People from different parts of the world have a different taste for music based on the rhythm, tone, beats, notation, and other elements such as pitch, timbre, texture, volume, duration, and form. In the present era, Rapping has become a popular genre around the world. People nowadays want fast beating music and the rappers are experts in creating such fast music for the new generation. It is a new type or kind of music where the rapper creates a music form of vocal delivery that assimilates rhyme, rhythmic speech, and street vernacular. The rapping is performed usually over a backbeat or musical accompaniment. This new genre of music has risen to be the most popular music today. So here is the list of top 10 most famous rappers in the world.
10. Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg is an American rapper and probably one of the faces of this rap era. A world famous rapper originally named as Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr, but known professionally as Snoop Dogg. He has acquired fame for the album such as ‘Doggystyle’, ‘The Doggfather’, and ‘Reincarnated’. Snoop Dogg emerged under the guidance of the famous rapper Dr. Dre, he has done an impressive work in Dr. Dre’s The Chronic in 1992. Under the tutelage of Dr. Dre, Snoop became an icon. He has achieved global fame and tens of millions of record sales, along with that a successful career in movies and TV as well. Snoop’s two successful albums ‘Doggystyle’ and ‘Doggfather’ also reached the top of the charts. Along with this, his last few albums sold over two million copies.
Rakim is again an American rapper, one of the most famous and richest rappers of the world. His birth name is William Micheal Griffin but his stage name is Rakim. He is universally acknowledged as greatest MCs of all time within the hip-hop community. The majority of his lyrics deal his own skills and his Islamic faith. His delivery of lyrics flow is smooth and liquid, infected with jazz rhythms. This Rhythm occurs in the middle of lines, rather than just at the end. His bestselling albums like ‘The 18th Letter’, ‘The Master’, and ‘The Seventh Seal’ was a selling hit around the world.
8. 50 Cent
Curtis James Jackson III a popular rapper of the world, famously known by his stage name as 50 Cent. A versatile man not only in his own field but also in different fields like acting, entrepreneur, investor, record, film and television producer of United States of America. His top-selling albums ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and ‘The Massacre’ are his best album, which has sold over 15 million record copies. He has made songs with other popular rappers like Snoop Dogg, and Eminem. He has also put forth his talent and presence of mind in movies, soft drinks, video games, mass charity campaign and more.
7. Kanye West
Kanye Omari West popularly known by his stage name Kanye West, is an acclaimed American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and an entrepreneur as well. Every single one of his album is different from any other, yet they are all brilliant. He is a popular artist who not only transcends the boundaries of hip-hop but also music as a whole. His 2010 solo album, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ was universally praised by audience and critic as well. West is a self-proclaimed genius who has delivered popular albums and which turned out to be a hit one. Aside from all that, he is married to the famous model and actress Kim Kardashian.
6. Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre is a famously known as the father of the hip-hop industry and one of the richest rapper in the world. Along with a rapper, he is an entrepreneur as well as a record producer. He is the current CEO as well as the founder of Beats Electronics and Aftermath Entertainment. He showcased his rapping skills with Snoop Dogg and Enimen as a stage performance. Dr. Dre has been entitled to being the 2nd richest rapper in America. He has contributed hip-hop out of everyone on this list so far. He is popularly known as the best producer and beat maker ever. He became an influential rapper with his two record-breaking albums ‘2001’ and ‘The Chronic’
Jay-Z famously known by his stage name and has given a tough competition in the pop culture industry. This man is in his 40 and with age, his lyrics have grown. He is best known for his album ‘Reasonable Doubt’, which was a selling hit around the world. He is a man of freestyles and an influential artist in the pop culture today. He has sold more than 100 million records copies of his albums, which has made him a consistent number one rapper by MTV. He is undoubtedly a worldwide famous rapper with his three top-selling albums ‘Reasonable Doubt’, ‘The Blueprint’, and ‘The Black Album’.
Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and an entrepreneur and better known by his stage name Nas. He is considered one of the greatest rappers of all time for his consistent work on his two classic albums ‘Illmatic’, and ‘Stillmatic’. Nas has recorded more than 25 million records in the world. Nas has a talent for storytelling through lyrics which no other rapper can actually do. He is a versatile rapper who has got amazing knowledge about lyricism, wordplay, metaphors, and flow.
3. Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar is a professional rapper as well as songwriter. He acquired great success in his field of rapping and worked with various popular rappers of the world The Game, Snoop Dogg, and Busta Rhymes. Lamar gained is maximum popularity after the release of his album ‘Overly Dedicated’ in 2010 and his other popular album ‘Section 8.0’, released exclusively through iTunes, it ranked as one of the top digital hip-hop of the year 2012. Lamar is known for his storytelling, imagery, wordplay, passion and varied song structure.
Aubrey Drake Graham is one of the richest rappers from Canada and popularly known by his stage name Drake. Drake is not only a professional rapper but also a versatile singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor as well. Drake rose to prominence as an actor on the teen drama television series ‘Degrassi’. Drake has delivered some hit songs like ‘Take Care’, ‘One Dance’, and ‘Hotline Bling’. Drake launched his first full studio album, ‘Thank Me’ in 2010 and it was debut hit on both American and Canadian charts and was certified platinum.
Eminem is a legendary rapper and ranked on top of the list in the pop culture industry. Aside from a rapper, he is a songwriter, record producer, and an actor as well. Eminem popularity made him known as the king of rap, hip-hop and he has delivered more than 172 million albums and singles worldwide. He has earned with his rapping skill two Grammy Awards and four MTV video music award. The rapper award winning album ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’, sold 1.76 million record copies in the first of release in the US, a remarkable record for a solo artist. He also holds a strong position as a CEO of Shady Records and the Anger Management Tour ’02.
As a matter of fact, in the present era, the term rap is closely related to the hip-hop song and it occupies a mutual ground between speech, prose, poetry, and singing. Rap music has become America’s biggest cultural influence, and also it has taken over the youth through their iPhone, YouTube, Soundcloud, Facebook, and Twitter as well. Today, we see how the language, fashion, attitudes, and entertainment have all been influenced by hip-hop trends and became trendsetters with the power to shift popular culture and reshape the mainstream.