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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. (47 items)
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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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+ - 90 60
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Tupac Shakur Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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+ - 138 116
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Snoop Dogg Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap

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+ - 142 125
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Kanye West Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

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+ - 120 104
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Jay-Z Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap

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+ - 129 114
Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Lil Wayne Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop

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+ - 24 10
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
50 Cent Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

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+ - 118 107
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

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+ - 137 127
Pitbull is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Pitbull Hip hop music, Electro hop, Latin American music

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+ - 139 130
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Nicki Minaj Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

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+ - 37 25
Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Big Sean Hip hop music

12
+ - 92 87
Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Wiz Khalifa Hip hop music, Pop music

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+ - 105 101
Iggy Azalea is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Iggy Azalea Hip hop music, Electronic music, Hip Hop

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+ - 69 63
Lil Jon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Lil Jon Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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+ - 106 103
Flo Rida is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Flo Rida Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

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+ - 79 75
Nelly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Nelly Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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+ - 81 78
The Black Eyed Peas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
The Black Eyed Peas Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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+ - 59 59
T-Pain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
T-Pain Hip hop music, Pop music, Electro hop

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+ - 72 74
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Will Smith Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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+ - 44 44
MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
MC Hammer Hip hop music, Pop music, House music

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+ - 21 18
D12 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
D12 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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+ - 49 51
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
LL Cool J Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 61 66
Will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Will.i.am Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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+ - 54 58
Akon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Akon Hip hop music, Popular music, Pop music

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+ - 53 58
2 Chainz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
2 Chainz Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Southern hip hop

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+ - 22 21
Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Shaggy Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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Juicy J is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Juicy J Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Electro hop

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+ - 5 1
Tgirl Madrops is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

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+ - 33 40
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Yelawolf Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

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+ - 47 58
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prin... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince Hip hop music, Disco, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 37 46
Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Fat Joe Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 2 2
Smeezy-kk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

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+ - 23 30
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Lil' Kim Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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+ - 12 16
Sean Paul is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Sean Paul Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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+ - 25 36
Mase is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Mase Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Christian hip hop

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+ - 43 63
Fergie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Fergie Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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+ - 32 49
Sean Kingston is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Sean Kingston Hip hop music, Pop music, Reggae

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+ - 25 41
Puff Daddy & The Family is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

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+ - 7 16
Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Avril Lavigne Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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+ - 30 49
Young Jeezy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Young Jeezy Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Pop rap

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+ - 11 24
Becky G is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Becky G Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance music

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+ - 25 49
Vanilla Ice is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Vanilla Ice Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

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+ - 33 62
Soulja Boy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Soulja Boy Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Pop music

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+ - 22 47
Bow Wow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Bow Wow Hip hop music, Pop rap

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+ - 12 36
Tag Team is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Tag Team Hip hop music, Pop rap, Miami bass

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+ - 14 40
D4L is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
D4L Hip hop music, Pop rap, Snap music

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+ - 13 41
Hollywood Undead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hollywood Undead Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal