10 Best Rap Lyricists Of All Time

We all know without the hot beat and meaningful lyrics there’s no hiphop music. The lyrics can make or break an artist. With the help of lyrics, HipHop artist express their feelings and touch the heart of millions.

Here is the list of top 10 best rap lyricists who have touched the hearts of many people with their power of words.

1. Nas


Nas is considered as one of the greatest rappers of all times. He has released 8 consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums. He has been ranked #2 by MTV in the list of ‘Greatest MCs of all time’. ‘The source’ ranked him #2 on their list of ‘Top 50 lyricists of all time’.

2. Rakim


He is an American rapper considered as the most skilled and influential rapper. He is ranked 4 on MTV’s list of greatest MCs of all time. In 2012, ‘The Source’ ranked him #1 on the list of ‘Top 50 lyricists of all time’.

3. Eminem


No doubt, he is one of the best-selling rappers of all time. He has sold more than 172 million albums. The rapper has a total of 15 ‘Grammy awards’ and always praised for his verbal energy and lyrical quality. Eminem is tagged as rap god, but he is also a great lyricist.

4. Jay Z

Jay Z

Jay Z has won 21 Grammy awards for his musical work. In 2006, MTV ranked him number one in the list of ‘Greatest MC’s of all time’.

5. Tupac Shakur

TuPac Shakur

2Pac Shakur the American rapper, who has sold over 75 million records worldwide. He has been listed as one of the greatest artists of all times by many magazines. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time.

6. Common


Common is an American rapper from Chicago and a versatile lyricist. He won his first Grammy award for Best R&B song ‘Love of my life’. In 2015, Common won ‘Golden globe awards’ and ‘Academy awards’ for best original song ‘Glory.’

7. Notorious Big

Notorious Big

He was an American rapper and consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers of all time. He was well known for his easy flow, loose and storytelling abilities.

8. Andre 3000

Andre 3000

He is an American rapper with great writing abilities. In 2004, his album Superboxx/The love below has won the ‘Album of the year’ and ‘Best rap album award’.

9. Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli

Kweli is an American hip-hop rapper and a social activist. He has several albums that gained fame from the group he formed known as ‘Black Star’ with fellow ‘Mos Def’. He is known to support artist on the rise such as J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar & NICO.

10. KRS One


Krs One’s original name is Lawrence Parker, an American rapper with crisp lyrics writing abilities. He is famous for his production house naming ‘Boogie down productions’. In 2007 he received Lifetime achievement award, later in 2009 he was honoured with ‘Living legend award’.