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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. (45 items)

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A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
A Tribe Called Quest 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
Gang Starr 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
De La Soul 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
The Roots 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
Guru 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
Q-Tip 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
Digable Planets Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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

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

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

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

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The Pharcyde is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Antony Ashton added The Pharcyde Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Trevor Wood added Steve Buscemi

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Nujabes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Sean Shih added Nujabes Nu jazz, Hip hop music, Jazz rap

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

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Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Trevor Wood added Kendrick Lamar Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added J Dilla Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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Souls of Mischief is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
aurelien-nours added Souls of Mischief Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
makhi-mtati added Chance The Rapper Hip hop music

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US3 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
US3 Hip hop music, Jazz rap

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Jazz Liberatorz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added Jazz Liberatorz Hip Hop, Jazz, Soul music

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Surreal and the Sound Provider... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Joshua Kennedy added Surreal and the Sound Providers

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People Under the Stairs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added People Under the Stairs Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Sean Shih added Jurassic 5 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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Sound Providers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Joshua Kennedy added Sound Providers

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

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Crown City Rockers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added Crown City Rockers Hip hop music, Jazz rap

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InI is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added InI Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

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Ugly Duckling is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Ugly Duckling Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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Freddie Joachim is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added Freddie Joachim

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Dream Warriors is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Dream Warriors Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added Hocus Pocus Hip Hop, Jazz, Soul music

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Asheru & Blue Black is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
aurelien-nours added Asheru & Blue Black

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K. Sparks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Joshua Kennedy added K. Sparks

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

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

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

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

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Delinquent Habits is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added Delinquent Habits Hip hop music, Rap music, Latin hip hop

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lilbootycall is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Subterrah added lilbootycall Hip Hop, Jazz rap

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

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Jazz Addixx is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Wanderson Assis added Jazz Addixx

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Animate Objects is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Animate Objects Hip hop music, Jazz rap

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Scatman John is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
Scatman John Jazz rap, Pop music, House music

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True Live is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jazz Rap Artists
True Live Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Pop music