Rap 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

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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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329 70
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
310 70
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

3
419 113
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

4
196 34
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
bendik-blix-leidal added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

5
197 35
Nas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
OnSum NewIsh added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

6
241 57
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
214 49
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
197 61
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

9
117 23
Common is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Eli Cohen added Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

10
165 48
Dead Prez 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
169 56
Lowkey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
RussellHollender added Hip hop music, Grime

12
350 161
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
152 52
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
183 74
Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

15
92 25
Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Jason M Hall added Hip hop music, Rap music

16
201 94
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Alternative hip hop, Hip Hop

17
82 21
Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Eli Cohen added Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

18
69 15
Akala is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Aous Abdul Aziz added

Hip hop music

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52 9
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
johnstonismyname added Hip hop music, Boom Bap, Jazz Rap

20
46 9
Capital STEEZ is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
johnstonismyname added hip hop music, Boom Bap, Political hip hop

21
76 33
Gil Scott-Heron is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Spoken Word Soul, Fusion, Jazz-funk

22
40 7
Killer Mike is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
johnstonismyname added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Trap Music

23
34 5
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
johnstonismyname added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, hip hop

24
68 28
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Matt Cotter added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

25
51 16
Goodie Mob is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Majied Muhammad added Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop