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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7,404 3,056
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Eminem

2
4,211 1,687
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Fendarr added Eminem, Dido

3
3,420 1,963
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4
3,685 1,892
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The Notorious B.I.G.

5
3,067 1,288
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LorenzoWhyte added Tupac Shakur

6
2,117 610
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Eminem, Dr. Dre

7
2,669 1,114
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Fendarr added Ice Cube

8
3,171 1,207
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aldous_42 added Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

9
2,671 846
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CameronStokes added Eminem

10
2,051 809
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emily-hardin added N.W.A

11
1,959 929
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BigGoldzman added Mobb Deep

12
2,395 691
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LorenzoWhyte added Tupac Shakur

13
1,827 489
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Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

14
1,984 813
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Wu-Tang Clan

15
2,011 979
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LorenzoWhyte added Tupac Shakur

16
2,241 677
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Fendarr added Nas

17
1,836 627
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M_Wright_Whyte added The Notorious B.I.G.

18
1,657 711
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BigGoldzman added Coolio, L.V.

19
2,053 523
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Eminem, Miktek, Nate Dogg

20
1,448 485
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LorenzoWhyte added

21
1,247 492
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LorenzoWhyte added

22
1,675 615
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Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

23
962 466
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emily-hardin added Eazy-E

24
1,378 536
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CameronStokes added Eminem

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1,133 290
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Eminem