Rappers 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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293 68
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

2
120 61
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
99 58
Royce da 5'9
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

4
83 55
André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

5
67 50
Redman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music

6
52 33
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

7
70 57
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

8
68 53
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
66 57
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

10
54 43
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
51 40
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

12
83 76
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

13
34 26
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

14
58 54
GZA is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

15
38 33
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap

16
44 48
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

17
28 26
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

18
34 34
Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

19
33 33
Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music

20
22 22
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

21
33 36
Common is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

22
29 32
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

23
34 39
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

24
35 42
RZA is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

25
27 32
Twista is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop, Gangsta rap