Rappers 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. (47 items)
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430 226
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

2
132 60
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
UmadBro990 added Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

3
244 175
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap

4
140 83
Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
1467566694460 added Hip hop music

5
58 13
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
221 171
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
133 92
2 Chainz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Southern hip hop

8
242 201
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

9
90 50
D12 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
1467566694460 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

10
199 170
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
97 69
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
danman082200 added Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

12
199 189
Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop

13
244 243
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
140 135
Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music

15
111 123
Nelly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

16
154 190
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

17
128 158
Flo Rida is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

18
82 100
Akon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Popular music, Pop music

19
100 126
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

20
57 67
Juicy J is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
rochelle-durski added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Electro hop

21
78 96
T-Pain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, Electro hop

22
160 210
Pitbull is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Electro hop, Latin American music

23
97 124
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
72 90
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

25
80 108
Will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

26
58 78
MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, House music

27
78 107
Lil Jon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

28
4 1
Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
THEMICHAELJENKINS added Hip hop, Trap

29
23 29
Tgirl Madrops is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
TGIRLMADROPS(ARTIST) added

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50 70
Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

31
34 49
Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
musicmovieminecraftme-123hd added Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

32
51 78
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prin... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Disco, East Coast hip hop

33
33 53
Mase is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Christian hip hop

34
34 55
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Duane Kamimura added Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

35
34 56
Puff Daddy & The Family is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

36
39 64
Young Jeezy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Pop rap

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20 35
Sean Paul is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
1467566694460 added Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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51 88
Fergie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

39
39 69
Sean Kingston is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, Reggae

40
47 82
Soulja Boy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Pop music

41
123 205
Iggy Azalea is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop

42
27 66
Bow Wow is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop rap

43
16 47
Becky G is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
TrươngNhậtHuy added Pop, Latin pop, Dance pop

44
18 57
Hollywood Undead is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
ravenclaws155 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

45
30 88
Vanilla Ice is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

46
13 51
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 57
D4L is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop rap, Snap music