Best Rappers of All Time

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 ...read more.

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

Apparently we get free thumbs ups! - Cyri

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2 Tupac Tupac Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was ...read more.

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...

He always kept his "head up" - undereighted

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3 Notorious B.I.G. Notorious B.I.G. Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage name, The Notorious B.I.G (a.k.a. Biggie Smalls), is consistently ranked as one of the best rappers of all time. The Notorious B.I.G was born May 21, 1972, he was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 24 The Notorious B.I.G was murdered ...read more.

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...

The Best...R.I.P.B.I.G.

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.

yea - GineSSj4Cute

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4 Nas Nas Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper and entrepreneur born on September 14, 1973 in New York City. His album, Illmatic, is considered to be one of the best rap albums of all time. He is also considered to be one of the best rappers of all time.

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

Nas takes his lyrics to a high level of intelligence so not every one will get it or appreciate his unique lyrics, but his message is alive and real. His collaborations with Damion Marley puts this artist to a new and higher interpretation which stands out! The education is real so don't throw away the meal.

The GOAT he has never changed and never will change to the wack style of the new gen. he is a OG and a lyrical genius his ability to tell stories is like non other

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5 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 ...read more.

Jay Z is not only one of the best rappers STILL in the game, but he's also one of the most successful men on this planet. Coming from the streets, he turned himself into a business man. He's discovered most of the greatest talents in the industry today. He discovered Kanye. Nobody thought Kanye could rap till Hova supported him. Jay has been putting music out for the past 19 years. What rapper can stay relevant for that long? This dude is in his 40s. And with age, his lyrics have grown. He went from a 90s thug, making freestyles about killing cops with Big L to being one of the most influential artists in pop culture today. Listen to one song on Magna Carta Holy Grail, and you'll be scratching your head to the lyrics. You look up what he's talking about and you realize that Jay Z is a lyricist like no other. He's getting to the point where his music is almost art. Can he spit fast like Eminem? No, but he's got a style that surpasses speed. And the only reason Tupac and Biggie are ...more

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

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.

He tells you he's the best like a hundred times in his songs. Duh

He's still revelant after 22 years.he even write he's lyrics on his head he's a genius.he's the goat

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6 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.

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 created the careers.

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7 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.

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

AYKM he got Banned From BA (British Airways) in 2006 - XxMontrealxXRBLX

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8 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.

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

I am not fan of this guy. But he is definitely better than Kendrick Lamar.

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

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 list isn't very good, rakim is one of the greatest rappers alive, he shouldn't be below the top 5 especially looking at this list: seriously Dr. Dre (he isn't even a rapper, he shouldn't even be on this list), Snoop Dogg better than Rakim, no way - germshep24

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10 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, ...read more.

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

Love him!

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The Newcomers

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? Jake Paul Jake Paul Jake Joseph Paul is an American actor and YouTube personality who rose to internet fame on the now-defunct video application Vine. Paul is known for playing the role of Dirk on the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark.

Jake Paul is not a rapper. He's a Crapper. - LightningStrike

I saw a top ten about worst you tubers of all time. I think this was meant for that list. - ulltra

Hey jake Paul I am a fan so how about coming to Florida

Not a fan of this guy or the troll entries. - Cyri

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The Contenders

11 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 ...read more.

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.

Should be higher than that dumbass Kanye West.Kendrick is the best. - DarkBoi-X

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12 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 ...read more.

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
2. Stronger
3. Touch the sky
4. Good life
5. Diamonds from Sierra Leone
6. Jesus walks
7. Power
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

He made My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. enough said. - damariwave

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13 Lil Wayne Lil Wayne Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. is an American hip hop artist and is often referred to as one of the worst rappers of all time. He was signed to Cash Money Records by Birdman at a young age. Before he became a household name and the artist he is today, he was 1 quarter of the southern rap group The Hot Boys, ...read more.

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 may have a very annoying voice, but he does have a decent flow, his verses may be a little out there sometimes (poop jokes, like a menstrual I bleed), but if Kanye gets to be on here then Wayne gets to be on here, Wayne is far superior to Kanye - germshep24

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14 Eazy-E Eazy-E Eric Lynn Wright better known by his stage name "Eazy-E", was an American rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. He is affectionately called "The Godfather of Gangsta Rap". He was born to Richard and Kathie Wright in Compton, California. On March 26, 1995 Eazy-E dies from complications ...read more.

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.

I listen n.w.a albums and listen eazy-e albums I also bought 3 n.w.a rap records and bought 3 eazy-e rap records. My favorite rap artists of all goes kinda like this EMINEM at number 1 BEASTIE BOYS at number 2 LAURYN HILL at number 3 BAD MEETS EVIL at number 4 DR DRE at number 5 THE FUGEES at number 6 N.W.A at number 7 EAZY-E at number 8 Snoop Dogg at number 9 Sean Puff Daddy combs 2pac at number 10 possibly 50 cent at number 11. I think Eazy-e deserves to be at number 5 at least since Rap wouldn't been as thrilling if Eazy-e didn't start N.W.A and didn't do solo rap records.

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15 Big L Big L Lamont Coleman (May 30, 1974 – February 15, 1999), best known by his stage name Big L, was an American hip hop recording artist, born and raised in Harlem, New York City, New York. Coleman embarked on his career in rapping, with the hip hop trio, Three the Hard Way. His first notable appearance came ...read more.

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 =/

Should be higher - germshep24

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16 Hichkas Hichkas Sorush Lashkary (born May 10, 1985) better known by his stage name Hichkas (Persian: Hiĉkas - هیچکس‎‎; meaning "Nobody") is an Iranian rapper from Tehran. Hichkas is considered as one of pioneers of "Persian Rap" and "Persian Urban music.

Best rapper of all time, he's taking the Persian rap to another level, got some amazing skills and lyrics.

The Best Rapper In The World
He will work with snoop dogg and other famous rapper

Hichkas Father of rap in the Iran

There is a problem, hichkas is 34 not 98 - MohammadAminKhodayi

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17 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".

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!

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

I don't think drake is number 1 but he's top 10 material for sure. We can't disregard his global effect, even if he isn't rapping about the community (pac), hardships (eminem) or other related content like Big & Nas. Instead, he brings refreshing charisma, flow, and addicting lyrical content. As musicians and/or lovers of music, we can't disregard the rhythmic quality of a great rapper and drake brings this with his added bonus of being able to sing well. NOT AMAZINGLY well, but well. Anyone would be foolish to claim his ability to sing is 'not' an added bonus just because many other rappers can't sing, when in-fact, this brings an added layer of attractiveness to his music which, again, as MUSICIANS and/or MUSIC-LOVERS we must acknowledge.

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18 Andre 3000 Andre 3000 André Lauren Benjamin, known by his stage name André 3000, is half of the hip-hop duo OutKast. He is widely considered to be the better half of the duo, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. He was born on May 27, 1975

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? )

Should be much higher than 18 - germshep24

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19 T.I. 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. 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

ti the man

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20 Tech N9ne Tech N9ne Aaron Dontez Yates, born November 8, 1971, better known by his stage name Tech N9ne, is an American rapper. In 1999, Yates and business partner Travis O'Guin founded the record label Strange Music. He has sold over two million albums and has had his music featured in film, television, and video games. ...read more.

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

How is drake Lil Wayne and Kanye West above him?

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21 Immortal Technique Immortal Technique Felipe Andres Coronel, better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is an American rapper and urban activist from Lima, Peru. He was born on February 19, 1978

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!

Higher higher higher! - ulltra

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22 KRS-One KRS-One Lawrence "Kris" Parker, better known by his stage names KRS-One, and Teacha, is an American rapper and occasional producer from The Bronx, New York City, New York.

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.

Should be higher - germshep24

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

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 is garbage

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24 Wiz Khalifa Wiz Khalifa Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. He was born on September 8, 1987.

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!

Number 1 repper for me
smoke and dance

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25 Mehrad Hidden Mehrad Hidden Mehrad Hidden is a Iranian singer, rapper, and producer. He grew up listening and composing rock songs. At age 18, He formed the group Zedbazi with Saman Wilson.

The Best Group Iranian Hip Hop Pioneers ZedBazi

Zedbazi is the best
Viva hidden
Love you

Zed bazi is the best persian rap group that known by their special style and lyrics, the member of this group are:
Mehrad hidden: best voice between all the iranian signer, till her enemies like him!
Sohrab mj: master of joint, not words enough to describe him!
Jj:lovely man in the group with his special lyrics!
Cijal: god of sence!
Nasiim: the quin of iranian, s hiphop!

Best rapper in the iranian - alijr

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26 Ho3ein Ho3ein

Best Persian rapper
Best text and style
He is 26 years old & sing for 12years

Ho3in is one of the best rappers that you can never, ever seen, with the best flowz and amazing voice, I suggest you to hear on of his amazing song like: shabha, radde pa, tanhayi

God of hip hop

Ho3ein Is Number One

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27 The Game The Game Jayceon Terrell Taylor, better known by his stage name The Game, is an American rapper and actor. He was born on November 29, 1979 in Los Angeles, California. Game spent most of his childhood in foster care (up until high school) even though he knew all of his brothers and sisters. Since 2002, Game ...read more.

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!

Best Ever

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28 Bahram Bahram Called as one of the 50 people shaping the culture of the Middle East, by Huffington Post, Bahram Nouraei challenges the dominant artistic, cultural and philosophical consensus of the Iranian society . He constantly pushes himself out of his comfort zone to reach his own understanding of creativity ...read more.

An Iranian rapper who loves peace and happiness

He is Credit of Persian Rap, like a Prophet

Bahram is the best
He is the father of Persian Rap and his the most spiritual rapper

Bahram...He is One of The Best Hip Hop Artist in Iran... God Bless You Bro

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29 Sagopa Kajmer Sagopa Kajmer

He is the King that changes name of "rap style" to "SAGOPA style" and he is limited edition in TURKEY with placing the 1st place in rap music with no exceptions.

With maximum meaning loaded to the lyric content and zero swearing in his songs made his place is untouchable.

He is the BIGGEST in the world with his depth of colour.

Its because of bots. There's no way every citizen of Turkey has been to this list. This guy shouldn't be thus high let alone on the list at all - bobbythebrony

The Best Turkish RAPPER

Real name is Yunus Ozyayuz nick name is sagopa kajmer and he is the best rapper in Turkey. I love Sago

Adamsın

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30 DMX DMX Earl Simmons, known professionally as DMX and Dark Man X, is an American rapper and actor. He was born on December 18, 1970.

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.

X gon give it to ya... - -AtomicPimp-

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31 Big Pun Big Pun Christopher Lee Rios, better known by his stage name Big Pun, was an American rapper. Emerging from the underground hip hop scene in The Bronx borough of New York City, in the early 1990s, he was the first Latino rapper to have an album certified platinum as a solo act. ...read more.

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 Pun the best lyricist alive on his time. Gotta give him props! First Puerto Rican to ever hit Platinum.

Should be much higher - germshep24

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32 Busta Rhymes Busta Rhymes Trevor George Smith, Jr., better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, record producer and record executive.

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

The most versatile rapper on the frigging planet bar non. Reggae, dancehall, r&b, hip hop, pop, EDM, House, Drum n Bass, Rock, Indie. The guy has done it all and very very convincingly. Not many rappers on this list has that in there arsenal. Probably not the greatest lyrically but has speed and flow like a demon possessed. His longevity shows why he is still in the game whilst many are not

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33 Yas Yas

He is the best rapper in Iran and when he raps he says all Iranian people's problem he is incredible

Yas always is for Iranian people
<3
Whether he will be winner or not :)
We love you, YAS

His lyric has all the power to tell all the problems... He is just the greatest rapper of persia

He always talk about social problems
and iam his fan

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34 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.

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.

Easy top 5, what is this?

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35 Reza Pishro Reza Pishro Mohammad Reza Naseri Azad better known by his stage name Pishro is an Iranian rapper and producer from Tehran.

Reza is the best

Best Persian rapper in the history of persian rap.. Eminem of Persian Rap.. Nobody is better then him that's for sure

"Reza Pishro" is the leader of Persian Rap and no one can not stop him to become best rapper in the world. Soon...

King of tehran

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36 Lupe Fiasco 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.

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.

He has it all. Fantastic introspective lyrics, a great storyteller, a very dynamic flow, and has some beautiful production. Probably the most versatile rapper after Kanye, can rap lighthearted fun songs as well as intense, darker ones and over any kind of beat.

Two Classic Albums and a ton of masterpiece songs like "Hurts Me Soul" "He Say She Say" "Superstar" "Hip Hop Saved My Life" "All Black Everything" "Prisoner 1 & 2" and "Atomic Misphilosophy".

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37 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.

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

Hugely underrated sould be in the top 15

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38 Ludacris Ludacris Christopher Brian "Chris" Bridges, better known by his stage name Ludacris, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and actor.

Hugly underrated,
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...

Despite being Featured in Justin Bieber's baby He is still a good rapper - XxMontrealxXRBLX

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39 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.

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.

After Kids see ghosts people need to be even more aware of just how much this man has influenced ye and the community as a whole

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40 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.

Macklemore is more then a rapper, he is a storyteller. Each one of his songs paints a vivid picture of what he's describing, and Ryan Lewis has just as much of an influence with his incredibly produced beats. This brand new song, a leak off their upcoming album, is a perfect example. Great rapping from Macklemore and an amazing beat from Ryan, I'm definitely looking forward to what they have coming. Their V.S. eP was great, and their latest single/video My Oh My shows where they are going. This duo is only starting to get exposed to the audience that they deserve, and I couldn't be more excited.
Will be the new Eminem

Macklemore is great but I think Eminem has better flow, beat and can freestyle better than almost anybody. Eminem's songs are all about his troubles from the past and trying to fix them. If you don't believe me, watch the Stan music video then listen to Bad Guy which is a sequel to Stan and is deeper than anything Macklemore has ever said.

Macklemore tells beautiful stories and is not the kind of rapper that talks about drugs and girls. He writes songs about life today and having fun. I saw him in concert at Yale University where I live at something called "Spring Fling" and he was one of the performers besides Best Coast and Group Love and R.L. grime. The best was Macklemore because he was the best and amazing. My favorite song by him is a song called 10,000 hours because it's story that's. He is my favorite rapper and the best one of all time! Best part is he cares about civil rights and changes that are coming today. Hissong can't hold us featuring Ray Dalton Is my ringtone on my phone. I know what your thinking It's should have been 10,000 hours but I tried to do that but apple didn't let me so I had to do can't hold us. I would love to meet Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, if I do it will be a dream come true.

Macklemore is sick and has the best lyrics. His songs are all real and not about drugs and guns. Listen to otherside it will blow you away!

He should be just next to Tupac

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41 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.

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.

He's 5'8

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42 LL Cool J LL Cool J

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.

He needs to be in the top 10 - jameshoward

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

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

I hate rappers. But I like him because of Linkin Park

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44 Sohrab MJ Sohrab MJ

WoW, WE LOVE YOU MASTER JOINT
HE IS THE KILLER OF ALL CHAGHALS, HA HA

Mj is tehe best

This man very nice

Its amazing

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45 Scarface Scarface Brad Terrence Jordan, better known by his stage name Scarface, is an American rapper, music producer, and author.

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

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!

Should be much higher - germshep24

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46 MF Doom MF Doom Daniel Dumile, also known as MF DOOM, is a British-born hip hop recording artist who spent most of his life in the United States.

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.

I want to cry when I see this legend placed under so many trash rappers (Nicki Minaj). This guy literally has an unbelievable amount of talent, I guarantee you will never find a better lyricist. I still remember the first time I listened to "Hoe Cakes" and I've loved him ever since. DOOM comes up with such innovative raps and never disappoints. His unique style, voice, and lyrics are near impossible to replicate as he influenced those like Earl Sweatshirt and Joey Badass. MF DOOM considers himself to be a villain, but he's a hero to the rap game. - gemon529

My favorite lyricist, great voice, lots of back to back rhymes. Dude is talented

Should be much higher, him at 46 is just disrespectful to him - germshep24

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47 AZ AZ

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

Rather Unique, The Come Up, list goes on and on, great rapper

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48 Shahin Najafi Shahin Najafi

Best Persian rapper alive, Voice of voiceless people, One and only who respects the meaning of (Rap). Man of all pains,

The best Persian rapper

He is The Best Persian rappers

Just A Word... God Of Rap... that's it

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49 Big Daddy Kane Big Daddy Kane Antonio Hardy, better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is a Grammy Award-winning American rapper and actor who started his career in 1986 as a member of the rap collective the Juice Crew.

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.

Wow Just Wow, PPl Stop Listening To That Crap Mainstream S... And Turn Up Real Hip Hop - copkiller

Should be much higher - germshep24

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50 Sadegh Sadegh

Is the best rapper in Iran

Sadegh is my love in the Persian rap

Sina ezati

he is the best
Persian rapper

He is the best

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