Band/Musician The Greatest Rappers of All Time

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Ten of the greatest MC's to ever pick up a mic.
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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
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Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli, was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His double disc albums All Eyez on Me and his Greatest Hits ...more

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#1558 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#228 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists

#142 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#546 on The Best Singers of All Time

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Rakim is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
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Rakim


William Michael Griffin, Jr., better known by his stage name Rakim, is an American rapper. One half of golden age hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential and most skilled MCs of all time. Eric B. & Rakim's classic album Paid in Full was named the greatest ...more

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#9 on The Greatest Rappers of All Time

#4 on The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time

#12 on The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

#5 on The Best Rap Lyricists of All Time

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The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
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Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie or Biggie Smalls, was an American rapper. Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. When he released his debut album Ready to Die in 1994, he became a central figure in the East Coast ...more

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#237 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#7 on The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

#77 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

#16 on The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30

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Nas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
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Nas


Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known as Nas, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Since 1994, Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums and sold over 25 million records worldwide. Aside from rapping and ...more

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#502 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#11 on The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

#191 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

#1239 on The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
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Eminem


Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known by his stage name Eminem, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter, and actor. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of the group D12, as well as one half of the hip hop duo Bad Meets Evil. He is the best-selling artist of the 2000s in the ...more

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#210 on The Best Actors Working Today

#38 on The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers

#1049 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#71 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists

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Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
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Jay-Z


Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name Jay Z, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America. In 2014, Forbes estimated Jay Z's net worth at nearly $520 million. He is one of the world's ...more

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#619 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#790 on The Best Singers of All Time

#214 on The Worst Bands of All Time

#134 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
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Lawrence Krisna Parker, better known by his stage names KRS-One, and Teacha, is an American rapper and occasional producer from The Bronx, New York City, New York. KRS-One rose to prominence as part of the group Boogie Down Productions, which he formed with DJ Scott La Rock in the late 1980s. ...more

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#902 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#31 on The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers

#48 on The Best Political Musicians

#19 on The Greatest Rappers of All Time

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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
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O'Shea Jackson, Sr., better known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A. and later joined N.W.A. After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, he built a successful solo career in music and films. ...more

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#852 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#522 on The Best Actors in Film History

#4 on The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

#242 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

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