Top 10 Best Rappers of All TimePresenting the top 10 greatest rappers of all time based on over 400K votes from fans like you. Disagree with the list? Vote on the hip hop rap artist you think should be number one.
Best flow, best lyrics, best beats, best singing, voice, best rapper ever he's best artist ever. Both of his personality, slim shady and Marshall Mathers, are great to listen to. He has a song for whatever mood you're in, If you need to get pumped up listen to Till I Collapse.
Em is easily #1 his first 3 albums (SSLP, MMLP and Eminem Show) showed rap fans a style never heard before. His metaphors and wordplay are crazy and his lyrics are probably the best ever. He was the first rapper to blow up from the underground battling scene and he always talks about real stuff unlike Wayne and all the other mainstream rappers. Hell the Sequel is gonna be insane! SHADY 4 LIFE!
Eminem's life made him who he is today, one of the greatest of all time, when I listen to his songs he reminds me of pac, biggie & rakim, one of the greatest of all time and the best rapper alive
So, what I like about Eminem is that his songs don't often include a lot of needless vulgarity. Like, sure, there's swearing, some mentions of sex, and a bit of crudity, I guess, but compare it to other modern rap artists music and he's definitely the lesser of two evils. Plus, some of his lyrics are funny. Some of his lyrics are interesting. Some of his songs as catchy. He's obviously talented. He's definitely my favorite rapper.
Enough said! Tupac's a community dude.. Rapping for the people, it doesn't get better than that. Eminem is great agreed! But tupac gives a whole new meaning to what rapping is supposed to be about.
I agree. Listening to tupac's music is like a journey through his life and thoughts. By the way I started listening to tupac a while after he died, I actually started listening to eminem first. Tupac treats rap as what it should be, an art-form, not just entertainment. Poetry not nursery rhymes, intellect more so than wit. Even in his casual songs strictly for entertainment he still displays a tremendous level of talent. He is immensely passionate about his poetry and has something real to say.
Tupac will forever be the greatest rapper ever... Period!
Followed by Nas...
He is only one of the ultimate, honest as well as Gangsta rapper standing alone for the people who is suffering... His lyrics, flow and husky voice has inspired me and he will be remaining the no1 rapper till the end of time...R.I.P. leasane parish crooks...
Number 1 on my list has to be Tupac. The fact that Eminem is over him is straight up blasphemy. Tupac was a true revolutionary that inspired many cultural changes throughout the hip-hop industry. Had a flow so good that every lyric or bar he spit aligned perfectly with the beat 100%. He was not afraid to present himself as a gangsta because he believed the difference between high and low music culture was arbitrary and BS. Had the most badass funeral where his friends smoked his ashes in blunts as part of his final will. Never a man more tough or badass than Tupac.
His raps are genius, you can actually picture what he's saying... Story to tell, hypnotize are his top
The only East Coast rapper who was actually someone I'd listen to from the rivalry. He has many great songs, he is easy to rap along to (Eminem is sometimes far too fast to rap along to), and he has a great flow. If someone asked me what my top three rappers of all time were, I'd say Eminem, Tupac, and Biggie. Rest in Peace.
Sorry it's a disgrace that Lil wayne be put above him.. Long live The Flow. Biggie was to the East Coast what 2Pac was to the West Coast. Biggie released the Hip Hop classics "Ready to Die" and "Life After Death" and became a Hip Hop icon. He changed the way an MC flows, and stopped everyone in their tracks when he dropped his verse on "Notorious Thugs" using the Bone Thugs style better than they did themselves. Also one of the great storytellers in Hip Hop, The Notorious One had every element an MC could dream of. Would have easily been number 1 if not for his untimely death in 1997.
Number 3 on my list is none other than Notorious B.I.G. Made some of the catchiest rap songs of all time that people still sing/rhyme along to today. Him along with Nas and A Tribe Called Quest /Busta Rhymes defined the East Coast rap scene of the 90s. Spit out badass bars and hip-hop beats on his songs were some of the sexiest.
Number 2 on my list is Nas. He would be number 1 on my list if Tupac wasn't on here. He is a very smart and talented lyricist who has a flow so good that the song no longer becomes a song, but rather a story, a movie in your head about life in Queens in the 90s. Every rap beat on his album has that gritty NYC feel that he wasn't afraid to represent during the feud between West and East. Definitely one of the realest rappers alive to this date, and one of the first to predict what corporations and record labels would ultimately do to the hip-hop genre once rappers started selling out quality for extra cash. Absolute legend.
Nas is without a doubt one of the best rappers of all time. He is a great lyricist and he has so many iconic songs that still hold up to this day. Illmatic is easily one of the best rap albums ever made, if not THE best.
Nas is the boss of rap he is amazing. There are many good things about his skills he is a monster of flow, rhythm and beat, very high IQ in writing lyrics and hard to beat in rap battles. Nas rhymes well to but he has a great combination of all those skills and he is great at sampling songs and creating his own rap tunes. Aside from his rap he is one of the only rappers who is a gifted trumpeter he can play other songs of different genres on trumpet and play his own tunes on trumpet. He is okay at singing and playing piano for a rapper. He has sang before and he played some of his tunes on keyboard. Here are examples of good songs from nas. If I ruled the world, New York State of mind, got yo self a gun. State of mind is jazzy and very smooth while lyrical. His rhyming is better in that than most of his stuff to. Got to your self a gun is musical for a rap. He delivers such hard blows in his rap on that while changing the flow and lyrics a lot. He can make the rap very cool without ...more
Best lyricist & story teller of all time. Coming from the biggest project complex in the United States Nas is the epitome of the streets and hiphop is the word of the streets. He dropped out of middle school and was forced to educate himself putting him on a whole other level than other rappers. He is the best rapper because he truly has grown with his music. Listen to the music and you cannot deny that Nas is the best rapper of all time.
Came to this page and saw that Jay-z was fifth. Personal I have him marked 2nd under Eminem but Jay-z needs to be a lot higher then 5th. He sold more then any other artist on this list outside of Eminem. The only reason Eminem sells more is because Hov is busy with billion dollar project and supporting people. The other artist on this list either don't have enough music or aren't as consistent as Jay z. Jay z music matures with his lifestyle. Jay z has covered every topic in his rap career. money, hustling, women, wealth, violence, game, relationships, deaths, family, swag, tragedy, history, religion, failure, success, drugs, enemies, friends ect. On these topics Jay z can tell stories or freestyle and probably forgot more rhymes then most artist will ever learn. When it comes to features Jayz has more then anyone in the top 10.With all of these thousands of songs you'll think you can find one wack song. Nope Jayz has no lame song. You might find a song where he speaks about a topic ...more
Jay Z is not only one of the best rappers STILL in the game, but he's also one of the most successful men on this planet. Coming from the streets, he turned himself into a business man. He's discovered most of the greatest talents in the industry today. He discovered Kanye. Nobody thought Kanye could rap till Hova supported him. Jay has been putting music out for the past 19 years. What rapper can stay relevant for that long? This dude is in his 40s. And with age, his lyrics have grown. He went from a 90s thug, making freestyles about killing cops with Big L to being one of the most influential artists in pop culture today. Listen to one song on Magna Carta Holy Grail, and you'll be scratching your head to the lyrics. You look up what he's talking about and you realize that Jay Z is a lyricist like no other. He's getting to the point where his music is almost art. Can he spit fast like Eminem? No, but he's got a style that surpasses speed. And the only reason Tupac and Biggie are ...more
HE RULE! He has is the best rapper I have every seen! He have a awesome flow of rapping, jay-z flow and delivery is like no other he is no doubt on of the most talented rappers to come into the game. All I can really say here is Jay should without doubt be above 50 Cent, Nas and Lil Wayne.. I can at least accept why people might put Biggie, Tupac or even Eminem above him, but the other three just aren't in the same league Jay-Z is the best selling rapper of our time 50 cent is no comparison to him. Not only that but Jay-z runs one of the best rap labels there is with rappers like Kayne, Nas, and many others on it. Plus where the hell is 50 its been years since he made a hit. There is no comparison between the two. Jay-z should be up with nas and all the other rappers who actually changed the rap scene all 50 did is talk big and brag about getting shot he's a trash rapper.
Jay-Z should be in the top three. No other rapper has been as consistently great as Hov. In an industry that is difficult as is to make it in, Jay-Z has proved himself to be more than worthy of not only one of the greatest rappers alive, but maybe one of the greatest rappers ever. You cannot logically rank 2pac and Biggie over Jay-Z, because even if they were alive, you don't know how they would have evolved and how their raps would be now. Look what happened to top rappers like Ja Rule and DMX. They once were on top of the rap world by far, but they weren't consistent. Jay-Z, however, has not missed a beat. In his own words, "Ever since I made the change over to platinum, the games been a rap. One. " Not to mention the genius lyrics and flow, Hov is the American Dream.
Alright, Dr. Dre has definitely contributed the most to hip hop out of everyone on this list by far. Two start off, he made two of the most classic rap albums ever; 2001 and The Chronic. Anyone who disagrees just has to listen to them. Also he was part of the best rap group ever NWA. He also made the careers of Game, Eminem, 50 Cent, Snoop and even contributed to the Nas career. He is wildly known as the best producer/beat maker ever. He is the best rapper alive.
Dr dre is one of the best rappers he is more gifted than people realize. That comment below is very true he has a lot of good songs in spite of being as much of a performer and song writer as some rappers dre still wrote and raps lots of music. Forgot about dre is a great example of smooth and great flow rap. Plus Dre raps fast in that song to which shows a great combo, it shows that he can put on that clever fast rap that eminem can do. Songs like nuthing but a g thang, express yourself, talking to my diary, sa prize part 2, are other songs with musical flow and smart lyrics. he is gifted in singing and piano playing to!
Dre should definitely be higher up, he is the most influential rapper ever, with classics like 2001 and the chronic. My two favourite songs of all time are 'nuthin but a g thang' and 'still dre'. I've looked down this list and seen will smith, lil wayne, chris brown, drake, John cena, soulja boy etc. , which just makes this a joke of a list straight away! This frustrates me! DETOX!
Dr. Dre is the heart of rap. There are a lot of rappers that have made an impact on rap, but Dr. Dre may be the reason why rap is thriving, when it could have just been a fad. Dre is likely the greatest producer there ever will be in rap, and his contribution to rap and what he does for the music industry in general goes far beyond any other person in hip hop history. His friendship with and discovery of Eminem and other notable artists have likely made rap more than it would have ever been. The man also has the gift of singing. His song, Forgot About Dre, is a great example of how smooth and how great of flow Dre is capable of.
Hands down the best rapper in the new game. I appreciate his diverse range of lyricism and spans of musical genres ranging from the 90s/2000s west coast hip-hop influenced Good Kid M.A.A.D. City album to the gritty and trippy underground jazz East Coast influenced "To Pimp a Butterfly" and "Untitled Unmastered" albums. In addition, he would later compose the best soundtrack for an MCU film ever with the "Black Panther" soundtrack. Every song he writes is very deep, influential, and consciously socio-political. His range of experimentation definitely places him in the top 10.
78? This is a joke right? Kendrick is one of if not the most talked about artists at the moment. After releasing a brilliant album in Section.80, he signed with Dr. Dre to Aftermath and just recently put out his major label debut, good kid, M.A.A. D city. That album is a future classic. Honestly, Kendrick's style is very similar to 2Pac. Deep lyrics with a meaning, which make him easy to relate to. The one thing Kendrick has that 2Pac didn't really have is the ability to be one of the greatest lyricists of all time. Not to mention his crazy and unique flow/delivery. Kendrick is the future and is sure to be one of the best by the time he's done. Mark my words.
Kendrick Lamar in my opinion is one of the best rappers in the game right now. His rediculous flow in rigamortus amazes me as well as his 100% beast flow in look out for detox. The way he slays every track he features makes the actual artist who made the song look small compared to his lyrical thunder. Don't believe me? Just check out the song The City by The Game or Text Book Stuff by XV. This MC is a monster and for many in 2011 he made his first album Section 80 that was by far the best album of the year for many. Also checkout his song Cartoons and Cereal. For kendrick to be in 98th place as the best rapper is a shame for he is definitely better then overrated Eminem and should be in first. This is only the start of Kendricks career. Wonder what he'll put out next.
P. S kendrick lamar and J Cole collab album in the future.
Kendrick Lamar is a prime example of what a real rapper is. He's not a former gangster or a drug dealer. He raps his life story and his real life story of battling to stay straight growing up in Compton. Kendrick Lamar's beats are mellow, but his flow his faster than any others. It is insulting having Lil Wayne on this list above Kendrick Lamar. Lil Wayne has even stated that he cannot even touch Kendrick Lamar. On top of that there is not a single song on any of his albums that isn't real and amazing. His live performances topple everyone's. He has enough talent that he literally called out everyone in the game on his verse in control, and got everyone else to make rebuttal diss songs. No one else is above him or can even touch his talent.
This man literally invented the internal rhyme scheme which EVERY rapper adopted right after his debut album with Eric B, Paid In Full. And to this day his influence can be heard because every MC now uses an internal rhyme scheme Rakim came up with, which makes the title of his sophomore album more appropriate, Follow the Leader. So it can be argued many MC's bite his style and flow but what makes him so great is that he proved he can take another MC's style sonically and make a great album out of it, proven with Don't Sweat the Technique. This album used heavy jazz samples, making it sound like A Tribe Called Quests first two albums, so sonically he borrowed the rap group's jazz style and perfected the sound with the help of his DJ and producer Eric B.
This guy was literally the pioneer " when I B on the mic " is easily a top 5 song in hip hop and his flow is unmatched. Him at this 8th spot being below kendrick lamar and eminem in a joke.
His music is too old that's why people did'nt vote for him... I hope that rakim fans understand the fact that the generation is followed the golden age (of daddy kane, guru, krs one and rakim) is waay better... And yes, I would say that pac, nas, and the B.I. G are simply better... They develope and upgrade the game of hip hop... Pac for speed, rhyth, delivery, voice and spit... Nas for lyrics... Biggie for flow and beats... This combination is much better for me... It simply makes the adrenaline flow right to your heart... And there are much more rappers are better than the rappers from the golden age... The gza from wu tang clan, was lyrically better than rakim... I hope that you understand that the rap game has default rules... Not the older is the better there is no exist for this in the old rap game...
" I was born in the year 1997 and I have to say I grew up in the wrong generation. In today's music, real artists are trumped from people who use auto tune and write raps with holes that are filled with the word "n".
In my personal preference (Confined on a scale to 10) I go: Eric B. and Rakim > Nas > Mobb Deep > Gang Starr > Eminem > Ice Cube > Notorious B.I.G > Tupac > Kendrick Lamar > Earl Sweatshirt.
The reason Rakim is in in my top preference is because he has a perfect balance of lyrical delivery and comprehension. Nas is a very close second place because of this as well.
Him along with N.W.A. were the defining artists for the gangsta-rap and G-funk subgenres of the West Coast rap scene. He is able to rap with extreme versatility and was never afraid to go all out with savage lyrics that offended just about everybody. One of the best in the 90s.
7. Ice Cube is by far the best member of one of the 4 best rap groups (in my opinion):N.W.A. with Ice Cube's dope rhymes, anger. Topics. And lyrical content, Ice Cube is one of the maybe even the best gangsta rapper ever. He has 1 classic w/ N.W.A. :Straight outta Compton, and 2 classics alone, even though they weren't as good as Straight Outta Compton: Death Certificate and AmeriKa's most wanted. Plus, It was Good Day is considered one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time. Best album w/ N.W.A. : Straight outta Compton. Best solo Album: Death Certificate. Best song: It was good day. Best collaboration: Check yo self ft. Das EFX. Best album w/ Westside Connection: Bow Down. Best single: It was a good day. Best verse: verse 1 of Straight outta Compton
The Fact that Ice Cube is 24 and Lil Wayne is 2 makes me want to punch somebody Ice cube is the best S. Ice Cube was the definition of Microphone Controller.
Ice cube is a legend he can be one of the best he overall is one of the most well balanced in flow, voice, beat, pitch, lyrics, and rhymes. He has a lot of his own stuff. Ice cube and Dre must be very good at piano and other rappers play some other instruments because the notes in lots of his songs are awesome. He still is one of the best his rhymes are clever for instance in straight outta Compton he gets two rhymes in each line mostly comparing it to mc ren and eazy e more in a complete word way but ren and eazy have syllable rounding in there verses. In his latest album he is more consistent he always has been. He is one of the masters in diss tracks so he is well rounded.
I sing opera and didn't believe that rap was even music...BUT totally stumbling on this site and then listening to most of the artists listed, I now actually like, enjoy and will listen to Eminem-who at this moment in time is brilliant plus, 2pac, Biggie and many other rappers are great too... good feel even without proper structure as far as studied music goes. Not sure about Lil Wayne and Kanye West though, hard to understand lyrics of the LW and through media completely dislike KW and his taste in women. Comments are only in infantcy, will have to listen to a lot more before I am in a position to really and fully understand what this movement is all about, but it has a lot of potential and thank everyone for opening my eyes. If I knew the proper speak, I would please get someone to translate...excellent music people. From the converted. D
Very world famous, probably one of the faces of this rap era.
This guy is an all-around collaborater with anyone he is open to. Three of those are DJ Khaled (All I Do Is Win), Dr. Dre (Various Songs), and Jason Derulo (Wiggle). Snoop should be higher.
Snoop Dogg is 16?! Tupac and Lil Wayne agreed they can't mess with him! This is utter bull! He's the boss dogg. 15 albums and mix tapes. He rules the genre and has been in the business for 23 years now man. He has even acted in 15 movies as the lead with either Dr. Dre or Eminem. The Wash, Baby Boy, Training Day, and many many more. Vote for Snoop Dogg.
Kanye West is my favorite Artist of all time, but I think his impact on hip hop is unmistakable and unarguable. He is probably the most influential artist of the last 20 years. Many of the biggest rappers of today like Travis Scott, Kid Cudi, and even Drake were heavily influenced by Ye. Cudi and Scott were both brought up under Kanye's wing. I think it would be straight up disrespect to leave him out of the top ten.
It can't get any better than kanye west. He's a lyrical genius and always knows what he stands for. He's not like any other artist out there, his mind runs wild with art and creativity, he NEVER stops no matter what. The media seems to label him as heartless, an ass, and garbage but he's nothing like that. You need to look above and beyond him, listen to the "Last Call" on the college dropout album you'll definitely view him differently after peeping that but in a good way. The college dropout and my beautiful dark twisted fantasy are two of my favorite albums by him, just because he never really talks about living in the hood or having to live through a tough time as a child doesn't mean he's not full of knowledge and doesn't know how to rap. He's a very talented musician you just gotta look above him.
Kanye is a terrific rapper and actually talks about real themes and struggles that the world faces, unlike other rappers on this list. Kanye also finds a way to incorporate humour into his raps and skits. Don't even get me started on how talented he as at producing his raps. He uses such unique samples to create such beautiful and perfect pieces of music. He also meshes different sounds together to create completely new sounds. He also changes the music game all the time, for example, Kanye created auto tune. Overall, it is without a doubt that Kanye should be number one. He is one of the most talented musicians to walk this earth today.
Kanye is clearly the front runner for best rapper of all time. He brought soul back to hip hop with his sick production skills, credited for the production of one of the best albums of all time (the Blueprint). Now, we're talking about best rapper not best producer, but now listen to his first three cds (College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation), you hear nothing but genius lyrically. His voice commands your attention. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy... Kanye decided to go Cold and Hard. Watch The Throne is some of his best work yet... As my boy Same Ole Slang says... "He's got people thinking, what the hell he gon do next!?!? " Kanye West > the field.
Best of all time! Great lyrics, done so much for the industry, can freestyle unlike Lil Wayne, doesn't do depressing songs like Eminem all the time. G-Unit!
To me he should be 2nd behind Eminem. Or maybe first. He's made a lost of songs. His lyrics are smart. He's preformed Madison Square Garden. His songs get a lot of views. He's made songs with Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Etc. He is a Hip Hop legend. He has great style. His G-Unit was much more famous then YMCMB or D12. He's got a great 'Gangster' like voice. He's got a great name too. It was very creative. Not like some rappers that ain't creative. Like a lot of rappers that just use there own name. He is very Strong. Dr. Dre should not be in front of him. He made only 7 songs. Sure they have a lot of views but 50 cent made 31 songs on his Vevo so far. And they all add up way more views then Dr. Dre. Neither Lil, Wayne. Lil, Wayne is good.. Lil, Wayne has almost lost his voice. All of his songs since 2010 are edited. Listen to one of his songs. Then listen to one of Lil, Wayne's songs. Then look up Lil, Wayne live or interview. He does not sound the same. 50 Cent is a rap legend. He don't edit ...more
This has to be a joke. Who ever commented that he is the father of gangsta rap should not be allowed to listen to hip hop anymore. 50 had 1 (one, uno, singular) great album. I'll admit Get Rich or Die Tryin is one of the greatest albums I've ever listened to. But everything before and after was decent at best. Would Get Rich or Die Tryin be so great without the help of Em and Dre though? Probably not. Without Dre, I believe Em still would have eventually found he same level of success, maybe just take him longer because he has raw talent. 50 on the other hand, I don't think Mr. Cent would have been anything without Dre and Em. and being a great business man has nothing to do with being a great rapper, congrats you're the face of vitamin water.
Get rich or die tryin his best album sold 15 million he should be in everyone top 10 rapper list
I listen n.w.a albums and listen eazy-e albums I also bought 3 n.w.a rap records and bought 3 eazy-e rap records. My favorite rap artists of all goes kinda like this EMINEM at number 1 BEASTIE BOYS at number 2 LAURYN HILL at number 3 BAD MEETS EVIL at number 4 DR DRE at number 5 THE FUGEES at number 6 N.W.A at number 7 EAZY-E at number 8 Snoop Dogg at number 9 Sean Puff Daddy combs 2pac at number 10 possibly 50 cent at number 11. I think Eazy-e deserves to be at number 5 at least since Rap wouldn't been as thrilling if Eazy-e didn't start N.W.A and didn't do solo rap records.
This is a terrible pathetic list. For dude Chris-1 talking about ice-cubs wrote for eazy-e. Ice cube went to school with dana plato. what. Eazy e blew up with boy-z in the hood. He was living ice cubes lyrics while ice cube was acting Fake ass bull.
Depending on age is what people should vote on. How can someone born in 1992 have any idea who the best rapper/mc? Unless you understand the impact, cultural significance and quality of each one of these artist, then this list is worthless. I saw nikki minaja? (whatever), way higher than, tribe called quest,wutang, all the New York ledgends, because this is supposed to be a list of the best of all time? Where's slick rick, grand master flash? Old west coast like too short.
Eazy puts the G in OG if you ask me. No MC has ever done hardcore crime rap with as much menace and brutal honesty as E. He set the standard for rhyming detailed lyrics about committing felonies: They're more scary when they come from a high voice that sounds mad, mean, serious, anxious, excited, devious, and mechanical all at the same time--rather than a slow mellow voice that sounds like it's exhaling blunt smoke. I'm a peaceful hippy, but E makes me feel like breaking laws.
Eazy e is awesome, he is the most legendary rapper that have ever lived. Not only did he start N.W.A he also got the most smashing solo career ever. By the way I like Eminem but eminem would never been here if it wasn't for the godfather of rap.
Half of the greatest discography in rap. A mind like no other with an ability to make truly unique music while rapping incredibly well. His musical vision is light years above all but kanye whilst still being top 10 in terms of pure rapping ability
How is he not top 5 at least? He checks all the boxes. Also, he has not had a single bad verse in his career. Name a single bad thing about Andre, you can't. That's why he is one of the GOATS
He should be top 10 minimum probably top 5 definitely should be above #30. Flow, lyrics, creativity with production all top notch. If he'd ever released a solo album (the love below doesn't really count) he'd be near the top of this list. He runs every song he is on so you listen to it just for his part. I can understand him being below people like Wiz as they just get joke votes but it's a disgrace that Kendrick is above him. Big Boi should be top 20 he outshines andre on some of their songs and kills his verse on roses (songs can be commercial and good), deserves better than #298 but he doesn't get any votes because nearly everyone who listens to Outkast prefers dre.
How is Andre 3000 not in the top 10? He's unarguably in there, my god he's one of the most talented MCs or artists to ever pick up a mic. Like not only that, but his pen-game is on point and his accent, his style, he engineered the south and put them on the map. Not only that but he was consistently good, just listen to the first 3 albums by OutKast. This guy needs to be in the top 10.
Wish there were more rappers I could vote for, there are so many so it's hard but I'll put my vote to 3 stacks since he's currently at 22 and that's ridiculous.
10. Big L I would say was and is still king of Harlem. He has punchlines so fierce and amazing, nobody ever wanted to beef with him, which was a smart idea, even Nas didn't want to beef w/ him. Big L I would say is the most underrated rapper ever, or maybe AZ. Sadly, Big L only had one solo album released when he was alive: Lifestylez ov the poor & dangerous. If Big L was still alive, who would probably be number one on my list, but with his short discograpy, he still has the skills to make it to my top 10. Best album: The Big picture. Best posthumous album: The Big picture. Best song: ebonics, best verse: 98' freestyle. Best colloaboration: deadly combination ft. 2pac.
In all honesty, Big L was a lyrical miracle. The only thing he did not have is quantity. If you listen to 'lifestylez ov the poor & dangerous' you would laugh because of his punchlines but piss yourself at the same time, out of fear. If any rapper of today was to step to L, R.I.P. My top 5 would go (in no particular order) Big L, Eminem, 2pac, Biggie, wu-tang clan. It's a shame L is so forgotten and far down this list considering he influenced one of the most favored rappers Jay-z.R.I. P Big L.
Can't believe Drake is even on this list much less all these dudes from the middle east. BIG L was one of the reales in the game. At least he talked about the struggle of black americans. Kanye and Drake should be so far behind L. This list is a joke. RIP BIG Homie. Legends never die even if corporate fakes like Drake and Kanye pop up, POP STARS will never represent the true struggle and the game.
Big L makes you feel, think, laugh, react and respect him. He is unmatched in his lyric, flow and talent. He was real and didn't care about what anyone thought. He went raw and straight to the point with skills that others wish they had. So sad that he passed away so soon. RIP to the legend. Other shout outs to Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Biggie, Pac, Nas, Kool G Rap, AZ, Bone Thugs, Black Moon, Common, all of Wu-Tang, Eazy-E, Kendrick, Lord Finesse (and the whole of DITC), MF Doom, Mos definitely, Outkast, The Roots, Pharcyde, Redman, Artifacts, UGK, Three Six, Big Pun, Gang Starr, Jay-Z, KRS, Mobb Deep, A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock, Geto Boys, Slick Rick, Fugees, Slum Village, Cube, Snoop, Dre, Too Short, The Dogg Pound, DJ Quik, Cypress, Warren G, Nate Dogg, 4-Tay, Souls of Mischief and all the other good ones, they all contributed and all the originators and people who laid the foundation. Nowadays it's all commercial and people have no original styles or real views. Bunch on money ...more
I have been following Drake's music before he got signed and just released the mixtape comeback season, he is my favourite rapper right now. No other singer or rapper has lyrics like Drizzy right here! His emotion and lyrics that he gives and shows us is incredible! He talks personal and is relatable to nearly everyone, he has a song for every person for every mood! A fantastic genius! He can also sing as well as rap his new album Take Care is the most phenomenal thing I've heard in a long time, every single song I can listen to without skipping this shows he's wicked! His flows are also Unique! Not heard drake? Man listen and vote for him, he needs to be in the top ten of this list!
When you think of Best-of-All-times, you have to think about lyricism, think about delivery, originality, and sincerity in the rhymes. Then when you acknowledge that, you have to think about production quality and consistency. He has the most #1 singles of all times, and he's ben out for only 3-4 years! He touches on raw thoughts and feeling that a lot of guys shy away from because they fear ridicule, but this young man embodies realism in his music and he rarely, if ever, puts out a sub-par song.
Not a fan at all. I get why people like him but most of the time he sounds bored to me. Even on his "fun" upbeat songs he doesn't seem to be having fun and just uses his monotone voice and flow. Also consistantly is disrespectful to women without any sense of self awareness (hotline bling). And what it the worst is that on his song child's play he actually is classist. He looks down on a poorer woman and threatens to give her back to the hood if she doesn't behave. How has the biggest rapper currently not been torn apart for being classist in a genre of music created to speak to the poor and downtrodden of society. I'm not saying all hip hop needs to do that but to be classist against the poor in any song and especially a hip hop one I find to be disgraceful.
Stop using album sales as your main point as to why drake should be higher. If it sells, nice, but I'm looking for someone who can flow over almost any beat with ease, whose lyrics have depth to them, and who can deliver them with proper tone and timing. Drakes delivery is solid, though he can't rap over a variety of beats, his lyrics are very simplistic (see; sing about me I'm dying of thirst by Kendrick Lamar if you want to see actual lyrical depth). Sales should only serve to emphasize the point. You guys are simply putting drake up here because he is catchy, and is a hook singer and/or are sheep. Not on drake, but he's not one of the greatest. His lyrics don't need a second look by any stretch, and his flow is limited. Songs like back to back are solid and energy is good but drake cannot be placed above many greats. Should be between 150 and 200 in my opinion
It's funny how people hate on Wayne for doing things differently on his albums. He has been in the rap game more than he's been out if it. He's won every possible award there is to win for rap. He took a local recording group and made them into a world wide phenomenon. lil Wayne never lost skill. He lost hunger. He's won everything there is to win. What more does he have to prove? To the idiot who said how he took on "lil" like every other rapper, I have two things to say to you. 1. You obviously know nothing about southern music. 2. He was 9 when he came up with the name. Wayne has impacted the rap game, whether you take it in a positive or negative way it's up to you. He is a great and will go down as a great regardless of what anybody says about it.
I think people have bought into the negative hype surrounding Wayne and his music. Lil Wayne is a truly talented artist and one that cannot simply be ignored. Love him or hate him he has had a huge impact on the rap game and his longevity speaks for itself. I'll agree that he has fallen off recently and a lot of his mainstream music is just that: Mainstream music. But dig a little deeper and you'll find an array of mixtapes and earlier albums which offer the best of Wayne. His lyricism, not as a storyteller, but as a rapper who can manipulate words and think completely outside the box is second to none and his flow is one of a kind. Its become cool to hate Lil Wayne and that's probably because of his latest bodies of work, which have not been up to par, but its unbelievably ignorant to dismiss him as "garbage" or the "worst rapper ever", especially when you consider how respected he is by other rappers and those who actually know what they are talking about.
He truly is one a of a kind in the rap history, he made a rap that's honest, even if some say it's just a bunch of crap that rhymes together, at the end It pleases the ears. Lil wayne may not be the best rapper but he's at least for me the greatest raw talent the HIP hop culture has seen so far.
His voice is so deep, tormented, his flow is irregular And so interesting, you'll never heard anything sounding Like him. His honesty in his music And his fierce originality touch many people. When he's recording he's not searching for the perfection he just say what he thought at that moment on this flow. And that's genius. He may laugh, smoke, breathe or even pause in the middle of a song And doesn't even care because that's truly How he felt. He is for me a true complete artist.
Next time try using facts when you make an argument. Lil wayne doesn't write his own raps because he doesn't write. He comes up with what he's going to say on a track in his head. He is a force in hip hop through both mainstream and underground. His word play is unmatched. He can put together metaphors and similes that even the most prestigious and respected rappers couldn't hope of to think of. Listen to the carter series, the drought series, the dedication series, no ceilings, and sorry for the wait and you'll see. It's not just intelligence behind the mic either, he has flow to match. The guy is a legend and one of the best of all time. It's a shame ignorant people who don't appreciate lyricism refuse to see that.
He is more than just a rapper, he is a revolutionary. The man lives what he rhymes about. He reads constantly and speaks intelligently in his rhymes and interviews. Immortal Technique is the next level of a political emcee like Chuck D, and critiques the whole social order that we live under. He raps to spread truth, and not for money. Listen to songs such as "Dance With the Devil", "One (Remix)", "You Never Know", "Caught in a Hustle" and "Toast to the Dead" to understand why nobody today is with Immortal Technique on a lyrical level. He raps for higher purpose which is displayed throughout his rhymes. His metaphors are so deep, that you can hear every emotional twist that he adds to his songs for effect. He is vastly underrated because he is an underground rapper first and foremost. He came up through battle rapping, and carries a style that carries hard hitting complex metaphors. Techniques freestyles are very good Listen to "What Hip-Hop Is" clip on Youtube if you disagree with ...more
He tells it like it is. Also very lyrically talented. He makes serious culture references in songs which make him less commercial yet the most thought provoking MC in the game. He is the best story teller of all time (dance with the devil and you'll never know. ) He also has some classic boasting raps such as obnoxious. Also his songs involve actual topics instead of some rappers who just rap over a beat about stuff that doesn't even go together. His work after his first two albums is not as good aside from bin laden. People insult his flow but that is because he wrote his first album in the underground with beats coming after the songs were already written.
Immortal Technique has a lot of diversity in his lyrics, unlike the mainstream. He talks politics, wars, philosophy, religion and so on. He is very educated and dedicated to the community. He can freestyle and battle rap, unlike all the commercial rappers. He spits truth. I'm sure most mainstream rappers are too stupid to understand the topics of his lyrics or even his vocabulary. He is the most underrated rapper ever. But like he said about the industry rappers: If you go platinum it has nothing to do with luck, it just means that a million people are stupid!
I don't agree with a lot of the things he says and he's still one of my favorite rappers. Very well spoken, and despite all of the over the top lyrics, he has a lot of clever, and at times beautiful things to say, creating many thought provoking and quotable lines. And in my opinion his songs "Dance with the devil" and "You never know" are some of the most important songs in all of hip hop, "Dance with the devil" as the most haunting and one of the best, if not the best storytelling tracks in rap, and "You never know" as one of the saddest and most beautiful songs.
Damn Big Pun is below Drake, Lil Wayne & Kanye West..
He is one of the best rappers along with Biggie, Eminem, 2Pac, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan members, Busta Rhymes, DMX, Ice Cube, Logic, Immortal Technique, Nas, Geto Boys & Scarface, Dr Dre, King Lil G
How is Kanye West, Drake & Lil Wayne above him or even in this list same with all those other "rappers" like Future, XXXTENTACION, Lil *insert name*, rappers with all those numbers in there names (except 50 cent, Tech N9ne & 2Pac), Juice WRLD
Yet another early deceased rapper who had promise from nyc. Put Latinos on the map with his few albums he had. Had he survived long enough for his surgery he would have made more of an impact in the rap game.
Sick flow and rhymes! Dead in the middle of little Italy little did we know that we riddled two middlemen who didn't do diddly! Who else do you know that can rap like that. He's no Eminem, he's no Tupac, but he's definitely something special and deserves at least top 20.
I don't know whats wrong with you people. Big Pun, #35? You guys need to re-evaluate what you think is real Hip Hop...
Its 2013, listen to any of those guys in the top 10. Go back and put on a Big Pun album, any album (from 13 years ago), and tell me that he is not the nicest... I DARE YOU ALL!
People forget what makes an MC an MC. An MC has two elements: delivery and lyrics. The best MC should have the best combination of those. Tech N9ne has better delivery than ANYONE. EVER. BY WAY FAR. I don't think his lyrics are quite the most complex, but his rhyme schemes are crazy. Pay attention to what words rhyme and you can tell. That being said, his lyrics are still some of the best ever. I think only Eminem, Lupe, Pac, and Nas can compare in lyrics.
Here are some things that are included in this argument that have nothing to do with being a great M popularity, impact on the game, beats, sales, and awards. Those all have to do with money. Tech didn't go for a major record deal, because he wanted to do his own thing. Therefore, he doesn't have money to spend on high-profile producers or advertising. This also means he's not as widely known, popular, high-selling, and he can't make much of an impact on the game. This is about to change though, as he seems to be becoming a ...more
Yes, Eminem, 2Pac, Jay-Z and all those people up there may be good. But I believe in Tech. Tech N9ne is a real rapper who spits some vital. His flows are top class and should be way up there. He has more than 150 singles and has been rapping since 1990. Lil Wayne on number 11, whats wrong with this list!? Just listen to some of tech's flows and read about him, more than 10 hit albums sold, owner of Strange Music and has performed with several famous rappers such as: B.O. B, Wiz Khalifa and Krayzie Bone.
Here's my list (and I'm taking all of your ranks in acknowledgement as well)
3. Tech N9ne
4. Dr Dre
7. Kanye West
8. Notorious B.I. G
9. Snoop Dogg
10. Busta Rhymes
If you agree with this list and I hope most of you all do because it seems really fair, then lets renovate this list!
Has the most versatile flow of all rappers because he's been around so long and still is in the game. He came from nothing and isn't on another artist label, he made his own and is helping others off of it! He does multiple genres within reason unlike lil Wayne. Has the most loyal fan base, every fan of him is a strong fan and knows almost everyone of his songs. Goes by the motto "tech will never go mainstream, mainstream will go tech" he also doesn't hate on artist, he's done stuff with lil Wayne multiple times as well as E-40. He does features with rappers he notices are elite like Hopsin and B.O.B. I personally think he's the best rapper, his KOD album was looked at as dark and evil but it actually teaches people how to deal with their dark times and people have even said this album stopped them from committing suicide. He is also the fastest rapper that is understandable and can switch the flow up at those speeds, he is just clearly the best and any fan would say that, people that ...more
Tech should be number 1! He is so much better than any mainstream rapper. He has amazing diversity in his music, he can do party music or he can do slow meaningful tear-jerking songs. His music is crazy, the other artists he works with have awesome talent too which makes his songs even better. He has gotten where he is now completely independently, without the help of the mainstream. He himself said a long time ago, "Tech N9ne will never go mainstream, mainstream will go tech", the fact that there is now many mainstream artists calling on him now and wanting to work with him shows that he was right and people are finally starting to realize his amazing talent. This list is ridiculous because most of these people only know what they hear on the radio, so they think people like Lil Wayne deserve top ten, even though he is truely as much of a discrace to hip hop music as Justin beiber.
Technician For Life!
Lil Wayne? Really? I love reading all the comments that say Lil Wayne or Drake or Wiz Khalifa should be number 1, it's just so funny! Rakim, Nas, Big L, KRS-One, 2Pac, Biggy, Big Daddy Kane, Percee P, Big Pun, Slick Rick, Kool G Rap, Immortal Technique put a BULLET in your fake rappers. Laugh out loud at all these people saying, "yo dawg, wayne is the truth man, listen to his lyrics man, they're so deep and he kills everyone else, even 2pac dawg" Man, hip-hop is dead in the mainstream, DEAD. You're not listening to rap anymore, its just garbage pop with people thinking they're hard. It's okay kiddies keep drinking the kool-aid that these "rappers" feed you, it's all good.
9. KRS-One may be the most popular golden-age MC, which he deserves the title. Boogie Down Productions was about 1 spot away from being in the top 5 rap duos of all time due to KRS-One's exquisite rhymes. He ha s 1 solo classic album: Return of the Boom Bap, and his BDP classics are Criminally minded; by far and is also considered one of the 500 best albums of all time, and By all means necessary. KRS-One can go from a serious protesting rapper to a flat out fun rapper to a lyrical genius. KRS-One at his prime (BDP and Return of the boom bap era) was close to being as skilled as Rakim, maybe even as skilled. Best album w/ Boogie Down Productions: Criminally Minded. Best solo album:Return of the boom bap. Best song: South Bronx. Best collaboration: The Anthem- Sway & Tech ft. RZA, Tech n9ne, Eminem, Xzibit, Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, Jayo Felony, Chino XL, and KRS-One. Best verse: verse 1 of South Bronx.
KRS-One has the quantity (unlike Biggie or L) the beats (sorry Em) the voice (sorry Em) and most importantly, his lyrical content keeps it real (unlike Jay and Wayne). His lyrics are for the PEOPLE in the STREETS, not Hollywood or upscale boutiques. Other rappers try to be "conscious" but also worry about having mass appeal (Kanye, Common). KRS doesn't pull any punches, and doesn't worship money. I like the other rappers I mentioned here, but KRS-One is # 1!
Will work any rapper on this planet in a freestyle battle. Period the ultimate no contest no competition. Intellectual, technical, unearthly stage presence, can battle anyone on the planet. His best quality? Keeping it real he could sell out and sell more albums than any sucker MC rocking out on mtv, but has too much integrity.
T.I. is a beast. In my opinion, he is a perfect example of the evolution of rap. King of the south, yes; but even if he wasn't coming out of the south, he still would have shined and made it big in the music industry. As far as his generation of rappers, there aren't a lot of people even close to TI in terms of natural flow and being able to make great songs.T.I. should be ranked higher. Nearly all of his albums you can listen through completely without skipping a track.
He is 1 of the best because of his story telling smooth voice rap style and can change up his style and still can continue to make great music like he did on No Mercy. Also instead of making you wait for new music while he is in jail, he just releases you albums that you can keep in you're car for a year and still bump until he gets out because of how good his music is. He should be a top 5 and above Lil' Wayne. I mean it The King.
How does T.I. The king of the south fall under Drake. Drake is a talentless Jew from the suburbs of Toronto who should of stuck to acting. Should take on a roll in comedy because his pathetic attempt to sing with his monotone speratic rhymes would make me laugh if I could bare to listen to him for anything longer than it takes to change the station. T.I. belongs in the top 3 along with Eminem and Ice Cube than Jay Z in fourth in my opinion.
T.I. is too underrated! He deserves to be in the top 5. He is one of the reason that Hip Hop and Rap and southern music is still alive. What T.I. has what most rappers don't have is intellect. Did you ever here anyone who is this smart and from a hood and let alone Bankhead, Altanta.T.I. has proved again and again that nothing can stop his hustle. He has been dropped from labels, gone to jail many times, had life threats, but he still husltes like THE KING. Say no more. Just listen and admire and witness greatness
DOOM is easily my number one. I fail to see why Eminem is number 1 and guys like Tech N9ne, Hopsin and NF are so high (probably racist white listeners, typical taste for them) but DOOM had it all. Wordplay, energy, production, a phenomenal discography. I cried when I heard the news. RIP Villain.
I want to cry when I see this legend placed under so many trash rappers (Nicki Minaj). This guy literally has an unbelievable amount of talent, I guarantee you will never find a better lyricist. I still remember the first time I listened to "Hoe Cakes" and I've loved him ever since. DOOM comes up with such innovative raps and never disappoints. His unique style, voice, and lyrics are near impossible to replicate as he influenced those like Earl Sweatshirt and Joey Badass. MF DOOM considers himself to be a villain, but he's a hero to the rap game.
Even if nobody reads this, I have to say that the fact that MF DOOM is number 45 is a straight up lie. Most people on this website only go here to vote for one person that they already had in their minds, so it's no surprise that an underground rapper like DOOM with a narrower fan base than most is down here.
If you by some miracle are reading this, please listen to at least one or two MF DOOM songs, maybe off of the album Madvillainy, and then come back and tell me with a straight face he isn't in the top ten.
If I gotta explain, it says a lot about you. The underground's rapper's favorite. Most of the guys in this list fell off, succes killed their style, even mobb deep. MF DOOM makes the art an art again, original, with rhymes that keep you puzzled. No, I'm not gonna put up some lame quote, go and listen! Then spend the rest of your life ashamed for this list and its contents.
DMX, At 23! No disrespect to Drake, Lil Wayne, and others, but there's no way DMX isn't Top 20 while they are. His skills are insane and he brings a certain hype to his songs that can really get you pumped up. RIP DMX
DMX brought his deepest emotions into rap when he decided he would rap to sustain his family. He wanted to be good for others, and expressed this passion with lyrics deeper than most rappers since he was in the game.. His emotion and determination are moving, and his story is sure to bring a tear to your eye, and he poured all of his emotion into his songs, and made music that was remarkable, launching him into fame. When he went to meet the definitely jam president, he was recovering from an accident, and had wired in his mouth. People were amazed when Kanye "spoke through the wire", but DMX spat so hard wires could be heard POPPING out of his mouth. His downfall was brought on by his cocaine addiction, but if the seemingly harmless blunt he smoked wasn't laced with cocaine, he would tear down all of the rappers in our time. His lyrics are profound, his voice gets an old hag hyped, and his passion is immense. DMX will always be the greatest rapper and man alive...
I'm a high level exec in the corporate world. Not someone who you would guess listens to this type of rap. I also would definitely not allow my children to listen to him, but for me, DMX just reigns alone, unbeatable. The only one that I compare him with is 2Pac. Now I'm not talking about who has made the most money, or who has the most albums or hits. I'm talking about who on this list could have been able to go toe to toe with DMX in his prime and come out on top? No One!
Cause his raps has a lot of meaning and he inspires those of which that really look of the value in his music. Unlike some of the rapper today he put his soul into his music. That is the value of rap.
Never a rapper as fast, badass, and poignant as Busta Rhymes. He's also been in the game for a very long time since his early 90s work with A Tribe Called Quest. In addition, some of the best rap beats ever composed were the ones that Busta Rhymes spit straight bars on. His quality didn't decline either with his 2020 album. "Look Over Your Shoulder" featuring Kendrick Lamar is easily one of the best tracks of 2020.
Can not argue no one has a better vocal delivery than Busta Bust. He evolved into a master "chopper" and was a spitting image for "Shonuff!" In one of the best music videos ever made. His presence on a track makes a person want to listen. As a feature on a track or with other features, no one out shadows Busta. Let's not forget his career spans now into 4 decades from the 90s to current. His energy owned stage and microphone alike.
Busta is likely the most underrated rapper, but that might be largely to his albums being not so great outside of the few hit singles each has, but should he feature on a track, he's the best. He's not a bad actor either.
Regardless, there is no one who could deliver vocals like him with as much energy, pace, clarity and ability to be melodic at the same time when most would have to be monotone just to spits their Ls on time with even the hope of clarity.
Being fast isn't necessarily what makes Busta so good, it's the way he delivers - with some of the most uplifting, funny and by far some of the most unique verses in rap right now. When he strayed from his old style a lot of people discredited him for it, but right now he's getting better and better - he doesn't need to stay the same. Look at me now wasn't a hit because of Lil Wayne's verse or because of Chris brown's - even though both have a colossal fanbase, it was a hit because of Busta Rhymes. A lot of people just hadn't gotten that kind of style before, with good reason. No one else has it - Busta taught himself how to rap like that. Hell, he only ever did a one minute feature and he managed to own the song with it. That was 2011. It's 2012 now, Extinction Level Event 2 is coming and frankly, with some the stuff he's been dropping out really recently my faith in his new album is through the roof. Old fans are dead right, Busta isn't as good as he used to be. He's better.
Y'all needa know who the fastest be. Bussa Bus's manager tell him not to go his fastest because he thinks his albums won't sell. If he took the the yelling/pauses out of his songs and went as fast as he possibly could, he be the fastest. In fronta Rebel, Twista, Tonedeff, Tech, or anybody else you can think of. No disrespect though, I like those other guys.
Anyhow I voted Bus because I wanted to tell y'all that but I don't think there is (or ever going to be) a best rapper. I like Eminem and Lil Wayne but y'all gotta know real rap too. Vote 2Pac, Biggie, Jay-Z, or some other legend. Soulja Boy shouldn't be on here! Who voted that?! Cracka pleez...!