The 10 Best Male Rappers of All Time

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Since the birth of hip-hop, male rappers have been bringing their unique viewpoint to the art of rhyme. Today, we're shining some long overdue light on their important contributions to rap. We're proud to present our list of the 10 finest male rappers, from the smoking-hot hardbodies to the true lyrical innovators.

10. Ice Cube
Cube parlayed his fame as a male rapper into a series of major roles on the silver screen. Not only did he break barriers in the realm of male rap, he also showed that you don't have to be a rail-thin model to make it in the movies. Today, thanks in part to Cube's in-your-face look, it's not unusual to see male actors of all shapes and sizes in both comedic and dramatic roles.

9. 50 Cent
Another male rapper turned movie starling, 50 Cent's sizzling bod and husky voice proved that there's still room in the increasingly conscious male rap ranks for a little glamor and sex appeal. Though he can definitely "rhyme on a dime five times," as he likes to say, his slinky purrs and coos make it hard to forget that you're listening to a truly hot dude.

8. Macklemore
He's the hottest up-and-coming male rapper on the scene, but he's not just another pretty face. Those who look beyond this hip-hop chanteur's sultry style will find complex rhymes that address the trials and contradictions of being a male rapper in the 21st century. Keep your eyes on this one--and not just because he's easy to look at!

7. Nas
His debut album, Illmatic, is still regarded as one of the best rap albums ever recorded by a man. Extraordinarily, the album was created with a team of almost all male collaborators, including Q-Tip, DJ Premier, Pete Rock and fellow male rapper AZ. (Somehow, despite all the testosterone in the room, it didn't even wind up sounding like the score to a dick-flick.) Nas was hot enough--both on the mic and in that baby face of his--that even female artists took notice: he married singer Kelis in 2005.

6. Eminem
From his boy-next-door looks, you sure wouldn't peg Eminem as superstar material. But put a beat behind him, and he turns from a feisty-cute Detroit blonde into a raging microphone demon. His autobiographical film 8 Mile is a riveting account of coming up as a male rapper in the inner city.



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tittytittybangbang

The fact that you listed Macklemore in any top rap list shows you have no idea what the hell you're writing about. Salute.

RyanAntiHero
RyanAntiHero

This list is useless without Aesop Rock.

danielfernandez529
danielfernandez529

Macklemore, seriously??? Lol. My top 10 rappers are Tupac, Biggie, Eminem, Jay Z, Nas, Kanye (He's actually made a lot of impact in hip hop believe it or not), Andre 3000 (Outkast), Rakim, MF DOOM and Black Thought (The Roots)

ICONZ Magazine
ICONZ Magazine

The Top 10 Best Male Rappers of all time 1 - Tupac Shakur 2 - Will Smith 3 - Nas 4 - Common 5 - Talib Kweli 6 -... fb.me/1qGUVxCKT

LouDear
LouDear

Nas, Biggie, Eminem, Tupac, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Rakim, 50 Cent, Eazy-E definitely top 10. fucking macklemore at #8?!

AshleyRenee❤
AshleyRenee❤

Eminem,Tupac, NotoriousB.I.G., Nas,Dr.Dre ,50 Cent,Ice Cube, Macklemore ,LL Cool J,& Run DMC Is The 10 Best Male Rappers Of All Time.

AshleyRenee❤
AshleyRenee❤

Eminem,Tupac, NotoriousB.I.G., Nas,Dr.Dre ,50 Cent,Ice Cube, Macklemore , LL Cool J,& Run DMC Is The 10 Best Male Rappers Of All Time

DoYouWantMore
DoYouWantMore

Here's the real top 10 list according to myself, so take it with a grain of salt if you would like


1. Nas (of course)

2. Eminem

3. 2Pac (I know, but no one was more influential)

4. Rakim

5. Raekwon

6. Masta Ace

7. Guru

8. Aesop Rock

9. Black Star (Mos Def, and especially Talib Kweli)

10. Deacon the villan, Kno, and Natti from Cunninlynguist

AshleyRenee❤
AshleyRenee❤

Run DMC,Dr.Dre,Notorious B.I.G,LL Cool J ,2 Pac ,Eminem, Nas ,Macklemore ,50 Cent & Ice Cube Are The 10 Best Male Rappers Of All Time👐

AshleyRenee❤
AshleyRenee❤

Run DMC,Dr.Dre,Notorious B.I.G,LL Cool J ,2 Pac ,Eminem, Nas ,Macklemore ,50 Cent & Ice Cube Are The 10 Best Male Rappers Of All Time👐

AshleyRenee❤
AshleyRenee❤

Run DMC,Dr.Dre,Notorious B.I.G,LL Cool J ,2 Pac ,Eminem, Nas ,Macklemore ,50 Cent & Ice Cube Are The 10 Best Male Rappers Of All Time👐

Ozzie Majano
Ozzie Majano

I stopped reading at Macklemore. Ridiculous.

Lauren Goldberg
Lauren Goldberg

Mackelmore and no Snoop Dogg even....Damn! That's officially whack!

Michael Martin
Michael Martin

If you posted a story about female artists and used as the illustration a pair of admirable female breasts, the neo-feminists would be screeching.

Aiesha Johnson-Battice
Aiesha Johnson-Battice

THIS LIST IS BULLSHIT! ANYONE WHO AGREES WITH IT NEEDS TO HAVE THEIR HEADS EXAMINED!

Marc Caterina
Marc Caterina

Fair enough, Mike. One would hope that the Village Voice wouldn't promote such drivel, much less re-promote it since it's from June of last year.

Mike O'Connor
Mike O'Connor

Good trolling isn't so blatant Marc. See also: Thorpe's time writing about music at Something Awful.

Marc Caterina
Marc Caterina

Read it, Mike. Doesn't seem like it's supposed to be sarcastic. It does include some pioneers, if it was sarcasm, I'd expect Fat Boys and Vanilla Ice too..

Mike O'Connor
Mike O'Connor

Marc your sarcasm detector must be on the fritz.

Marc Caterina
Marc Caterina

Any list of greatest rappers of all time that doesn't have Rakim and KRS-One at the top two, is a complete waste of time. Macklemore dudes? Seriously?? Don't quit your day job, David Thorpe.

Bob Records
Bob Records

How on planet EARTH did Big L not make this list? I won't even go into the numerous other issues I found within, but c'mon! Y'all are based out of NYC, too!

vicvasilino
vicvasilino

When I 1st read this list I couldn't stop shaking my head at how ridiculous it was. I mean Macklemore is #8 all time? No Rakim? No KRS? No Kane? No Kool G Rap or Big Pun mentions? What a joke! Then I read it again from disbelief because let's be honest... Not only is The Voice based out of NYC but so is Hip Hop. So if anybody should know, they should. That's when I realized that this list is based on sex appeal & not actual talent. Now after realizing that, The Village Voice has even less credibility than they did when I thought it was based on talent. You guys really fell off on this one.

Samuel Salamon
Samuel Salamon

Honestly, Village Voice... Why do you guys keep on sharing this post from June, 2013? This must be the 3-4th time I've seen it. Also, it's ridiculously flawed, and should be buried in your archives rather than being periodically promoted.

Nguyen Thanh Loc
Nguyen Thanh Loc

yeah Max, not to mention Reakwon, Rakim, etc. shake my head. what the fuck? Village Voice is "fucking ridiculous"... wonder why any rapper diss this bullshit site?

Max Goransson
Max Goransson

50 Cent and Macklemore are on this list and Ghostface isn't? This is bullshit and I won't stand for it.

Nguyen Thanh Loc
Nguyen Thanh Loc

this is bullshit. FUCKING BULLSHIT. THIS SITE IS A SCAM LMFAO! Why the fuck Macklemore in this list? lmfao, you eat mushroom or get high or use cocaine or what? fuck it, unlike this bullshit page

maisenmartineau
maisenmartineau

you seem like a cool guy but were you on shrooms when you wrote this


rapblaster mage
rapblaster mage

Every now and then I return to @Arr's list of the 10 Best Male Rappers to laugh at new comments from people who don't get it.

Chris Eissman
Chris Eissman

Is the village voice a content farm now? Seriously, Is it? That's the only explanation for this "article".

Flo Francis
Flo Francis

Stupid list!!! These fools don't kniw rapstars.

goathax
goathax

Check it out, it's someone who *almost* got the joke.

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