50 tattoos of the greatest rappers of all time

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Hip-hop has had a huge impact on popular culture. Some might even go so far as to say that hip-hop IS popular culture. Musicians began incorporating rapping into their songs in the early 1970s, what are now referred to as old-school flows. Rapper Rakim, of the duo Eric B. and Rakim, is widely credited with bringing about the new school flux and is considered one of the greatest MCs of all time.

During the 1980s, rap diversified and spread around the world thanks to NWA, Run DMC, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Ice-T and Big Daddy Kane. During the 1990s rap continued to flourish and the decade spawned one of the genre’s biggest rivalries – East Coast (Notorious BIG) vs. West Coast (2Pac). Throughout the 2000s and 2010s, rap was seen intermingling with other musical genres, even top 40 pop, with rappers Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Jay-Z. And today, rap is more celebrated than ever, thanks to contemporary heavyweights like Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, Megan Thee Stallion and Lil Nas X.

In honor of rap’s rich and ever-evolving history, check out 50 tattoos of the greatest rappers of all time. Then let us know your favorite rapper from this list in the comments section on social media.

Eminem

Notorious BIG

Jay Z

Nas

lil wayne

Rakim

2pac

50 cents

Snoop Dogg

Ice Cube

Andrew 3000

Eazy-E

N9ne Technology

Nicki Minaj

Kanye West

Cardi B

Kendrick Lamar

Lil’ Kim

big pun

Immortal Technique

Missy Elliot

Ghostface Killah

Busta Rimes

Lauryn Hill

method man

GZA

Pimp C

Salt N Pepa

Duck

Rick Ross

Gucci Mane

DMX

MF Doom

LL cool J

Chuck D

Kid Cudi

red man

A$AP Rocky

Travis Scott

Wiz Khalifa

Meek Mill

Tyler the Creator

2 chains

Earl Sweatshirt

Dr.Dre

mac miller

The game

Bronson Stock

Schoolboy Q

Lil Nas X

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