Mic Check: Best Rap Performers Of All-Time

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Who doesn’t love a great rap show? While dozens of rappers stagger at the mere sight of a stage and crowd, others flourish. Believe it or not, many emcees are very inept in terms of mastering the essence of performing. It’s a different animal. Having thousands of eyes glued to your each and every move is quite daunting.

Kendrick Lamar performs on day 2 of the New Look Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 4, 2015 in London, England.

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Check out some of these performers who we think are the best to ever do it in the rap game.


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Despite being a young gunner, J.Cole’s approach to the game is quite different than your average beginner. With three albums under his belt, Cole has polished his stage game each time out. The result? Cole World has blossomed into a reputable headliner courtesy of his most recent tour, 2014 Forest Hills Drive Tour.

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar at Reebok And Kendrick Lamar Take Over The Streets, West Hollywood 2015

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Even though he’s the new kid on the block, Kendrick has solidified himself as a prime-time performer. The Cali upstart has a penchant for high-energy performances because of his seamless catalog. Songs like “Backseat Freestyle,” “Alright” have cemented Lamar’s credibility.