the 30 best rappers of all time

by funnyguyjones | created - 01 Apr 2012 | updated - 01 Apr 2012 | Public

My favorite rappers

1. 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 ...

2. Immortal Technique

Soundtrack | The Brave One

Immortal Technique was born on March 31, 1978 in Peru as Felipe Coronel.

3. Tupac Shakur

Soundtrack | Poetic Justice

Born in New York City, Tupac grew up primarily in Harlem. In 1984, his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he became good friends with Jada Pinkett Smith. His family moved again in 1988 to Oakland, California. His first breakthrough in music came in 1991 as a member of the group Digital ...

4. The Notorious B.I.G.

Soundtrack | Bad Boys

Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, was born in Brooklyn, New York, May 21, 1972. 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 as the son...

5. Mike Shinoda

Soundtrack | Transformers

Michael Kenji Shinoda was born in Agoura, California on February 11, 1977. He met guitarist Brad Delson in 9th grade and started writing songs in his bedroom. Brad and Rob Bourdon used to play for numerous bands in high school. This started Mike on the way to becoming a singer. Mike met Joseph Hahn...

6. T.I.

Actor | Ant-Man

T.I. was born Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. on September 25, 1980, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Violeta Morgan and Clifford "Buddy" Harris, Sr. He is also known as T.I.P. and "Rubberband Man". T.I. is from the streets of Westside Bankhead Zone 1 in Atlanta. His original stage name, T.I.P., it stems from ...

7. Game

Actor | Street Kings

Jayceon Taylor was born on November 29, 1979 in Compton, California. He was born into a life of gang-banging and hustling. When later interviewed, Taylor, aka The Game says at a young age, he recalls seeing both of his parents preparing to do drive-bys. His father was a Nutty Block Crip and his ...

8. Xzibit

Actor | The X Files: I Want to Believe

Xzibit was born in Detroit, where he lived until his mother passed away when he was only nine years old. At the age of ten, he began to rap, very personally because of the loss of his mother. At the age of 14, he got into trouble and was removed from his home for two years after his father refused ...

9. Rakim

Soundtrack | Limitless

Universally referenced as one of the Greatest Hip-Hop Artists of All Time, Rakim first exploded onto the New York scene in 1986 with the iconic Eric B. is President single and album Paid In Full. With its unprecedented lyricism and complex rhyme patterns, the release, alongside a carefully curated ...

10. Busta Rhymes

Actor | Halloween: Resurrection

Busta Rhymes was born on May 20, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr.

11. Snoop Dogg

Actor | Turbo

Snoop Dogg was born in Long Beach, California, to Beverly (Tate) and Vernell Varnado, who was a mail carrier and singer. His parents were both originally from Mississippi. He got his name from his mother, who jokingly remarked that he looked like the Peanuts character Snoopy. Snoop is known ...

12. 50 Cent

Soundtrack | Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Born in the South Jamaica section of Queens, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has lived in New York City all his life. He was raised by his grandparents after his father ran out and his mother was shot when he was only eight. Growing up, the Queens rapper originally wanted to be a heavyweight boxer, but ...

13. Bun B

Soundtrack | 2 Fast 2 Furious

Bun B has been married to Angela Walls since March 15, 2003.

14. Yelawolf

Soundtrack | Ride Along

Yelawolf was born on December 30, 1979 in Gadsden, Alabama, USA as Michael Wayne Atha.

15. Royce Da 59

Soundtrack | Fast Five

Ryan Montgomery, also known as Royce Da 59, is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Voted as one of the most underrated MCs in the rap industry, Royce has three full-length albums credited to his name, despite being through more career upheavals than most artists experience over their whole ...

16. Twista

Soundtrack | Mission: Impossible III

Twista was born on November 27, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Carl Terrell Mitchell.

17. Big Sean

Soundtrack | Transformers: The Last Knight

Big Sean was born as Sean Michael Anderson.

18. Kanye West

Soundtrack | The Great Gatsby

Kanye West was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Kanye Omari West. He has been married to Kim Kardashian West since May 24, 2014. They have two children.

19. Drake

Actor | The Fabulous Baker Boys

Drake is an actor, known for The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989).

20. André Benjamin

Actor | Four Brothers

André Benjamin was born on May 27, 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Andre Benjamin.