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Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked 

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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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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
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The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show
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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J-Hope is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
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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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Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
good kid, m.A.A.d city, Section.80
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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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
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Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Starships
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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50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
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Get Rich or Die Tryin', Get Rich or Die Tryin' / The Massacre, Street King Immortal
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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Travis Scott is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
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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Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
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Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather, Tha Last Meal
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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Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
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The Chronic, 2001, Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang / Let Me Ride
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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Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
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Hell: The Sequel, Nuttin' to Do, Fast Lane
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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Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 10 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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J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Born Sinner, The Warm Up, Friday Night Lights
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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Royce da 5'9" is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
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Rock City, Street Hop, Death Is Certain
Ryan Daniel Montgomery (born July 5, 1977), better known by his stage name Royce da 5'9", is an American rapper and songwriter. He is best known for his longtime association with Eminem as ...more

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XXXTentacion is listed (or ranked) 13 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) 14 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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ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Long.Live.A$AP, Live. Love. ASAP, No Rest for the Wicked
Rakim Mayers (born October 3, 1988), better known by his stage name ASAP Rocky (stylized as A$AP Rocky), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is a member of the hip ...more

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Redman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
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Muddy Waters, Whut? Thee Album, Doc's da Name 2000
Reginald Noble (born April 17, 1970), better known by his stage name Redman, is an American rapper, DJ, record producer, and actor. He rose to fame in the early 1990s as an artist on the Def Jam ...more

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RM is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
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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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Suga is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
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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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Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
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Everready, Anghellic, Absolute Power
Aaron Dontez Yates (born November 8, 1971), better known by his stage name Tech N9ne (pronounced "tech nine"), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and ...more

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Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
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When Disaster Strikes…, The Big Bang, The Coming
Trevor George Smith Jr. (born May 20, 1972), known professionally as Busta Rhymes, is an American rapper, singer, musician, record producer, record executive, and actor. Chuck D of Public Enemy ...more

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Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
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Trunk Muzik 0-60, Radioactive, Arena Rap EP
Michael Wayne Atha (born December 30, 1979), better known by his stage name Yelawolf, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Born and raised in Gadsden, Alabama, Atha embarked on his ...more

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Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
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Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Rolling Papers, O.N.I.F.C., Deal or No Deal
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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Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Goblin, Bastard, Wolf
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Logic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
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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