10 Most Famous Hip Hop Singers

Here are the 10 most famous hip hop singers. Hip hop erupted on the music scene in the '80s. Since then, rap has become one of the most popular styles of music. Here are ten of the best and most famous rappers.

  1. Notorious BIG. "Biggie" was an East Coast rapper who was tragically killed in the prime of his career. Biggie made famous the East coast/West coast rivalry and left behind some of the greatest hip hop songs of all time.
  2. Jay Z. Jay Z has been one of the most influential rappers and producers of our time. He is well known for his music as well as the hip hop artists he has discovered and produced. Jay Z is also well known for his highly publicized relationship with Beyonce.
  3. KRS One. Here is a pioneer of hip hop. KRS One started out as part of a duo, but later showcased his talent as a hip hop solo singer. His solo albums are just as critically acclaimed as his collaborative ones, and his story of coming from the streets makes him one of the most famous rappers to date.
  4. Rakim. Another pioneer of hip hop, Rakim is known for his skill with lyrics and style of rap. With so many hit records, Rakim has certainly proven himself as one of the best hip hop singers.
  5. Nas. This teenage prodigy has come a long way. Nas was made famous not only by his own music, but also through his rivalry with fellow hip hop singer, Jay Z. This feud ended, but the success of Nas has continued.
  6. Run DMC. Everyone who knows hip hop singers knows Run DMC. This group defines old school rap and are as popular today as they were in the '80s. Run DMC even crossed over with their collaboration with Aerosmith on "Walk This Way."
  7. LL Cool J. LL is one of the most famous hip hop singers. His hits are endless, and every time you think you've  heard the last of LL Cool J, he comes out with another hit. He has even crossed over into the world of acting as well adding to his fame.
  8. Eminem. Everyone knows Eminem, especially after the film "5 Mile" that chronicled his career and rise to fame. Eminem is a master of hip hop and has revolutionized the hip hop industry.
  9. Snoop Dogg. Another famous West coast rapper, Snoop was discovered by Dr. Dre and has been singing hip hop ever since. His style makes him stand out, and Snoop personifies rap.
  10. Tupac Shakur. 2pac, as he is also known, is one of the most famous hip hop singers despite his tragic death at the age of 25. 2pac has one of the best selling rap albums of all time, "Me Against the World." His death and his great music have elevated him to the status of legend.
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