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
151,760 78,250
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show

2
119,200 66,998
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
103,117 49,946
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
68,804 61,364
Nas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Nas Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album

5
95,046 41,349
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
61,568 65,548
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
69,960 48,701
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
70,754 47,031
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
66,556 38,269
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
58,203 49,848
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
47,784 34,266
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
46,154 35,589
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
42,251 36,684
André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
André 3000 Royal Flush, Class of 3000: Music Volume One, DoYaThing

14
35,363 46,638
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Rakim The 18th Letter, The Archive: Live, Lost & Found

15
47,743 28,819
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
53,347 28,700
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
32,477 34,256
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
29,875 31,090
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
27,677 29,587
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
25,985 29,730
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
20,457 26,141
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
LL Cool J Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith

22
24,987 13,973
ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
ASAP Rocky Long.Live.A$AP, Live. Love. ASAP, No Rest for the Wicked

23
27,291 16,196
Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
dylansher added Chance the Rapper Acid Rap, Confident, Songs from Scratch: Paranoia

24
22,989 25,109
T.I. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
T.I. King, Urban Legend, Trap Muzik

25
36,849 18,689
Drake is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Subhan Sheikh added Drake Take Care, Nothing Was the Same, Thank Me Later

26
21,227 29,443
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
18,387 13,079
Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Big Sean Finally Famous, Hall of Fame, Finally Famous Vol. 3: Big

28
19,270 12,752
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

29
20,120 14,029
Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers, O.N.I.F.C., Deal or No Deal

30
18,922 20,798
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Ghostface Killah Ironman, Supreme Clientele, Fishscale

31
26,177 16,489
Logic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Logic Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever, Young Sinatra (Undeniable), Young Sinatra

32
20,215 11,356
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
JustinK.Day added Childish Gambino Because the Internet, Utterances of the Heart, Love Letter in an Unbreakable Bottle

33
16,982 27,000
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
KRS-One Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

34
16,838 23,993
Common is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Common Resurrection, Be, Like Water for Chocolate

35
17,545 22,491
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

36
18,793 17,382
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Tech N9ne Everready, Anghellic, Absolute Power

37
17,323 15,119
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
13,324 5,112
Travis Scott is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Travis Scott Owl Pharaoh

39
15,168 10,829
Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Tyler, the Creator Goblin, Bastard, Wolf

40
16,228 5,853
XXXTentacion is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
1519232093569 added XXXTentacion

41
16,554 14,833
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
15,011 17,619
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

43
14,784 18,864
Redman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Redman Muddy Waters, Whut? Thee Album, Doc's da Name 2000

44
14,815 19,376
Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Big Pun Capital Punishment, Yeeeah Baby, Endangered Species

45
12,551 9,812
Schoolboy Q is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Schoolboy Q Setbacks, ScHoolboy Q, Oxymoron

46
11,223 6,136
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
12,202 8,242
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Rappers of All Time
Joey Badass Summer Knights, 1999, Big Dusty

48
11,829 16,857
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 48 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

49
11,765 15,832
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
12,662 11,121
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