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Rap Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked  

Ranker Hip Hop
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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 Eminen, 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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121 37
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

2
57 34
Nas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Nas Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

3
34 16
Royce da 5'9
Royce da 5'9" Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

4
29 13
Redman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Redman Hip hop music

5
31 17
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Tech N9ne Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

6
38 26
GZA is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
GZA Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

7
41 29
André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
André 3000 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

8
51 40
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Aesop Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

9
27 17
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Mos Def Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

10
29 20
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Busta Rhymes Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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30 21
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Ghostface Killah Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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14 6
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Matt1345 added Yelawolf Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

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21 13
Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Black Thought Hip hop music

14
35 29
MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
MF Doom Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time

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20 15
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Rakim Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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18 15
Adam Yauch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
MCA Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rap rock

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18 15
Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Big Pun Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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15 12
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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23 22
RZA is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
RZA Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

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12 10
Mike D is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Mike D Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rap rock

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20 19
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Raekwon Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap

The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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19 18
Common is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Common Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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12 11
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Prodigy Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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19 20
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Talib Kweli Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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10 10
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Kool G Rap Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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13 16
Canibus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Canibus Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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11 14
Twista is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Twista Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop, Gangsta rap

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4 6
Gift of Gab is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
JonathanCrumback added Gift of Gab Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

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9 14
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Big Daddy Kane Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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2 7
Lowkey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
JonathanCrumback added Lowkey Hip hop music, Grime

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6 14
Adam Horovitz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Ad-Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rap rock

32
9 18
E-40 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
E-40 Hip hop music, Mobb Music, Hyphy

33
4 12
Kool Keith is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Kool Keith Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

34
21 40
Logic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
lambo added Logic Hip hop music