The Best Jazz Rap Artists

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Formed at the end of the golden age of hip hop, jazz rap incorporates both of these genres to create a sound that pays tribute to the past as it does fusing it with the present. Jazz rap lyrically is political and focuses on Afrocentrism. Unlike other forms of political or militant rap, jazz rap focuses on being positive in its lyrics. Using hip hop rhythms, jazz rap's heyday was during the early 1990s before fading away.

So, who are the best jazz rappers? Any list of jazz rap has to include artists like Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, Digable Planets, Pete Rock and The Roots. These jazz rappers are also popular alternative rappers, and the artists listed remain widely respected even though some have been broken up for a while. Though jazz rap was a shooting star in terms having a widespread impact in hip hop, many jazz rappers are looked upon quite fondly and are considered rap legends.

That said, it's up to you to determine who is the best jazz rap artists. If you notice that someone isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This should only include artists who are known for jazz rap, and didn't just dabble in the genre because it was trendy. This list answers the questions "who are the best jazz rap bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest jazz rap musician 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 jazz rap bands that you might've heard of. (26 items)
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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    Surreal and the Sound Provider... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists

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    Sound Providers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists

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    Surreal & DJ Balance is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists

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    K. Sparks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists

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    Asheru & Blue Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists

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    Glad2Mecha & Ill Treats is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists

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    Jazz rap, Pop music, House music

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