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Finally, a definitive list of the best rappers of all time, ranked by fans all over the world. From the early '80s to present day, this list counts down rap's best lyricists and game changers in history. Lil' Wayne, Method Man, Jay-Z, Eminem, Andre 3000, and T.I are among the artists that appear on this amazing countdown. Rappers from all cities, both genders, and all races are all vying to be crowned the greatest rapper ever.

What makes a rapper great? There are a number of differing definitions and philosophies. Rapper J. Cole (who finds himself on the Ultimate List below) cites consistency as the most important attribute, and says it's important to look both for the big humorous "punch" lines as well as the underlying message of the rapper's songs. Nas (another MC featured on the list) focuses as well on the meaning of the songs, as well as the scale and ambition of the rapper's narratives and storytelling. (He has also gone on the record as saying that there is no such thing as the "best rapper" or "Greatest of All Time" - often abbreviated as G.O.A.T.)

Numerous different skills and attributes all must come together to make a truly legendary MC. Obviously, a rapper must display a sense of rhythm and an ability to compliment the beat in unpredictable and exciting ways. A gift for lyricism and vocabulary is similarly essential - you can have the flow of the century, but if the words don't come together to tell a compelling story or present a unique point of view, it's still not going to translate into a great hip-hop song. But of course there's also an intangible element that elevates some rappers into the ranks of the greatest of all time. Who are these rappers who stand heads above the competition? You tell us, by voting for your favorites below or making your own list of Top Rappers.
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Dr. Dre


Ice Cube




Snoop Dogg

The Notorious B.I.G.

Tupac Shakur

Kendrick Lamar

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<![CDATA[The Greatest White Rappers of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/greatest-white-rappers-of-all-time
Though it took a while for the music to catch on with them, some of the best rappers in hip hop history are white. While this may be hard to fathom or even accept for some, white rappers have not only been some of the most unappreciated or scoffed at in the game, but they frequently fly under the radar. These white rappers are getting the due they deserve, since after all, they are considered some of the best in history.

Beginning with the introduction of the Beastie Boys (Ad-Rock, MCA, and Mike D) in the late 1980s, it became culturally acceptable for white rappers to be accepted by the larger hip hop community. In addition to the groundbreaking Beastie Boys, in 1999, after years of mainstream white hip hop diluted the pool, Eminem became one of the most popular and respected MCs of his time. With provocative and controversial lyrics, along with association with legendary producer Dr. Dre, Slim Shady catapulted to the top of both the album charts and became at one point one of the best rappers in the game.

More recently, Macklemore has become one of the most popular rappers on the planet. His socially conscious lyrics combined with the slick production of Ryan Lewis have combined two elements of hip hop to create one of the catchiest, and most acclaimed sounds in recent memory. While there are still some people who can't stand his brand of rap, Macklemore is easily one of the greatest white rappers of all time.

This is the Ultimate List of the greatest white rappers of all time. If you notice someone is missing, feel free to add him or her. Vote on who you consider to be the best white hip hop artist of all time.

Beastie Boys



Machine Gun Kelly


Mac Miller

Action Bronson



Hip-hop/Rap, Producer, Musician.

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<![CDATA[The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dead-rappers-list/ranker-hip-hop
The Notorious B.I.G. once rapped, "I wonder if I died / Would tears come to her eyes / Forgive me for my disrespect / Forgive me for my lies." Biggie, we forgive you. Several famous rappers and hip-hop stars have unfortunately passed away. This list ranks the best of them. Some of these musicians were shot during an illegal activity, while others died of natural causes. Two famous rappers are suspected to have died in conjunction with the East/West rap rivalry of the 1990s.

Who is the best rapper who is already dead? Tupac Shakur tops our list. Tupac died on September 13, 1996 after being shot in Las Vegas. He was 25 years old. The Notorious B.I.G. died on March 9, 1997 after being murdered in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. Though many believe that his death was retaliation for the murder of Tupac, no arrests have been made in correlation with either murder. 

Adam Yauch, aka, MCA of the Beastie Boys, died on May 4, 2012 after a three year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old. On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah was killed, along with eight others, when her flight to the Bahamas crashed shortly after takeoff. She was 22 years old.

Are you surprised that so many famous rappers have died? Take a look at this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.

On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah and eight others were killed when her airplane crashed shortly after takeoff. She was 22 years old. 
Big L

Big Pun
Big Pun died on February 7, 2000 after suffering a fatal heart attack in New York. He struggled with maintaining a healthy weight for much of his life.
In 1995, NWA rapper Eazy-E was diagnosed with AIDS when he went to the hospital to treat what he thought was asthma. He died from complications from AIDS less than a month later.
Heavy D
Heavy D died on November 8, 2011 after experiencing a a pulmonary embolism. He was 44 years old.
Nate Dogg
Nate Dogg died March 15, 2011 due to complications with multiple strokes. He was 41 years old.
Ol' Dirty Bastard
Ol' Dirty Bastard died on November 13, 2004 from a drug overdose at the age of 35.
Proof was shot and killed in Detroit on April 11, 2006. He was 32 years old.
The Notorious B.I.G.
The Notorious B.I.G. died on March 9, 1997 after being shot in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. Many believe that his death was a retaliation for Tupac's death in their ongoing East Coast/West Coast rivalry. 
Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur died on September 13, 1996 after being shot in Las Vegas. He was 25 years old.

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<![CDATA[The Worst Rappers of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-rappers-of-all-time/ranker-hip-hop

For every decent, innovative rapper out there, there are several copycat artists that bring nothing to the table. We’ve listed what we feel are the worst of the worst in the genre. 

We know that best of and worst of lists are subjective. What we feel is the bottom of the barrel, you might think is pretty great. On the other hand, rappers like Vanilla Ice, Marky Mark, and The Insane Clown Posse have been, for the most part, universally panned over the years. Sales have nothing to do with it either. While researching this list we’ve discovered there are some million-selling artists like Iggy Azalea, Drake and Nikki Minaj that are pretty polarizing among hip hop aficionados.

We need your input. Who, to you, is the worst rapper out there? Take a look at the list and let us know, and if there’s someone you think we’ve overlooked be sure and let us know!


Bow Wow


Insane Clown Posse

Nick Cannon

Soulja Boy



Nicki Minaj


Iggy Azalea

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<![CDATA[The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/greatest-female-vocalists-of-the-past-10-years
The greatest female vocalists of the 2000s from all over the globe duke it out to see who has the best voice. While every artist on the list has had a great deal of success and many of whom very popular, these international vocalists were chosen for their versatility, emotion, vocal range, power and mastery in pop, rock, r&b, and country music. This list includes the likes of Adele, Florence Welch, Pink, and Lady Gaga. There is also another special criteria--all of these women have less than 20 years of musical experience, which means this disqualifies artists like Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, etc. Fans have the power to vote on who which female artist has the best voice in music of the new millennium.


Alicia Keys

Amy Lee

Amy Winehouse

Beyoncé Knowles

Kelly Clarkson

Simone Simons
Tarja Turunen

Lady Gaga

Lana Del Rey

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<![CDATA[The Best Singers of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/20-greatest-singers
Who are the best singers of all time? That's a tough question to ask. This list includes many of the greatest vocalists ever, from all genres of music. Whether it's the incomparable, late, great Whitney Houston with her extraordinary pop and R&B tones or rock icons like Freddie Mercury from Queen, Jim Morrison from The Doors or John Lennon and/or Paul McCartney from The Beatles, this list spans decades of incredible musicians. What singers do you feel are the greatest of all time? What are some of the greatest voices in music? Vote for your favorites, vote down any you don't like and feel free to rerank this list your way.

Vote: The Best Rock Vocalists

Putting together the top singers in music history is a tall order. Everyone has an opinion. Some might lean more toward rock vocalists as their personal favorite (think Ann Wilson, Stevie Nicks and Mick Jagger), while others might prefer excellent pop or R&B vocalists like the late Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, or even Stevie Wonder, James Brown or Aretha Franklin.

Rank: The Top Female Vocalists of the Last Decade

Country musicians could also easily be included on this list. Musicians like Johnny Cash and Keith Whitley gave new meaning to great vocals with outstanding country songs. Female country artists, including modern era vocalists like Carrie Underwood could also be included. If country's your thing, vote and add away!


Aretha Franklin

David Bowie

Dean Martin

Elvis Presley

Frank Sinatra

Freddie Mercury

Michael Jackson

Stevie Wonder

Whitney Houston

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<![CDATA[The Best Asian Rappers of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-asian-rappers/ranker-hip-hop

The number of Asian rappers has grown exponentially over the last fifteen years. Luckily for us –Asian hip hop artists are some of the best rappers in the game today. In America, Asian rappers have been virtually ignored by record companies and radio stations even as rap has become a global form of expression spawning unique Japanese, Korean, and Chinese hip hop scenes. However, rappers from Asia were not content to remain silent and – with the advent of the internet – took matters into their own hands. (Dumbfoundead, for example, is a Korean American rapper with a huge YouTube following and has been seen on several best lists.) 

Thanks to their drive, know-how, and knack for self-promotion, a thriving Asian hip hop culture currently exists. Here are some of the best in Asian Rap. Who is your favorite? Who is the best Asian rapper?


Yoon Mi-rae


Simon Dominic

Jay Park



Tiger JK




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<![CDATA[The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-baroque-composers/ranker-music
These are the greatest baroque composers ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best baroque composers came from all over the world and from all walks of life. Some of the top baroque composers are from Italy while other great composers are from Germany and beyond. A few of the most famous baroque composers have even written music that is still popular and widely talked about today.

What names will you find on this best baroque composers list? Johann Sebastian Bach is a composer synonymous with the baroque period. He was famous for incorporating four part harmonies and modulations into his famous musical masterpieces. Henry Purcell is another one of the most famous baroque composers who appears on this list.

George Frideric Handel is best known for his famous Messiah, which is still performed by orchestras all over the world. Other talented baroque composers featured on this list include Antonio Vivaldi, Domenico Scarlatti and Jean-Baptiste Lully.

Which baroque composer do you think wrote the most beautiful music? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

Antonio Vivaldi

Domenico Scarlatti

George Frideric Handel

Georg Philipp Telemann

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Henry Purcell

Jean-Baptiste Lully

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Johann Sebastian Bach

Marc-Antoine Charpentier

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<![CDATA[The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-renaissance-composers/ranker-music
These are the greatest renaissance composers ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best renaissance composers came from all over the world and from all walks of life. Some of the top renaissance composers are from Italy while other great composers are from Germany, and beyond. A few of the most famous renaissance composers have even written music that is still popular and widely discussed today.

What names will you find on this best renaissance composers list? English composer William Byrd wrote many forms of music including Catholic sacred music. Byrd also published two collections of English tunes which he turned into vocal songs. Thomas Tallis is another popular composer from the renaissance era.

Gilles Joye wrote music that was both melodic and lyrical. Other famous musicians that are featured on this top renaissance composers list include Guillaume Dufay, Gilles Binchois and Claude Le Jeaune.

Which renaissance composer do you like the best? Vote up your favorite musicians to the top of this list and please add any great renaissance era composers you think are missing from this list!

Diego Ortiz

Gilles Binchois

Guillaume Dufay

Hans Leo Hassler

Jacob Obrecht

Josquin Des Prez

Orlande de Lassus

Thomas Tallis

William Byrd

Gilles Joye

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<![CDATA[The Best Romantic Composers of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-romantic-composers/ranker-music
These are the greatest romantic composers ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best romantic composers come from all walks of life, from all different time periods, and can be found all over the world. Some of the top romantic composers are from Italy while other great composers are from Germany, and more. A few of the most famous romantic composers have even written music that is still popular and widely discussed today.

What names will you find on this best romantic composers list? Any collection of great romantic composers must include Frédéric Chopin. He composed many beautiful sonatas, preludes and concertos during the romantic era. Another incredibly talented composer who wrote music in the romantic period was Ludwig van Beethoven.

Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, both of which are still performed by orchestras all over the world. Other famous musicians who appear on this top romantic composers list include Johannes Brahms, Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt.

Which romantic composer deserves the top spot on this list? Vote up the best musicians to the top and share some of your favorite pieces in the comments section.

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Franz Liszt

Frédéric Chopin

Giuseppe Verdi

Hector Berlioz

Johannes Brahms

Ludwig van Beethoven

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Richard Wagner

Robert Alexander Schumann

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