Hip Hop Artists The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers  

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List Rules Only rappers who are known for their political or social commentary in their lyrics

By it's explosive nature and origins in cities, hip hop is political. Whether subversive or explicitly described, political rap has been one of the strongest genres of hip hop. Most political rappers are outspoken, which has endeared them to their fans and the communities whose viewpoints they represent. Political hip-hop has been a thorn in the side of those who they oppose and often times are some of the most outspoken musicians. Political rap shouldn't be confused with conscious rap, either. Though similar in some facets, political rap refers to rappers who have strong political agendas.

So, who are the best political rappers? Any political rap list has to include the likes of Public Enemy, N.W.A., Lupe Fiasco, all of which are known for their strong political views—keeping us listeners woke. These groups are among the best rappers of all time and are some of the most important rappers ever. Political rap means rappers have to take a stand and say what they believe. Needless to say, if you're a fan of political rap, you appreciate what these rapping lyricists are saying.

That said, it's up to you to determine who is the best political rapper, as well as who's made the best political rap songs. The greatest political hip hop bands have strong followings so let your voice be heard. Thumbs up for the rappers you like, thumbs down for the ones you don't. This list answers the questions "who are the best political hip hop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest political hip hop 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 political hip hop bands that you might've heard of.

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307 66
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

2
402 104
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

3
285 63
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

4
182 30
Nas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
OnSum NewIsh added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

5
179 30
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
bendik-blix-leidal added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

6
224 51
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

7
199 45
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
thepowderpigresort added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

8
109 19
Common is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Eli Cohen added Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

9
157 42
Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

10
185 57
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

11
159 49
Lowkey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
RussellHollender added Hip hop music, Grime

12
330 151
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Nightstalker55 added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

13
143 47
Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

14
167 66
Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

15
24 1
R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

16
86 19
Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Jason M Hall added Hip hop music, Rap music

17
191 87
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Alternative hip hop, Hip Hop

18
30 2
Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Trip Hop

19
63 10
Akala is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Aous Abdul Aziz added Hip hop music

20
41 4
Capital STEEZ is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added hip hop music, Boom Bap, Political hip hop

21
74 17
Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Eli Cohen added Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

22
29 2
Locksmith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

23
44 5
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Hip hop music, Boom Bap, Jazz Rap

24
34 3
Killer Mike is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Trap Music

25
13 0
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

26
25 2
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, hip hop

27
29 3
El-P is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

28
70 29
Gil Scott-Heron is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Spoken Word Soul, Fusion, Jazz-funk

29
47 13
Goodie Mob is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Majied Muhammad added Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop

30
11 0
Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Hip hop music, Jazz Rap, Hip Hop Soul

31
50 22
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Matt Cotter added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

32
63 32
The Last Poets is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Spoken word

33
78 47
Diabolic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Political hip hop

34
59 31
Ras Kass is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

35
50 26
Da Lench Mob is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

36
49 26
Prince Ea is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

37
26 6
K-Rino is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Nerdcore hip hop

38
42 25
Mr. Lif is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

39
21 6
Chuck D is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

40
50 34
Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

41
55 41
Flobots is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop, Rock music

42
72 59
Canibus is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

43
18 6
Sister Souljah is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added hip hop music, Political hip hop, East Coast hipp hop

44
19 8
Vinnie Paz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Mafioso Rap

45
59 52
Grandmaster Flash and the Furi... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro

46
9 1
Army of the Pharaohs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Hip hop music, Political Hip Hop, Hardcore hip hop

47
9 1
Ill Bill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

48
9 1
Greydon Square is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Alternative hip hop

49
9 1
The Perceptionists is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Alternative hip hop

50
32 27
Emcee Lynx is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Celtic fusion