep. He died in 2016. RIP

18 Sean Price

Whoever is doing this voting don't know your hip hop history

Number 1 on my list. Hip Hop legend!

Price for the win

One of the best

19 Capital Steez

He was wise beyond his years. A mislead leader. His early death will saddened all who listin. The youth missed out on a true poetic legend.

20 Lord Infamous Lord Infamous was a rapper from Memphis who was one of the main members of the group Three 6 Mafia. He was known for his fast rapping flow, dark subject matter, and is regarded as the best lyricist and most skilled rapper from the Three 6 Mafia. Despite not releasing music while he was in Three 6 Mafia and not having any much mainstream success, he is the most beloved member of the group and is still very influential in Memphis rap to this day.

I can't believe he's all the way down here.

21 Mac Miller Malcolm James McCormick (January 19, 1992 – September 7, 2018), best known by his stage name Mac Miller, was an American rapper from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was also a noted record producer under the pseudonym Larry Fisherman. Miller died of an apparent drug overdose on September 7, 2018.
22 Lil Phat
23 Nipsey Hussle
24 DMX Earl Simmons, known professionally as DMX and Dark Man X, was an American rapper and actor. He was born on December 18, 1970. He passed away on April 9th, 2021 after suffering a heart attack.
25 Lil Peep Gustav Elijah Åhr (November 1, 1996 – November 15, 2017), known professionally as Lil Peep (often stylized as LiL PEEP or lil peep), was an American rapper, singer, songwriter and model. The child of Harvard graduates who divorced when he was a teenager, Gustav channeled working class themes into more.

I don't think he is a rapper, more like an artist cause his main sound is rock/emo and not rap but he definitely is miles away of so many people. The mix between rock/emo/trap is absolutely legendary and he was so versatile, from metal to trap and very poppy

I wouldn't consider him a rapper, but musically he was miles ahead of most people on this list.

Respect the man of greatness

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