The Best Conscious Rappers

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This conscious rappers list ranks the best conscious hip hop artists and groups by votes. This list of good conscious rappers let’s you see who hip hop fans think are the best in conscious hip hop. Not to be confused with political hip hop, the best conscious rappers directly address the social, cultural, and political issues that will effect people in everyday life. The best conscious rappers have built a loyal following due to their ability to discuss the everyday struggles of normal people and the truths that go along with that. Many of the best rappers of all time started off as socially conscious rappers. Unlike other more politicized forms of music, conscious rappers try to present information through their rhymes so people can make informed decisions on the issues they rap about on their own.


So, who are the best conscious rappers? Any list has to have the likes of Mos Def, Immortal Technique, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, and Killer Mike on it. These rappers are certainly politically conscious, but the focus of much of their work is on the personal narrative that accompanies political and social strife. This is why, with their texturized beats and solid lyrics, they have remained some of the most popular, and thus, best conscious rappers of all time.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best conscious rappers. If you notice that a top artist is missing from this list and should be added, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best conscious hip hop acts of all time?" and "who is the greatest conscious rapper ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular conscious hip hop bands that you might've heard of. 
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    Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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    Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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    Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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    Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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    KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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    Killer Mike is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

    Hip hop music, Southern hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rhythm and blues

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    West Coast hip hop Control System, Longterm 2, Longterm Mentality

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Indie

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Spoken word

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    Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Political hip hop

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    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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    Hip hop music

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    David Banner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Rapcore, Pop rap

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    Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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    Locksmith is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

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    West Coast hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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    Russ is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

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    Hip Hop

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    added by Caleb White Filleul
    Hip hop music

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    added by GabrielVNicolau
    Hip-hop www.gaiaisi.org

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    added by ReverendEntity
    Hip hop music, Dancehall, Folk music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental music

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    The Narcicyst is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hip hop music in the Pacific Northwest ...

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    Matt Reeves is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

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    Hip-Hop www.JustMattReeves.com

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    Kery James is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

    Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, French hip hop

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    Promise is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Spoken word

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    Hip-Hop/Rap

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Soul music

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    Souleye is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

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    Conscious Hip Hop  Souleye’s career began when he won a spot on Jam Cruise in 2005, a contest put on by Relix magazine, which included members of P-Funk, Les Claypool, Digable Planets, Michael Franti, Bela Fleck

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    Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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    Mikel Wj is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

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    Rap

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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    Hardcore hip hop, Underground hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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    Yaggfu Front is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

    Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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