Top 10 Rappers


Liam Bradford, Sports Editor

Rap and hip hop, in general, is a very controversial yet successful music genre and is enjoyed by millions across the world. Although rap music is admittedly an acquired taste and has very mixed reactions among all generations, it is a staple for genres of music. It has a uniquely fast pace, contrasting with many other popular music genres.

Here are my top 10 favorite rappers ranging from the early 1990s to the late 2010s. This is not my list for the best rappers, just my personal favorites. There are multiple rappers who are some of the best rappers of all time from an objective perspective. However, there are quite a few surprises on this list that remove multiple potential classic rappers.

#1: Kendrick Lamar
As my favorite rapper, atop the list kicking off my top 10 is 33-year-old Compton rapper, Kendrick Lamar. My top three Kendrick Lamar songs are: m.A.A.d city, King Kunta, and DNA. My favorite Kendrick Lamar album is good kid, m.A.A.D city.

#2: Eazy-E and N.W.A
At number two on the list, we have Eric “Eazy-E” Wright along with his rap group N.W.A. Eazy-E died in 1995 but made a significant impact on the rap world. N.W.A. consisted of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, DJ Yella, and MC Ren. My top three songs are: Boyz-n-the-hood, No more ?’s, and Straight Outta Compton. My favorite album by the group is Straight Outta Compton.

#3: The Notorious B.I.G
Coming in at number three is Biggie Smalls, who died in 1997 but was a legendary rapper. Many people debate whether Biggie or Tupac is the best rapper of all time. Personally, I give Biggie the edge due to his calming and effortless flow. My top three favorite Biggie songs are: Big Poppa, Juicy, and Dead Wrong. My favorite album by the Notorious B.I.G is Ready to Die.

#4: 2Pac
At number four is the king of rap himself, Tupac Shakur, who died in 1996. 2Pac is accepted as the greatest rapper of all time by the majority of rap fans, and for good reason. My top three favorite 2Pac songs are: Hail Mary, Thugz mansion, and Hit ‘em up. My favorite album is All Eyez on Me.

#5: J. Cole
At number five is North Carolina rapper Jermaine Cole, the king of flow and storytelling. My top three favorite J. Cole songs are: ‘03 Adolescence, FRIENDS, and l e t g o m y h a n d. My favorite album by J. Cole is also my favorite album of all time, 2014 Forest Hills Drive.

#6: Nas
Coming in at six is Nas, one of the founding fathers of rap and helped many famous rappers get their start. My top three favorite Nas songs are: Purple, N.Y. State of Mind, and Represent. My favorite Nas album is Illmatic.

#7: Juice WRLD
At #7 is Juice WRLD, who died in late 2019 but created two platinum albums before his life was cut short. My top three favorite Juice WRLD songs are: I’m Still, I’ll be Fine, and 10 Feet. My favorite Juice WRLD album is Goodbye and Good Riddance.

#8: Lil Uzi Vert
Hitting the list at #8 is Lil Uzi Vert, one of the most consistent rappers of the 2010s. My top three favorite Uzi songs are: 20 min, Myron, and Erase Your Social. My favorite Uzi Album is Luv is Rage 2.

#9: Trippie Redd
Trippie Redd is #9 on the list. He has a great voice and creates a very unique style of mellow-rap, similar to Juice WRLD, XXXTENTACION, and many others who have gotten on the train of mellow rap. My top three favorite Trippie Redd songs are: 6 Kiss, Love Scars, and 1400/999 freestyle. My favorite Trippie album is A Love Letter to You.

#10: Tyler, The Creator
Coming in at #10 is Tyler, The Creator, who has the most unique style on this list and has a vast range of music. My top three favorite Tyler songs are: Yonkers, Oldie, and She. My favorite Tyler, The Creator album is Wolf.

Although it has mixed opinions, rap is a very important and beloved music genre, and these rappers constitute success and talent in the hip-hop industry.