The Top 103 All-Time Greatest Hip Hop Artists, Who Made The List?

| June 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

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In the 35 year history of hip hop the musical genre has grown arguably more than any other musical genre in the world.

In what started out as an expression of urban pride and creativity hip hop has grown into the young population’s most popular form of musical expression. All around the world from east to west coast and beyond the contributions to this culture is endless but we have narrowed it down to the top 103 hip hop pioneers based on five categories: Album sales , cultural influence , years in the game , the creative musical style/lyrical contributions and Industry award nominations/wins.

Although it is very difficult to make a list without being totally subjective , this list is based evenly on the five sub-categories. Therefore should cut most common subjective lists, for example, If you are a hip hop veteran such as a Big Daddy Kane’s list which may be based solely on creative musical style/lyrical content, or a billboard list which is based solely on album sales from sound scan.

There are some notable artists that did not make the list but never the less was instrumental in helping hip hop become the art form that embodies the essentials of today’s hip hop movement. For these individuals moved rap to the forefront of today’s music around the world Thus the following should be recognized for their contributions to the history of hip hop: Supa Saian Crew , Ali-B , Puya , Lady , Sido , Timati , Busido , Lazee , Swaydasafo , Bun B & UGK , Guru & Gangstar, Gift of gab , Beanie Sigel , Fabolous , Master Ace and the Juice Crew , Big L , 8 ball & MJG , Ras Kass , Biz Markie , Pharoahe Monch , Canibus , Royce da 5’9″ , M.O.P. , Afika Bambaataa , Kool G Rap , Jungle Brothers , Whodini , Dead Prez , The Pharcyde , Joe Budden , Diplomats , Craig Mack , Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock , Funky 4 +1 , Digable Planets Young Jock , Young Buck , Goodie Mob , Jadakiss & The Lox , Pete Rock & CL Smooth , MC Serch , The D.O.C , Ace Hood , Schoolly D , X-Clan , Del The Funky Homosapien, Control Macete , Frost , Psycho , Vico C , Az , Tone Deff , Immortal Technique , Sick Jacken , Sabac Red , Joell Ortiz , Maino , Papoose , Kid Cudi , N.O.R.E , Mack 10 , Yo-Yo , Tha Dogg Pound ,Yela wolf , ASAP Rocky , DJ Quick , Richie Rich , Tone Loc ,Pusha T , Fat Boyz , Trina , DJ Kool , Plies , Shawty Lo , Rocko , Waka Flaka , Yo Gotti , Young Scooter ,Kilo , Young Dro ,Pastor Troy , Lil Scrappy , Chief Keef , JJ Fad , Young MC , House Of Pain , Wreckx N Effect ,Cali Swag District , Juicy J & Three Six Mafia , C+C Music Factory , Skee Lo , Trinadad James , Future , Lil Boosie , Big Sean , French Montana , J. Cole.

The list

103. Soulja Boy
102. DJ Khaled
101. Trick Daddy
100. Malcolm McLaren & The World Famous supreme team
99. Mobb Deep
98. Sir Mix-a-lot
97. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
96. Wiz Khalifa
95. Mystikal
94. Luther Campbell & 2 Live Crew
93. T-Pain
92. Digital Underground
91. Foxy Brown
90. Coolio
89. Da Brat
88. Mase
87. Ceza
86. Kendrick Lamar
85. Scarface & The Geto Boyz
84. Flo Rida
83. Q Tip & A Tribe Called Quest
82. Kurtis Blow
81. Bow Wow
80. Ice T
79. Chino XL
78. Juvenile
77. Young Jeezy
76. Warren G
75. De La Soul
74. PSY
73. Shabba Ranks
72. Sean Paul
71. Twista
70. Arrested Development
69. Eve
68. Gucci Mane
67. The Fugees
66. Beenie Man
65. Kid N Play
64. The Black Eye Peas
63. Blackstar , Mos Def & Talib Kweli
62. Shaggy
61. E-40
60. Vanilla Ice
59. The Game
58. Common
57. Birdman
56. Kool Moe Dee
55. Heavy D and The Boyz
54. Jermaine Dupree
53. MC Lyte
52. Vybz Kartel
51. Ja Rule
50. Pitbull
49. Bone Thugs N Harmony
48. Black Thought & The Roots
47. Queen Latifah
46. KRS 1
45. Big Daddy Kane
44. Fat Joe
43. Lil Jon
42. Naughty By Nature
41. Eric B & Rakim
40. DMX
39. Nelly
38. Lupe Fiasco
37. Be Real & Cypress Hill
36. Busta Rhyme
35. Lil Kim
34. MC Hammer
33. Big Pun
32. Timbaland & Magoo
31. Rick Ross
30. Salt & Pepa
29. 50 Cent
28. Kid Rock
27. Master P
26. Ludacris
25. Slick Rick & Doug E.Fresh
24. Grand Master Flash & The Furious Five
23. Nicki Manaj
22. Too Short
21. Sugar Hill Gang
20. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
19. Erick Sermon & EPMD
18. Drake
17. Snoop Dogg
16. T.I.
15. Missy Elliot
14. Puff Daddy
13. Beastie Boys
12. Chuck D & Public Enemy
11. LL Cool J
10. Run DMC
09. Outkast
08. Wu Tang Clan
07. N.W.A , Dr. Dre , Ice Cube , Easy E
06. Nas
05. Kanye West
04. Eminem
03. Notorious BIG
02. Jay Z
01. Tupac Shakur

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Darnell Moore has extensively studied music and urban culture both academically and professionally for over 20 years. His writings and posts have appeared in many major urban publications. Moore is the founder and creator of Memoirs of an Urban Gentleman. Contact him , http://darnellmmusic@gmail.com/ or https://twitter.com/@darnellmmusic/

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  1. williams.cory32@yahoo.com' GMHA says:

    This is a gag right? LMAO, some people…

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