Rap 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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J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Matt Cotter 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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Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 3 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) 4 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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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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André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Common is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Nas is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 11 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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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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Rakim is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Drake is listed (or ranked) 15 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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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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Chuck D is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Travis Scott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
harry_main01 added Owl Pharaoh Jacques Webster, better known by his stage name Travis Scott, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from Houston, Texas. In 2012, Scott signed to Epic Records before ...more

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Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
1519704292721 added Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float Ian Matthias Bavitz, better known by his stage name Aesop Rock, is an American hip hop recording artist and producer residing in San Francisco, California. He was at the forefront of the new ...more

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LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Mase is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Harlem World, Double Up, Top of the World Mason Durell Betha, better known by stage name Mase, is an American rapper. He hails from Harlem, New York City, New York. He was once signed to Sean "Diddy" Combs's label Bad Boy ...more

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Atmosphere is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
1519704292721 added Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EP's, God Loves Ugly, You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having Atmosphere is an American hip hop group from Minneapolis, Minnesota, consisting of rapper Slug and DJ/producer Ant. Since its formation in 1989, the group has released seven studio albums and ...more

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Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
1519704292721 added Shadows on the Sun, Us, Rites of Passage Ali Douglas Newman, better known by his stage name Brother Ali, is an American hip hop artist, community activist and member of the Rhymesayers Entertainment hip hop collective.

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Warren G is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Regulate... G Funk Era (Special Edition), Prince Igor (feat. Warren G & Sissel), I Want It All Warren Griffin III, better known by his stage name, Warren G, is an American West Coast rapper and hip hop producer. He is best known for his debut 1994 single, "Regulate", which ...more

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Pitbull is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Give Me Everything, M.I.A.M.I, Mr. Worldwide Armando Christian Pérez, better known by his stage name Pitbull, is an American rapper from Miami, Florida. His first recorded mainstream performance was on a solo track from Lil Jon's ...more

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Sean Combs is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
No Way Out, The Saga Continues, We Invented The Remix Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969),[1] currently known by his stage name Diddy, is an American record producer, rapper, actor, and men's fashion designer. He won three Grammy Awards and two ...more