The Best Rappers Ever!

by SteelKeez | created - 01 Aug 2011 | updated - 22 Dec 2011 | Public

My list of the most influential Lyricists and MC's in the history of Hip Hop

1. KRS-One

Soundtrack | The Manchurian Candidate

KRS-One was born on August 20, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Lawrence Parker. He was previously married to Ms. Melodie.

2. Big Daddy Kane

Soundtrack | Blade: Trinity

Big Daddy Kane was born on September 10, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Antonio Hardy. He has been married to Shawnette since May 1, 2010.

3. Too $hort

Soundtrack | Black Panther

Too $hort was born on April 28, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

4. Slick Rick

Soundtrack | Everest

Born to Jamaican parents in London, on January 14, 1965, Slick Rick, born Ricky Martin Lloyd Walters, is the most successful British-American rapper in music history. Brilliant word play, the effort-less ability to bring life to the stories he rhymed about, dead on pop-culture references and ...

5. Ice Cube

Soundtrack | Friday

Ice Cube was born in South Central Los Angeles, to Doris (Benjamin), a custodian and hospital clerk, and Hosea Jackson, a UCLA groundskeeper. He first came to public notice as a singer and songwriter with the controversial and influential band N.W.A. His compositions with that group included many ...

6. Eric B. & Rakim

Soundtrack | Limitless

Eric B. was born in 1965 in Elmhurst,New York and Rakim was born in 1968 in Wyandanch, New York.They first met at the radio station WBLS , and the two officially formed a partnership in 1985.The singles "I Ain't No Joke" and "I Know You Got Soul" sampled James Brown began to revolutionize the sound...

7. Scarface

Soundtrack | Narc

Scarface, a.k.a. Brad Jordan, was born and raised in Houston, Texas, in the South Park neighborhood. He is one of the rappers of the Geto Boys, and has recorded solo albums like Mr. Scarface is Back, The Diary, and The World is Yours. In real life, he was a high school dropout at 16, and suffered ...

8. E-40

Soundtrack | Blade: Trinity

E-40 was born on November 15, 1967 in Vallejo, California, USA as Earl Stevens.

9. Nas

Soundtrack | Belly

Nas, born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones on September 14, 1973, is the son of Olu Dara, an unconventional jazz musician. At age nine he was a member of the Devastatin' Seven in the mid-1980s, the fruits of which can be heard on his 1994 debut, "Illmatic," which was released on Columbia/SME later that ...

11. Redman

Soundtrack | How High

Redman was born on April 17, 1970 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as Reggie Noble.

12. EPMD

Soundtrack | Whip It

13. Eminem

Soundtrack | 8 Mile

Eminem was born Marshall Bruce Mathers III in St. Joseph, Missouri, to Deborah R. (Nelson) and Marshall Bruce Mathers, Jr., who were in a band together, Daddy Warbucks. He is of English, as well as some German, Scottish, and Swiss-German, ancestry. Marshall spent his early childhood being shoved ...

14. Dr. Dre

Soundtrack | Training Day

Considered by many to be hip-hop's greatest producer, Dr. Dre (b. André Young, February 18, 1965) pioneered gangsta hip-hop and his own variation of the sound, dubbed G-Funk. His very early albums were violent but cautionary tales of the criminal mind, but Dre's records with NWA celebrated the ...

15. The Notorious B.I.G.

Soundtrack | Bad Boys

Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, was born on May 21, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York. He was the son of Jamaican parents, Voletta Wallace, a pre-school teacher, and George Latore, a welder and small-time politician. He was raised in the poor Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. ...

16. LL Cool J

Actor | Deep Blue Sea

L.L. Cool J was born James Todd Smith on January 14, 1968, in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York, the son of Ondrea Griffith and James Louis Smith, Jr. Todd, as he was called, did not have a very happy childhood. At the age of four, he saw his mother and grandfather shot by his own father. After they...

17. Q-Tip

Soundtrack | Dope

Q-Tip was born on April 10, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Johnathan Davis. He has been married to Michele Daves since November 10, 1990.

18. Snoop Dogg

Actor | Training Day

Snoop Dogg is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, media personality, entrepreneur, and actor. His music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre and featured on Dre's solo debut, "Deep Cover", and then on Dre's solo debut album, The Chronic. He has since sold over 23 ...

19. Run-D.M.C.

Soundtrack | Die Hard

Ranked #1 on VH1's 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists.

20. Eazy-E

Soundtrack | The Watch

Eric Lynn Wright, better known by his stage name Eazy-E, was an American rapper who performed solo and as a member of the group NWA Wright is affectionately called "The Godfather Of Gangsta Rap."

He was born in Compton, California. After dropping out of high school in the tenth grade, he supported ...

22. Heavy D

Actor | Big Trouble

Heavy D was born on May 24, 1967 in Mandeville, Jamaica as Dwight Arrington Myers. He is known for his work on Big Trouble (2002), The Cider House Rules (1999) and Life (1999). He died on November 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

23. MC Lyte

Actress | Girls Trip

A philanthropist who has presented almost $900,000 in scholarships over the past seven years, an actress on Power, Queen of the South, SWAT, and more, MC LYTE is ONLY female solo hip hop artist to receive the BET I Am Hip Hop ICON Award. First female to perform hip hop in the White House and first ...

24. Ice-T

Actor | New Jack City

The legendary gangsta hip-hop emcee Ice-T was born Tracy Marrow on February 16, 1958, in Newark, New Jersey. He moved to Los Angeles, California, to live with his paternal aunt after the death of his father while he was in the sixth grade; his mother had died earlier when he was in the third grade....

25. Chuck D

Soundtrack | Star Trek Beyond

Both as a solo artist and as the leader of the ground-breaking hip-hop group Public Enemy (which was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013), Chuck D helped pave the way for political, social and culturally conscious hip-hop. Public Enemy's albums remain among the most critically ...

26. Melle Mel

Soundtrack | Grosse Pointe Blank

Melle Mel was born on May 15, 1961 in New York City, New York, USA as Melvin Glover.

27. UGK

Soundtrack | My First Mister

Recording and releasing new album, 4 Life. It is scheduled for late March and will be their last album.

28. Doug E. Fresh

Soundtrack | Face/Off

New York-raised Doug E. Fresh, born Douglas Davis, got his initial notoriety for being the original human beat-box, inventing a method to imitate a drum machine using breath control through the teeth, lips, and gums. He had a string of hit singles with his then-partner Slick Rick in the early and ...

29. Mack 10

Soundtrack | Romeo Must Die

Mack 10 was born on August 9, 1971 in Inglewood, California, USA as Dedrick D'Mon Rolison. He was previously married to Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins.

30. Big Pun

Soundtrack | That Awkward Moment

Big Pun was born on November 9, 1971 in Bronx, New York, USA as Christopher Lee Rios. He was married to Liza Rios. He died on February 7, 2000 in White Plains, New York.

31. A Tribe Called Quest

Soundtrack | Bad Boys II

A Tribe Called Quest is known for his work on Bad Boys II (2003), Central Intelligence (2016) and The Wackness (2008).

32. Kwamé

Soundtrack | Step Up

Kwame, a talented artist, songwriter and producer, first emerged on the music scene at large in 1989 at the age of 16 with one of Hip Hop's classic albums, "The Boy Genius" and along with timeless songs such as the Rhythm and Ownlee Eue, selling over 2 million records as a artist. Kwame also a ...

33. MC Eiht

Actor | Menace II Society

MC Eiht was born on May 22, 1967 in Compton, California, USA as Aaron Tylor. He is an actor, known for Menace II Society (1993), Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) and Boyz n the Hood (1991).

34. Kool G. Rap

Soundtrack | Colors

Kool G. Rap was born on July 20, 1964 in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Nathaniel Thomas Wilson.

35. Kurtis Blow

Soundtrack | It's Kind of a Funny Story

Kurtis Blow was born on August 9, 1959 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Kurt Walker. He has been married to Shirley Stewart since September 2, 1984. They have three children.

36. De La Soul

Soundtrack | American Ultra

The group members are rappers Posdnuos and Trugoy The Dove and DJ Vincent Mason. Prince Paul was a frequent producer and sometimes considered the fourth member.

37. M.C. Ren

Soundtrack | New Jack City

M.C. Ren was born on June 14, 1969 in Compton, California, USA as Lorenzo Patterson.

38. Public Enemy

Soundtrack | Do the Right Thing

In 1987 when the band played at Baltimore's Palladium club, their supporting act was fledgling rapper Queen Latifah who was introduced by a 16-year-old Jada Pinkett Smith.

39. The Fat Boys

Soundtrack | A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

The Fat Boys are an American hip hop trio from Brooklyn, New York City, who emerged in the early 1980s. The group was briefly known originally as the Disco 3. The group's 1984 self-titled debut, The Fat Boys, is considered by many to be an early hip hop classic, with artists like Boogie Down ...

41. Beastie Boys

Soundtrack | Star Trek Beyond

They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the same night as Ad Rock's former father-in-law Donovan.

42. Will Smith

Music_department | The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden ...

43. Kurtis Blow

Soundtrack | It's Kind of a Funny Story

Kurtis Blow was born on August 9, 1959 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Kurt Walker. He has been married to Shirley Stewart since September 2, 1984. They have three children.

44. Kool Moe Dee

Soundtrack | Wild Wild West

Kool Moe Dee was born on August 8, 1962 as Mohandas Dewese.

45. Kid 'N Play

Soundtrack | Class Act

Kid 'N Play is an actor, known for Class Act (1992), House Party (1990) and House Party 3 (1994).

46. Salt-N-Pepa

Soundtrack | Deadpool

Ranked #83 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll.

48. A Tribe Called Quest

Soundtrack | Bad Boys II

A Tribe Called Quest is known for his work on Bad Boys II (2003), Central Intelligence (2016) and The Wackness (2008).



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