rap The Very Best Muslim Rappers

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List Rules Only famous hip hop artists who are practicing Muslims

As long as hip hop has been part of the cultural vernacular, the religion of Islam has had a decidedly profound influence on the genre. Many of the biggest names and most legendary rappers have shown an affinity for Islam, even if they aren’t necessarily practicing Muslims.


 Islam has always been featured prominently in many a rap lyric and onstage. (Remember Jay Z removing the Five Percent Nation medallion from his neck and placed it over the head of protege Jay Electronica at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival?) However, nods to Islam reached their peak in the late ‘90s and have wained a bit, but there are still prominent, popular and practicing Muslims making music today. Check out list below and vote on your favorite Muslim rappers, past or present, and let us know who we missed!

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Nas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Nas Illmatic, Life Is Good Untitled Nas album

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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Ice Cube AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, The Predator Death Certificate

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Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Mos Def Black on Both Sides, True Magic The New Danger

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Rakim is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Rakim The 18th Letter, The Archive: Live Lost & Found

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Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Part 1

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Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Ghostface Killah Ironman, Supreme Clientele Fishscale

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Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Busta Rhymes When Disaster Strikes…, The Big Bang The Coming

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MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
MC Ren The Villain in Black, Shock of the Hour Ruthless for Life

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Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Mobb Deep The Infamous, Blood Money The Infamous Mobb Deep

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RZA is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
RZA RZA as Bobby Digital in Stereo, Birth of a Prince Digital Bullet

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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Immortal Technique Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary Volume 1

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Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Big Daddy Kane Long Live the Kane, It's a Big Daddy Thing Daddy's Home

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Common is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Common Resurrection, Be Like Water for Chocolate

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Akon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Akon Konvicted, Trouble Mama Africa

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Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instrumentals, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II Immobilarity

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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Scarface The Diary, The Fix Mr. Scarface Is Back

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Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Gang Starr Hard to Earn, Daily Operation Moment of Truth

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Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Q-Tip The Renaissance, Amplified Kamaal/The Abstract

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Chuck D is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Chuck D Autobiography of Mistachuck, Rock da Funky Beats / Dance With You An Interview With Chuck D

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T-Pain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
T-Pain Rappa Ternt Sanga, Epiphany Revolver

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K'naan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
K'naan Qi Kai De Sheng (Wavin' Flag Celebration Mix), Troubadour The Dusty Foot Philosopher

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French Montana is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
French Montana Excuse My French, Lock Out Cocaine Mafia

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Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Brother Ali Shadows on the Sun, Us Rites of Passage

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Freeway is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Freeway Free at Last, Philadelphia Freeway Diamond in the Ruff

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Everlast is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Everlast Eat at Whitey's, Never Missin' a Beat Forever Everlasting

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Lowkey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Lowkey Uncensored, Key to the Game 3 Soundtrack to the Struggle

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Napoleon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers

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Beanie Sigel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Beanie Sigel The Reason, The B. Coming The Truth

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Brand Nubian is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Brand Nubian One for All, Time’s Runnin’ Out In God We Trust

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Akil is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Akil The Proud Egyptian, We Know Something You Don't Know

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Ali Shaheed Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Ali Shaheed Muhammad Shaheedullah and Stereotypes, Elevated Orange / Lord Can I Have This Mercy

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Kayna Samet is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Kayna Samet Entre Deux Je, Deep Voice Thug Wife

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Poor Righteous Teachers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Poor Righteous Teachers Pure Poverty, The New World Order Black Business

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Rhymefest is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Rhymefest Blue Collar, Mark Ronson Presents Rhymefest: Man in the Mirror Raw Dawg

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Michael Peter Balzary is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Michael Peter Balzary Helen Burns