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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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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

2
180 105
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
dane-jeriss added Tupac Shakur Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

3
214 168
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Kanye West Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

4
176 145
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Jay-Z Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap

5
186 155
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Snoop Dogg Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap

6
179 155
Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Lil Wayne Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop

7
64 39
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
UmadBro990 added 50 Cent Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

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81 60
Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
1467566694460 added Big Sean Hip hop music

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176 182
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Nicki Minaj Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

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117 115
Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Wiz Khalifa Hip hop music, Pop music

11
80 78
2 Chainz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
2 Chainz Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Southern hip hop

12
148 159
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

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101 105
Nelly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Nelly Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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121 135
Flo Rida is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Flo Rida Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

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94 104
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Will Smith Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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152 176
Pitbull is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Pitbull Hip hop music, Electro hop, Latin American music

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74 81
Akon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Akon Hip hop music, Popular music, Pop music

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66 71
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
LL Cool J Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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47 48
Juicy J is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
rochelle-durski added Juicy J Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Electro hop

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73 81
T-Pain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
T-Pain Hip hop music, Pop music, Electro hop

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94 108
The Black Eyed Peas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
The Black Eyed Peas Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

The Greatest Rappers of All Time

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78 91
Will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Will.i.am Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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76 90
Lil Jon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Lil Jon Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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55 63
MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
MC Hammer Hip hop music, Pop music, House music

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119 148
Iggy Azalea is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Iggy Azalea Hip hop

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32 35
Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
musicmovieminecraftme-123hd added Shaggy Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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48 57
Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Fat Joe Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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18 19
Tgirl Madrops is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
TGIRLMADROPS(ARTIST) added Tgirl Madrops

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29 34
D12 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
1467566694460 added D12 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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38 53
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
danman082200 added Yelawolf Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

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30 44
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Duane Kamimura added Lil' Kim Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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49 72
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prin... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince Hip hop music, Disco, East Coast hip hop

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18 29
Sean Paul is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
1467566694460 added Sean Paul Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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30 48
Mase is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Mase Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Christian hip hop

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31 51
Puff Daddy & The Family is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

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49 80
Fergie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Fergie Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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37 64
Sean Kingston is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Sean Kingston Hip hop music, Pop music, Reggae

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34 60
Young Jeezy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Young Jeezy Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Pop rap

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1 7
T-Girl Madrops artist is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
TGIRLMADROPS(ARTIST) added T-Girl Madrops artist

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40 75
Soulja Boy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Soulja Boy Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Pop music

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12 31
Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
1467566694460 added Avril Lavigne Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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3 15
Smeezy-kk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
TGIRLMADROPS(ARTIST) added Smeezy-kk

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14 40
Becky G is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
TrươngNhậtHuy added Becky G Pop, Latin pop, Dance pop

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27 62
Vanilla Ice is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Vanilla Ice Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

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23 60
Bow Wow is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Bow Wow Hip hop music, Pop rap

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15 52
Hollywood Undead is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
ravenclaws155 added Hollywood Undead Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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14 51
D4L is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
D4L Hip hop music, Pop rap, Snap music

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12 47
Tag Team is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Tag Team Hip hop music, Pop rap, Miami bass