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The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar 

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Updated October 13, 2018 2.3k votes 291 voters 4.3k views 31 items

If you're a fan of Kendrick Lamar, here is a list of rappers who make similar music. Known for his storytelling and rapping about policial and social issues, Kendrick Lamar is considered one of the best new school rappers and one of the greatest rappers of all time. Who are other famous rappers like Kendrick Lamar?

Popular rap artists who make music like Kendrick Lamar are J. Cole and Isaiah Rashad. These two rappers share sensitive topics and personal problems in their lyrics. Other similar artists include Mick Jenkins, Lupe Fiasco, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre.

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

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J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
Jermaine Lamarr Cole (born January 28, 1985) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Born on a military base in Germany but raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Cole ...more

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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
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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Nas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known as Nas, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Since 1994, Nas has released eight ...more

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Joey Bada$$ is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott (born January 20, 1995), better known by his stage name Joey Badass (stylized as Joey Bada$$), is an American rapper, actor, and record producer. Raised in Brooklyn, New ...more

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Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
Andre Romelle Young (born February 18, 1965), known professionally as Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and ...more

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Isaiah Rashad is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
Isaiah Rashad
Isaiah Rashad McClain, better known as Isaiah Rashad, is an American hip hop recording artist from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Rashad began taking rapping seriously in tenth grade, where he and his ...more

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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
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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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Schoolboy Q is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
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Quincy Matthew Hanley (born October 26, 1986), better known by his stage name ScHoolboy Q, is an American rapper and songwriter based in South Central Los Angeles, California. In 2009, Hanley ...more

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Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
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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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
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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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
O'Shea Jackson (born June 15, 1969), known professionally as Ice Cube, is an American rapper, actor, producer, director and writer. Ice Cube initially gained recognition in 1984 as a member of ...more

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ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
Rakim Mayers (born October 3, 1988), better known by his stage name ASAP Rocky (stylized as A$AP Rocky), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is a member of the hip ...more

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The Game is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
Jayceon Terrell Taylor (born November 29, 1979), better known by his stage name The Game (or simply Game), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is best known as a ...more

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Logic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
Sir Robert Bryson Hall II (born January 22, 1990), known by his stage name Logic, is an American rapper. He was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He has amassed a large Internet ...more

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Pusha T is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
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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Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (born February 16, 1982), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco ( LOO-pay), is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and activist. He rose to fame in 2006 ...more

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Vince Staples is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
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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Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
Daniel Dewan Sewell, better known by his stage name Danny Brown, is an American hip hop recording artist from Detroit, Michigan. He is known for his individuality, being described by MTV as ...more

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Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
Aaron Dontez Yates (born November 8, 1971), better known by his stage name Tech N9ne (pronounced "tech nine"), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and ...more

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KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
Lawrence "Kris" Parker (born August 20, 1965), better known by his stage names KRS-One, and Teacha, is an American rapper and occasional producer from The Bronx, New York. He rose to ...more

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Royce da 5'9" is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
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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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Mick Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
Jayson Mick Jenkins (born April 16, 1991) is an American hip hop recording artist. Based in Chicago, he is signed to Cinematic Music Group. His debut album, The Healing Component, was released ...more

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Jay Electronica is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
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Timothy Elpadaro Thedford (born September 19, 1976), known professionally as Jay Electronica is an American rapper and record producer from New Orleans. Electronica first gained significant ...more

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Meek Mill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
Robert Rihmeek Williams (born May 6, 1987), known professionally as Meek Mill, is an American rapper, songwriter, and activist. Raised in Philadelphia, he embarked on his music career as a ...more

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Killer Mike is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers To Listen To If You Like Kendrick Lamar
Michael Santiago Render (born April 20, 1975), better known by his stage name Killer Mike, is an American rapper, actor, and activist. He is the founder of Grind Time Official Records, which he ...more

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