Hip Hop Artists The Best Conscious Rappers  

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

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1,074 346
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
AmiruNuradeen added All Eyez on Me, Me Against the World, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

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744 230
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
TrentonBullock added The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0, Ms. Hill

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932 323
J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
imari Johnson added Born Sinner, The Warm Up, Friday Night Lights

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603 193
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

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505 147
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
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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745 254
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Black on Both Sides, True Magic, The New Danger

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568 172
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Quality, Liberation, The Beautiful Struggle

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742 268
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Food & Liquor, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1

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338 61
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
RealKnowledge added A Woman's Revenge

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303 199
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Bronzeflame added Knock Madness, Raw, Haywire

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93 20
Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Matt Cotter added

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94 23
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Matt1345 added The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show

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622 336
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

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597 271
Common is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Resurrection, Be, Like Water for Chocolate

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421 188
The Roots is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Things Fall Apart, Phrenology, MTV Unplugged

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169 21
André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Msc Play added Royal Flush, Class of 3000: Music Volume One, DoYaThing

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363 141
Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Let's Get Free, RBG: Revolutionary but Gangsta, Turn Off the Radio: The Mixtape

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388 178
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Daniel Gurstein added Summer Knights, 1999, Big Dusty

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256 162
Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
lucca-hutson added Control System, Longterm 2, Longterm Mentality

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279 189
Killer Mike is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Monster, I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind, R.A.P. Music

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126 67
Isaiah Rashad is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
AnthonyBecker added Cilvia Demo

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141 102
Dilated Peoples is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Expansion Team, 20/20, The Platform

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174 140
Atmosphere is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EP's, God Loves Ugly, You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having

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147 133
B.o.B is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
KurtisColman added B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, Memories Back Then, 12th Dimension EP

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97 50
NF is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Isiah added Perception

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189 149
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float

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56 23
Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Chance Ravensong added Shadows on the Sun, Us, Rites of Passage

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95 78
LeCrae is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
KurtisColman added Real Talk, After the Music Stops, Church Clothes

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101 75
Saul Williams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Saul Williams, Amethyst Rock Star, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!

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108 119
K-Rino is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
BrianGodsonBanfield added Stories from the Black Book, No Mercy, K-Rino

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80 74
X-Clan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
CameronRayHarvey added To the East, Blackwards, Xodus

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105 101
Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Feedback, Quality Control, Power in Numbers

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60 41
Logic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
JESUSsaves! added Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever, Young Sinatra (Undeniable), Young Sinatra

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88 90
Hieroglyphics is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added B-sides, Volume 1, Full Circle

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64 72
Locksmith is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
RachelMorgan added

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92 102
El-P is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Fantastic Damage, The Cold Vein, Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3

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80 88
Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
First Born, By the Throat, E&A

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21 13
Vinnie Paz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Syed ISamuddin added King & The Cauze Mixtape, God of the Serengeti, The Sound and the Fury

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74 89
Prince Ea is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

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22 17
Sage Francis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Chance Ravensong added Personal Journals, A Healthy Distrust, Dead Poet Live Album

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10 3
Teddy Benson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Ackrite added

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14 11
MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Syed ISamuddin added The Villain in Black, Shock of the Hour, Ruthless for Life

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21 20
Matisyahu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Chance Ravensong added No Place to Be, Live at Stubb's, Vol. 2

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20 19
Watsky is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Luke Albright added

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6 1
Santé Prince is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Ackrite added

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8 3
Flobots is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
JKolodne added Fight with Tools, The Circle in the Square, Platypus

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54 73
David Banner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Aaron Harris added Them Firewater Boyz, Vol. 1, Mississippi: The Album

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13 13
Prophets of Rage is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Alexander Mikheev added Zen Gravy, Unite or Perish - Only two albums were released - "No more Patience" and "Brand New World".

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17 23
is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Vinzilla added