Music

The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)  

Reference
12.8k votes 1.6k voters 60.2k views 48 items

List Rules Upvote your favorite pop rappers

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)
Ranker may collect a commission from links on this page.
list ordered by
1
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
2
NF is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
yeetandskeetmadudes added Hip hop, Christian hip hop
3
Juice WRLD is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Bdjej Nrhej added
4
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap
5
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
UmadBro990 added Hip hop music, Gangsta rap
6
Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
8646003 added Hip hop music
7
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
8
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap
9
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
Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop
11
Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music
12
D12 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
8646003 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore
13
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop
14
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music
15
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
danman082200 added Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music
16
Akon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Popular music, Pop music
17
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
18
Nelly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
19
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music
20
Flo Rida is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music
21
will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music
22
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop
23
The Black Eyed Peas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop
24
T-Pain is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, Electro hop
25
Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
THEMICHAELJENKINS added Hip hop, Trap