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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488 247
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

2
152 82
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
UmadBro990 added Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

3
264 191
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap

4
254 188
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
dane-jeriss added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

5
157 102
Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
8646003 added Hip hop music

6
267 220
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

7
81 35
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
219 178
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
109 67
D12 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
8646003 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

10
148 108
2 Chainz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Southern hip hop

11
224 205
Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop

12
269 263
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

13
111 89
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
danman082200 added Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

14
157 144
Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music

15
166 197
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

16
118 136
Nelly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

17
97 111
Akon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Popular music, Pop music

18
110 134
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

19
134 172
Flo Rida is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

20
79 98
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

21
84 106
T-Pain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, Electro hop

22
32 35
Tgirl Madrops is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
TGIRLMADROPS(ARTIST) added

23
87 115
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
60 78
Juicy J is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
rochelle-durski added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Electro hop

25
163 227
Pitbull is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Electro hop, Latin American music

26
100 137
The Black Eyed Peas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

27
64 87
MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, House music

28
82 115
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
54 79
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
14 22
Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
THEMICHAELJENKINS added Hip hop, Trap

31
54 86
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
36 58
Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
musicmovieminecraftme-123hd added Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

33
43 70
Young Jeezy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Pop rap

34
54 89
Soulja Boy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Pop music

35
23 42
Sean Paul is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
8646003 added Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

36
36 63
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Duane Kamimura added Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

37
54 94
Fergie is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

38
33 60
Mase is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Christian hip hop

39
129 219
Iggy Azalea is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop

40
35 65
Puff Daddy & The Family is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

41
39 75
Sean Kingston is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, Reggae

42
1 9
Hoodie Allen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
semvanelsen added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

43
29 72
Bow Wow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop rap

44
22 61
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
16 52
Becky G is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
TrươngNhậtHuy added Pop, Latin pop, Dance pop

46
14 55
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 61
D4L is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop rap, Snap music

48
31 106
Vanilla Ice is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music