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The Greatest White Rappers of All Time 

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List Rules Only 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Genre: Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show, Infinite, Recovery, + more

Labels: Aftermath Entertainment, Web Entertainment, Game Recordings, Mashin' Duck Records, Rawkus Records, + more

Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (; often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, film ...more

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#140 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #229 of 282 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today The Best Eminem Songs of All Time

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Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
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Albums: Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, Hello Nasty, + more

Labels: Def Jam Recordings, Rat Cage Records, Grand Royal, Capitol Records

The Beastie Boys were an American hip hop group from New York City formed in 1981. The group comprised Michael "Mike D" Diamond (vocals, drums), Adam "MCA" Yauch (vocals, ...more

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#171 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #222 of 854 These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time The Best Beastie Boys Albums of All Time

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Mac Miller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Watching Movies with the Sound Off, Macadelic, In the Air, But My Mackin Aint Easy, On and On and Beyond, + more

Labels: Rostrum Records

Malcolm James McCormick (January 19, 1992 – September 7, 2018), known professionally as Mac Miller, was an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Born in Pittsburgh, ...more

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#1,852 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #1,288 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time The Best Songs Feat. Mac Miller

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

Albums: Trunk Muzik 0-60, Radioactive, Arena Rap EP, Psycho White, Trunk Muzik Returns, + more

Labels: DGC Records, Interscope Records, Shady Records, Columbia

Michael Wayne Atha (born December 30, 1979), better known by his stage name Yelawolf, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Born and raised in Gadsden, Alabama, Atha embarked on his ...more

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#1,953 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #101 of 509 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time The Best Yelawolf Albums, Ranked

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Macklemore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
danman082200 added Genre: Alternative hip hop, Pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Heist, The VS. Redux, The Language of My World, Open Your Eyes, Same Love, + more

Benjamin Hammond Haggerty (born June 19, 1983), known by his stage name Macklemore ( MAK-lə-mor), (formerly Professor Macklemore), is an American rapper and songwriter from Seattle, Washington. ...more

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#405 of 571 Things That Are Not As Cool As People Think They Are #186 of 206 The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Coolza added Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Dr. Lecter, Blue Chips 2, Converge / Dropdead Split, Saaab Stories, Rare Chandeliers, + more

Labels: Fool's Gold Records, Atlantic Records, Warner Bros. Records

Arian Arslani, better known by his stage name Action Bronson, is an American hip hop recording artist from Flushing, Queens, New York. In August 2012, he signed to Warner Bros. Records, however ...more

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#141 of 509 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #73 of 135 The Best Joe Rogan Podcast Guests The Best Action Bronson Albums, Ranked

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G-Eazy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
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Albums: Big, These Things Happen, The Endless Summer, The Outsider, Must Be Nice, + more

Labels: Independent record label

Gerald Earl Gillum better known by his stage name G-Eazy or Young Gerald, is an American rapper, songwriter and producer born and raised in Oakland, California. G has released numerous mixtapes ...more

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#13 of 144 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #86 of 509 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time The Best G-Eazy Albums, Ranked

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Lil Dicky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
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David Andrew Burd (born March 15, 1988), better known by his stage name Lil Dicky or LD, is an American rapper and comedian. He came to prominence with the release of the music video to his song ...more

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#24 of 144 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #83 of 509 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

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Merkules is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Merkules (born September 27, 1992) is a Canadian rap artist who was born in Surrey, British Columbia. 2017 Western Canadian Music Award nominated rapper Merkules’ music videos have over ...more

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#281 of 509 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #61 of 111 The Funniest Rappers of All Time

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Lil Peep is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Gustav Åhr, known by his stage name Lil Peep, is an American rapper and singer. He was cited as one of the primary artists responsible for the post-emo revival with his style of hip hop ...more

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#1,956 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #268 of 509 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

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Token is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
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Songs:Doozy,No Sucka MC'S Contest,Exception

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Machine Gun Kelly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Genre: Hip hop music, Gangsta rap; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Black Flag, Lace Up, Half Naked & Almost Famous, Invincible, Wild Boy, + more

Labels: EST19XX, Interscope Records, Bad Boy Records

Colson Baker (born April 22, 1990), known professionally as Machine Gun Kelly (abbreviated as MGK), is an American rapper and actor from Cleveland, Ohio. MGK embarked on a musical career as a ...more

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#1,367 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #28 of 144 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers The Best Machine Gun Kelly Albums, Ranked

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Austin Richard Post (born July 4, 1995), known professionally as Post Malone, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and guitarist. He first gained major recognition in ...more

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NF is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
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Nathan John Feuerstein (born March 30, 1991), known by his stage name NF, is an American rapper, artist and songwriter, who has charted in both the Christian hip hop and mainstream hip hop ...more

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#54 of 144 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #111 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers

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Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float, Build Your Own Bazooka Tooth, Daylight, + more

Labels: Definitive Jux, Mush Records, Rhymesayers Entertainment

Ian Matthias Bavitz (born June 5, 1976), better known by his stage name Aesop Rock, is an American hip hop recording artist and producer residing in Portland, Oregon. He was at the forefront of ...more

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House of Pain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time

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

Labels: Tommy Boy Entertainment

House of Pain is an American hip hop group who released three albums in the 1990s before lead rapper Everlast left to pursue his solo career. The group's name is a reference to the H.G. Wells ...more

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#210 of 411 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s #47 of 139 The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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Rittz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time

Albums: The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant, White Jesus: Revival, White Jesus, Next to Nothing

Jonathan McCollum, better known by his stage name Rittz, is an American rapper from Gwinnett County, Georgia. He is currently signed to Tech N9ne's Strange Music label. His debut album The Life ...more
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$uicide boy$ is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
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Labels: fuckth

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R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
EliGinjewJones added Genre: Hip hop music, Dirty rap; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Die Rugged Man Die, Legends Never Die, Legendary Classics, Volume 1, Chains / Black & White, + more

Labels: Nature Sounds, Priority Records, Jive Records, Bertelsmann Music Group, Capitol Records

Richard Andrew Thorburn (born January 10, 1974), better known by his stage name R.A. the Rugged Man, , better known by his stage name R.A. the Rugged Man, better known by his stage name R.A. the ...more

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#14 of 221 The Best Underground Rappers #135 of 207 The Best Rap Lyricists of All Time

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Upchurch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
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Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
danman082200 added

Albums: Vessel, Twenty One Pilots, Regional At Best, Fake You Out, Guns For Hands, + more

Labels: Fueled by Ramen

Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo from Columbus, Ohio. The band was formed in 2009 and consists of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. They put out two self-released albums, Twenty One Pilots ...more

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#1,363 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #251 of 570 The Most Hipster Bands The Best Twenty One Pilots Albums, Ranked

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Hollywood Undead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
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Albums: Swan Songs B-Sides EP, Swan Songs, Notes from the Underground, Desperate Measures, Swan Songs Rarities, + more

Labels: A&M Octone Records, Universal Music Group, Polydor Records

Hollywood Undead is an American rap rock band from Los Angeles, California. They released their debut album, Swan Songs, on September 2, 2008, and their live CD/DVD Desperate Measures, on ...more

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#1,069 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #46 of 99 The Rappers with the Dirtiest Rhymes The Best Hollywood Undead Albums, Ranked

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The Lonely Island is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
danman082200 added Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music, Comedy hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Turtleneck & Chain, Incredibad, The Creep (feat. Nicki Minaj), The Wack Album, Jack Sparrow, + more

Labels: Universal Republic Records

The Lonely Island is an American comedy trio, formed by Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone in Berkeley, California in 2001. The three first met in junior high, and went on to write ...more
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Mac Lethal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
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Albums: The Love Potion Collection 5, The Love Potion Collection 4, North Korean BBQ, Irish Goodbye, The Love Potion Collection 3, + more

Labels: Rhymesayers Entertainment

David McCleary Sheldon, better known by his stage name Mac Lethal, is an American hip hop recording artist, of Irish descent, from Kansas City, Missouri. He is also the founder of Black Clover ...more

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#378 of 509 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #53 of 68 The Best Battle Rapper

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Haystak is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Genre: Hip hop music, Southern hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Came a Long Way, Car Fulla White Boys, Return of the Mak Million, From Start to Finish, Portrait of a White Boy, + more

Labels: Real Talk Entertainment, E1 Music

Jason Winfree (born March 22, 1973), professionally known by his stage name Haystak, is an American Southern hip hop musician from Nashville, Tennessee.

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#42 of 65 The Very Best Memphis Rappers #64 of 149 The Best Southern Rappers of All Time