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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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+ - 48,332 26,024
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
TuPac United States of America

The Greatest White Rappers of All Time The Best Restaurants at LAX

2
+ - 63,377 31,681
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Eminem United States of America

3
+ - 42,940 20,335
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
+ - 31,853 20,471
Nas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Nas United States of America

5
+ - 27,795 18,062
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Ice Cube United States of America

6
+ - 26,410 18,068
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Snoop Dogg United States of America

7
+ - 23,748 26,495
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Jay-Z United States of America

8
+ - 27,999 17,459
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Dr. Dre United States of America

9
+ - 30,554 17,861
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Kendrick Lamar United States of America

10
+ - 19,542 16,720
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Rakim United States of America

11
+ - 19,347 12,836
André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
André 3000 United States of America

12
+ - 18,456 13,361
Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Eazy-E United States of America

13
+ - 20,801 22,997
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Kanye West United States of America

14
+ - 16,864 14,449
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
50 Cent United States of America

15
+ - 15,248 12,083
DMX is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
DMX United States of America

The Best Rappers of the 2000s Catchiest Viral Internet Songs of All Time

16
+ - 13,184 11,139
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Busta Rhymes United States of America

17
+ - 12,779 9,736
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Method Man United States of America

18
+ - 14,601 10,901
J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
J. Cole United States of America, Germany

19
+ - 11,469 10,668
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Mos Def United States of America

20
+ - 11,972 10,144
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Ludacris United States of America

21
+ - 10,190 10,364
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
KRS-One United States of America

22
+ - 9,465 9,204
Common is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Common United States of America

23
+ - 9,997 9,930
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
+ - 10,885 12,256
Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Lil Wayne United States of America

25
+ - 9,776 8,273
Big L is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time

26
+ - 9,959 9,615
T.I. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
T.I. United States of America

27
+ - 8,396 7,348
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Ghostface Killah United States of America

28
+ - 8,114 6,776
Redman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Redman United States of America

29
+ - 8,003 7,032
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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30
+ - 8,041 5,758
Aaron Dontez Yates is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Tech N9ne United States of America

31
+ - 7,388 5,181
Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Nate Dogg United States of America

32
+ - 6,782 6,412
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Lauryn Hill United States of America

33
+ - 6,325 6,690
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Slick Rick United States of America, United Kingdom

34
+ - 6,172 5,960
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Raekwon United States of America

35
+ - 6,710 6,446
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Scarface United States of America

36
+ - 6,312 6,443
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Big Daddy Kane United States of America

37
+ - 6,078 5,603
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
+ - 6,642 5,349
Jayceon Terrell Taylor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
The Game United States of America

39
+ - 5,303 3,950
Ranker Video v

40
+ - 5,037 3,851
Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Chance the Rapper United States of America

41
+ - 6,026 6,968
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Lupe Fiasco United States of America

42
+ - 4,769 3,689
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time

43
+ - 4,911 3,612
Logic is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time

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44
+ - 5,013 3,067
Easy E is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time

45
+ - 5,260 4,994
RZA is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
RZA United States of America

46
+ - 4,395 3,930
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Ice-T United States of America

47
+ - 4,937 5,467
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Talib Kweli United States of America

48
+ - 5,020 5,171
GZA is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
GZA United States of America

49
+ - 4,385 4,570
Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Q-Tip United States of America

50
+ - 4,165 3,374
Warren G is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Warren G United States of America