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The Best Rappers From The Bronx  

Ranker Hip Hop
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List Rules Only rappers born or raised in The Bronx, New York.

From new artists to some of the greatest hip hop artists of all time, here are the best rappers from the Bronx, New York. Including both solo artists, like Fat Joe and Cardi B, and hip hop groups, like Terror Squad and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, this list of the most popular Bronx rappers features rap artists who were born or raised in the NYC borough. Known for developing hip hop back in the 1970s, these famous Bronx rappers elevated New York City in the hip hop game. Who are the top Bronx rappers of all-time?

Vote up the best hip hop artists from the Bronx, and add any other Bronx rappers if they're missing from this list. 

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KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
Lawrence Krisna Parker, better known by his stage names KRS-One, and Teacha, is an American rapper and occasional producer from The Bronx, New York City, New York. KRS-One rose to prominence as ...more
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Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
Christopher Lee Rios, better known by his stage name Big Pun, was an American rapper and actor, the first Latino rapper to attain Platinum sales status as a solo act. Big Pun emerged from the ...more
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Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
Ricky Walters, better known by his stage name Slick Rick, is a Grammy-nominated English rapper. He has also been known as Rick the Ruler, MC Ricky D, and Ricky Dee. He began his career in late ...more
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Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
Joseph Antonio Cartagena, better known by his stage name Fat Joe, is an American rapper. He is also the CEO of Terror Squad Entertainment, and member of musical groups D.I.T.C. and Terror Squad. ...more
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Grandmaster Flash and the Furi... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was an influential American hip hop group formed in the South Bronx of New York City in 1978. Composed of one DJ and five rappers, the group's use of ...more
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Remy Ma is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
Reminisce Smith, better known by her stage name Remy Ma, formerly Rémy Martin, is a Grammy-nominated American rapper and former member of Fat Joe's rap crew, Terror Squad. Ma was featured ...more
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Kurtis Blow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
Kurt Walker, professionally known by his stage name Kurtis Blow, is an American rapper and record producer. He is the first commercially successful rapper and the first to sign with a major ...more
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Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
Mary Jane Blige is an American singer, songwriter, model, record producer, and actress. Starting her career as a background singer on Uptown Records in 1989, Blige released her first album, ...more
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The Treacherous Three is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
The Treacherous Three was a pioneering hip hop group that was formed in 1978 and consisted of DJ Easy Lee, Kool Moe Dee, L.A. Sunshine, Special K and Spoonie Gee, with occasional contributions ...more
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C.L. Smooth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
CL Smooth is an American rapper. He is best known as the vocal half of the hip-hop duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth. After the pair split in 1995 Pete Rock, whose work with CL had garnered him a ...more
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Melle Mel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
Melvin Glover (born May 15, 1961), better known by his stage name Melle Mel and Grandmaster Melle Mel, is an American hip hop recording artist who was the lead vocalist and songwriter of ...more
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Inspectah Deck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
Jason Hunter, better known by his stage name Inspectah Deck, is an American rapper, producer, and member of the Wu-Tang Clan. He has acquired critical praise for his intricate lyricism, and for ...more
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D‐Nice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
Derrick Jones, better known by his stage name D-Nice, is an American disc jockey, beatboxer, rapper, producer and photographer who began his career in the mid-1980s with the hip hop group Boogie ...more
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Canibus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
Germaine Williams better known by his stage name Canibus, is a Jamaican-American rapper, actor and member of The Hrsmn, Sharpshooterz, Cloak N Dagga, The Undergods, and one-half of T.H.E.M. ...more
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Swizz Beatz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
Kasseem Dean, better known by his stage name Swizz Beatz, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from New York City, New York. Born and raised in The Bronx, he began his ...more
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Afrika Bambaataa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
Kevin Donovan, better known by the stage name Afrika Bambaataa, is an American DJ from the South Bronx, New York. He is notable for releasing a series of genre-defining electro tracks in the ...more
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Grandmaster Caz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
Curtis Fisher better known by his stage name Grandmaster Caz, is an American rapper, songwriter and DJ. He currently works as a celebrity tour guide for Hush Hip Hop Tours, a hip-hop cultural ...more
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A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
Artist Julius Dubose (born December 6, 1995), better known by his stage name A Boogie wit da Hoodie (or simply A Boogie), is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is signed to ...more
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Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
Belcalis Almanzar (born October 11, 1992), known professionally as Cardi B, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and media personality. Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, she first ...more
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Lord Finesse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
Lord Finesse is a hip-hop artist and producer, from The Bronx, New York, best known as the leader of the D.I.T.C. crew. About.com ranked him number 29 on its list of the Top-50 Hip-Hop
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Terror Squad is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
Terror Squad was an American hip hop collective that was first established in 1998. Based in The Bronx borough of New York City, the members of Terror Squad collectively debuted on a song in ...more
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Drag-On is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
Mel Jason Smalls, better known by his stage name Drag-On, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor from the Bronx borough of New York City. Drag-On is perhaps best known as an original ...more
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Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz was an American hip hop duo, composed of rappers Sean "Lord Tariq" Hamilton and Peter "Peter Gunz" Pankey, from The Bronx, New York. They are best ...more
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Busy Bee Starski is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
David James Parker (born October 26, 1962), known by the stage name Busy Bee, is an American old-school hip hop musician from New York, NY. First coming on the New York City music scene in 1977, ...more
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Camp Lo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bronx
Camp Lo is an American hip hop duo, formed in 1995, which hails from The Bronx, New York. The duo consists of rappers Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede, both of Muslim upbringing. The duo is perhaps ...more