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. (48 items)
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518 268
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

2
286 200
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
dane-jeriss added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

3
284 209
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap

4
165 107
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
UmadBro990 added Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

5
170 118
Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
8646003 added Hip hop music

6
237 187
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap

7
246 211
Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop

8
160 121
2 Chainz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Southern hip hop

9
278 245
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

10
294 271
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

11
88 50
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

12
114 78
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
172 152
Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music

14
116 103
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
danman082200 added Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

15
174 208
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)

16
105 119
Akon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Popular music, Pop music

17
124 145
Nelly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

18
117 150
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

19
85 105
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

20
141 184
Flo Rida is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

21
93 120
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
170 237
Pitbull is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Electro hop, Latin American music

23
87 117
T-Pain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
Hip hop music, Pop music, Electro hop

24
64 86
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
36 45
Tgirl Madrops is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mainstream Rappers (Pop Rappers)
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