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The Greatest Conscious Rappers of All Time

Conscious rap been a force since the ’80s, when real MCs started speaking truth over dope beats. It goes way beyond sick flows – these cats drop knowledge bombs, sparkin’ change in the streets and in your mind.

The legends who built this – Immortal Technique spittin’ that revolutionary fire; Brother Ali with soul and social awareness; Killer Mike droppin’ truth about politics; and Talib Kweli forever fightin’ for what’s right. Then you got heavyweights like Black Thought, droppin’ deep wisdom, and Mos Def, the real all-rounder. These are the OGs of conscious rap, their words changed the game and still ring true today.

A countdown of most popular Conscious Hip Hop artists in order of streams on Spotify as lead artist is as follows:

33
Hell Razah

Streams as a lead artist: 3.0M
Streams as a featured artist: 1,000K
Most streamed song of all time by Hell Razah: One Step with 644K streams

32
Ras Kass

Streams as a lead artist: 17.2M
Streams as a featured artist: 3.8M
Most streamed song of all time by Ras Kass: Lyrical Swords with 7.1M streams

31
Poor Righteous Teachers

Streams as a lead artist: 35.6M
Most streamed song of all time by Poor Righteous Teachers: Word Iz Life with 9.4M streams

30
ILL BILL

Streams as a lead artist: 49.8M
Streams as a featured artist: 27K
Most streamed song of all time by ILL BILL: My Uncle with 6.4M streams

29
ICE-T

Streams as a lead artist: 57.1M
Streams as a featured artist: 8.4M
Most streamed song of all time by ICE-T: Colors with 15.9M streams

28
Brand Nubian

Streams as a lead artist: 62.3M
Most streamed song of all time by Brand Nubian: Slow Down with 12.5M streams

27
Boogie Down Productions

Streams as a lead artist: 82.5M
Most streamed song of all time by Boogie Down Productions: 9mm Goes Bang with 11.4M streams

26
Queen Latifah

Streams as a lead artist: 125.6M
Streams as a featured artist: 4.3M
Most streamed song of all time by Queen Latifah: U.N.I.T.Y. with 38.2M streams

25
Digital Underground

Streams as a lead artist: 137.2M
Streams as a featured artist: 240.8M
Most streamed song of all time by Digital Underground: I Get Around with 239.9M streams

24
David Banner

Streams as a lead artist: 180.2M
Streams as a featured artist: 14.1M
Most streamed song of all time by David Banner: Get Like Me with 48.4M streams

23
Killer Mike

Streams as a lead artist: 217.6M
Streams as a featured artist: 1.26B
Most streamed song of all time by Killer Mike: Legend Has It with 98.8M streams

22
Immortal Technique

Streams as a lead artist: 316.5M
Streams as a featured artist: 6.3M
Most streamed song of all time by Immortal Technique: Dance With The Devil with 79.1M streams

21
Geto Boys

Streams as a lead artist: 322.7M
Most streamed song of all time by Geto Boys: Mind Playing Tricks on Me with 145.7M streams

20
Scarface

Streams as a lead artist: 435.9M
Streams as a featured artist: 95.2M
Most streamed song of all time by Scarface: Smile with 76.7M streams

19
Aesop Rock

Streams as a lead artist: 466.8M
Streams as a featured artist: 47.0M
Most streamed song of all time by Aesop Rock: Preservation with 45.8M streams

18
Public Enemy

Streams as a lead artist: 484.4M
Most streamed song of all time by Public Enemy: Harder Than You Think with 100.6M streams

17
Big K.R.I.T.

Streams as a lead artist: 513.1M
Streams as a featured artist: 193.0M
Most streamed song of all time by Big K.R.I.T.: 1Train with 130.3M streams

16
Mos Def

Streams as a lead artist: 602.0M
Streams as a featured artist: 181.0M
Most streamed song of all time by Mos Def: Ms. Fat Booty with 246.0M streams

15
Common

Streams as a lead artist: 664.5M
Streams as a featured artist: 485.5M
Most streamed song of all time by Common: Make Her Say with 97.5M streams

14
VIC MENSA

Streams as a lead artist: 681.9M
Streams as a featured artist: 200.6M
Most streamed song of all time by VIC MENSA: Cocoa Butter Kisses with 182.8M streams

13
The Roots

Streams as a lead artist: 853.3M
Streams as a featured artist: 146K
Most streamed song of all time by The Roots: You Got Me with 163.8M streams

12
Gang Starr

Streams as a lead artist: 951.0M
Most streamed song of all time by Gang Starr: Full Clip with 148.7M streams

11
Vince Staples

Streams as a lead artist: 1.63B
Streams as a featured artist: 319.5M
Most streamed song of all time by Vince Staples: Norf Norf with 204.0M streams

10
Jay Rock

Streams as a lead artist: 1.66B
Streams as a featured artist: 1.71B
Most streamed song of all time by Jay Rock: Money Trees with 1.51B streams

9
Lupe Fiasco

Streams as a lead artist: 1.74B
Streams as a featured artist: 383.5M
Most streamed song of all time by Lupe Fiasco: Battle Scars with 378.0M streams

8
Nipsey Hussle

Streams as a lead artist: 1.92B
Streams as a featured artist: 271.3M
Most streamed song of all time by Nipsey Hussle: Grinding All My Life with 197.0M streams

7
A Tribe Called Quest

Streams as a lead artist: 2.07B
Streams as a featured artist: 3.8M
Most streamed song of all time by A Tribe Called Quest: Can I Kick It? with 286.9M streams

6
Nas

Streams as a lead artist: 3.26B
Streams as a featured artist: 1.05B
Most streamed song of all time by Nas: Rodeo with 308.2M streams

5
Ice Cube

Streams as a lead artist: 3.59B
Streams as a featured artist: 90.2M
Most streamed song of all time by Ice Cube: It Was A Good Day with 1.15B streams

4
Chance the Rapper

Streams as a lead artist: 3.79B
Streams as a featured artist: 4.34B
Most streamed song of all time by Chance the Rapper: I'm the One with 1.26B streams

3
Logic

Streams as a lead artist: 9.51B
Streams as a featured artist: 1.21B
Most streamed song of all time by Logic: 1-800-273-8255 with 1.34B streams

2
J. Cole

Streams as a lead artist: 18.55B
Streams as a featured artist: 3.33B
Most streamed song of all time by J. Cole: No Role Modelz with 2.27B streams

1
Kendrick Lamar

Streams as a lead artist: 25.32B
Streams as a featured artist: 9.36B
Most streamed song of all time by Kendrick Lamar: HUMBLE. with 2.26B streams
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