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The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

Updated September 21, 2020 6.7m votes 506.2k voters 3.3m views223 items

List RulesOnly individual rappers, not rap groups or collectives.

Finally, a definitive list of the best rappers of all time, ranked by fans all over the world. From old school to the current top artists putting out today's biggest hip hop hits, this list counts down rap's best lyricists and game changers in history. Lil' Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Eminem, Andre 3000, and Tupac are among the top hip-hop artists that appear on this amazing countdown. Famous rappers from all cities, dead or alive, and all races, from white and Black to Asian and Hispanic, are all vying to be crowned the greatest rapper ever.

What makes a rapper great? There are a number of differing good definitions and philosophies. Popular rapper J. Cole (who finds himself on the Ultimate List below) cites consistency as the most important attribute, and says it's important to look both for the big humorous "punch" lines as well as the underlying message of the rapper's songs. Nas (another iconic MC featured on the list) focuses as well on the meaning of the songs, as well as the scale and ambition of the rapper's narratives and storytelling. (He has also gone on the record as saying that there is no such thing as the "best rapper" or "Greatest of All Time" aka "GOAT." Including influential rappers and best-selling artists, this list features successful MCs who are still considered some of the hottest names in the game today. 

Numerous different skills and attributes all must come together to make a truly legendary MC. Obviously, a good rapper must display a sense of rhythm and an ability to compliment the beat in unpredictable and exciting ways. A gift for lyricism and vocabulary is similarly essential - you can have the flow of the century, but if the words don't come together to tell a compelling story or present a unique point of view, it's still not going to translate into a great hip-hop song. But of course there's also an intangible element that elevates some modern rappers into the ranks of the greatest of all time. Who are these rap legends who stand heads above the competition? Do you agree with the top 50 biggest rappers ever? You tell us, by voting for your favorites below or ranking your own list of top rappers of all time.

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    Logic is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
    45,402
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    Sir Robert Bryson Hall II (born January 22, 1990), known by his stage name Logic, is an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 27
    Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
    26,956
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  • 28
    The Game is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
    26,992
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  • 29
    Juice Wrld is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
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  • 30
    Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
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  • 31
    Mac Miller is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
    15,585
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  • 32
    Chance the Rapper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
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  • 33
    Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
    29,709
    30,034
    Sean Michael Leonard Anderson (born March 25, 1988), known professionally as Big Sean, is an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 34
    Pusha T is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
    15,668
    15,858
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  • 35
    Joey Bada$$ is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
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  • 36
    Lil Uzi Vert is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
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    Denzel Curry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
    7,587
    7,002
    Denzel Rae Don Curry (born February 16, 1995) is an American rapper, singer and songwriter.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 38
    DMX is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
    45,780
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  • 39
    Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
    29,307
    31,164
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  • 40
    2 Chainz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
    18,498
    18,231
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  • 41
    Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
    42,208
    45,273
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  • 42
    Ski Mask The Slump God is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
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  • 43
    21 Savage is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
    12,468
    11,495
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  • 44
    Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
    26,776
    28,478
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  • 45
    Polo G is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
    1,005
    824
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    Future is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
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  • 47
    Schoolboy Q is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
    17,900
    18,124
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  • 48
    Method Man is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
    37,291
    41,625
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  • 49
    Roddy Ricch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
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  • 50
    A$AP Ferg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
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