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

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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
N.W.A Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Nas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
OnSum NewIsh added Nas Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
bendik-blix-leidal added KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Ice Cube Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
thepowderpigresort added Mos Def Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Nightstalker55 added Tupac Shakur Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Common is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Eli Cohen added Common Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Dead Prez Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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Killer Mike is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Killer Mike Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Trap Music

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Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Lupe Fiasco Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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Lowkey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
RussellHollender added Lowkey Hip hop music, Grime

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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Donald Glover Alternative hip hop, Hip Hop

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Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Jedi Mind Tricks Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Capital STEEZ is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Capital STEEZ hip hop music, Boom Bap, Political hip hop

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Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Jason M Hall added Brother Ali Hip hop music, Rap music

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

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Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Joey Badass Hip hop music, Boom Bap, Jazz Rap

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Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

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Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Eli Cohen added Q-Tip Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Ab-Soul Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Trip Hop

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El-P is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added El-P Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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

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R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added R.A. The Rugged Man Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Gil Scott-Heron is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Gil Scott-Heron Spoken Word Soul, Fusion, Jazz-funk

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Goodie Mob is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Majied Muhammad added Goodie Mob Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop

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The Last Poets is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
The Last Poets Spoken word

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Canibus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Canibus Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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Diabolic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Diabolic Hip hop music, Political hip hop

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Ras Kass is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Ras Kass Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Da Lench Mob is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Da Lench Mob Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Prince Ea is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Prince Ea Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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K-Rino is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added K-Rino Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Nerdcore hip hop

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Mr. Lif is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Mr. Lif Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Eyedea & Abilities Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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Flobots is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Flobots Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop, Rock music

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

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Grandmaster Flash and the Furi... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro

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Sister Souljah is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Sister Souljah hip hop music, Political hip hop, East Coast hipp hop

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Vinnie Paz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Vinnie Paz Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Mafioso Rap

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Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Black Thought Hip hop music, Jazz Rap, Hip Hop Soul

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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Matt Cotter added Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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Emcee Lynx is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Emcee Lynx Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Celtic fusion

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Army of the Pharaohs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Army of the Pharaohs Hip hop music, Political Hip Hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Ill Bill is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
1519704292721 added Ill Bill Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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

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7L & Esoteric is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
7L & Esoteric Hip hop music, Political hip hop