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Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked 

Ranker Hip Hop
Updated January 16, 2020 3.8k votes 518 voters 4.7k views 43 items

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
Genre: Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Born Sinner, The Warm Up, Friday Night Lights, Cole World: The Sideline Story, The Come Up, + more

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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Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
m_dub11 added Genre: Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: good kid, m.A.A.d city, Section.80, Overly Dedicated, Memories Back Then, + more

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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Logic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked

Albums: 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) 4 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: 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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André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Royal Flush, Class of 3000: Music Volume One, DoYaThing, The Sleazy Remix

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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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Genre: Urban contemporary, Hip hop music & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Big Willie Style, Gettin' Jiggy Wit It, Miami, Willennium, Born to Reign, + more

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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Nas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & East Coast hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album, It Was Written, Stillmatic, + more

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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Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Genre: Pop, Funk & Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: In My Mind, In My Mind: The Prequel, ADD SUV, G I R L, Frontin', + more

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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Rakim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop & East Coast hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The 18th Letter, The Archive: Live, Lost & Found, The Master, Addictive, + more

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) 10 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Jazz rap & Alternative hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Resurrection, Be, Like Water for Chocolate, One Day It'll All Make Sense, Electric Circus, + more

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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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Neo soul; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0, Ms. Hill, Greatest Singles Collection, MTV Unplugged, + more

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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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Political hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, The Predator, Death Certificate, Lethal Injection, Laugh Now, + more

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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Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Political hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Food & Liquor, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1, Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool, Daydreamin', + more

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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LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop & East Coast hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith, G.O.A.T. (The Greatest of All Time), Bigger and Deffer, + more

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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Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Trip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Man on the Moon: The End of Day, Indicud, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, A Kid Named Cudi, Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon, + more

Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi (born January 30, 1984), better known by his stage name Kid Cudi (; often stylized as KiD CuDi), is an American singer, rapper, record producer and actor from ...more

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Drake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop, R&B & Pop; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Take Care, Nothing Was the Same, Thank Me Later, Comeback Season, So Far Gone, + more

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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Chuck D is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Political hip hop & Hardcore hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Autobiography of Mistachuck, Rock da Funky Beats / Dance With You, An Interview With Chuck D, Don’t Rhyme for the Sake of Riddlin’, On the Shoulders of Giants - The Soundtrack, + more

Carlton Douglas Ridenhour (born August 1, 1960), known professionally as Chuck D, is an American rapper, author, and producer. As the leader of the rap group Public Enemy, he helped create ...more

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Big Boi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Southern hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, Got Purp? Vol. 2, Royal Flush, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, Gangsta Grillz X, + more

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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Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Mary, My Life, What's the 411?, The Breakthrough, No More Drama, + more

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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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Power, O.G. Original Gangster, Home Invasion, Seventh Deadly Sin, Rhyme Pays, + more

Tracy Lauren Marrow (born February 16, 1958), better known by his stage name Ice-T, is an American musician, rapper, songwriter, actor, record producer, and author. He began his career as an ...more

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Khia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Khia Genre: Hip hop music, Dirty rap & Gangsta rap; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Gangstress, MotorMouf aka Khia Shamone, Thug Misses, Nasti Muzik, My Neck, + more

Khia Shamone Finch (née Chambers, November 8, 1977), known professionally as Khia (, KY-ə), is an American rapper, songwriter, singer, media personality, and record producer. She is best ...more

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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: All Hail the Queen, Black Reign, Trav'lin' Light, The Dana Owens Album, Order in the Court, + more

Dana Elaine Owens (born March 18, 1970), known professionally as Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and producer. Born in Newark, New Jersey, she signed with ...more

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Roxanne Shanté is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Bitch Is Back, Bad Sister, The Best of Cold Chillin', Roxanne's Revenge, Have a Nice Day, + more

Roxanne Shante (born Lolita Shanté Gooden; November 9, 1969) is an American hip hop musician and rapper. Born and raised in the Queensbridge Projects of Queens, New York City, Shante ...more

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Kash Doll is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked
Arkeisha Knight (born March 14, 1992), better known by the stage name Kash Doll, is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan.

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Math Hoffa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rappers with the Cleanest Image, Ranked