10 Most Famous Rap Singers

Here are the 10 most famous rap singers of all time. Some of the most famous rap singers have ventured into mainstream music, and taken their talents on-screen in television and movies. While most have found enough success to make a name for themselves among a hip hop-based audience, a few have become household names. 

  1. 2Pac. One of the greatest artists of all time, 2Pac's legacy included numerous posthumous albums and critically-acclaimed film roles that carried him into the new millennium, almost fifteen years after his untimely death. His posthumous album, "R U Still Down? (Remember Me)" was certified platinum four times and reached number one on the Billboard U.S. Top Albums chart. 

  2. Notorious B.I.G. A rap pioneer and the patriarch of the Bad Boy Label, Notorious B.I.G.'s posthumous album, "Ready to Die" is one of the few Hip-hop albums to receive Diamond certification. His rise to fame was chronicled in the 2009 film Notorious.

  3. Will Smith. Although he had a very impressive rap career, after winning the first ever Grammy for Rap with his radio-friendly "Parents Just Don't Understand,"  Will Smith went on to make a household name for himself with his role as a fictionalized version of himself in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."

  4. LL Cool J. LL Cool J was a Grammy-winning rapper with romantic rap songs, "I Need Love" and "Around the Way Girl," before making the switch to full-time actor with the lead role in the 90's sitcom "In the House."

  5. P. Diddy. Although not the most lyrically adept, P.Diddy and his Bad Boy label brought Hip Hop to mainstream audiences and then became a reality television innovator with his Making the Band series. His single dedicated to the Notorious B.I.G., "I'll Be Missing You," debuted at number one on the Billboard  Hot 100 Tracks.

  6. Snoop Dogg. Although he's not the first West Coast rapper to hit airwaves, his staying power has made him the unofficial ambassador of West Coast rap music. His debut album, "Doggystyle", is a Hip-hop staple.

  7. Jay-Z. After the untimely death of Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and Rocafella Records took over the Hip Hop crown. His debut album, "Reasonable Doubt", features a track with the Notorious B.I.G.

  8. Ice Cube. Ice Cube has been acting almost as long as he's been rapping. In recent years he's traded in his gangsta persona, in single such as "Check Yo Self," for sophisticated family roles in movies.

  9. Kanye West. Although his innovative production and lyrical content stands for itself, Kanye West's mouth and award show antics have made him a household name in recent years. In true Kanye West fashion, his latest album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy",  is headlined by the 35-minute video, "Runaway."

  10. Eminem. With over ten million albums sold, and an Academy Award for Best Original Song, Eminem's fame transcends race and welcomes Hip Hop into more respected venues.  His most recent album, "Recovery" sold over half a million copies in its first week of release.


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