Rap 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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198 42
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

2
64 29
Royce da 5'9
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

3
53 27
Redman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music

4
77 45
Nas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

5
52 31
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

6
49 33
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

7
37 23
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

8
54 42
André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

9
61 52
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

10
46 37
MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

11
38 30
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

12
33 25
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

13
44 37
GZA is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

14
25 21
Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music

15
26 24
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

16
25 23
Adam Yauch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rap rock

17
23 21
Big Pun 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
18 17
Prodigy 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
24 25
Common is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

20
25 27
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
23 25
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap

22
18 19
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

23
18 19
Twista is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop, Gangsta rap

24
27 30
RZA is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

25
17 18
Mike D is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rap rock

26
16 18
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

27
13 16
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

28
5 12
Gift of Gab is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
JonathanCrumback added Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

29
9 19
Adam Horovitz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rap rock

30
11 22
E-40 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Mobb Music, Hyphy

31
16 30
Canibus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

32
4 18
Kool Keith is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

33
2 13
Lowkey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
JonathanCrumback added Hip hop music, Grime