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The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked  

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When it comes to the rap game, it's all about respect. In other words, a rapper's career will only go so far if they aren't respectable. Not only that, but they need to respected by their peers—not just the fans. Take some of the best rappers of all time, for instance. You got Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, and so on. Some of rap's best artists have plenty of respect attached to their names, and that's why they remain as some of the industry's greatest years after the midst of their careers. 

So, of all the respectable rappers out there, which artists have the best reputations? And as fans, who makes the list of rappers you respect most? Kanye West? Kendrick Lamar? Of course, you have all your female rap artists, too—and they should be included on any such list. There's a great deal of hip-hop artists, but only some have the top street cred and it's up to you to decide who deserves the most respect—at least for this list of rappers with the best reputations. 

 Peep the extensive list below and vote up the rappers you think are most respectable. You can also vote down artists, as well as add the ones you think deserve some serious credit. 

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Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
The Dankest Meme added Knock Madness, Raw, Haywire
Marcus Jamal Hopson, better known by his stage name Hopsin, is an American rapper, record producer, director and actor from Los Angeles, California. In 2007, he was signed to Ruthless Records, ...more
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Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
The Dankest Meme added At the Speed of Life, 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz, Restless
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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Method Man is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
Tical, 4:21... The Day After, The Riddler
Clifford Smith, better known by the stage name Method Man, is an American rapper, record producer, and actor. He took his stage name from the 1979 film Method Man. He is perhaps best known as a ...more
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2 Chainz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, Beez in the Trap, T.R.U. REALigion
Tauheed Epps (born September 12, 1977), known professionally as 2 Chainz (formerly Tity Boi), is an American rapper. Born and raised in College Park, Georgia, he initially gained recognition for ...more
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Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
Matt1345 added Trunk Muzik 0-60, Radioactive, Arena Rap EP
Michael Wayne Atha, better known as Yelawolf, is an American hip hop recording artist from Gadsden, Alabama. He is currently signed to Shady Records, Interscope Records, and has since founded ...more
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Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
The Dankest Meme added I Decided, Dark Sky Paradise, Finally Famous
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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Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
Tha Carter III, Tha Carter II, Tha Carter
Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., known by his stage name Lil Wayne, is an American rapper, songwriter, and entrepreneur from New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1991, at the age of nine, Lil Wayne joined Cash ...more
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Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
Jóhannes Snær Magnússon added H.N.I.C., Return of the Mac, H.N.I.C. Pt. 2
Albert Johnson (November 2, 1974 – June 20, 2017), better known by his stage name Prodigy, was an American rapper, author, and entrepreneur who, with Havoc, was one half of the hip hop duo Mobb ...more
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KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded
Lawrence Krisna Parker, better known by his stage names KRS-One, and Teacha, is an American rapper and occasional producer from The Bronx, New York City, New York. KRS-One rose to prominence as ...more
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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
The Dankest Meme added Queen, The Pinkprint, Pink Friday
Onika Tanya Maraj, better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian rapper, singer and songwriter. Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York, ...more
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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
The Dankest Meme added "Awaken, My Love!", Because the Internet
Donald McKinley Glover, also known by his stage name Childish Gambino, is an American actor, writer, comedian, rapper, singer, and producer. He first came to attention for his work with Derrick ...more
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Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
acapellasrverycool added Cypress Hill, Black Sunday, III - Temples Of Boom
Cypress Hill is an American hip hop group from South Gate, California. Cypress Hill was the first Latino-American hip hop group to have platinum and multi-platinum albums, selling over 18 ...more
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Joell Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
The Dankest Meme added The Brick, Road Kill, Free Agent
Joell Christopher Ortiz (born July 6, 1980) is an American rapper and a member of the now defunct group Slaughterhouse. Ortiz grew up in the Cooper Park Houses in the East Williamsburg section ...more
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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0, Ms. Hill
Lauryn Hill is an American singer–songwriter, rapper, producer, and actress. She is best known for being a member of the Fugees and for her solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Raised in ...more
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A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
The Dankest Meme added International Artist, The Bigger Artist
Artist Julius Dubose (born December 6, 1995), better known by his stage name A Boogie wit da Hoodie (or simply A Boogie), is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is signed to ...more
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Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
johnstonismyname added Ironman, Supreme Clientele, Fishscale
Dennis Coles, better known by his stage name Ghostface Killah, is an American rapper and prominent member of the Wu-Tang Clan. After the group achieved breakthrough success in the aftermath of ...more
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Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, The Trials and Tribulations of Russell Jones, Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)
Russell Tyrone Jones, better known under his stage name Ol' Dirty Bastard, was an American rapper and occasional producer. He was one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, a rap group ...more
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Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
johnstonismyname added Black on Both Sides, True Magic, The New Danger
Yasiin Bey, better known by his former stage name Mos Def, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, and activist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. Best known for his music, Mos Def ...more
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Young Buck is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
The Dankest Meme added Young Buck Buck the World, Welcome to the Traphouse, The Rehab
David Darnell Brown, also known as Young Buck, is an American rapper, actor, entrepreneur, and producer. Buck is a former member of the hip hop group UTP Playas. As a music executive, he is ...more
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Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, The Art of Storytelling, The Ruler's Back
Ricky Walters, better known by his stage name Slick Rick, is a Grammy-nominated English rapper. He has also been known as Rick the Ruler, MC Ricky D, and Ricky Dee. He began his career in late ...more
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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1
Felipe Andres Coronel, better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is an American rapper and urban activist. Most of his lyrics focus on controversial issues in global politics. The views ...more
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Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
Rolling Papers, O.N.I.F.C., Deal or No Deal
Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by the stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper. He released his debut album, Show and Prove, in 2006, and signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2007. His ...more
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Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
The Dankest Meme added XXX, Old, The Hybrid
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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GZA is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
johnstonismyname added Liquid Swords, Grandmasters, Pro Tools
Gary Grice, better known by his stage names GZA and The Genius, is an American rapper and songwriter. A founding member of the hip hop group, the Wu-Tang Clan, GZA is known as the group's ...more
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Missy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
Under Construction, Supa Dupa Fly, Miss E ...So Addictive
Melissa Arnette "Missy" Elliott is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer. Her first major success came as a songwriter with childhood friend and producer ...more