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The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked 

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Rappers who don't swear really should be in a class of their own. While some hip-hop artists have made songs or even full albums without cursing in the lyrics, it's quite hard to come by. But in regard to the best rappers that don't swear at all, those are far and few between. In fact, most of the best rappers of all time use profanity quite frequently.

Nevertheless, plenty of rap fans hardly notice whether or not the rappers swear that often, and others won't even pay any mind to the "cleaner" artists. However, there are plenty of people out there who like the family-friendly stuff, and there are plenty of rappers who are respected for making such material.

Though they may be rare, rappers with clean lyrics deserve a lot of respect. Not just for making their music friendly for all ages and walks of life, but for creating great verses in a genre that's so defined by its use of swearing. This list of rappers that don't cuss go to all the kids out there, the families blaring hip-hop in the minivan, and anyone who just prefers ol' fashioned, clean language. 

Take a look at list of clean rappers below and vote up the artists you think make the most of their music without the "dirty" language. Don't forget, you can also add any rappers with clean lyrics you don't already see on the list.

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NF is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked
Nathan John Feuerstein (born March 30, 1991), known by his stage name NF, is an American rapper, artist and songwriter, who has charted in both the Christian hip hop and mainstream hip hop ...more

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LeCrae is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Christian hip hop & Gangsta rap; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Real Talk, After the Music Stops, Church Clothes, Rehab, Rebel, + more

Lecrae Devaughn Moore (born October 9, 1979), mononymously known as Lecrae, is an American Christian hip hop recording artist, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is the president, ...more

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked
Genre: Urban contemporary, Hip hop music & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Big Willie Style, Gettin' Jiggy Wit It, Miami, Willennium, Born to Reign, + more

Willard Carroll Smith Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, rapper and media personality. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith ...more

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Rakim is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop & East Coast hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The 18th Letter, The Archive: Live, Lost & Found, The Master, Addictive, + more

William Michael Griffin Jr. (born January 28, 1968), better known by his stage name Rakim, is an American rapper. One half of golden age hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, he is widely regarded as ...more

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Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked
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Albums: Vessel, Twenty One Pilots, Regional At Best, Fake You Out, Guns For Hands, + more

Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo from Columbus, Ohio. The band was formed in 2009 and consists of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. They put out two self-released albums, Twenty One Pilots ...more

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Andy Mineo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked
JoshEddie added Genre: Christian hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Heroes for Sale, Formerly Known, Bitter, Saturday Morning Car-Tunez

Andy Mineo, former stage name C-Lite, is an American Christian hip hop artist, producer, minister, TV and music video director from New York City. He is currently signed to Reach Records and in ...more

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KB is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked
JoshEddie added Genre: Christian hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Weight & Glory, 100, Go Off, Hello, Zone Out

Kevin Elijah Burgess, better known by his stage name KB, is an American Christian hip hop artist from St. Petersburg, Florida. He is the leader of the hip-hop group HGA, and was signed as a solo ...more
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MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & East Coast hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Vaudeville Villain, Operation: Doomsday, Special Herbs and Spices, Volume 1, Special Herbs, + more

Daniel Dumile (born 1971), better known by his stage name MF Doom (stylized in all caps), is a US-based English rapper, songwriter, and record producer from Long Island, New York. Best known for ...more

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Trip Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked
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Albums: The Good Life, 20/20, If They Only Knew, Between Two Worlds, Robot, + more

William Lee Barefield III (born December 17, 1987), better known by his stage name Trip Lee, is an American Christian rapper, singer, poet, and author. Signed to Reach Records, he has recorded ...more

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Flo Rida is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Synthpop & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Wild Ones, Low, Mail on Sunday, Only One Flo, Part 1, + more

Tramar Lacel Dillard (born September 17, 1979), known professionally as Flo Rida ( floh RY-də), is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Carol City, Florida. His 2007 breakout single ...more

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Tedashii is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked
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Albums: Below Paradise, Kingdom People, Identity Crisis, Blacklight, I'm a Believer, + more

Tedashii Lavoy Anderson (born March 8, 1977), known simply as Tedashii, is an American Christian hip hop artist and member of the hip-hop troupe, 116 Clique. He also hosted the NGEN Radio show ...more
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Chuck D is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Political hip hop & Hardcore hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Autobiography of Mistachuck, Rock da Funky Beats / Dance With You, An Interview With Chuck D, Don’t Rhyme for the Sake of Riddlin’, On the Shoulders of Giants - The Soundtrack, + more

Carlton Douglas Ridenhour (born August 1, 1960), known professionally as Chuck D, is an American rapper, author, and producer. As the leader of the rap group Public Enemy, he helped create ...more

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Guru is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Jazz rap & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Jazzmatazz, Volume 1, Guru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4: The Hip Hop Jazz Messenger: Back to the Future, Baldhead Slick and Da Click, + more

Keith Edward Elam (July 17, 1961 – April 19, 2010), better known by his stage name Guru (a backronym for Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal), was an American rapper, producer and actor. He was a ...more

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Canon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked
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Albums: The Great Investment

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Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop & East Coast hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Long Live the Kane, It's a Big Daddy Thing, Daddy's Home, Looks Like a Job for..., Veteranz Day, + more

Antonio Hardy (born September 10, 1968), better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is a Grammy Award-winning American rapper and actor who started his career in 1986 as a member of the rap ...more

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Social Club Misfits is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked
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Derek Minor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked
JoshEddie added Genre: Christian hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Dying to Live, Redemption, Black Out, Murder Swag, I'm Sorry, + more

Derek Miner is a member of the musical group, 116 Clique.

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C.L. Smooth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music and East Coast hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Outsider, Warm Outside / I Can't Help It, Smoke in the Air, American Me

CL Smooth (born Corey Brent Penn, Sr., October 8, 1968, New Rochelle, New York) is an American rapper. He is best known as the vocal half of the hip-hop duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth.

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Shad K. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music and Alternative hip hop; Nationality: Canada

Albums: The Old Prince, When This Is Over, Flying Colours, iTunes Session, The Spring Up, + more

Shadrach Kabango (born July 18, 1982), better known by his stage name Shad or Shad K., is a Canadian alternative hip hop recording artist and broadcaster. He hosted Q on CBC Radio One from 2015 ...more
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Biz Markie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Comedy music & Indie rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Goin' Off, The Biz Never Sleeps, Weekend Warrior, I Need a Haircut, All Samples Cleared!, + more

Marcel Theo Hall (born April 8, 1964), better known by his stage name Biz Markie, is an American rapper, beatboxer, DJ, actor, comedian, television personality and spokesperson. He is best known ...more

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Albums: Queen's Speech, Mode

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K-os is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music and Alternative hip hop; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Exit, Black on Blonde, Joyful Rebellion, Yes!, Atlantis: Hymns For Disco, + more

Kevin Brereton (born February 20, 1972), better known by his stage name k-os (; "chaos"), is a Canadian alternative rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. His given name may ...more

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LMNO is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked

Albums: Selective Hearing, Born Again, P's & Q's, Selective Hearing, Part 2, + more

LMNO is a member of the musical group, The Visionaries.
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Stalley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked

Albums: Lincoln Way Nights, Honest Cowboy, Another Round (Remix), MadStalley: The Autobiography

Kyle Myricks (born October 30, 1982), better known by his stage name Stalley, is an American rapper from Massillon, Ohio.
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Dessa Darling is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers That Don't Swear, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Underground hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: A Badly Broken Code, Parts of Speech, False Hopes, Call Off Your Ghost, Castor, + more

Dessa Wander (born Margret Wander, May 23, 1981), better known by her stage name Dessa, is an American rapper, singer, writer, and former record executive. She is a member of the indie hip hop ...more

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