rappers The Greatest Rappers of All Time  

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Finally, a definitive list of the best rappers of all time, ranked by fans all over the world. From the early '80s to present day, this list counts down rap's best lyricists and game changers in history. Lil' Wayne, Method Man, Jay-Z, Eminem, Andre 3000, and T.I are among the artists that appear on this amazing countdown. Rappers from all cities, both genders, and all races are all vying to be crowned the greatest rapper ever.

What makes a rapper great? There are a number of differing definitions and philosophies. Rapper J. Cole (who finds himself on the Ultimate List below) cites consistency as the most important attribute, and says it's important to look both for the big humorous "punch" lines as well as the underlying message of the rapper's songs. Nas (another MC featured on the list) focuses as well on the meaning of the songs, as well as the scale and ambition of the rapper's narratives and storytelling. (He has also gone on the record as saying that there is no such thing as the "best rapper" or "Greatest of All Time" - often abbreviated as G.O.A.T.)

Numerous different skills and attributes all must come together to make a truly legendary MC. Obviously, a rapper must display a sense of rhythm and an ability to compliment the beat in unpredictable and exciting ways. A gift for lyricism and vocabulary is similarly essential - you can have the flow of the century, but if the words don't come together to tell a compelling story or present a unique point of view, it's still not going to translate into a great hip-hop song. But of course there's also an intangible element that elevates some rappers into the ranks of the greatest of all time. Who are these rappers who stand heads above the competition? You tell us, by voting for your favorites below or making your own list of Top Rappers.

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+ - 41,703 22,834
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
TuPac United States of America

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2
+ - 53,088 26,994
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Eminem United States of America

3
+ - 37,680 18,007
The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G. United States of America

4
+ - 28,331 17,571
Nas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Nas United States of America

5
+ - 20,521 23,121
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Jay-Z United States of America

6
+ - 23,953 15,550
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Ice Cube United States of America

7
+ - 22,701 15,644
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Snoop Dogg United States of America

8
+ - 23,837 15,050
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Dr. Dre United States of America

9
+ - 26,099 15,169
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Kendrick Lamar United States of America

10
+ - 17,322 14,258
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Rakim United States of America

11
+ - 16,919 11,314
André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
André 3000 United States of America

12
+ - 17,958 19,856
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Kanye West United States of America

13
+ - 16,086 11,704
Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Eazy-E United States of America

14
+ - 14,677 12,749
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
50 Cent United States of America

15
+ - 13,391 10,663
DMX is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
DMX United States of America

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+ - 11,393 9,735
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Busta Rhymes United States of America

17
+ - 11,122 8,519
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Method Man United States of America

18
+ - 12,587 9,103
J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
J. Cole United States of America, Germany

19
+ - 10,126 9,437
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Mos Def United States of America

20
+ - 9,127 9,019
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
KRS-One United States of America

21
+ - 10,212 8,862
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Ludacris United States of America

22
+ - 8,396 7,932
Common is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Common United States of America

23
+ - 8,719 8,721
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
LL Cool J United States of America

24
+ - 9,003 10,327
Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Lil Wayne United States of America

25
+ - 8,476 7,035
Big L is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time

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+ - 8,792 8,439
T.I. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
T.I. United States of America

27
+ - 7,395 6,453
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Ghostface Killah United States of America

28
+ - 7,047 5,974
Redman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Redman United States of America

29
+ - 7,072 6,103
Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Big Pun United States of America

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+ - 5,909 5,404
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Lauryn Hill United States of America

31
+ - 5,638 5,811
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Slick Rick United States of America, United Kingdom

32
+ - 5,737 5,601
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Big Daddy Kane United States of America

33
+ - 6,754 4,902
Aaron Dontez Yates is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Tech N9ne United States of America

34
+ - 6,057 5,658
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Scarface United States of America

35
+ - 5,484 5,161
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Raekwon United States of America

36
+ - 6,355 4,392
Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Nate Dogg United States of America

37
+ - 5,305 4,840
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Ol' Dirty Bastard United States of America

38
+ - 5,821 4,461
Jayceon Terrell Taylor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
The Game United States of America

39
+ - 5,375 6,008
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Lupe Fiasco United States of America

40
+ - 3,902 2,606
Logic is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time

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+ - 3,833 2,807
Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Chance the Rapper United States of America

42
+ - 4,470 4,740
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Talib Kweli United States of America

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+ - 4,635 4,342
RZA is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
RZA United States of America

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+ - 4,471 3,337
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45
+ - 4,511 4,528
GZA is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
GZA United States of America

46
+ - 4,017 3,101
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time

47
+ - 3,868 3,934
Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Q-Tip United States of America

48
+ - 3,683 3,357
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Ice-T United States of America

49
+ - 3,956 3,985
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Immortal Technique United States of America, Peru

50
+ - 3,820 3,592
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Xzibit United States of America