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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7,760 3,197
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Eminem

2
4,442 1,818
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Fendarr added Eminem, Dido

3
3,567 2,062
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4
3,836 1,995
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The Notorious B.I.G.

5
2,765 1,203
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Fendarr added Ice Cube

6
2,272 679
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Eminem, Dr. Dre

7
3,170 1,369
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LorenzoWhyte added Tupac Shakur

8
2,840 910
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CameronStokes added Eminem

9
3,292 1,286
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aldous_42 added Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

10
2,057 885
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Wu-Tang Clan

11
1,901 558
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Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

12
2,032 1,002
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BigGoldzman added Mobb Deep

13
2,327 747
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Fendarr added Nas

14
2,120 886
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emily-hardin added N.W.A

15
2,491 759
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LorenzoWhyte added Tupac Shakur

16
2,071 1,048
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LorenzoWhyte added Tupac Shakur

17
1,903 694
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M_Wright_Whyte added The Notorious B.I.G.

18
1,522 559
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LorenzoWhyte added

19
2,183 578
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Eminem, Miktek, Nate Dogg

20
1,723 785
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BigGoldzman added Coolio, L.V.

21
1,303 562
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LorenzoWhyte added

22
1,720 681
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Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

23
1,465 573
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CameronStokes added Eminem

24
993 524
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emily-hardin added Eazy-E

25
1,208 329
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Eminem