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Since the birth of hip-hop, rappers have shown their unique viewpoints via the art of rhyming. Today we have seen Hip Hop impact the world with its creativity and prowess. Here are the Top 10 finest rappers that have brought life to the real essence of Hip Hop over the last 5 years both lyrically and production-wise.

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1. Jay Z
He once said “People treat you different when you are a success“. Shawn Corey Carter is the living legend of Hip-Hop. He makes tracks that make you feel like Only God alone can out-do his metaphors.

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2. Kanye West
Omari “Kanye” West has prevailed from being a producer for Jay Z to almost out doing him on the mic . With countless hits, albums and controversies. Kanye has proven himself to be a demigod.

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3. Eminem
Marshall Mathers III is the only white rapper that can be confidently called a rap legend . Consistency is probably the problem Eminem has but every time he comes back , he always has a Grammy plaque waiting for him. He has been listed and ranked as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines including Rolling Stone magazine which ranked him 82nd on its list of greatest musicians of all time.

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4. Drake
Aubram Graham is one of the most hated rappers
today mainly because he ‘polluted’ rap by singing in his Nothing Was The Same album and his ability to steal your babe ask Chris Brown . He makes music that makes you want to fall in love again. He is deemed as the leader of new generation rap.

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5. Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Duckworth is the leader of making conscious Hip-Hop.  He is the new King of Hip-Hop , he once said he had dream that Tupac appeared to him and he said should save HipHop. He makes every verse a master-piece , the very humble rapper was crowned “Hottest MC in the game” by MTv. Truth be told, I feel blessed for having him in my generation.

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6. J.Cole
Jermaine Cole dropped two of the greatest rap albums over last 2 decades “Born Sinner” in 2013 and 2014 Forest Hills Drive in 2014. He makes conscious music i.e Hip Hop with a message . His contribution to HipHop since he went mainstream is phenomenon . So far, his story telling skills can be compared to none. He certainly didn’t ‘Let Nas Down’.

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7. Rick Ross
William Robert has carved a niche for himself from being a correction officer to becoming one of the most consistent rappers ever. Rick Ross gets less
credit than he deserves.  All his album has gone platinum , his concerts sold out and his label MMG becoming one of the biggest labels in the US with albums like Hood Billionaire, Mastermind, Trilla.

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8. Lil Wayne
Dwayne Michael Carter aka Mixtape Weezy is one of the most influential rappers on this list . He has been criticised a lot of times these past years on his poor delivery and his incessant reference to sexual activities but Lil Wayne always seem to shut his haters when they least expect.

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9. Ab-Soul
Herbert Anthony Stevens IV aka The Black Lip Bastard is one of the most intelligent lyricist in the game with no dispute. Very few know him but for those that do, The Soul Brother possesses more artillery than Russia when he is on the mic. He is the next in command to Kendrick Lamar.

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10. Nicki Minaj
She’s said it herself and it’s true: Nicki Minaj raps better than most of her male contemporaries. Onika Miraj is undeniably the biggest female rapper in the game . Nicki has grown from Lil Wayne’s pet project to becoming a world-wide star with three hit
albums of rap, pop, R&B, and more.

– Joseph Abalokwu

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