The greatest rap artists of all time are still surprisingly young, which makes sense given how young the genre is itself. These artists changed the music world forever with their rhymes and beats and made the world take notice of the rising art form of hip-hop. Here MusicSnake Magazine put together a list recognizing the top 10 greatest rap artists of all time.

The Notorious B.I.G.

Biggie is one of the greatest rappers of all time. He was able to make hit after hit early on in his short-lived career, plus he never dropped a bad song or verse. Biggie Smalls was always on point. His songs will forever be played and most fans know every single word about this young rapper’s struggles as a Brooklyn youth.

Dr. Dre

If you haven’t seen Straight Outta Compton then you need to. This movie goes on to show the genius that is Dr. Dre when it comes to rap and creating beats that fans and artists fall in love with. His talent is unparalleled when it comes to laying down a beat you won’t want to stop hearing and he helped mentor some other rappers on this list to get them where they are now musically.

Jay Z

Jay Z has been making hits since the 1990’s and developing his talents ever since. You can’t deny that he is and always will be one of the greatest rap artists in the game.

Snoop Dogg

What list of ultimate rap artists is complete without the d-o-double g? Snoop, along with the help of his mentor Dr. Dre, helped personify what California rap style is and his voice is still unlike anything else out there.

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick may be young and new to the rapping scene, but you can’t deny Kendrick’s talent when it comes to writing, rapping, and performing. The boy has got creativity and a unique spin in the rapping game thanks to his rhythms, ad-libs, and various personality voices. Here’s looking forward to what else this young rapper has in store for us.


Not Lil Nas X whose Old Town Road is hitting Billboard top charts. I’m talking about real Nas. He defeated Jay Z in a rap war. What other proof do you need for him to make this list? Besides his vast array of impressive work, hits, and albums that never stop coming.

Kanye West

If you forget about his Twitter rants, his fashion line, and his insane interviews, Kanye West was once best known for his rapping. This Chi-town native broke onto the rap scene years ago and is still making hits that top the charts. His ability to constantly push himself and create new art in the rap world is impressive.

Ghostface Killah

This list wouldn’t be complete without at least one member from Wu-Tang Clan, and for this list, that member is Ghostface Killah. His rhymes are untouchable and clearly the product of natural talent. Ghostface was born to be the ultimate rap artist.


The only white boy to make the list, Eminem fought hard to make his way to the top of the rap world. With various personalities, an unbelievable flow, and some of the greatest and most technically impressive songs and verses, it’s easy to see why Eminem makes it into the top rap artists of all time lists.


Gone too soon, this rapper was a chameleon unlike any other rapper in the list. He bounced back and forth between calling for outright violence and slews of misogynistic lyrics to crooning love poetry, an ode to his mother, and a voice for peace and equality. If only we had more time to hear everything this poet had to say.

There you have it. The top ten rap artists of all time. I hope your favorite rapper made the list, but if not maybe it’s time to check out what these greats have to offer.

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