My Favorite Rappers aka Emcees

by bigrudedude87 | created - 19 Nov 2013 | updated - 29 Nov 2013 | Public

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 ...

2. The Notorious B.I.G.

Soundtrack | Superbad

Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, was born in Brooklyn, New York, May 21, 1972. He was the son of Jamaican parents, Voletta Wallace, a pre-school teacher, and George Latore, a welder and small-time politician. He was raised in the poor Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant as the son...

aka Biggie Smalls

3. Lamont Coleman

Soundtrack | Hak hap

Was a Gemini.

aka Big L

4. Dr. Dre

Soundtrack | Training Day

Considered by many to be hip-hop's greatest producer, Dr. Dre (b. André Young, February 18, 1965) pioneered gangsta hip-hop and his own variation of the sound, dubbed G-Funk. His very early albums were violent but cautionary tales of the criminal mind, but Dre's records with NWA celebrated the ...

5. Snoop Dogg

Actor | Turbo

Snoop Dogg was born in Long Beach, California, to Beverly (Tate) and Vernell Varnado, who was a mail carrier and singer. His parents were both originally from Mississippi. He got his name from his mother, who jokingly remarked that he looked like the Peanuts character Snoopy. Snoop is known ...

old school Snoop Dogg or Snoop Doggy Dogg not Snoop Lion I'm sorry

6. Ice Cube

Soundtrack | Friday

Ice Cube was born in South Central Los Angeles, to Doris (Benjamin), a custodian and hospital clerk, and Hosea Jackson, a UCLA groundskeeper. He first came to public notice as a singer and songwriter with the controversial and influential band N.W.A. His compositions with that group included many ...

7. Ice-T

Actor | New Jack City

The legendary gangsta hip-hop emcee Ice-T was born Tracy Marrow on February 16, 1958, in Newark, New Jersey. He moved to Los Angeles, California, to live with his paternal aunt after the death of his father while he was in the sixth grade; his mother had died earlier when he was in the third grade....

8. Kool G. Rap

Soundtrack | Colors

Kool G. Rap was born on July 20, 1964 in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Nathaniel Thomas Wilson.

9. Big Pun

Soundtrack | Vacation

Big Pun was born on November 9, 1971 in Bronx, New York, USA as Christopher Lee Rios. He was married to Liza Rios. He died on February 7, 2000 in White Plains, New York.

10. R.A. The Rugged Man

Soundtrack | Bully

Film producer, writer, magazine journalist and legendary rapper in the hip-hop underground, R.A. Thorburn better known to the world as R.A. the Rugged Man, was the target of a nine-label bidding war when just a teenager, and signed to Jive Records in 1992 and Priority/Capital Records in 1998 before...

11. Q-Tip

Soundtrack | Poetic Justice

Q-Tip was born on April 10, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Johnathan Davis. He has been married to Michele Daves since November 10, 1990.

12. Eazy-E

Soundtrack | Harsh Times

Eric Lynn Wright, better known by his stage name Eazy-E, was an American rapper who performed solo and as a member of the group NWA Wright is affectionately called "The Godfather Of Gangsta Rap."

He was born in Compton, California. After dropping out of high school in the tenth grade, he supported ...

13. Vinnie Paz

Producer | Eamon: I Got Soul

Vinnie Paz is a producer and actor, known for Eamon: I Got Soul (2017), Bad Biology (2008) and Jedi Mind Tricks: Deathless Light (2015).

14. Necro

Actor | Good Time

Born as Ron Braunstein, in Brooklyn, New York, raised in the Glenwood Housing Projects, Flatbush/Canarsie section of Brooklyn. Known internationally as the hardcore Hiphop artist, Necro. Owner of the independent, Psycho+Logical-Records, which he started in 1999 to release his solo albums as well as...

aka Necro

15. Bizzy Bone

Actor | Jacked

Born September 12, 1976 in Columbus, Ohio. Became a member of Grammy Award winning group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Released 7 solo albums Heaven'z Movie (1998), The Gift (2001), Double R (2002), Alpha & Omega (2004), Speaking in Tongues (2005), Thugz Revenge (2006) and Story (March 21, 2006) .He also ...

16. Brotha Lynch Hung

Actor | Now Eat

Brotha Lynch Hung is an actor, known for Now Eat (2000) and The Gift (2005).

17. Bone Thugs n Harmony

Soundtrack | Pineapple Express

Their album E. 1999 Eternal and song Tha Crossroada were both dedicated to late rapper Eazy-E.

18. Jamal Simmons

Actor | Kids

Jamal Simmons is an actor, known for Kids (1995), The Addiction (1995) and 'R Xmas (2001).

aka Redrum

19. Ill Bill

Actor | The Crack Down

Ill Bill was born as William Braunstein. He is an actor, known for The Crack Down (2008).

20. M.C. Ren

Soundtrack | Original Gangstas

M.C. Ren was born on June 14, 1969 in Compton, California, USA as Lorenzo Patterson.

22. RZA

Soundtrack | The Man with the Iron Fists

RZA was born on July 5, 1969 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Robert Fitzgerald Diggs. He has been married to Talani Rabb since August 29, 2009. He was previously married to Eboni Mills.

23. Slaine

Actor | The Town

Slaine was born as George Carroll. He is an actor, known for The Town (2010), Gone Baby Gone (2007) and Killing Them Softly (2012).

24. 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 ...

25. Immortal Technique

Soundtrack | The Brave One

Immortal Technique was born on March 31, 1978 in Peru as Felipe Coronel.

26. 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.

27. 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 ...

28. Cyco

Actor | Videogame Theater

Cyco is an actor, known for Videogame Theater (2007).

29. Krayzie Bone

Soundtrack | Django Unchained

Anthony Henderson (born June 17, 1973), better known as Krayzie Bone, also known as Leatha Face, Silent Killer, and Mr. Sawed Off, is a Grammy winning artist and member of the rap/hip-hop group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Krayzie is known for his brisk,smooth song laced voice,and tongue-twisting, ...

30. 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.

33. M.C. Breed

Soundtrack | Harsh Times

M.C. Breed was born on June 12, 1971 in Flint, Michigan, USA as Eric Breed. He died on November 22, 2008 in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

35. Tech N9ne

Soundtrack | Alpha Dog

Aaron Dontez Yates was born November 8th, 1971 in Kansas City, Missouri. At a young age Aaron would use raps to learn to spell his name and practice math. In 1988, Aaron adopted the name Tech N9ne. In 1996 he signed to Qwest Records and in 1999 he was released from the label. Two albums were ...

36. Kendrick Lamar

Soundtrack | The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Kendrick Lamar is a hip-hop artist from Compton, California. He's signed with Dr. Dre's label, Aftermath. Kendrick also has his own label, known as 'Top Dawg Entertainment', with includes artists such as Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q and Ab Soul. Kendrick's major label debut album, 'good kid m.A.A.d city' ...

37. Lupe Fiasco

Soundtrack | Taken

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

38. B-Real

Soundtrack | The Wolf of Wall Street

B-Real was born on June 2, 1970 in Hollywood, California, USA as Louis Freese.

39. Sticky Fingaz

Actor | Flight of the Phoenix

Sticky Fingaz was born on November 3, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Kirk Jones. He is an actor, known for Flight of the Phoenix (2004), Next Friday (2000) and A Day in the Life (2009).

40. Daniel Dumile

Soundtrack | Car Babes

Daniel Dumile was born on January 9, 1971 in London, England.

aka MF Doom

42. Onyx

Soundtrack | A Day in the Life

Rap group whose members are Fredro Starr, Sonee Seeza and Sticky Fingaz. The late Big DS was a former member.

46. Kool Keith

Soundtrack | Office Space

Kool Keith was born on October 19, 1963 in New York City, New York, USA as Keith Matthew Thornton.

47. Schooly-D

Music_department | New Rose Hotel

Jesse B. Weaver, since christened Schoolly D, is one of the most iconic figures in rap music. Starting with his influential role in the creation of gangsta rap, Schoolly D has transcended the boundaries of genre and has created "rap" music that has been integrated in films, animated series, and ...