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1. 2Pac (cliche, but true)
2. Aesop Rock
3. The Notorious B.I.G.
4. Eminem
5. Mos Def
6. Nas
7. Sonny Cheeba (of Camp Lo)
8. Copywrite
9. Kanye West
10. Tonedeff
11. DMX
12. Deacon the Villain (of the Cunninglynguists)
13. Jay-Z
14. 50 Cent

Dishonorable mentions:
Puff Daddy (he keeps making money off Biggie’s work)
Nelly (just sucks. Plain sucks.)
Cash Money Millionaires (I don’t have much cash or money, nor am I a millionaire, so I can’t relate.)
Benzino (haha)
Ja Rule (cliché, but true.)
Fabolous (he just spells his name in every song; and his name is spelled wrong)
Snoop Doggy Dogg (his early stuff was really good… but then it went all downhill)
Juvenile (boo!)
Jay-Z (he’s good and all, but he keeps biting off of Biggie, plus he took 2Pac’s song “Me and My Girlfriend”, even though 2Pac dissed him.)

(Basically any rapper who has no substance in his lyrics; if it’s all about ass-shaking and diamonds and crap most people can’t afford, then it sucks. He’s basically saying, “My life’s better than yours! Nyah!”)

Also: Dr. Dre isn’t really a rapper; he’s just a good producer.
2Pac is the best. Ja Rule sucks.
by g-franc July 02, 2004
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Here a Resonable list( no order)
Best Rappers:
-Imortal Technique (Best alive)
-Jeru The Damaja
-Jester Sham
-Big L
-Tupac Shakur
-Raekwon
-Gangstarr
-Jus Allah
-GZA
-Mr. Lif

Best Groups:
-Company Flow
-Wu Tang Clan
-Jedi Mind Tricks
-Outerspace
-Non Phixion
-Black Moon
-Dead prez

Worst Rappers:
50 Cent (2nd Worst)
Lil Flip
Chingy (Worst Alive)
Nelly
Kanye West
Young Buck
Lil Scrappy
Bone Crusher
All Southern-Commercial Rap

SELL-OUTS(use 2 be mad good but then gave it up 4 money):
Fat Joe
Jay-Z
Method Man
CamRon
Eminem
Game
Ma$e
Cassidy
"First Fat joe wanted to flow, Now he wants to leans back"
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Well, I'm not as qualified as many to write what I think should be a somewhat definitive list. I was only hardcore into rap from 1988 to 1994, so anybody whose work was totally or mostly after 1994, I leave off the list due to ignorance (people, I'm sure, like Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Common, Eminem, 50 cent, whomever...) Also, notice how it's "World's" Best Rappers List, and we're probably almost exclusively talking about American rappers.

I personally think that the greatest 3 rappers in terms of flow, technique, and skill, not taking into account people who never sold all that much (e.g. the great Grandaddy I.U.), from mid 80s to mid 90s would be, in no particular order:

Rakim
Big Daddy Kane
Nas

Additionally, in terms of overall skill and/or cultural/political significance, I would add the following, who began in the mid 80s and did most of their good stuff by the mid 90s, in no particular order:

LL Cool J
KRS-One
EPMD

Roxanne Shante' (only a select few songs were really good, but overall she is very significant)

Antoinette (possibly the closest thing, at least until the mid 90s, to a female Rakim or Kane)

Latifah
Lyte

(I mean, why ain't the females bein' represented?)

Nikki D (one of the best rap albums ever, totally overlooked, totally phat skillz)

Salt-N-Pepa (specifically Salt b/c of her phat skills and before anyone jumps on me, listen to "Swift" from Black's magic, also to see how much better she was than Pepa, compare their various, respective "Solo Power" songs on the "Salt With A Deadly Pepa" album)

Public Enemy (specifically Chuck D)

King Sun
K-Solo
D.O.C.
Lakim Shabazz (possibly, don't remember him that well)

Cookie Crew
Monie Love
probably 2 or 3 NWA-associated people (Dre, Eazy, Cube)

Yo-Yo

Kool G. Rap (can't believe I went ths long w/o mentioning him)

Grandaddy I.U.
Snoop Dog (perhaps)

That's all I can think of now from mid 80s to mid 90s. Note that I did not cover early 80s b/c I don't know enough about it. I'm sure I'd say Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz, Africa Bambataa, Kurtis Blow...people like that.
by William Noel August 15, 2006
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#1 rapper ever - BIG L
hes too fucken sick. lyrically the best there ever was. r.i.p. big l

in no other order
biggie
talib kweli
mos def
pharoe monche
jay z (check out dj monster mouse's remix of the black alum called the grey album. its remixed with the beatles the white album and its fucken sick)
atmosphere
jadakiss
jurrasic 5
nas
roots
binary star
gangstarr
tupanc

50 cent and g - unit belong somwhere towards the very bottom of any bodys list that knows what skills are.
"get too close and gete shanked up/i knocked so many teethe out i made the toothe fairy bankrupt"
big l
by w0nt0n August 07, 2004
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10 Tupac
9 Eyedea
8 Nas
7 Mos Def
6 Talib Kweli
5 Tech N9ne
4 Crooked I
3 Chino XL
2 Royce Da 5'9"
1 Eminem
that list is from a mother fucker who actually knows what he's talkin' about not some wack ass pop rap wanna be mother fuckers gettin' crunk
by Enstynct April 05, 2004
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one person said this, theyre not only mcs theyre also pioneers
with that said
BEST(NO ORDER):
2Pac
N.W.A.(all of them members r tied but Eazy- E is deff the best)
50 Cent
Lloyd Bank$
Public Enemy(Flavor Flav and Chuck D)
Eminem
Ludacris
DMX
Big L
RUN DMC
Jay Z
Nas
T.I.

Worst:
Any member of Murder Inc, especially Ja Rule(pussy)
Cassidy(got merked by G-Unit now whos thug?)
no matter wut u say, 50 and G-Unit are at the top bitches
by person March 26, 2005
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In no muh'fuckin' order:

Immortal Technique
Chino XL
Talib Kweli
Big L
Tech N9ne
The old eminem
Binary star

Lil' Wayne's aights for a commercial southernor?
Listen to some of tihs tihs, chyo.

Dance wit teh devil, OMG!!1!
by sharpie April 08, 2005
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