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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
91,321 44,314
The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die, Life After Death, Born Again

2
104,841 59,170
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 2 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

3
132,231 69,939
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show

4
62,025 53,151
Nas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Nas Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album

5
54,599 57,941
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Jay-Z Watch the Throne, The Black Album, Reasonable Doubt

6
82,743 35,996
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city, Section.80

7
61,576 43,669
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
62,184 41,861
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
59,311 34,373
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
51,237 44,001
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
42,238 29,987
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
40,537 31,149
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
32,447 41,267
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
38,024 32,293
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

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15
40,656 24,973
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
45,678 25,320
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
29,359 30,002
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
26,931 27,134
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
24,897 25,337
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
23,765 25,698
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
20,784 21,748
T.I. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
T.I. King, Urban Legend, Trap Muzik

The Best Dressed Rappers

22
29,505 13,746
Drake is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Subhan Sheikh added Drake Take Care, Nothing Was the Same, Thank Me Later

23
19,689 26,335
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Mos Def Black on Both Sides, True Magic, The New Danger

24
18,531 23,004
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
LL Cool J Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith

25
20,597 11,173
ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
ASAP Rocky Long.Live.A$AP, Live. Love. ASAP, No Rest for the Wicked

26
22,974 13,087
Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
dylansher added Chance the Rapper Acid Rap, Confident, Songs from Scratch: Paranoia

27
15,882 24,224
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
KRS-One Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

28
16,177 10,379
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 Worst Rappers of All Time

29
17,122 18,251
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Ghostface Killah Ironman, Supreme Clientele, Fishscale

30
16,488 11,401
Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers, O.N.I.F.C., Deal or No Deal

31
15,365 10,734
Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Big Sean Finally Famous, Hall of Fame, Finally Famous Vol. 3: Big

32
15,646 21,303
Common is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Common Resurrection, Be, Like Water for Chocolate

33
21,737 13,739
Logic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Logic Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever, Young Sinatra (Undeniable), Young Sinatra

34
16,401 9,126
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 34 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

35
16,306 20,191
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

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36
15,465 13,243
The Game is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
The Game The Documentary, Doctor's Advocate, Jesus Piece

37
16,940 15,351
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Tech N9ne Everready, Anghellic, Absolute Power

38
9,673 3,283
Travis Scott is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Travis Scott Owl Pharaoh

39
12,383 8,740
Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Tyler, the Creator Goblin, Bastard, Wolf

40
13,761 17,060
Redman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Redman Muddy Waters, Whut? Thee Album, Doc's da Name 2000

41
14,985 13,240
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
13,600 15,724
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0, Ms. Hill

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43
13,701 17,509
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
10,881 8,375
Schoolboy Q is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Schoolboy Q Setbacks, ScHoolboy Q, Oxymoron

45
10,926 15,214
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 45 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

46
9,036 4,729
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
10,299 6,881
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Joey Badass Summer Knights, 1999, Big Dusty

48
10,669 14,048
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1

49
10,947 14,340
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
11,411 10,010
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
scruffenstein added Mobb Deep The Infamous, Blood Money, The Infamous Mobb Deep