Top 10 List of Best Rappers of All Time

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Discover the list of Top 10 Best Rappers of All Time that are widely regarded as one of the greatest.

Top 10 Best Rappers of All Time:

These are the Top 10 best rappers of all time – each represents the distinct fusion of voice, creativity, and general influence through the microphone.


10. 50-Cent

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Curtis James Jackson III, known professionally as 50 Cent, is an American rapper, actor, businessman, and investor.

Perfected the slow flow rapper style – With the aid of Eminem and Dr. Dre – he became one of the world’s best-selling rappers and rose to prominence with East Coast hip hop group G-Unit.

9. Ice Cube

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O’Shea Jackson Sr., known professionally as Ice Cube, is an American rapper and actor. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A. and later joined the seminal rap group N.W.A.

Ice Cube began both a successful music career and an acting career which included roles in films such as Boyz n the Hood (1991), Friday (1995), for which he also co-wrote the screenplay, and Barbershop (2002).

8. Snoop Dogg

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Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper and actor from Long Beach, California.

In 1993 Snoop Dogg released Doggystyle – He was thus baptized as one of the pioneers of the G-Funk Era.

7. Rakim

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William Michael Griffin, 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 influential and most skilled MCs of all time.

A lyrical genius that can actually rap a complete album without having to default to swearing, Rakim is in a league of his own.

Eric B. & Rakim’s classic album Paid in Full was named the greatest hip hop album of all time by MTV in 2006, while Rakim himself was ranked #4 on MTV’s list of the Greatest MCs of All Time.

6. Dr. Dre

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Andre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics.

He has produced albums for and overseen the careers of many rappers signed to those record labels, such as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and 50 Cent. His solo career has seen the release of three successful studio albums: The Chronic (1992, for which he won a Grammy for “Let Me Ride”), 2001 (1999), and Compton: A Soundtrack (2015).

5. Jay-Z

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Shawn Corey Carter, known professionally as JAY-Z, is an American rapper and businessman. He is one of the best-selling musicians of all time, having sold more than 100 million records while receiving 21 Grammy Awards for his music.

With a record 14 consecutive US #1 albums (with 13 being solo albums). JAY-Z is one of the most talented, accomplished and respected rappers in the world.

He is best known for his album Reasonable Doubt.

4. Nas

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Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper. His album, Illmatic, is considered to be one of the best rap albums of all time.

Since his heart-stopping debut turn on Main Source’s “Live at the Barbeque”, Nas has delivered countless beautiful, thought-provoking, verses.

His album, Illmatic, is considered to be one of the best rap albums of all time.

3. Notorious B.I.G – Biggie

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Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage names – The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie, or Biggie Smalls, was an American rapper. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time.

The Notorious B.I.G sold 17 million units worldwide, with 4 albums released. Considered by many to be the greatest rapper of all time, The Notorious B.I.G. was a major figure in both hardcore hip-hop and the ’90s pop music, he was best known for his #1 hits “Hypnotize” and “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems,” his top 10 hits “One More Chance (Stay with Me Remix)” and “Big Poppa,” and his iconic early single “Juicy.”

The Notorious B.I.G was gunned down in a car with three longtime friends while stopped at a red light. His murder remains unsolved.

2. Tupac

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Tupac, also known by his stage names 2Pac, Makaveli, and Pac, was an American rapper and actor. Tupac has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

Widely considered as a king of rap music – his lyrics, flow, and husky voice have inspired many to come. Tupac was assassinated in September 1996 at the age of 25, although he’s heavily rumored to still be alive.

1. Eminem

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Eminem, is an American rapper, record producer, and actor. Eminem is the best-selling artist of the 2000s in the United States and considered by many as the best rapper of all time. Eminem was the first white rapper since the Beastie Boys to garner both sales and critical respect.

Eminem possesses one of the best flow, lyrics, beats and best singing voice in the industry – making him great to listen to.

Having said, Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the best-selling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and – with Royce da 5’9″– half of the hip-hop duo Bad Meets Evil.

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