Lists are popular among both fans and critics. Rankings like this, however, take on a new degree of significance in rap. Aside from entertaining a crowd, being a hip-hop artist involves demonstrating you’re the best. In no other genre do musicians so openly declare their ambition to outperform their peers? That’s why Dr. Dre and Kanye West, two great producer-rappers whose mic talents don’t equal those listed here, were left out. Even Tupac, possibly the most influential hip-hop artist of all time, is remembered for his incredible lyrics rather than his overwhelming bars.
Meanwhile, while rock and roll were formerly regarded as the genre of choice in the West, the ball is now in the courts of RAP, a.k.a. “Rhythm and Poetry.” The current music industry has a lot of talented hip-hop artists and I am sure people are going to see an increase in that number and the music industry is going to see a lot more talent in the coming future.
RAP currently commands the charts, top songs, and even TikTok users, which is why fantastic rappers are joining the scene on a daily basis.
So, here are some of the top hip hop artists of all the time.
A rapper’s death at a young age can often catapult him from modern-day fame to bona fide legend. However, Notorious B.I.G. achieved the latter distinction early in his career. His storytelling rhymes gleaned directly from his experiences on the Brooklyn streets appeared on 1994’s insta-classic Ready to Die, a wild mosaic of intensely visual rhymes delivered with the precision of a linguistic master.
He’d already established himself as the greatest rapper/hip hop artists of all time by the time of his group album with Junior M.A.F.I.A. was released the following year, and his ambitious sophomore double-disc album Life After Death was released just six days after his death in March 1997. Unlike everyone else on this list, Biggie never released a single terrible song or erroneous bar.
Jin is Chinese, was born in Miami, and now lives in New York. Jin’s Asian Connection is the strongest of all the MCs on this list. He’s released a slew of Asian and Chinese-themed songs, as well as several albums in Cantonese. He presently resides in Hong Kong.
Jin is the most well-known, written-about, admired, ridiculed, loved, and despised Asian-American hip hop artist of all time. It’s difficult to think he’s been on the scene since 2001. It seems like only yesterday that I was hurrying home from school on Fridays in order to watch the latest Freestyle Friday Battle. Most people had never seen an Asian rap before. We had the AZN PRYDE tunes from Napster, but Jin was the real deal.
That’s a lot of anniversaries. And perhaps it is only fitting that Jin earns the bulk of titles — both good and negative – in the Asian-American hip-hop community. Jin has great off-the-wall freestyle talent and is an excellent battler. His writing swings from average to quite good, but I’d say it’s generally better than most people give it credit for. The affection for Jin stems from happy memories: Freestyle Friday, the first Asian to be “put on,” being the true underdog who won a few huge battles.
The anger stemmed from squandered opportunities, the perception that Jin did not accurately represent Asians, that he was an overrated gimmick, and so on. You have an opinion about him, whether you like him or dislike him.
Jin, the first and only Asian-American rapper to break into the mainstream, revolutionised the game. For better or worse, he is the only Asian rapper that the ordinary rap fan can name.
Min Yoon-gi, born March 9, 1993, is a South Korean rapper, composer, and record producer better known by his stage names Suga and Agust D. Suga has utilised this stage name for producing in the past, and for the solo release of last year’s hard-hitting mixtape by the same name. It is a combination of his stage name and the initials of “Daegu Town,” Suga’s hometown in southwest Korea. He made his debut as a member of the South Korean pop idol group BTS in 2013, under the management of Belift Lab.
He released his solo mixtape AgustD in the year 2016. Suga’s attractive manner and lovely smile belie the inner agony the musician has suffered while pursuing a career as a K-pop rapper, as seen by the release of his Agust D mixtape last year. In “The Last,” Suga openly addressed the rigors of fame and his struggle with identity, and sardonically, fiercely spoke up about how he sought psychological help.
Suga makes history with his new smash, “Daechwita,” becoming the first South Korean musician to have a No. 1 hit on the Rap Digital Song Sales chart. In reality, just a few songs fronted by or featuring a country musician have made it onto the chart, and none have risen to the top spot until today.
He produced Suran’s “Wine,” or “If I Get Drunk Today,” which beat out some of Korea’s biggest acts and topped local music charts. These are just a few of the songs he has produced. He has produced about 130 songs for BTS and other artists.
Suga’s “First Love” was the piano, and his solo track on the group’s Wings album is a rap serenade to the instrument he grew up with, according to longtime ARMYs (BTS fanbase name). During this year’s Wings tour, he performed the song while playing the piano. He will be known as one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time.
Jay-Z’s nimble flow used to be a lot more casual, as seen by his 1996 debut Reasonable Doubt’s quick delivery. But, practically every year since, the Brooklyn rapper has improved his craft, sharpening his flows and expanding his wordplay with each album. Since then, he’s built an impressive career with rhymes that never fail to impress, delivering some classics along the way.
Shawn Corey Carter, better known as Jay-Z, was born in 1969 and is an American hip hop artist – rapper, composer, record executive, entrepreneur, and media mogul. He is widely considered as one of the most important hip-hop musicians of all time, as well as the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings.
Jay-Z began his musical career in the late 1980s in New York City; he co-founded the record company Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995 and released his debut studio album Reasonable Doubt in 1996. The album was launched to tremendous critical acclaim, cementing his place in the music industry. He went on to release twelve more albums, including the critically praised The Blueprint (2001), The Black Album (2003), American Gangster (2007), and 4:44. (2017). He has collaborated on the full-length albums Watch the Throne (2011) with Kanye West and Everything Is Love (2018) with his wife Beyoncé.
Both Royce da 5’9” Jay-Z and Onyx’s Fredro Starr discuss Jay-emphasis Z’s on flow in their books How to Rap—Starr describes Jay-Z as “a master of the flow—he can flow fast, he can flow slowly.” The book explains how Jay-Z uses rests to build a verse and ‘partial linking’ to add more rhymes to a verse. On his 12” single “Can’t Get With That,” Jay-early Z’s approach is described by Vibe as “a Das EFX-type, stiggity sound.” “, in reference to Das EFX’s quick beats and vocal delivery.
He is also known for writing verses in his head, as detailed by Pusha T of Clipse in How to Rap, a style popular with many MCs including The Notorious B.I.G., Everlast, Bobby Creekwater, and Guerilla Black. Jay-performance Z’s approach is described by Shock G of Digital Underground as “barely breaking a sweat, and instead uses smoothness and brilliant wordplay to keep the audience interested and delighted.” Jay-quick Z’s rapping technique, often known as the “triplet rhyme,” was established with former instructor Jaz-O during his early years of creating music.
Shock rap is typically confined to the underground, where rappers such as Ill Bill and Necro have thrived. Eminem, on the other hand, is one of the few who broke through to the public, thanks to censor-friendly rhymes about rape, murder, and drug abuse delivered in a tongue-twisting, thought-provoking manner. All of this could be regarded as attention-grabbing in order to sustain a profitable profession. If only it wasn’t so technically impressive.
Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known as Eminem, is a rapper, songwriter, and record producer from the United States. Eminem has sold more than 220 million records worldwide. That is why is known as one of the best worldwide selling musicians. He is widely regarded as one of the best rappers of all time and is credited with popularising hip hop in middle America.
Eminem’s worldwide fame and critically acclaimed work are largely viewed as breaking down racial barriers for the acceptability of white rappers in popular music. While much of his contentious work in the late 1990s and early 2000s made him highly unpopular, he came to represent widespread angst of the American underclass and has been regarded as an influence for many musicians of all genres.
He has 10 Billboard 200 number-one albums to his credit: seven solo, two with D12, and one with Bad Meets Evil. According to Nielsen SoundScan, he was the best-selling music artist in the United States from 2000 through 2009. In the 2010s, he was also the best-selling male music artist in the United States. He has sold 47.4 million albums and 107.5 million singles in the country.
The RIAA has certified The Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show, “Lose Yourself”, “Love the Way You Lie” and “Not Afraid” as Diamond or higher. Eminem’s music videos have had over ten billion views on his YouTube Vevo channel, and in 2014, Spotify declared him the most-streamed music artist of all time.
Eminem has received 15 Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, and 17 Billboard Music Awards, with Billboard naming him “Artist of the Decade (2000–2009).” At that year’s MTV Europe Music Awards, he earned the Global Icon Award. His breakthrough in 8 Mile led to him winning the 2002 Academy Award for Best Original Song for his song “Lose Yourself,” which he co-wrote with Jeff Bass and Luis Resto, making him the first rapper to do so.
He also received MTV Movie & TV Awards for Best Actor in a Motion Picture and Best Breakthrough Performance, as well as the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Song for “Lose Yourself.”
Arivarasu Kalainesan, commonly known as Arivu, is from Arakkonam, a Tami Nadu hip hop artist. He is slowly emerging as a famous Indian hip hop artist. Born into a Dalit family with politically left-wing parents, the germ of resistance poetry was planted in him as a child. He began by writing poems, then moved on to writing music. Arivu claims to have no television at home and that his inspiration came from folk tunes he heard around him rather than cinema or hip-hop songs.
Arivu’s modest room on the fourth storey balcony of an apartment in Chennai’s outskirts is as vivacious as his music. Arivu shot his now-iconic rap song ‘Sanda seivom’ in this room, effortlessly ripping apart the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens.
Arivu is now a prominent writer and musician in Tamil film. He is now working on a number of high-profile commercial ventures, including Soorarai Potru, starring Surya, and Thuglak Darbar, starring Vijay Sethupathi, among others. Arivu argues that he wants his ascent to notoriety and popularity to be used to spark and mobilise debates on political issues such as caste, equality, and gender.
He’d never heard of or known any hip-hop artists. For him, Bob Marley and Michael Jackson were only names. However, his parents were involved in an organisation called Arivoli Iyakam, which utilised songs to educate people in the hamlet, and this helped him comprehend his society and the prevalence of caste inequities within it. It showed him the roads they were told they couldn’t walk on and the residences they couldn’t enter. He loved to read BR Ambedkar and other revolutionaries who brought about social transformation. All of this impacted his mind, and his worries were funnelled into poetry and, eventually, songs.
During his post-graduate studies (MBA), he met Pa. Ranjith, who cast Arivu in the 2018 film “Kaala.” He was a lyricist for the song “Urimayai Meetpom” in this film. The next year, he appeared in the film Vada Chennai as a singer and lyricist for the song “Maathiya Seraiyile.” He auditioned for a job in the popular band “Casteless Collective” and was chosen for it. Under this banner, he gave several hit songs. Aside from the band, he has produced numerous single albums for Tamil films. His indie music video “Therukural” became a smash hit. Along with this, he produced “Monkeys with 5G” and “Enjoy Enjaami” on his own.
He rose to prominence after the release of Enjoy Enjaami, which was uploaded on AR Rahman’s Maajja YouTube channel and directed by famed music director Santhosh Narayanan. This song has grown extremely popular all around the world. Arivu collaborated with OfRo (music producer) as a writer for his new albums.
Joey Boy (โจอี้ บอย ) or Apisit Opasaimlikit, born 1975, is a Thai hip hop singer and producer recognized as The Godfather of Thai Hip Hop.
Joey Boy, who was born into a Thai-Chinese household, began listening to hip hop and skateboarding when he was 14 years old. He was signed to Bakery Music in 1994. He graduated from Wat Racha Thiwat’s high school.
Joey Boy began collaborating with multi-platinum Canadian reggae musician Snow in 1995. Joey Boy flew to Toronto in 1995 to record “Fun, Fun, Fun” with Snow, which went on to become one of Thailand’s best-selling singles. Snow and Joey Boy were filmed travelling Toronto in the video for “Fun, Fun, Fun.” Joey Boy performed on Snow’s track “Me and Joey” in 1997.
He has his recording club and produces for other artists. Joey Boy’s song “LA to BKK” was co-produced by i.am of The Black Eyed Peas. Joey Boy was the opening act for the Black Eyed Peas when they visited Thailand in 2004 and was invited onstage by Will. i.am performed during the Black Eyed Peas concert. He also opened for the Black Eyed Peas in Bangkok in 2006, and he has continued to work with the band on his albums since then.
In 2006, Joey Boy was one of the Thai pop music singers who performed in Ramakien: A Rak Opera, a rock-opera version of Thailand’s national epic, the Ramakien, at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts.
In December 2006, he made his feature film debut as the frontman of a 1970s Thai band modeled like The Impossibles who time travel to the present day in The Possible. Joey Boy played When in the 2012 Thai comic horror film Ghost Day.
He then released the hit tune “Teerak,” which featured Tinglish.
Mariana Mello is a bit of a mystery. Mariana Mello is a well-known Brazilian Pop Singer who was born on June 30, 1994. She is known for songs such as “Renato” and “Da Onde Eu Vim.” Her 2017 album Eu, Mariana is also well-known. She got viral in the Brazilian rap industry in 2016 with a thumping, violent boom-bap track, all while heavily pregnant in the accompanying music video. She had previously been known largely as a model and fashion icon with a sizable Instagram following. She just has the EP Mariana to her name, but fans have been waiting for every single one of her releases with bated breath.
Mello’s most recent track, “Rosa de Plástico,” dials back her fiery approach in favour of an auto tuned trap feel. Mello’s ability to craft a trap banger with an uplifting message invites comparison to M.I.A.’s production, message, and video.
Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, born September 14, 1973, is an American rapper, composer, and entrepreneur better known by his stage name Nas. He is known as one of the most influential rappers of all time.
Jones, the son of jazz musician Olu Dara, began his musical career in 1989 when he made recordings for Large Professor under the pseudonym “Nasty Nas.” Nas’s debut album, Illmatic (1994), gained widespread acclaim at its initial release and is widely regarded as one of the finest hip hop albums of all time.
Before Nas’ debut album, 1994’s legendary Illmatic, early anticipation dubbed him the second coming — of Rakim, not Jesus, but nevertheless. Illmatic is widely regarded as the best hip-hop album of all time, a faultless blend of vivid street poetry and dream-team production, while sets like Stillmatic and It Was Written are excellent in their own right 20 years later.
The album was entered into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2021. It Was Written (1996), Nas’ second album, arrived at the top of the Billboard 200 and charted for four weeks; the album, along with its hit “If I Ruled the World” (with Lauryn Hill), rocketed Nas to international prominence.
Nas’ albums I Am (1998) and Nastradamus (1999) was panned for being uneven and overly commercially oriented, and critics and fans worried that his production was deteriorating in quality. Even Nas’ B-sides compilation, The Lost Tapes, is superior to the majority of MCs’ LPs. Do you need any more confirmation that Nas belongs here? In the best rap fight of all time, he defeated none other than Jay Z, with possibly the most devastating diss track of all time, “Ether.”
Without a doubt, Sarkodie is the best rapper and beast in the rap game. The only rapper to have won BET in both his native tongue (Twi) and English. He is the record holder and rapper with the most honours, as well as the most YouTube views. He is deserving of the best.
Yes, he is the best rapper on the African continent. I’ve listened to several top African rappers, but this man is the best. He’s got amazing skills, such as punchlines, tongue-twisting, lyricist, and so on. I adore this man; he is simply and unequivocally the best in Africa. On their hip-hop hit, he (Sarkodie) murdered Nigeria’s, Ice Prince.
Everything about Sarkodie is fantastic, from where he started to how far he has come. He is without a doubt the greatest rapper of all time. The dude is incredible in every way, from flow to delivery to lyrical content to rhyming. I’m not from Ghana, and I don’t understand most of his raps because of the language he uses, but I can feel it in my body whenever I hear his music. Nobody can dethrone him since he is Africa’s rap god. See what sark he wanted to BET to rhyme in his language faster, but not in English rap, and he won it after the program.
This list is not based on any order. Hip hop artists are increasing day by day all around the world. Some get the recognition and some not. Hip hop artists have always tried to express their raw feelings and this is the reason we can see the number of fans increasing for hip hop. We have not only mentioned the new hip artists but also the 90s hip hop artists. Hope you enjoyed the ride of some of the best hip hop artists of all the time all around the world.
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