The 50 Most Influential Rappers of All Time

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50 Most Influential Rappers

A lot of MCs make good music, but not many really make a mark. On this epic list, BET.com is counting down hip hop's top earth-shakers, game-changers and trailblazers. This isn't a list of the best, most skilled or most successful, necessarily — it's a look at innovators who've changed how hip-hop sounds, how it's perceived, how it's marketed. Innovators who left a mark on hip hop and mainstream culture, even. We used musical impact, commercial impact and cultural impact as the criteria, and we included both groups and solo artists. DJs, music executives, producers and other pioneers who didn't release impactful recorded music on their own weren't considered — apologies to Kool Herc, Suge Knight, Marley Marl and Funkmaster Flex. Click on to read BET.com's list of the 50 Most Influential Rap Artists of All Time. —Alex Gale

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