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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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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
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Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop
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De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop
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The Roots is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop
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Guru is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Jazz
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Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop
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Digable Planets is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop
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Nas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
-6 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop
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Common is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop
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Pete Rock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop
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Nujabes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Sean Shih added Nu jazz, Hip hop music, Jazz rap
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DJ Premier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop
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J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul
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The Pharcyde is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Antony Ashton added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop
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J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Joshua Thaisananikone added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rhythm and blues
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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
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Jungle Brothers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, House music
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Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
makhi-mtati added Hip hop music
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Surreal and the Sound Provider... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Joshua Kennedy added
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US3 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap
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People Under the Stairs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
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Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Sean Shih added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
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Jazz Liberatorz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added Hip Hop, Jazz, Soul music
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Sound Providers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Joshua Kennedy added
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Crown City Rockers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added Hip hop music, Jazz rap