Top Ten Rap/Hip-Hop Artists

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.

em came from the deepest parts of the underground (if you know what I mean) and now he is the top, he is a great rapper, and raps about life, hate and love, his strangles, the poorness of our community, and comedy. he really deserves to be 1. however, 2pac should definitely be no. 2, he is a legend, and any rapper who says they weren't influenced by pac is definitely lying, I know both em and pac have influenced my style a lot too. nowa days nobody gives a sh** bout lyrics, just a good beat, man, lyrics is what rap should be about. I can't believe that artists like flo rida are even classified as rappers.

eminem is a true lyricist, he talks about life and problems in our society instead of girls money and cars. However, a lot of other old rappers did the same, the reason he deserves to be here is that he mixed real lyrics with great beats, a good hook, and he does it in a catchy voice. he also turned the rap industry upside down by becoming a multi-platinum white rapper

Eminem is undeniably on top of the hip hop game. People can't deny his skills. In a rap battle or freestyle he proves himself over and over again just as much as the controversial music in his albums. Eminem deserves every bit of respect, success, credibility and then some because he truly represents hip hop/rap well and one of music's finest and talented artists and yes it is completely true, because hip hop could definitely ill afford to lose him.

Is the best

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2 Tupac Shakur Tupac Shakur 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.

PAC deserves to be #1 he died to soon of course but if he was still here he would have out sold every rapper period he is a rap icon its more rapper's trying to either look like him or sound like him then any other rapper to ever rap think about it drama, ja rule, DMX need I say more

Pac hands down needs to be first! biggie and em are 2 and 3

Goes to show how white brain washed America is Eminiem is number 1 I mean wow white people are like rap is getting too big let's take it from Jen

miss him

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3 Nas Nas Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper. 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.

Ny state of mind, one mic, and the world is yours. Best songs ever

4 Notorious B.I.G

I know Tupac was better. But, I had to vote for Biggie. NO way does the B.I.G. deserve to be way the F down here. Bumped him up from 16 to 15. A couple more votes will put him in the top 10 where he belongs.

Can't belive biggie is number 6 he should be at number 1 with Eminem

He is definitely #3 material.

Best flow of all time! My #1

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5 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.

So much potential and such an early success! His rhymes tell deep stories of growing up as a troubled adolescent in Compton, and his flow is dead on smooth. Expect big things from Kendrick!

Has some of the best lyrics and one of the best rap albums ever and he still has much to come. Expect big things from king kendrick

KENDRICK is one of a kind what best punch lines of which he deserves to b on top 5... WELL RATED!

Finally gets his due - Themusicman

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6 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.

Voted low because he's a douche, but as a musician, he has more tricks up his sleeve than the devil himself. Not to say he worships satan, but... never mind. Get him in the top ten, for Christ's sake.

What the hell is Kanye West doing all the way down here? Granted I'm more of a rock n' roll guy but still the way that Kanye West makes and produces music never ceases to amaze me and he is undoubtedly my favorite Hip Hop artist. Should be in the top 5 at least. For me, Kanye West defines the meaning of Hip Hop!

He well better then Lil Wayne should be second behind eminent

HE IS SO WECK HE MUST JUST MARRY ANOTHER WIFE AND LEAVE THE RAP GAME 'because HE MADE ONLY 1 SONG CALLED HEARTLESS

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7 Jay-Z Jay-Z Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name JAY-Z, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and investor. He is best known for his album Reasonable Doubt.

He still a legend and active while not failing at all can't beat these new rappers

The Highest selling rapper of all time, should at least be in the top ten, but I can't believe that 27 other suggestions have been placed here without Jay-Z, I mean hell. But Snoop and 50 Cent are better

Holy smokes most of people voting consider lil Wayne to b a rapper rather than a drug abused stoner loner.. jay z is the reason I listen rap along with Eminem. What the hell is drake doing here. - butthurtbastard

Jz defined rap and Eminem just read out lyrics

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8 A Tribe Called Quest A Tribe Called Quest A Tribe Called Quest were an American hip-hop trio that was formed in 1985, and was composed of MC and producer Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg and DJ and producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad.
9 Lil' Wayne

Lil Wayne is a horrible rapper compared to Eminem and 2Pac! No one will ever be above their level, maybe you should rethink the music you listen to because if you listen to Lil Wayne you don't know real music... !

You're kidding right people?

He's the beast he's a dog he's a goblin vote for him. - Mymanqw

L vote for Lil Wayne

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10 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 from Atlanta, Georgia.

Way better than Lil Wayne. T.I. will murder Lil Wayne in a rap battle. He wont even last a minute against the true and only king of the south. T.I. is the greatest ever!

Way better than Birdman, David Banner and Lil Wayne. T.I. can beat these rappers together in a rap battle. He will murder them. King forever.

TI gotta stop making top ten lists

T. I rises beyond exspectations

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The Contenders

11 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. V 1 Comment
12 Dr. Dre Dr. Dre Andre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics.

THE NEXT EPISODE IS BOMB!

Best selling rapper of all time

You all forgot about dre

Why is dre so far dwn the list he's a legend people!

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13 Norm Ender Norm Ender

Best rapper ever.

Socialist policy gangsta all in one!

14 Drake Drake Aubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.

I definitely think he's not #1 but he's not the worst either

Drake is all over hype and should not be in the top ten.

Drake is the best

DRAKE IS NOT ONLY THE BEST BUT THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME. HE IS NOW ON HIS WORST BEHAVIOUR

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15 Tech N9ne Tech N9ne ...read more.

Tech n9ne should number one 13 is bull number1 all the way he deserves it more he raps like no one else has the deepest and created a new rap style he is not even in his prime he's 42 and he is only getting better tech n9ne for number1 - Realtechnician

Technicians stand up this is bull he's better than almost everyone on this list top 10 for sure - tsshadyfan1

Tech n9ne's lyrics and lyrical genius is why he deserves to be at number 1

Tech N9ne is better than Eminem.
Tech N9ne 1 number.

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16 Wu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang Clan The Wu-Tang Clan is an American hip hop group from New York City, originally composed of East Coast rappers RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Cappadonna.
17 Death Grips Death Grips Death Grips is an American experimental hip hop band from Sacramento, California, formed in 2010. The group consists of vocalist MC Ride, drummer and producer Zach Hill, and recording engineer Andy Morin.
18 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.
19 Public Enemy Public Enemy Public Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, Khari Wynn, DJ Lord, and the S1W group.
20 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.

What is 50 cent doing all the way down here? He deserves to be at least 2nd Eminem is the king and probably always will be. 2pac is okay but 50 cent is better than him anyway but him and Eminem are the best on this list

He is better than drake and maclemore and should be above norm ender and kanye with tech but tech even higher. - tsshadyfan1

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21 Outkast Outkast Outkast is an American hip hop duo formed in 1991, in East Point, Atlanta, Georgia, composed of Atlanta-based rappers André "André 3000" Benjamin (formerly known as Dré) and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton. The duo achieved both critical acclaim and commercial success in the 1990s and early 2000s, helping ...read more.
22 Danny Brown
23 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.

Big L deserves to be number 2, if want to hear a truly amazing lyricist then just listen to these songs; Ebonics, Put it On, No Endz, M.V.P, Lifestylez ov the Poor and Dangerous, Street Struck, or All Black - KrazzyMadd

is he below drake? - Themusicman

24 B-Dawg
25 Run the Jewels
26 Clouddead
27 Macklemore Macklemore Ben Haggerty, known by his stage name Macklemore and formerly Professor Macklemore, is an American singer and songwriter from Seattle, Washington.

I think he's best because his song thin line means a lot and it's cool too.

Macklemore isn't in the top 50 lmao

28 Birdman
29 Rakim Rakim

Deserves more respect for his skill. Top 15 - tsshadyfan1

30 DMX DMX

Top 15 for sure he's better than b dawg, big l, Kanye, and macklemore as far as artists outside the top 10. - tsshadyfan1

31 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.

Realist gangster rapper still throwing up w's

32 Wiz Khalifa Wiz Khalifa Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper, songwriter, and actor.
33 Mike Shinoda Mike Shinoda Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer.

I'll pay with my life to see mike making a song with eminem... It'd be awesome.
But mike is the best! LP rocks!

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

Meek should be top 15

36 Ice Cube Ice Cube O'Shea Jackson, born June 15, 1969, 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, he built ...read more.

Best rapper alive and greater of gangsta rap

To many artists he's better than above him. Top 20. - tsshadyfan1

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38 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.
39 Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian American rapper / pop music artist. Nicki is most known for songs like "Anaconda", "Only", "Truffle Butter", "Super Bass" and "Stupid Hoe" . Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She was born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James Trinidad and Tobago. ...read more.

She the Highest selling rapper of all time she should be in top 5

Nicki is rap legend. She should be in top 5.

Should be higher, mabey top 25. The true queen of rap. - tsshadyfan1

40 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.
41 Young Jeezy Young Jeezy Young Jeezy is a hip hop artist from Atlanta, Georgia. He is most known for his album "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation", his loud, distinct rap voice, his song "Put On", and for his tough talk and street lyrics.
42 Snoop Dogg Snoop Dogg Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr., known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper and actor from Long Beach, California.

What can't belive snoop ain't in the top 10 that's crazy!

Move him up. Great G rapper. - tsshadyfan1

43 ZedBazi

Best

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44 Three 6 Mafia Three 6 Mafia Three 6 Mafia is an American hip hop group from Memphis, Tennessee, signed to Columbia Records. The group was formed by DJ Paul, Lord Infamous, and Juicy J in 1991 and was at first known as Triple 6 Mafia.
45 Ludacris Ludacris Christopher Brian "Chris" Bridges, better known by his stage name Ludacris, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and actor.
46 Tyga Tyga Tyga is a rapper that was born November 19, 1989. He was popular in 2012 and is best known for dating Kylie Jenner while she was still a minor.
47 Soroush Hichkas

He performs a perfect lyrics

Godfather Persian hip-hop💜

48 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 could become president of America

THE SICKEST IN THE GAME

49 Redman Redman Reginald "Reggie" Noble, better known by his stage name Redman, is an American rapper, DJ, record producer, and actor.
50 Logic Logic Born on January 22, 1990, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, better known as Logic, is one of the most influential artists in the rap game today, with amazing lyricism and flow. Logic first gained major fame through making 2013's edition of the XXL Top-10 Freshmen List, and has easily become the most successful ...read more.

How is he not on this list. Please, PLEASE tell me. One of the best already, infact he's already up there with drake,j. Cole, and Kendrick. All of them made it but not logic... Guess this line off Till the end was true."it's logic, the one nobody would vouch for, how's that s#! % for an outro."

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