hip-hop The Very Best Muslim Rappers  

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List Rules Only famous hip hop artists who are practicing Muslims

As long as hip hop has been part of the cultural vernacular, the religion of Islam has had a decidedly profound influence on the genre. Many of the biggest names and most legendary rappers have shown an affinity for Islam, even if they aren’t necessarily practicing Muslims.


 Islam has always been featured prominently in many a rap lyric and onstage. (Remember Jay Z removing the Five Percent Nation medallion from his neck and placed it over the head of protege Jay Electronica at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival?) However, nods to Islam reached their peak in the late ‘90s and have wained a bit, but there are still prominent, popular and practicing Muslims making music today. Check out list below and vote on your favorite Muslim rappers, past or present, and let us know who we missed!

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Nas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Nas Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album

2
268 60
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Ice Cube AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, The Predator, Death Certificate

3
183 40
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Rakim The 18th Letter, The Archive: Live, Lost & Found

4
176 47
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Mos Def Black on Both Sides, True Magic, The New Danger

5
122 34
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Ghostface Killah Ironman, Supreme Clientele, Fishscale

6
146 47
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1

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140 44
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Busta Rhymes When Disaster Strikes…, The Big Bang, The Coming

8
100 32
MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
MC Ren The Villain in Black, Shock of the Hour, Ruthless for Life

9
108 38
Akon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Akon Konvicted, Trouble, Mama Africa

10
99 34
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Mobb Deep The Infamous, Blood Money, The Infamous Mobb Deep

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69 25
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Big Daddy Kane Long Live the Kane, It's a Big Daddy Thing, Daddy's Home

12
73 28
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Scarface The Diary, The Fix, Mr. Scarface Is Back

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70 27
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instrumentals, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II, Immobilarity

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69 32
RZA is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
RZA RZA as Bobby Digital in Stereo, Birth of a Prince, Digital Bullet

Famous People Who Were Relentlessly Bullied

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48 18
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Gang Starr Hard to Earn, Daily Operation, Moment of Truth

16
60 27
Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Q-Tip The Renaissance, Amplified, Kamaal/The Abstract

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61 31
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Immortal Technique Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

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47 26
Future is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Harun Şimşek added Future I Wanna Be With You, Pluto, Real and True

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69 47
French Montana is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
French Montana Excuse My French, Lock Out, Cocaine Mafia

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62 43
T-Pain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
T-Pain Rappa Ternt Sanga, Epiphany, Revolver

21
42 26
Chuck D is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Chuck D Autobiography of Mistachuck, Rock da Funky Beats / Dance With You, An Interview With Chuck D

The Best Underground Rappers

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45 32
Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Brother Ali Shadows on the Sun, Us, Rites of Passage

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23 15
Ceza is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
1507214017989 added Ceza Rapstar, Yerli Plaka, Med Cezir

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37 30
Napoleon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers

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9 3
Locksmith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
1519704292721 added Locksmith a Thousand Cuts, olive branch, the Locktape - the Lock Sessions, the Locktape

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32 27
Beanie Sigel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Beanie Sigel The Reason, The B. Coming, The Truth

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34 31
Freeway is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Freeway Free at Last, Philadelphia Freeway, Diamond in the Ruff

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29 27
K'naan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
K'naan Qi Kai De Sheng (Wavin' Flag Celebration Mix), Troubadour, The Dusty Foot Philosopher

The Worst Rappers of All Time

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22 21
Lowkey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Harry Stylianou added Lowkey Uncensored, Key to the Game 3, Soundtrack to the Struggle

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21 20
Ali Shaheed Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Ali Shaheed Muhammad Shaheedullah and Stereotypes, Elevated Orange / Lord Can I Have This Mercy

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Dave East is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
jk0048 added Dave East let go 

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20 22
Rhymefest is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Rhymefest Blue Collar, Mark Ronson Presents Rhymefest: Man in the Mirror, Raw Dawg

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19 21
Poor Righteous Teachers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Poor Righteous Teachers Pure Poverty, The New World Order, Black Business

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22 25
Everlast is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Everlast Eat at Whitey's, Never Missin' a Beat, Forever Everlasting

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19 23
Brand Nubian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Brand Nubian One for All, Time’s Runnin’ Out, In God We Trust

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17 27
Akil is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
Akil The Proud Egyptian, We Know Something You Don't Know

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11 20
Kayna Samet is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Muslim Rappers
kai proctor added Kayna Samet Entre Deux Je, Deep Voice, Thug Wife