25 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

Alex Williams
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  1. Eminem

    The original name of Eminem is Marshall Bruce Mathers III. He is known to be the King of Rap. He is a great rapper and a record producer, songwriter, actor, record executive, and film producer. Rolling Stone magazine labelled him as the ‘King of Hip Hop.’

  2. JayZ

    Professionally known as JayZ, he is an American rapper, producer, entrepreneur, producer, songwriter, and record executive. One of the most influential rappers of all time was best known for his versatility in songs. More than 50 million albums and 75 million singles of JayZ have already been sold out worldwide.

  3. Drake

    He is one of the most significant cultural icons and has been a global figure for many years. Drake is a Canadian singer, actor, and songwriter. Born and raised in Toronto, he started gaining recognition for his role as Jimmy Brooks in the series ‘Degrassi.’ After a few years, he became widely popular as a rapper. He released multiple mixtapes, including Room of Improvement and many others.

  4. Snoop Dogg

    Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., professionally known as Snoop Dogg, was born on October 20, 1971. One of the most famous personalities worldwide is a great rapper, songwriter, media personality, and actor. He started his career in 1992 and since then sold more than 35 million albums worldwide.

  5. Dr Dre

    Dr Dre (born February 18, 1965) is an American rapper, record producer, and media personality. He was the one who discovered Snoop Dogg and began his career. He is the founder and CEO of Beats Electronics and Aftermath Entertainment.

  6. Tupac

    Tupac Amaru Shakur (born June 16, 1971) is a famous American rapper and actor. He is known by his stage names 2Pac, or Makaveli. He was born and raised in Harlem, New York. He is best known for his work addressing contemporary social issues that are the primary cause of hindrance in cities. Tupac also raised activism against inequality.

  7. The Notorious B.I.G

    Also known as Biggie Smalls, or Biggie is a legendary rapper. He is a renowned American rapper who was born and raised in New York City. Biggie did his debut album ‘Ready to Die’ in 1994, making him a central figure in the hip hop industry.

  8. Nas

    Nasir bin Dara Jones is an American rapper who started his career in 1994. He has been a pioneer in this industry of rapping/hip hop for many years. Since 1994, he has recorded more than 25 million records and has also released eight platinum and multi-platinum albums worldwide.

  9. 50 Cent

    He is a widely known American rapper, singer, producer, and entrepreneur born on July 6, 1975. 50 Cent’s ascent into pop music was at a tremendous pace since he produced his album ‘Power of the Dollar’ in 2000. His first two singles- ‘In The Club’ and ’21 Questions’ were considered to be one of the greatest hits of his career. (See 21 Most Famous Rapper In The World Right Now)

  10. Kanye West

    Kanye West was born on June 8 in 1977, and has released endless streams of hit tracks in his career. He is one of the most successful rappers, songwriter, entrepreneur, fashion designer, and producer in this industry. He has produced several tracks and is one of the highest earners.

  11. Lil Wayne

    After his first three albums underwhelmed, it did not seem as if he would reach the heights of the commercial giants. However, he came up with the ‘The Carter series’ in 2006. Since then, he was unstoppable and became an idol in the rapping industry. He was born and raised in holly grove, Louisiana, United States.

  12. Ludacris

    Ludacris was born in September 1911 in 1977. Born and raised in Illinois, the USA, he has positioned himself as a highly influential ‘Dirty South’ rappers and achieved mainstream success in 2000. His gross album sales are more than $15 million. Ludacris has also worked as an actor in some Hollywood films.

  13. J.Cole

    J.Cole is considered to be a magnificent rapper, songwriter, and record producer. With the release of his debut mixtape named ‘The Come Up’, Cole gained early prominence in 2007. He was born on January 28, 1985, in a military background in Germany.

  14. P.Diddy

    Sean Combs, professionally known as P.Diddy, was born on November 4, 1969. He started his career in 1990 and became the leading artist in the year 1997. Diddy’s debut album ‘No Way Out’ was a massive hit. His gross album sales are more than $9 million.

  15. Nelly

    Nelly was born on November 2, 1974. The original name ‘Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. He is a popular rapper, investor, and songwriter. He embarked on his musical journey in 1993 and signed to Universal Records in 1999. Then, in the year 2000, he did his debut album- ‘Country Grammar’, a mega-hit.

  16. Rakim

    William Michael Griffin Jr, known as Rakim, is a famous American rapper. He was born on January 28, 1968. Rakim was the one who elevated rap from an era that used to be known for its simplistic patterns. In 2006, he was also ranked as the greatest hip hop artist of all time by MTV.

  17. Missy Elliot

    Missy Elliot was born on July 1, 1971. She is an impeccable rapper, dancer, songwriter, and philanthropist. Elliot collaborated with Timbaland for a long time after she embarked on her career as a rapper in the mid-1990s. She gave many hits to the industry; one of the all-time favourites include ‘Get Your Freak On’, released in 2001.

  18. Scarface

    Scarface is considered a pioneer of southern rap, who came to prominence while becoming a member of ‘The Ghetto Boys,’ which included Willie Dand Bush wick Bill. He was a rapper, politician, and record producer born and raised in Houston, Texas, United States. (See 10 Best New Rappers Of 2022)

  19. Lauryn Hill

    Not only Lauryn Hill is widely known for her multi-platinum album released in 1998, ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.’ but also for showcasing her soulful singing skills in plentiful movies and albums. Lauryn was also honoured with Grammy Award in 1996.

  20. Mos Def

    Mos Def was in the top 25 best rappers throughout the late 90s and early 2000s. With his solo debut album ‘Black on Both Sides,’ he successfully reached at 25th ranking on the Billboard top 100. He had also worked and released mega-hit tracks in the movies like The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Be Kind Rewind, 16 Blocks, and many others.

  21. Kendrick Lamar

    Kendrick Lamar’s successful career clearly depicts that he undoubtedly deserves to be in our list of Top 25 Best Rappers of All Time. With his influential tracks, he has motivated and rejuvenated the life of many youngsters. He started gaining recognition with his first retail release, ‘Overly Dedicated, in 2010.

  22. KRS-One

    KRS-One was not only a magnificent rapper but also a genius. When most rappers were creating songs based on drugs or violence, he opted to produce songs with some meaningful lyrics. This New York-based rapper was able to prosper in his career in 1987 by releasing the album Criminal Minded alongside DJ Scott La Rock and D-Nice.

  23. Andre 3000

    Andre 3000, also known by his other stage name 3k, is very popular. He is a member of the Outkast duo featuring the Big Boi (Dirty South Rapper). This 50-year-old man has showcased his uniqueness by giving his legendary songs to the world. Nowadays, he pops up frequently by delivering his work in movies or singles.

  24. Eazy-E

    Eazy E has been credited for diversifying the visual and lyrical content in mainstream music charts. He gained prominence when he co-founded Ruthless Records and started the group N.W.A in 1986.

  25. Big Pun

    Big Pun started appearing in underground hip hop at the beginning of the 1990s. He got a huge success in his career when Fat Joe featured Big Pun in his album ‘Jealous One’s Envy’ in 1995. Later, in 1998, he released an album ‘Capital Punishment’ which was a massive hit, and for which he appeared in the top5 in Billboard 200. One of his best and all-time favourite tracks is ‘Off the Books’.

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