Swizz Beatz’ Top 5 Rappers and Rookies

Swizz Beatz

Swizz Beatz may be holed up in the studio recording his album Haute Living, but he’s still got his ears open to what’s going on in hip-hop. The hitmaker, who just dropped his Eve-assisted single “Everyday (Coolin’),” recently revealed to DJ Absolut his five favorite rappers and rookies in the game right now, giving props to some familiar faces and letting some newbies shine, including one MC who popped up twice. Find out who made Swizzy’s Haute lists.

Top 5 Rappers

Rick Ross
Kanye West
Drake
Wiz Khalifa
Jadakiss

Top 5 Rookies

Sean Cross
J. Cole
Wiz Khalifa
Nipsey Hussle
Fred Da Godson

These are in no particular order.

Do you agree with Swizz’ picks? Let us know your thoughts.

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88 Comments

  1. #TeamShady

    What bout Eminem, T.I, Jay-Z, Wayne? lol

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    5fg4 Reply:

    @#TeamShady,just prove to show that,eminem and wayne even though i like them both,they are not the only rappers in this game,don’t fine it strange that some people don’t have them at the top of there list are not on it at all,i like this it,s fair.

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    Clipse-kid Reply:

    @#TeamShady,

    Top 5
    Jay Electronica
    Lupe Fiasco
    Nas
    Drake
    Kanye West

    Top Rookies
    J Cole
    Big Sean
    Wiz Khalifa
    Tyga
    Nipsey Hussle

    Best rap Duo
    The Clipse

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    Jake Reply:

    Arguably one of the worst top 5′s i’ve ever seen.

    Jada is in my top 25 for sure, but the rest are LAUGHABLE as DOPE lyricists/emcees.

    Em in his prime (96/97-02)
    Big Pun
    Kool G Rap
    Nas
    Big L
    Pharoahe Monch
    Black Thought
    Andre 3000 (94-2000 Prime)
    Common
    Talib
    Mos (when he focuses on rhyming a la 97-2000)
    Masta Ace
    Pac/Big
    Rakim/Big Daddy Kane/KRS-One/Chuck D/Ice Cube in the mid/late 80′s to early 90s

    More obscure ppl who are super duper dope include:

    Elzhi (prob illest), Blu, Diabolic, One Be Lo, Crooked I (and rest of Slaughterhouse for that matter when they’re @ their best), Juice, Tonedeff, Louis Logic, Cunnin Lynguists, Lowkey (UK), Shad (Canada), Copywrite, Apathy, Slug, Brother Ali, Chino XL/Canibus @ their best, Fashawn, Percee-P to name a few.

    Open your EARS ppl. What happened to ppl liking the ILLEST lyrical dudes or @ least very solid lyrically (and made up for not being unreal lyricists w/ voice/flow/charisma/versatility like Pac/Big)

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  2. gotemsaynbaby

    banks > ross

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    #TeamShady Reply:

    @gotemsaynbaby, Ross shouldn’t be there

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    gotemsaynbaby Reply:

    @#TeamShady, BANKS should be there :)

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    #TeamShady Reply:

    @gotemsaynbaby, yeah! I totally agree!

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    StarsRblind Reply:

    @#TeamShady, You guys obviously don’t listen to Ross, and how can you say he should be gone oner Wiz who is on both lists, and Jadakiss, who is….where the fuck is Jadakiss?

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    roro Reply:

    @#TeamShady, go listen to teflon don.

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  3. #TeamShady

    And Nicki Minaj..

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    breezy23 Reply:

    @#TeamShady, she’s goin on tour with a pop star, how you gonna sit there and say she’s a “rapper”?

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    So Reply:

    @breezy23, J Cole is going on tour with Rihanna so ur point is

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  4. Brionna

    Nicki’s not in it so nope i don’t agree *hmmp*

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    Texas Reply:

    @Brionna, They told him which MC he liked not which pop star he liked so why would Nicki Minaj be in her.

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    StarsRblind Reply:

    @Texas, I know right? She obviously wasn’t rapping in all of her features and 3 mixtapes, or the 2 or more songs he produced for Pink Friday, lmao #sityoassdown…Apparently everything is bigger in Texas except for brains.

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    jmay Reply:

    @StarsRblind, but she still makes more than you if they told me do I want to sell albums & make $ then i do the same #brokebitchessocrusty

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    angelbaby Reply:

    @jmay, Star was obviously being sarcastic -_- Please read before blasting, thank you.

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    5fg4 Reply:

    @Texas,retard let me tell you something,you calling oig @ss fake rick ross an MC and calling Nicki a pop artist,even eminem isn’t doing full rap these last day almust every rap have a little pop in there music are a collab with a pop star,so you can fall back with that hating sh1t.

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    breezy23 Reply:

    @5fg4, rapper’s don’t exist anymore. 2pac wa a rapper. nas is rapper. yeah, that might be all.

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  5. Dope

    Cole world nigga

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    aaliyah Reply:

    @Dope, hell yeah

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  6. Truth

    I agree pretty much. I’m glad he didn’t put the usual Jay Z, Eminem…they really are long past their best work at this point.

    Minaj just seems to silly to be top of anything…she needs new looks.

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  7. Shytazz

    Big Sean should have mad the rookie list

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    aaliyah Reply:

    @Shytazz, agreed

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  8. Queen Beyonce

    hes a shit rapper himself so his opinion dont matter just stick to producing!

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    Ansel Reply:

    @Queen Beyonce, To say his opinion doesn’t matter your’re saying that NOBODY’S opinion matters on something like this so….your comment was pretty stupid.

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  9. Lesley

    Only 2 ppl I agreed with on that rookie list is Fred and j Cole …….wiz is really not I good rapper to me o and I would have added nicki and big Sean to this list and wow at his top 5 rappers mines looks nothing like that

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  10. yeahyeah

    Haha, been listening to Wiz since 06 and he’s top 5 in Swizz’s head?!? Crazy how much it has changed.

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  11. Yaser Lad

    Kanye West is the #realest !!! no.1

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  12. Fearex722

    LUPE FIASCO AINT ON THIS?

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  13. Fan of a fan

    Erm hellooooo, Jay z, lil Wayne, eminem, tyga, lupe fiasco, but I appreciate that he chose drake and wiz and kanye

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  14. Fan of a fan

    Oh Yh and how can I forget T.I . How can you not chose him swizzy ???!!!

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  15. JayMarlin

    Wiz Khalifa is in both list he should be kept in the top rappers and replace him on the top 5 rookies

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  16. Jon

    Rappers:
    Drake
    Kanye West
    Lil Wayne
    Lupe Fiasco
    Nicki Minja

    Rookies:
    Big Sean
    Big K.R.I.T
    Wiz Khalifa
    J. Cole
    Tyga

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    TopShelf Reply:

    @Jon,

    Nicki Minja Your Silly!

    The one MC he got right you take off JadaKiss

    Jada Go

    none of that metaphor BS real sh*t

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  17. OMG

    Em
    50
    Yayo
    Banks
    T.I.

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  18. MIMI

    what about BIG SEAN AND LUPE FIASCO

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  19. hfr3

    eminem cannot make the list, coz he’s not a rapper. he is the KING OF RAP. no category for him

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  20. Miniblock

    wtf?? wiz khalifa???
    shittest rapper on earth lol

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  21. Dallas Champ

    why is Wiz Khalifa on both lists?

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  22. robertCB

    rappers:

    Kanye West
    Lil wayne
    tyga
    drake
    nicki minaj

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    TopShelf Reply:

    @robertCB,

    Whats wrong with you kids nowadays

    Nicki Minja Your Silly!

    The one MC he got right you take off JadaKiss

    Jada Go

    none of that metaphor BS real sh*t

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  23. kash

    Hello Jay Z …

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  24. YMCMB

    Lil Wayne
    Drake
    Eminem
    Wiz Khalifa
    Waka Flocka Flame
    Rookies
    J Cole
    Lil Twist
    Willow
    Wiz Khalifa
    Nicki Minaaj

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    TopShelf Reply:

    @YMCMB,

    LOL

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  25. Blaze

    Wack ass list heres mines
    Eminem
    Lauryn Hill
    Jadakiss
    Rakim
    Remy Ma
    Rookies
    J.Cole
    Big Sean
    Nicki Minaj
    Drake

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    TopShelf Reply:

    @Blaze,

    You almost got it replace eminem with Nas & there you go.

    Yes Lauryn Hill!

    Most people wouldn’t put Lauryn Hill on this list but most people like the black eyed peas

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    Blaze Reply:

    @TopShelf, Lol your right love Nas he’s ill

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    maya Reply:

    @TopShelf, Nas is dope but there would be NO replacing Eminem #sit

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    Krys Reply:

    @Blaze, You put Remy Ma on this list??? Really?? Going by what exactly *Waits*

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  26. T.I. Supporter

    oh yea just forget the legendary rappers like jay z, t.i., lil wayne.

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  27. Sportz

    Seems pretty disrespectful to the guy that is on his first single of Haute Living.

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    hfr3 Reply:

    @Sportz, who???

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    Sportz Reply:

    @hfr3, Wayne…

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  28. ab

    lupe fiasco sucks ASSSSS

    banks
    ross
    minaj
    kanye
    busta

    big sean
    drake
    tylerthecreator
    hodgy beats
    soulja

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  29. anna_molly

    Rick Ross? R u kidding me? Why Swizz? Why?

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  30. Steve

    Ok why are yall mad, thats Swizz’ picks. Sadly Nicki, Big Sean, Wayne & Eminem weren’t stated and those are my 4 but I’m not gonna wine about it. He probably would’ve listed them if it said Top TEN.

    Nd another thing that Nicki is a Pop Singer BS Is mad wack. Like Starr said Nicki’s Rapped on 4 Mixtapes, ALL HER Features (thats atleast 100+ songs shes been featured on), and Shes Rapped in BETs Cypher, But shes a pop singer ? I would love to See Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, or Taylor Swift do any of those.

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  31. K1llm4tic

    horrible list, but respect for putting J.Cole on there!

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  32. 3bdoEM

    rick ross !!!!!!!!

    what ’bout the #1 rapper of all time EMINEM.
    nobody can just ignore ‘em.
    im a big fan of swizz, but 4 fuck sake
    what ’bout EMINEM ????

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  33. 3bdoEM

    the right list

    1. EMINEM
    2. Slim Shady
    3. Marshall Mathers
    4. EM
    5. The White boy in D12

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  34. busayo

    Yo swiss wot d 4uck z wiz doin there

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  35. Dj10

    1.Kanye
    2. T.I
    3. Jadakiss
    4. Ross
    5.Jay Z

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  36. Ed

    Oh, so Swizz Beatz is being sexist and all by not including girls in his list.

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  37. imeafk

    wiz khalifa is on all of his lists…
    best producer ever?=wiz khalifa.
    Best dj ever?=wiz khalifa.
    Best grafiti?=wiz khalifa
    etc…
    What would dmx think about this list…
    Anyway everybody has a list so its respected…

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  38. Fancy

    That’s his opinion so why ppl getting mad?
    I do agree with him Rick Ross & Kanye are the dopest rappers out there!

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  39. E.MY.E

    tha list is shit:-P

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  40. Wack

    WTF
    Drake isn’t even a rapper

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  41. blackguyfromNY

    are you guys seriously arguing about something somebody else says. swizz beatz is his own man, so is his choices in music. so saying somebody else is better than his choice is unnecessary. he doesn’t care about your choice. if rap up wanted your opinion then they would have asked. Jesus! these are some dumb fucks.

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  42. maya

    This muthafucka put Rick Ross on the list? #done & Drake is still a Rookie, seriously WTF?

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  43. buddyreal

    Jay-Z>Ross, Drake and Wiz Khalifa

    I respect his choice at Jadakiss

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  44. My Opinion

    What about Kid Cudi? Have you not seen his Tim Westwood freestyle?!?! If you haven’t you should watch it.

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  45. jecf

    @3bdoEM, true true he is the only m** one

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  46. EMINEM

    EMINEM
    EMINEM
    EMINEM
    EMINEM
    KANYE WEST

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    Adem Reply:

    @EMINEM,

    Fail

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  47. DetoxIsComingReallyFast (Dre produce something plz)

    where tha f is NAS, TALIB KWELI, RAEKWON, GHOSTFACE KILLAH, E-40. hell where is busta rhymes or jigga? jada’s aight tho. ross, drake, wiz suck balls.
    PS: Em’s been wack as fucc since b4 he retired. only good song since den has been No Apologies in 2007.

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  48. bobby

    Kanye
    Jay-Z
    NAS
    Phonte (From Little Brother)
    Jadakiss

    Jay Electronica
    Big Sean
    J cole
    Pusha T

    REAL TALK!!!!!!

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  49. Oh Please

    I………….AM…THE GREATEST RAPPER..LMAOOO! #dead

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  50. shady

    Eminem, Hov, Nas >>>>> Ross, Jada, Drake..

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  51. Clipse-kid

    Top 5
    Jay Electronica
    Lupe Fiasco
    Nas
    Drake
    Kanye West

    Top Rookies
    J Cole
    Big Sean
    Wiz Khalifa
    Tyga
    Nipsey Hussle

    Best rap Duo
    The Clipse

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  52. Dave

    Lupe
    Missy
    B.o.B.
    Nas
    Eve
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>

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  53. TyGaMAN

    wheres tyga? lame

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  54. Mr. Mann

    Alright, I’m tired of people thinking Shady’s the “best” rapper at this time. In my opinion, he’s a bit washed up and not so great now.

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  55. alex

    top five
    j cole
    eminem
    nas
    lupe fiasco
    drake

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  56. Stoic

    Yo!, you guys are forgettin’ J fuckin’ Z and of course Snoop Dogg also weres Ludacris? Huh!

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  57. zach

    most of u dont know real hip hop. i dont know who my top 5 would be, but really…noones gonna mention chuck d of public enemy? out of your minds. chuck d …..raekwon..rakim…nas…black thought…talib kweli…(old) jigga….(old) em…

    jcole…kendrick lamar…earl (oddfuture)…jay electronica…pusha t…many more.

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    zach Reply:

    @zach, i forgot lupe

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  58. Oscar

    @Blaze, ur list stinks

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