Hip-Hop The Best Jazz Rap Artists  

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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. (44 items)
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276 28
A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

2
141 15
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

3
100 14
De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

4
119 21
The Roots is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

5
80 11
Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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90 14
Digable Planets is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

7
97 17
Guru is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Jazz

8
87 17
Pete Rock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

9
59 9
Nas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
-6 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

10
78 17
Common is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

11
31 3
The Pharcyde is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Antony Ashton added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

12
57 11
DJ Premier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

13
39 5
Nujabes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Sean Shih added Nu jazz, Hip hop music, Jazz rap

14
35 7
J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

15
36 10
Jungle Brothers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, House music

16
28 6
Souls of Mischief is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
aurelien-nours added Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

17
51 27
Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
makhi-mtati added Hip hop music

18
33 14
US3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap

19
16 4
Surreal and the Sound Provider... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Joshua Kennedy added

20
16 5
Jazz Liberatorz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added Hip Hop, Jazz, Soul music

21
12 2
Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Sean Shih added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

22
11 3
People Under the Stairs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

23
10 3
Sound Providers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Joshua Kennedy added

24
5 0
J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Joshua Thaisananikone added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rhythm and blues

25
6 1
Crown City Rockers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added Hip hop music, Jazz rap

26
7 4
Surreal & DJ Balance is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Joshua Kennedy added

27
5 2
InI is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

28
5 2
Freddie Joachim is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added

29
10 8
Dream Warriors is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

30
3 1
Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added Hip Hop, Jazz, Soul music

31
12 11
Ugly Duckling is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

32
6 5
Asheru & Blue Black is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
aurelien-nours added

33
2 3
K. Sparks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Joshua Kennedy added

34
2 3
Delinquent Habits is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added Hip hop music, Rap music, Latin hip hop

35
2 4
Glad2Mecha & Ill Treats is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Joshua Kennedy added

36
1 3
Shin-ski is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Sean Shih added

37
1 3
Lady Paradox is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Sean Shih added

38
1 3
Eulorhythmics is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added

39
1 4
lilbootycall is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Subterrah added Hip Hop, Jazz rap

40
1 4
Jazz Addixx is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added

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1 4
Hocus-Pocus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Sean Shih added

42
5 10
Animate Objects is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap

43
11 20
Scatman John is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Jazz rap, Pop music, House music

44
0 10
True Live is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Pop music