hip hop artists The Best New York Rappers  

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List Rules Only famous hip hop artists from NYC

It probably goes without saying, but New York City is undeniably the birthplace of rap. Its impact is still very much alive as the genre continues to grow and change around the world. This a list of the best New York rappers.
 

The Big Apple can count Biggie, Jay-Z, Rakim, 50 Cent, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, KRS-One, Mos Def, Slick Rick, Nikki Minaj, Run-D.M.C., Mase and Wu Tang among its influential children, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to rappers from New York! While a pretty good amount of research went in to compiling this list, there's always room for improvement. There are so many New York rap luminaries to choose from, finding a spot for them all is near impossible. Please vote on the list and add your favorites or anyone that you think is missing from this list of New York Hip Hop artists.
 

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The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New York Rappers
The Notorious B.I.G. Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 248 60
Nas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Nas Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 196 50
Wu-Tang Clan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Wu-Tang Clan Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 175 43
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Rakim Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 152 41
Big L is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

6
+ - 141 40
Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big Pun Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 147 44
DMX is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Rappers
DMX Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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+ - 149 45
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Method Man Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 179 63
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay-Z Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap

10
+ - 137 42
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New York Rappers
KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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+ - 154 51
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Rappers
50 Cent Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

12
+ - 146 48
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Busta Rhymes Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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+ - 120 36
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Mobb Deep Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 133 43
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Mos Def Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

15
+ - 108 33
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Joey Badass Hip hop music

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+ - 117 38
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Raekwon Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap

17
+ - 71 15
A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Rappers
A Tribe Called Quest Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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+ - 108 37
Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Run–D.M.C. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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+ - 114 41
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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+ - 109 39
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New York Rappers
LL Cool J Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 73 18
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Ol' Dirty Bastard Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

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+ - 102 35
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big Daddy Kane Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 105 37
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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+ - 106 38
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Talib Kweli Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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+ - 104 37
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Slick Rick Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 97 34
Grandmaster Flash is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Grandmaster Flash Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro

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+ - 85 28
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 58 12
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Gang Starr Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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+ - 103 40
Jadakiss is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jadakiss Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 61 15
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Prodigy Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 87 32
Kurtis Blow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Kurtis Blow Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop

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+ - 106 45
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Lil' Kim Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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+ - 66 20
ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New York Rappers
ASAP Rocky Hip hop music

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+ - 81 30
The Sugarhill Gang is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New York Rappers
The Sugarhill Gang Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Disco

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+ - 60 17
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Action Bronson Hip hop music

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+ - 105 47
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Ghostface Killah Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 54 14
Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Eric B. & Rakim Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

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+ - 57 16
Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Fat Joe Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 92 39
Redman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Redman Hip hop music

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+ - 55 15
GZA is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New York Rappers
GZA Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

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+ - 55 15
Boogie Down Productions is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Boogie Down Productions Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 55 15
Cam'ron is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Cam'ron Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 82 33
Doug E. Fresh is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Doug E. Fresh Hip hop music

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+ - 85 35
Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Foxy Brown Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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+ - 57 17
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Aesop Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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+ - 75 29
Kool Keith is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Kool Keith Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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+ - 52 14
RZA is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New York Rappers
RZA Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 59 19
AZ is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New York Rappers
AZ Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 78 32
Masta Ace is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Masta Ace Hip hop music

50
+ - 51 14
Havoc is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Havoc Hip hop music, Hardcore Hip Hop, East Coast Hip Hop