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We've compiled a list of the best rap songs ever recorded. These songs will make you groove so hard that you'll wish you were in a nightclub dancing to these epic classic rap tracks. Which are the best hip-hop songs? Does your favorite rap star have a song on the list? Vote up the songs you think deserve to be called the best top 10 rap songs ever. 
 
Rap music started on the streets of New York City in the late seventies. That sound that came out of the South Bronx and Brooklyn emerged into a global subculture which has permeated every corner of the planet. But we've all had that moment where you have to ask yourself, which of the millions of rap songs recorded can be considered the best? Does great hip hop have to do more with lyrics, flow, attitude, swagger, performance, off-stage antics? 
 
Are the best rappers of all time Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur? Or has Jay-Z eclipsed them? Is Jay-Z himself over? Is Kanye West the next reigning champion of hip hop? Who are the best MCs, and how were they responsible for creating so many awesome tunes? Whatever the case may be, many of these artists have worked all their lives and put their careers on the line to perform heartfelt flows to the masses. Long live rap music, and the MCs who made it all possible.
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Lose Yourself Eminem

2
1,478 610
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aldous_42 added Still D.R.E Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

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1,448 745
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1,658 890
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Juicy The Notorious B.I.G.

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1,330 522
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LorenzoWhyte added Dear Mama Tupac Shakur

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1,236 478
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Fendarr added It Was a Good Day Ice Cube

7
1,680 572
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Fendarr added Stan Eminem, Dido

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1,087 536
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LorenzoWhyte added Hail Mary Tupac Shakur

9
782 312
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emily-hardin added Fuck Tha Police N.W.A

10
968 371
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C.R.E.A.M. Wu-Tang Clan

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638 118
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Nuthin' But a G Thang Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

12
903 349
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The Next Episode Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

13
776 291
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BigGoldzman added Shook Ones, Part II Mobb Deep

14
1,112 310
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LorenzoWhyte added California Love (feat. Dr Dre) Tupac Shakur

Famous People You Didn't Know Were Married to Each Other

15
1,142 351
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Fendarr added N.Y. State of Mind Nas

16
768 336
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BigGoldzman added Gangsta's Paradise Coolio, L.V.

17
423 196
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emily-hardin added Boyz-N-The Hood (remix) Eazy-E

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817 270
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M_Wright_Whyte added Hypnotize The Notorious B.I.G.

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610 135
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Forgot About Dre Eminem, Dr. Dre

20
1,032 330
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CameronStokes added The Real Slim Shady Eminem

21
639 208
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LorenzoWhyte added Changes

Insane Backstories of the Most Famous Rap Disses

22
617 241
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LorenzoWhyte added Hit 'Em Up (feat. Tha Outlawz)

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725 295
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BigGoldzman added Maad City Kendrick Lamar

24
674 285
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Gin and Juice Daz Dillinger, Snoop Dogg

25
856 249
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'Till I Collapse Eminem, Miktek, Nate Dogg

26
557 243
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LorenzoWhyte added Keep Y Ahead Up Tupac Shakur

27
354 125
No Vaseline is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rap Songs of All Time
emily-hardin added No Vaseline Ice Cube

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673 325
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Not Afraid Eminem

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 2000s

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573 232
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426 199
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293 153
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jill_valley added Protect Ya Neck Wu-Tang Clan

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518 267
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99 Problems Jay-Z

33
593 256
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CameronStokes added Sing for the Moment Eminem

34
577 207
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Ms. Jackson OutKast

35
534 189
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LorenzoWhyte added Ambitionz az a Ridah Tupac Shakur

The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time

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429 227
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wiabux added Ruff Ryder's Anthem DMX

37
330 85
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The Way I Am Eminem

38
525 245
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293 196
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BigGoldzman added It's Tricky Run–D.M.C.

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299 159
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TimothyElsewonJohnson added Fight the Power Public Enemy

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303 187
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BigGoldzman added Insane In The Brain Cypress Hill

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329 141
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Ether Nas

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299 165
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BigGoldzman added Mama Said Knock You Out LL Cool J

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468 243
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299 179
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BigGoldzman added Many Men (Wish Death) 50 Cent

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232 133
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296 185
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339 181
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LorenzoWhyte added Life Goes On Tupac Shakur

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395 175
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CameronStokes added Guilty Conscience Eminem, Dr. Dre

50
278 156
Hit 'em Up is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rap Songs of All Time
LorenzoWhyte added Hit 'em Up