The 10 Best White Rappers Not Named Eminem

Put it this way: Eminem is the greatest white rapper of all time. Some humans are better at rapping than other humans. And not all of them are named Eminem. 

With that out of the way, here are the 10 best white rappers not named Eminem.

Aesop Rock

Aesop Rock
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Aesop Rock will disappoint fans of microwave rap. Aesop is dark and dense, but his music is a rewarding journey that will make you forget about everything else out there. Rock packs potent tracks onto his albums and rarely dumbs it down for a wider reach.

Ill Bill

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A critical keystone of Non Phixion, Ill Bill is an accomplished solo MC in his own right. Bill is all about the futuristic, political, analytical, spiritual. He makes it seem like a cake walk, too, often weaving disparate themes together through violent bursts of rhymes. It's a distinct niche the Brooklyn man has managed to sustain for years. He may be too grotesque for some, but his fans don't mind one bit. 

Vinnie Paz

Vinnie Paz
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If you've listened to any Jedi Mind Tricks or Army of the Pharaohs album, then you already know that Vinnie Paz is a beast. His skill set, body of work, and unlawful consistency make Vinnie Paz one of the best rappers in the game.

Yelawolf
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Hick-hop badass. Baby-faced genius. Gifted poet. Rap's white lightning. He's 5'10" but in person, he looks more like 6'7". Catch him live and you'll have the time of your life. He pretty much works the stage like a stripper. Oh, those Eminem comparisons rarely apply. He's more like a postmodern cross between Rob Zombie and Kid Rock. He wears a mullet Mohawk. When he plays in the heat, he rips his shirt and pours water on his head. More »

Action Bronson
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Action Bronson is an MC with a toolkit to die for: a nimble flow, a vast vocabulary, razor-sharp metaphors delivered with the precision of a concert pianist. Bronson is a former gourmet chef, and his music is an extension of his culinary taste. He routinely drops food metaphors, while grilling up red-hot rhymes atop all kinds of beats. Can you smell what Bam Bam Bronson is cooking? More »

Apathy

Apathy the rapper
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 Apathy first made his mark with the Demigodz in the mid-to-late-90s, alongside the likes of Celph Titled, Ryu and Esoteric. He went solo in the 2000s after striking a deal with Atlantic Records. While the Atlantic union never produced an official full-length, Ap's Babygrande deal produced one helluva banger in the form of, Eastern Philosophy. That's a good place to start if you're unfamiliar with Ap's catalog. If you're still curious, go visit his 2011 opus, Honkey Kong.

RA The Rugged Man
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"I'm not the most known, but commercial rappers can't compete," boasts R.A. the Rugged Man on the intro to Legends Never Die. He's not lying. R.A. can rap circles around most mainstream rappers. The dude can spit. Scary, not corny. And you'll never think about his race once when he's on the mic.  More »

El-P

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With his fiercely esoteric rhymes and brilliant fusion of rap and rock, El Producto emerged as one of the most important hip-hop artists of his era. El-P produced groundbreaking work as part of Company Flow and Cannibal Ox before mounting a formidable solo campaign. Although his individual debut, Fantastic Damage, was indeed fantastic, El waited awhile before dropping another album. In 2007, he picked up right where he left off with I'll Sleep When You're Dead. Pressing his case as one of the greatest producer-rapper combos in hip-hop, he came back with three great albums in less than two years: Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music, which he produced in its entirety, his own solo work, and the excellent Run the Jewels collaboration with Killer Mike.

Brother Ali

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Take Ice Cube's rage, Eminem's vulnerability, and Pharoahe Monch's poetic prowess and put it in a gumbo pot. You get Brother Ali. Ali is one of a kind. He can rap about pain or joy or spirituality and still make it sound like the most important lesson of the day. He has this rare ability to engage your attention on any topic for at least 3 minutes. Ali emerged in 2000 with the cassette-only Rites of Passage. His sound was raw back then, but his potential was undeniable. Over a decade later, he's still one of the best in the business, skin color be damned.

Copywrite

There are many sides to Copywrite. There's the Combative Copy who dissed The High & Mighty and Asher Roth, among others. There's the Spiritual Copy who ends feuds and walks with Jesus. There's Rappity Rap Copy who doles out multis and metaphors like they're going out of fashion. There are many sides of Copywrite and they're all dope.