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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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Eminem
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Fendarr added Eminem, Dido
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aldous_42 added Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg
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The Notorious B.I.G.
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Fendarr added Ice Cube
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CameronStokes added Eminem
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Eminem, Dr. Dre
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M_Wright_Whyte added The Notorious B.I.G.
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LorenzoWhyte added Tupac Shakur
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LorenzoWhyte added Tupac Shakur
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Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg
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BigGoldzman added Mobb Deep
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Wu-Tang Clan
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Fendarr added Nas
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Eminem, Miktek, Nate Dogg
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emily-hardin added N.W.A
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CameronStokes added Eminem
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LorenzoWhyte added
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BigGoldzman added Coolio, L.V.
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Eminem
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LorenzoWhyte added Tupac Shakur
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Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg
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Eminem