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.
Albums: The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show, Infinite, Recovery, + more
Albums: Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, Hello Nasty, + more
Albums: Watching Movies with the Sound Off, Macadelic, In the Air, But My Mackin Aint Easy, On and On and Beyond, + more
Albums: Trunk Muzik 0-60, Radioactive, Arena Rap EP, Psycho White, Trunk Muzik Returns, + more
Albums: The Heist, The VS. Redux, The Language of My World, Open Your Eyes, Same Love, + more
Albums: Dr. Lecter, Blue Chips 2, Converge / Dropdead Split, Saaab Stories, Rare Chandeliers, + more
Albums: Big, These Things Happen, The Endless Summer, The Outsider, Must Be Nice, + more
Albums: Watsky, Guilty Pleasures, Cardboard Castles, A New Kind of Sexy Mixtape, Nothing Like the First Time, + more
Songs:Doozy,No Sucka MC'S Contest,Exception
Albums: Black Flag, Lace Up, Half Naked & Almost Famous, Invincible, Wild Boy, + more
Albums: Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float, Build Your Own Bazooka Tooth, Daylight, + more
Albums: Die Rugged Man Die, Legends Never Die, Legendary Classics, Volume 1, Chains / Black & White, + more
Albums: Vessel, Twenty One Pilots, Regional At Best, Fake You Out, Guns For Hands, + more
Albums: The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant, White Jesus: Revival, White Jesus, Next to Nothing
Albums: House of Pain, Same as It Ever Was, Rhino Hi-Five: House of Pain, Shamrocks & Shenanigans: The Best of House of Pain and Everlast, Truth Crushed to Earth Shall Rise Again, + more
Albums: Turtleneck & Chain, Incredibad, The Creep (feat. Nicki Minaj), The Wack Album, Jack Sparrow, + more
Albums: Swan Songs B-Sides EP, Swan Songs, Notes from the Underground, Desperate Measures, Swan Songs Rarities, + more
Albums: The Love Potion Collection 5, The Love Potion Collection 4, North Korean BBQ, Irish Goodbye, The Love Potion Collection 3, + more