Rappers Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked  

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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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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
johnstonismyname added The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show
Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known by his stage name Eminem, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter, and actor. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of the group D12, ...more

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Travis Scott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Owl Pharaoh
Jacques Webster, better known by his stage name Travis Scott, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from Houston, Texas. In 2012, Scott signed to Epic Records before ...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, better known as Kendrick Lamar, is an American hip hop recording artist from Compton, California. In 2004, Lamar signed to Carson-based independent record label, Top ...more

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Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Matt1345 added The Chronic, 2001, Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang / Let Me Ride
Andre Romelle Young, known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American record producer, rapper and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. ...more

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Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
johnstonismyname added Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather, Tha Last Meal
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr, best known by his stage name Snoop Dogg, is an American recording artist and actor from Long Beach, California. His music career began in 1992, when he was discovered ...more

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50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Matt1345 added Get Rich or Die Tryin', Get Rich or Die Tryin' / The Massacre, Street King Immortal
Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, singer, entrepreneur investor and actor from New York City. Born in the South Jamaica neighborhood of the ...more

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Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
johnstonismyname added
Joyner Lucas is an American rapper from Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Matt1345 added 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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Royce da 5'9
Matt1345 added Rock City, Street Hop, Death Is Certain
Ryan Daniel Montgomery, better known by his stage name Royce da 5'9", is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. He is best known for his longtime association with Eminem as well as his ...more

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Redman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
johnstonismyname added Muddy Waters, Whut? Thee Album, Doc's da Name 2000
Reginald "Reggie" Noble, better known by his stage name Redman, is an American MC, rapper, DJ, record producer and actor. He came to fame in the early 1990s as an artist on the Def Jam ...more

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Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
johnstonismyname added Everready, Anghellic, Absolute Power
Aaron Dontez Yates, better known by his stage name Tech N9ne, is an American rapper. In 1999, Yates and Travis O'Guin founded the record label Strange Music. He has sold over two million albums ...more

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XXXTentacion is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
johnstonismyname added When Disaster Strikes…, The Big Bang, The Coming
Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr., better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American rapper, producer, and actor from Brooklyn. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the moniker Busta Rhymes, after ...more

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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Léa M Blanchet added Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Starships
Onika Tanya Maraj, better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian rapper, singer and songwriter. Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York, ...more

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Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Matt1345 added Trunk Muzik 0-60, Radioactive, Arena Rap EP
Michael Wayne Atha, better known as Yelawolf, is an American hip hop recording artist from Gadsden, Alabama. He is currently signed to Shady Records, Interscope Records, and has since founded ...more

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Suga is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
gemartellsff added
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 under Big Hit Entertainment, he debuted as a ...more

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J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Born Sinner, The Warm Up, Friday Night Lights
Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American hip hop recording artist, songwriter and record producer from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Cole first received ...more

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ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Lil Uzi Vert is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 20 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, better known by the stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper. He released his debut album, Show and Prove, in 2006, and signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2007. His ...more

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RM is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
gemartellsff added
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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J-Hope is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
gemartellsff added
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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Logic is listed (or ranked) 23 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, known by his stage name Logic, is an American rapper. He was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He has amassed a large Internet following and is a member of ...more

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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
johnstonismyname added AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, The Predator, Death Certificate
O'Shea Jackson, Sr., better known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A. and later ...more

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Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked
Goblin, Bastard, Wolf
Tyler Gregory Okonma, better known by his stage name Tyler, The Creator, is an American rapper and record producer from California. Born in Ladera Heights, he rose to prominence as the leader ...more