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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243 52
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

2
77 40
Royce da 5'9
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

3
88 54
Nas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

4
63 41
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

5
59 40
Redman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music

6
56 43
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

7
65 50
André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

8
72 61
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

9
55 45
MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

10
39 34
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

11
40 32
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
49 42
GZA is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

13
34 27
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

14
42 38
Ghostface Killah 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
26 26
Big Pun 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
26 27
Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music

17
26 28
Adam Yauch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rap rock

18
20 21
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
28 31
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

20
26 29
Common is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

21
21 23
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

22
25 28
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap

23
19 21
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

24
28 33
RZA is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

25
20 24
Twista is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop, Gangsta rap

26
18 22
Mike D is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rap rock

27
15 19
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
7 16
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
20 37
Canibus is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

30
13 27
E-40 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Mobb Music, Hyphy

31
10 24
Adam Horovitz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rap rock

32
6 20
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
4 16
Lowkey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
JonathanCrumback added Hip hop music, Grime