music 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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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
AmiruNuradeen added Tupac Shakur Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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535 159
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Nightstalker55 added Kendrick Lamar Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Mos Def Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
imari Johnson added J. Cole Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rhythm and blues

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Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Lupe Fiasco Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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367 108
Common is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Common Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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349 100
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Talib Kweli Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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421 137
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
TrentonBullock added Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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The Roots is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added The Roots Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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Killer Mike is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Killer Mike Hip hop music, Southern hip hop

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Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Daniel Gurstein added Joey Badass Hip hop music

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Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Dead Prez Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
lucca-hutson added Ab-Soul West Coast hip hop - Control System, Longterm 2, Longterm Mentality

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Atmosphere is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Atmosphere Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Indie

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Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Bronzeflame added Hopsin Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Aesop Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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El-P is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added El-P Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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72 48
Dilated Peoples is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Dilated Peoples Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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K-Rino is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
BrianGodsonBanfield added K-Rino Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Political hip hop

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Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Eyedea & Abilities Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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LeCrae is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
KurtisColman added LeCrae Hip hop music, Christian hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Jurassic 5 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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Hieroglyphics is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Hieroglyphics Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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Saul Williams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Saul Williams Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Spoken word

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Isaiah Rashad is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
AnthonyBecker added Isaiah Rashad Hip hop music

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X-Clan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
CameronRayHarvey added X-Clan Hip hop music

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Russ is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Caleb White Filleul added Russ Hip Hop

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B.o.B is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
KurtisColman added B.o.B Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

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Locksmith is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
RachelMorgan added Locksmith West Coast hip hop

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Prince Ea is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Prince Ea Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Vinzilla added Joyner Lucas

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David Banner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Aaron Harris added David Banner Hip hop music, Rapcore, Pop rap

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Classified is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Caleb White Filleul added Classified Hip hop music

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The Coup is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
cory-darrow added The Coup Hip hop music

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Delyric Oracle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
LisaLoveN added Delyric Oracle

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Feloni is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
RealKnowledge added Feloni Hip hop music, Rap music, Alternative rock - Feloni (from Detroit, MI) was first discovered on Myspace in 2006 by MTV affiliates and Oscar Award-winning film producers Kirk Simon & Karen Goodman. They went on to include Feloni's plight in hip-hop in their controversial ...

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CYNE is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ElianYahye added CYNE Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental music

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Macklemore is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Caleb White Filleul added Macklemore Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hip hop music in the Pacific Northwest

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Michael Franti is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Michael Franti Hip hop music, Dancehall, Folk music

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Kery James is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Kery James Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, French hip hop

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The Narcicyst is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
The Narcicyst Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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Face Candy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Face Candy Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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Time is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
jmans added Time Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Owens Curtis added Cee Lo Green Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

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Promise is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Promise Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Spoken word

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