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
Tupac Shakur Hip hop music, Political hip hop Gangsta rap

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Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
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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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Immortal Technique 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
Lupe Fiasco Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Political hip hop

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Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Talib Kweli Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Conscious hip hop

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KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Hardcore hip hop

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Common is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Common Hip hop music, Jazz rap Alternative hip hop

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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop Hardcore hip hop

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J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
J. Cole Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Rhythm and blues

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The Roots is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
The Roots Hip hop music, Jazz rap Alternative hip hop

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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Neo soul

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Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Dead Prez Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Political hip hop

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Killer Mike is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Killer Mike Hip hop music, Southern hip hop

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Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Ab-Soul West Coast hip hop - Control System, Longterm 2, Longterm Mentality

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Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Hopsin Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Horrorcore

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

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Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Aesop Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Experimental hip hop

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K-Rino is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
K-Rino Hip hop music, Horrorcore Political hip hop

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Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Eyedea & Abilities Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Experimental hip hop

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Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Jurassic 5 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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Dilated Peoples is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Dilated Peoples Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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Saul Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Saul Williams Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Spoken word

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El-P is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
El-P Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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

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X-Clan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
X-Clan Hip hop music

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Prince Ea is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Prince Ea Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Political hip hop

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The Coup is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
The Coup Hip hop music

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Russ is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Russ Hip Hop

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Locksmith is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Locksmith West Coast hip hop

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LeCrae is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
LeCrae Hip hop music, Christian hip hop Gangsta rap

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David Banner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
David Banner Hip hop music, Rapcore Pop rap

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B.o.B is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
B.o.B Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Pop music

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Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Time Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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Classified is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Classified Hip hop music

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CYNE is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
CYNE Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Experimental music

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Michael Franti is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Michael Franti Hip hop music, Dancehall Folk music

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The Narcicyst is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
The Narcicyst Hip hop music, Political hip hop Conscious hip hop

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Gaiaisi Hip-hop - www.gaiaisi.org

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Kery James is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Kery James Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop French hip hop

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Count Bass D is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Count Bass D Hip hop music, Political hip hop Soul music

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Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Cee Lo Green Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Pop music

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Macklemore is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Macklemore Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Hip hop music in the Pacific Northwest

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Lil' Gang$ta Hip-Hop/Rap

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Yaggfu Front is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Yaggfu Front Alternative hip hop, 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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3d Na'tee is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

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Matt Reeves is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Matt Reeves Hip-Hop - www.JustMattReeves.com

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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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Souleye is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Souleye 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 and Bassnectar. Over the last ten ...