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The Best Jazz Rap Artists 

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Updated March 9, 2020 3k votes 915 voters 90.6k views 45 items

Formed at the end of the golden age of hip hop, jazz rap incorporates both of these genres to create a sound that pays tribute to the past as it does fusing it with the present. Jazz rap lyrically is political and focuses on Afrocentrism. Unlike other forms of political or militant rap, jazz rap focuses on being positive in its lyrics. Using hip hop rhythms, jazz rap's heyday was during the early 1990s before fading away.

So, who are the best jazz rappers? Any list of jazz rap has to include artists like Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, Digable Planets, Pete Rock and The Roots. These jazz rappers are also popular alternative rappers, and the artists listed remain widely respected even though some have been broken up for a while. Though jazz rap was a shooting star in terms having a widespread impact in hip hop, many jazz rappers are looked upon quite fondly and are considered rap legends.

That said, it's up to you to determine who is the best jazz rap artists. If you notice that someone isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This should only include artists who are known for jazz rap, and didn't just dabble in the genre because it was trendy. This list answers the questions "who are the best jazz rap bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest jazz rap 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 jazz rap bands that you might've heard of. (45 items)
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A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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The Roots is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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Guru is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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Digable Planets is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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Common is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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Pete Rock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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Nas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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DJ Premier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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Nujabes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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The Pharcyde is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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Jungle Brothers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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Souls of Mischief is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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US3 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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Jazz Liberatorz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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Felly is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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Surreal and the Sound Pr... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
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Ugly Duckling is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists