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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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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
AmiruNuradeen added Tupac Shakur All Eyez on Me, Me Against the World, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

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608 191
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
TrentonBullock added Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0, Ms. Hill

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768 281
J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
imari Johnson added J. Cole Born Sinner, The Warm Up, Friday Night Lights

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1,040 419
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Nightstalker55 added Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city, Section.80

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680 237
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Mos Def Black on Both Sides, True Magic, The New Danger

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557 178
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
KRS-One Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

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521 161
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Talib Kweli Quality, Liberation, The Beautiful Struggle

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464 134
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet, Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black

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681 253
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1

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232 48
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
RealKnowledge added Feloni A Woman's Revenge - Feloni (from Detroit, MI) was first discovered on Myspace in 2006 by MTV affiliates and Oscar Award-winning film producers Kirk Simon & Karen Goodman. They went on to include Feloni's plight in hip-hop in their controversial ...

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535 258
Common is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Common Resurrection, Be, Like Water for Chocolate

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327 135
Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Dead Prez Let's Get Free, RBG: Revolutionary but Gangsta, Turn Off the Radio: The Mixtape

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376 178
The Roots is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added The Roots Things Fall Apart, Phrenology, MTV Unplugged

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567 319
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Immortal Technique Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

The Best Dressed Rappers

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339 157
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Daniel Gurstein added Joey Badass Summer Knights, 1999, Big Dusty

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114 12
André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Msc Play added André 3000 Royal Flush, Class of 3000: Music Volume One, DoYaThing

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259 176
Killer Mike is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Killer Mike Monster, I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind, R.A.P. Music

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226 147
Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
lucca-hutson added Ab-Soul Control System, Longterm 2, Longterm Mentality

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223 170
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Bronzeflame added Hopsin Knock Madness, Raw, Haywire

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94 53
Isaiah Rashad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
AnthonyBecker added Isaiah Rashad Cilvia Demo

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168 138
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Aesop Rock Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float

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126 92
Dilated Peoples is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Dilated Peoples Expansion Team, 20/20, The Platform

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156 127
Atmosphere is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Atmosphere Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EP's, God Loves Ugly, You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having

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67 31
NF is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Isiah added NF Perception

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92 70
Saul Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Saul Williams Saul Williams, Amethyst Rock Star, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!

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40 13
Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Chance Ravensong added Brother Ali Shadows on the Sun, Us, Rites of Passage

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78 67
LeCrae is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
KurtisColman added LeCrae Real Talk, After the Music Stops, Church Clothes

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114 118
B.o.B is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
KurtisColman added B.o.B B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, Memories Back Then, 12th Dimension EP

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97 96
Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Jurassic 5 Feedback, Quality Control, Power in Numbers

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100 111
K-Rino is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
BrianGodsonBanfield added K-Rino Stories from the Black Book, No Mercy, K-Rino

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X-Clan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
CameronRayHarvey added X-Clan To the East^! Blackwards, Xodus, Return From Mecca

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Teddy Benson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Ackrite added Teddy Benson

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79 86
Hieroglyphics is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Hieroglyphics B-sides, Volume 1, Full Circle

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87 100
El-P is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added El-P Fantastic Damage, The Cold Vein, Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3

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76 86
Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Eyedea & Abilities First Born, By the Throat, E&A

The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

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Logic is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
JESUSsaves! added Logic Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever, Young Sinatra (Undeniable), Young Sinatra

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67 85
Prince Ea is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

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55 68
Locksmith is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
RachelMorgan added Locksmith

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Watsky is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Luke Albright added Watsky

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Matisyahu is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Chance Ravensong added Matisyahu No Place to Be, Live at Stubb's, Vol. 2

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Sage Francis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Chance Ravensong added Sage Francis Personal Journals, A Healthy Distrust, Dead Poet Live Album

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11 9
MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Syed ISamuddin added MC Ren The Villain in Black, Shock of the Hour, Ruthless for Life

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Santé Prince is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Ackrite added Santé Prince

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82 125
Macklemore is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Caleb White Filleul added Macklemore The Heist, The VS. Redux, The Language of My World

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is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Vinzilla added

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David Banner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Aaron Harris added David Banner Them Firewater Boyz, Vol. 1, Mississippi: The Album

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Vinnie Paz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Syed ISamuddin added Vinnie Paz King & The Cauze Mixtape, God of the Serengeti, The Sound and the Fury

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69 108
Russ is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Caleb White Filleul added Russ

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9 12
Prophets of Rage is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Alexander Mikheev added Prophets of Rage Zen Gravy, Unite or Perish - Only two albums were released - "No more Patience" and "Brand New World".

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3 3
Flobots is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
JKolodne added Flobots Fight with Tools, The Circle in the Square, Platypus