What makes a great rapper? Any hip-hop head knows that there are a few answers to this question. There’s the flow, the storytelling abilities, cultural impact and of course lyricism. The best rappers of all time have mastered how to be top tier in all the rap categories. G.O.A.T. rappers have emerged from the East Coast to the Westside to the Dirty South to the Midwest, introducing the larger world to their distinct flavor.
Debating the best rapper is something that’s been done since the very inception of this genre and won’t stop anytime soon. This year marked fifty years since DJ Kool Herc fathered the genre and culture we all know and love and we’ve decided to rehash the grand old argument once again; who are the best rappers of all time?
Below, we’ve considered lyrical ability, influence, discography, impact and more factors in our list of the 30 best rappers of all time.