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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 rap 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, though similar in some facets, but 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. 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 rappers are saying.

That said, it's up to you to determine who is the best political rapper. 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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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 2 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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N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Nas is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 7 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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KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
RussellHollender added Lowkey Hip hop music, Grime

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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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Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Common is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Diabolic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Diabolic Hip hop music, Political hip hop

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Grandmaster Flash and the Furi... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Akala is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Aous Abdul Aziz added Akala Hip hop music

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The Last Poets is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
The Last Poets Spoken word

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Gil Scott-Heron is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Gil Scott-Heron Spoken Word Soul, Fusion, Jazz-funk

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Canibus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Canibus Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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Da Lench Mob is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Goodie Mob is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 24 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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DJ Screw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
DJ Screw Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Flobots is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Flobots Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop, Rock music

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Ras Kass is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Sole is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Sole Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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DISL Automatic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
BrianJeffery added DISL Automatic

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

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

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Prince Ea is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Mr. Lif is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
jmans added Time Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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7L & Esoteric is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
7L & Esoteric Hip hop music, Political hip hop

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Illuminati X is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Illuminati X Hip hop music, Political hip hop

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Junior M.A.F.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Junior M.A.F.I.A. Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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

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Caparezza is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Caparezza Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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Beogradski Sindikat is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Beogradski Sindikat Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Sun Rise Above is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Sun Rise Above Hip hop music, Political hip hop

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Tiger JK is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Tiger JK Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Rap music

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Kevin Jack is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Kevin Jack Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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Marracash is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Marracash Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, Rap rock

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Emcee Lynx is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Emcee Lynx Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Celtic fusion

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Son of Bazerk is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Son of Bazerk Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Promise is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Promise Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Spoken word

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Face Candy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Face Candy Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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Eslam Jawaad is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Eslam Jawaad Hip hop music, Political hip hop

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Kery James is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Kery James Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, French hip hop