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100 Greatest Rap/Hip-Hop Artists Versions 1-6
Criteria: - These 100 Rap/Hip-Hop artists where chosen and ranked based on influence, impact, originality, talent, and lasting popularity.
All realms of Rap/Hip-Hop are included.



(NOTE: The Lists on this page are past versions and are now obsolete.)
The List From 05-09-2010 to 08-08-2010
Rap Hip-Hop Artists
  1. Run-D.M.C.
  2. Public Enemy
  3. Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five
  4. Beastie Boys
  5. 2pac
  6. Eric B and Rakim
  7. N.W.A
  8. Wu-Tang Clan
  9. Jay Z
10. De La Soul
11. Outkast
12. A Tribe Called Quest
13. Notorious BIG
14. Nas
15. Eminem
17. LL Cool J
18. Boogie Down Productions
19. Dr. Dre
20. Afrikaa Bambaataa
21. Kanye West
22. The Roots
23. Gangstarr
24. Ice Cube
25. EPMD
26. Salt-N-Pepa
27. Slick Rick
28. Big Daddy Kane
29. Snoop Dog
30. Pete Rock and C.L Smooth
31. Missy Elliott
32. Ultramagnetic MCs
33. Ice T
34. Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
34. Queen Latifah
35. DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
36. Scarface
37. MC Lyte
38. Kurtis Blow
39. Too $hort
40. Fugees
41. Eightball and MJG
42. Common
43. Treacherous Three
44. Rage Against the Machine
45. Mos Def
46. Whodini
47. DJ Shadow
48. The Funky Four + 1
49. The Sugarhill Gang
50. Massive Attack
51. Schooly D
52. Busta Rhymes
53. Spoonie Gee
54. Doug E.Fresh
55. Mobb Deep
56. Goodie Mob
57. Lil Wayne
58. Cypress Hill
59. Brand Nubian
60. Geto Boys
61. Heavy D and the Boyz
62. Ludacris
63. Bone Thugs and Harmony
64. Redman
65. DJ Qwik
66. Black Star
67. The Cold Crush Brothers
68. Big L
69. Jungle Brothers
70. 50 Cent
71. Jurassic 5
72. Black Sheep
73. Fearless Four
74. Digital Underground
75. Stetasonic
76. Naughty by nature
77. Black Moon
78. D.O.C
79. Portishead
80. MF Doom
81. The Pharycde
82. Souls Of Mischeif
83. Main Source
84. T.I
85. KRS-one
86. Jeru the Damaja
87. Mary J. Blige
88. Biz Markie
89. Lauren Hill
90. DMX
91. UGK
92. Talib kweli
93. Kool Keith/Dr Octagon
94. Big Punisher
95. AZ
96. Arrested Development
97. Madlib
98. Camp Lo
99. Leaders of the New School
100. E-40
Rap/Hip-Hop Songs
Rap/Hip-Hop Albums
Top 10 Albums '00-'07
Old School Rap Records










Influential & Important Artists on Hip Hop - (No Order) (Non Hip-Hop Artists)

James Brown
Mariah Carey
Millie Jackson
Beck
Neneh Cherry
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Miles Davis
Teena Marie
Sneaker Pimps
Chaka Khan & Rufus
The Last Poets
Blondie
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Prince

The List From 10-16-08 to 05-09-2010
Rap Hip-Hop Artists
  1. Run-D.M.C.
  2. Public Enemy
  3. 2 Pac
  4. Eric B. & Rakim
  5. Jay Z
  6. N.W.A
  7. The Notorious B.I.G.
  8. LL Cool J
  9. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
10. Outkast
11. Nas
12. A Tribe Called Quest
13. Boogie Down Productions
14. The Beastie Boys
15. Big Daddy Kane
16. Wu Tang Clan
17. Ice Cube
18. Afrika Bambaataa
19. Slick Rick
20. De La Soul
21. MC Lyte<
22. Scarface
23. Snoop Dogg
24. Salt-N-Pepa
25. Ice-T
26. EPMD
27. Kool G Rap
28. GangStarr
29. Lauryn Hill
30. The Roots
31. Kanye West
32. Kurtis Blow
33. Dr. Dre
34. Common
35. Too $hort
36. Eminem
37. Queen Latifah
38. Whodini
39. Eightball and MJG
40. The Funky Four + 1
41. The Fugees
42. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
43. Naughty By Nature
44. The Sugarhill Gang
45. Brand Nubian
46. Missy Elliott
47. Mos Def
48. Digital Underground
49. Cypress Hill
50. Goodie MOB
51. The Cold Crush Brothers
52. Heavy D. & The Boyz
53. DMX
54. Busta Rhymes
55. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
56. DJ Qwik
57. Ultramagnetic MCs
58. Ghostface Killah
59. The Treacherous Three
60. UGK
61. Redman
62. T.I.
63. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
64. Lil Kim
65. Doug E. Fresh
66. Big L
67. Three 6 Mafia
68. The Jungle Brothers
69. Talib Kweli
70. Ludacris
71. Stetsasonic
72. 50 Cent
73. KRS-One<
74. Biz Markie
75. Lil Wayne
76. Eve
77. Big Punisher
78. X-Clan
79. Mobb Deep
80. The Pharcyde
81. Geto Boys
82. E-40
83. Da Brat
84. Digable Planets
85. Method Man
86. Little Brother
87. Eazy E
88. MC Hammer
89. 3rd Bass
90. Puff Daddy/P. Diddy
91. Foxy Brown
92. Twista
93. Ol' Dirty Bastard
94. Fat Joe
95. Leaders of the New School
96. Trick Daddy
97. AZ
98. Kool Keith/Dr. Octagon
99. Coolio
100. Kool Moe Dee
Rap/Hip-Hop Songs
Rap/Hip-Hop Albums
Top 10 Albums '00-'07










Influential & Important Artists on Hip Hop - (No Order) (Non Hip-Hop Artists)

James Brown
Mariah Carey
Millie Jackson
Beck
Neneh Cherry
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Miles Davis
Teena Marie
Sneaker Pimps
Chaka Khan & Rufus
The Last Poets
Blondie
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Prince

The List From 1-19-05 to 10-16-08
Rap Hip-Hop Artists
  1. Run DMC
  2. Public Enemy
  3. 2 Pac
  4. The Beastie Boys
  5. N.W.A.
  6. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
  7. Eric B. & Rakim
  8. Salt-N-Pepa
  9. A Tribe Called Quest
10. Notorious B.I.G.
11. Nas
12. Outkast
13. LL Cool J
14. Boogie Down Productions
15. Missy Elliott
16. Queen Latifah
17. Jay Z
18. Dr. Dre
19. Mary J. Blige
20. De La Soul
21. Eminem
22. Wu Tang Clan
23. Afrika Bambatta
24. The Fugees
25. Doug E. Fresh
26. Ice-T
27. Lauryn Hill
28. The Roots
29. Erykah Badu
30. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
31. Mos Def
32. KRS - One
33. Ice Cube
34. TLC
35. DJ Kool Herc
36. MC Lyte
37. Snoop Dogg
38. Grand Wizard Theodore
39. Common
40. Slick Rick
41. DMX
42. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
43. EPMD
44. Mantronix
45. Kurtis Blow
46. Gang Starr
47. Kool Moe Dee
48. Talib Kwelli
49. Digital Underground
50. Mase
51. Big Daddy Kane
52. Lil Kim
53. MC Hammer
54. Naughty By Nature
55. Treacherous Three
56. Cypress Hill
57. Biz Markie
58. Eve
59. Kanye West
60. Busta Rhymes
61. Puff Daddy/P. Diddy
62. Arrested Development
63. Heavy D. & The Boyz
64. The Sugar Hill Gang
65. Scarface
66. Brand Nubian
67. Geto Boys
68. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
69. Wyclef Jean
70. The Fat Boys
71. Digable Planets
72. the Pharcyde
73. Method Man
74. Mobb Deep
75. Ludacris
76. Will Smith
77. Nelly
78. Roxanne Shanté
79. The Jurassic 5
80. Eazy E
81. Whodini
82. Coolio
83. Spoonie Gee
84. Da Brat
85. Tone Loc
86. Funky 4 + 1
87. Foxy Brown
88. 3rd Bass
89. Big Punisher
90. Nappy Roots
91. The Cold Crush Brothers
92. The Jungle Brothers
93. Yo - Yo
94. Stetsasonic
95. Grandmaster Melle Mel
96. Black Eyed Peas
97. Blackalicious
98. Grand Puba
99. Fat Joe
100. Das EFX







Influential & Important Artists on Hip Hop - (No Order) (Non Hip-Hop Artists)

James Brown
Mariah Carey
Millie Jackson
Beck
Neneh Cherry
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Miles Davis
Teena Marie
Sneaker Pimps
Chaka Khan & Rufus
The Last Poets
Blondie
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Prince

The List From 12-14-04 to 1-19-05
  1. Run DMC
  2. Public Enemy
  3. 2 Pac
  4. The Beastie Boys
  5. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
  6. Eric B. & Rakim
  7. N.W.A
  8. Salt-N-Pepa
  9. A Tribe Called Quest
10. LL Cool J
11. Nas
12. Outkast
13. Notorious B.I.G.
14. Boogie Down Productions
15. Missy Elliott
16. Jay Z
17. Queen Latifah
18. Dr. Dre
19. Mary J. Blige
20. De La Soul
21. Eminem
22. Wu Tang Clan
23. Afrika Bambatta
24. The Fugees
25. Doug E. Fresh
26. Ice-T
27. Lauryn Hill
28. The Roots
29. Erykah Badu
30. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
31. Mos Def
32. KRS - One
33. Ice Cube
34. TLC
35. Kool DJ Herc
36. MC Lyte
37. Snoop Dogg
38. Grand Wizard Theodore
39. Common
40. Slick Rick
41. DMX
42. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
43. EPMD
44. Mantronix
45. Kurtis Blow
46. Gang Starr
47. Kool Moe Dee
48. Talib Kwelli
49. Digital Underground
50. Mase
51. Big Daddy Kane
52. Lil Kim
53. MC Hammer
54. Naughty By Nature
55. Treacherous Three
56. Cypress Hill
57. Biz Markie
58. Eve
59. Kanye West
60. Busta Rhymes
61. Puff Daddy/P. Diddy
62. Arrested Development
63. Heavy D. & The Boyz
64. The Sugar Hill Gang
65. Scarface
66. Brand Nubian
67. Geto Boys
68. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
69. Wyclef Jean
70. The Fat Boys
71. Digable Planets
72. the Pharcyde
73. Method Man
74. Mobb Deep
75. Ludacris
76. Will Smith
77. Nelly
78. Roxanne Shanté
79. The Jurassic 5
80. Eazy E
81. Whodini
82. Coolio
83. Spoonie Gee
84. Da Brat
85. Tone Loc
86. Funky 4 + 1
87. Foxy Brown
88. 3rd Bass
89. Big Punisher
90. Nappy Roots
91. The Cold Crush Brothers
92. The Jungle Brothers
93. Yo - Yo
94. Stetsasonic
95. Grandmaster Melle Mel
96. Black Eyed Peas
97. Blackalicious
98. Grand Puba
99. Fat Joe
100.Das EFX
Influential & Important Artists on Hip Hop - (No Order) (Non Hip-Hop Artists)

James Brown
Mariah Carey
Millie Jackson
Beck
Neneh Cherry
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Miles Davis
Teena Marie
Sneaker Pimps
Chaka Khan & Rufus
The Last Poets
Blondie
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Prince

The List From 10-20-04 to 12-14-04
  1. Run DMC
  2. Public Enemy
  3. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
  4. The Beastie Boys
  5. 2 Pac
  6. Salt-N-Pepa
  7. LL Cool J
  8. Eric B. & Rakim
  9. N.W.A
10. A Tribe Called Quest
11. Outkast
12. Notorious B.I.G.
13. Missy Elliott
14. Jay Z
15. Queen Latifah
16. Nas
17. Afrika Bambatta
18. Mary J. Blige
19. Boogie Down Productions
20. Eminem
21. Doug E. Fresh
22. The Fugees
23. Dr. Dre
24. De La Soul
25. Ice-T
26. Lauryn Hill
27. The Roots
28. Wu Tang Clan
29. Erykah Badu
30. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
31. Mos Def
32. KRS - One
33. Mantronix
34. TLC
35. Kool DJ Herc
36. Ice Cube
37. Kurtis Blow
38. MC Lyte
39. Snoop Dogg
40. Grand Wizard Theodore
41. Common
42. Slick Rick
43. DMX
44. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
45. EPMD
46. Gang Starr
47. Kool Moe Dee
48. Talib Kwelli
49. Digital Underground
50. Lil Kim
51. MC Hammer
52. Naughty By Nature
53. Treacherous Three
54. Cypress Hill
55. Biz Markie
56. Eve
57. Kanye West
58. Busta Rhymes
59. Puff Daddy/P. Diddy
60. Arrested Development
61. Big Daddy Kane
62. Heavy D. & The Boyz
63. The Sugar Hill Gang
64. Wyclef Jean
65. Ludacris
66. The Fat Boys
67. Will Smith
68. Nelly
69. Digable Planets
70. the Pharcyde
71. Roxanne Shanté
72. The Jurassic 5
73. Eazy E
74. Brand Nubian
75. Whodini
76. Coolio
77. Da Brat
78. Tone Loc
79. Funky 4 + 1
80. Mase
81. Foxy Brown
82. Spoonie Gee
83. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
84. Mobb Dep
85. 3rd Bass
86. The Cold Crush Brothers
87. Method Man
88. The Jungle Brothers
89. Yo - Yo
90. Stetsasonic
91. Grandmaster Melle Mel
92. Big Punisher
93. Black Eyed Peas
94. Blackalicious
95. Grand Puba
96. Jermaine Dupri
97. Das EFX
98. DJ Shadow
99. Kid-N-Play
100. Young MC
Influential & Important Artists on Hip Hop - (No Order) (Non Hip-Hop Artists)

James Brown
Mariah Carey
Millie Jackson
Beck
Neneh Cherry
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Miles Davis
Teena Marie
Sneaker Pimps
Chaka Khan & Rufus
The Last Poets
Blondie
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Prince

The List From 9-17-04 to 10-20-04
  1. Run DMC
  2. Public Enemy
  3. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
  4. The Beastie Boys
  5. LL Cool J
  6. Salt-N-Pepa
  7. 2 Pac
  8. Missy Elliott
  9. Outkast
10. Eric B. & Rakim
11. Jay Z
12. Queen Latifah
13. Dr. Dre
14. A Tribe Called Quest
15. Notorious B.I.G.
16. N.W.A.
17. Afrika Bambatta
18. Mary J. Blige
19. Doug E. Fresh
20. Eminem
21. The Fugees
22. Ice-T
23. Lauryn Hill
24. The Roots
25. Boogie Down Productions
26. Wu Tang Clan
27. Erykah Badu
28. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
29. Mos Def
30. De La Soul
31. Nas
32. Mantronix
33. TLC
34. Kool DJ Herc
35. Ice Cube
36. Kurtis Blow
37. MC Lyte
38. Snoop Dogg
39. Grand Wizard Theodore
40. Common
41. Slick Rick
42. Puff Daddy/P. Diddy
43. Eve
44. Gang Starr
45. DMX
46. KRS - One
47. Kool Moe Dee
48. Digital Underground
49. Lil Kim
50. MC Hammer
51. Naughty By Nature
52. Treacherous Three
53. Will Smith
54. Biz Markie
55. Talib Kwelli
56. Kanye West
57. Busta Rhymes
58. EPMD
59. Arrested Development
60. Big Daddy Kane
61. Heavy D. & The Boyz
62. The Sugar Hill Gang
63. Ludacris
64. The Fat Boys
65. Cypress Hill
66. Nelly
67. Roxanne Shanté
68. The Jurassic 5
69. Eazy E
70. Digable Planets
71. Whodini
72. Coolio
73. the Pharcyde
74. Tone Loc
75. Wyclef Jean
76. Mase
77. The Jungle Brothers
78. Foxy Brown
79. Ol' Dirty Bastard
80. Da Brat
81. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
82. Black Eyed Peas
83. 3rd Bass
84. Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
85. Method Man
86. Brand Nubian
87. Mobb Dep
88. Yo - Yo
89. Stetsasonic
90. Grandmaster Melle Mel
91. Spoonie Gee
92. Funky 4 + 1
93. The Cold Crush Brothers
94. Blackalicious
95. Grand Puba
96. Jermaine Dupri
97. Das EFX
98. DJ Shadow
99. Scarface
100. Ja Rule
Influential & Important Artists on Hip Hop - (No Order) (Non Hip-Hop Artists)

James Brown
Mariah Carey
Millie Jackson
Beck
Neneh Cherry
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Miles Davis
Teena Marie
Sneaker Pimps
Chaka Khan & Rufus

This List Began Sept. 17. 2004



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