Best Rappers of All Time
The Top Ten
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 your in, If you need to get pumped up listen to Till I Collapse
I agree with this comment. What blows my mind is HOW DID THIS COMMENT GET 8000 THUMBS UP? HOW? - cosmo
Em is easily #1 his first 3 albums (sslp mmlp and eminem show) showed rap fans a style never heard before. His metaphors and word play 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
They remind you of biggie and Tupac? In what way are they similar to Eminem? But yeah I agree I loved Lose Yourself and My name is. And. I thought My Mom was kind of funny of a song - FerrariDude64
MASTER OF WORDS, KILLER OF FLOWS, INDESCRIBABLE RHYMER, LYRICAL GENIUS, FREE STYLING MONSTER! Tell me something I'm missing.V 8315 Comments
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.
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...
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...
This man right here was the greatest Emcee to ever live. He truly took rap to the next level. Those of you voting Eminem above him need to go listen to 2Pac because even Eminem said in his own words that 2Pac was the greatest songwriter in history! No joke, he is above Elvis, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson... All the great legends of music. 2Pac reached the next level. He wrote and created music not just about his own circumstances, but a society and a world. The man could recreate his own authentic soul into a musical form that the majority of the ignorant world overlooks because it is created by underclass people in the ghettos. 2Pac put his voice out beyond people sharing his community and cultural background(he did this though); the man like no other rapper before or after him recreated an experience shared by everyone in the world. For example he raps about things like being trapped, having to make money to survive, our hyper-competitive world, relationships ...moreV 3298 Comments
His raps are genius, you can actually picture what he's saying... Story to tell, hypnotize are his top
***His raps are genius, you can actually picture what he's saying... JUICY, EVERYDAY STRUGGLE are his top - guitar
He is one of the only 5 Rappers that have reached Diamond...
Sorry its 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.
1. NOTORIOUS B.I.G. :Amazing rhymes, lyrics, flow, and rhythm;he can even rap almost as fast as Eminem
2. TUPAC SHAKUR/MAKEVELI:just plain fun to listen to, great lyrics, flow, and rhythm. He is not the most lyrically talented but can rap about any topic and make any lyrics about it.
3. NAS:fantastic rhymes and lyrics, never even needs to breathe, his raps teach you lessons.
4. EMINEM:great rhymes, amazing lyrics, and great speed, not close to busta, 2nd place on this list, anyway has so many songs that are catchy AND good unlike lil wayne which is always one or the other. Also hilarious, til he overdosed, practically switch funny and awesome for fast and serious.1st rapper to have 2 diamond albums.
5. JAY-Z:great lyrics, good pace, hard rhymes, great voice. So many classics, he gets better and better each album in my opinion
6. BUSTA RHYMES:his name says everything, awesome speed, great rhymes, shocking lyrics, and when he raps slow, he rhymes better. ...more
Knowledge and lyricism, A MC not just a Rapper.
He knows brings discussions, He did that with hip hop is dead and the untitled album
He gives you something to think about. He knows the history of hip hop and gives a strong answer to commercial rappers of today.
Old Skool MC KRS ONE praised him and brought a tribute to him. He is respected by Rakim and Slick rick!
He influenced A lot of rappers in the 90 and today. Think about Jay Z, Tupac, Common, Kanye west, Talib Kweli, Eminem.
A Poet! A Rebel, A MC, A Storyteller. Nas brings Oldsckool and New Skool together.
Lyrics - 10
Voice - 9
Themes - 10
Popularity - 8
Critical Acclaim - 8
Overall - 47/50
Thought provoking and deep. Nas magnificently paints pictures with his rhymes, and he does it in a way where it feels like you are sitting in the room with him as he tells these incredible tales or shares his personal thoughts on interesting topics. Except, everything is beautiful and intricately schemed in a way that it feels fresh if not chill-worthy every time.
If you are looking for strictly punchlines or over the top production Nas may not be the rapper for you, but if you want to hear real poetry no one touches Nas. Modern day Langston Hughes.
His lyricism sets him apart from any other rapper. Plus he has Illmatic, It Was Written, Stillmatic and Lost Tapes, absolute classics.V 743 Comments
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
Okay okay, his old stuff was pretty damn good. But "STILL in the game"? Are you kidding? He hasn't written his own lyrics for 10 years. He's the perfect example of how the rap game is going downhill. Tupac spat things that were way more intelligent and revolutionary and Biggie destroys him in lyricism and flow. I remind you they were the most famous... BEFORE their deaths. They. Ruled.
Oh, AND he found Kanye? Well thanks a lot for bringing another piece of garbage like you to the rap game, Jay. - Realpbc
Jay z has left a trail of great music he is a god at rapping I think lil uzi vert is the best but he is stil definitively up there
Tupac and Biggie were undoubtably great rappers, Tupac had the lyrics and Biggie had the flow. BUT, Jay has sustained his talent over a number of years by adapting his whole style as time goes on. I know it's unfair to make this point seeing as Tupac and Biggie unfortunately died, but in my opinion, both rappers wouldn't have been able to sustain themselves like jay z has done.
SHOULD BE 1V 500 Comments
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.
He's the father of the hip-hop industry, not being the first hip-hop artist, but having the biggest impact of any artist. He's brought us some of the best, and he's still on top of the game today, working with the best new-school rapper, Kendrick Lamar. No one can take more credit for the history of hip-hop. - its_joetime
If it wasn't for him rap would be so much different.. He belongs at 1 or 2, along with eminem
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!
He is the worst doctor he lied to me about my eye problems and failed on my surgery - lemurV 538 Comments
Kendrick Lamar is 182? You guys are flat out idiots. This list is way past being a joke. Its an insult to RAP and Hip Hop.
Thank goodness Kendrick elevated from 182 to 14. It's about time we show this man respect. - yaygiants16
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.
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 is setting his own standard and controlling the level of Hip-Hop from a Mainstream point of view. Amazing artist. - StrayaHouseMafiaV 1008 Comments
Why are any of the guys ahead of him. Nas, biggy, and Eminem are the only ones ahead of Rakim that are even close to as good as Rakim. And to anyone who is thinking of voting for Eazy-E they should know Ice Cube ghostwrote for him and Kool G Rap is the real godfather of gangster rap not eazy he doesn't even make my top 100 much less 20. - Chris-1
The man made the standard for being an MC and he still continues to extend his legacy and to put all these bitch ass rappers like lil wayne and 50 ahead of him is a travesty and a spit in the face of all true hip hop fans
This whole voting circus clearly shows when the majority of these visitors here started listening to real rap/hip hop.
Anybody who is in 40's now like me has seen the start of this music style and has listened long enough to actually be a fair judge.
Rakim is in a league of his own, and boy it's lonely at the top!
A lyrical genius that can actually rap a complete album without having to default to swearing, now that's impressive...
He's probably too lyrical for most who cannot comprehend it all and prefer to listen to Mc's that fill albums with chrome rims and bitches.
Just look at the fact that it's the most sampled MC of all time, even to this day you hear powerful one liners of Rakim in modern day Rap.
Coupled to a great DJ like Eric B or Primo he cannot be stopped and I'm certain he can take on ANY modern day rapper at any time.
Hat off to the God of Rap who remained the same even to this day.
This guy was ahead of his time and unappreciated. I saw him rapping at a ski lodge I went to 5 years ago and was like he's better than this. I have been listening to Rakim since I was a teenager, no one else can compares, now I hate rap.V 348 Comments
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 veteran in the game, but also has had a rich career and diverse with it! NWA was his stage and did everything in his power to make everything he did (still does) look so good!
Ice Cube was one of the front men of N.W.A. , one of the pioneers of Gangster Rap, has produced a lot of singles and platinum albums, has a very successful acting and movie producing career! Has a lot of money and is one of the faces of West Coast Hip-Hop! Is this is enough? There is plenty more
He's a funny dude in movies and a amazing rapper so I agree with him being in this article. But I disagree that he is in 9th place.V 508 Comments
Listen to my beautiful dark twisted fantasy and you wouldn't even think about voting another rapper! Only lupe fiasco is almost as good as 'ye!
Sorry, Kanye write popular songs not good rap songs, there is a huge difference - germshep24
Kanye isn't only a rapper but he is a musician who has that cross-over appeal. He's a dope producer too and that's why he has to be in everyone's top five yo. Respect!
Really? 13? This is the guy that brought you:
1. Gold digger
3. Touch the sky
4. Good life
5. Diamonds from Sierra Leone
6. Jesus walks
I won't go on... Do I need to? He's worked with Eminem, Lil Wayne, Drake, T-Pain, Adam Levine, John Legend, Jay Z...
His albums are IMMENSE and basically, no matter what you do, YOU CAN'T BEAT KANYE WEST
He has his own record label and has john legend in it and big sean - DattKiddGeorge
Quite easily the most consistently good rapper. His worst album is hotly contested because they're all incredible. He, unlike many other rappers, has always been relevant without having to drop surprise albums or try too hard. Whether he's producing game changing music, discovering new artists or influencing the music of the future, he's always inspiring. Quite simply the best.V 674 Comments
I don't know if he's considered a rapper because he's a singer but is a great artist and he's real even though he told on himself but he's my hubbyy and also has different from all these rappers and he's inspiring... love YOU JAMELL
Him, kanye west, and xxxtentacion are the greatest
Very world famous, probably one of the faces of this rap era - roblist
Just like rick the ruler, he has a cool flow great rapper doggystyle one of the best albums ever made
He's snoop dogg. Wanye, kanye, and even eminem wouldn't know how to freestyle without snoop
Kanye doesn't freestyle, no one knew who Snoop Dogg was when Eminem started battle rapping (1985-1986) and Lil Wayne sucks
Smoke weed everydayV 521 Comments
50 cent is a great rapper he's smart and a great business man. Perfected the slow flow.
Get rich or die tryin his best album sold 15 million he should be in everyone top 10 rapper list
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!
Most of Eminem songs aren't depressing like Rap God and The Monster and some are funny like Real Slim Shady and Just Lose It - AlphaQ
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 ...moreV 498 Comments
He deserves respect for his talented skills and my favorite rapper R.I. P
He definitely deserves to be in the top 3 he is the King of Gangster Rap, he literally co founded G-Funk
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.
Godfather of Gangsta RapV 453 Comments
Lyrical talent... Plus you can't kill him he was born dead
I can't believe that Drake, Will Smith, EZ, Snoop, 50, or a lot of other rappers are on this page. In my opinion it should go Big L, GZA, Biggie, Eminem, Pac. Gotta put all Wu Tang up there on flow and lyrical ability... Except ODB he still killed it though
Can't consider him the best all time cause there just ain't enough of his material... But he definitely could have been =/
A Beast! Big L! Lyrical Wordsmith. - StrayaHouseMafiaV 221 Comments
I like his rap style. Great flow good lyrics. And he sold a lot of records great all around rapper
Are you people serious, this guy is one of the top ten rappers of all time at least. At 110 this is absurd. And where in the hell is Big Boi.
Should be in the top fifty and is way better than most people ahead
List is dumb(Lil Wayne at 3? )
Hey yaV 170 Comments
Immortal is a beast. Easily the most underrated rapper on the list and should be in the top 6 or 7 instead of Wayne or 50. Just listen to industrial revolution and you'll see what I mean.
I WAS SPEECHLESS WHEN I HEARD DANCE WITH THE DEVIL
The guy speaks of all the smart stuff that other people are scared to rap about, that's why he is underrated, his flow isn't the best but rap requires poetic skills, he is the lyrical giant!
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 ...more - InhaleDeepV 220 Comments
Can't believe Pun ain't in the Top 10 (yet)! For me he definitely is one of the best - if not THE BEST. EVER!
Hands down ain't no one and I mean no one can come up with the bars he comes up with underground battle mainstream you name it he did it and better he was featured on more mc cd mix tapes underground to prove one point ain't noe * with me! He put the best mc of that time on one track and killed it better no doubt pun is #1
Big layers of fat - lemur
Significantly better than Eminem and his delusional, ignorant fanbase. - RobertWisdomV 95 Comments
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!
The GOAT; if you went out on the street and asked anyone they would say Drake is the GOAT. Most listened to artist of the 2010's quite possibly and the most listened to rapper. He gets better and better, his music has no reaches and he is willing to incorporate any type of music into his and still make an absolute banger.
Drake. Where do I start? He's had more number ones on the Billboard Rap Songs then anyone else. All 4 of his albums have gotten a 75 rating or better on Metacritic. He's DIFFERENT. He has emotion, he doesn't rap about pussies and money and weed and clothes and guns, and he sings. Because anyone cam say they rap, but you need something more these days. Drake raps from the heart and mind, which really establishes him. All of his songs sound different, and he's a mastermind. Plus it's awesome how's he a better rapper than his mentor Lil Wayne. I don't think he's the greatest of all time. In fact, there are about half a dozen better rappers (Em, Pac, Big, Nas, Busta...) But man is this guy underrated. He has delivery, originality, sincerity, and lyricism in his rhymes. His producers are amazing and most of his songs are great! Drake deserves to be top 10! PLEASE VOTE FOR DRAKE! - bubbles1111
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.
And I'm Guessing Your A Fan Of Lil Wayne Too right ?
Kendrick, Biggie And 2Pac Are Great. Drake Is The Most Overrated Man In Music. The Only Good Song He's Got Is Forever Thanks To Eminem And Kanye. - 12cc
Lil Wayne is the worst rapper ever. He sounds like he has a sore throat. Lil Wayne has been big because of white middle class suburban people who don't know real rap. He is also the biggest liar in rap history. Out of all the rappers who have rapped about stuff they have never come close to doing, Lil Wayne is the worst. He raps wbout how he is a "real g" and how he shoots people. But the only person he ever shot was himself, and that was his only arrest. He set the bar so low for rap, that this allowed people like iggy azalea to come in and ruin rap.
Get this thing off the list. Lil Wayne is not an artist. He's a monkey who eats the mic and chokes on it. His music is the worst. So get him out of the top 10. - Antwon
Doesn't belong in this list or any list for that matter. Couldn't hang with real rappers.
Lil Wayne is Drake before Drake. Party rapper who distracts people from the actual greatest rappers. Hip-Hop fans need to educate themselves before the start liking terrible rappers to much and get emotionally clingy with them when they're not so good. - StrayaHouseMafiaV 1484 Comments
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.
He And Edo G with Ace in Art & ent. Show what the hip hop is. He is about the true school. He talking about emceing dying about breakers about graffiti about RAP and HIP HOP not about fake fame that giving money. I don't even guess how such a bustards as lil wayne could appear in this list He Is Not A Rapper! He Is Pop artist (far from best). One Day I'll meet KRS-one to say him what I do and show him that I wanna put the DJ's on your screens. Dj and MC do Rap!
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.
Lol krs1 so far down on this list? Oh man, just delete this list please - SwineflooV 54 Comments
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
Tech n9ne is a real rapper and if lil wayne is number three then I'm a monkey's uncle. Tech should be in the top ten for sure.
For those of you who don't know tech nine, he is exactly what the perfect rapper is in most people's book. He is faster than anybody in the top ten especially lil Wayne and it's a shame they work together now. He has killer lyrics and a good voice to with it. For some reason he goes unnoticed and it's a shame
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 ...moreV 341 Comments
T.I. deserves top 5! He's the king of the south for a reason! Enough said
King of the South should be the best rapper alive, 2Pac and Biggie sent T.I. to save Hip Hop... Salute to the King
T.I. is a king he like kills all yall he's got the best rhymes ever and yea
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.V 255 Comments
SO FAST I need to look at the lyrics to understand what he is saying. HAHA that's what's so great about him.
Fastest rapper I know. I mean look at his name! Bust-a-rhyme. And he studied by him self! Who else can rap that fast without any lessons?
Busta Rhymes is the best rapper I've ever heard his awesome, he should be number one rapper of all times
He is ons of his kind and highly addictive!V 123 Comments
That's the best rapper for me. I like songs of DMX, they are about real life of the people, world situation, past and future.
Without the drugs and court cases, he would have owned the rap business. I wish he would get rehabilitated and come back. Still listening to him today!
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.
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...V 110 Comments
DOOM is a legend listen to Madvillainy & Mm.. Food and you will knox why
The king of the technical rap & The the king of the underground Hip-Hop
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.
Use all caps when you spell the man name - DeathGripsStayNoided
This dude is a genius
His wordplay is amazing and he can make some dope rhyme schemes with funny lines and great stories
He is the one and only mutlitalented rapper ever...! He raps smartly his lyrics is awesome and apart from rapping he is Musician, singer-songwriter, lyricist, composer, vocalist, guitarist, pianist, producer, graphic designer, visual artist. He can play- guitar, keyboard, piano, samples, organ, percussion. That's truly awesome he is the perfect entertainment package.. In short he is "ONE MAN ARMY". /
Mike is so versatile! He has a very clear voice you get the lyrics on first listen itself. He does not rap about women money and parties. Writes meaningful lyrics. Mike and Linkin Park!
He is the best rapper ever. He should come at number 1. I am very disappointed he is in 11
Mike Shinoda is really underrated, he deserves a whole lot more. His raps speak truth and are extremely intelligently put together. I think anybody can relate to them, they all tell a story and are not about sex and other degrading content. He is the one person I truly admire. In my opinion, Mike is one exceptionally talented musician. A person like him is difficult to come by.V 581 Comments
Lyrically insane... Songs such as "Dumb it down" makes everyone understand he doesn't want to just be a commercial rapper, but would much rather keep spitting the way he does, weather people like it or not. In addition to amazing lyrical, political songs and insane word play; he has also been able to produce catchy and very popular songs such as: "Kick Push" "Daydreamin'" "Superstar" and "The Show Goes On". Overall the best rapper who manages to spread over all realms of rap... Except pointless "money, cars and girls" rapping... All of his songs are real life and legit. Want to know more about how he thinks... Try understanding "Dumb it down" and say then that this guy isn't a genius. Also amazing in live concerts... Gets the whole crowd involved and leaves everyone happy while leaving everything on the stage every time. Lastly, he originally made both "nothing' on you (feat. Bruno Mars)" and ...more
It's kind of ironic that you had him trying not to be a commercial rapper, and then becoming one. - AdamDestructorJr.
Not only does he entertain, but he gets a good message across in all the songs I've heard from him. Most rappers you hear of today, only talk about money and hoes and so much other meaningless stuff, while Lupe actually cares and raps about things meaningful. And, not to offend anyone, but I really like his music and I'm a high class white girl living in the suburbs of Texas.
He's the best by a landslide. He uses words in such a way that his songs just sound that much better.
Number 26? I don't think so! Should be at least in 5th! Have you ever heard The instrumental or Shining Down, He is the best!V 121 Comments
It's a shame that he is behind trash rappers like, Ja Rule, 50 Cent, and Wiz Khalifa. This guys may be the greatest rapper to ever come out of the South, just listen to the "I've Seen a Man Die" and see what I mean. He deserves to be at least top 10, this list is a joke - CrossRoad
Sigh... LIL wayne and Drake are higher than him? - Munknjet
8. With Scarface's deep voice blended in with his ill rhymes, he has become one of the most underrated rappers of any generation and by a long-shot the best member of the Geto Boys, one of the 10 bets rap groups of all time(in my opinion). Alone he had 2 classics: the Diary and the Fix, and w/ the Geto Boys, he had 2 more: We can't be stopped and Grip it! On that other level: which was 2pac's favorite album. Scarface is one of the pioneers of southern rap, and is also the best. Best album w/ the Geto Boys: We can't be stopped. Best solo album: The Diary. Best song:I seen a man die. Best collaboration:Cry ft. 2pac. Best verse: verse 2 of Cry ft. 2pac. Best single: I seen a man die.
Your favourite rappers favourite rapper! One of the best 2 ever put it down and definitely deserving of a place in any top ten rap list! Part of the group(Geto boyz)that was censored by his own label!V 33 Comments
The West Coast Nas in my opinion a mile ahead of any rapper out now
J.R. writer is the best out their in my book... He's putting out punchlines no one would of never think of
I Like Eminem And Tupac They Are both Good Rappers But then I heard the game's song my life and I was like Wow this is a lot better than eminem or tupac GIVE GAME A CHANCE!
This whole list is messed up, firstly all the classic rappers should be near or even above top ten...
... Now when it comes to The Game man this blood hound spits fire-he really has got the west coast resurrected.
He is as real as it gets, he was brought up in a Crip neighbor hood, but ended as a Cedar block piru, and not many can take 5 shots and still express about snitches that have tried to finish him... Him and Billboard legends as it stands.
I'm not saying he's the best but should be in the top 10-15. He has such a great flow and lyrically is better than most on this list. Don't believe me? Who that-j cole looking it up
J. Cole the delivery and flow of nas, and a young slim shady equipped with a heart touching subject matter reminiscent of the great 2pac shakur. #208 is a pure insult. More like #3
Cole is the best in the game right and John Cena is higher then him on this list are you joking and Wayne in the top 3 Cole should be in the top 3 and Eminem isn't the best. Cole kills every track and makes the best stories in the game right now man this list is stupid.
J. Cole is the best in my mind, and will be the best in all of yours soon too. The depth that his lyrics have and the subjects he hits on are second to none. Yes, Em is dope, he raps about many things as well and can do the funny witty raps a little better, but that's what makes him more than just a rapper. As far as real hip-hop goes though, this southern dude is going to be king. He has the flow, he has the delivery, clever punchlines, and has more puns than Shakespeare. You're going to see a bit of every great rapper all rolled into one with Cole. He emulates all the greats while bringing an original and new type of persona to his music that makes him so great with his own stories. Each song has a story to tell and he tends to shy away from the mainstream crap and stick to what he does best. The man also produced the majority of his unbelievable album. He's a genius. How many rappers graduate Manga Cum-lade? Not a lot.. How many went to St. Johns for crying out loud? The dudes got ...moreV 337 Comments
B.O.B. can kill the mike and always stays strong to himself and his music
Yo B.O.B's flow is like none other. He is killing it and I think he is a legend in the making. And he should be in the top 20. And I don't see how John Cena is a better rapper than him.
In my opinion I think B.O.B. is the best rapper because his rapping is suitable for all ages. B.O. B's rapping does not commonly have any censored language and he is really catchy
Bob is trash. - RobertWisdomV 88 Comments
It drives me crazy how underrated of a rapper this guy is. He is an underground rapper that raps with mainstream dudes like Nas, yet keeps it real the whole time. He talks about important subjects and touches on how money and fame can be corrupting. It is undeniable that he should be among the best rappers to ever live since he has lyrical poetry down to a science. They convey deep emotion that goes under the surface of the average listener. He is definitely a rapper that you have to sit down and listen carefully to truly comprehend. Doe or Die is the album all new fans of AZ need to listen to beginning to end, since its fully showcases his lyrical abilities. - InhaleDeep
Most underrated rapper out there. Definitely needs more credit for the talent he has already
Just listen to his awesome voice, his smooth temper and intentional words! Best ever
Sorry, but how is Lil Wayne in the top ten? Also how are People like Wiz Khalifa and Drake and Big Sean ahead of AZ? It cracks me up when I read comments that say 'Yo man drake should be number 1 he has the best lyrics and best flow plus he has the most number 1 single.' Yeah he does have the most number ones but that's because white teenagers live for his music. Anyway az should be top ten - DolanDuck1V 16 Comments
Ill mind of hopsin 4 just listen too it and you'll understand best underground rapper out and he's too nice at skateboarding
This list is whack. Seriously, hopsin should be way farther up! I hate all these stupid ymcmb guys and posers who all they talk about is money. Lil Wayne top 5? NO.
He's one of the only good rappers out there today, he's flows good, his lyrics are clever, and he speaks the truth
Hopsin definitely should be up way higher. Other than his amazing flow, his beats, his message, and his delivery; his hustle from the point when he first started rapping is something that should be respected. He was signed to a major label, put out a great album - that never got pushed out to the public! That's tough. Knowing your art, lyrical TALENT and hard work is just waiting for the world to get on with it - but the people higher up from you just wont put it out. Then having to wait for your contract to expire and literally after that, go from NOTHING to picking yourself up from and trying again on your own. With your own money so you make your own risks and are responsible for them. He got himself on the XXL freshman list. He got his Ill Mind Of Hopsin 5 song to millions of views on his own. He produced all of his stuff, he directed his own videos... that's just something that has to be respected and being 26th on the list is a big slap in the face. Just listen to any of his ...moreV 281 Comments
Good youngster.. Many years to come.. Hope he doesn't turn out like lil wayne
Taylor Gang Or Die. Wiz Should not be down this low for no reason more like 20
No way Wiz Khalifa is 45. He must be in top 3. Black n' yellow forever
the best song was Black and yellow. He doesn't deserve 45 place. Wiz Khalifa is one of the bests! Same for Snoop dogg he must be top 3 too. Wiz Khalifa forever HE IS MY HERO!
I love wiz KhalifaV 269 Comments
He sould be in the top 5,
His is songs like act a fool, how low, get back, Addicted to money, Move Bitch and specialy the intro of his 2010 album(Battle Of The Sexes) are awesome.
He fast and a very tallented good rapper.
I also appreciate Lil Wayne, Eminem, Krayzei Bone and T. I. but Ludacris is also a good rapper and should deserve the place with them.
Of course you like Lil Wayne, let me guess you think Nicki minaj and drake are good rappers as well? It's a shame you listen to Eminem as well and his brilliance is being shuffled amongst the trash you like.
Dude's flow is ridiculous. If he isn't at the top, he's definitely close. He deserves a hell of a lot more credit than he gets.
Luda's definitely. Top 5... He's got the sickest lyrics besides wayne...
TOP 20 - MunknjetV 73 Comments
Okay. Cudi can rap and sing. He is fantastic live and he's a great entertainer. He also writes his own songs. Lil wayne doesn't. Lil wayne should not be in the top 50. He's an arrogant person who's songs all sound the same. Name one song of his that doesn't say how great he is or the money or women he gets. Cudi writes about what he feels and he should get more credit for that. His songs are sad sometimes but at least there not all the same. He can also rap pretty fast, but chooses to have a flow more than speed. He is the best in my book
Anyone who thinks John Cena is ahead of cudder is slow. If kid cudi doesn't belong in the top ten rappers, he deserves to be in the top ten musicians for sure. He touches so many genres and his music has something for everybody.
Nobody has ever rapped like Cudi has. He is a visionary and really knows how to turn some heads with his music.
Best storytelling and meanings in his sings. Although he doesn't really rhyme like all the others he still has a great voice and overall his songs are just amazing. He should at least be in the Top 15.V 103 Comments
His lyrics are amazing, and he was voted 10 in the top ten mc list on MTV
J SHOULD definitely BE IN TOP 5! He's CLASSIC MAKES ALL SORT OF RAP AND IS LEGENDARY IN RAP AND WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED IN YEARS TO COME!
I can't believe he isn't in the top 10 he was the one who got me even in rap today. This is a top rapper.
38 that's too low come onV 60 Comments
The most successful out of all the Wu Tang members, Ghostface spits fire. Throughout his whole career most of his albums have been given consistent praise amongst critics and listeners, despite his album Ghostdini bringing out a side of Ghostface in which his fans weren't expecting. However, besides this stumble Ghostface has given the world Supreme Clientele, Fishscale, More Fish, Apollo Kids and The Pretty Toney Album, plus his contributions to the greatest rap group ever, The Wu-Tang Clan (which is another completely different list). Ghostface Killah, has been in the rap game for a long time now, but shows no signs in slowing down, giving him a champion status in hip hop. - MickyG94
Man, how is this dude down at 81. He's top 20 AT LEAST... but I'd have a hard time leaving him out of top ten. - jimmyshoe85
A great artist that paint vivid pictures. You just have to understand the slang. That is what captivates you and you keep the record playing over and over until you get the slang. One of the most overlooked rapper of all time
should definitely be in the top 20, best member of the Wu-Tang Clan and that's saying something - robertoantonioortuso
Should be much higher, there are just too many terrible rappers ahead of him - germshep24V 22 Comments
This guys lyrics were so great! He is better than Lil Wayne, Drake and all those other Pop Artists! - roblist2
Put gangsta rap on the map on the east coast one of the best lyricist of all time created his own rap genre called mafiso rap and is a real gangster without acting hard - hiphop10
This guy is underrated... His flow, lyrics, delivery etc is crazy. How could lil' wayne, drake etc are better than him!
Should be much higher - germshep24V 27 Comments
Sickest rapper out there and should be easily top 20 who is getting better, check out all his mixtapes because this kid is tight with lyrics that are not ordinary like all these singers who call themselves rappers
What the hell is this. Why is Logic only at 133. He should be in the top 10 along with Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi, J. Cole, and Tyler the Creator. This list is a disgrace to rap
He should be higher up he is VERY good and VERY underestimated - Dandeman7
John Cena, Dj Khaled can't rap but are still higher than Logic search him on YouTube and
listen to him and you will be as shocked as I am because he is sick. He is so underrated, his rap is real rap that is dieting out.
This low on the list? He should be number 1. Who has such a smooth flow; whether it be fast or slow? The way his words fit with his flow works in such a cohesive manner and they fit so well, no one can touch that. His internal rhymes are crazy. Rhyme after rhyme in one line. A rapper has to work twice as hard when using internal rhymes within lines because their rhymes are used that much quicker, which in turn means they work with less rhymes to spare for the next bar. Dude brought a smooth, fly, ladies man type of demeanor to rap along with a few other rappers, something that had never been heard of at the time. One of the kings in the golden age of rap. To me, he is the best rapper of all time. Put him against any rapper and he'll wipe the floor with them in a battle. Only a few would give him a run for his money. Y'all need to do your history and see what's really good.
Wow 119? This brother should be number 1 and if not number 1, at least top 5. He may not have had as much subject matter as his friendly competitor, Rakim, but he could beat Rakim in a battle. Can't believe people have John Cena on this list. BDK is too dope.
Here comes daddie - lemur
Wow Just Wow, PPl Stop Listening To That Crap Mainstream S... And Turn Up Real Hip Hop - copkillerV 26 Comments
One of the best rappers from New York and Wu Tang Clan much RESPECT
Method Man is the real definition of a dope rapper! The New York version of Ice Cube!
Method man is truly one of the best... But below john cena?
Should be much higher - germshep24V 53 Comments
I actually listened to one of his songs called The Remedy for a Broken Heart it was actually good even though I don't like love songs. Makes me have little more respect for him. I still don't like him though. - NickelBackLinkinPark4Eva
Obviously since he is at the top of your list "Celebrities who Deserved to Die in 2018" - DrayTopTens
Great rapper, so much versatility, recommend infinity 888 for people who like old school rap
He is the best rapper I have ever heard and I think he is just as good as 2pac his music has helped me and I have shared his music with others and the loved it because he can change his tone so fast in his songs thank you xxxtentacion RIP much love to you and your son
He beat up people. And beat up his wife. And did some things with the pigeons outside... only if you could hear the pigeons screech - lemurV 97 Comments
ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!? LIL WAYNE?!? GZA is maybe not the most techinical rapper, but his lyrics are philosophic and deep (in a shaolin, oriental way), and still, he stays true to the streets. He's like a painter, using vocals as a brush. That's what you get when you misuse what I invent
Your empire falls and you lose every cent - killer!
GZA is the most intellectual member of the Wu Tang, and his album Liquid Swords got a lot of reception as the greatest solo project from a Wu-Tang member of all time!
All the members from Wu-tang should be in the top TEN!
Listen to the song "Labels"! This song went unanswered. He called out the whole industry and nobody dared to answer. No disrespect to B.I.G. Or Tupac, but "damn, I show livin large n***** how to flip a definitely jam! "V 36 Comments
How is Royce not in the top 20's? Furthermore, how is it the he is the only Slaughterhouse member on this list?
This list is obviously a joke; just look at where Jada and Fab are. Here's a useful note: mainstream doesn't reflect lyrical skill.
Royce is a beast listen to his song writer's block. He could compete with Eminem
royce must be at least in top 20 because he has good flow. he is competing with eminem you know. He has nice lyrics and good flow.
I think he's at least top 5.V 70 Comments
Just terrible that he is this low damn. How in the hell is John Cena ahead of him?
How is xxxtentacion, logic, kid cudi, and hospin better? - awesomeguy101
Absolute disgrace that Guru is so low in the rankings... Just shows what has happened to this shallow generation that only cares about cars, money and girls in the likes of every one at cash money etc. It is my hope that some people who still haven't discovered this genius come across him very soon. RIP Guru
Should be in the top 20 at the least. One of New York hip-hops legends. His mono-tone style and play on words and flow are undeniably greatV 36 Comments
Way better than Lil Wayne or 50 Cent. Should be in top ten, he makes his own beats, lyrics are dope, AND he can sing.
Newer to the game but steps up and shows he can hang with the greatest.
Gambino's beats and lyrics are way too good to be this low. He's an incredibly versatile rapper and he got done dirty by this list
Total bad ass= donald glover. Amazing punchlines and an incredible flow for such an up in coming artistV 101 Comments
Ride Wit Me was the biggest song in the history of rapping
Only nelly has got a tons of good music... Dilemma, just a dream, my place, ride wit me, one and only, oh nelly, gone, and many more..
Lyrics - 8.5
Voice - 9.5
Themes - 8.5
Popularity - 10
Critical Acclaim - 9
Overall - 45.5/50
the best!V 33 Comments
He introduced a lot of whites to the psychology of the black experience, and he did so in an intelligent, visceral and uncompromising fashion.
Public Enemy rocks.Sad to see that Drake his higher than Chuck D - DarkBoi-X
Public Enemy, why his he so low - germshep24
I'm not voting for Chuck D because he is the best rapper ever, personally, I think Eminem is, but there is NO WAY Chuck D and LL Cool J should be this far down. Chuck D led Public Enemy. Hello? Fear of a Black Planet? One of the best Rap albums of all time. He deserves too be much higher on this list just for making "Fight the Power" -- that song has to be in every real rap fan's top 5 of all-time.V 28 Comments
A mc that still makes hip hop look good
Should be way higher up the list! Amazing rapper with a conscience and a great style.
BlackStar is legendary.
His music got me thur many stressful days! Kept me going when I lacked support!
Should be much higher - germshep24V 40 Comments
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