Top Ten Rappers of the 21st Century

The Top Ten

1 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.

he's unstoppable once he puts his mind 2 it he says the most amazing things that sound crazy but it makes sence not 1 rapper would go head up with him with out getten there feelings hurt eminem will get on you about anything hair shoes anything

Eminem is the Best he always does what ever he can to stay on top Hes "" THE KING OF RAP "" not only the 21st century but forever

Hes the best rapper out there, has so many top songs its crazy,
his best song is either No love ft. lil wayne or when im gone!
check him out, the best there is by far!
k bye.

He is the best and will always be!

2 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.

So good way better than lil Wayne. why do people like his music. He just raps about money and women. Plus his voice sucks. But Kendrick lamar is straight outta compton

No words can describe

Kendrick is good but he's not the in the TOP 10. Think of Em, Jay Z, 50, Kanye, Dre, etc.

Don't know how he ain't higher, two out of two classic albums and about to drop a third which I believe will be considered one of the best hip-hop albums ever. Strong mixtape background and brings positivity to a genre which has lost its touch with its roots over recent years. Should be top three at least

3 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.

How is a person that HAS NOT ONE SINGLE classic album made it to the top ten? Hell even number one? How is a rapper like Eminem that basically has emotional problems and only raps about killing his mom and wife and killing others for no reason makes it to number one? This site is irrelevant. Kanye has made 3 classics and HAS MADE CLASSIC BEATS FOR OTHERS THAT HAS BEEN CLASSICS. Blueprint is thanks to him. Black Album, etc.

Kanye has such a special ability to create classically soulful--almost jazzy--songs on one album and then switch up to really synthesizing, futuristic tracks on another album. What makes Kanye such a great artist is his ability to bring every element of song and album into this beautiful harmony that makes you want to listen again and again. He's the one rapper whose songs are best listened to in order as an entire album, because it's the "big picture" of Kanye's work that truly tells a powerful story.

"How is a person that HAS NOT ONE SINGLE classic album made it to the top ten? Hell even number one? How is a rapper like Eminem that basically has emotional problems and only raps about killing his mom and wife and killing others for no reason makes it to number one? This site is irrelevant. Kanye has made 3 classics and HAS MADE CLASSIC BEATS FOR OTHERS THAT HAS BEEN CLASSICS. Blueprint is thanks to him. Black Album, etc."

You're stupid. Eminem is the best rapper out there and every one knows it.
6 out of his 7 albums have won grammys.

Kanye creates new music, something not heard before and that's what makes him so good. His albums also feature lots of levels of different emotions and his music is good for almost every occasion. His life is also pretty interesting with lots of scandals and he has lots of talents like fashion etc. He is the best rapper/artist of the high art of the 21st century.

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

How the hell is kanye west higher than Cole? That guy doesn't even write his own lyrics! - DaWyteNight

J. cole is one of the few lyrical rappers I like - BreakFastBeast2005

Greatest story teller I've ever heard. Always has a song for any mood or occasion. Outsold Kanye. Honestly, as one of his biggest fans, wished that he would be more mainstream. His low-key, original attitude to hip-hop, while held in high regard by many - including myself - is what places him beneath Kendrick Lamar in public opinion. Strong fan-base that he has built up with great music. Personally, I feel though Kendrick is slightly more talented as a raw rapper, Cole's ability to produce and tell stories, which I believe no one has matched - bar the legends e.g. Nas, Rakim - places him above Kendrick as a rap artist.

Uh, how is Cole only #6? #7 is the first guy to go platinum in 25 years? #7 is the guy who dropped his sophomore album the same day as one of the best rappers of the century, but still outsold Kanye by over 30,000 copies? One of the realest lyrical rappers in the game is only #7? This is why people say he's underrated. This guy is practically the physical manifestation of Tupac and Biggie's legacy. He belongs right up there with Eminem and Jay-Z and all them. He's a visionary.

5 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.

JAY Z is literally a genius. He's been rocking the rap world ever since '96 with Reasonable Doubt, and hasn't really slowed down for the most part. He is the true king and has the best flow. Where Eminem may have the best lines, and Kanye may be the most "showy", JAY Z is a real master of ALL aspects of rap - lyrics, beats, marketing, and performance.

Jay 7 is th king of rap

He's really good with rhymes and can really put messages behind each rap. The best is Run This Town ft. Rihanna and Kanye West

This list is absolutely hilarious. The only person that is anywhere Jay as of the last 12 years is Nas and Eminem. No one else in the 21st Century compare. Jigga for number ONE!

6 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.

50 should Be in The top 10 because he been running hip hop from 02-07 and has arguably 2 classic albums with one of them being the highest debut in hip hop. He also has sold like over 30 million records worldwide and has accoplished what jay and diddy have in a shorter period with less material and last but not least he has won almost every beef he has been in if 50 cent ain't a hip hop legend I don't know who is!

waidy from MIA!
50 cent is one of the best rappers of the 21st century because he's invented he've won every beef that he's been in. he said it himself, he "I want them to love me like they loved pac". 2pac was an instinct killer, and nobody has come closer to that than 50 cent!

50 made a huge impact on hip-hop. he destroyed more careers than any other rapper and made others succesful such as The Game. He maybe isn't the most talented rapper, but the most successful one. And theres a reason why he's so successful, its cuz he's really good.

50 cent is the best no doubt... people love here in Africa next to tupac... G gg unit all the way

7 Mike Shinoda Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda (born 11 February 1977) is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer. He co-founded Linkin Park in 1996 and is the band's rhythm guitarist, primary songwriter, keyboardist, producer, and co-lead vocalist. ...read more.

4 words for y'all,"i have not begun"

Best rapper in the world.. Not only Linkin Park fans love him, but also all the people in the world.. He should be at least be in the top 5

Very underrated. Very smooth and rhythmic rapping. Very creative and unique unlike other rappers like 2pac, Dre, 50 cent, etc. Unlike everyone else, he's a rock rapper who surprisingly isn't black. Much different from everyone else on this list and should be even higher

Mike Shinoda is extremely underrated but his contribution to Linkin Park is invaluable, not to mention his sick 'Styles of Beyond' project; think 'Remember the Name'.

8 Lupe Fiasco Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (born February 16, 1982), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. He also performs as the frontman of rock band Japanese Cartoon ...read more.

One of the few in the top 10 who deserves to be in this list. - DaWyteNight

The fact that he isn't in the top 50 is sad. He is amazing and is a real dude

This dude is amazing... Talking about sense

Without a doubt one of if not the best lyricist in the 21st

9 Lil Wayne Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was discovered by Brian "Baby" "Birdman" Williams at a very young age, and was signed to Cash Money Records, where he would be one quarter of the rap group Hot Boys. In the years to follow, he would go on to find his own ...read more.

Why is he even on the list he sucks.

Sad that people call him terrible despite not listening to a single one of his songs. The Lil' Wayne from 2008-2013 was actually an awesome rapper, with songs like No Love, 6 Foot 7 Foot and Mirror.

Na, people call him terrible because they have listened to his songs.

Lil Wayne sucks why is he on this list

The haters are just sad

10 Flo Rida Tramar Lacel Dillard, better known by his stage name Flo Rida is an American rapper and pop music artist from Carol City, Florida. He is known for songs such as "Low", "Right Round", "Sugar", "Club Can't Handel Me", "Good Feeling", "Whistle", "Wild Ones", "My House" and "GDFR."

Given this a rap list don't know why u guys saying his singing voice good

His voice is really amazing and he is my favourite singer

Great singer, beautiful voice, and cute, too

His voice is the best feature!

The Contenders

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

Range

Really a champion whose raps are easy to chill too, yet he also has deep songs. Some of everything but its all great. Disappointed to see him this low. He's definitely top 5 quality.

Kid Cudi is a beast. He might be new but his skills are way better than most of the rappers on the top ten. I think he is way better than fiddy. and chipmunk, who is that?

The lonely stoner seems to free his mind at night, at at at night. On some real

12 Tinie Tempah

Dude pass out was great

He is the best mike shinoda can't beat him

He makes great music with catchey words and amazing beats!

You should listen to
"Written in the Stars"
its awesome

13 Capital Steez

He was a part of pro era his lyrics are amazing interesting flow and is a great example of how he stands out in the crowd of rappers as one of the best rappers ever

He is still dearly missed. - TIG

Sucks he is dead he had great a great album called Amerikkkan corruption and he had a new album coming out but pro era changed it to KING STEELO songs like Free The Robots and APEX show off this guys skill

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

In my opinion is better than Machine Gun Kelly

Talented as hell

Talk about lyrical genius. This man, in my opinion, should be in the top 10. Childish Gambino has the ability to make all his music smooth and still classy. He balances a rapping career with his show Atlanta, which is also amazing. I just don't understand why he is so low on this list.

Listen to Bonfire by this guy. I haven't heard any other songs with that much absolute savagery. Every line is badass as hell, and it's a great hype song. His other tracks are good too, good beats, good message. Deserves to be way higher up on this list.

15 T.I. Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., better known by his stage names T.I. and Tip, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor born on September 25, 1980 in Atlanta, GA.

T.I. is the sexiest rapper alive and he keeps it real in all of his songs he is the best. I love all of his songs. but I don't think that kanye west is better then him they should have put him in 5 and T.I. in 3

Greatest in the game. Some rappers call him the "Jay-Z" of the south. That has lots of meaning. Rappers these days are trying to copy his swag and style but just can't because there is only one king and that's T.I.

HE REPPIN DA SOUTH STR88 UP and T.I DA SEXIEST HOTTEST RAPPER ALIVE G.H BABY...

T.I.P. is not only the hottest mc today. But he's the best lyrically since 2pac. He's one of the greatest ever.

16 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 up and coming

Drake is definitely a top 3 performer! Year after year and the guys music is constantly hitting charts. Never been to show better than his!

Clever rapper one of my favorite rappers

His lyrics are to dope to not listen to, why is he even down here. If you heard Who Do You Love by YG and Drake, you might change your mind.

17 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.

I'm guessing he's only at 15 cause he's not done much in the last 13 years (other than produce)? If not this is ridiculous...

Dr. Dre helped Eminem get to where he is now and I'd dare say is probably the father of rap, making Eminem the son of rap cause without dre, we wouldn't have Eminem. Just my opinion on the way things worked out.

Dr. Dre is the father of rap. He got Eminem to where he is now and Eminem is the best rapper in the world. U have to listen to Mockingjay, When I'm Gone, Rap God, That's All She Wrote, and I Need A Doctor. Dre is the producer mostly, now.

18 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.

The best mix of new Hip-Hop and old Hip-Hop. Near the top of the ranks of people like Tyler, Kendrick, Drake and Logic. Even though he is appreciated a large amount, it still isn't enough. One of the best of the generation.

A$AP IS BRINING HIP HOP BACK. VOTE UP EVERYONE HE'S THE MODERN 2PAC HE'S OLD SCHOOL BUT ALSO NEW SCHOOL.

His music is so easy to really jam too and his lyrics are impressive. Easily in my top 5

A$AP is modern hip hop, his last two albums are so good to jam to, easily my top 3.

19 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.

too good

Just needs one more great solo album to be placed among rap gods

Truly great, solid rapper. Dope lyrics, he's got talent.

How is chance not in the top 20?

20 Bishop Nehru
21 Lil Wyte Patrick Lanshaw, better known by his stage name Lil Wyte, is an American rapper from Memphis, Tennessee.
22 Locksmith Davood Ali Asgari, better known by his stage name Locksmith, is an American rapper from Richmond, California.
23 Nicki Minaj Onika Tanya Maraj, known professionally as Nicki Minaj (born December 8, 1982) is a Trinidadian/American rapper / pop music artist. Minaj is most known for her songs such as "Anaconda", "Super Bass", "Starships" and her feature on "Bang Bang". ...read more.

I Love Nicki Minaj she is the best female rapper out you can not compare Lil Kim to her she is amazing Lil Kim is nothing just a mediocre daily rapper who has no talent and accuses people of stealing the style she never had!

She's reely goood... She does it like a BOSS and she's even better than some of those male rappers higher up WAY better her accent and her style are so sweet and plus she got her swagga... Lv you NIcki

Nicki Minaj makes good music. It is not lyrically good at all but they are fun.

She is really great at what she does.

24 K-Rino Eric Kaiser (born 9 September 1970), better known by his stage name K-Rino, is an American rapper and record producer from Houston, Texas. He is a pioneer of the Southern hip hop scene, and has been rapping since 1983. K-Rino's first release was the single "rocking It" with his group Real Chill in 1986, ...read more.
25 Ludacris Christopher Brian "Chris" Bridges, better known by his stage name Ludacris, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and actor.

Lucadris makes a perfect combination of todays rap and the mix of the 2000s, still, his beats make the best rhythm, really a good rapper.

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