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The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers

Updated March 28, 2020 11.2k votes 1.5k voters 47.8k views108 items

List RulesOnly 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
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    Immortal Technique 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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    KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
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    Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
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    Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
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    Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
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    Common is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
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    Mr. Lif 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
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    Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
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    Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
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    Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
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    Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
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    Killer Mike is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
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    Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Hip Hop Bands/Rappers
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