Best Rappers of 2018


The Top Ten

1 Eminem 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 more.

This web will be dead if eminem goes below to anything but 1 because that's where he should be

Interesting point but remember that other people have their opinion too. - AlphaQ

The guy said so many stuff already and yet he can say so much more that's how good he is easily the best rapper of all time aas well as this year

No one can touch the Legacy he's left. Ask the rest of the rappers on the list, who their favorite rappers are. Eminem will be in 99% of their responses.

Eminem is the best

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2 Kendrick Lamar 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 more.

I just don't see what's so special about him. His voice is so irritating, and there's nothing unique about his music. People say he's lyrical, but I don't see what's so lyrical about saying "Sit down, be humble. Sit down, be humble" a thousand times.

The most overrated "lyrical" rapper of our time. Plus, he hasn't even done anything this year! - DaWyteNight

Kendrick Lamar is the best lyricist that is in the rap game in 2018. His flows, creative bars, and beautiful storytelling leads me to believe that his is the best rapper of 2018. If you hate him, look at his original works like "How Much Does A Dollar Cost" and then come talk.

I don't see why he here he hasn't released anything in 2018 - TheArtOfBars

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3 XXXTentacion XXXTentacion Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy (born January 23, 1998), known professionally as XXXTentacion, and often referred to as X, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter.

Xxxtentacion was great and there's no argument there. These people that are saying "Yeah X was irrelevant and just looking for clout and not a real rapper" is not true at all. These same people talk nonsense and they actually haven't fully taken time to listen to his music and his lyrics. Now a days rappers just want to pop a pill and the people that like these rappers will say that they are better than X. You guys need to listen to music that someone took from there heart and he took all of his life challenges and out it into amazing songs that no one ever really disliked. You don't find a rapper that can sing so many types of genres, like really. So many people that were fighting inside themselves listened to his music found refuge in it and didn't do something like take there life or slit their wrist. So those hater's out there think twice about what you say about him cause one day when you pass what are people going to say about you and how you impacted your community or wait ...more

Definitely one of the most versatile rappers in the history of rap. He has the ability to perform all genres of music. Not only this but he has helped so many young teens through hard times (including myself)

Best artist of all time no questions. RIP XXX

Come on really? Best artist of all time? These comments are getting insane just because the man is dead people have to act like he was better than he really was. - DaWyteNight


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4 Logic 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 more.

Best rapper in 2018 hands down

I think he should be higher than kendrick - IHaveGreatTaste

Logic is a great rapper all around and he cares about his fans more than anything

Logic is my best rapper man

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

Sure, Kendrick is good, but did he really drop anything good this year besides all the stars? J. Cole is probably the deepest rapper on this list, even if he can get repetitive sometimes. Oh yeah, KOD best album of 2018 just saying

Lyrically the greatest

He has gotten so much great songs that all my squad puts now when we go to high school he should be the next big star and I wanna see logic and J Cole competed for this spot cause Eminem is not a good rapper anymore

J cole and Kendrick Lamar are the best

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

Better than Kendrick lamar - DaWyteNight

Lyrically one of the best not only now, but this century. Always a powerful message in his albums also, whenever I show people his music they always want more.

Note: People are only voting for XX because he's dead. But X beat up a pregnant woman and his song Sad! Has a suicide joke. - TeamRocket747

This is the best raper ever ho lived

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7 Phonte

This is disrespectful to have him under these rappers like cardi and drake Phonte has lyrics which is something that most rappers today lack, No News Is Good News is still the best hip hop album so far this year. - DaWyteNight

Phonte should be higher than Drake the pop artist

SMH, the good rappers never get the attention they deserve.

So according to this list, Drake, XXXTentacion, Denzel Curry, Kendrick, Pusha T and Kanye are better than Phonte? Lol

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8 Locksmith

Locksmith is probably lyrically much better than everybody ahead of him with the exception of maybe Royce and Em.

Better than kendrick lamar!

This dude is seriously ill if you haven't heard of him then you're missing out. - DaWyteNight

Lock is the best

9 Chris Webby

One of the best rappers in the game today. This guy actually proves that you can be lyrical and still make music that sounds good, most of his recent songs are bangers that you can blast in your trunk and they are certainly better than anything from any mainstream rapper. - TheArtOfBars

Obviously this list is based on popularity and not talent, because there's no way Drake is better than Webby!

One of the few modern day rappers who does just that, raps, and who knows what rap is all about. - DaWyteNight

He is ass lmao who even is he

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10 A$AP Rocky A$AP Rocky Rakim Mayers, better known by his stage name ASAP Rocky, is an American rapper, record producer, director and actor from Harlem, New York.

Brought a whole different style to rap, young flashy pimp styles. Definitely top 10.

ASAP Rocky is on his way to be in the top 5 of 2018 he's not the best, but he should be pushed up on the list

If we keep producing this good of music, we will push this I love it crap out of the door

Out of all the of the rappers on these list he stands out and still makes good music

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The Newcomers

? B.o.B B.o.B Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr., better known by his stage name B.o.B, is an American recording artist and music producer from Decatur, Georgia.
? Black Thought Black Thought Tariq Luqmaan Trotter, better known as Black Thought, is an American artist who is the lead MC of the Philadelphia-based hip hop group The Roots, as well as an occasional actor.

The Contenders

11 Nas

Better than kendrick, denzel curry, chance the rapper, xxxtentacion, drake and everyone above him.

Should be higher Nas is one of the greatest rappers of all times and is still making albums - germshep24

Nas should be higher than X and Drake

Where is lil pump and 6ix9ine and trippie redd travis scott and daniel gayle

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12 Drake 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 generic and god's plan is boring, it's time for Drake to go away I think. - DaWyteNight

Yeah he's overrated no matter how good he is because he's like HALF THE damn BILLBOARD I swear the people there like worship the guy. - TheInsomniac

He sucks. Like. Bad.

Everybody who said he should go is obviously stupid. Did you not hear 0-100? Started From the Bottom? Energy? THE ENTIRE MORE LIFE ALBUM? He actually has deep lyrics that also rhyme. He has the best flows, best beats, not best lyrics but really good lyrics. He deserves to be in the top 5 at minimum, and number 2 or 3 at maximum.


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13 Jay-Z 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 more.

This clown should've stayed retired. - DaWyteNight

This dude's rap career is over and he's only still relevant because he's with Beyoncé.

He's what Eazy called a studio gangster. DMX and countless others eat his hard knock life azz up like the rest of these "rappers" I can't figure out if this list is real or taken from the Onion - Cush77

This guy is trash

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14 Chance the Rapper 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.

You can actually understand what he says.

He's corny to me. Not just what he says but also the way he raps, he reminds me of kendrick lamar with that same annoying voice. Plus, he hasn't even released anything in 2018 has he? And his verse on "No Brainer" by DJ Khaled was more than questionable. - DaWyteNight

Sold no music yet still has one of the best albums/mixtapes of all time (acid rap) and he is only 24 every bar he spits has a double meaning if you litsen close. One of the best of all time and the best right now at 24 hands down.

grt flow

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15 Denzel Curry Denzel Curry Denzel Rae Don Curry (born February 16, 1995) is an American rapper and songwriter from Carol City, Florida. He released his debut full-length album, titled Nostalgic 64 on September 3, 2013. His second full-length album, titled Imperial, was released on March 9, 2016.

He is actual trash. Ta13oo was horrible. Just him screaming his head off on every song, nothing worth being heard screamed.

This man is overrated as hell, what is wrong with yall! - TheArtOfBars

He is monster, listen To "Gettin' Rich" his flow and speed are insane. He is way too underrated

Where the hell is joyner

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16 Evidence Evidence

Definitely should be higher than denzel curry who is trash - TheArtOfBars

Dope ass rapper from the mn area

17 Royce da 5'9" Royce da 5'9 Ryan Daniel Montgomery, better known by his stage name Royce da 5'9", is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan.

Royce should be higher than Chance, Drake and Denzel Curry the overrated screamer

This guy can compete with em

This guy is dope and should definitely be top 5 - DaWyteNight

Undrated fact

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18 Travis Scott 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.

He shouldn't even be referred to as a rapper, he's in the same league as drake. - DaWyteNight

He doesn't always use autotune but when he does he is really good at it and makes the voice good to use in the songs. Butterfly Effect should be the best rap song of 2017.

Talented. Regardless of what people say he can actually rap he chooses to use autotune for atmosphere and it works

He might have some catchy music, but as a rapper he sucks!

Say one random line, then say "yuh", say another generic unrelated line, then say "yeah", then say another completely unrelated line and after that yell out "it's liiit! " And make sure to do all of this in heavy auto-tune! Now you have a Travis Scott verse!

For example,
I just woke up next to a girl I don't know. (yuh)
Did a lota shots last night, think tonight I'll do some mo. (yeah! )
Got a job that I could go to but I don't wanna go (I don't! )
Think I'll just get high and call up my bros. (It's liiit! ) - TheArtOfBars

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19 Pusha T Pusha T

Overhyped garbage. - TheArtOfBars

HOW IS HE ALREADY NOT ON THIS LIST? - venomouskillingmachine

Any rapper signed to g.o.o.d. music is almost always automatically trash. There are very few exceptions and he is not one. - DaWyteNight

He's trash

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

2018 eminem is better than 2018 lil uzi? LOL

Yes, have you listened to Eminem's new album? Even in 20 years from Eminem will still be better than any kind of lil uzi. - DaWyteNight

Uzi honestly one of the best rappers I've ever heard and definitely my favorite rappers of all time. His verses and hooks are insane, if you look at what he says is some really catchy and creative things no one has thought of. The producers he works with suit his style and the melonies are just so good.

Most influential rapper of this generation started soundcloud rap


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21 Kanye West 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 more.

He sucks and has ghostwriters. - DaWyteNight

Amazing and pusha should be way higher

I would let kanye have my kids

He’s just a gross washed up has been.

Kanye you have been in the rap biusneeis way longer than you needed to be, and that was 15 Minutes

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22 Tyler the Creator 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.

Defiantly a Top 3 rapper of the new school. He is amazing at what he does.

Ha Gay! - BreakFastBeast2005

The art of bars
Check out "orange juice"

Good songs,Good lyrics,Good flow, Great overall rapper

23 Jelly Roll

Man this dude goes so hard and should be top 10 - TheArtOfBars

24 Cardi B Cardi B

Is this a joke? Who ever voted for this must get their ears checked. Since when is a rapper with ghostwriters the best?

What is she actually even good at? (besides stripping and giving Offset head)
Well whatever it is, it definitely isn't rapping. I'm also tired of seeing this chick pop up on mainstream songs, first Bruno Mars, now Maroon 5, what's next, Taylor Swift feat. Cardi B? Make it stop.

2018 is her best year, she got her second number one (the first female rapper to have multiple #1's on Billboard) and all of her songs on 'Invasion of Provacy' charted on Billboard and she's the only artist of 2018 to have 3 songs with over 500,000 pure copies (I Like It, Finesse, Girls Like You) Finesse reached No. 3 on Billboard and Girls Like You reached No. 2 on Billboard and if it wasn't for Drake, she would have half of 2018 on Billboard
Although Nicki Minaj is the true queen of rap and the GOAT, there's no denying Cardi is the best rapper of 2018

She's trash - DaWyteNight

I love cardi b

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

He's one of the best out there. Underrated and should be much higher on this list, especially considering Perception was the #1 album when it was released last October.

He is not a christian rapper he raps about real life and he gives all the praise to god but he does not rap like a christian rapper

The best of the best. Definitely better than Candyman. He is way underrated. NF deserves, at the very least, 4th place. I personally think that he deserves 1st. NF all the way, every day. All of you who haven't heard NF, you're missing out incredibly. You gotta hear these great raps: Green Lights, Why, No Name, Mansion, Intro 1 through 3, Outro, Outcast, and Therapy Session. That's just the beginning! My favorite is No Name.

The 2nd best

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26 Joyner Lucas Joyner Lucas

Extremely versatile in both speed and lyrics although he is far too petty with his Logic beef (as much as I agree with him) Joyner is lowkey a legend and I find him much better than the older legends like Tupac and Biggie and even surpasses Eminem himself

Joyner likes to destroy other rappers beats. His version of Gucci Gang and Bank Account. Hell, I thought his version of Bank Account was the real version for the longest time. He also tries to make songs and videos that are meaningful. The only one he missed the mark on was "I'm not Racist" I know he was trying to send a message, but it didn't stick. "I'm Sorry" and "Frozen" were really well done though. But try to tell me "Lucky You" isn't absolute fire.

Joyner is definitely part of the future of rap and hip hop his ability to produces music that is smart, conscious and relatable is some of his best qualities definitely not being represented well here with a mere 26th rank

He's a another one

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27 Dr. Dre Dr. Dre Andre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur born on February 18, 1965 in Compton, CA. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics.

This guy doesn't even write his own lyrics and he hasn't released anything this year - DaWyteNight

He made a song this year?

28 Snoop Dogg Snoop Dogg Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., (born, October 20, 1971) known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, actor, record producer, and television personality from Long Beach, California.

1 of da true greats

He is really good and his music is litt

Mr. Rogers has more street cred and Eazy called this guy out along with lipstick king Dre who signed another no talent Eminem, all beats just like his Chinese made crap headphones - Cush77

1996: Snoop Doggy Dogg

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29 Rakim Rakim William Michael Griffin, Jr., better known by his stage name Rakim, is an American rapper. He was born on January 28, 1968.


30 Macklemore 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.

Sure, he's not that relevant or "cool" anymore but his music is just as good as it used to be and he's a great musician to listen to whether you want deep, meaningful lyrics or just an upbeat tune

Should be way higher! - Robchuzzz

TRASH - xomichelle

31 K-Rino K-Rino

Rap is about lyricism, storytelling, delivery, content and flow, and K-Rino has all of these. - DaWyteNight

The art of bars. People who think lil gayne is good haven't heard K-Rino. - RnBLover

32 Mike Shinoda Mike Shinoda Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer.

The best ever! Deserves a much higher place than this

Should be higher than XXXTentacion in my opinion. - CaptainMowzker

33 Ice Cube 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, more.

This dude is washed up and a sell out.

I think he is the best out of all you fakes out there so boom

he's good

34 YoungBoy Never Broke Again

When he goes into the booth he spits like a goblin I swear

Young boy constantly grinds making music getting money and they always go hard

NBA is a great rapper and one of my favorites his lyrics get stuck on my head as if he brainwashed me

NBA youngboy is the best rapper of all time his music is lit I listen to it every day

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

Must be in 2018's top 5

Him? Na. - DaWyteNight

This is not his position at all
come on this guy is a legendary rapper 29? That's ridiculous. He should be among the top 3 or 5 as d case may be

€If you are not Joyner
Kendrick, Cole or Sean you are a goner”- Eminem
He derseves to be way higher at least higher than Chance, lil Uzi, Asap Rocky, Travis Scott and obviously Cardi b

36 Apathy

Real hip hop right here, too bad most people are basic listening to Kanye and Pusha T. - DaWyteNight

37 50-Cent 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.
38 C-Mob

because yh

39 Meek Mill Meek Mill Robert Rihmeek Williams, better known by his stage name, Meek Mill, is an American hip hop recording artist.

Best motivational rapper oat

Just all around greatness

He knows how 2 make a hype

Meek Mill is the OG, boy knows how to get it poppin

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40 Ski Mask the Slump God Ski Mask the Slump God

What is so great about this guy? - DaWyteNight

Best flow of the new school no doubt. His songs are corny but that's what makes him special. I would hate for him to change his style but at the same time I think for his talent he deserves more recognition.

His music is pretty good

What is everybody raving about? This guy is terrible. Yall the type of people to call Ski Mask a good rapper but call Logic and Hopsin trash. - TheArtOfBars

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41 Trippie Redd

Trippie Redd inspired me to be who I am now and he's the best rapper that I ever heard of and I hope I meet him one day because if I do I'm going to tell him how big of a fan I was

Best rapper in my opinion of all time

Because his song are good

Has the best ablums�"�

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42 Childish Gambino Childish Gambino Donald McKinley Glover Jr. is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, rapper, and DJ. He performs music under the stage name Childish Gambino and as a DJ under the name mcDJ.

Yes I love his song this is america

He is great and his lyrics make sense unlike most rappers (NBA, and others like him)

43 Young Thug Young Thug Jeffrey Lamar Williams, better known by his stage name Young Thug, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He became known for his commercial debut single "Stoner." Notable Albums/Mixtapes: Barter 6, Slime Season, Slime Season 2, I'm Up, Slime Season 3

Lol this mediocre moronic mumbler is trash. - DaWyteNight

Young Thug Should Be In The Top 5 Hands Down 🖐

nice r

44 Pitbull Pitbull Armando Christian Pérez, better known by his stage name Pitbull, is a Grammy (and Latin Grammy) winning Cuban-American rapper, songwriter and record producer.


Overhated - DaWyteNight

45 Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian American rapper/pop music artist. Nicki is most known for songs like "Anaconda", "Only", "Truffle Butter", "Super Bass" and "Stupid Hoe" . Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She was born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James Trinidad and Tobago. more.

She's the Queen of rap. Literally nobody even comes close.

Queen of rap, nobody can take her place ever.

She sucks! - TheArtOfBars

I been a nicki fan for the longest and I always be team NICKI #TEAMNICK$EVER QUEEN OF RAP LONG LIVE NICKI CARDI WILL NEVER REPLACE U NICKI love aspen brown berry

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46 Kodak Black Kodak Black

Great rappers should be in top 5

The best rapper out their, a real rapper

He is a good rapper

He is the GOAT

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47 Machine Gun Kelly Machine Gun Kelly Colson Baker, better known by his stage names MGK and Machine Gun Kelly, is an American rapper and actor, from Cleveland, Ohio.

Shouldn't be on the list 2 words Binge EP. I rest my case, stupid people like to say that MGK trashed Em, but he didn't and his career is definitely going on a downward spiral since Em but out his diss track on MGK, which dissected his entire Rap Devil diss and destroyed it - germshep24

More than just fans, were family.

Mgk is a legend

Mgk is nbr1 raper for me

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48 Kid Cudi Kid Cudi Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, better known by his stage name Kid Cudi, is an American recording artist and actor from Cleveland, Ohio.

If you don't listen to Kid Cudi, chances are your favourite artists were inspired by him

49 Brother Ali

He spits real bars to hit hard and pertain to life. He is severely underrated. One of the greatest of all time.

50 Lil Wyte Lil Wyte Patrick Lanshaw, better known by his stage name Lil Wyte, is an American rapper from Memphis, Tennessee.
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