Best Rappers of 2017

The Top Ten
1 Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper and songwriter. Raised in Compton, California, Lamar embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg ...read more.

By the end of his career Kendrick Lamar will be considered Hip Hops greatest MC's. His bars, flow, and delivery is not only better than his counterparts, but on par with Rap's greatest Legends. Lamar has not only received critical acclaim by fans, but Raps greatest legends as well. He realeased back to back to back fire albums: GKMC, To Pimp. A Butterfly,and DAMN. His greatest album is To Pimp a Butterfly which as seen as one of the greatest albums of this generation by not only rap fans, but by listeners who aren't fans of Rap. Overall, wether you like is great lyrics, his beat, or the message he displays, KDOT is doing it way better than any other rap artist out there

Kendrick Lamar shows up any other rapper in this game he brings it back to old school which rap shouldve always been, all these new rappers doing there trap music and stuff is not rap its just a few words mumbled together with someone mixing up a track in the background but yet Kendrick could still show everyone he was the best with his song Humble (which I think was a diss to trap) where he showed any rapper from today he can do any kind of rap you throw it him

Kendrick has ARGUABLY had the best album of the past 5 years in good kid M.A.A.D city (or To Pimp A Butterfly it's debatable). I don't think DAMN was as good as these two as they were classics but DAMN was still a very enjoyable album. And I think he's just gonna keep growing. He's probably the best lyricist in the world right now and is a genius on the mic. Deserves to be at the top if I am being honest, but obviously others will have opinions

He's constantly pushing the boundaries of hip-hop as a genre with his flawless production choices and he is improving on the standards that have already been set with his lyricism and flow. He is also the best live performer the genre has ever seen in my opinion with his charisma and theatrics.

2 Logic Born on January 22, 1990, in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, better known as Logic, is one of the most influential artists in the rap game today, with amazing lyricism and flow. Logic first gained major fame through making 2013's edition of the XXL Top-10 Freshmen List, and has easily ...read more.

Best lyricist right now. Talks about real life scenarios. Doesn't talk about women, money, drugs 24/7. Definitely a man who everyone should consider to listen to. With his biracial existence and him addressing equality in his upcoming album titled "Everybody", everybody should hear what he has to say. Not to mention that him and his producers are making the hottest beats out right now.

Amazing lyricist and one of the best rappers today - he's so clever with his lyrics and his raps are real attention grabbers. His only real competition here could be Kendrick. Overall, Logic is very underrated..

The greatest rapper right now in my opinion. Not just with beats and flow with words, but with lyrics too. He raps about his drug related and violence filled life all the time in his songs. Being biracial, he knows what it's like to be discriminated on both sides, and uses that experience to rap and become one of the greatest rappers of this decade. Overall, Logic is the most underrated rapper out there and he is one of the best out there.

Def the best Kendrick is great but what logic has to say actually matters and takes hours of hard work to write. And logic has the best flow PERIOD.

3 J. Cole Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer.

Should be above Drake for sure. Love the jazzy feel of his beats on his newest album. Not a bad album to date and each sound so different. One of the best lyricists today- brutally honest with a great flow and great rhymes. He's also able to educate and make you think in ways KRS-ONE would. He can tell stories like Nas. Always changing and evolving, yet he still sounds great in any song he's thrown into. Great producer. He's one of the few hip-hop artists I can listen to nowadays. Kendrick and Cole are too different to compare against each other, but both are great artists and take their art seriously

He is much different from all the other rappers today because he tells stories in all his songs and uses examples from reality such as social, economic, and government issues. He definitely deserves to be on the top.

We need more rappers like J. Cole. Has elite lyrics. Great producer, reminds me of nas a lot. Old school type beats that you can just vibe to. He's already a legend. Greatest rapper of the 10's in my opinion.

This guy is so versatile. Punchlines that can match any of the best in the game, lyrics so deep it's like he takes the words right out of your head, a flow good enough to make any fan of music want to just sit back and vibe. This man is the complete package. There is no other rapper whose style comes close. He is in a league of his own. By far the realist and most down to earth rapper in this generation. So humble. A poet down to the truest form of the word. Not as popular as Drake but definitely a better rapper. And I personally feel Kendrick is more hyped up given the whole Compton connection. Cole is definitely underrated and in some instances I feel that he is so humble, and tends to shy so far away from the media that he gets forgotten. Definitely #1 I'm my book.

4 Chance the Rapper Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, known professionally as Chance the Rapper, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from the West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.

He is probably the best up and coming rapper. He does not mumble and his music has depth. He also has very good lyrics and background music.

How dare people put Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert over this guy he has the potential to be one of the greatest of all time!

Almost every other rapper just mumbles and swears and talks about sex, drugs and money, but this music is modern poetry

Chance the Rapper is one of the few rappers that has an actually meaning in his songs. He almost writes poetry. You know what he talks about in his songs. - booklover24

5 Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

I honestly don't get how he is not listed as number one I have been studying the rap game whos been in and is beginning and the only rapper listed higher than him that's even close is kendrick be mad if you want or agree but no one competes with his lyrical skills or writing or freestyles definitely not his freestyles

Kendrick Lamar and Eminem are the best rapper in this generation! Kendrick is a consious and political rapper that is sleeping in many years, let the mumble rappers shine but now it is his prime, but Eminem is sleeping right now in rap scene but everyone still knows that he is the GOD of RAP and no body can defeat him.

I have been a long-time fan of Eminem. The mumble raps that we hear from today's rappers are no match to the lyrically genius verses that you find in songs like 'No Love', 'Guts Over Fear', 'Kings Never Die', 'I need a Doctor', 'Till I Collapse' and the list goes. The songs have given many the strength to get through tough times. His recent album Revival is an evidence of him reaching a level which is not conceivable by all. Eminem should definitely be on the top.

I'm a huge Eminem fan in terms of 2017, Kendrick is already significantly the most successful and best. Hopefully Em will drop a new album soon... - ScorpiusYT

6 Joey Badass Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott, better known by his stage name Joey Badass, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor.

Get this man over Lil Uzi please! He is so talented, the second best lyricist of the new School next to Kendrick (Yes he is better than Earl Sweatshirt in my opinion but Earl is great too). I abseloutely love his music, and All Amerikkan badass is one of the best projects of 17'

His songs are amazing. I knew all the words of every song within a week of listening to his album All-Amerikkkan Badass. I think the only rapper I'd put him behind would be Logic.

Joey could body all those mumble rappers without even using half of his brain capacity. Shame people vote for Lil Uzi more than Joey.

Listen to him freestyle! His lyrics are a joke he's easily top 5 and in my opinion he's top 3. Definitely should be above future.

7 Drake Aubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born on October 24, 1986 in Toronto, Canada. He started his career on Canadian reality show "Degrassi: The Next Generation".

Drake is literally the definition of cancer. His ass should have been taken off life support on degrassi when his ass was shot. Wheelchair having crippled muppet looking ass.

Calling Drake a rapper is just wrong. He's alright, but not a rapper at all.

All of his songs have so much meaning, flow and rhythm. Loved him since the early 200's and watched him earn his way up. Well deserved. Couldn't have so much respect for any other rapper.

Drake's music is so relatable within my life and has such a good vibe that it really makes me feel happy. I love his music from back then, and today. His music has a very attractive sound to it. It makes you want to get up and dance!

8 Tyler, The Creator Tyler Gregory Okonma (born March 6, 1991), better known by his stage name Tyler, The Creator, is an American rapper, record producer, and music video director. ...read more.

Most unique style in the game right now and his newest album flower boy is amazing. I think he could have ranked in the top ten but that's just my opinion.

God I love tyler right now, his music has appealed to me ever since I've heard him, he doesn't care about being controversial and I love that, he actually puts meaning into his songs and I fully respect who he is and what he does.

He is so good but no one really listens to him. He has a great new album called the flower boy and I love all of the songs. Him and logic should do be #1&2

Flower Boy was an amazing album - Ccecil

9 Jay Z Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name JAY-Z, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur and investor born on December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for his albums Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, and The Black Album. He is considered to be one of the best rappers of ...read more.

I must say that Jay-Z was never one of my favorite American rappers despite he's always praised as one of the greatest. He never struck me as neither a conscious nor a pop rapper, and he tried out both. What he lacked for me is a personality or some sort of tradenark or gimmick to recognize him. "Watch the Throne" is nevertheless one of my favorite American hip hop albums, I always credited that to Kanye's irresistable insanity, but there are also moments were Jay steals the scene. Thing is: Jay has the flows and the lyrics, but not the charisma and excitement. I aknowledge he made some awesome hip hop, but I never went out like "wow that was crazy good". But now... I have to reconsider all of that. "4:44" was one hell of an album. Actually... it was almost Kanye level. It feels like Jay developed a certain unique feeling in the way he presents the music, that makes it both more personal and more experimental - I embrace both. Now... I own 2 other solo albums by him, "The Black Album" ...more

People always hate on Jay his body of work second to none! How many rappers can sell out big venues without having 5 other acts! the man is 48 years old still relevant today! Several platinum albums! Not to mention married the hottest chick in the game! more money then all your favorite rappers put together! Sounds like a whole lot of charisma to me! Knock it off!

The Story Of OJ is probably one of the best rap songs to come out in the last decade. His project 4:44 that he recently released was outstanding and shows that the future of rap may not be as bad as we perceive it to be.

He's not even relevant in 2017. His last decent album was in 2007 with American Gangster, he should hang it up. In my opinion he declined after he married beyonce.

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

Funny how Big Sean is number 26 and Drake is number 2.. since Drake stole Big Sean's whole flow and has ghostwriters.. Big Sean is the most underrated rapper ever lol Top 5 easy!

Should be top 5 this dude is amazing.

Seriously? Drake doesn't even write his own lyrics... Big Sean is probably the most lyrical rapper of 2017, behind Kendrick Lamar

Slept on as hell. So many rappers copied his flow and not to mention he has the cleverest lines

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

Honestly, I was expecting him to be #3 or #5 because I love all of his songs, especially XO Tour Life. My sisters and me are always blasting that song. His songs are so good so I was expecting them to be way higher. He has so many good songs that I just don't understand how he wasn't higher. He is my favorite rapper.

Doesn't always have the deepest songs but always comes through with catchy beats. This dude doesn't think too much and just puts out fire songs that you can't get out of your head

He's a amazing rapper always starts good vibes and make banger songs the beats are so Cachty and is very loyal to his fans he has a wonderful talent and a type of person to go with the flow

Whoever talks crap about lil uzi is dumb he is going to be the best rapper/rockstar until the day he dies, better start enjoying him he will be gone in 4 years

12 XXXTENTACION Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy (January 23, 1998 - June 18, 2018), known professionally as XXXTentacion, and often referred to as X, was an American rapper, singer and songwriter.

Whoever says he's made on song is retarded look at his soundcloud and look on youtube or look at anything else he has many songs and pretty much all of them have millions of hits, Look at Me blew up and made him mainstream but he is making more music since he got out of jail and he is going to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. He should by far be in the top 10, Drake shouldn't even be considered to be on the top 10 he doesn't even write his own lyrics.

He is versatile, and although his Look At Me is the most famous one, he has other which he actually talks about his life. People judge him because he was locked up, which is pure hypocritical non sense, since big rappers were locked up too, it does not affect his music. He should be know for other songs like I spoke to devil in miame, Clarity, and other soundcloud stuff with real meaning

Anyone who says that he is just one of those meaningless mumble rappers has mental issues and hasn't heard his real music. Also if you think his lyrics don't have meaning, go listen to lil pump and then listen to any of X's songs and then GFY

Best rapper out of the New generation of rappers. Variety in genres and his lyrics is amazing. This guy might become one of the biggest rappers in history if he Cures his depression and stops getting "in trouble"

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

By facts Mr.West is signing the new art and plus the release album Saint Pablo has a picture of a family and woman and says witch one. I think the culture relay s on false truth created by family lying about family is. In some cultures family's legally traded there young for money so witch one would you choose out of a woman that is willing to help you build the right culture or a lying family that will trade you for money. Simply I choose a woman because I have every need to give her. And she know that I have the money not to trade our young also it's not all about money but a man and that woman of truth will hold there own.

While Kanye lacks the lyrical skills or versatility that Kendrick and Eminem were blessed with, he currently has the best discography in hip hop (I say currently because, although DAMN. did show Kendrick beginning to sell out to the mainstream, he has potential). Eminem, meanwhile, reached as many lows as he did highs throughout his career. Yes I am backing Yeezus and 808s, and I am sure many who hate haven't heard these albums themselves. I do not think he is undoubtedly better, but I do think he deserves to be higher on this list

Hell no, he didn't even release music in 2017 and he hasn't made good music in a long time. Also, he uses ghostwriters. You can't be the best if you don't write your own lyrics.

He is the greatest musician/artist/rapper of all time. He was and he will always be revolutionary

14 Macklemore Ben Haggerty, (born, June 19, 1983) known by his stage name Macklemore and formerly Professor Macklemore, is an American singer and songwriter from Seattle, Washington.

Most underrated rapper in business

Super underrated, his rap Is so varying and original.

Please listen to his texts. Love the meanings of his songs and originality. Underrated.

Macklemore the most lovable rapper

15 Amine

I read naruto and I was sold

The best with Caroline and red Mercedes and last but not least spice girl

I think Amine is up coming best rapper

The dude can sing but raps like hell take red Mercedes

16 Travis Scott Jacques Webster, better known by his stage name Travis Scott, is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer and musician from Houston, Texas.

When I play goosebumps any girl let's me get in

Travis is extremely underrated and made some INCREDIBLE music compared to a lot of the wack rappers of this rapper. Just take a listen to Days Before Rodeo and your opinions on Travis might change.

Every time I listen to any of his music I can just chill out and forget everything that I don't want to remember and I can relate to a lot of his lyrics

Travis's songs are musically creative and well made. However, sometimes he seems to fall short on his lyrics

17 Migos Migos is an American hip hop trio from Lawrenceville, Georgia, founded in 2008. They are composed of three rappers known by their stage names Takeoff, Quavo and Offset.

They should most definitely be in the top 10

Like they all have flow and great ad libs and in January 2017 drop a fire album with like no bad songs

The 3 rappers have their own style of rapping. The guys are always coming through with their beats. And also dropped a fire album of 2017. The guys have been on several songs, that went Gold or Platinum this year. Top 10 for sure

Good beats, cutting edge style, swag off the charts but their raps are trash and most for their songs sound the same. Too bad so many rapper are copying these guys. I can see why so many people like them but they ain't saying' nothing'

18 Rittz Jonathan McCollum, better known by his stage name Rittz, is an American rapper from Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Rittz should be in the top 3 for sure! There's a lot of rappers on this list that are pure garbage, and are way less talented than Rittz! Do the right thing, and put this GOAT at the top where he belongs!

Listen to his albums and tell me he ain't top 10

Forget all that mainstream. We need more pure talent and fire skills. Rittz is for sure in top 10

Rittz goes harder than 99 percent of rappers in the game today. Crazy flow and word play

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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 ...read more.

Possibly the most boring-sounding rapper to this day.

Check out some of his interviews and you'll see what that guy went trough... I know he's not lyrical but he don't have any education. He's song are straight fire tough the beat, the rhymes and his voice. Lot of bass and a mellow vibe! 10 bad in a mansion...

Dude 21 Savage is a damn good rapper like someone said he isn't lyrical but his beats, and the meaning of his songs. Not just red oops or dip dip, but songs like Nothing new or special are amazing because of the emotional touch he puts on it. ISSA could and in my opinion should be Rap Album of the year

I know what you guys mean when you say that he sounds boring or his lyrical skills aren't the best but I mean he hasn't got any education and he is making more money than you and in my opinion he is one of the most street and dopest rappers in the game I don't care what anyone says

21 Big K.R.I.T. Justin Scott, better known by his stage name Big K.R.I.T., is an American rapper and record producer from Meridian, Mississippi.

This dude about to blow up! His new album is amazing!

This guy has excelled, he's one of the best new rappers for sure.

Top 5 of 2017 no doubt about it. And probably top 3 of 2018

Better than everybody

22 Hopsin Marcus Jamal Hopson, better known by his stage name Hopsin, is an American rapper, record producer, director and actor from Los Angeles, California. Hopsin was born on July 18, 1985. His first album was called Emurge but he's best known for his album titled Raw.

Hopsin should be top 10, undoubtedly

You hopsin is top 10 for sure. Get these ratchet ass rappers out of here.

NO. He's The Worst Rapper Ever And Has Made The Worst Song Of The Year, Happy Ending

His ill mind series is the best, top 10 indeed

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24 NF Nathan "Nate" John Feuerstein, whose stage name is NF, is an American Christian hip hop rapper, singer and musician from Gladwin, Michigan.

I HATE it when people are like "him being a christian is what makes him great blah blah blah". No. Being a killer rapper with and amazing flow and heartfelt lyrics are what make him a beast. Perception wasn't a very "christian" album but it was still a phenomenal album. The lyrics on Therapy Session and Mansion can be interpreted in either a christian or none christian way. To all the people reading this who don't know who he is try listening to "Remember This", "Intro III", "Mansion", "All I Have" and "Real".

His Christian beliefs and faith are what hold him back from being higher up on this list but honestly, he deserves respect for pumping out straight fire that rubs against media and what other rappers have to say. His beats are dope, his lyrics are unlike any other and he's even been compared to Eminem. This guy is amazing!

It's not just the christian rap and the flow that I think makes him such a good rapper. It's the fact that no other artist has music as deep as NF, don't even try to compare another artist saying that they have "Real Music" no music will ever get as real as NF

REAL MUSIC (Been here since Mansion)

His CHRISTIAN BELIEFS and FAITH is what makes him one of the best rappers out there, he has been compared to Eminem and he won. So yeah I'm pretty sure that his Christian faith is what makes NF himself. The best rapper out there, or at least in my opinion.

25 2 Chainz Tauheed Epps, known by his stage names 2 Chainz and formerly Tity Boi, is an American rapper from College Park, Georgia, and is often regarded as one of the most mediocre rappers of recent years. He started out in the southern rap duo Playaz Circle with fellow rapper Dolla Boy, before he would become ...read more.
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