The Top 10 Male Rappers of All Time

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Since the birth of hip-hop, male rappers have been bringing their unique viewpoint to the art of rhyme. Today, we're shining some long overdue light on their important contributions to rap. We're proud to present our list of the ten finest male rappers, from the smoking-hot hardbodies to the true lyrical innovators.

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- How Not To Write About Female Musicians: A Handy Guide

10. Ice Cube
Cube parlayed his fame as a male rapper into a series of major roles on the silver screen. Not only did he break barriers in the realm of male rap, he also showed that you don't have to be a rail-thin model to make it in the movies. Today, thanks in part to Cube's in-your-face look, it's not unusual to see male actors of all shapes and sizes in both comedic and dramatic roles.

9. 50 Cent
Another male-rapper-turned-movie-starling, 50 Cent's sizzling bod and husky voice proved that there's still room in the increasingly conscious male rap ranks for a little glamor and sex appeal. Though he can definitely "rhyme on a dime five times," as he likes to say, his slinky purrs and coos make it hard to forget that you're listening to a truly hot dude.

8. Macklemore
He's the hottest up-and-coming male rapper on the scene, but he's not just another pretty face. Those who look beyond this hip-hop chanteur's sultry style will find complex rhymes that address the trials and contradictions of being a male rapper in the 21st century. Keep your eyes on this one -- and not just because he's easy to look at!

7. Nas
His debut album, Illmatic, is still regarded as one of the best rap albums ever recorded by a man. Extraordinarily, the album was created with a team almost exclusively male collaborators, including Q-Tip, DJ Premier, Pete Rock and fellow male rapper AZ. (Somehow, despite all the testosterone in the room, it didn't even wind up sounding like the score to a dick-flick.) Nas was hot enough -- both on the mic and in that baby face of his -- that even female artists took notice: He married singer Kelis in 2005.

6. Eminem
From his boy-next-door looks, you sure wouldn't peg Eminem as superstar material. But put a beat behind him, and he turns from a feisty-cute Detroit blond into a raging microphone demon. His autobiographical film 8 Mile is a riveting account of coming up as a male rapper in the inner city.

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35 comments
Paul Mealus
Paul Mealus

If you have to explain that it's a joke, that means it's not funny.

Kelly Kaufmann
Kelly Kaufmann

I think this was an excellent parody of the ridiculousness of writing about not only female musicians, but also female actors and female politicians. The fact that 'journalists' write about female politicians' purses, haircuts, and outfits (but not men's!) has been proven to subconsciously reduce respect for those individuals. I love how many guys commented in disgust!

kellyk79
kellyk79

Wahahaha! Look at all these guys that are mad! Do you guys respond with the same fury when similarly sexist articles are written about female artists?  

Christine O'Neill
Christine O'Neill

It seems to me that the point of the article is that we write about female artists all of the time and nobody bats an eye. But write about guys like that? The comments speak for themselves.

Josh Thompson
Josh Thompson

RFT: Trolling its readers erryday... that's not a good thing, you know? :D

Galin Rizov
Galin Rizov

You definitely got me RFT ahahah good one !!!

twosman
twosman

This is the WORST article I have ever seen on this site.  So I'm going to add this to me FB page so that my friend can also comment on this.  David please look for different articles to write about.  Also to the editor please you SUCK for letting me embarrass River Front Times and St. Louis like this.    

Jonezy
Jonezy

This list is ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE.  It sounds like a gossip column from a teen magazine! MACKLEMORE? really???? puke.  This article is all about sex appeal. Quit spraying your boner juice all over hip hop and talk about THE MUSIC.  The RFT is dying a slow, agonizing death. horrible....

me2allday
me2allday

This is the dumbest list I have ever seen, anyone that says ll cool j is a better rapper than NAS is very ignorant& disrespectful...listen to the music before you do another top ten of all time...you are a joke...no Rakim.... Maclelmore#8 & no Rakim...you should be fired for writing this nonsense....

Riverfront Times
Riverfront Times

From the looks of these comments, Bryan Sutter is the only one that got it....Muahaha

Jessica Hampton
Jessica Hampton

Yeah, where's Snoop, Jay Z, Busta and uhh Nelly! Macklemore is new but he could definitely become one of the greats.

bc04
bc04

This is probably the dumbest thing on the internet today.

Jeffrey Houska
Jeffrey Houska

Im no big fan of rap at all but even I know that this is just another stupid rft peice that could have been put together by a 1st grader. RFT sucks.

Michael Peterson
Michael Peterson

For real where is Jay Z at on this list? Or maybe throw some Wu Tang in there. I'm just thankful 2 Chainz or any member of MMG didn't get mentioned.

Dan Porter
Dan Porter

Wait where the %#$@% is Snoop and Busta???

Kevin Griffin
Kevin Griffin

This list is Pitiful. no Outkast, Goodie Mob, TCQ, any member of Wu-Tang, KRS ONE? Where's he at on this list, surely he's in the top 10 of all time! GET IT TOGETHER.

Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson

Maclemore? Really? You leave of Jay Z for Maclemore?

Ben Jones
Ben Jones

Hell no to 50 cent.and macklemore,I love him but he's too new, but if he keeps making quality songs like one love and wings I can see him making it on in the future.

Chris Hatch
Chris Hatch

Macklemore? Seriously? Where are Eazy-E, Chuck D and Snoop Dogg?

Becky Jean
Becky Jean

LUDA!! Plus he's become a positive influence in his later years :) I wouldn't put Macklemore on here, and what about Snoop Lion? OF ALL TIME, OF ALL TIME?!? I think I'm too young for Ice Cube, which is nice.

Sean Wells
Sean Wells

This is just silly RFT... I can't believe I read this... Give me my minute back please...

Galin Rizov
Galin Rizov

Macklemore cmon man hahaha not even close to top 10

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