Music

The Greatest White Rappers of All Time 

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
Updated March 27, 2020 507.1k votes 69.7k voters 2.6M views 159 items

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.

list ordered by
1
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

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

More Eminem 

The Best Eminem Songs of All Time #128 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #236 of 276 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

2
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
MobyWaller added

Albums: Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, Hello Nasty, + more

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

More Beastie Boys 

The Best Beastie Boys Songs #232 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #10 of 383 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

3
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

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

More Mac Miller 

The Best Songs Feat. Mac Miller #1,730 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timelisted on The Complete List of Rappers Who've Been in Prison

4
Macklemore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
danman082200 added Genre: Alternative hip hop and 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

More Macklemore 

#113 of 224 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #125 of 187 The Best New School Rappers #382 of 487 Things That Are Not As Cool As People Think They Are

5
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 5 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

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

More Yelawolf 

The Best Yelawolf Albums, Ranked #1,237 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #134 of 224 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

6
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

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

More Action Bronson 

The Best Action Bronson Albums, Ranked #120 of 187 The Best New School Rappers #102 of 158 The Best Hot Ones Guests Ever

7
Lil Dicky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
rhymer-mustafa-çalışır added
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

More Lil Dicky 

#36 of 57 The Best New Male Artists #1,421 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #25 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers

8
G-Eazy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
MichałPrzybylski added

Albums: Big, These Things Happen, The Endless Summer, The Outsider, Must Be Nice, + more

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

More G-Eazy 

The Best Songs Feat. G-Eazy #30 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #67 of 224 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

9
Lil Peep is listed (or ranked) 9 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

More Lil Peep 

#1,672 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #31 of 152 The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 40 #60 of 187 The Best New School Rappers

10
Machine Gun Kelly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Genre: Hip hop music and Gangsta rap; Nationality: United States of America

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

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

More Machine Gun Kelly 

The Best Machine Gun Kelly Albums, Ranked #1,586 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #48 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers

11
Ranker Video
Mabie1 added

Albums: Watsky, Guilty Pleasures, Cardboard Castles, A New Kind of Sexy Mixtape, Nothing Like the First Time, + more

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

More George Watsky 

#1,751 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #111 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #123 of 135 The Best West Coast Rappers

12
Token is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Ben Kirby added

Songs:Doozy,No Sucka MC'S Contest,Exception

13
NF is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
danman082200 added
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

More NF 

#18 of 57 The Best New Male Artists #1,089 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #46 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers

14
Ranker Video
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

More Post Malone 

The Best Songs on Post Malone's Album 'Hollywood's Bleeding' #11 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #77 of 224 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

15
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

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

More Aesop Rock 

The Best Aesop Rock Songs The Best Aesop Rock Albums of All Time #9 of 192 The Best Underground Rappers

16
R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
EliGinjewJones added Genre: Hip hop music and Dirty rap; Nationality: United States of America

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

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

More R.A. The Rugged Man 

#11 of 192 The Best Underground Rappers #157 of 191 The Best Rap Lyricists of All Time #104 of 235 The Best New York Rappers

17
$uicide boy$ is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
wyatt.entis added
18
House of Pain is listed (or ranked) 18 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

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

More House of Pain 

#134 of 383 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s #44 of 123 The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time #612 of 1,020 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time

19
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 19 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

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

More Twenty One Pilots 

The Best Twenty One Pilots Albums, Ranked #815 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #27 of 461 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers

20
Rittz is listed (or ranked) 20 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
21
Merkules is listed (or ranked) 21 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

More Merkules 

#120 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #24 of 94 The Best Canadian Rappers #48 of 109 The Funniest Rappers of All Time

22
The Lonely Island is listed (or ranked) 22 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

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
23
Mac Lethal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
danman082200 added

Albums: The Love Potion Collection 5, The Love Potion Collection 4, North Korean BBQ, Irish Goodbye, The Love Potion Collection 3, + more

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

More Mac Lethal 

#54 of 63 The Best Battle Rappers #84 of 109 The Funniest Rappers of All Time #5 of 50 The Best (And Worst) YouTube Rappers

24
El-P is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
Genre: Hip hop music and Alternative hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Fantastic Damage, The Cold Vein, Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3, Collecting the Kid, Shards of Pol Pottery: The 2001 Remixes, + more

Jaime Meline (born March 2, 1975), better known by the stage name El-P, is an American musician, rapper, songwriter, record producer and record executive. Originally a member of Company Flow, ...more

More El-P 

#157 of 187 The Best New School Rappers #30 of 192 The Best Underground Rappers #173 of 191 The Best Rap Lyricists of All Time

25
Hollywood Undead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest White Rappers of All Time
RemcodeJong added

Albums: Swan Songs B-Sides EP, Swan Songs, Notes from the Underground, Desperate Measures, Swan Songs Rarities, + more

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

More Hollywood Undead 

The Best Hollywood Undead Albums, Ranked #1,224 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #52 of 118 The Best Screamo Bands of All Time