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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8,429 3,447
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Eminem
2
3,928 2,235
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3
4,862 2,083
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Fendarr added Eminem, Dido
4
4,144 2,186
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The Notorious B.I.G.
5
3,622 1,380
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aldous_42 added Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg
6
3,209 1,083
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CameronStokes added Eminem
7
3,061 1,318
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Fendarr added Ice Cube
8
2,649 760
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Eminem, Dr. Dre
9
3,469 1,482
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LorenzoWhyte added Tupac Shakur
10
2,134 791
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M_Wright_Whyte added The Notorious B.I.G.
11
2,827 833
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LorenzoWhyte added Tupac Shakur
12
2,206 629
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Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg
13
2,264 996
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Wu-Tang Clan
14
2,003 888
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BigGoldzman added Coolio, L.V.
15
2,200 1,111
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BigGoldzman added Mobb Deep
16
2,507 838
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Fendarr added Nas
17
2,341 977
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emily-hardin added N.W.A
18
2,255 1,117
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LorenzoWhyte added Tupac Shakur
19
1,711 620
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LorenzoWhyte added
20
2,465 654
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Eminem, Miktek, Nate Dogg
21
1,660 650
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CameronStokes added Eminem
22
1,905 720
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Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg
23
1,870 812
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Eminem
24
1,422 626
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LorenzoWhyte added
25
1,434 434
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Eminem