Rap The Best Rappers From Brooklyn  

Ranker Hip Hop
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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, better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie or Biggie Smalls, was an American rapper. Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York ...more
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Nas is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name Jay Z, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in ...more
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Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Yasiin Bey, better known by his former stage name Mos Def, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, and activist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. Best known for his music, Mos Def ...more
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Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr., better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American rapper, producer, and actor from Brooklyn. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the moniker Busta Rhymes, after ...more
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Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Antonio Hardy, better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is a Grammy Award-winning American rapper who started his career in 1986 as a member of the rap group the Juice Crew. He is widely ...more
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Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Corey Woods, better known by the stage name Raekwon, is an American rapper and a member of the Wu-Tang Clan. He released his solo debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... in 1995, and has since ...more
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RZA is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, better known by his stage name RZA, is an American Grammy-winning music producer, multi-instrumentalist, author, MC, and occasional actor, director, and screenwriter.
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Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Talib Kweli Greene is an American hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. Kweli also earned recognition through his work with fellow Brooklyn-bred rapper Mos Def, in ...more
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Fabolous is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
John David Jackson, better known by his stage name Fabolous, is an American hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York City. Jackson's career began in 1998; he was a senior in high school ...more
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Joey Bada$$ is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott (born January 20, 1995), better known by his stage name Joey Badass (stylized as Joey Bada$$), is an American rapper, actor, and record producer. Raised in Brooklyn, New ...more
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AZ is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Anthony Cruz, better known by his stage name AZ, is an American rapper. Born in Brooklyn, NY. He is known for being a longtime and frequent rhyme partner of Nas, and also a member of hip-hop ...more
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Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Beastie Boys were an American hip hop band from New York City, formed in 1981. For the majority of its career, the group consisted of Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "MCA" ...more
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MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
MC Lyte is an American rapper who first gained fame in the late 1980s, becoming the first solo female rapper to release a full album with 1988's critically acclaimed Lyte as a Rock. She has long ...more
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Jam Master Jay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Jason William Mizell (January 21, 1965 – October 30, 2002), better known by his stage name Jam Master Jay, was an American musician and DJ. He was the DJ of the influential hip hop group ...more
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Masta Ace is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Duval Clear, known better by his stage name Masta Ace, is an American rapper from Brownsville, Brooklyn. He appeared on the classic 1988 Juice Crew posse cut "The Symphony". He is ...more
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Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Russell Tyrone Jones, better known under his stage name Ol' Dirty Bastard, was an American rapper and occasional producer. He was one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, a rap group ...more
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GZA is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Gary Grice, better known by his stage names GZA and The Genius, is an American rapper and songwriter. A founding member of the hip hop group, the Wu-Tang Clan, GZA is known as the group's ...more
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Pro Era is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Pro Era, also known as Progressive Era, is an American hip hop collective from Brooklyn, New York City. The collective includes, among others, rappers Joey Bada$$, Capital STEEZ, CJ Fly, Kirk ...more
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Stetsasonic is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Stetsasonic was an American hip hop group formed in 1979 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. It is remembered as one of the first hip hop crews to use a live band, and the group's positive, ...more
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Capital STEEZ is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Courtney Everald "Jamal" Dewar Jr., better known by his stage name Capital Steez, was an American rapper from Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York. He was the founder of the Brooklyn-based rap ...more
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Memphis Bleek is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Malik Cox, better known by his rap name of Memphis Bleek or "Bleek", is as American rapper mainly known for his tenure with Roc-a-Fella Records and CEO of his own label Get Low ...more
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Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Kimberly Denise Jones known by her stage name Lil' Kim, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, model, and actress. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, living much of her ...more
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Joell Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Joell Ortiz is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York, and a member of the group Slaughterhouse.
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CJ Fly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers From Brooklyn
Chaine Downer Jr. (born July 6, 1993), better known by his stage name CJ Fly, is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York City. He is a founding member and the oldest member of the hip-hop ...more