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The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole  

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If you're a fan of J. Cole, here is a list of rappers who make similar music. Known for his story telling and rapping about social issues, J. Cole is considered one of the best new school rappers. Who are other famous rappers like J. Cole?

Popular rap artists who make music like J. Cole are Kendrick Lamar and Logic. These two rappers discuss racism, relationships, and family problems in their lyrics. Other similar artists include Drake, Wale, Vic Mensa, Vince Staples, and Joey Bada$$.

Vote up the best hip hop artists like J. Cole, and add any similar rappers who are missing from the list.

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Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, better known as Kendrick Lamar, is an American hip hop recording artist from Compton, California. In 2004, Lamar signed to Carson-based independent record label, Top ...more
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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli, was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one ...more
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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
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Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known by his stage name Eminem, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter, and actor. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of the group D12, ...more
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Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Gary Maurice "Joyner" Lucas, Jr. (born August 17, 1988) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, poet, and actor from Worcester, Massachusetts. Lucas gained ...more
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Royce da 5'9
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Ryan Daniel Montgomery, better known by his stage name Royce da 5'9", is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. He is best known for his longtime association with Eminem as well as his ...more
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Logic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, known by his stage name Logic, is an American rapper. He was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He has amassed a large Internet following and is a member of ...more
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Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Herbert Anthony Stevens IV, better known by his stage name Ab-Soul, is an American hip hop recording artist from Carson, California. In 2007, he signed to indie record label Top Dawg ...more
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Vince Staples is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Vincent Jamal Staples (born July 2, 1993) is an American rapper from the Ramona Park area of North Long Beach, California. He is a member of the hip hop trio Cutthroat Boyz alongside fellow ...more
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Earl Sweatshirt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, better known by his stage name Earl Sweatshirt, is an American rapper-producer and member of the Los Angeles-based hip hop collective Odd Future. He is signed to ...more
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Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, known professionally as Big Sean, is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Big Sean signed with Kanye West's GOOD Music in 2007, Def Jam Recordings in 2008, ...more
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Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Marcus Jamal Hopson, better known by his stage name Hopsin, is an American rapper, record producer, director and actor from Los Angeles, California. In 2007, he was signed to Ruthless Records, ...more
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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Donald McKinley Glover, also known by his stage name Childish Gambino, is an American actor, writer, comedian, rapper, singer, and producer. He first came to attention for his work with Derrick ...more
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Pusha T is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Terrence Thornton, better known by his stage name Pusha T, is an American hip hop recording artist from Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is also known as one half of hip hop duo Clipse, alongside ...more
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Big K.R.I.T. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Justin Lewis Scott (born August 26, 1986), better known by his stage name Big K.R.I.T. (a backronym for King Remembered in Time), is an American rapper and record producer. Born in Meridian, ...more
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Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Chancelor Bennett, better known by his stage name Chance the Rapper, is an American hip hop recording artist from the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, he began to gain major ...more
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Wale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, better known by his stage name Wale, is an American rapper from Washington, D.C.. He rose to prominence in 2006, when his song "Dig Dug" became popular in ...more
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Jay Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Johnny Reed McKinzie, Jr, better known by his stage name Jay Rock, is an American rapper from Watts, Los Angeles, California. Jay Rock grew up in Watts, known for its low income, as well as its ...more
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Vic Mensa is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Victor Kwesi Mensah (born June 6, 1993), better known by his stage name Vic Mensa, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer from Chicago, Illinois. Mensa was a member of the ...more
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Drake is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Aubrey Drake Graham, who records under the mononym Drake, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor. He was born in Toronto, Ontario. He first garnered recognition for his role as Jimmy Brooks ...more
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Freddie Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Fredrick Tipton, better known by his stage name Freddie Gibbs, is an American rapper from Gary, Indiana.
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Nipsey Hussle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Nipsey Hussle
Ermias Asghedom (August 15, 1985 – March 31, 2019), known professionally as Nipsey Hussle (often stylized as Nipsey Hu$$le), was an American rapper from Los Angeles, California. He has released ...more
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Macklemore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Benjamin Hammond Haggerty (born June 19, 1983), known by his stage name Macklemore, and formerly Professor Macklemore, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter, from Seattle, Washington. He ...more
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Lurch Marley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
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