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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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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
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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
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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
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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop
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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
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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 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore 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 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music
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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Nightstalker55 added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap
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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
m_dub11 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
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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
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Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop
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Lowkey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
RussellHollender added Hip hop music, Grime
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Common is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Eli Cohen added Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop
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Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
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Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop
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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Alternative hip hop, Hip Hop
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Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Jason M Hall added Hip hop music, Rap music
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Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Eli Cohen added Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop
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Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
johnstonismyname added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, hip hop
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Chuck D is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
johnstonismyname added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop
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Killer Mike is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
johnstonismyname added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Trap Music
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Gil Scott-Heron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Spoken Word Soul, Fusion, Jazz-funk
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Akala is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Aous Abdul Aziz added

Hip hop music

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Joey Bada$$ is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
johnstonismyname added Hip hop music, Boom Bap, Jazz Rap
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Diabolic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
Hip hop music, Political hip hop