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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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    The Low End Theory, Midnight Marauders, People's Instinctive Travels and ...

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    Hard to Earn, Daily Operation, Moment of Truth

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    My Own Worst Enemy, Center of Attention, Soul Survivor

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    3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul Is Dead, Buhloone Mindstate

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    Planet of the Beats, The Kolexxxion, Collabo EP

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    Things Fall Apart, Phrenology, MTV Unplugged

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    Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space), Blowout Comb, Trip the ...

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    Hand on the Torch, An Ordinary Day in an Unusual Place, Broadway & ...

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    Acid Rap, Confident, Songs from Scratch: Paranoia

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    Bang for the Buck, Taste the Secret, Journey to Anywhere

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    A Day in the Life

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    And Now the Legacy Begins, Subliminal Simulation, The Master Plan

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    High Notes for Low Lifes, Riding in Fast Cars with Your Momma

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    The Shape of It, Minton's, Found Lost

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    Everybody Jam!, Take Your Time, Scatman's World

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