When it comes to hip-hop, these MCs are at the top of their class. In the article below, we’ll be counting down our picks for the best rappers in the world. Be informed that the list is just a collection of some of the Best rappers and is in no particular order.
Christopher Lee Rios aka Big Pun
Larger than life persona – check; razor-sharp lyrics and slick flow – check; first Latin to come home with a Platinum plaque – check. Christopher Lee Rios paved the way for Latin rappers with the massive club anthem – “Still not a player”. With two platinum albums, there’s no telling how our Big Pun would have taken the rap game, had he not succumbed to a heart attack at age 28.
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Marshall Bruce Mathers III aka Eminem
Who can forget the first time they heard the words “I’m the Slim Shady”. Marshall Bruce Mathers the IIIrd forever changed our ideas about rappers’ look and lyrical content. No subject, not even his personal life was too taboo for Eminem. With over 90 million albums sold, it is no wonder he has often deemed the greatest artist ever.
James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J
It seems everyone, not just the ladies, loves Cool James. He began his multi-faceted career as a teenager and his musical evolution can be seen in his like “Mama said knock-you-out” and “Hey Lover”. Thanks to a successful acting career and multiple awards, LL Cool J has proven his longevity, and why he’s still the Goat.
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Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn aka Common
Common is the name, and rapping hip-hop is his game. On “I used to love her” and “Love of my life”, it’s clear that Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn or Common as he’s known as is unable to hide his love for hip-hop, and his fans love him all the more for it. Rapping with eloquence and dignity that many of today’s artists lack, Common is true wordsmith who can flow with the best of them.
Curtis James Jackson III aka 50 Cent
Thanks to “Get rich or die trying”, 50 Cent had one of the biggest debut albums in rap history. Now, the record is often used as the standard by which new artists measure themselves, though few have even come close. As a solo artist, 50 Cent made hip-hop interesting again and demonstrated his willingness to take upon any opponent or challenge.
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Tupac Amaru Shakur aka Tupac
Despite being one-half of the infamous 90s east-coast west-coast feud, Tupac Shakur established himself as an insightful and poetic artist who could still maintain a party-rocking-gangster mentality. Though this star quickly rose, his light went dim too soon. The thug-life rapper’s career came to a screeching halt when the rapper was shot dead in 1996. Fortunately, Tupac left a legacy of socio-politically-charged music that would forever alter the sound of hip-hop.
Christopher George Latore Wallace aka The Notorious Big
All the teachers who told Christopher Wallace that he’d never amount to anything were certainly wrong about him. With his unique voice and delivery, Biggy was destined for greatness. Soon enough, this hip-hop star put the east coast on the map. Unfortunately, his participation in the east-coast west-coast hip-hop rivalry led the B.I.G. to pay the ultimate price in 1997.
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Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones aka Nas
Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones came from the US’ largest housing project and rose to hip-hop royalty with his debut “Illmatic”. Since then, Nas has given us hit after hit and has been awarded the Source magazine’s “five mic rating” twice, and has taken on one of rap’s biggest stars Jay-Z in a high profile feud. Thanks to his unmatchable rapping skills, Nas has truly shown us why he’s the don.
William Michael Griffin Jr. aka Rakim
After beginning his career in the early 80s with DJ Eric B, Rakim gave birth to a lyrical style that was all his own, by approaching the mic with a laid back delivery. Thanks to his critically praised flow and lyrics, he has been consistently ranked among the best MCs in the game. Some have even called him the greatest MC in history.
Shawn Corey Carter aka Jay-Z
Since the late 90s, Shaun Carter has been a fixture of the rap game; “Reasonable Doubt” and “The Blueprint” have been hailed as the classics of the genre. His lines and songs have been studied by hip-hop heads worldwide. With his “Empire State of Mind”, Jay-Z has sold millions of records, popped multiple charts and won many Grammys. In addition, he has established himself as one of the most successful businessmen America has ever seen.
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