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Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked 

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A majority of rappers don't have the cleanest image. Whether that's due to their upbringing or hardships throughout life, having a rougher image has long been a part of the game. Of course, plenty of the most respected rappers do indeed keep a clean image—and plenty of them can still be considered the greatest hip-hop artists. In short, rappers from every walk of life can make it big, and while there's nothing wrong with having a good image and reputation, it's fairly less common in the rap industry. Think of the greats: Biggie, Tupac, Eminem, Snoop, Jay-Z. They all can be considered a little rough around the edges.

When it comes to those with the cleanest image, though, which rappers come to mind first? You've got Chance the Rapper, Pharrell, Lupe Fiasco, and so many more. And of these artists with clean reps, plenty of them boast great music, good lyrics, and an overall respectable career—just like any of the top rappers, clean or not.

Now, take a glance at the list of rappers with the cleanest image below, and cast your vote up or down for the very best of them. If you know of any that aren't on the list, go ahead and add them. 

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Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
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good kid, m.A.A.d city, Section.80
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is regarded as one of the most skillful and successful hip hop artists of his ...more

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J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Born Sinner, The Warm Up, Friday Night Lights
Jermaine Lamarr Cole (born January 28, 1985) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Born on a military base in Germany but raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Cole ...more

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André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Royal Flush, Class of 3000: Music Volume One, DoYaThing
André Lauren Benjamin (born May 27, 1975), better known by his stage name André 3000 (formerly Dre), is an American musician and actor best known for being part of hip hop duo ...more

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Nas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album
Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known as Nas, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Since 1994, Nas has released eight ...more

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Logic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever, Young Sinatra (Undeniable), Young Sinatra
Sir Robert Bryson Hall II (born January 22, 1990), known by his stage name Logic, is an American rapper. He was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He has amassed a large Internet ...more

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Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Acid Rap, Confident, Songs from Scratch: Paranoia
Chancelor Bennett (born April 16, 1993), better known by his stage name Chance the Rapper, is an American hip hop recording artist from the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, he ...more

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Big Willie Style, Gettin' Jiggy Wit It, Miami
Willard Carroll Smith Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, rapper and media personality. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith ...more

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Rakim is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
The 18th Letter, The Archive: Live, Lost & Found
William Michael Griffin Jr. (born January 28, 1968), better known by his stage name Rakim, is an American rapper. One half of golden age hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, he is widely regarded as ...more

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Common is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Resurrection, Be, Like Water for Chocolate
Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn (born March 13, 1972), better known by his stage name Common (formerly Common Sense), is an American rapper, actor, writer, philanthropist, and activist. ...more

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Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
In My Mind, In My Mind: The Prequel, ADD SUV
Pharrell Lanscilo Williams (; born April 5, 1973) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. Williams and Chad Hugo formed the record production duo The Neptunes in 1992, ...more

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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, The Predator, Death Certificate
O'Shea Jackson (born June 15, 1969), known professionally as Ice Cube, is an American rapper, actor, producer, director and writer. Ice Cube initially gained recognition in 1984 as a member of ...more

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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0, Ms. Hill
Lauryn Noelle Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American singer, songwriter and rapper, known for being a member of Fugees, and for her solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won many ...more

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LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith
James Todd Smith (born January 14, 1968), known professionally as LL Cool J (short for Ladies Love Cool James), is an American rapper, record producer, actor, author and entrepreneur from ...more

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Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
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Mary Jane Blige (; born January 11, 1971) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and philanthropist. Her career began in 1989 when she signed to Uptown Records, becoming the youngest and ...more

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Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Food & Liquor, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1
Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (born February 16, 1982), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco ( LOO-pay), is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and activist. He rose to fame in 2006 ...more

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Papoose is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
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Chuck D is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
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Tiffany Foxx is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
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Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Man on the Moon: The End of Day, Indicud, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
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Big Boi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, Got Purp? Vol. 2, Royal Flush
Antwan André Patton (born February 1, 1975), better known by his stage name Big Boi, is an American rapper, songwriter, actor and record producer, best known for being a member of ...more

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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Power, O.G. Original Gangster, Home Invasion
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Khia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
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Gangstress, MotorMouf aka Khia Shamone, Thug Misses
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LoLa Monroe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
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Drake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Take Care, Nothing Was the Same, Thank Me Later
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Cuban Doll is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
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