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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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644 230
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Nightstalker55 added Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city, Section.80

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369 99
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 3 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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522 185
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Mos Def Black on Both Sides, True Magic, The New Danger

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533 191
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 5 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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416 133
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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396 124
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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335 101
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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433 175
J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
imari Johnson added J. Cole Born Sinner, The Warm Up, Friday Night Lights

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447 203
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Immortal Technique Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

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

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241 93
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^! Volume 1

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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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160 87
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Daniel Gurstein added Joey Badass Summer Knights, 1999, Big Dusty

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203 127
Killer Mike is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Killer Mike Monster, I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind, R.A.P. Music

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Feloni is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
lucca-hutson added Ab-Soul Control System, Longterm 2, Longterm Mentality

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122 102
Atmosphere is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Saul Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 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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131 115
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Bronzeflame added Hopsin Knock Madness, Raw, Haywire

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117 109
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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85 77
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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85 90
K-Rino is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
BrianGodsonBanfield added K-Rino Stories from the Black Book, No Mercy, K-Rino

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73 77
El-P is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added El-P Fantastic Damage, The Cold Vein, Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3

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36 29
Isaiah Rashad is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
AnthonyBecker added Isaiah Rashad Cilvia Demo

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65 70
B.o.B is listed (or ranked) 26 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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43 42
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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63 70
Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Eyedea & Abilities First Born, By the Throat, E&A

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69 80
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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Russ is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Caleb White Filleul added Russ

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60 68
Hieroglyphics is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Hieroglyphics B-sides, Volume 1, Full Circle

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50 55
X-Clan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
CameronRayHarvey added X-Clan To the East, Blackwards, Xodus

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Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Vinzilla added Joyner Lucas

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47 62
Prince Ea is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers

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Locksmith is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
RachelMorgan added Locksmith

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David Banner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Aaron Harris added David Banner Them Firewater Boyz^! Vol. 1, Mississippi: The Album, Certified

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NF is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Isiah added NF Perception

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Classified is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Caleb White Filleul added Classified Boy-Cott-In the Industry, Hitch Hikin' Music, Unpredictable

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Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Chance Ravensong added Brother Ali Shadows on the Sun, Us, Rites of Passage

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Sage Francis is listed (or ranked) 40 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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The Coup is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
cory-darrow added The Coup Steal This Album, Kill My Landlord, Genocide & Juice

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Matisyahu is listed (or ranked) 42 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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Macklemore is listed (or ranked) 43 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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CYNE is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ElianYahye added CYNE Pretty Dark Things, Evolution Fight Advance, Evolution Fight

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Delyric Oracle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
LisaLoveN added Delyric Oracle

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The Narcicyst is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
The Narcicyst The Narcicyst, We Are the Medium, Leap of Faith

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10 32
Michael Franti is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Michael Franti Chocolate Supa Highway, Home, Yell Fire!

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9 35
Kery James is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Kery James Savoir & vivre ensemble, Ma Vérité, Si C'était à Refaire

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GabrielVNicolau added Gaiaisi Wild Animal EP - www.gaiaisi.org

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Time is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
jmans added Time Naked Dinner