Hip Hop Artists The Greatest Rappers of All Time  

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Finally, a definitive list of the best rappers of all time, ranked by fans all over the world. From the early '80s to present day, this list counts down rap's best lyricists and game changers in history. Lil' Wayne, Method Man, Jay-Z, Eminem, Andre 3000, and T.I are among the artists that appear on this amazing countdown. Rappers from all cities, both genders, and all races are all vying to be crowned the greatest rapper ever.

What makes a rapper great? There are a number of differing definitions and philosophies. 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 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" (often abbreviated as G.O.A.T.)

Numerous different skills and attributes all must come together to make a truly legendary MC. Obviously, a 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 rappers into the ranks of the greatest of all time. Who are these rappers who stand heads above the competition? You tell us, by voting for your favorites below or making your own list of Top Rappers.

1
113,452 64,987
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Tupac All Eyez on Me, Me Against the World, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

2
142,182 75,508
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show

3
99,024 48,231
The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die, Life After Death, Born Again

4
66,292 59,222
Nas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Nas Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album

5
91,553 39,371
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city, Section.80

6
59,321 63,366
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Jay-Z Watch the Throne, The Black Album, Reasonable Doubt

7
67,602 47,205
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Ice Cube AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, The Predator, Death Certificate

8
68,283 45,594
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Snoop Dogg Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather, Tha Last Meal

9
64,046 37,070
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Dr. Dre The Chronic, 2001, Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang / Let Me Ride

10
56,090 47,698
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Late Registration, The College Dropout

11
46,214 32,902
Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Eazy-E Eazy-Duz-It, It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa, Eternal E

12
44,194 34,278
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin', Get Rich or Die Tryin' / The Massacre, Street King Immortal

13
34,140 45,395
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Rakim The 18th Letter, The Archive: Live, Lost & Found

14
40,641 35,621
André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
André 3000 Royal Flush, Class of 3000: Music Volume One, DoYaThing

The Greatest White Rappers of All Time

15
45,894 27,362
Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Lil Wayne Tha Carter III, Tha Carter II, Tha Carter

16
51,239 27,671
J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
J. Cole Born Sinner, The Warm Up, Friday Night Lights

17
31,441 33,206
DMX is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
DMX It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood

18
28,943 30,094
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Busta Rhymes When Disaster Strikes…, The Big Bang, The Coming

19
26,879 28,411
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Ludacris Theater of the Mind, Word of Mouf, Back For the First Time

20
25,198 28,847
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Method Man Tical, 4:21... The Day After, The Riddler

21
35,213 16,680
Drake is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Subhan Sheikh added Drake Take Care, Nothing Was the Same, Thank Me Later

The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows

22
22,309 24,253
T.I. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
T.I. King, Urban Legend, Trap Muzik

23
23,978 12,936
ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
ASAP Rocky Long.Live.A$AP, Live. Love. ASAP, No Rest for the Wicked

24
26,348 15,054
Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
dylansher added Chance the Rapper Acid Rap, Confident, Songs from Scratch: Paranoia

25
19,749 25,386
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
LL Cool J Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith

26
20,625 28,779
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Mos Def Black on Both Sides, True Magic, The New Danger

27
19,323 13,140
Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers, O.N.I.F.C., Deal or No Deal

28
18,557 12,026
Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Kid Cudi Man on the Moon: The End of Day, Indicud, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager

The Best Underground Rappers

29
17,623 12,337
Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Big Sean Finally Famous, Hall of Fame, Finally Famous Vol. 3: Big

30
18,283 20,220
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Ghostface Killah Ironman, Supreme Clientele, Fishscale

31
16,537 26,403
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
KRS-One Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

32
16,433 23,367
Common is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Common Resurrection, Be, Like Water for Chocolate

33
19,262 10,654
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
JustinK.Day added Donald Glover Because the Internet, Utterances of the Heart, Love Letter in an Unbreakable Bottle

34
24,955 15,675
Logic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Logic Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever, Young Sinatra (Undeniable), Young Sinatra

35
17,058 21,940
Big L is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Big L The Big Picture, Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous, Children of the Corn: The Collector's Edition

Catchiest Viral Internet Songs of All Time

36
14,531 10,067
Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Tyler, the Creator Goblin, Bastard, Wolf

37
16,712 14,631
The Game is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
The Game The Documentary, Doctor's Advocate, Jesus Piece

38
18,157 16,868
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Tech N9ne Everready, Anghellic, Absolute Power

39
12,522 4,392
Travis Scott is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Travis Scott Owl Pharaoh

40
14,470 17,159
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0, Ms. Hill

41
15,954 14,447
Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Fendarr added Nate Dogg Music & Me, Welcome To The Dogg House, G-Funk Classics

42
14,353 18,463
Redman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Redman Muddy Waters, Whut? Thee Album, Doc's da Name 2000

The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

43
14,407 18,924
Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Big Pun Capital Punishment, Yeeeah Baby, Endangered Species

44
12,190 9,377
Schoolboy Q is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Schoolboy Q Setbacks, ScHoolboy Q, Oxymoron

45
11,792 7,835
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Joey Badass Summer Knights, 1999, Big Dusty

46
10,793 5,630
2 Chainz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added 2 Chainz B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, Beez in the Trap, T.R.U. REALigion

47
11,510 16,501
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Slick Rick The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, The Art of Storytelling, The Ruler's Back

48
14,817 4,831
XXXTentacion is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
1519232093569 added XXXTentacion

49
11,473 15,492
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Scarface The Diary, The Fix, Mr. Scarface Is Back

50
11,281 15,228
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1