Top 10 Hardest Rappers of All Time

Counting down the top 10 most ghetto hard and tough rappers.
The Top Ten
1 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.

No question. Forget what you got! Take your life and then beg forgiveness and MEAN IT!

Died too early, but that's how rough riders go.

Cold-blooded rough rider gangster.

2 2Pac 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... read more

He's the hardest-working rapper ever. Just look at what he did with the Makaveli album: 7 straight days, people!

Passed away too soon. Was a GOAT of the rap game during his time.

He's been to prison for assault and murder numerous times.

3 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, he built a successful solo career in music and films.

He's Ice Cube. What else is there to say?

He's like a father of gangsta rap.

No love, no mercy, doesn't care.

4 Young Buck David Darnell Brown, best known by his stage name Young Buck, is an American rapper. Buck is a former member of the hip hop group UTP Playas.

He raps about what he really does, and even though most of his songs suck, there are parts of it that are so hard/fire that if he put all of those verses together in one marathon of a song or new album, I would buy it at a premium price.

5 Ghostface Killah Dennis Coles, better known by his stage name Ghostface Killah, is an American rapper and prominent member of the Wu-Tang Clan.
6 Killer Mike Michael Render, better known by his stage name Killer Mike, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor and activist from Atlanta, Georgia.

I usually hate music artists who make being "hard" part of their image, but Run The Jewels is an exception.

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

Do I even have to say anything?

9 Kool G Rap Nathaniel Thomas Wilson, better known by his stage name Kool G Rap is an American rapper from the Corona neighborhood of Queens, New York City.
10 Busta Rhymes Trevor George Smith, Jr., better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, record producer and record executive.
The Contenders
11 Chief Keef Keith Farelle Cozart, better known by his stage name Chief Keef, is an American rapper and record producer from Chicago, Illinois.

When he was around 16, he probably committed more crimes than most of the people on this list.

It's Chief Keef. What else do I have to say?

Sosa is one of the greats, for sure.

12 50 Cent Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, actor, entrepreneur, investor, record, film, and television producer.

Back then, he would be number 1, but he's gone soft. Let's not forget how he sold crack and got shot 9 times, and he's bigger and stronger than anyone.

Hip-hop's biggest bully, survived 9 slugs, doesn't back down from beef. Punches rowdy fans in the face during concerts.

Gang violence, shot many times, hardest rapper.

13 Ice-T Tracy Lauren Marrow, better known by his stage name Ice-T, is an American musician, rapper, songwriter, actor, record executive, record producer, and author.

He's as cold as it gets. He knows it and shows it.

14 Xzibit Alvin Nathaniel Joiner (born September 18, 1974), better known by his stage name Xzibit (pronounced "exhibit"), is an American rapper, actor, songwriter, television presenter, and radio personality.
15 Lil Wyte Patrick Lanshaw, better known by his stage name Lil Wyte, is an American rapper from Memphis, Tennessee.
16 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. Rolling Stone ranked him 83rd on its list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, calling him the King of Hip Hop. Including his work with D12 and Bad Meets Evil, Eminem has had ten number-one albums on the Billboard 200 and 5 number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, and 13 worldwide.

Because he is the quickest and best rapper in the world.

Blackest white dude I know.

17 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.

XXX is a legend. PERIOD. He had such a great personality, was awake and aware of what's going on. He tried to make this planet a better place. No way should he be next to 69 or under Tay-K, or under these rappers I've never heard of. He should at least be like 13.

He grew up in pain. He was in gangs and beat a girl, though he was so nice because he tried to change.

You can tell that he put his heart and soul into his music.

18 YoungBoy Never Broke Again

If you know YoungBoy, you know why he's one of the hardest.

Maybe listen to this man's lyrics. He be hard.

Tay-K only got like two songs, and he's in jail. How is he better than YoungBoy?

19 The Game Jayceon Terrell Taylor, better known by his stage name The Game, is an American rapper and actor. He was born on November 29, 1979 in Los Angeles, California. Game spent most of his childhood in foster care (up until high school) even though he knew all of his brothers and sisters. Since 2002, Game has been on Shady/Aftermath Records. With fellow gangsta rapper 50 Cent, Game managed to make hits such as "How We Do" and "Hate It Or Love It".

Big dog in the yard.

20 21 Savage Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph (born October 22, 1992), better known by his stage name 21 Savage, is an American rapper. He received attention for projects such as Free Guwop (2015) as well as Savage Mode (2016, with Metro Boomin) before going on to release his debut album, Issa Album (2017). He is best known for his songs "Bank Account" (2017), "No Heart" (2016), and "X" (2016), and for his feature on Post Malone's single "Rockstar", which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

He's not the hardest rapper.

He's a big killer.

21 Tay-K

Hardest rapper ever, without a doubt.

Man, just listen to one of his songs.

Google that dude, and you'll see.

22 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.
23 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). ...read more.

Big L is definitely the hardest of all time. Knocked on the front door and shot his granny through the peephole. That bar should say it all.

Harlem and possibly the best rapper of all time, and he does it all. Man, RIP.

24 6IX9INE Daniel Hernandez, known by his stage name 6ix9ine, also known as Tekashi69 or simply Tekashi, is an American rapper. He is mostly known for his legal issues, particularly his sexual crimes.

In 2015, Hernandez pleaded guilty to a felony count of use of a child in a sexual performance. However, he denied having any sexual contact with the girl. On February 1, 2019, he pleaded guilty to charges... read more

He just yells and screams a lot. I don't know if that makes him hard or not.

He is the best.

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