Hip-Hop Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked  

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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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360 86
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
2
142 80
Nas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop
3
101 65
André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music
4
112 83
Royce da 5'9
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop
5
66 40
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop
6
74 64
Redman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music
7
45 31
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop
8
77 64
MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop
9
74 68
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall
10
62 50
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop
11
78 76
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
12
48 38
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap
13
92 89
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop
14
37 30
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop
15
56 51
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music
16
42 39
Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop
17
52 59
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music
18
40 41
Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music
19
29 28
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop
20
43 45
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop
21
60 67
GZA is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop
22
38 44
Common is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop
23
40 50
RZA is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop
24
32 41
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop
25
40 52
Canibus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop