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Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked

Updated October 19, 2020 42.3k votes 5.4k voters 33.3k views86 items

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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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  • 26
    Bad Meets Evil
    400
    547

    Bad Meets Evil

    Hell: The Sequel, Nuttin' to Do

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

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  • 27
    Eazy-E
    171
    162

    Eazy-E

    Eazy-Duz-It, It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Gangsta rap, G-funk, West Coast hip hop

    Eric Lynn Wright (September 7, 1964 – March 26, 1995), known professionally as Eazy-E, was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 28
    Joyner Lucas
    Gary Maurice "Joyner" Lucas, Jr. (born August 17, 1988) is an American rapper, singer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 29
    Trippie Redd
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  • 30
    Busta Rhymes
    252
    344

    Busta Rhymes

    When Disaster Strikes…, The Big Bang

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall, Hardcore hip hop, Pop music

    Trevor George Smith Jr. (born May 20, 1972), known professionally as Busta Rhymes, is an... more on Wikipedia

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  • 31
    Ludacris
    144
    156

    Ludacris

    Theater of the Mind, Word of Mouf

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap, Pop rap

    Christopher Brian Bridges (born September 11, 1977), known professionally as Ludacris (), is... more on Wikipedia

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  • 32
    ASAP Ferg
    135
    154

    ASAP Ferg

    Trap Lord, Work

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

    Darold Ferguson, Jr., better known by his stage name ASAP Ferg, is an American hip hop... more on Wikipedia

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  • 33
    Drake
    270
    273

    Drake

    Take Care, Nothing Was the Same

    Genres (Music)Hip hop, R&B, Pop

    Aubrey Drake Graham, who records under the mononym Drake, is a Canadian singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 34
    Denzel Curry
    87
    89

    Denzel Curry

    Nostalgic 64

    Genres (Music)Hip hop

    Denzel Rae Don Curry (born February 16, 1995) is an American rapper, singer and songwriter.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 35
    Machine Gun Kelly
    107
    86

    Machine Gun Kelly

    Black Flag, Lace Up

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

    Colson Baker (born April 22, 1990), known professionally as Machine Gun Kelly (abbreviated as... more on Wikipedia

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  • 36
    Tech N9ne
    288
    427

    Tech N9ne

    Everready, Anghellic

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop, Gangsta rap

    Aaron Dontez Yates (born November 8, 1971), better known by his stage name Tech N9ne... more on Wikipedia
  • 37
    The Weeknd
    85
    68

    The Weeknd

    Kiss Land, House of Balloons

    Genres (Music)Contemporary R&B, Hip hop, Pop

    Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (born 16 February 1990), better known by his stage name The Weeknd, is a... more on Wikipedia

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  • 38
    Royce da 5'9"
    275
    416

    Royce da 5'9"

    Rock City, Street Hop

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop, Detroit hip hop

    Ryan Daniel Montgomery (born July 5, 1977), better known by his stage name Royce da 5'9", is... more on Wikipedia
  • 39
    60
    62

    Sheck Wes

  • 40
    Playboi Carti
    Jordan Terrell Carter (born September 13, 1996), better known by his stage name Playboi Carti,... more on Wikipedia
  • 41
    Migos
    120
    126

    Migos

    Young Rich N*ggas, Versace

    Genres (Music)Hip hop, Trap

    Migos is an American hip hop group based in Atlanta, Georgia. The group consists of Quavo,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 42
    Kim Heechul
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  • 43
    Lil Skies
    113
    163
    Lil Skies (born August 4, 1998) is a rapper from Pennsylvania who is best known for singles... more on Wikipedia

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  • 44
    Twista
    94
    139

    Twista

    Adrenaline Rush, Kamikaze

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop, Gangsta rap, Rhythm and blues

    Carl Terrell Mitchell (born November 27, 1973), better known by his stage name Twista... more on Wikipedia

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  • 45
    Redman
    244
    409

    Redman

    Muddy Waters, Whut? Thee Album

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

    Reginald Noble (born April 17, 1970), better known by his stage name Redman, is an American... more on Wikipedia

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  • 46
    Fabolous
    2
    0

    Fabolous

    From Nothin' to Somethin', The S.O.U.L. Tape 2

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

    John David Jackson (born November 18, 1977), known professionally as Fabolous, is an American... more on Wikipedia

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  • 47
    Pouya
    7
    4

    Pouya

  • 48
    YBN Nahmir
    Nick Simmons (born December 18, 1999), known professionally as YBN Nahmir, is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 49
    Common
    1
    0

    Common

    Resurrection, Be

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, Neo soul

    Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn (born March 13, 1972), better known by his stage name... more on Wikipedia

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  • 50
    E-40
    1
    0

    E-40

    In a Major Way, Grit & Grind

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Mobb Music, Hyphy, West Coast hip hop, Crunk

    Earl T. Stevens (born November 15, 1967), better known by his stage name E-40, is an American... more on Wikipedia

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