Greatest Rappers

by Saradomin | created - 21 Mar 2015 | updated - 6 days ago | Public

1. Pharoahe Monch

Soundtrack | Training Day

Pharoahe Monch was born on October 31, 1972 in Queens, New York, USA as Troy Donald Jamerson.

2. 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 ...

3. Canibus

Soundtrack | Office Space

Germaine Williams a.k.a. Canibus (aka Can-I-Bus) was born in 1974 in Jamaica to Basil and Elaine Williams. Growing up, Canibus found interest in beat boxing and break dancing. After his parents divorced, Canibus and his mother immigrated to the U.S. before his teen years and moved around frequently...

4. B-Real

Soundtrack | Blast from the Past

B-Real was born on June 2, 1970 in Hollywood, California, USA as Louis Freese.

5. Jay Z

Self | MADtv

Shawn Corey Carter was born on December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Raised in Brooklyn, Carter was a school friend of The Notorious B.I.G.. He first started releasing records in the late 1980s. In 1990, he appeared on records by his close friend, Jaz ("The Originators") and Original Flavor ...

6. Lamont Coleman

Soundtrack | Hak hap

Lamont Coleman was born on May 30, 1974 in Harlem, New York City, New York, USA. He died on February 15, 1999 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City.

9. R.A. The Rugged Man

Soundtrack | Bully

Film producer, writer, magazine journalist and legendary rapper in the hip-hop underground, R.A. Thorburn better known to the world as R.A. the Rugged Man, was the target of a nine-label bidding war when just a teenager, and signed to Jive Records in 1992 and Priority/Capital Records in 1998 before...

10. Busta Rhymes

Actor | Halloween: Resurrection

Trevor George Smith Jr. (born May 20, 1972), known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American rapper, singer, musician, record producer, record executive, and actor. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the moniker Busta Rhymes, after NFL and CFL wide receiver George "Buster" Rhymes. He is best ...

12. Mike Skinner

Soundtrack | Notes on a Scandal

Mike Skinner was born on November 27, 1978 in Birmingham, England as Michael Geoffrey Skinner.

13. Erick Sermon

Soundtrack | Die Hard: With a Vengeance

One half of the legendary hip hop duo EPMD. In 1992 Erick went solo and has maintained a strong career as a producer and mc. He has guided the careers of Redman and Keith Murray and the the three form the Def Squad. Erick is considered a legend in the Hip Hop Community.

14. Mystikal

Soundtrack | Kiss of the Dragon

Mystikal was born on September 22, 1970 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Michael Lawrence Tyler.

15. Chali 2na

Soundtrack | Green Zone

Is a member of the founded Hip hop group "Jurassic 5".

16. Immortal Technique

Soundtrack | The Brave One

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

17. Nas

Soundtrack | Belly

Nas, born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones on September 14, 1973, is the son of Olu Dara, an unconventional jazz musician. At age nine he was a member of the Devastatin' Seven in the mid-1980s, the fruits of which can be heard on his 1994 debut, "Illmatic," which was released on Columbia/SME later that ...

19. Masta Ace

Soundtrack | Kids

Masta Ace was born as Duval Clear.

21. Yasiin Bey

Actor | The Italian Job

Regarded as one of hip-hop's most introspective and insightful artists, Mos Def has shaped a career that transcends music genres and artistic medium. Taking a cue from the Afrocentric stylings of the Native Tongues crew, which included De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest and Andres ...

22. Sadat X

Soundtrack | Boiler Room

Sadat X was born as Derek Murphy.

23. Redman

Soundtrack | How High

Redman was born on April 17, 1970 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as Reggie Noble.

24. KRS-One

Soundtrack | The Manchurian Candidate

KRS-One was born on August 20, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Lawrence Parker. He was previously married to Ms. Melodie.

25. Dr. Dre

Soundtrack | Training Day

Considered by many to be hip-hop's greatest producer, Dr. Dre (b. André Young, February 18, 1965) pioneered gangsta hip-hop and his own variation of the sound, dubbed G-Funk. His very early albums were violent but cautionary tales of the criminal mind, but Dre's records with NWA celebrated the ...

26. 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...

27. Darren Kandler

Actor | The Young Americans

Darren Kandler was born in Hackney, London, England. He is an actor, known for The Young Americans (1993).

28. Necro

Actor | Good Time

Born as Ron Braunstein, in Brooklyn, New York, raised in the Glenwood Housing Projects, Flatbush/Canarsie section of Brooklyn. Known internationally as the hardcore Hiphop artist, Necro. Owner of the independent, Psycho+Logical-Records, which he started in 1999 to release his solo albums as well as...

29. Method Man

Actor | How High

Method Man was born on April 1, 1971 in Richmond [now Staten Island], New York City, New York, USA as Clifford Smith. He is an actor, known for How High (2001), Garden State (2004) and Method & Red (2004). He has been married to Tamika Smith since March 3, 2001.

30. DMX

Soundtrack | Exit Wounds

DMX was born on December 18, 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Earl Simmons. He was previously married to Tashera Simmons.

31. Keith Murray

Soundtrack | The Corruptor

Keith Murray was born on September 13, 1969 in Yonkers, New York, USA.

32. Talib Kweli

Soundtrack | Superbad

Talib Kweli was born on October 3, 1975 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Talib Greene.

33. Ludacris

Actor | Crash

Ludacris was born Christopher Brian Bridges in Champaign, Illinois, where he was raised, the son of Roberta Shields and Wayne Brian Bridges. At nine years old, he started rapping. He attended Emerson Middle School and, eventually, Oak Park and River Forest High School for his freshman year. ...

34. Xzibit

Actor | Empire

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 ...

35. 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 ...

36. Posdnuos

Soundtrack | High Fidelity

Posdnuos was born on August 17, 1969 in Bronx, New York, USA as Kelvin Mercer.

37. Thirstin Howl III

Actor | 78 on 79th

Thirstin Howl III is an actor, known for 78 on 79th (2017), Loki: Keep It Movin (2018) and The Haitian Polo Documentary.

38. The Lady of Rage

Actress | Next Friday

The Lady of Rage was born on February 6, 1966 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA as Robin Yvette Allen. She is an actress, known for Next Friday (2000), The Steve Harvey Show (1996) and Above the Rim (1994).

39. Fat Joe

Actor | Happy Feet

Joseph Antonio Cartagena (born August 19, 1970), better known by his stage name Fat Joe, is an American rapper and actor from the Bronx, New York. He began his music career as a member of hip hop group Diggin' in the Crates Crew (D.I.T.C.), then forged a solo career and set up his own label, Terror...

40. Tech N9ne

Soundtrack | Alpha Dog

Aaron Dontez Yates was born November 8th, 1971 in Kansas City, Missouri. At a young age Aaron would use raps to learn to spell his name and practice math. In 1988, Aaron adopted the name Tech N9ne. In 1996 he signed to Qwest Records and in 1999 he was released from the label. Two albums were ...



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