Hip-Hop The Best Rap Songs of All Time  

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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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8,479 3,467
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Eminem
2
3,948 2,254
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3
4,894 2,095
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Fendarr added Eminem, Dido
4
3,647 1,390
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aldous_42 added Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg
5
4,166 2,194
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The Notorious B.I.G.
6
3,237 1,094
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CameronStokes added Eminem
7
3,083 1,327
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Fendarr added Ice Cube
8
2,671 766
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Eminem, Dr. Dre
9
2,153 794
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M_Wright_Whyte added The Notorious B.I.G.
10
2,846 837
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LorenzoWhyte added Tupac Shakur
11
3,487 1,485
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LorenzoWhyte added Tupac Shakur
12
2,220 632
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Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg
13
2,279 1,000
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Wu-Tang Clan
14
2,210 1,112
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BigGoldzman added Mobb Deep
15
2,520 839
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Fendarr added Nas
16
2,353 979
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emily-hardin added N.W.A
17
1,721 623
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LorenzoWhyte added
18
2,482 657
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Eminem, Miktek, Nate Dogg
19
2,014 892
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BigGoldzman added Coolio, L.V.
20
1,673 653
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CameronStokes added Eminem
21
2,260 1,118
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LorenzoWhyte added Tupac Shakur
22
1,915 721
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Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg
23
1,886 814
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Eminem
24
1,429 626
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LorenzoWhyte added
25
1,449 435
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Eminem