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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454 232
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

2
137 65
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
UmadBro990 added Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

3
249 177
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap

4
69 18
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

5
143 88
Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
1467566694460 added Hip hop music

6
101 53
D12 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
1467566694460 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

7
230 180
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
dane-jeriss added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

8
251 204
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

9
141 96
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
204 171
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
108 75
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
danman082200 added Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

12
206 201
Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop

13
252 256
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
145 137
Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music

15
92 102
Akon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Popular music, Pop music

16
111 127
Nelly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

17
156 193
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

18
129 162
Flo Rida is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

19
80 98
T-Pain is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, Electro hop

20
101 129
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

21
161 215
Pitbull is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Electro hop, Latin American music

22
73 92
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
97 126
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
57 70
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
81 109
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
78 108
Lil Jon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

27
58 79
MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, House music

28
24 30
Tgirl Madrops is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
TGIRLMADROPS(ARTIST) added

29
50 72
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
35 50
Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
musicmovieminecraftme-123hd added Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

31
52 79
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
0 2
Hoodie Allen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
semvanelsen added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

33
40 65
Young Jeezy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Pop rap

34
21 36
Sean Paul is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
1467566694460 added Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

35
33 55
Mase is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Christian hip hop

36
34 57
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
5 13
Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
THEMICHAELJENKINS added Hip hop, Trap

38
48 82
Soulja Boy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Pop music

39
34 60
Puff Daddy & The Family is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

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51 89
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 70
Sean Kingston is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, Reggae

42
124 213
Iggy Azalea is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop

43
27 66
Bow Wow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop rap

44
16 47
Becky G is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
TrươngNhậtHuy added Pop, Latin pop, Dance pop

45
20 57
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
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

48
30 97
Vanilla Ice is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music