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Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked

Updated January 25, 2021 41.7k votes 5.7k voters 35.8k views88 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. 

  • Travis Scott1

    Travis Scott

    Owl Pharaoh

    Genres (Music)Hip hop

    Jacques Berman Webster II (born April 30, 1992), known professionally as Travis Scott, is an...  more

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  • Kendrick Lamar2

    Kendrick Lamar

    good kid, m.A.A.d city

    Genres (Music)Hip hop

    Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper, songwriter, and record...  more

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  • ASAP Rocky3

    ASAP Rocky

    Long.Live.A$AP, Live. Love. ASAP

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

    Rakim Mayers (born October 3, 1988), better known by his stage name ASAP Rocky (stylized as...  more

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  • Lil Uzi Vert4
    Symere Woods (born July 31, 1994), known professionally as Lil Uzi Vert, is an American hip...  more

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  • J-Hope5


    Hope World

    Genres (Music)K-pop

    Jung Hoseok, better known by his stage name, J-hope, is a South Korean rapper, singer, dancer,...  more


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  • J. Cole6

    J. Cole

    Born Sinner, The Warm Up

    Genres (Music)Hip hop

    Jermaine Lamarr Cole (born January 28, 1985) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and...  more

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  • XXXTentacion7
    Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, better known by his stage name XXXTentacion, was an American rapper,...  more

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  • Eminem8


    The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP

    Genres (Music)Hip hop

    Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (; often...  more

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  • Ski Mask The Slump God9
    Stokeley Clevon Goulbourne (born April 18, 1996), known professionally as Ski Mask the Slump...  more

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  • Tyler, the Creator10

    Tyler, the Creator

    Goblin, Bastard

    Genres (Music)Alternative hip hop

    Tyler Gregory Okonma (born March 6, 1991), known professionally as Tyler, the Creator, is an...  more

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  • Ice Cube11

    Ice Cube

    AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, The Predator

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

    O'Shea Jackson (born June 15, 1969), known professionally as Ice Cube, is an American rapper,...  more

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  • Wiz Khalifa12

    Wiz Khalifa

    Rolling Papers, O.N.I.F.C.

    Genres (Music)Hip hop, Pop

    Cameron Jibril Thomaz (born September 8, 1987), known professionally as Wiz Khalifa, is an...  more

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  • Kanye West13

    Kanye West

    My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Late Registration

    Genres (Music)Hip hop

    Kanye Omari West (born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record...  more

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  • Snoop Dogg14

    Snoop Dogg

    Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk, Reggae

    Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. (born October 20, 1971), known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an...  more

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  • Post Malone15
    Austin Richard Post (born July 4, 1995), known professionally as Post Malone, is an American...  more

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  • RM16


    RM, Mono

    Genres (Music)K-pop

    Kim Nam-joon (born September 12, 1994),better known as RM (formerly Rap Monster), is a South...  more

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  • Suga17


    Agust D

    Genres (Music)K-pop, hip hop

    Min Yoon-gi (born March 9, 1993), better known by his stage names Suga and Agust D, is a South...  more

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  • Logic18


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

    Genres (Music)Hip hop

    Sir Robert Bryson Hall II (born January 22, 1990), known by his stage name Logic, is an...  more

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  • 50 Cent19

    50 Cent

    Get Rich or Die Tryin', Get Rich or Die Tryin' / The Massacre

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

    Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), known professionally as 50 Cent, is an American...  more

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  • Chance The Rapper20

    Chance The Rapper

    Acid Rap, Confident

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

    Chancelor Bennett (born April 16, 1993), better known by his stage name Chance the Rapper, is...  more

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  • Dr. Dre21

    Dr. Dre

    The Chronic, 2001

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

    Andre Romelle Young (born February 18, 1965), known professionally as Dr. Dre, is an American...  more

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  • Lil Wayne22

    Lil Wayne

    Tha Carter III, Tha Carter II

    Genres (Music)Hip hop, Trap, Pop

    Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. (born September 27, 1982), known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an...  more

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  • Nicki Minaj23

    Nicki Minaj

    Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

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

    Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Nicki Minaj (), is a...  more

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  • Rae Sremmurd24

    Rae Sremmurd

    No Flex Zone!

    Genres (Music)Independent music, Hip hop music

    Rae Sremmurd is an American hip hop duo, composed of two brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy from...  more

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  • Method Man25

    Method Man

    Tical, 4:21... The Day After

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

    Clifford M. Smith Jr. (born March 2, 1971), better known by his stage name Method Man, is an...  more

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