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Top 10 Greatest Rappers of All Time

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Top 10 Greatest Rappers of All Time: Often times, the question of who is the greatest rapper of all time is has always been the center of arguments among fans of rap music. Well, if you are a fan of rap music or one of the great rappers in the history of hip hop, keep reading as we bring to yop the top 10 greatest rappers of all time.

Top 10 Greatest Rappers of All Time

10. Lil Wayne

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Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.  known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record executive, and entrepreneur. He is regarded by many contemporaries as one of the most influential hip hop artists of his generation, and often cited as one of the greatest rappers of all time.

 His career began in 1995, at the age of 12, when he was signed by rapper Birdman, joining Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label.  For many years, Lil Wayne was the flagship artist of Cash Money Records, before ending his association with the company in June 2018.

Lil Wayne’s commercial success speaks for itself — just ask Elvis, whom Weezy surpassed three years ago as the artist with the most Billboard Hot 100 hits of all time. 

9 Kendrick Lamar

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – AUGUST 08: Kendrick Lamar performs on stage on day 1 of Sziget Festival 2018 on August 8, 2018 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/Getty Images)

Kendrick Lamar Duckworth is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. Since his mainstream debut in 2012 with Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, Lamar has been regarded as one of the most influential rappers of his generation.

 Aside from his solo career, he is also known as a member of the hip hop supergroup Black Hippy alongside his Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) label-mates Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and Schoolboy Q.

Kendrick Lamar is one of the greatest rappers of all time.

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8 Ghostface Killah

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Dennis Coles better known by his stage name Ghostface Killah, is an American rapper, songwriter and actor and lead member of the hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan.

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 After the group achieved breakthrough success in the aftermath of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the members went on to pursue solo careers to varying levels of success.

Ghostface Killah debuted his solo career with Ironman, which was well received by music critics, in 1996. He has enjoyed continued success in the years that have followed, releasing critically acclaimed albums such as Supreme Clientele (2000) and Fishscale (2006).

It was on his solo records where he was at his most comfortable, playing with rhyme schemes like a pro to craft some of the past two decades’ best rap releases.

Ghostface Killah is among the top 10 greatest rappers of all time list.

7 Lauryn Hill

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Lauryn Noelle Hill is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer. She is often regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time, as well as being one of the most influential singers of her generation.

Hill is credited for breaking barriers for female rappers, popularizing melodic rapping and for bringing hip hop and neo soul to popular music.

She is known for being a member of Fugees and her solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which became one of the best-selling albums of all-time. Hill has won many awards, including eight Grammy Awards, the most for a female rapper.

6 Andre 3000

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André Lauren Benjamin better known as André 3000, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. He is best known for being a part of southern hip hop duo Outkast alongside fellow rapper Big Boi. Many publications have listed André 3000 as one of the top 10 rappers of all time.

5 Nas

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Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper, songwriter, and entrepreneur. Rooted in the New York rap scene, he is regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time. Nas has released twelve studio albums since 1994, seven of which are certified platinum and multi-platinum in the U.S.

Nas is among the top 10 greatest rappers of all time

4 Rakim

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William Michael Griffin Jr.  better known by his stage name Rakim, is an American rapper and record producer. 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

3 Eminem

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Shock rap usually stays relegated to the underground, where rappers like Ill Bill and Necro have flourished. But Eminem is one of the few who broke through to the mainstream, thanks to censor-stoking rhymes about rape, murder and drug abuse delivered in a tongue-twisting, thought-provoking way. It could all be considered attention-grabbing for the sake of maintaining a fruitful career — if it weren’t so technically impressive.

2. Jay Z

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Shawn Corey Carter, known professionally as Jay-Z  is an American rapper, songwriter, record executive, businessman, and media propri one of the most influential hip-hop artists in history, and is one of the greatest rappers of all time.

He’s developed a remarkable discography with rhymes that continuously wow, delivering several classics along the way.

Notorious B.I.G.

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Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), better known by his stage namesthe Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, or simply Biggie, was an American rapper and songwriter. Rooted in the New York rap scene and gangsta rap traditions, he is the greatest rapper of all time. 

Wallace became known for his distinctive laidback lyrical delivery, offsetting the lyrics’ often grim content. His music was often semi-autobiographical, telling of hardship and criminality, but also of debauchery and celebration

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Ranking for writing Top 10 Greatest Rappers of all time was sourced from Billboard

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