The 30 best conscious rappers of all times

by ruffcoaley | created - 11 Nov 2015 | updated - 12 Jan 2016 | Public

Self conscious, worldly conscious, spiritually conscious, Politically conscious

1. Tupac Shakur

Soundtrack | Poetic Justice

Born in New York City, Tupac grew up primarily in Harlem. In 1984, his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he became good friends with Jada Pinkett Smith. His family moved again in 1988 to Oakland, California. His first breakthrough in music came in 1991 as a member of the group Digital ...

Early 2pac was as conscious as they come... And he stayed conscious until the end... Tupac related to us and us to him like the world has to another rapper... He spoke the struggle and I felt his passion for the cause... some of tupac best conscious songs, since he had so many... 1. Dear momma 2. Keep your head up 3. white mans world 4. Changes *** 5. My block 1995 original ( my fav )

2. KRS-One

Soundtrack | The Manchurian Candidate

KRS-One was born on August 20, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Lawrence Parker. He was previously married to Ms. Melodie.

Most would prob give the number spot to Krs one for being one of the original conscious rappers but I think pac deserve the num #1 spot

3. Nas

Soundtrack | Belly

Nas, born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones on September 14, 1973, is the son of Olu Dara, an unconventional jazz musician. At age nine he was a member of the Devastatin' Seven in the mid-1980s, the fruits of which can be heard on his 1994 debut, "Illmatic," which was released on Columbia/SME later that ...

Arguably nas could be considered number 1... I love nas but nas was more worldly conscious, and religiously conscious... some of nas best conscious songs 1. Life is what you make it 2. If I ruled the world 3. I wanna talk to you ( my fav ) 4. The message 5. last words

4. J. Cole

Soundtrack | Project X

Jermaine Cole (a.k.a. J.Cole) was originally born in Germany. But his origins are from North Carolina/Charlotte and he never hides it. He was signed by Jay-Z as the first artist for his record label Roc Nation. He dropped his first mix tape there, 'The Warm Up' and it had received great reviews ...

J cole has so many conscious songs if he wasn't so new he would have ended up in the top 5... we looking at the child of nas and tupac... This guy is increditable... some of his songs 1. Be free 2. January 28th 3. Apparently 4. sideline story 5. too deep for the intro

5. Scarface

Soundtrack | Narc

Scarface, a.k.a. Brad Jordan, was born and raised in Houston, Texas, in the South Park neighborhood. He is one of the rappers of the Geto Boys, and has recorded solo albums like Mr. Scarface is Back, The Diary, and The World is Yours. In real life, he was a high school dropout at 16, and suffered ...

He would be number 2 on this list if it was my fav conscious rapper but im not being bias... some of scarface conscious songs 1. Faith 2. Smile 3. this cant be life 4. Win lose or draw ( my fav )

6. Goodie Mob

Soundtrack | Fled

Hip-hop quartet.

This group dropped so many conscious songs I almost put them ahead of public enemy... some of goodie mob conscious songs 1. Beautiful Skin 2. Thought process ( my fav ) 3. Guess who 4. cell theropy 5. black ice

7. Public Enemy

Soundtrack | Do the Right Thing

In 1987 when the band played at Baltimore's Palladium club, their supporting act was fledgling rapper Queen Latifah who was introduced by a 16-year-old Jada Pinkett Smith.

Could arguably be in the top 3 on this list

8. DMX

Soundtrack | Exit Wounds

DMX was born on December 18, 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Earl Simmons. He was previously married to Tashera Simmons.

a lot of people might disagree with the fact I got dmx num 9 of all time out of conscious rappers but lets check out the track record... 1. ready to meet him 2. slippin 3. lord give a sign 4. Let me fly 5. for the love

9. T.I.

Actor | Ant-Man

T.I. was born Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. on September 25, 1980, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Violeta Morgan and Clifford "Buddy" Harris, Sr. He is also known as T.I.P. and "Rubberband Man". T.I. is from the streets of Westside Bankhead Zone 1 in Atlanta. His original stage name, T.I.P., it stems from ...

1. Don't hate shawty 2. Doin my job 3. live in the sky

10. Queen Latifah

Actress | Hairspray

Often considered hip-hop's first lady (though some would attribute that to Roxanne Shanté), the woman behind the moniker Queen Latifah was born Dana Elaine Owens on March 18, 1970, in East Orange, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Rita (Bray), a teacher, and Lancelot Owens Sr. She came from a ...

Her movement was so strong that she is the only female in the top 10 and 1 of only 2 that made the list

11. Common

Actor | Wanted

First known as a rapper who became one of the more prominent voices in hip-hop's new millennium renaissance, Common later transitioned into acting. He was born in Chicago, and is the son of educator Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines and Lonnie Lynn, an ABA basketball player turned youth counselor.

On October 6,...

Common track record is so long with the poetic flow that he grip the beat with im not going to mention song people would just complain that I left off they fav common song

13. Jay-Z

Soundtrack | The Great Gatsby

Shawn Corey Carter was born on December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York City. Carter was a school friend of The Notorious B.I.G.. He first started releasing records in the late 1980s. In 1990, he appeared on records by his close friend, Jaz ("The Originators") and Original Flavor ("Can I Get Open"), ...

1. Never change 2. Some how some way 3. cant be life 4. song cry 5. Anything

14. UGK

Soundtrack | My First Mister

Recording and releasing new album, 4 Life. It is scheduled for late March and will be their last album.

1. one day you here 2. Diamonds and wood 3. High life ( my fav )

15. Kanye West

Soundtrack | Safe House

Kanye Omari West (born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and fashion designer. His musical career has been marked by dramatic changes in styles, incorporating an eclectic range of influences including soul, baroque pop, electro, indie rock, ...

1. Jesus Walks 2. Diamonds remix

16. Slick Rick

Soundtrack | Everest

Born to Jamaican parents in London, on January 14, 1965, Slick Rick, born Ricky Martin Lloyd Walters, is the most successful British-American rapper in music history. Brilliant word play, the effort-less ability to bring life to the stories he rhymed about, dead on pop-culture references and ...

1. Hey young world

17. Geto Boys

Soundtrack | Narc

1. Geto fantasy 2. world is a geto 3. GB

1. Mr. Windle 2. Tennesse

1. In the line of duty

1. Get up get out 2. Crumblin erb

21. Young Gunz

Soundtrack | Entourage

1. Life we chose

22. Beanie Sigel

Soundtrack | State Property

Beanie Sigel was born on March 6, 1974 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Dwight Grant.

1. cant be life 2. Some how some way ( my fav beans verse )

23. Eminem

Soundtrack | 8 Mile

Eminem was born Marshall Bruce Mathers III in St. Joseph, Missouri, to Deborah R. (Nelson) and Marshall Bruce Mathers, Jr., who were in a band together, Daddy Warbucks. He is of English, as well as some German, Scottish, and Swiss-German, ancestry. Marshall spent his early childhood being shoved ...

1. cleaning out my closet

24. MC Lyte

Actress | Girls Trip

A philanthropist who has presented almost $900,000 in scholarships over the past seven years, an actress on Power, Queen of the South, SWAT, and more, MC LYTE is ONLY female solo hip hop artist to receive the BET I Am Hip Hop ICON Award. First female to perform hip hop in the White House and first ...

1. Georgy porgy

1. Black rain

26. Yasiin Bey

Actor | The Italian Job

Regarded as one of hip-hop's most introspective and insightful artists, Mos Def has shaped a career that transcends music genres and artistic medium. Taking a cue from the Afrocentric stylings of the Native Tongues crew, which included De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest and Andres ...

27. Talib Kweli

Soundtrack | Superbad

Talib Kweli was born on October 3, 1975 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Talib Greene.

28. Lupe Fiasco

Soundtrack | Taken

Lupe Fiasco was born on February 17, 1981 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Wasalu Muhammad Jaco.

29. Trick Daddy

Soundtrack | The A-Team

Trick Daddy was born in 1973 in Miami, Florida, USA as Maurice Young.

30. A Tribe Called Quest

Soundtrack | Bad Boys II

A Tribe Called Quest is known for his work on Bad Boys II (2003), Central Intelligence (2016) and The Wackness (2008).

32. Wale

Soundtrack | American Honey

Wale was born on September 21, 1984 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Olubowale Victor Akintimehin.

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