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The Best Detroit Rappers 

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Updated February 27, 2020 101.3k votes 10.2k voters 224.9k views 96 items

This Detroit rappers list ranks the best Detroit rappers and hip hop groups by votes. This list of good rappers from Detroit let’s you see who Detroit hip hop fans think are the best Detroit rappers are. Over the past few decades, Detroit rappers have shot to prominence. The Motor City has had some of the best rappers of all time come from its city. Though not as highly touted as Southern rappers, East Coast rappers or even West Coast rappers, Detroit rappers usually speak of an urban realism in their lyrics and have a serious tone that their rhymes address. Rough and tumble like the city itself, rappers from Detroit are some of the realist rappers in the game and are looked at by others with respect. The Detroit rap scene was encapsulated in the 2002 hit movie, 8 Mile
 

So, that said, who are the best Detroit rappers? Any list of Detroit hip hop artists has to include the likes of Eminem, his crew D12, Proof, iconic rapper/producer J Dilla, Obie Trice, Danny Brown, and Big Sean. These rappers are closely associated with the Detroit rap scene and this Detroit rappers list includes every good rapper from Detroit. If you're a fan of Detroit rap, you know that the rappers on this list are the best the city has to offer and are the Motor City's musical gift to the rest of the world.

Ultimately, it's up to you to decide who are the best Detroit rappers. If you know the Detroit hip hop scene, then cast your vote for the best rapper from the city. If you think an underground local artist or a new rapper is missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best Detroit hip hop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest Detroit hip hop musician 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 Detroit hip hop bands that you might've heard of. 
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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (; often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, film ...more

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Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
Sean Michael Leonard Anderson (born March 25, 1988), known professionally as Big Sean, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Sean signed with Kanye West's GOOD Music in 2007, Def Jam ...more

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Royce da 5'9" is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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Ryan Daniel Montgomery (born July 5, 1977), better known by his stage name Royce da 5'9", is an American rapper and songwriter. He is best known for his longtime association with Eminem as ...more

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Proof is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
DeShaun Dupree Holton (October 2, 1973 – April 11, 2006), known professionally as Proof, was an American rapper and actor from Detroit, Michigan. During his career, he was a member of the groups ...more

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J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
James Dewitt Yancey (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006), better known by the stage names J Dilla and Jay Dee, was an American record producer and rapper who emerged in the mid-1990s ...more

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Tee Grizzley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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Terry Sanchez Wallace (born March 23, 1994), known professionally as Tee Grizzley, is an American rapper from the West Side of Detroit, Michigan. He is best known for his singles "First Day ...more

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D12 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
D12, an initialism for the Dirty Dozen, was an American hip hop group from Detroit, Michigan. D12 has had chart-topping albums in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. D12 was formed ...more

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Feloni is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
Trish Best, known by her stage name Feloni, is an African-American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Her coming out as lesbian was featured on MTV's LOGO documentary show Coming Out Stories.

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Obie Trice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
Obie Trice III (born November 14, 1977) is an American rapper and songwriter. Trice formed his own record label, Black Market Entertainment, after leaving Shady Records. He does not use a stage ...more

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Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
Daniel Dewan Sewell, better known by his stage name Danny Brown, is an American hip hop recording artist from Detroit, Michigan. He is known for his individuality, being described by MTV as ...more

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Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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Alvin Nathaniel Joiner (born September 18, 1974), better known by the stage name Xzibit (pronounced "exhibit"), is an American rapper, actor, and broadcaster. Xzibit began his musical ...more

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Trick-Trick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
Christian Anthony Mathis (born June 28, 1973), better known by his stage name Trick-Trick, is an American rapper, as well as the lead member of rap group The Goon Sqwad.

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Slum Village is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
Slum Village is a hip hop group from Conant Gardens, Detroit, Michigan. The group was formed by three members: rappers Baatin and T3, plus rapper and producer J Dilla. J Dilla left in 2002 to ...more

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Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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Bad Meets Evil is an American hip hop duo consisting of rappers Royce da 5'9" and Eminem. Bad Meets Evil was formed in 1997 thanks to the duo's mutual friend, Proof. It was formed after ...more

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Doughboyz Cashout is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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Esham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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Esham Attica Smith (born September 20, 1973), better known by his stage name Esham, is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Emerging as one of the first ever hip-hop artists from Detroit, ...more

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Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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Aaliyah Dana Haughton (; January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001) was an American singer, actress, and model. Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan, she first gained recognition ...more

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Blade Icewood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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Blade Icewood (March 14, 1977 – April 19, 2005), born Darnell Quincy Lindsay, was an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Icewood was raised on the westside of Detroit in the vicinity of 7 ...more

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Bizarre is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
Rufus Arthur Johnson (born July 5, 1976), better known by his stage name Bizarre, is an American rapper, best known for his work with the Detroit-based hip hop group D12.

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Kuniva is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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Von Carlisle, better known as Kuniva, is an American recording artist best known for his work with Detroit hip-hop group D12. The six members of D12 created alter-egos to make up a dozen ...more

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Black Milk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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Curtis Eugene Cross (born August 14, 1983), better known by his stage name Black Milk, is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer.
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Elzhi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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Jason Powers (born May 12, 1978), better known by his stage name eLZhi, is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. He is a former member of Slum Village and now records as a solo artist. In ...more
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Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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Robert James Ritchie (born January 17, 1971), known professionally as Kid Rock, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, musician, record producer, and actor. In a career spanning over 20 ...more

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Big Herk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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Big Herk (born Amery Dennard on August 30, 1969) is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan.
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K-Deezy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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