Rap 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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1,045 295
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show
Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known by his stage name Eminem, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter, and actor. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of the group D12, ...more

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733 213
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
The Chronic, 2001, Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang / Let Me Ride
Andre Romelle Young, known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American record producer, rapper and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. ...more

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957 207
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
All Eyez on Me, Me Against the World, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli, was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one ...more

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617 213
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather, Tha Last Meal
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr, best known by his stage name Snoop Dogg, is an American recording artist and actor from Long Beach, California. His music career began in 1992, when he was discovered ...more

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624 146
The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
Ready to Die, Life After Death, Born Again
Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie or Biggie Smalls, was an American rapper. Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York ...more

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663 261
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
good kid, m.A.A.d city, Section.80
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, better known as Kendrick Lamar, is an American hip hop recording artist from Compton, California. In 2004, Lamar signed to Carson-based independent record label, Top ...more

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553 151
Nas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album
Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known as Nas, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Since 1994, Nas has released eight ...more

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551 153
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, The Predator, Death Certificate
O'Shea Jackson, Sr., better known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A. and later ...more

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467 195
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
The Dankest Meme added Get Rich or Die Tryin', Get Rich or Die Tryin' / The Massacre, Street King Immortal
Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, singer, entrepreneur investor and actor from New York City. Born in the South Jamaica neighborhood of the ...more

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269 108
DMX is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
Jóhannes Snær Magnússon added It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood
Earl Simmons, better known by his stage names DMX and Dark Man X, is an American rapper and actor. In 1999, DMX released his best-selling album ...And Then There Was X, which featured the hit ...more

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234 102
Royce da 5'9
Matt1345 added Rock City, Street Hop, Death Is Certain
Ryan Daniel Montgomery, better known by his stage name Royce da 5'9", is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. He is best known for his longtime association with Eminem as well as his ...more

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172 52
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
The Dankest Meme added When Disaster Strikes…, The Big Bang, The Coming
Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr., better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American rapper, producer, and actor from Brooklyn. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the moniker Busta Rhymes, after ...more

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329 107
André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
Royal Flush, Class of 3000: Music Volume One, DoYaThing
André Lauren Benjamin, better known by his stage name André 3000, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor, best known for being ...more

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330 105
Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
The Dankest Meme added Eazy-Duz-It, It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa, Eternal E
Eric Lynn Wright, better known by his stage name Eazy-E, was an American rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. Wright is affectionately called "The Godfather of Gangsta ...more

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262 138
Redman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
johnstonismyname added Muddy Waters, Whut? Thee Album, Doc's da Name 2000
Reginald "Reggie" Noble, better known by his stage name Redman, is an American MC, rapper, DJ, record producer and actor. He came to fame in the early 1990s as an artist on the Def Jam ...more

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203 94
Proof is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
Matt1345 added Searching for Jerry Garcia, Grown Man Shit, I Miss the Hip Hop Shop
DeShaun Dupree Holton, better known by his stage name Proof, was an American rapper and actor from Detroit, Michigan. During his career, he was a member of the groups Goon Sqwad, 5 Elementz, ...more

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236 120
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
Everready, Anghellic, Absolute Power
Aaron Dontez Yates, better known by his stage name Tech N9ne, is an American rapper. In 1999, Yates and Travis O'Guin founded the record label Strange Music. He has sold over two million albums ...more

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160 63
Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
The Dankest Meme added Music & Me, Welcome To The Dogg House, G-Funk Classics
Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, better known by his stage name Nate Dogg, was an American singer, rapper, and actor. He was noted for his membership in rap trio 213 and his solo career in which he ...more

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266 89
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
The 18th Letter, The Archive: Live, Lost & Found
William Michael Griffin, Jr., better known by his stage name Rakim, is an American rapper. One half of golden age hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, he is widely regarded as one of the most ...more

20
356 155
J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
princ3ss.13 added 2014 Forest Hills Drive, Born Sinner
Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American hip hop recording artist, songwriter and record producer from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Cole first received ...more

21
244 149
Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
The Dankest Meme added 508-507-2209, Along Came Joyner
Joyner Lucas is an American rapper from Worcester, Massachusetts.

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229 82
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 22 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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320 137
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
Watch the Throne, The Black Album, Reasonable Doubt
Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name Jay Z, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in ...more

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120 63
The Game is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked
The Dankest Meme added The Documentary, Doctor's Advocate, Jesus Piece
Jayceon Terrell Taylor, better known by his stage name The Game or simply Game, is an American rapper and actor. Game is best known as a rapper in the West Coast hip hop scene, and for being one ...more

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101 45
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 25 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