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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272 58
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

2
91 46
Royce da 5'9
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

3
104 58
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
68 47
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

5
62 46
Redman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music

6
62 49
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

7
72 54
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
80 67
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
62 50
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
47 35
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

11
55 47
GZA is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

12
40 32
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
41 40
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

14
46 42
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
27 25
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

16
26 25
Prodigy 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
29 30
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
30 32
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap

19
29 32
Common is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

20
32 36
RZA is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

21
28 31
Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music

22
31 35
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

23
28 32
Adam Yauch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rap rock

24
22 25
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
17 20
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop