The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers) Bands/Musicians

The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

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For the better part of the 21st century, mainstream rap music has dominated the airwaves. Wherever you'd go, it's likely that this version of radio friendly hip hop would be blaring on speakers in your supermarket, hair stylist's shop or even your doctor's office. Mainstream hip hop is almost unavoidable, and that's not the worst thing in the world. All of the best top-40 rappers have achieved some type of underground success before their ascent to the pop rap world. Many of these rappers have become entrenched in the minds of casual fans of the genre, cementing their status as pop rappers. Of course, that's what happens when your song is known in urban centers and by suburban teenagers.

So, that said, who are the best mainstream rappers? The artists on this list must have some type of success on top-40 radio, or else there's no point for them to be on this list. The best pop rappers should have at least a few hits to their name. Some of the best top-40 rappers include Nelly, the Black Eyed Peas, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. There will naturally be mainstream pop rappers who people despise. That comes with the territory, as Iggy Azaela can attest in her controversial 2014. She shot to the top of the charts, but her presence was the subject of scorn from many underground rappers and other mainstream rappers.

All things considered, it's up to you to determine who can truly be considered the best pop rappers. While pop rap has become more popular and prominent, there isn't a definitive answer to who is really the best radio rapper. This list answers the questions "who are the best pop rap bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest pop 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 pop rap bands that you might've heard of. (44 items)
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    Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap

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    Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

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    Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop

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    Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Hip hop music, Pop music

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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

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    added by dane-jeriss
    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Flo Rida is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

    Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

    added by Duane Kamimura
    Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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    Will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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    T-Pain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Electro hop

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    added by rochelle-durski
    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Electro hop

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    The Black Eyed Peas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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    MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

    Hip hop music, Pop music, House music

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    Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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    Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

    added by 1467566694460
    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Southern hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Popular music, Pop music

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    Hip hop music, Electro hop, Latin American music

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    D12 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

    added by 1467566694460
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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    Hip hop music, Disco, East Coast hip hop

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    Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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    Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

    added by musicmovieminecraftme-123hd
    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Iggy Azalea is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

    Hip hop music, Electronic music, Hip Hop

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    added by TrươngNhậtHuy
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance music

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    added by danman082200
    Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

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    Young Jeezy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Pop rap

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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Reggae

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Christian hip hop

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    Fergie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

    Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Soulja Boy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

    Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Pop music

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    Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Pop rap, Miami bass

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    Bow Wow is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

    Hip hop music, Pop rap

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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    Hip hop music, Pop rap, Snap music

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