OCT
15

The Best Current White Rappers


Haven’t filled that void where Eminem used to be? Paul Wall and his Shiny Grillz not delivering enough actual lyrics? GIMME DAT! GIMME DAT! Well, we can help you out with our list of the best current white rappers. All of these rappers are intellectual, entertaining, and eccentric. You may not have heard of many of these artists before, so we’ve provided a quick bio, style info, and a link to a song or video where you can feel them out.

Aesop Rock

Aesop Rock

Real name: Ian Mathias Bavitz
From: Long Island, New York
Label: Definitive Jux
Age: 31

Aesop Rock or “Bazooka Tooth” has intelligent gritty rhymes and has an unbelievable rapid fire flow. He is a seasoned vet with 5 albums, and one “instrumental” album that was made for Nike+. In the song “The Greatest Pac-Man Victory in History” he rapped using only words that started with L, S, and D, and in that order. The newest album “None Shall Pass” has the beat beats yet and contains album art and video art from the famous Jeremy Fish.

Recommended: “None Shall Pass” Video

Download Aesop Rock's Latest Album

Slug

Slug

Real name: Sean Daley
From: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Label: Rhymesayers Entertainment
Age: 35

Technically one half Caucasian, one quarter Native American, and one half Black, Slug is best known as one half of the rap group “Atmosphere”. Slug, also known as “Seven,” is one of the founders of Rhymesayers Entertainment and collaborates with MURS on many side projects called FELT. His rhymes are very personal and heartfelt; often about his ex who he calls “Lucy.” He has many differing styles on his 6+ albums, from “in your face” songs to slower songs that he devotes to his young child, he has mastered them all.

Recommended: “Trying to Find A Balance” Video

Mad Child

Swollen Members

Real name: Shane Bunting
From: Vancouver, British Columbia
Label: Battle Axe

Mad Child is a member of the group “Swollen Members” which also includes Prevail, Rob the Viking, and the on-again off-again Moka Only. Swollen Members have won many Canadian awards and their 5 albums have pushed them to being the best selling rap group in Canadian History. Mad Child has a very unique voice, and is like a ball of fury when he comes on a track. The group’s last CD “Black Magic” was the best produced. It contains dark beats and a variety of collaborating artists. The group’s next CD “Beautiful Death Machine” is due out in spring/summer of ‘08.

Recommended: “Too Hot” Video

Download Mad Child's Latest Album

Cage

Cage

Real name: Chris Palko
From: Middletown, New York
Label: Definitive Jux
Age: Early 30’s

Cage has a severely screwed up childhood and boy does it show. His father had a heroin problem and did drugs freely around him, even having Cage tighten the tourniquet for him. His father was eventually jailed after a standoff with state police and threatening his family with a shotgun. Then after an abusive step father, being a guinea pig for drug companies, a mental institution, and years of drug use, Cage began writing and started rapping. His style is violent and straight forward. He mostly raps about his life, drugs, his horrible childhood, and failed relationships. But guess what? He is really good. For a full bio go here.

Recommended: “Shoot Frank” Video

Download Cage's Latest Album 

The Streets

The Streets

Real name: Mike Skinner
From: Birmingham, England
Label: The Beats
Age: 29

The Streets is a British rapper who’s known for having great beats and being able to tell a great story. His second CD, “A Grand Don’t Come For Free”, is a concept piece that tells the tale of a group of friends who lost a good deal of money and the problems that came with it. The Streets newest CD, “The Hardest Way to Make An Easy Living”, debuted at number one in the UK and features a wide variety of sounds.

Recommended: “Prangin’ Out” Video

Download The Street's Latest Album

Sage Francis

Sage Francis

Real name: Paul Francis
From: Providence, Rhode Island
Label: Strange Famous Records
Age: 30

Sage emerged as a battle rapper, winning the Scribble Jam in 2000. Sage is very deep and takes listeners on a ride through pop-culture and cultural issues via amazing rap poetry.

Recommended: “Escape Artist” Video

Download Sage Francis's Latest Album

El-P

El-P

Real name: Jaime Meline
From: Brooklyn, New York
Label: Definitive Jux
Age: 30

This son of a jazz pianist who got into rap early with an aggressive style. El-P was an original member of Company Flow, and started his own rap label, Definitive Jux. Not only is he a label owner, but also a producer, and a rapper. He has produced critically acclaimed discs like Cannibal Ox’s “Cold Vein”. His newest CD “I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead” released this year, has insane beats and straightforward cut-throat lyrics.

Recommended - “Flyentology” Video

Download El-P's Latest Album

Jaymanila from Babbletron

Jaymanilla from Babbletron

From: Brooklyn, New York
Label: Embedded Music

Jaymanila (furthest left in above photo) teams up with Cool Calm Pete (right) as the lead rappers in the group Babbletron. Jaymanila has a robust voice and very solid, yet geeky rhymes. Babbletron has released two CDs, the most recent, “Mechanical Royalty”.

Check out “The Clock Song” from MySpace Page

Download Babbletron's Latest Album

Qwel

Qwel

From: Chicago, Illinois
Label: Galapagos4
Age: 27

Another former battle rapper, Qwel has a quick rhyme scheme and a very uninfected delivery. He was a Midwestern Battle Rapper that still shows in his fast-paced style.

Recommended: “Saved” from MySpace Page

Download Quel's Latest Album



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October 15. 2007 17:33

yo

brother ali

yo

October 15. 2007 17:34

windwalker

You missed remedy from wu-tang!

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windwalker

October 15. 2007 17:38

Dave

How can Verbal Science not be on your list? He's the best white rapper out there!

See http://www.verbalscience.com/
and http://www.myspace.com/verbalscience

Dave

October 15. 2007 17:39

craig

what about mc lars or mc chris? they should be on this list

craig

October 15. 2007 17:40

Moiz Khan

You forgot Brother Ali...

Moiz Khan

October 15. 2007 17:40

lyon

Edan isn't on this list. Therefore it can't be taken seriously.

lyon

October 15. 2007 17:42

Mike

How does "one half Caucasian, one quarter Native American, and one half Black" work? There's a bit left over there ...

Mike

October 15. 2007 17:42

skrike

My current favorite is Dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip, his videos on youtube are amazing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-MYVv4tgQc
and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESvYRR1Fyug

skrike

October 15. 2007 17:42

brizzad

where's paul wall?

brizzad

October 15. 2007 17:43

killgore trout

you forgot Brother Ali

killgore trout

October 15. 2007 17:44

bob

No Eyedea on that list. He is a far better rapper than half of these nobodys. His freestyles are killer and his lyrics are dope.

bob

October 15. 2007 17:44

Sam_I_am

Eh? Where's Andy C? and Abdominal? and Paul Barman? and d-sisive?

bah.

Sam_I_am

October 15. 2007 17:45

the drizz

How about Crush out of Stevens Point WI?

Real Name Cory Groshek.

Unsigned superstar potential

the drizz

October 15. 2007 17:45

Alex

mad chile, slug and aesop are all overrated garbage


some avant garde college kid rap right there.. with the exception of mad child hat guy cant even fake intellegence

el-p is a competent producer, but has one of the most garbage deliveries I've ever heard

The writer of this must be a white college boy.. there's lots of better white rappers out there than this

Alex

October 15. 2007 17:46

Alex

just realised that this on a website called campus squeeze, what a surprise


enjoy the suburbs

Alex

October 15. 2007 17:46

Alex

one last one


cage is actually quite good

Alex

October 15. 2007 17:51

this

This list is terrible. Seriously.

No Brother Ali or Rugged Man? The Streets and some other random myspace dudes? Seems more like a plug than a list worth any attention. -1 Digg

this

October 15. 2007 17:53

Bonekhan

What about Brother Ali? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxUQ07NXB4c

Bonekhan

October 15. 2007 17:54

TheRoc

Good Picks but Time Machine and Surreal of Surreal and The Sound Providers should be on this list as well.

TheRoc

October 15. 2007 18:30

The Jewish Dream

Yo, Brother Ali is Black. He's an albino.
Where's Eyedea?

The Jewish Dream

October 15. 2007 18:42

Nael

Kno from Cunninlynguists
Evidence from Dilated Peoples

Nael

October 15. 2007 18:43

Job

Aesop, Slug and Sage are my top picks... but um, I ain't no math wiz, but slug is 1/2 white, 1/4 Native and 1/2 Black... making him 1 and 1/4 human?

Job

October 15. 2007 18:45

a

atmosphere

a

October 15. 2007 18:47

Jack

what is this? This list sucks! What about Lil Wyte???

Jack

October 15. 2007 19:04

Adi

Best of the best....Abdominal...hes pretty damn good

Adi

October 15. 2007 19:13

Mylo

Let's not forget "King Mathers" is coming soon, so that void will be filled.

Mylo

October 15. 2007 22:23

biteshard

You forgot Kung Fu Vampire. He is pretty amazing.

biteshard

October 15. 2007 22:49

blah

slug: lucy often = hiphop

blah

October 15. 2007 23:23

xxoozero

I don't see MC Chris on this list...

xxoozero

October 15. 2007 23:28

momo

good article!

momo

October 15. 2007 23:51

piece-of-plastic

The Turkish rapper Ceza also rules!
http://www.myspace.com/ceza34

piece-of-plastic

October 16. 2007 00:37

Chevere

Brother Ali, no doubt...

Chevere

October 16. 2007 02:03

cram 11

Slaine is the MAN!!!!

cram 11

October 16. 2007 02:04

cram 11

vinnie PAZ is no joke either!!!

cram 11

October 16. 2007 02:48

whitey

oh dear

whitey

October 16. 2007 03:23

j

no mention of lmno?

also, evidence is from the "so-called indian tribes."
one of the many 'mestizo' mcs

j

October 16. 2007 03:37

Rash

What about Everyone in Mayday? Brother Ali? Classified?

Rash

October 16. 2007 04:07

Kyle

how about plan-b from across the pond

Kyle

October 16. 2007 04:26

Lisa

HAYSTAK!

Lisa

October 16. 2007 04:54

Chazolta

Good List. And to all the haters above, give it a rest. The kid put together a decent list of artists. So what if he is not deep into unknown and unheard of artists out there. Digging takes time. I just got into some of the way underground shit these past few years, you gonna give me crap because I'm late in the game.

Chazolta

October 16. 2007 05:11

ASSclown

What about Rob Sonic, Aesop and him did a show in philly and Aesop and Rob work Great together.... Can't Touch this Bitchszzzzz, suck on dick

ASSclown

October 16. 2007 06:29

bulshoy

What, no Classified?

bulshoy

October 16. 2007 07:25

Josh

Conn Artists out of Connecticut has some talented white rappers who are causing a stir. It's a group, but Milliano, Marxman, and Ron Minas come like no others. Club bangers, street anthems, and thought provoking rhymes. If you like these guys, you should check them out..

Josh

October 16. 2007 09:32

Chris

I'm gonna check some of these dudes out now, but, yeah.. Plan B is the hottest white British rapper.. fuck the streets!

Also check out Akala. Another awesome British MC - he's black tho, so wouldn't fit well on this list!

Chris

October 16. 2007 13:41

Ryan

EMINEM..Were Is Em?..GOD?

Ryan

October 16. 2007 17:58

j

oh yea, don't forget promoe and virtuoso! straight lyrical fire

j

October 17. 2007 02:38

keith

guys guys

guys


eminem

keith

October 27. 2007 06:25

j.short

I made a list:

NOTE: I do not consider these to be the best white rppers out at the moment but these are just artists who have had some, even if very limited sucess.

Eminem
Paul Wall
House of Pain
Pitbull (although he is cuban-american just look at his skin colour!!)
Fat Joe (he is a bit latino but he is white as far as skin goes)
3rd Bass
Alchemist ( a producer but has done quite a few rap songs)
Scott Storch (a producer who has had a couple of rap songs out)
Mad child
Lil Rob(slightly mexican but has white skin)
Lil whyte
Remedy (of the wu-tang)
Aesop Rock
B-real (again half hispanic or sumthin but has white skin)
Vannila Ice
Young Black Teenagers
Lady Soverign
Bubba Sparxxx
Beastie Boys
Ugly Duckling
Typical Cats
John Cena
Skinhead Rob
Stereo Mc's
The Streets
Classified
Slug
Sage Francis
Brother Ali
Fred Durst
kID rOCK
MC Paul Barman

and thats about all i know

j.short

October 31. 2007 16:44

giraffe

jesus christ look at all these people shouting for brother ali. HES AN ALBINO BLACK MAN. but yeah definitely eyedea and bubba sparxxx should have been considered. maybe that guy from jedi mind tricks and the other one from cunninlynguists are good too. oh and copywrite too. and j short, please take fred durst off that list

giraffe

October 31. 2007 17:18

asfdasdfsadf

a second vote for Edan.

Edan and Aesop are pretty much it. If you don't have Edan on this list, fuck it.

asfdasdfsadf

October 31. 2007 20:35

Big Rich

Brother Ali would be on the list, but he's black, seriously. He is just albino. So he doesn't really count as white...

and dude down here put fred durst and kid rock...
GAME OVER MAN...

Big Rich

October 31. 2007 21:03

code

Mac Lethal
he's toured with Slug and he is freaking awesome.
www.lethalville.com

code

November 1. 2007 00:29

bowe

Agreed on Brother Ali but fer real.... not one comment pushin fer even 1 of th three Beastie Boys????? They were droppin' hiphop before most of you were born!

Respect the pioneers u punks!!!!!!!!

bowe

November 1. 2007 07:00

The baller

any of you that thought Brother Ali is white need to get yo eyes checked.

The baller

November 2. 2007 10:58

Ruun

The only white rapper to be mentioned here is RA the rugged man. I definitely respect the Beasties and even Eminem though. But RA is in my opinion the most creative one right now. Besides: I think the quality of the whole rapgame is at an all-time low.

Ruun

November 2. 2007 12:21

lynx

first off - brother ali, as someone else mentioned, isn't white. dude is an african american albino.

secondly - a few people who should have also been on this list:
- Gruf
- Pip Skid
- Macenroe
- Haystack
- rjd2 isn't a rapper but he's one of the very best hip hop live dj/producers on the planet
- the beasties (big ups to the pioneers, as bowe said)
- everlast - dude may have started singing too but he can still hold it down.
- evidence from dialated peoples is kind of hit and miss, but when he hits it's out the fucking park.
- bubba sparx - dude is talented, for real. i don't dig all his content but his talent is undeniable.
- promoe from looptroop has some good shit too. 'revolutionary step' was hot. he's also got some garbage though too and his style sounds way to californian for a dude claiming to rep sweden. seriously, wtf is up with him rapping in english anyway?
- the guys from manau are pretty fucking dope too, even if it was mostly their instrumentals that got them famous.
- also - someone mentioned an american called marxman. that dude goes off the list already just for not doing his homework, there was a irish/jamaican group called the marxman that blew up the uk/eu charts in the 90's. and they should definitely be on this list.

third - "the Streets" definitely DO NOT belong on the list, contrary to what some of their fanboys seem to think. they don't even rap, just sort of mumble along incoherently slightly out of step with the beat. the uk has mad talented cats in their underground scene, folks should be embarrassed that these clowns are the current big names.

just my 2 cents,
emcee lynx - circlealpha.com

lynx

November 2. 2007 13:14

ikiryo

lol maclethal is a biznitch, watch the old scribble jam tapes, he's just droppin' silly punch lines...

what about dose one, sole, alias?

anticon mofo's!!

ikiryo

November 2. 2007 13:49

NorCal's finest

Haystak - CWB - all day long. That's all there is was or will be, fuck hip hop.

NorCal's finest

November 2. 2007 13:59

dick

^seconded^

dick

November 2. 2007 19:44

big spermsy

Eminem?......
ya just throwing that one out there

big spermsy

November 2. 2007 23:57

yaboo

buck 65

yaboo

November 10. 2007 05:29

joey_dimarco

yo there's italian-american rapper from new orleans named sonn vito his shit is dope yall need to check dude out this is his home page


www.myspace.com/sonnyvito

joey_dimarco

November 12. 2007 13:59

Elseone

First off, ALI is NOT black albino. Look it up. He's albino, but he is certainly white. From an interview with Brother Ali:

"Ali was born with albinism. Due to his original reluctance to discuss his race, it was at first wrongly reported that he was African American. He has stated "I'm albino, my family is white, but I was really raised, and taught my important life lessons, by the black community"

Second, RA The Rugged Man, Necro and Ill Bill should all be on this list, at the top. How could you leave Necro off???

Elseone

November 14. 2007 06:00

Dirtymouth

This should be dated 3 years ago when all these fools were still crisp and refreshing. Find BLU. Look into joell ortice.
No dought aesop and sage, el-p and slug go hard, but I dont know why it has to be labeled "white rappers" drop the fucking racism.

Dirtymouth

November 24. 2007 23:02

A&R Critic

I agree with some but disagree with most. Eminem's the obvious, F#*% jon brown and the vh1 white rapper stunt they made, but Kno from Cunninlynguists is getting up.
Classified-if he lived in the us he'd be nationally known.
Emilio Rojas-Should have won the scion competition, dope mc
Skipp Whittman-Brookline dude from ma with a slick white jay-zish type flow
Delatone-most real emcee out. kid doesn't hold back, up and comer keep an eye out

A&R Critic

November 29. 2007 00:09

E=Qazion

U cant b callin rappers white jus cause they got light skin its disrespectful, fat joe aint, pittbull aint & b-real aint, dont get it twisted homie. Now heres a few all yall forgot
-Frank Lee White(ATL, U.S)
-Krucial Styles(South Central, L.A, U.S)
-Tek Nizle, from Tangled Thoughts(PHILI, U.S)
-DZ(Seatle, U.S)
-Bliss n Eso(Sydney, Australia)
-Hilltop Hoods(Adelaide, Australia)
-Phrase(Melbourne, Australia)
Make sure yall check those dudes out, u might b suprised. Ive neve heard of most the fools on this list.

E=Qazion

December 5. 2007 13:24

mista r

Qwel and Sage Francis makes this list a joke. Both are internet rappers stemming from myspace text battles (if you want to call that battle raps on Sage Francis part), with good writing, but poor vocal talent. I agree with j.short you got a whole slew of white rappers missing.

mista r

December 5. 2007 17:26

Rose

Uh, what ever happened to Mike Shinoda? From Linkin Park and Fort Minor...? I've been to about 7 websites about 'white rappers', and nobody has mentioned him so far! Jesus...

Rose

December 8. 2007 14:25

Whoizzit

It seems you have forgotten the south. Give a listen to the best of the rest in New Orleans "CRIZMATIK". He calls them as he sees them. Check out his website and give a listen to "Before Your Gone" and "Dreaming". I'll be waiting for your response. He will surprise you all.

Whoizzit

December 19. 2007 10:01

tim

how could you possibly overlook buck 65!?

tim

March 4. 2008 19:50

heatherthehorrible

What about Apathy?

heatherthehorrible us

June 15. 2008 19:35

andrew_c

That's a nice little list.
Check out this website...
http://www.whitehop.com
It's all about white rappers.
It has 50 or so of the most famous white rappers
through the years with all sorts of information on each.
It's an awesome site.

andrew_c us

June 18. 2008 11:41

aardvarked

People who act like heads and don't know a thing are idiots. Brother Ali is NOT a black albino, he's just a white albino - typical internet rumour bullshit.

Putting mike skinner in this list made me want to kill somebody. I love the streets but mike is NOT one of the best white rappers, at all. If you want somebody from include include cappo, skinnyman or plan b.

aardvarked us

August 13. 2008 18:36

angehellic367

YALL FORGOT HAYSTAK / BROOKS BUFORD / SCUM / LO KEY / LEXX LUGER / POWDER FROM MO THUGS & SO MANY MORE

angehellic367 us

August 22. 2008 23:01

drama187

haystak is a gutter ass honky that put it down RIGHT for white boys. period. crackers crumble and honkys rumble
white people are the minority in the projects...black people arent the minority where they live.

comment made from
columbus, ohio
bottoms boy
(girlfriends typing because I dont type)

drama187 us

December 29. 2008 11:15

larsoze

WAY better list of white rappers here: http://stefanskisdome.wordpress.com/

larsoze us

January 5. 2009 11:01

nemesicc

well for sure this list bunk....it doesnt have jay bars...or me.... ur list is slippin cuz... http://raphead.ning.com/profile/nemesicc ...next time do more research this isnt an opinion poll

nemesicc us

January 5. 2009 17:57

esix

hey i am looking for a rapper i saw on youtube, has a sick music vid where he is walking around a town in overalls he as a gnarly beard. anybody know who i am talking about?

esix us

January 17. 2009 01:35

Snowy

^^^^^^^^^

Sounds like RA Scion of Common Market - Trouble Is. Definately overlooked here.

Snowy gb

January 22. 2009 17:03

RdotClipp

this list is ass... number one the streets and El-P are garbage, and i aint heard of a couple of them other cats... not to mention eyedea, Bekay, and brother ali arent mentioned... who by the way is both white and albino... plus you got this dude asher roth, whom i dont really follow the bandwagon with the hype, but definitely takes it on a handfull of these cats

RdotClipp us

June 9. 2009 06:49

rickyduck

sam_i_am - Andy C is a dj!

rickyduck gb

June 15. 2009 12:10

KingPEN

Check out Andrew Murret, a new up and coming white rapper from the Dirty South (Texas)

www.myspace.com/andrewmm

Check the lyrics which are on the player too.

KingPEN us

July 6. 2009 15:37

VampiraFangbot

I think Kung Fu Vampire is one of the best White Rappers ever, does it count if he's white only in make up? LOL....I think he is Mexican or Latino actually, but his skin is white on stage.

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