Rappers

Imagine what the music world would have been like had it not been for rappers like 50 Cent, Kanye West, Slick Rick and Snoop Dogg who pep up the songs with their innovative and funny rapping styles? Rapping is an interesting combination of speech, prose, poetry and singing and adds a fun element to the performance of the entertainer. Rapping is such an integral ingredient of hip hop music and is also found in alternative rock and Kwaito music. Rap music has traditionally been a young man’s forte though in the modern times it is no rarity to seen middle-aged men happily rapping their lyrics or to spot pretty women stealing the spotlight away from their male counterparts. Rapping has its roots in Africa though today you can find rappers from different races performing all over the world in over a hundred languages! In the modern era it was the Hip Hop artist James Brown who introduced rapping in its modern avatar to millions of music fans. Rappers began gaining in popularity during the 1970s and from there rapping’s become a staple of Hip Hop music. Read on to learn more about the famous rappers from all over the world who made music more exciting and enjoyable with their unique talents.

 1 XXXTentacion

XXXTentacion
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 23, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: June 18, 2018

A rapper and singer, XXXTentacion, gained fame with the success of the song, Look at Me, and release of albums like 17 and ?. In his personal life, he faced multiple legal issues from the beginning. He was shot dead at the young age of 20. XXXTentacion had a cult following among the youth owing to his depression and alienation thematic driven music.

 2 DaBaby

DaBaby
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 22, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

American rapper and songwriter DaBaby gained critical acclaim and commercial success with his debut album Baby on Baby. Later, his two other albums Kirk and Blame It on Baby became huge successes and made him one of the biggest rappers in the US. Earlier his single Light Show and Baby Talk series of mixtape attracted quite a lot of attention.

 3 Lil Uzi Vert

Lil Uzi Vert
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 31, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Lil Uzi Vert is an American rapper whose music is defined by dark subject matters, which complements his androgynous fashion, eccentric hairstyles, facial piercings, and face tattoos. Lil Uzi Vert has often courted controversy by saying phrases associated with Satanism and adding satanic imagery to his Instagram account. He has also been accused of worshipping Satan.

 4 NLE Choppa

NLE Choppa
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 1, 2002
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

NLE Choppa is one of the youngest male rappers to make a name for himself in the American rapping scene. Also a well-known Internet personality, NLE Choppa has posted several videos on his YouTube channel Awakened Choppa, inspiring many of his followers to fall back on spirituality and veganism.

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 5 Roddy Ricch

Roddy Ricch
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 22, 1998
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Trap sensation Roddy Ricch is best known for his mixtape Feed Tha Streets II, which featured the Billboard Hot 100-charting track Die Young. Nipsey Hussle's track Racks in the Middle, featuring Ricch, got him a Grammy Award. Fans also loved Ricch's Hot 100-topping single The Box from his debut album.

 6 Juice WRLD

Juice WRLD
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 2, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 8, 2019

 7 Travis Scott

Travis Scott
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Travis Scott is a highly successful rapper, singer and songwriter. In 2016, his second albun, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight became his first number one album on the Billboard 200. It was followed by his album, Astroworld, which received widespread critical praise. His music is a fusion of fusion of traditional, hip hop, lo-fi and ambient.

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 8 Polo G

Polo G
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 6, 1999
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Polo G is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record executive. Polo G, who became famous for his Chicago drill sound, gradually adopted a more melodic style. Renowned for his vivid storytelling, Polo G's lyrics often reflect on subjects, such as mental health and racism. In 2020, he announced the launch of ODA Records, his own record label.

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 9 Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: September 13, 1996

Tupac Amaru Shakur, popularly known as 2Pac or Makaveli, is considered as one of the greatest American rappers of all time. Talent and trouble went hand in hand in Shakur’s journey to fame; the higher Shakur rose in his iconic status, the deeper he became entangled in gang violence and an infamous rivalry, which sadly led to his untimely demise.

 10 PnB Rock

PnB Rock
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Famous As: Rapper, Hip-hop Artist
Birthdate: December 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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 11 ASAP Rocky

ASAP Rocky
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Rapper ASAP Rocky gained fame with his debut mixtape, LiveLoveA$AP. He released two consecutive Billboard 200-topping albums, Long. Live. ASAP and At. Long. Last. A$AP. Fans loved his Grammy-nominated single Fuckin' Problems. He also produces using the pseudonym Lord Flacko and is part of the hip-hop collective A$AP Mob.

 12 YNW Melly

YNW Melly
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 1, 1999
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

YNW Melly is an American rapper whose song Murder on My Mind became a huge hit, especially after Melly was charged with double-murder. In 2019, he pleaded not guilty and is currently awaiting trial. If proven guilty, he could face life imprisonment or even capital punishment. Apart from the double-murder charges, he is a suspect in the 2017 murder of a sheriff's deputy.

 13 Ski Mask the Slump God

Ski Mask the Slump God
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 18, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 14 Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Snoop Dogg is a famous American rapper whose life is a perfect example of rags-to-riches story. As a child, he did various odd jobs to help his family make ends meet. He started rapping as a young boy to distract himself from his unstable family life. He ran into trouble with the law as a teenager. However, once he released his debut album, there was no looking back.

 

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 15 Drake

Drake
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

 16 Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: August 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: March 31, 2019

Nipsey Hussle was an American rapper who left behind quite a legacy when he was fatally shot at the age of 33. His death was met with a strong artistic response as more than 50 murals dedicated to him were painted in Los Angeles alone within a few months after his death. As a rapper and activist, Hussle influenced several youngsters.

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 17 Jack Harlow

Jack Harlow
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 13, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 18 Lil Baby

Lil Baby
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Hip-hop and trap artist Lil Baby gained game with his 2017 mixtape Perfect Timing, named in honor of his newfound life after serving a 2-year sentence for possession of marijuana. His debut album, Harder Than Ever, was platinum-certified, while his second album, My Turn, topped the Billboard 200.
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 19 J. Cole

J. Cole
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Famous As: Rapper, Record Producer, Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: January 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German, American

German born American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer J. Cole is considered one of the most respected and influential rappers of his generation. Interested in music from a young age, he decided to become a singer when he was just 12. His debut mixtape was a hit, and he went on to release many other successful mixtapes and albums.

 20 Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Chance the Rapper is best known for his Billboard-charting mixtape Coloring Book, which was the first streaming-only album to earn a Grammy. An avid social activist in Chicago, he owns the non-profit SocialWorks. He is known for his signature style of wearing a cap with the number "3" on it.
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 21 Lil Mosey

Lil Mosey
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 26, 2002
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 22 Lil Durk

Lil Durk
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Lil Durk is an American singer-songwriter and rapper. He is credited with founding a rap collective and record label called Only the Family (OTF). Over the years, Lil Durk has faced many legal issues, including his arrest for unlawfully carrying a weapon. He has also been involved in feuds with other rappers, such as Tyga, The Game, and Tay600.

 23 Moneybagg Yo

Moneybagg Yo
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 22, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 24 50 Cent

50 cent
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 6, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

From selling drugs and getting arrested in his teens to becoming one of the world’s best-selling rappers, Curtis James Jackson III’s journey has been an interesting one. Better known by his stage name 50 Cent, his albums have sold in millions. However, despite being one of the richest celebrities, he filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015 due to financial troubles.

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 25 21 Savage

21 Savage
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Famous As: Hip-hop artist
Birthdate: October 22, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

An influential rapper, 21 Savage's Guns Down, Paintballs Up movement, which he reportedly started to reduce gun violence, gave rise to many incidents involving paintball guns. Also a philanthropist, Savage created the 21 Savage Bank Account Campaign to help kids learn how to make and save money. In 2018, he donated $10,000 to fund an anti-bullying campaign in school.

 26 Tyrese Gibson

Tyrese Gibson
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Famous As: Rapper, Actor
Birthdate: December 30, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Grammy-nominated singer/rapper Tyrese Gibson is best known for his chartbusting track Sweet Lady. Fans also loved him as Roman Pearce in the Fast & Furious franchise and as Robert Epps in the Transformers movies. He has also written a three-volume comic book series and two New York Times bestsellers.
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 27 Tyga

Tyga
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Tyga is a singer-songwriter, rapper, television personality, and actor. Although Tyga had a promising start to his music career, he faced a setback when he had to endure a long period of negative reviews and poor sales. He was also troubled by a series of legal issues. Despite his struggles, Tyga proved his mettle by releasing his hit album Legendary.

 28 Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa
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Famous As: Rapper & Songwriter
Birthdate: September 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Rapper Wiz Khalifa shot to fame with his Billboard-topping track Black and Yellow. His single See You Again was part of the soundtrack of Furious 7 and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks. The Grammy-nominated artist is a supporter of cannabis usage and a martial arts enthusiast.

 29 Kodak Black

Kodak Black
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Kodak Black is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. He gained recognition after releasing hit albums, such as Painting Pictures and Dying to Live. A well-known philanthropist, Kodak Black announced in 2018 that he was in the process of building a school in Haiti. Over the years, he has also donated money for various charitable causes.

 30 Kevin Gates

Kevin Gates
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: February 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 31 Lil TJAY

Lil TJAY
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 30, 2001
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 32 A Boogie wit da Hoodie

A Boogie wit da Hoodie
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: 1995 AD
Nationality: American

 33 Trey Songz

Trey Songz
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 34 Ppcocaine

Ppcocaine
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 1, 2001
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Lilliane Diomi, better known by her pseudonym, “ppcocaine,” rose to fame with her viral tracks on TikTok, such as DDLG and 3 Musketeers. She was previously known as "trapbunniebubbles" and is immensely popular on YouTube, too. The openly lesbian entertainer is known for her signature pink clothes and hair.

 35 Post Malone

Post Malone
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Much appreciated for his introspective songwriting, singer-songwriter, Post Malone ,is the first-ever solo artist to top both the Billboard Rap Airplay and Adult Contemporary charts as a lead artist. His music covers a range of genres including country, grunge, rap, and R&B. He has been accused of  "appropriating" African-American culture and has been called a “culture vulture".

 36 Playboi Carti

Playboi Carti
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 13, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Mumble rapper Playboi Carti previously performed with Ethereal, using the pseudonym "Sir Cartier." He soared to fame with the Billboard Hot 100-charting tracks Woke Up Like and Magnolia. Described by GQ as the "leader of a youth style," he is known for his signature gothic fashion and quirky personality.

 37 Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 9, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 38 Nelly

Nelly
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Famous As: Rapper, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Grammy-winning hip-hop/rap artist Nelly began his career with St. Lunatics. He became a household name after the release of his debut solo album, Country Grammar, in 2000. He ranked third on Billboard’s list of the Top Artist of the Decade and has sold 21 million albums in the U.S.

 39 Busta Rhymes

Busta Rhymes
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 40 Tory Lanez

Tory Lanez
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian, American

Rapper, singer and songwriter, Tory Lanez’s debut studio album I Told You topped the charts in 2016. His subsequent albums, Memories Don't Die, Love Me Now, Chixtape 5 and Daystar were successful too. He was arrested once for violence and possessing a weapon. He has also been accused of shooting and wounding another rap artist, a charge Tory has denied.

 41 Chief Keef

Chief Keef
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Famous As: Rapper, Singer, Record Producer, Composer
Birthdate: August 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Chief Keef is a hip-hop sensation who has revolutionized the drill and trap sub-genres. His track I Don’t Like was remixed by Kanye West and was featured on the Billboard Rap Top 20. He was dropped by the label Interscope for several legal issues and then formed his own label.

 42 Swae Lee

Swae Lee
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: June 7, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 43 Rico Nasty

Rico Nasty
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Famous As: Musical Artist
Birthdate: May 7, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 44 J. I.

J. I.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 23, 2001
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 45 Lil Tecca

Lil Tecca
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: August 26, 2002
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 46 Flo Milli

Flo Milli
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 9, 2000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 47 Ice Cube

Ice Cube
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Ice Cube played an important role in contributing to gangsta rap's popularity. His lyrics for N.W.A's album Straight Outta Compton redrew boundaries and shaped West Coast rap's identity. Because of his lyrics, that explain black nationalism and black struggle, Ice Cube went on to influence a host of rappers and is considered one of the greatest rappers ever.

 48 Saweetie

Saweetie
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Famous As: Rapper, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Saweetie is an American rapper gained recognition when she posted her debut single Icy Grl on SoundCloud. Subsequently, the video of the song broke the internet as it went on to gather 100 million views on YouTube. She was then signed by Warner Records, which increased her popularity. She is also signed to Artistry Worldwide, her manager Max Gousse's record label.

 49 Bobby Shmurda

Bobby Shmurda
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: August 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Bobby Shmurda is one of the most popular American rappers to serve a prison sentence. After releasing his debut EP, he was arrested on charges of conspiracy to murder, reckless endangerment, and weapons possession. Initially sentenced to seven years in prison, his term was later reduced to five years. In 2017, he claimed that he was writing music in prison.

 50 Miss Mulatto

Miss Mulatto
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 22, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Miss Mulatto is an American rapper who launched her career after competing in a reality TV series titled The Rap Game. Apart from releasing mixtapes, extended plays, and singles, Miss Mulatto also owns a store called Pittstop Clothing in Georgia.

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