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The Best Rappers From Brooklyn 

Ranker Hip Hop
Updated February 21, 2020 5.6k votes 795 voters 22.4k views 71 items

List Rules Only rappers born or raised in Brooklyn, New York.

From new artists to some of the greatest hip hop artists of all time, here are the best rappers from Brooklyn. Including both solo artists, like The Notorious B.I.G. and Nas, and hip hop groups, like the Beastie Boys and Pro Era, this list of the most popular Brooklyn rappers features rap artists who were born or raised in the New York City borough. Known for their style of East Coast hip hop, other famous Brooklyn rappers include Mos Def, Talib Kewli, and Lil Kim. Who are the top Brooklyn rappers of all-time?

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

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The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), known professionally as The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, or Biggie, was an American rapper. He is widely considered to be ...more

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Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), known professionally as Jay-Z (stylized as JAY-Z), is an American rapper, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, and record executive. Considered among ...more

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Nas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known as Nas, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Since 1994, Nas has released eight ...more

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Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Yasiin Bey (; born Dante Terrell Smith; December 11, 1973), better known by his stage name Mos Def (), is an American rapper, singer, actor and activist. Best known for his music, Bey began his ...more

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Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Trevor George Smith Jr. (born May 20, 1972), known professionally as Busta Rhymes, is an American rapper, singer, musician, record producer, record executive, and actor. Chuck D of Public Enemy ...more

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The Best Songs Feat. Busta Rhymes #711 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #36 of 223 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

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Joey Bada$$ is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott (born January 20, 1995), better known by his stage name Joey Badass (stylized as Joey Bada$$), is an American rapper, actor, and record producer. Raised in Brooklyn, New ...more

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Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Antonio Hardy (born September 10, 1968), better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is a Grammy Award-winning American rapper and actor who started his career in 1986 as a member of the rap ...more

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Fabolous is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
John David Jackson (born November 18, 1977), known professionally as Fabolous, is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York City. Jackson's career began when he was a senior in high school and ...more

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Pop Smoke is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
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Bashar Barakah Jackson (born July 20, 1999), known professionally as Pop Smoke, is an American rapper and songwriter. He is signed to Republic Records. In April 2019, he released the song ...more

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Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Russell Tyrone Jones (November 15, 1968 – November 13, 2004), better known by his stage name Ol' Dirty Bastard (often abbreviated as O.D.B.), was an American rapper and producer. He was one of ...more

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Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Corey Woods (born January 12, 1970), better known by his stage name Raekwon () , is an American rapper and a member of Wu-Tang Clan. He released his solo debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... in ...more

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GZA is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Gary E. Grice (born August 22, 1966), better known by his stage names GZA ( JIZ-ə) and The Genius, is an American rapper and songwriter. A founding member of the hip hop group the Wu-Tang Clan, ...more

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RZA is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Robert Fitzgerald Diggs (born July 5, 1969), better known by his stage name RZA ( RIZ-ə), is an American rapper, record producer, musician, actor, and director. He is the de facto leader of the ...more

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Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Talib Kweli Greene (; born October 3, 1975) is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and activist. Kweli earned recognition early on through his collaboration with fellow Brooklyn rapper Mos Def, ...more

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The Best Talib Kweli Songs #926 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #128 of 223 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

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AZ is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Anthony Cruz (born March 9, 1972), better known as AZ, is an American rapper born in Brooklyn, New York. He is known for being a longtime and frequent music partner of Nas, and also a member of ...more

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Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
The Beastie Boys were an American hip hop group from New York City formed in 1981. The group comprised Michael "Mike D" Diamond (vocals, drums), Adam "MCA" Yauch (vocals, ...more

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Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Kimberly Denise Jones (born July 11, 1974 or 1975), known professionally as Lil' Kim, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, model, and actress. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she ...more

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MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Lana Michelle Moorer (born October 11, 1970), known professionally as MC Lyte, is an American rapper who first gained fame in the late 1980s, becoming the first solo female rapper to release a ...more

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Papoose is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
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Shamele Mackie (born March 5, 1978), better known by his stage name Papoose (), is an American rapper and songwriter.Papoose made his first commercial appearance on Kool G Rap's 1998 album Roots ...more

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Masta Ace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Duval Clear (born December 4, 1966), known better by his stage name Masta Ace, is an American rapper and record producer from Brownsville, Brooklyn. He appeared on the classic 1988 Juice Crew ...more

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Sean Price is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Sean Price (March 17, 1972 – August 8, 2015) was an American rapper and member of the hip hop collective Boot Camp Clik. He was half of the duo Heltah Skeltah, performing under the name Ruckus ...more

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Jam Master Jay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
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Masta Killa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
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Buckshot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Buckshot (born Kenyatta Blake on November 19, 1974 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American rapper, known for being the leader of the hip-hop supergroup Boot Camp Clik, and the group Black Moon. He ...more

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DJ Premier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
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