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10 of Your Favorite Rappers' Favorite Rappers

From Megan Thee Stallion to Jay-Z, here are 10 of your favorite rappers' favorite rappers.


Sep. 5 2023, Published 2:14 p.m. ET

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When Lil' Wayne called Missy Elliott his favorite rapper of all time, many shared his sentiments. Rappers are powerful influences in the music industry, and many of your favorite rappers have artists who inspire them, too. If you want to know who influences the biggest artists of our generation, here are 10 rappers' favorite rappers:

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Rapper Drake performs onstage during "Lil Baby & Friends Birthday Celebration Concert" at State Farm Arena on December 9, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Drake is touted as one of the biggest names in rap, but he credits much of his inspiration to his top five rappers. In a comment posted underneath Hush's Instagram, he revealed his favorite rappers of all time.

"My top 5 is Biggie, Hov, Wayne, Young Tony, and 3000 since nobody asked."

Doja Cat

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Doja Cat attends the 2023 Met Gala Celebrating "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty" at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 01, 2023 in New York City.

Doja Cat is one of the biggest names in music, but she always makes it a point to highlight others. And in 2021, during an Instagram Live session, she shouted out her favorite rapper of all time: Homeboy Sandman.

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"So, Homeboy Sandman is a rapper and he's really fucking dope, he's one of my favorite rappers," she said. "But he does this thing. There's a part at the end of the song where he's just supposed to be talking, but when he talks, he still sounds like he's rapping and it's kinda funny. I don't know why that's funny. It's not that funny but it's kinda funny to me, I don't know. Maybe just to me."

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Megan Thee Stallion

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Megan Thee Stallion performs during night 3 of 2023 Essence Festival of Culture at Caesars Superdome on July 02, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Megan Thee Stallion is no stranger to the spotlight but in an interview with The Cruz Show, the 'Hot Girl' rapper shared some of the shine when she revealed her top five favorite rappers were Lil' Kim, Foxy Brown, Missy Elliot, Eve, and none other than, herself.

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J. Cole

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Rapper J. Cole performs onstage during 2023 HOT 107.9's Birthday Bash at State Farm Arena on June 17, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia.

J. Cole is a household name who earned his title as one of the greatest rappers in music history. But in an interview with Angie Martinez of 105.1, he listed his top five: 2Pac, Biggie, Nas, Jay-Z, Eminem, and Andre 3000.

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"It probably changes all the time," he said before naming 2Pac, Biggie, and Nas. "I wanna say [André] so bad, but Eminem is like solo dolo," he explained. "Andre's incredible, but he'll tell you himself, he was in a duo, so his workload was a little less, but creatively, he's miles beyond."

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JT of City Girls performs on stage during the 2022 Juneteenth Unity and Pool Party at Grand Aquatic Center June 18, 2022 in Dallas, Texas.

City Girl JT is a heavy hitter in the music industry, but she always has love for the up-and-comers. In a Twitter post, she shouted out her new fave rapper, saying, "Flo Milli, my favorite rapper of the new girls."

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Pusha T

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Pusha T performs during the IQ/BBQ honoring the 50th anniversary of hip-hop at Knockdown Center on August 19, 2023 in the Queens borough of New York City.

Rapper Pusha T is a beast on the mic. But when the "Diet Coke" rapper was asked where he draws his inspiration, he revealed that Jay-Z holds the top spot.

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"Hov is first because he made Reasonable Doubt, and that is the grail of all drug levels, without being all about drugs. It spoke more to the lifestyle."

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Flo Milli

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Flo Milli performs onstage during the 2023 ESSENCE Festival Of Culture™ at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on June 30, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Flo Milli is a popular female rap star taking the hip hop game by storm. She was named an XXL Freshman, and in an interview with the publication, she shared the rappers who inspired her most: Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott, Young Thug, Eve, and Lil Kim.

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"I would say they're my top five because I feel like the majority of them paved the way for newer generations of rap." Flo Milli said. "I have mad respect for them, and I like their style and the things that they brung to rap. So, those would be my fave."

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Cardi B

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Cardi B, designer Gaurav Gupta and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing attend the Gaurav Gupta Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2023/2024 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 06, 2023 in Paris, France.

Cardi B is a superstar rapper with a huge fanbase, but in a 2018 Tweet, the "Bodak Yellow" rapper revealed to users who she was fangirling over — rappers Cupcakke, Saweetie, and the City Girls. "New female rap artist on my list?City girls,cupcake,saweetie..??‍♀️??‍♀️"

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Lil' Kim

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Lil' Kim performs onstage during Hip Hop 50 Live at Yankee Stadium on August 11, 2023 in New York City.

Lil' Kim is a legendary rapper who helped pave the way for today's female rappers. But when asked who helped pave the way for her, she kept it cute.

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"Oh! I plead the fifth," she answered. "Cause I have so many. I don't want to sit here and just forget anybody." She said before adding, "Everyone knows Biggie is always in my heart, so…and everyone knows I love Drake."

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Musical artist TiaCorine performs onstage during day three of Rolling Loud Miami at Hard Rock Stadium on July 23, 2023 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

TiaCorine is a rising female rapper who's worked with some of the most popular rappers in the industry, from Latto to DaBaby. But even though she's partnered with the hottest Hollywood stars, she credits Lil' Wayne and Wiz Khalifa as two of her biggest influences.

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