Best Rappers of All TimePresenting the top 10 greatest rappers of all time based on over 400K votes from fans like you. Disagree with the list? Vote on the hip hop rap artist you think should be number one.
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
Em is easily #1 his first 3 albums (SSLP, MMLP and Eminem Show) showed rap fans a style never heard before. His metaphors and wordplay 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
This guy is not human, he has had all sorts of songs to his album and he says it how it is and the realest out there, he really showed his skill of creativity when writing 3 of the best: Not Afraid, Mockingbird, and Stan. He really has everything the best rapper should have hence why he is at the top of the food chain. A king, a Goat, the best of them all
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.
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 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...
Tupac was primarily a rapper in his music and one of the best of all time. He got all the skills it took to be great. There are at least two songs Where he also sings on key but he rarely crossed from rap To singing but he has sang pretty well. He sings in the songs ambitions as a rider and Hail Mary.
His raps are genius, you can actually picture what he's saying... Story to tell, hypnotize are his top
Sorry it's 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.
NOBODY gets bigger & better lyrically or in rap history than this guy. He is the BOMB, who lives on & on! Love you brother!
Biggies lyrics and flow are amazing and his. He definitely makes one of the greatest of all time. He has made lots of his own music but he and other rappers use samples from others like how no money mo problems used in coming out Diana Ross or ice cube no Vaseline with dazz
Or dr Dre with express yourself by Charlie wright or will smith gettin jiffy wit it uses the greatest dancer by sister sledge. But they all do the remix well. Biggie really is notorious these rappers are awesome
Nas is the boss of rap he is amazing. There are many good things about his skills he is a monster of flow, rhythm and beat, very high IQ in writing lyrics and hard to beat in rap battles. Nas rhymes well to but he has a great combination of all those skills and he is great at sampling songs and creating his own rap tunes. Aside from his rap he is one of the only rappers who is a gifted trumpeter he can play other songs of different genres on trumpet and play his own tunes on trumpet. He is okay at singing and playing piano for a rapper. He has sang before and he played some of his tunes on keyboard. Here are examples of good songs from nas. If I ruled the world, New York State of mind, got yo self a gun. State of mind is jazzy and very smooth while lyrical. His rhyming is better in that than most of his stuff to. Got to your self a gun is musical for a rap. He delivers such hard blows in his rap on that while changing the flow and lyrics a lot. He can make the rap very cool without ...more
Arguably the best lyricist of all time. Very very powerful messages delivered through his songs to empower the young generation much like Pac did (Nas frequently said that him and 2Pac were soldiers of the same mission) and never mainstream topics.
Nas has some of the most iconic and yet underrated hit songs of all time. From his incredible debut on Illmatic to his latest works which are really consistent.
Songs like Hate Me Now and Get Down are forever classics and you can never really get used to listening to him.
His flow is top tier without a doubt and his verses are poetic to a point that transcends rap or music in general.
Not to mention that Nas delivered a wrecking ball-style diss track on Jay Z called Ether which was so nasty that it became an actual term of disrespect (I.e. "you just got ethered").
Underrated by the latest generation because of his seriousness and old school style which are gold to find these days.
A true legend MC, ...more
In til I collapse Eminem put nas before him on the top ten list they seem pretty equal nas is an amazing rapper. He definitely could be number one on this list. It’s hard to decide who is the best. There both better in different ways. Nas has better lyricism word for word when he describes in his music. Eminem has better rhymes most of each line he says has 2-3 rhymes. Nas is tough with his lyrics his flow and versus are harder but not his beats and keys. But nas tends to have some really good instruments in his songs. Nas takes the style from the 70s and 80s and has current generation styles.
Best lyricist & story teller of all time. Coming from the biggest project complex in the United States Nas is the epitome of the streets and hiphop is the word of the streets. He dropped out of middle school and was forced to educate himself putting him on a whole other level than other rappers. He is the best rapper because he truly has grown with his music. Listen to the music and you cannot deny that Nas is the best rapper of all time.
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
Jay Z was really good in Empire State of mind back in 2009 he mostly does rapping but he was singing good like Alicia keys while rapping a little bit. His voice was on key and his words are always clever he is pretty well in his flow and his words the way he scrambles it together. Examples are the references he uses and than puts it together and he in general has good rhymes.
HE RULE! He has is the best rapper I have every seen! He have a awesome flow of rapping, jay-z flow and delivery is like no other he is no doubt on of the most talented rappers to come into the game. All I can really say here is Jay should without doubt be above 50 Cent, Nas and Lil Wayne.. I can at least accept why people might put Biggie, Tupac or even Eminem above him, but the other three just aren't in the same league Jay-Z is the best selling rapper of our time 50 cent is no comparison to him. Not only that but Jay-z runs one of the best rap labels there is with rappers like Kayne, Nas, and many others on it. Plus where the hell is 50 its been years since he made a hit. There is no comparison between the two. Jay-z should be up with nas and all the other rappers who actually changed the rap scene all 50 did is talk big and brag about getting shot he's a trash rapper.
Jay-Z should be in the top three. No other rapper has been as consistently great as Hov. In an industry that is difficult as is to make it in, Jay-Z has proved himself to be more than worthy of not only one of the greatest rappers alive, but maybe one of the greatest rappers ever. You cannot logically rank 2pac and Biggie over Jay-Z, because even if they were alive, you don't know how they would have evolved and how their raps would be now. Look what happened to top rappers like Ja Rule and DMX. They once were on top of the rap world by far, but they weren't consistent. Jay-Z, however, has not missed a beat. In his own words, "Ever since I made the change over to platinum, the games been a rap. One. " Not to mention the genius lyrics and flow, Hov is the American Dream.
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.
Here are examples of why he is so good and how he compared to others. Dr Dre has better rhymes than most but Eminem is the rhyme king people like Eminem, nas, and Reggie have better rhyming word for word and syllables for syllables but only slightly they tend to have a two to five percentage advantage in that. Dre has a lot of his own songs too and he is at least in the top four best lyric rappers. He is the beat king and one of the best best flow and rhythm makers. He should definitely be up on the top of the list. For all the obvious reasons Dre must be moved up to the top of the list. He doesn’t do as many rap battles and freestyles and practicing as much as some others but he can and he is really awesome.
It is hard to decide who is the best rapper. To compare who can be the best it varies. Dr Dre is a producer and a rapper. He is individually really good at rapping and making songs overall. Dr Dre is the beat king he does not have the best rhymes but has better rhymes than most too. Dre is a boss at flows and rapping fast doesn’t not matter as much but it still is cool and Dre raps about as fast as Eminem. Being a true musician there both good. Dre and Eminem are evenly matched in rap music because Eminem has has been selling more songs and doing more rapping in the Present and overall but Dre does have just as much skill he has been better because of the chronic album. He did a lot in Straight outta Compton also and he still is great and Dre produced Eminem.
Dr Dre is one of the best rappers he is so skillful and cool. He is a great producer and makes awesome drum beats he is the beat king. Some artists cross between singing and rap music. Dre rarely sings but he can sing alright. He has a few songs that he sings Dr Dre sings a little bit in hold us back and some of the n w a songs. He sings in the key of a in hold us back. He also plays piano pretty well he does keyboards and grand pianos.
Kendrick Lamar is really good at music and rap. Not all his songs are good but he has really amazing songs like rigamortis he is a monster of flows and lyrics. He raps fast in that while changing the flow to the beat. As the trumpeters and drummers play in the music. His vocabulary and fluency. He really know how to tell a story and make it rhythmic. He sings well in recipe and sampled that music from middle eastern culture and did well he is so talented.
Kendrick is the greatest conceptual lyricist since Nas, has an unique delivery and flow, made two masterpieces in Good Kid, m.A.A.d City and To Pimp a Butterfly and still is very young. Some people that call him boring probably just want some easy lyrics and catchy hooks, but in my opinion he's unarguably the best rapper of this decade (2010s) and will finish his career as an undisputed top 5 all-time.
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 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.
God, why can't people see the truth or just shut up? Eminem, ahead of Rakim and Nas? Seriously people, Eminem doesn't have an album nearly as good as Illmatic or Paid in Full... Nas is the equal of some Nobel Prizes. Rakim has maybe THE best flow of all time. And Jay-Z's puns and literary figures are far more nuanced and witty.
Goes without saying, Kanye West is an underrated artist and rapper and he should be at least ahead of Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg.
Time to really listen to the music and to understand the themes and lyrics people, don't believe the hype. (By the way... WHERE IS PUBLIC ENEMY? CHUCK D IS A MASTER! )
Anyone who votes for Big L should know that Rakim is better. I've heard Lifestylez of da poor and dangerous and the big picture, but Paid in full and follow the leader is much better.
Rakim, must be given recognition in hip hop due to his most classic work, with DJ Eric.B. all albums with Eric. B were brilliant in showcasing Rakim's lyrical skill. Rakim is a master on the mic, never missing a beat. His first eagerly anticipated solo album The 18th Letter was a critical success and a present for all of Rakim's fans. Rakim's best songs include I Ain't No Joke, I Know You Got Soul, Lyrics Of Fury, Follow The Leader, What's On Your Mind, Know The Ledge and The Mystery. If you don't know who Rakim is you must go back and explore the excellence of the Golden Age of Hip Hop.
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.
Ice cube is a legend he can be one of the best he overall is one of the most well balanced in flow, voice, beat, pitch, lyrics, and rhymes. He has a lot of his own stuff. Ice cube and Dre must be very good at piano and other rappers play some other instruments because the notes in lots of his songs are awesome. He still is one of the best his rhymes are clever for instance in straight outta Compton he gets two rhymes in each line mostly comparing it to mc ren and eazy e more in a complete word way but ren and eazy have syllable rounding in there verses. In his latest album he is more consistent he always has been. He is one of the masters in diss tracks so he is well rounded.
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 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
Ice Cube has proved that he is the definition of the term raw in hip hop. Starting off with a bang in the legendary rap group N.W.A. , Cube made a name of himself with his fast and no holds barred approach to rappin', in which he basically throws everything he's got towards the listener, leavin' it to them to either be offended or enjoy his music. From Givin' Up The Nappy Dug Out to Say Hi To The Bad Guy, Ice Cube remains one of the most enjoyable albeit controversial rappers in the game.
Kanye should be number one hands down. He is awesome. He has been going through a lot and his songs are just perfection. He is the dude that brought you his hit song:
Jesus Walks and more!
This dude is a musician and deserves all of it. Eminem is just a dude named after a piece of candy. Eminem got nothing on us.
It can't get any better than kanye west. He's a lyrical genius and always knows what he stands for. He's not like any other artist out there, his mind runs wild with art and creativity, he NEVER stops no matter what. The media seems to label him as heartless, an ass, and garbage but he's nothing like that. You need to look above and beyond him, listen to the "Last Call" on the college dropout album you'll definitely view him differently after peeping that but in a good way. The college dropout and my beautiful dark twisted fantasy are two of my favorite albums by him, just because he never really talks about living in the hood or having to live through a tough time as a child doesn't mean he's not full of knowledge and doesn't know how to rap. He's a very talented musician you just gotta look above him.
Kanye is clearly the front runner for best rapper of all time. He brought soul back to hip hop with his sick production skills, credited for the production of one of the best albums of all time (the Blueprint). Now, we're talking about best rapper not best producer, but now listen to his first three cds (College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation), you hear nothing but genius lyrically. His voice commands your attention. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy... Kanye decided to go Cold and Hard. Watch The Throne is some of his best work yet... As my boy Same Ole Slang says... "He's got people thinking, what the hell he gon do next!?!? " Kanye West > the field.
Unlike every other rapper on this, he is able to traverse various genres and styles, to produce what is altogether a far more rounded, well produced, classy rap style, which does not rely upon a low socio-economic background to act as a basis for EVERY SINGLE SONG. There are exceptions to this of course. Moreover, considering hip-hop is essentially the new rock, being the most creative innovative genre currently out there, as rock used to be, Kanye West is undoubtedly the most publicised. He most definitely holds the qualities of a rock star; out spoken, grandiose; but brilliant. Does this make him the greatest rock star currently active in the music world? Probably
Snoop dog is a great rapper he has lots of skills and style. Lots of musicians do cross between rap and singing snoop dog also sings but he rarely ever sings. But he does have a few good songs where he sings on key and he sounds nice. Snoop dog sings a little bit on songs such as nothing but a g thang, young wild and free, and hold us back
I sing opera and didn't believe that rap was even music...BUT totally stumbling on this site and then listening to most of the artists listed, I now actually like, enjoy and will listen to Eminem-who at this moment in time is brilliant plus, 2pac, Biggie and many other rappers are great too... good feel even without proper structure as far as studied music goes. Not sure about Lil Wayne and Kanye West though, hard to understand lyrics of the LW and through media completely dislike KW and his taste in women. Comments are only in infantcy, will have to listen to a lot more before I am in a position to really and fully understand what this movement is all about, but it has a lot of potential and thank everyone for opening my eyes. If I knew the proper speak, I would please get someone to translate...excellent music people. From the converted. D
Very world famous, probably one of the faces of this rap era.
He's snoop dogg. Wanye, kanye, and even eminem wouldn't know how to freestyle without snoop
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!
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
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 ...more
Kool G Rap is The Godfather huh? Well, Kool G Rap is an awesome rapper but Eazy is called The Godfather for a reason. Kool G Rap was good but not as influential as Eazy. Eazy is very influential so that's why he's called that. Eazy E is legend and will always be remembered. IDGAF if he raps about "trash" content. He's still a legend.
P.S. Ice Cube didn't always ghostwrite for him. On his first album, only. Eazy E did in fact write his lyrics on future releases. So why don't y'all do your research.
P.S.S. Kool G Rap is The Godfather of Mafiaso Rap
Eazy puts the G in OG if you ask me. No MC has ever done hardcore crime rap with as much menace and brutal honesty as E. He set the standard for rhyming detailed lyrics about committing felonies: They're more scary when they come from a high voice that sounds mad, mean, serious, anxious, excited, devious, and mechanical all at the same time--rather than a slow mellow voice that sounds like it's exhaling blunt smoke. I'm a peaceful hippy, but E makes me feel like breaking laws.
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.
Eazy was the first rapper I ever really liked. Not only were his beats good, he had better lyrics than everybody else in his time. And all these rappers we see these days, even all the ones from back then, they all turned out to be sellouts or hypocrites. Eazy always stayed true, he wasn't afraid to say he represents the grit and violence of street life, and he represented that all the way up to the last day. That's real OG.
Big L from my opinion is the best mcee cause his first album was a real fire and he could do more albums like that if he would be alive today, and another thing that I like in big l is that he could do real dis freestyles!
Yet another mc who’s promising career was tragically cut short due to the violence in the game. Amazing talent and voiced the streets of nyc with great flair and confidence.
Best Freestylist ever! Undisputed rhyme champion see platinum plus feat Big Daddy Kane and raps Hip Hop to another level see Lifestyles ov da poor and dangerous (Album) and The Big Picture (Album). Should be top 5. Is #4 on my list. Could have been da best mc. From Manhattan. See Harlem N.Y.C.! His Style is faster and lyrically better than 2pac. His rhyme schemes are unique. PEACE
Would have been one of the greatest. No one has done it like L before or since, even Nas was scared he might have to battle this guy.
Lyrically arguably the best on this list. Rap game got the best of him and he’s taken hiatus. Had so much more to show to the game. Wonder if he will ever return?
He should be top 10 minimum probably top 5 definitely should be above #30. Flow, lyrics, creativity with production all top notch. If he'd ever released a solo album (the love below doesn't really count) he'd be near the top of this list. He runs every song he is on so you listen to it just for his part. I can understand him being below people like Wiz as they just get joke votes but it's a disgrace that Kendrick is above him. Big Boi should be top 20 he outshines andre on some of their songs and kills his verse on roses (songs can be commercial and good), deserves better than #298 but he doesn't get any votes because nearly everyone who listens to Outkast prefers dre.
Every verse is gold. Every line is gold. Every word you didn’t realise was gold, is gold. The wisdom. The knowledge. The story. The rhymes. The rhyme schemes. So incredibly well thought out. Every 3000 verse is worth a triple take. #1
How is Andre 3000 not in the top 10? He's unarguably in there, my god he's one of the most talented MCs or artists to ever pick up a mic. Like not only that, but his pen-game is on point and his accent, his style, he engineered the south and put them on the map. Not only that but he was consistently good, just listen to the first 3 albums by OutKast. This guy needs to be in the top 10.
Wish there were more rappers I could vote for, there are so many so it's hard but I'll put my vote to 3 stacks since he's currently at 22 and that's ridiculous.
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!
Honestly Drake is one of the best rappers alive, the reason why most people hate him is that he also sings. But that's just another skill that not every other rapper has. Nowadays its not cool to say "I RAP " because everyone raps now.. You got to have something more than that. Also I hate it when people don't like it when they rap about money and stuff. Like what the hell? He can't rap about the poor and stuff when he's at the top of the world right now. When only his socks are like 500$(just saying). Anyway rap can't always stay the same.. We have to freshen it up a bit.
That's why :
The game needs change, and Drake's the cashier. (a line of his)
Stop using album sales as your main point as to why drake should be higher. If it sells, nice, but I'm looking for someone who can flow over almost any beat with ease, whose lyrics have depth to them, and who can deliver them with proper tone and timing. Drakes delivery is solid, though he can't rap over a variety of beats, his lyrics are very simplistic (see; sing about me I'm dying of thirst by Kendrick Lamar if you want to see actual lyrical depth). Sales should only serve to emphasize the point. You guys are simply putting drake up here because he is catchy, and is a hook singer and/or are sheep. Not on drake, but he's not one of the greatest. His lyrics don't need a second look by any stretch, and his flow is limited. Songs like back to back are solid and energy is good but drake cannot be placed above many greats. Should be between 150 and 200 in my opinion
Wayne definitely molded into one of the greats with his carter series. He locked the mixtape game up heavy prior and lyrically was clever. As time went he got bored with his style and tried to change up to diversify his profile. Lost his hold on the game and you could tell drugs began to take toll on his writing.
It's funny how people hate on Wayne for doing things differently on his albums. He has been in the rap game more than he's been out if it. He's won every possible award there is to win for rap. He took a local recording group and made them into a world wide phenomenon. lil Wayne never lost skill. He lost hunger. He's won everything there is to win. What more does he have to prove? To the idiot who said how he took on "lil" like every other rapper, I have two things to say to you. 1. You obviously know nothing about southern music. 2. He was 9 when he came up with the name. Wayne has impacted the rap game, whether you take it in a positive or negative way it's up to you. He is a great and will go down as a great regardless of what anybody says about it.
I think people have bought into the negative hype surrounding Wayne and his music. Lil Wayne is a truly talented artist and one that cannot simply be ignored. Love him or hate him he has had a huge impact on the rap game and his longevity speaks for itself. I'll agree that he has fallen off recently and a lot of his mainstream music is just that: Mainstream music. But dig a little deeper and you'll find an array of mixtapes and earlier albums which offer the best of Wayne. His lyricism, not as a storyteller, but as a rapper who can manipulate words and think completely outside the box is second to none and his flow is one of a kind. Its become cool to hate Lil Wayne and that's probably because of his latest bodies of work, which have not been up to par, but its unbelievably ignorant to dismiss him as "garbage" or the "worst rapper ever", especially when you consider how respected he is by other rappers and those who actually know what they are talking about.
I don't say he is the best rapper of all time but he is a top 10 - 15. His lyrics are not just about money and girls, in his song famous he had very strong bars and his impact and influence is so huge that he influenced a whole generation and a that every single new rapper has lil in his name and he helped a lot of rappers to blow up like Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga and a lot of other rappers! People who hate on him listened to one or two songs of him because if you see his whole discography he is a lyrical mastermind and his voice is just calm and entertaining
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 "What Hip-Hop Is" clip on Youtube if you disagree with ...more
He tells it like it is. Also very lyrically talented. He makes serious culture references in songs which make him less commercial yet the most thought provoking MC in the game. He is the best story teller of all time (dance with the devil and you'll never know. ) He also has some classic boasting raps such as obnoxious. Also his songs involve actual topics instead of some rappers who just rap over a beat about stuff that doesn't even go together. His work after his first two albums is not as good aside from bin laden. People insult his flow but that is because he wrote his first album in the underground with beats coming after the songs were already written.
Immortal Technique has a lot of diversity in his lyrics, unlike the mainstream. He talks politics, wars, philosophy, religion and so on. He is very educated and dedicated to the community. He can freestyle and battle rap, unlike all the commercial rappers. He spits truth. I'm sure most mainstream rappers are too stupid to understand the topics of his lyrics or even his vocabulary. He is the most underrated rapper ever. But like he said about the industry rappers: If you go platinum it has nothing to do with luck, it just means that a million people are stupid!
I give a lot of credit to the people that came before technique. krs-one, chuck d, grandmaster flash and so on. there are too many great rappers that helped lay the foundation for this man... but immortal technique takes it to the next level. He is the best rapper of the past ten years hands down.
I can't compare him to the people that helped create hip hip and the help further a movement. Its not fair to him or them.
He is rapping about complex ideas using words most people can't even think, never mind hearing those words uttered from their mouths, and yet he's rapping them.
Half the jokers on this list aren't rappers, they are recording artists pumping out hot garbage for the masses to swallow up. Its pop music, not hip hop.
50 cent, Jay-Z, Lil'Wayne and the like are traitors to their kind and should be ashamed of themselves.
Yet another early deceased rapper who had promise from nyc. Put Latinos on the map with his few albums he had. Had he survived long enough for his surgery he would have made more of an impact in the rap game.
Big Pun should be top 10! He is #8 on my list. He rhymed fast and lyrically top from '98 to '2000! See Capital Punishment (Album), Yeeeah Baby (Album) and Endangered Species (Album). He could have been the best rapper like Biggie or Big L. He rhymed better than Black Though!
Damn Big Pun is below Drake, Lil Wayne & Kanye West..
He is one of the best rappers along with Biggie, Eminem, 2Pac, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan members, Busta Rhymes, DMX, Ice Cube, Logic, Immortal Technique, Nas, Geto Boys & Scarface, Dr Dre, King Lil G
How is Kanye West, Drake & Lil Wayne above him or even in this list same with all those other “rappers” like Future, XXXTENTACION, Lil *insert name*, rappers with all those numbers in there names (except 50 cent, Tech N9ne & 2Pac), Juice WRLD
Sick flow and rhymes! Dead in the middle of little Italy little did we know that we riddled two middlemen who didn't do diddly! Who else do you know that can rap like that. He's no Eminem, he's no Tupac, but he's definitely something special and deserves at least top 20.
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
He has the some of the best if not the best flow, rhyme, and a unique ability to change up his style. Great at rapping fast as well. I think he isn't talked about with some of the "greatest" as often because he didn't sell out to the major recording companies and therefor he didn't get as famous from all the deals that comes with that sort of deal/contracts, yet he has still managed to make millions without them. His live shows are also second to none, he draws a crowd of all types and ages simply because they heard he's a great show.
By far the most overlooked talented rapper. Without a shadow of a doubt if more people knew him he'd be a top 5 rapper of all time easily.
Yes, Eminem, 2Pac, Jay-Z and all those people up there may be good. But I believe in Tech. Tech N9ne is a real rapper who spits some vital. His flows are top class and should be way up there. He has more than 150 singles and has been rapping since 1990. Lil Wayne on number 11, whats wrong with this list!? Just listen to some of tech's flows and read about him, more than 10 hit albums sold, owner of Strange Music and has performed with several famous rappers such as: B.O. B, Wiz Khalifa and Krayzie Bone.
Here's my list (and I'm taking all of your ranks in acknowledgement as well)
3. Tech N9ne
4. Dr Dre
7. Kanye West
8. Notorious B.I. G
9. Snoop Dogg
10. Busta Rhymes
If you agree with this list and I hope most of you all do because it seems really fair, then lets renovate this list!
No one string rhymes and flows together like Tech does, the way is tracks, rhymes... Everything flows together to form beautiful music, he's the fastest out of this list, plus he's independen, if he had all the media attention that Em and Wayne have, he'd probably be different, when Em was Underground he was awesome, when he went mainstream it went all to his head, just like the self proclaimed king (Lil Wayne) I'm glad Tech didn't go mainstream early in his career, if he did... He probably wouldn't be as good, mainstream ruins people, it makes people over confident, plus people now-a-days listen to bad music, no lyricism what-so-ever now... Look at Wayne's lyrics... All I can say is what!? He brings the delivery, but not the lyrics, Em, I think he's number two, but Tech all the way, I'll solidify my point... Mainstream ruins talent, Tech's the king, no doubt
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.
9. KRS-One may be the most popular golden-age MC, which he deserves the title. Boogie Down Productions was about 1 spot away from being in the top 5 rap duos of all time due to KRS-One's exquisite rhymes. He ha s 1 solo classic album: Return of the Boom Bap, and his BDP classics are Criminally minded; by far and is also considered one of the 500 best albums of all time, and By all means necessary. KRS-One can go from a serious protesting rapper to a flat out fun rapper to a lyrical genius. KRS-One at his prime (BDP and Return of the boom bap era) was close to being as skilled as Rakim, maybe even as skilled. Best album w/ Boogie Down Productions: Criminally Minded. Best solo album:Return of the boom bap. Best song: South Bronx. Best collaboration: The Anthem- Sway & Tech ft. RZA, Tech n9ne, Eminem, Xzibit, Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, Jayo Felony, Chino XL, and KRS-One. Best verse: verse 1 of South Bronx.
KRS-One has the quantity (unlike Biggie or L) the beats (sorry Em) the voice (sorry Em) and most importantly, his lyrical content keeps it real (unlike Jay and Wayne). His lyrics are for the PEOPLE in the STREETS, not Hollywood or upscale boutiques. Other rappers try to be "conscious" but also worry about having mass appeal (Kanye, Common). KRS doesn't pull any punches, and doesn't worship money. I like the other rappers I mentioned here, but KRS-One is # 1!
Listen to MC's Act Like They Don't Know for his Lyrical skill. Listen to Ova Here, Bridge is Over, South Bronx, Cleam em' Out etc. for examples of his dissing ability. Listen to You Must Learn, Sound of The Police for his socially concious rapping ability. Dude is simply the best with a career over 30 years, over 10 albums, if he was in a big time record label he would be considered the greatest by everyone. BUT HE DIDN'T NEED THAT TO BE GOOD. The Rap Jesus, Blastmaster KRS-One
Tell me how big pun is before T.I? I mean I get drake because he only got famous because he did that song with Eminem... before that no one even knew of him... T.I. got famous without Eminem
T.I. is a beast. In my opinion, he is a perfect example of the evolution of rap. King of the south, yes; but even if he wasn't coming out of the south, he still would have shined and made it big in the music industry. As far as his generation of rappers, there aren't a lot of people even close to TI in terms of natural flow and being able to make great songs.T.I. should be ranked higher. Nearly all of his albums you can listen through completely without skipping a track.
T.I. is too underrated! He deserves to be in the top 5. He is one of the reason that Hip Hop and Rap and southern music is still alive. What T.I. has what most rappers don't have is intellect. Did you ever here anyone who is this smart and from a hood and let alone Bankhead, Altanta.T.I. has proved again and again that nothing can stop his hustle. He has been dropped from labels, gone to jail many times, had life threats, but he still husltes like THE KING. Say no more. Just listen and admire and witness greatness
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.
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...
I'm a high level exec in the corporate world. Not someone who you would guess listens to this type of rap. I also would definitely not allow my children to listen to him, but for me, DMX just reigns alone, unbeatable. The only one that I compare him with is 2Pac. Now I'm not talking about who has made the most money, or who has the most albums or hits. I'm talking about who on this list could have been able to go toe to toe with DMX in his prime and come out on top? No One!
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 is the really legit rapper! He talks about real life stuff like in his song hows it going down. And he is a lyrical genius. Just listen to some of his stuff like, we right here, party up, no love for me, we in here, etc. He talks about hardships especially in his song slippin.
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.
Even if nobody reads this, I have to say that the fact that MF DOOM is number 45 is a straight up lie. Most people on this website only go here to vote for one person that they already had in their minds, so it's no surprise that an underground rapper like DOOM with a narrower fan base than most is down here.
If you by some miracle are reading this, please listen to at least one or two MF DOOM songs, maybe off of the album Madvillainy, and then come back and tell me with a straight face he isn't in the top ten.
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.
"MF DOOM being so low on this list show the mass lack of education going on in the US. Not a lack of education in terms of the system showing 'em MF, but not supplying the education to understand that this is art. When artists like 50 and Lil Wayne are in the top 10, proves how mainstream appeals to the low IQ.
What insult to put him below J. Cole, Drake, Lil Wayne, Kanye West & Eazy-E
Eazy-E is overrate be honest, the only 2 songs I like from him outside of NWA is Boyz-n-the-Hood & Real Muthaphuckkin G’s has Ice Cube as ghost writer & the best rappers of NWA is Ice Cube & MC Ren
Dr Dre is amazing with making beats but not so much rapping, snoop Dogg does the rapping but Dr Dre does the production but gave Eminem, 50 cent, the Game, Snoop Dogg all careers
Busta Rhymes has great rhymes, production, fast rapping & that
Ice Cube is also the best, was though choosing Ice Cube or Busta Rhymes
The best rappers are Biggie, 2pac, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Ice Cube, Big Pun, Chuck D, Kendrick Lamar, DMX, King Lil G, immortal Technique, Nas
Being fast isn't necessarily what makes Busta so good, it's the way he delivers - with some of the most uplifting, funny and by far some of the most unique verses in rap right now. When he strayed from his old style a lot of people discredited him for it, but right now he's getting better and better - he doesn't need to stay the same. Look at me now wasn't a hit because of Lil Wayne's verse or because of Chris brown's - even though both have a colossal fanbase, it was a hit because of Busta Rhymes. A lot of people just hadn't gotten that kind of style before, with good reason. No one else has it - Busta taught himself how to rap like that. Hell, he only ever did a one minute feature and he managed to own the song with it. That was 2011. It's 2012 now, Extinction Level Event 2 is coming and frankly, with some the stuff he's been dropping out really recently my faith in his new album is through the roof. Old fans are dead right, Busta isn't as good as he used to be. He's better.
Can not argue no one has a better vocal delivery than Busta Bust. He evolved into a master “chopper” and was a spitting image for “Shonuff!” In one of the best music videos ever made. His presence on a track makes a person want to listen. As a feature on a track or with other features, no one out shadows Busta. Let’s not forget his career spans now into 4 decades from the 90s to current. His energy owned stage and microphone alike.
Busta is likely the most underrated rapper, but that might be largely to his albums being not so great outside of the few hit singles each has, but should he feature on a track, he’s the best. He’s not a bad actor either.
Regardless, there is no one who could deliver vocals like him with as much energy, pace, clarity and ability to be melodic at the same time when most would have to be monotone just to spits their Ls on time with even the hope of clarity.
Y'all needa know who the fastest be. Bussa Bus's manager tell him not to go his fastest because he thinks his albums won't sell. If he took the the yelling/pauses out of his songs and went as fast as he possibly could, he be the fastest. In fronta Rebel, Twista, Tonedeff, Tech, or anybody else you can think of. No disrespect though, I like those other guys.
Anyhow I voted Bus because I wanted to tell y'all that but I don't think there is (or ever going to be) a best rapper. I like Eminem and Lil Wayne but y'all gotta know real rap too. Vote 2Pac, Biggie, Jay-Z, or some other legend. Soulja Boy shouldn't be on here! Who voted that?! Cracka pleez...!