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This list of rappers considered the best is a compilation of lists from a variety of sources.

SummaryEdit

No. Rapper About.com HipHop365 The Source Avg.
1. Rakim 1 3 1 2
1. Nas 4 1 2 2
3. The Notorious B.I.G. 5 5 3 4
4. 2Pac 7 2 5 5
4. Jay-Z 6 4 4 5
6. Big Daddy Kane 3 9 8 6
7. KRS-One 2 17 7 8
8. Eminem 13 8 6 9
9. Ice Cube 11 6 14 10
9. Melle Mel - - 10 10
11. Scarface 10 7 16 11
12. Kool G Rap 8 11 18 12
13. Slick Rick 12 13 15 13
14. André 3000 16 14 13 14
14. LL Cool J 15 16 11 14
16. Chuck D 9 24 12 15
17. Big Pun 25 10 19 18
17. Common 19 12 22 18
17. Lauryn Hill 18 26 9 18
20. Redman 14 21 21 19
21. Mos Def 24 20 23 22
22. Kanye West - 15 31 23
23. Pharoahe Monch 21 - 27 24
24. Black Thought 20 25 34 26
24. GZA 17 30 32 26
24. Talib Kweli 29 22 28 26
24. Raekwon 34 18 - 26
24. MC Lyte 26 - - 26
29. AZ 27 28 - 27
30. Masta Ace 22 35 - 28
31. Too Short - 29 - 29
32. Big L 23 45 26 31
32. Method Man 38 23 33 31
32. Kool Moe Dee 31 - - 31
35. Snoop Dogg 41 27 29 32
35. Queen Latifah 39 - 25 32
35. Kurupt - 32 - 32
38. Ghostface Killah 28 39 - 33
38. The D.O.C. - 49 17 33
40. Spice 1 - 34 - 34
41. DMX 42 19 43 35
41. Q-Tip 37 48 20 35
43. Canibus 32 31 44 36
43. Jadakiss 40 43 24 36
43. Lil Wayne - 36 36 36
43. Posdnuos 35 - 38 36
47. Busta Rhymes 36 38 37 37
47. Ras Kass 30 44 - 37
47. DJ Quik - 37 - 37
50. Guru 44 42 30 39
51. Prodigy 47 33 39 40
51. Royce da 5'9" 33 - 48 40
51. T.I. - - 40 40
54. Bun B 49 40 35 41
54. Fabolous - - 41 41
54. Ice-T - 41 - 41
57. Ludacris - - 42 42
58. Beanie Sigel 43 - - 43
59. Biz Markie 45 - - 45
59. Lil Kim - - 45 45
61. Chino XL 46 - - 46
61. E-40 - 46 - 46
61. Rick Ross - - 46 46
64. Immortal Technique - 47 - 47
64. Styles P - - 47 47
66. Gift of Gab 48 - - 48
67. Lupe Fiasco - - 49 49
68. 50 Cent - - 50 50
68. Del the Funky Homosapien 50 - - 50
68. Twista - 50 - 50

About.com - 50 Greatest MCs of Our Time (1987 - 2007)Edit

List written by Henry Adaso.[1]

No. Rapper
1. Rakim
2. KRS-One
3. Big Daddy Kane
4. Nas
5. The Notorious B.I.G.
6. Jay-Z
7. 2Pac
8. Kool G Rap
9. Chuck D
10. Scarface
11. Ice Cube
12. Slick Rick
13. Eminem
14. Redman
15. LL Cool J
16. André 3000
17. GZA
18. Lauryn Hill
19. Common
20. Black Thought
21. Pharoahe Monch
22. Masta Ace
23. Big L
24. Mos Def
25. Big Pun
26. MC Lyte
27. AZ
28. Ghostface Killah
29. Talib Kweli
30. Ras Kass
31. Kool Moe Dee
32. Canibus
33. Royce da 5'9"
34. Raekwon
35. Posdnuos
36. Busta Rhymes
37. Q-Tip
38. Method Man
39. Queen Latifah
40. Jadakiss
41. Snoop Dogg
42. DMX
43. Beanie Sigel
44. Guru
45. Biz Markie
46. Chino XL
47. Prodigy
48. Gift of Gab
49. Bun B
50. Del the Funky Homosapien

HipHop365 - The 50 Greatest Rappers of All TimeEdit

Original article unavailable, archived via Ranker.[2]

No. Rapper
1. Nas
2. 2Pac
3. Rakim
4. Jay-Z
5. The Notorious B.I.G.
6. Ice Cube
7. Scarface
8. Eminem
9. Big Daddy Kane
10. Big Pun
11. Kool G Rap
12. Common
13. Slick Rick
14. André 3000
15. Kanye West
16. LL Cool J
17. KRS-One
18. Raekwon
19. DMX
20. Mos Def
21. Redman
22. Talib Kweli
23. Method Man
24. Chuck D
25. Black Thought
26. Lauryn Hill
27. Snoop Dogg
28. AZ
29. Too Short
30. GZA
31. Canibus
32. Kurupt
33. Prodigy
34. Spice 1
35. Masta Ace
36. Lil Wayne
37. DJ Quik
38. Busta Rhymes
39. Ghostface Killah
40. Bun B
41. Ice-T
42. Guru
43. Jadakiss
44. Ras Kass
45. Big L
46. E-40
47. Immortal Technique
48. Q-Tip
49. The D.O.C.
50. Twista

The Source - Top 50 LyricistsEdit

Published in The Source magazine, list via ThisIs50.[3]

No. Rapper
1. Rakim
2. Nas
3. The Notorious B.I.G.
4. Jay-Z
5. 2Pac
6. Eminem
7. KRS-One
8. Big Daddy Kane
9. Lauryn Hill
10. Melle Mel
11. LL Cool J
12. Chuck D
13. André 3000
14. Ice Cube
15. Slick Rick
16. Scarface
17. The D.O.C.
18. Kool G Rap
19. Big Pun
20. Q-Tip
21. Redman
22. Common
23. Mos Def
24. Jadakiss
25. Queen Latifah
26. Big L
27. Pharoahe Monch
28. Talib Kweli
29. Snoop Dogg
30. Guru
31. Kanye West
32. GZA
33. Method Man
34. Black Thought
35. Bun B
36. Lil Wayne
37. Busta Rhymes
38. Posdnuos
39. Prodigy
40. T.I.
41. Fabolous
42. Ludacris
43. DMX
44. Canibus
45. Lil Kim
46. Rick Ross
47. Styles P
48. Royce da 5'9"
49. Lupe Fiasco
50. 50 Cent

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