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The Best Conscious Rappers

Updated September 8, 2020 36.5k votes 6.7k voters 153.5k views78 items

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This conscious rappers list ranks the best conscious hip hop artists and groups by votes. This list of good conscious rappers let’s you see who hip hop fans think are the best in conscious hip hop. Not to be confused with political hip hop, the best conscious rappers directly address the social, cultural, and political issues that will effect people in everyday life. The best conscious rappers have built a loyal following due to their ability to discuss the everyday struggles of normal people and the truths that go along with that. Many of the best rappers of all time started off as socially conscious rappers. Unlike other more politicized forms of music, conscious rappers try to present information through their rhymes so people can make informed decisions on the issues they rap about on their own.


So, who are the best conscious rappers? Any list has to have the likes of Mos Def, Immortal Technique, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, and Killer Mike on it. These rappers are certainly politically conscious, but the focus of much of their work is on the personal narrative that accompanies political and social strife. This is why, with their texturized beats and solid lyrics, they have remained some of the most popular, and thus, best conscious rappers of all time.

 

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best conscious rappers. If you notice that a top artist is missing from this list and should be added, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best conscious hip hop acts of all time?" and "who is the greatest conscious rapper ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular conscious hip hop bands that you might've heard of. 

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    André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
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    Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
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    Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
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    Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
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    KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
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    Common is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
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    Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
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    Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
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    Joey Bada$$ is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
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    Logic is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
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    Isaiah Rashad is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
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    Killer Mike is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
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    A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
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