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Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked  

Ranker Hip Hop
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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
m_dub11 added good kid, m.A.A.d city, Section.80
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, better known as Kendrick Lamar, is an American hip hop recording artist from Compton, California. In 2004, Lamar signed to Carson-based independent record label, Top ...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, better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American hip hop recording artist, songwriter and record producer from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Cole first received ...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, better known by his stage name André 3000, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor, best known for being ...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, known by his stage name Logic, is an American rapper. He was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He has amassed a large Internet following and is a member of ...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, 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 began to gain major ...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 "Will" Smith, Jr. is an American actor, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him ...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., 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 one of the most ...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 Rashid Lynn, better known by his stage name Common, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor from Chicago, Illinois. Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? ...more
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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, The Predator, Death Certificate
O'Shea Jackson, Sr., better known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A. and later ...more
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Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
In My Mind, In My Mind: The Prequel, ADD SUV
Pharrell Williams, also known simply as Pharrell, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, and fashion designer. Williams and Chad Hugo make up the record production duo the ...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 Hill is an American singer–songwriter, rapper, producer, and actress. She is best known for being a member of the Fugees and for her solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Raised in ...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, better known as LL Cool J, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and actor. He is known for pioneering hip-hop tracks such as "I Can't Live Without My Radio", ...more
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Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Food & Liquor, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1
Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his debut album, Lupe ...more
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Chuck D is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Autobiography of Mistachuck, Rock da Funky Beats / Dance With You, An Interview With Chuck D
Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, better known by his stage name Chuck D, is an American rapper, author, and producer. He helped create politically and socially conscious rap music in the mid-1980s as ...more
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Big Boi is listed (or ranked) 16 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, better known by his stage name Big Boi, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor, best known for being a member of American hip hop duo OutKast ...more
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Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 17 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
Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, better known by his stage name Kid Cudi, is an American recording artist and actor from Cleveland, Ohio. After moving to Brooklyn, New York, with aspirations of ...more
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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Power, O.G. Original Gangster, Home Invasion
Tracy Lauren Marrow, better known by his stage name Ice-T, is an American rapper, singer, and actor. He began his career as a rapper in the 1980s and was signed to Sire Records in 1987, when he ...more
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Stefflon Don is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
``@iTurnDownHead´´ added
Stephanie Victoria Allen (born 14 December 1991), better known by her stage name Stefflon Don, is an English rapper, singer and songwriter. She first appeared in the song "London" by ...more
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Drake is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Take Care, Nothing Was the Same, Thank Me Later
Aubrey Drake Graham, who records under the mononym Drake, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor. He was born in Toronto, Ontario. He first garnered recognition for his role as Jimmy Brooks ...more
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Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
``@iTurnDownHead´´ added The Naked Truth, Hard Core, The Notorious KIM
Kimberly Denise Jones known by her stage name Lil' Kim, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, model, and actress. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, living much of her ...more
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Papoose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
``@iTurnDownHead´´ added The Nacirema Dream, A Moment of Silence, The Underground King
Shamele Mackie, better known by his stage name Papoose, is an American rapper. After breaking into the rap game in 2005 with DJ Kayslay with the release of his song "Alphabetical ...more
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Patra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
``@iTurnDownHead´´ added Queen Of The Pack, Scent of Attraction, Pull Up to the Bumper
Patra is a Jamaican dancehall singer. In her beginnings as a female dancehall deejay in the late 1980s, she used the stage name Lady Patra. She first made an impression on the US charts as a ...more
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Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
``@iTurnDownHead´´ added Mary, My Life, What's the 411?
Mary Jane Blige is an American singer, songwriter, model, record producer, and actress. Starting her career as a background singer on Uptown Records in 1989, Blige released her first album, ...more
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Khia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
``@iTurnDownHead´´ added Gangstress, MotorMouf aka Khia Shamone, Thug Misses
Khia Shamone Finch, better known just as Khia, is an American rapper, songwriter, singer, and record producer.