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Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked 

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Updated May 10, 2020 33k votes 5.2k voters 31k views 75 items

List Rules Only individual rappers. No groups or duos.

Sounding good on stage is one thing, but putting on the greatest live show is another—and there's quite a few rappers who offer the best of both worlds. While there's always room for debate, as well as biased opinions, we can all agree some hip hop artists know how to put on a show. Without much room for argument, Kanye West has long been considered one of the greatest rap performers of his time, with Kendrick Lamar high up on that list as well. However, in a world where new and young rappers pop up every day and really make a name for themselves, there's plenty other rappers with good live shows.

You don't want only a good show, though; you want to hear the rappers with the best live shows out—including artists both old and new. From established artists to the famed SoundCloud rappers, some rappers just have "it". So, who are the best rappers to see live? Some might say Travis Scott, while others are quick to argue that. Well, now you all have the opportunity to cast your vote for the best live performing rappers—right here, right now. 

Check out the list of rappers below and vote up the ones you think deserve the top spots for best concerts, whether they know how to hype up a crowd, sound great on stage, or even better, do both. See someone missing? Feel free to add them to the list. 

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Travis Scott is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked

Albums: Owl Pharaoh

Jacques Berman Webster II (born April 30, 1992), known professionally as Travis Scott, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Scott signed to Epic Records before ...more

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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
johnstonismyname added Genre: Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show, Infinite, Recovery, + more

Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (; often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, film ...more

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Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: good kid, m.A.A.d city, Section.80, Overly Dedicated, Memories Back Then, + more

Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is regarded as one of the most skillful and successful hip hop artists of his ...more

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J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Born Sinner, The Warm Up, Friday Night Lights, Cole World: The Sideline Story, The Come Up, + more

Jermaine Lamarr Cole (born January 28, 1985) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Born on a military base in Germany but raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Cole ...more

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J-Hope is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
gemartellsff added J-Hope Genre: K-pop; Nationality: South Korea

Albums: Hope World

Jung Hoseok, better known by his stage name, J-hope, is a South Korean rapper, singer, dancer, music composer, and songwriter. He is a member of the South Korean hip-hop boy band, Bangtan Boys, ...more

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#13 of 57 The Best New Male Artists #38 of 114 The Best K-Pop Solo Artists #2 of 174 The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time

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XXXTentacion is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, better known by his stage name XXXTentacion, was an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Plantation, Florida, Onfroy spent most of his childhood in ...more

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Lil Uzi Vert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Symere Woods (born July 31, 1994), known professionally as Lil Uzi Vert, is an American hip hop recording artist. Based in Philadelphia, he gained recognition after releasing his debut single, ...more

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The Best Songs Ft. Lil Uzi Vert #9 of 57 The Best New Male Artists #4 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers

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Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
johnstonismyname added Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Gangsta rap; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather, Tha Last Meal, Snoop Dogg Presents Christmas in tha Dogg House, Welcome To The Dogg House, + more

Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. (born October 20, 1971), known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, media personality, entrepreneur, and actor. His ...more

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ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Long.Live.A$AP, Live. Love. ASAP, No Rest for the Wicked, Purple Swag, Fuckin' Problems, + more

Rakim Mayers (born October 3, 1988), better known by his stage name ASAP Rocky (stylized as A$AP Rocky), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is a member of the hip ...more

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The Best ASAP Rocky Albums, Ranked #2 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #18 of 223 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

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RM is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
gemartellsff added Genre: K-pop; Nationality: South Korea

Albums: RM, Mono

Kim Nam-joon (born September 12, 1994),better known as RM (formerly Rap Monster), is a South Korean rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is the main rapper and leader of the South Korean ...more

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#12 of 57 The Best New Male Artists #86 of 274 The Hottest Men Of 2020, Ranked #67 of 138 The Best KPop Singers of All Time

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Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop and Pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Rolling Papers, O.N.I.F.C., Deal or No Deal, Mac & Devin Go to High School, Show and Prove, + more

Cameron Jibril Thomaz (born September 8, 1987), known professionally as Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and actor. He released his debut album, Show and Prove, in 2006, ...more

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Suga is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
gemartellsff added Genre: K-pop and hip hop; Nationality: South Korea

Albums: Agust D

Min Yoon-gi (born March 9, 1993), better known by his stage names Suga and Agust D, is a South Korean rapper, songwriter, and record producer. Managed by Big Hit Entertainment, he debuted as a ...more

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#7 of 57 The Best New Male Artists #50 of 138 The Best KPop Singers of All Time #39 of 114 The Best K-Pop Solo Artists

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Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Genre: Alternative hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Goblin, Bastard, Wolf, Yonkers, She, + more

Tyler Gregory Okonma (born March 6, 1991), known professionally as Tyler, the Creator, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, fashion designer and ...more

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50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Matt1345 added Genre: Hip hop music and Gangsta rap; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Get Rich or Die Tryin', Get Rich or Die Tryin' / The Massacre, Street King Immortal, Power of the Dollar, Before I Self Destruct, + more

Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), known professionally as 50 Cent, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, television producer, entrepreneur and investor. Born in the South ...more

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Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Matt1345 added Genre: Hip hop music, Rap music & Gangsta rap; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Chronic, 2001, Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang / Let Me Ride, California Love, The Chronicle: The Best of the Works..., + more

Andre Romelle Young (born February 18, 1965), known professionally as Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and ...more

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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
johnstonismyname added Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Political hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, The Predator, Death Certificate, Lethal Injection, Laugh Now, + more

O'Shea Jackson (born June 15, 1969), known professionally as Ice Cube, is an American rapper, actor, producer, director and writer. Ice Cube initially gained recognition in 1984 as a member of ...more

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Logic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked

Albums: Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever, Young Sinatra (Undeniable), Young Sinatra

Sir Robert Bryson Hall II (born January 22, 1990), known by his stage name Logic, is an American rapper. He was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He has amassed a large Internet ...more

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Ski Mask The Slump God ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Stokeley Clevon Goulbourne (born April 18, 1996), known professionally as Ski Mask the Slump God (formerly stylized as $ki Mask "The Slump God"), is an American rapper and songwriter. ...more

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#7 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #51 of 223 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #4 of 187 The Best New School Rappers

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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Léa M Blanchet added Genre: Hip hop, Pop & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: Trinidad and Tobago

Albums: Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Starships, Barbie World: The Mixtape, Stupid Hoe, + more

Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Nicki Minaj (), is a Trinidad and Tobago-born rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and model. Born in Saint James, Port of ...more

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Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Late Registration, The College Dropout, Watch the Throne, Graduation, + more

Kanye Omari West (born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. His musical career has been marked by dramatic changes in ...more

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Post Malone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Austin Richard Post (born July 4, 1995), known professionally as Post Malone, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and guitarist. He first gained major recognition in ...more

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Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Acid Rap, Confident, Songs from Scratch: Paranoia

Chancelor Bennett (born April 16, 1993), better known by his stage name Chance the Rapper, is an American hip hop recording artist from the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, he ...more

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Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
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Gary Maurice "Joyner" Lucas, Jr. (born August 17, 1988) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, poet, and actor from Worcester, Massachusetts. Lucas gained ...more

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Rae Sremmurd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
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Albums: No Flex Zone!

Rae Sremmurd is an American hip hop duo, composed of two brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy from Atlanta, Georgia. They are perhaps best known for their single "No Type", which charted ...more

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Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
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Albums: Hell: The Sequel, Nuttin' to Do, Fast Lane, Lighters, Scary Movies

Bad Meets Evil is an American hip hop duo consisting of rappers Royce da 5'9" and Eminem. Bad Meets Evil was formed in 1997 thanks to the duo's mutual friend, Proof. It was formed after ...more

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