When the Rap music first came in the international scene, who knew the genre will one day become a million dollar industry. Though the history of rap music is one of the most debatable, some tracing it back to several centuries in Africa, while some believe it to be a recent genre which came in the scene during the 1970s. But here we have no intention to add another theory to the history. Let us rather focus on the Top 10 Rappers of All Time who have contributed to the genre and are still adding to the popularity of the rap music.
Top Ten Best Rappers of all Time
Keep reading to find out which of your favourite artists have made it to the list of Top Ten Rappers of All Time.
A regular on the list of 10 Best Rappers of All Time, Tupac or 2pac is one such artist who has a great impact on the people even after he is gone for decades. Known for highlighting the issues of people in the streets, his songs ‘Brenda’s Got a Baby’ and ‘Dear Mama’ are heart melting. One of the top rappers of all time, Tupac Amaru Shakur, is also recognized for his raw, original and persuasive lyrics.
Born as Christopher George Latore Wallace, Notorious B.I.G. is ranked second on our record of Top 10 Rappers of All Times. Often called the Big Poppa, he is credited with works like ‘Things Done Changed’ and ‘Gimme The Loot’. Considered amongst the top ten best rappers of all times, he is known for his lyrical ability, stylistic flow and smoothness. The top rapper is acknowledged for making the plump look cool.
Jay-Z aka Shawn Corey Carter, is all that you ask for in a rapper. Credited with smooth flow, calmness and tremendous control, he well deserves to be placed amongst the Top Ten Rappers of All Times. The top rapper has received Grammy for his album ‘Hard Knock Life’ in the Best Rap Album category and has several accolades to his credit. His other notable works are ‘Reasonable Doubt’, ‘The Blue Print’ and ‘Watch the Throne’.
Known for his composite wordplay, immaculate delivery and raw lyricism, it should not be surprising for anyone that he has made it to the list of the Best Rappers of All Time. Credited with 10 number one albums on the Billboard 200, he is often referred to as the king of hip hop. The artist has won 13 Grammys in his career spanning barely 2 decades, bringing him in the league of the top 10 rappers in the world.
Nas aka Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, has made it to the Record of Best Rappers of All Time for his impeccable success and talent. Accredited with 8 platinum albums and sales over 13 million in the United States alone, he is an undeniable choice for the list of the best rappers of all time. Born to the jazz artist Olu Dara,he is known for his albums like the ‘Illmatic’, ‘It Was Written’ and his fued with Jay-Z!
William Michael Griffin Jr. or popularly known as Rakim is another artist who has made it to our list of Top 10 Rappers of all Time. Born on 28 January, 1968 in New York, he started his career after high school. His association with the Nation of Islam and The Nation of Gods and Earths (aka five Percent Nation) got him the name Rakim Allah. One of the best rappers of all time, he is best known for his album ‘Paid in full’.
Known for his brutal honesty and political lyrics, O’Shea Jackson aka Ice Cube is another well- known name on our list of the Best Rappers of All Time. Cube started his career as an affiliate of the hip- hop band C.I.A. and later went on to join N.W.A. and from December, 1989, he furthered his career as a solo artist. Very few know that the top rapper is also a screenwriter, actor, record producer, director and film producer.
Born as Brad Terrence Jordan, the Afro- American rapper got his name from the movie Scarface released in 1983. The top rapper started his career as a solo artist under the name Akshun, with a local Houstan label. But after the release of his 12th single number, ‘Scarface’ he went on to be a part of the group Geto Boys. One of the best rappers of all time, his great works includes ‘Grip It! On That Other Level’ along with few more.
Snoop Dogg or Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. recently changed his name to Snoop Lion. The top rapper started his career in 1992 alongside Dr. Dre. Counted amongst the 10 Best Rappers of All Time, Snoop is credited with many chart topping numbers and has sold over 30 million albums till date. The rapper is known for his smooth and laid back style, melodic rhyming and simplicity of lyrics.
One of the Top 10 Best Rappers of all Time, Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., better recognized by his stage name Lil Wayne, started his musical career at the age of nine with the label Cash Money Records. Lil Wayne made it big with his first studio album, The Block Is Hot (1999), which got the platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His fame reached heights with his 2004 album, the Carter. Ranked among the best rappers of all time, Wayne has surpassed Elvis Presley’s record of the male with the highest number of singles on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2012.