Hip Hop Artists The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)  

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For the better part of the 21st century, mainstream rap music has dominated the airwaves. Wherever you'd go, it's likely that this version of radio friendly hip hop would be blaring on speakers in your supermarket, hair stylist's shop or even your doctor's office. Mainstream hip hop is almost unavoidable, and that's not the worst thing in the world. All of the best top-40 rappers have achieved some type of underground success before their ascent to the pop rap world. Many of these rappers have become entrenched in the minds of casual fans of the genre, cementing their status as pop rappers. Of course, that's what happens when your song is known in urban centers and by suburban teenagers.

So, that said, who are the best mainstream rappers? The artists on this list must have some type of success on top-40 radio, or else there's no point for them to be on this list. The best pop rappers should have at least a few hits to their name. Some of the best top-40 rappers include Nelly, the Black Eyed Peas, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. There will naturally be mainstream pop rappers who people despise. That comes with the territory, as Iggy Azaela can attest in her controversial 2014. She shot to the top of the charts, but her presence was the subject of scorn from many underground rappers and other mainstream rappers.

All things considered, it's up to you to determine who can truly be considered the best pop rappers. While pop rap has become more popular and prominent, there isn't a definitive answer to who is really the best radio rapper. This list answers the questions "who are the best pop rap bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest pop rap 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 pop rap bands that you might've heard of. (48 items)
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475 237
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

2
145 72
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
UmadBro990 added Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

3
256 185
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap

4
151 94
Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
1467566694460 added Hip hop music

5
77 25
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

6
242 184
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
dane-jeriss added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

7
260 209
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

8
105 61
D12 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
1467566694460 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

9
145 102
2 Chainz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Southern hip hop

10
215 173
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap

11
110 81
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
danman082200 added Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

12
214 204
Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop

13
259 261
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

14
152 141
Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music

15
116 132
Nelly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

16
96 106
Akon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Popular music, Pop music

17
161 195
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

18
132 167
Flo Rida is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

19
84 102
T-Pain is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, Electro hop

20
105 132
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

21
77 95
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

22
59 75
Juicy J is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
rochelle-durski added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Electro hop

23
85 112
Will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

24
99 132
The Black Eyed Peas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

25
162 223
Pitbull is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Electro hop, Latin American music

26
28 32
Tgirl Madrops is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
TGIRLMADROPS(ARTIST) added

27
62 82
MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, House music

28
81 111
Lil Jon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

29
52 75
Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

30
36 54
Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
musicmovieminecraftme-123hd added Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

31
54 82
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prin... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Disco, East Coast hip hop

32
23 38
Sean Paul is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
1467566694460 added Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

33
9 17
Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
THEMICHAELJENKINS added Hip hop, Trap

34
1 5
Hoodie Allen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
semvanelsen added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

35
41 68
Young Jeezy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Pop rap

36
33 56
Mase is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Christian hip hop

37
35 60
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Duane Kamimura added Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

38
35 61
Puff Daddy & The Family is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

39
50 86
Soulja Boy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Pop music

40
52 90
Fergie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

41
39 71
Sean Kingston is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, Reggae

42
126 217
Iggy Azalea is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop

43
28 69
Bow Wow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop rap

44
16 49
Becky G is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
TrươngNhậtHuy added Pop, Latin pop, Dance pop

45
21 58
Hollywood Undead is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
ravenclaws155 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

46
14 52
Tag Team is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop rap, Miami bass

47
15 58
D4L is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop rap, Snap music

48
30 100
Vanilla Ice is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music