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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1,504 457
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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382 244
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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970 319
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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1,285 399
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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247 236
Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Matt Cotter added
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408 416
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Bronzeflame added Knock Madness, Raw, Haywire
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871 314
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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739 257
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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613 200
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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880 294
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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671 214
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Quality, Liberation, The Beautiful Struggle
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749 380
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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264 47
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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701 299
Common is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Resurrection, Be, Like Water for Chocolate
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499 211
Joey Bada$$ is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Daniel Gurstein added Summer Knights, 1999, Big Dusty
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448 106
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
RealKnowledge added A Woman's Revenge
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490 227
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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414 171
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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321 184
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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192 194
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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170 85
NF is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
Isiah added

Perception

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98 48
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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129 94
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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181 88
Isaiah Rashad is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Conscious Rappers
AnthonyBecker added Cilvia Demo