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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228 49
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

2
74 35
Royce da 5'9
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

3
84 50
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
61 37
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

5
58 35
Redman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music

6
55 39
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

7
64 45
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
68 58
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
39 29
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

10
38 31
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

11
52 43
MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

12
33 25
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

13
47 40
GZA is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

14
40 35
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 23
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 24
Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music

17
20 18
Prodigy 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
25 25
Adam Yauch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rap rock

19
27 28
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
20 20
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

21
20 20
Twista is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop, Gangsta rap

22
25 26
Common is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

23
24 25
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap

24
18 18
Big Daddy Kane 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
28 30
RZA is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

26
17 19
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
14 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
7 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
13 23
E-40 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Mobb Music, Hyphy

30
18 32
Canibus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

31
9 21
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
3 13
Lowkey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
JonathanCrumback added Hip hop music, Grime

33
5 18
Kool Keith is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop