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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+ - 461 131
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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+ - 430 133
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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+ - 400 121
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

5
+ - 437 141
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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+ - 335 96
Common is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Common Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

7
+ - 321 91
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

8
+ - 299 82
J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
J. Cole Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rhythm and blues

9
+ - 332 105
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

10
+ - 259 77
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

11
+ - 229 72
The Roots is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
The Roots Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

12
+ - 247 83
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

13
+ - 172 53
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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+ - 188 66
Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Dead Prez Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

15
+ - 78 10
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Joey Badass Hip hop music

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+ - 114 29
Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Ab-Soul West Coast hip hop - Control System, Longterm 2, Longterm Mentality

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+ - 99 55
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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+ - 101 63
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Hopsin Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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+ - 92 60
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Aesop Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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+ - 63 39
Dilated Peoples is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Dilated Peoples Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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+ - 72 48
K-Rino is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
K-Rino Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Political hip hop

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+ - 59 36
El-P is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
El-P Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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+ - 8 0
Isaiah Rashad is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Isaiah Rashad Hip hop music

24
+ - 61 42
Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Jurassic 5 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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+ - 51 34
Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Eyedea & Abilities Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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+ - 49 36
Hieroglyphics is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Hieroglyphics Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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+ - 21 8
LeCrae is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
LeCrae Hip hop music, Christian hip hop, Gangsta rap

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+ - 38 28
Saul Williams is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Saul Williams Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Spoken word

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+ - 38 29
X-Clan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
X-Clan Hip hop music

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+ - 30 26
Locksmith is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Locksmith West Coast hip hop

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+ - 22 17
Russ is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Russ Hip Hop

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+ - 7 1
Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

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+ - 36 35
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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+ - 18 15
The Coup is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
The Coup Hip hop music

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+ - 30 29
B.o.B is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
B.o.B Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

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+ - 14 14
Classified is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Classified Hip hop music

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+ - 23 25
David Banner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
David Banner Hip hop music, Rapcore, Pop rap

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+ - 17 24
CYNE is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
CYNE Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental music

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+ - 10 22
The Narcicyst is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
The Narcicyst Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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+ - 4 14
Time is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Time Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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+ - 7 19
Michael Franti is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Michael Franti Hip hop music, Dancehall, Folk music

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+ - 9 22
Kery James is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Kery James Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, French hip hop

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+ - 7 21
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+ - 6 21
Face Candy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Face Candy Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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+ - 2 12
3d Na'tee is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

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+ - 27 57
Macklemore is listed (or ranked) 46 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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+ - 4 19
Promise is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Promise Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Spoken word

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+ - 5 22
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Lil' Gang$ta Hip-Hop/Rap

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+ - 3 17
Count Bass D is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Count Bass D Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Soul music

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+ - 6 26
Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Cee Lo Green Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music