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The Best Rappers From Brooklyn

Updated February 21, 2020 9.0k votes 1.0k voters 27.5k views71 items

List RulesOnly 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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