The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

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List Criteria: Only rappers who are known for their political or social commentary in their lyrics

By it's explosive nature and origins in cities, hip hop is political. Whether subversive or explicitly described, political rap has been one of the strongest genres of hip hop. Most political rappers are outspoken, which has endeared them to their fans and the communities whose viewpoints they represent. Political rap has been a thorn in the side of those who they oppose and often times are some of the most outspoken musicians. Political rap shouldn't be confused with conscious rap, though similar in some facets, but political rap refers to rappers who have strong political agendas.

So, who are the best political rappers? Any political rap list has to include the likes of Public Enemy, N.W.A., Lupe Fiasco, all of which are known for their strong political views. These groups are among the best rappers of all time and are some of the most important rappers ever. Political rap means rappers have to take a stand and say what they believe. Needless to say, if you're a fan of political rap, you appreciate what these rappers are saying.

That said, it's up to you to determine who is the best political rapper. The greatest political hip hop bands have strong followings so let your voice be heard. Thumbs up for the rappers you like, thumbs down for the ones you don't. This list answers the questions "who are the best political hip hop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest political hip hop 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 political hip hop bands that you might've heard of.(60 items)
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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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    Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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    Nas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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    Lowkey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Grime

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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    Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Common is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop

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    Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Rap music

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    Spoken word

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    Gil Scott-Heron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

    Spoken Word Soul, Fusion, Jazz-funk

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    Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop

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    Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    DISL Automatic is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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    Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    The Narcicyst is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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    DJ Screw is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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    DAM is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

    Hip hop music, Political hip hop

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    Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, Rap rock

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Celtic fusion

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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    Promise is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Spoken word

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    Political hip hop, Spoken word, Reggae

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop

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    Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Soul music

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    Belgrade syndicate is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

    Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Yaggfu Front is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

    Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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