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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234 comments
alexrexb
alexrexb

This dude is gay as FUCK! He judges rappers on how hot they are? WTF?

jef2d
jef2d

So many fucking dummies in this comment section. Don't ever visit the Onion you'd be fucked.

David Becker
David Becker

The five greatest rappers of all time are: Dylon, Dylon, Dylon, Dylon, & Dylon...because he spits hot fire. Somebody please get that reference.

Dennis Allen
Dennis Allen

Without Rakim, KRS-ONE, Big Daddy Kane, Common, and Black Thought this list should not be taken seriously.

sands84
sands84

Come on man. The "art of rhyme" is what is says in your lede right? Dre is a producer first, emcee second. Run DMC IS A GROUP. Is this list about emcees or producers? I guess it's truly about sad satire. And where's Method Man, Snoop, Jay-Z, KRS-1 and Rakim?! "Hard bodies" (really, Biggie?) have absolutely NOTHING to do with skill. 

Rapheal Crump
Rapheal Crump

Macklemore made the list but not jay z? even bestie boys? Kenderik? theres many more that could have replaced him on the list… i call for someone else who knows hip hop and rap to do- this over

Kenny Hinoki
Kenny Hinoki

Wow this is the worst list ever, seems no actual research went into this article - unsubscribing the village voice. On a positive note, thanks for the heads up.

Alain Obas
Alain Obas

50 cent and Eminem should not be on that list.

Metta Morphose
Metta Morphose

HAHHAAHA.. This list is hilarious..Mackelmore? Run DMC are legendary but do not make top 10. Best rappers = shirts off?

Amira Abdel
Amira Abdel

David, please know the difference between rappers and emcees/lyricists. Macklemore is a rapper. Also 2pac and Nas belong further down the list. This list is old, biased and mainstream.

kalimsinclair
kalimsinclair

Lets be real, Macklemore isn't even the best rapper  from Seattle

WIL.Stay.LOW
WIL.Stay.LOW

So I read a article of "The 10 Best Male Rappers of All Time" and they had Macklemore up there. smh im done

Amøs Türnür
Amøs Türnür

This bullshit again? How could you leave Rappin Rodney Dangerfield off?

Demetrio Kerrison
Demetrio Kerrison

This list is FLAWED!!!! Rakim, KRS-1, Melle Mel??? When was this writer born...2013?????

Chris Scott
Chris Scott

Macklemore? Yeah that isnt biased. smh

Christian Arichabala
Christian Arichabala

Of all the rappers that have existed in the 40 years of hip-hop, you include Macklemore?!

Lupa Alexander
Lupa Alexander

Is this the village voice or 1st semester creative writing at community college?

megablast9
megablast9

a top ten list without Rakim. how does this person even have a job?

dahda08
dahda08

There's so much I can say about mackalmore being on your list called "Best rappers of all time" lol how bout Big L , DOOM , mos def thats just to name very FEW man wow lol NWA , bone thugs , tribe called quest , could've even said Will Smith before maclamore lol. Mc Lyte , Wu Tang Clan.. and thats mainstream(besides doom)..and im only 17

dahda08
dahda08

You talk about how good they look more than giving reason why they're the best of ALL TIME like Macklamore?

Nicholas Mcleod
Nicholas Mcleod

you actually mean it as a satire? a joke? with absolutely no context. thick

Nicholas Mcleod
Nicholas Mcleod

what fucking idiot wrote this list? being a new york publication- think you oughta have a lil more respect for the game

Karen Dean
Karen Dean

the comments are hilarious, and truly attest to the nationwide irony-bypass you guys have suffered

Elliot Brentari
Elliot Brentari

This list is embarrassing. Even more embarrassing being this an NY publication and by default you would hope knew a thing or 2 about hip hop.

Jay Lane
Jay Lane

RAKIM? KRS-ONE? CHUCK D? ERICK SERMON? BIG DADDY KANE? BEASTIE BOYS? Q-TIP? MOS DEF? WU TANG?

Jay Lane
Jay Lane

Lists like this never please everyone, but this list is straight up lazy. Clearly, the person responsible for such blasphemy has no legitimate grasp on hip-hop or what it means to qualify as a "great" rapper.

Matthew Shields
Matthew Shields

Posdanus, Blackthought, Ghostface, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane

Alec Garcia
Alec Garcia

@YR_God: So I read a article of "The 10 Best Male Rappers of All Time" and they had Macklemore up there. smh im done” wow

AMKR
AMKR

I hope so otherwise, someone needs their ears checked...bad.

AMKR
AMKR

for real

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