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The Greatest White Rappers of All Time

Updated March 27, 2020 378.6k votes 71.8k voters 2.7m views158 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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    The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP

    Genres (Music)Hip hop

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    Beastie Boys

    Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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  • 3

    Mac Miller

    Watching Movies with the Sound Off, Macadelic

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Electro hop

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    The Heist, The VS. Redux

    Genres (Music)Alternative hip hop, Pop

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  • 5
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  • 6
    Gustav Åhr, known by his stage name Lil Peep, is an American rapper and singer. He was cited...  more

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  • 7


    Trunk Muzik 0-60, Radioactive

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

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  • 8

    Action Bronson

    Dr. Lecter, Blue Chips 2

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

    Arian Arslani, better known by his stage name Action Bronson, is an American hip hop recording...  more

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  • 9


    Big, These Things Happen

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

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  • 12
    Nathan John Feuerstein (born March 30, 1991), known by his stage name NF, is an American...  more

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  • 13
    Austin Richard Post (born July 4, 1995), known professionally as Post Malone, is an American...  more

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  • 14

    Twenty One Pilots

    Vessel, Twenty One Pilots

    Genres (Music)Alternative hip hop, Pop, Rap rock

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  • 15


    Fantastic Damage, The Cold Vein

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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  • 16

    Aesop Rock

    Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop, Trip hop, Avanthop

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

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  • 17

    The Lonely Island

    Turtleneck & Chain, Incredibad

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Pop music, Comedy hip hop, Comedy rock

    The Lonely Island is an American comedy trio, formed by Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and...  more
  • 18

    The Alchemist

    Chemical Warfare, Return of the Mac

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

    Daniel Alan Maman (born October 25, 1977), professionally known as The Alchemist (or simply...  more

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  • 19

    Mac Lethal

    The Love Potion Collection 5, The Love Potion Collection 4

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

    David McCleary Sheldon, better known by his stage name Mac Lethal, is an American hip hop...  more

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  • 20

    R.A. The Rugged Man

    Die Rugged Man Die, Legends Never Die

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Dirty rap

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    House of Pain

    House of Pain, Same as It Ever Was

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Rock music, Funk

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  • 23
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  • 24

    Machine Gun Kelly

    Black Flag, Lace Up

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

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  • 25

    Mike Posner

    31 Minutes to Takeoff, A Matter of Time

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Dubstep, Synthpop, Pop music, Electro hop

    Michael Robert Henrion Posner ( POHZ-nər; born February 12, 1988) is an American...  more