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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2
263 68
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

3
206 57
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

4
182 50
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

5
194 66
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay-Z Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap

6
160 50
Big L is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

7
158 51
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Method Man Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

8
142 44
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Rappers
KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

9
128 37
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Rappers
dane-jeriss added Mobb Deep Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

10
163 55
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New York Rappers
50 Cent Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

11
151 49
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Busta Rhymes Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

12
145 46
Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big Pun Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

13
150 49
DMX is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Rappers
DMX Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

14
138 44
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
123 38
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Raekwon Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap

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118 36
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Rappers
aiden-kemp added Joey Badass Hip hop music

17
78 15
A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added A Tribe Called Quest Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

18
117 42
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

19
110 38
Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Run–D.M.C. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

20
64 12
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Gang Starr Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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76 20
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Ol' Dirty Bastard Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

22
106 38
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Slick Rick Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, East Coast hip hop

23
107 39
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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112 42
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New York Rappers
LL Cool J Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

25
103 37
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big Daddy Kane Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

26
108 40
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Talib Kweli Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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98 35
Grandmaster Flash is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Grandmaster Flash Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro

28
86 28
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New York Rappers
TwistedSmasher added Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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64 15
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Prodigy Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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105 41
Jadakiss is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jadakiss Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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88 33
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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110 48
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Ghostface Killah Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

33
83 31
The Sugarhill Gang is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New York Rappers
The Sugarhill Gang Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Disco

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95 39
Redman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Redman Hip hop music

35
62 18
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Action Bronson Hip hop music

36
107 48
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Lil' Kim Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

37
82 34
Doug E. Fresh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Doug E. Fresh Hip hop music

38
58 18
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Aesop Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

39
52 14
Havoc is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Havoc Hip hop music, Hardcore Hip Hop, East Coast Hip Hop

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75 30
Kool Keith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Kool Keith Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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85 37
Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Foxy Brown Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

42
59 20
AZ is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added AZ Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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78 33
Masta Ace is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Masta Ace Hip hop music

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89 41
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Beastie Boys Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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89 41
Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Q-Tip Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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51 15
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Kool G Rap Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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39 7
Flatbush ZOMBiES is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New York Rappers
tweeterbirwin added Flatbush ZOMBiES

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79 36
Afrika Bambaataa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Afrika Bambaataa Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

49
80 42
Mase is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Mase Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Christian hip hop

50
86 49
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Nicki Minaj Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop