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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 (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is regarded as one of the most skillful and successful hip hop artists of his ...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 ( TOO-pahk shə-KOOR; born Lesane Parish Crooks, June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper and actor. He is ...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 (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (; often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, film ...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 (born July 5, 1977), better known by his stage name Royce da 5'9", is an American rapper and songwriter. He is best known for his longtime association with Eminem as ...more
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Vince Staples is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Logic is listed (or ranked) 7 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) 8 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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Pusha T is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Pusha T
Terrence LeVarr Thornton (born May 13, 1977), better known by his stage name Pusha T, is an American rapper, songwriter and record executive. He initially gained major recognition as half of hip ...more
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Earl Sweatshirt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Thebe Neruda Kgositsile (born February 24, 1994), known professionally as Earl Sweatshirt, is an American rapper, record producer and songwriter from Los Angeles, California. Kgositsile was ...more
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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Donald McKinley Glover Jr. (born September 25, 1983) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, director, musician, and DJ. He performs music under the stage name Childish Gambino and as ...more
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Big K.R.I.T. is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Jay Rock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Johnny Reed McKinzie Jr. (born March 31, 1985), better known by his stage name Jay Rock, is an American rapper and songwriter from Watts, California. Rock ultimately chose to pursue a career as ...more
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Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Sean Michael Leonard Anderson (born March 25, 1988), known professionally as Big Sean, (stylized as BIG SEAN), is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Sean signed with Kanye West's GOOD ...more
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Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Marcus Jamal Hopson (born July 18, 1985), known professionally as Hopsin, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director and actor from Los Angeles, California. ...more
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Wale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Olubowale Victor Akintimehin (born September 21, 1984), better known by his stage name Wale ( WAW-lay), is an American rapper. He first rose to prominence in 2006, when his song "Dig Dug ...more
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Nipsey Hussle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Nipsey Hussle
Ermias Joseph Asghedom (August 15, 1985 – March 31, 2019), known professionally as Nipsey Hussle (often stylized as Nipsey Hu$$le), was an American rapper, entrepreneur, and community activist. ...more
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Vic Mensa is listed (or ranked) 19 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) 20 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) 21 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like J. Cole
Fredrick Jamel Tipton (born June 14, 1982), better known by his stage name Freddie Gibbs is an American rapper. After initially being signed to Interscope Records in 2006, Gibbs recorded his ...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 ( MAK-lə-mor), (formerly Professor Macklemore), is an American rapper and songwriter from Seattle, Washington. ...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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