rap The Greatest White Rappers of All Time  

Ranker Community
Originally by
327.8k votes 45.9k voters 1.9M views 334 items Embed

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.

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.
list ordered by

1
21,285 2,611
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show 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, ...more

These Famous People Ironically Died On Their Birthdays The Best Rap Songs of All Time

2
7,403 5,474
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
MobyWaller added Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head Beastie Boys were an American hip hop band from New York City, formed in 1981. For the majority of its career, the group consisted of Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "MCA" ...more

3
7,097 6,142
Machine Gun Kelly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Machine Gun Kelly Black Flag, Lace Up, Half Naked & Almost Famous Richard Colson Baker, better known by his stage name Machine Gun Kelly, is an American rapper from Cleveland, Ohio, signed to Bad Boy and Interscope Records. His stage name was given for his ...more

4
7,089 5,277
Mac Miller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Mac Miller Watching Movies with the Sound Off, Macadelic, In the Air Malcolm James McCormick, best known by his stage name Mac Miller, is an American rapper from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also a noted record producer under the pseudonym Larry Fisherman. ...more

5
6,106 5,592
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Yelawolf Trunk Muzik 0-60, Radioactive, Arena Rap EP Michael Wayne Atha, better known as Yelawolf, is an American hip hop recording artist from Gadsden, Alabama. He is currently signed to Shady Records, Interscope Records, and has since founded ...more

6
6,914 3,874
G-Eazy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
MichałPrzybylski added G-Eazy Big, These Things Happen, The Endless Summer 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

7
4,572 3,386
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
danman082200 added Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Same Love Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are an American hip hop duo formed in 2009, from Seattle, Washington. The duo is composed of Ben Haggerty, a rapper who goes by the name of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, ...more

8
4,656 1,728
Lil Dicky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
rhymer-mustafa-çalışır added Lil Dicky 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

9
3,564 3,074
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Coolza added Action Bronson Dr. Lecter, Blue Chips 2, Converge / Dropdead Split 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

10
2,805 3,027
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Aesop Rock Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float Ian Matthias Bavitz, better known by his stage name Aesop Rock, is an American hip hop recording artist and producer residing in San Francisco, California. He was at the forefront of the new ...more

11
2,359 2,163
House of Pain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
House of Pain House of Pain, Same as It Ever Was, Rhino Hi-Five: House of Pain 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

12
2,451 1,839
Mike Shinoda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
danman082200 added Mike Shinoda We Major, The Raid: Redemption: Original Motion Picture Score & Soundtrack Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda LHD is an American musician, record producer, and artist. He co-founded Linkin Park in 1996 and is the band's rhythm guitarist, songwriter, keyboardist, ...more

13
2,570 2,840
Rittz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Rittz The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant, White Jesus: Revival, White Jesus 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

14
1,928 2,387
Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Brother Ali Shadows on the Sun, Us, Rites of Passage Ali Douglas Newman, better known by his stage name Brother Ali, is an American hip hop artist, community activist and member of the Rhymesayers Entertainment hip hop collective.

15
1,745 1,910
R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
EliGinjewJones added R.A. The Rugged Man Die Rugged Man Die, Legends Never Die, Legendary Classics 'R.A. Thorburn better known by his stage name R.A. the Rugged Man is an American rapper. He began his music career at age 12, building a reputation locally for his lyrical skills. After a ...more

Musicians Who Died of Alcoholism The Finest Breasts In Entertainment

16
2,080 2,421
Everlast is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Everlast Eat at Whitey's, Never Missin' a Beat, Forever Everlasting Erik Francis Schrody, known by his stage name Everlast, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter, known for his solo hit "What It's Like" and as the front-man for rap group House ...more

17
2,479 3,240
Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Kid Rock Devil Without a Cause, Fire It Up, Rock n Roll Jesus Robert James Ritchie, known by his stage name Kid Rock, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and actor. His 1998 studio album Devil Without a Cause sold 13 ...more

18
1,738 1,659
El-P is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
El-P Fantastic Damage, The Cold Vein, Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 Jaime Meline, better known by his stage name El-P, is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer, rapper, and entrepreneur from Brooklyn, New York City. Originally a member of Company ...more

19
1,955 2,764
Paul Wall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Paul Wall The People's Champ, Get Ya Mind Correct, Controversy Sells Paul Michael Slayton, better known by his stage name Paul Wall, is an American rapper. He is currently affiliated with Swishahouse Records, having released several albums under the label as well ...more

20
1,937 2,148
Hoodie Allen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Hoodie Allen All American, Leap Year, The Bagels and Beats EP Steven Adam Markowitz, better known by his stage name Hoodie Allen, is an independent American hip hop recording artist. Allen grew up on Long Island in a Jewish household. After graduating from ...more

21
1,652 1,916
danman082200 added "Weird Al" Yankovic In 3-D, Running With Scissors, Straight Outta Lynwood Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic is an American singer, songwriter, parodist, record producer, satirist, actor, music video director, film producer, and author. He is known for his ...more

22
1,415 1,466
Vinnie Paz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
virtualwopz added Vinnie Paz King & The Cauze Mixtape, God of the Serengeti, The Sound and the Fury Vincenzo Luvineri, better known as Vinnie Paz, is an Italian-American rapper and the lyricist behind the Philadelphia underground hip hop group Jedi Mind Tricks. He is also the frontman of the ...more

23
1,079 499
NF is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
danman082200 added NF

24
1,501 2,396
Asher Roth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Asher Roth Asleep in the Bread Aisle, Last Man Standing, Pass That Dutch (Freestyle) Asher Paul Roth, is an American hip hop recording artist from Morrisville, Pennsylvania. He is perhaps best known for his debut single "I Love College". Roth released his debut studio ...more

25
1,735 1,977
Bubba Sparxxx is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Bubba Sparxxx Dark Days, Bright Nights, Deliverance Warren Anderson Mathis, better known by his stage name, Bubba Sparxxx, is an American hip hop recording artist from Troup County, Georgia. He is perhaps best known for his singles ...more

26
2,276 3,612
Vanilla Ice is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Vanilla Ice Hard to Swallow, To the Extreme, Ice Ice Baby Robert Matthew Van Winkle, better known by his stage name, Vanilla Ice, is an American rapper, actor and television host. Born in South Dallas, and raised in Texas and South Florida, Ice ...more

27
956 853
The Lonely Island is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
danman082200 added The Lonely Island Turtleneck & Chain, Incredibad, The Creep (feat. Nicki Minaj) The Lonely Island is an American comedy group formed by Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone in Berkeley, California, in 2000. The trio first met the previous decade while attending ...more

28
1,032 1,426
Chris Webby is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
danman082200 added Chris Webby The Underclassmen, There Goes the Neighborhood, Homegrown Christian Webster, better known by his stage name Chris Webby, is an American rapper from Norwalk, Connecticut. Chris Webby has released many mixtapes such as the DJ Drama-hosted Bars On Me and ...more

29
620 147
Ranker Video
Post Malone Austin Richard Post, known professionally as Post Malone, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and guitarist.

The Tortured, Painful Life of Janis Joplin, The Baddest Woman In Rock History The 50 Greatest Snow GIFs in Internet History

30
668 621
Mac Lethal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
danman082200 added Mac Lethal The Love Potion Collection 5, The Love Potion Collection 4, North Korean BBQ 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

31
1,008 1,458
Eyedea is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Eyedea The Many Faces of Oliver Hart (Or How Eye One the Write Too Think), Afraid to Dream Micheal David Larsen, better known by his stage name Eyedea, was an American musician, rapper and poet of Lebanese and Irish origins. He was battle freestyle battle champion and songwriter from ...more

32
1,122 911
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
danman082200 added Twenty One Pilots Vessel, Twenty One Pilots, Regional At Best 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

33
1,821 2,926
John Cena is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
John Cena You Can't See Me, The Time Is Now, Right Now John Felix Anthony Cena is an American professional wrestler, rapper and actor signed to WWE, where he is the current WWE United States Champion in his fourth reign. Cena is the public face of ...more

34
685 1,267
Sage Francis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Sage Francis Personal Journals, A Healthy Distrust, Dead Poet Live Album Paul William "Sage" Francis is an American hip hop recording artist and spoken word poet from Providence, Rhode Island. He is a founder of Strange Famous Records. Born Paul Francis in ...more

35
970 1,351
Mike D is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Mike D Country Mike's Greatest Hits Michael Diamond, better known as Mike D, is a founding member of New York City hip hop group the Beastie Boys. Mike D raps, sings, and plays drums.

36
1,939 3,811
Iggy Azalea is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Iggy Azalea Work, Glory, Change Your Life EP Amethyst Amelia Kelly, better known by her stage name Iggy Azalea, is an Australian rapper, songwriter, and model. Azalea left for the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a career in hip ...more

37
871 928
Ranker Video
lplepard added George Watsky Watsky, Guilty Pleasures, Cardboard Castles George Virden Watsky is an American rapper and poet from San Francisco, California. Watsky performs slam poetry, and was featured on Season 6 of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO. ...more

38
692 1,104
Diabolic is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Diabolic Liar & a Thief, Fightin' Words, Triple Optix EP Sean George, better known by his stage name Diabolic, is an American rapper. He started receiving fame on the hidden track after Immortal Technique's song "Dance with the Devil". He is ...more

39
1,412 2,611
Riff Raff is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Riff Raff Long Pinky, Purple Haze & Hand Grenades, The Golden Alien Horst Christian Simco, better known by the stage name Riff Raff, is an American rapper from Houston, Texas. He was originally managed by Swishahouse co-founder OG Ron C. Then after being ...more

40
1,633 2,381
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Mark Wahlberg Life in the Streets, The Remix Album, Music for the People Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg is an American actor, producer, and former model and rapper. He was known as Marky Mark in his earlier years, becoming famous for his 1991 debut as frontman with the ...more

41
823 907
Ranker Video
Kottonmouth Kings Rollin' Stoned, Mile High, Hidden Stash III Kottonmouth Kings is an American hip hop group from Placentia, Orange County, California. Kottonmouth Kings officially formed in 1994, and describe themselves as "psychedelic hip-hop punk ...more

42
1,194 1,343
Lil Wyte is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Lil Wyte Doube Me Now (Dragged & Chopped), Phinally Phamous, The One and Only Patrick Lanshaw, better known by his stage name Lil Wyte, is an American rapper from Memphis, Tennessee. He is a member of the rap collective Hypnotize Minds and owner of the independent label ...more

43
747 794
Ill Bill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
CraigTrexler added Ill Bill What's Wrong With Bill?, The Early Years : Rare Demos '91 - '94, Howie Made Me Do It William "Bill" Braunstein, better known as Ill Bill, is an American rapper and record producer from Brooklyn, New York. Having gained notoriety in the underground hip hop group Non ...more

The Best EDM YouTube Channels The Best Singers of All Time

44
279 478
Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
danman082200 added Eyedea & Abilities First Born, By the Throat, E&A Eyedea & Abilities was an influential American indie rap duo from Saint Paul, Minnesota, consisting of DJ Abilities and rapper Eyedea. The group was founded in 1999 and became a prominent ...more

45
359 636
The Streets is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
PrasunBiswas added The Streets A Grand Don't Come for Free, Original Pirate Material, The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living The Streets were an English hip hop and UK garage project from Birmingham, England, led by the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Mike Skinner. The project released five studio albums: Original ...more

46
667 913
Ranker Video
TaylorHannson added Necro Gory Days, I Need Drugs, Die Brooklyn based hardcore rapper
 
Ron Braunstein, better known by his stage-name Necro, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, filmmaker, and record producer from Brooklyn, New York. He is the owner of Psycho+Logical-Records ...more

47
734 881
JellyRoll is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
beasthittin417 added JellyRoll David Drew, better known as JellyRoll or Jelly Roll, is an American hip hop producer. Drew is known for his work with various West Coast hip hop artists including Snoop Dogg, The Game, and ...more

48
413 532
Ranker Video
EliGinjewJones added Celph Titled No Place Like Chrome, Nineteen Ninety More, The Gatalog: A Collection of Chaos Celph Titled is a member of the musical group, The Demigodz.

49
548 740
3rd Bass is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
epenick added 3rd Bass Derelicts of Dialect, The Cactus Album, Dust To Dust 3rd Bass was an American hip-hop group that rose to fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and was notable for being one of the first successful interracial hip-hop groups. They split up in ...more

50
344 380
Hollywood Undead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
RemcodeJong added Hollywood Undead Swan Songs B-Sides EP, Swan Songs, Notes from the Underground 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