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Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked 

Ranker Hip Hop
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Updated July 19, 2020 4.3k votes 714 voters 4.6k views 37 items

List Rules No duos, trios, or group. Only individual rappers.

When ranking the best rap artists, the rapper's vocabulary is an important factor in determining which hip hop artists stand above the rest. Whether they use small or big words, the most creative rappers use a variety of vocab in their lyrics. Instead of repeating profanity and rhyming same words, the best MCs have a large vocabulary. Which rapper has the best vocabulary? 

Featuring Eminem, Aesop Rock, Raekwon, and more, this list of rappers with the largest vocabulary includes some of the best rappers of all time

Vote up who you think are the rappers with the best vocabulary, and vote down the rappers who need more time studying the thesaurus. Feel free to also add rappers with good vocabulary who are missing from the list. 

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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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Royce da 5'9" is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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Nas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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Redman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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Rakim is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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GZA is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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RZA is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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Common is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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Del tha Funkee Homosapie... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
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Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked