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The Greatest White Rappers of All Time

Updated March 27, 2020 375.7k votes 72.2k voters 2.7m views156 items

List RulesOnly white hip-hop artists for this list.

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.

In the late 1980s, the Beastie Boys (Ad-Rock, MCA, and Mike D) were among the first white rappers to be accepted by the larger hip hop community. In addition to the groundbreaking Beastie Boys, in the late '90s, 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, impressively releasing his 10th studio album in 2018.

More recently, Macklemore has become one of the most popular rappers on the planet, not to mention one of the best new white rappers. 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 most famous white rappers of all time. Who is your favorite young white rapper? Who are the best upcoming white rappers are the best in American rap music, and which underground names stand out internationally? Who are the top 10 white rappers?

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.

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    Eminem

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    Beastie Boys

    Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill
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    Mac Miller

    Watching Movies with the Sound Off, Macadelic
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    Macklemore

    The Heist, The VS. Redux
    Benjamin Hammond Haggerty (born June 19, 1983), known by his stage name Macklemore (...  more

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    David Andrew Burd (born March 15, 1988), better known by his stage name Lil Dicky or LD, is an...  more

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    Yelawolf

    Trunk Muzik 0-60, Radioactive
    Michael Wayne Atha (born December 30, 1979), better known by his stage name Yelawolf, is an...  more

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    Gustav Åhr, known by his stage name Lil Peep, is an American rapper and singer. He was cited...  more

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    Action Bronson

    Dr. Lecter, Blue Chips 2
    Arian Arslani, better known by his stage name Action Bronson, is an American hip hop recording...  more

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    G-Eazy

    Big, These Things Happen
    Gerald Earl Gillum better known by his stage name G-Eazy or Young Gerald, is an American...  more

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    Nathan John Feuerstein (born March 30, 1991), known by his stage name NF, is an American...  more

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    Austin Richard Post (born July 4, 1995), known professionally as Post Malone, is an American...  more

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    El-P

    Fantastic Damage, The Cold Vein
    Jaime Meline (born March 2, 1975), better known by the stage name El-P, is an American...  more

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    Twenty One Pilots

    Vessel, Twenty One Pilots
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    Aesop Rock

    Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth
    Ian Matthias Bavitz (born June 5, 1976), better known by his stage name Aesop Rock, is an...  more

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    R.A. The Rugged Man

    Die Rugged Man Die, Legends Never Die
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    The Alchemist

    Chemical Warfare, Return of the Mac
    Daniel Alan Maman (born October 25, 1977), professionally known as The Alchemist (or simply...  more

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    The Lonely Island

    Turtleneck & Chain, Incredibad
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    Mac Lethal

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    House of Pain

    House of Pain, Same as It Ever Was
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    Machine Gun Kelly

    Black Flag, Lace Up
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    Whatsky

    Watsky, Guilty Pleasures
    George Virden Watsky is an American rapper and poet from San Francisco, California. Watsky...  more

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    Hollywood Undead

    Swan Songs B-Sides EP, Swan Songs
    Hollywood Undead is an American rap rock band from Los Angeles, California. They released...  more

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