Rapping as a form of existed a long time ago, but it has started to be acknowledged, in the past few years. Over the years, various rappers have come and gone but, today we will talk about the ones that are legends when it comes to rapping. So here the top 10 rappers of all time!
If you are talking about rapping, it will be a sin not to mention Eminem. This guy has evolved, in the most beautiful ways over the past years, and has mastered the art of rapping. His songs are always to the next level, whether it is regarding complexity, vocabulary, rhyming phrases, and much more. His freestyle skills are also incredible, some of his best works include Rap God, Same Song & Dance, The Ringer, and Don’t Front.
The rap god himself, Eminem, has titled 2pac as the greatest songwriter of all time. His real name is Tupac Amaru Shakur, and apart from raping, he is even a songwriter and an actor. The main reason why he considered to be one of the most influential rappers of all time is that most of his work has been noted for addressing contemporary social issues that plagued inner cities. His music has sold over 75 million records worldwide, his best work includes 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted, California Love, So Many Tears, and I Ain’t Mad at Cha.
3. Notorious B.I.G
The next one on the list is notorious B.I.G, he is given, the title of the most influential voice of the generation. His rivalry with 2pac remains to be a hot topic in the rap industry. He is very much rooted in the New York rap scene and gangsta rap traditions, what made him extremely popular is his distinctive laidback lyrical delivery, offsetting the lyrics’ often grim content and his own intimidating appearance. Most of his work revolves around telling of hardship and criminality, but also of debauchery, and celebration.
4. Kendrick Lamar
It is very hard, to believe that Kendrick Lamar entered the music industry in just 2011, in such a short amount of time, he is titled as a seminal voice in the rap world and has sold more than 17.8 million albums. Well, it doesn’t stop just here he has also received 29 Grammy nominations, 12 Grammy wins, and created history with his 2017 album, DAMN which, won the Pulitzer Prize for music. His best works include alright, humble, loyalty, backseat freestyle, and DNA.
5. Jay Z
You shouldn’t even be, surprised seeing the name of Jay-z on this list, he is literally known to be the best in the business. He surely is a multi-talented person since he is a rapper, songwriter, record producer, and businessman. To date, he has sold over 50 million albums and 75 million singles sold worldwide, won a total of 22 Grammy Awards which, is the most by any rapper. Jay-z is, without a doubt, the master of flow because of the amazing control of his flow.
6. Royce da 5’9”
Royce da 5’9”, is a rapper and songwriter who is well known for his longtime association with Eminem as well as his solo career. He has been a well-known name in the industry, and his best ones include caterpillar, Boblo boat, cocaine, and psychopath killer. He has done various collaborations throughout his career with various artists such as Eminem and Dj primer.
7. Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne is considered to be one of the most influential hip-hop artists of his generation and a legendary name in the rapping industry. He started his career at a very young of 12, his first solo album was even certified, as Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). He has sold over 120 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling music artists. He has even broken the record of Elvis Parsley with the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100, with 109 songs.
J.Cole is a rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and record executive. He is known to be one of the most respected and influential rappers of his generation by having 5 of his album certified platinum, by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His best hits include workout, love yours, power tip, crooked smile, and lights, please.
Redman, also known as Reggie Noble, is an American rapper, DJ, record producer, and actor. He became extremely popular during the early 1990s, his debut album peaked at number forty-nine on the Billboard 200 and was even certified gold. What people cannot to with so many years of experience, he did it with just his debut album. He was additionally named as the Rap Artist of the Year, making his position on this list definitely worth it.
Nas is a renowned rapper from the west coast, he is known for his provocative and thought-provoking lyrics that gas has taken rap culture to a whole different level. He has made some record-breaking albums such as Illmatic, life is good, it was written, stillmatic, NASIR, and untitled.