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We have a lot of fun putting together rap lists. Like when we ranked our top 50 greatest rappers of all time. Or when we wrote about the 30 best rappers of the 2010s.

Then there was that time we listed the 15 greatest guest rappers of all time. We also spend a lot of time each year putting together the top five best rappers alive. In 2021, it was Nas, Tyler, the Creator, Lil Wayne, Rome Streetz and Freddie Gibbs.

The point is, it’s fun putting together these lists, but it can also be quite tiring when we’re trying to be as objective as possible. After all, when you’re writing these “greatest of all time” rankings, you need to weigh up everything and try (your best) to put aside personal feelings.

So, having said all that, here’s a list of our top 30 favourite rappers of all time. Now, before you go wild in the comments section, let me repeat, this is our top 30 favourite rappers of all time. Enjoy!

30. Drake

Favourite project: If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Favourite song: “Tuscan Leather”

Favourite feature appearance: Lil Wayne ft. Drake – “Believe Me”

29. Royce da 5’9”

Favourite project: The Bar Exam

Favourite song: “Boom”

Favourite feature appearance: Elzhi ft. Royce Da 5’9″ – “Motown 25”

28. Method Man

Favourite project: Tical

Favourite song: “Bring the Pain”

Favourite feature appearance: GZA ft. Method Man – “Shadowboxin’”

27. KRS-One

Favourite project: Return of the Boom Bap

Favourite song: “Mad Crew”

Favourite feature appearance: Sway & King Tech feat. RZA, Tech N9ne, Eminem, Pharoahe Monch, Xzibit, Kool G Rap, Jayo Felony, Chino XL, KRS-One – “The Anthem”

26. Common

Favourite project: The Dreamer/The Believer

Favourite song: “Love Is…”

Favourite feature appearance: The Roots – “Act Too (The Love of My Life)”

25. Blu

Favourite project: Below the Heavens

Favourite song: “On The Radio”

Favourite feature appearance: Roc Marciano – “Cut the Check”

24. Inspectah Deck

Favourite project: Czarface

Favourite song: “The Champion”

Favourite feature appearance: Raekwon ft. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah & GZA – “Guillotine (Swordz)”

23. Kool G Rap

Favourite project: Live and Let Die

Favourite song: “Fast Life”

Favourite feature appearance: Mobb Deep ft. Kool G Rap – “The Realest”

22. A$AP Rocky

Favourite project: At. Long. Last. ASAP

Favourite song: “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2 (LPFJ2)”

Favourite feature appearance: A$AP Ferg – “Shabba”

21. Eminem

Favourite project: The Marshall Mathers LP

Favourite song: “I’m Back”

Favourite feature appearance: 50 Cent ft. Eminem – “Patiently Waiting”

20. Curren$y

Favourite project: Fetti

Favourite song: “Chandelier”

Favourite feature appearance: Gunplay ft. Stalley & Currensy – “Chain Smokin’”

19. Kanye West

Favourite project: Yeezus

Favourite song: “So Appalled”

Favourite feature appearance: Clipse ft. Kanye West – “Kinda Like a Big Deal”

18. Slick Rick

Favourite project: The Great Adventures of Slick Rick

Favourite song: “The Ruler’s Back”

Favourite feature appearance: OutKast ft. Slick Rick – “Da Art of Storytellin’ (Pt. 1)”

17. Prodigy

Favourite project: Hell on Earth

Favourite song: “Trife Life”

Favourite feature appearance: LL Cool J ft. Keith Murray, Prodigy, Fat Joe & Foxy Brown – “I Shot Ya (Remix)”

16. Young Thug

Favourite project: Rich Gang: Tha Tour Pt. 1

Favourite song: “Raw (Might Just)”

Favourite feature appearance: Travis Scott ft. Young Thug – “Skyfall”

15. Ice Cube

Favourite project: AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted

Favourite song: “Wicked”

Favourite feature appearance: Public Enemy ft. Ice Cube & Big Daddy Kane – “Burn Hollywood Burn”

14. Ghostface Killah

Favourite project: Supreme Clientele

Favourite song: “Mighty Healthy”

Favourite feature appearance: Raekwon ft. Ghostface Killah – “Criminology”

13. 50 Cent

Favourite project: Guess Who’s Back?

Favourite song: “U Not Like Me”

Favourite feature appearance: The Game ft. 50 Cent – “How We Do”

12. Kendrick Lamar

Favourite project: DAMN.

Favourite song: “Element”

Favourite feature appearance: Pusha T ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Nosetalgia”

11. Freddie Gibbs

Favourite project: Alfredo

Favourite song: “1985”

Favourite feature appearance: Westside Gunn ft. Freddie Gibbs & Roc Marciano – “$500 Ounces”

10. Benny the Butcher

Favourite project: Tana Talk 3

Favourite song: “Rubber Bands & Weight”

Favourite feature appearance: Westside Gunn ft. Benny the Butcher & Jadakiss – “Gods Don’t Bleed”

9. Westside Gunn

Favourite project: Supreme Blientele

Favourite song: “Sensational Sherri”

Favourite feature appearance: Conway the Machine ft. Benny the Butcher & Westside Gunn – “Spurs 3”

8. Raekwon

Favourite project: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…

Favourite song: “Incarcerated Scarfaces”

Favourite feature appearance: “Skew It on the Bar-B”

7. The Notorious B.I.G.

Favourite project: Life After Death

Favourite song: “Warning”

Favourite feature appearance: Puff Daddy ft. Jay-Z & The Notorious B.I.G. – “Young G’s”

6. Jay-Z

Favourite project: The Blueprint

Favourite song: “A Million And One Questions / Rhyme No More”

Favourite feature appearance: Kanye West ft. Jay-Z & J. Ivy – “Never Let Me Down”

5. Andre 3000

Favourite project: Aquemini

Favourite song: “SpottieOttieDopaliscious”

Favourite feature appearance: Frank Ocean ft. Andre 3000 – “Solo (Reprise)”

4. Future

Favourite project: Monster

Favourite song: “Hardly”

Favourite feature appearance: Travis Scott ft. Future & 2 Chainz – “3500”

3. 2Pac

Favourite project: The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

Favourite song: “To Live & Die in L.A.”

Favourite feature appearance: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony ft. 2Pac – “Thug Luv”

2. Nas

Favourite project: Life Is Good

Favourite song: “The Message”

Favourite feature appearance: Mobb Deep ft. Nas & Raekwon – “Eye for a Eye (Your Beef Is Mines)”

1. Pusha T

Favourite project: Daytona

Favourite song: “Numbers on the Boards”

Favourite feature appearance: Benny the Butcher ft. Pusha T – “18 Wheeler”

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