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The Best Detroit Rappers  

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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, better known by his stage name Eminem, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter, and actor. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of the group D12, ...more
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Royce da 5'9
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Ryan Daniel Montgomery, better known by his stage name Royce da 5'9", is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. He is best known for his longtime association with Eminem as well as his ...more
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Proof is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
DeShaun Dupree Holton, better known by his stage name Proof, was an American rapper and actor from Detroit, Michigan. During his career, he was a member of the groups Goon Sqwad, 5 Elementz, ...more
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Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, known professionally as Big Sean, is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Big Sean signed with Kanye West's GOOD Music in 2007, Def Jam Recordings in 2008, ...more
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Tee Grizzley is listed (or ranked) 5 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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J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
James Dewitt Yancey, better known by the stage names J Dilla and Jay Dee, was an American record producer and rapper who emerged from the mid-1990s underground hip hop scene in Detroit, ...more
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Feloni is listed (or ranked) 7 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. In ...more
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Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American singer, dancer, actress, and model. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 10, she appeared on the television ...more
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MC Breed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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Eric Breed, better known as MC Breed, was an American rapper best known for his singles "Ain't No Future in Yo Frontin", which peaked at #66 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Gotta ...more
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Kon Artis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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D12 Albums 

Denaun Porter, also known by the stage names Mr. Porter and Kon Artis, is an American rapper and record producer. He was best known as a member of Detroit rap group D12, until his departure in ...more
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D12 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
D12, an initialism for The Dirty Dozen, is 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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Obie Trice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
Obie Trice is an American rapper and songwriter. He began rapping at the age of 11, and is most known for his time spent signed to Shady Records. Since leaving the label Obie has formed his own ...more
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Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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Alvin Nathaniel Joiner, better known by his stage name Xzibit, is an American rapper, actor, and television host. He is known as the host of the MTV show Pimp My Ride, which brought him ...more
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Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Trick-Trick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
Christian Mathis, better known by his stage name Trick-Trick, is an American rap artist and member of hip-hop group Goon Sqwad.
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Slum Village is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Doughboyz Cashout is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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Joe C. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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Kid Rock Associate 

Joseph "Joe C." Calleja was an American rapper and musician. His popularity and fame were based on his relationship as hype man and comic relief for fellow rapper Kid Rock.
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Swifty McVay is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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D12 albums 

Swifty McVay is a member of the musical 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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Bizarre is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
Bizarre was born Rufus Arthur Johnson on July 5, 1976 in Detroit, Michigan. Bizarre grew up living with his single mother. He started rapping when he was in fifth grade. His teacher thought he ...more
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DJ Stretch Money is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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K-Deezy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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Tone Tone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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Bugz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Rappers
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D12 Albums 

Karnail Pitts (born January 5, 1977) was an American rapper associated with the collective D12. He was famously murdered after an argument at a 1999 picnic escalated into a gunfight.