Hip-Hop 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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1,537 470
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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402 265
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Matt1345 added The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show
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990 330
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
TrentonBullock added The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0, Ms. Hill
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1,314 405
J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
imari Johnson added Born Sinner, The Warm Up, Friday Night Lights
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255 246
Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Matt Cotter added
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414 423
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Bronzeflame added Knock Madness, Raw, Haywire
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882 319
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Food & Liquor, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1
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754 258
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded
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622 203
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 10 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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890 296
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Black on Both Sides, True Magic, The New Danger
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680 215
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Quality, Liberation, The Beautiful Struggle
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752 385
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1
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271 50
André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Msc Play added Royal Flush, Class of 3000: Music Volume One, DoYaThing
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709 303
Common is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Resurrection, Be, Like Water for Chocolate
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460 110
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
RealKnowledge added A Woman's Revenge
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511 221
Joey Bada$$ is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Daniel Gurstein added Summer Knights, 1999, Big Dusty
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501 230
The Roots is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
ReverendEntity added Things Fall Apart, Phrenology, MTV Unplugged
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424 176
Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 19 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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326 187
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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196 198
B.o.B is listed (or ranked) 21 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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174 89
NF is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Isiah added

Perception

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99 51
Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Chance Ravensong added Shadows on the Sun, Us, Rites of Passage
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130 98
LeCrae is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
KurtisColman added Real Talk, After the Music Stops, Church Clothes
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184 90
Isaiah Rashad is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
AnthonyBecker added Cilvia Demo