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The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers 

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Updated March 28, 2020 10k votes 1.4k voters 46.5k views 108 items

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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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Political hip hop; Nationality: United States of America
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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
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N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Nightstalker55 added Genre: Hip hop music, Political hip hop & Gangsta rap; Nationality: United States of America
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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Political hip hop; Nationality: United States of America
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Nas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
OnSum NewIsh added Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & East Coast hip hop; Nationality: United States of America
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KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
bendik-blix-leidal added Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Hardcore hip hop; Nationality: United States of America
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Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
thepowderpigresort added Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America
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Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Political hip hop; Nationality: United States of America
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Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Political hip hop; Nationality: United States of America
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Lowkey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
RussellHollender added Genre: Hip hop music and Grime; Nationality: England
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Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
m_dub11 added Genre: Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America
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Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Genre: Alternative hip hop; Nationality: United States of America
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Common is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Eli Cohen added Genre: Hip hop music, Jazz rap & Alternative hip hop; Nationality: United States of America
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Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Eli Cohen added Genre: Hip hop music, Jazz rap & Alternative hip hop; Nationality: United States of America
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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 Genre: Hip hop music and Rap music; Nationality: United States of America
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Gil Scott-Heron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Genre: Spoken Word Soul, Fusion & Jazz-funk; Nationality: United States of America
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Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
johnstonismyname added Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Conscious hip hop; Nationality: United States of America
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Diabolic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Genre: Hip hop music and Political hip hop; Nationality: United States of America
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Akala is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Aous Abdul Aziz added

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Joey Bada$$ is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
johnstonismyname added Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America
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Goodie Mob is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Majied Muhammad added
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The Last Poets is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers