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The Best Rappers From Brooklyn

Updated February 21, 2020 8.6k votes 896 voters 25.1k 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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    The Notorious B.I.G.
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    Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), known professionally as Jay-Z (stylized as JAY-Z),... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known as Nas, is an American rapper, songwriter, record... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 4
    Pop Smoke
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    Mos Def
    Yasiin Bey (; born Dante Terrell Smith; December 11, 1973), better known by his stage name Mos... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Big Daddy Kane
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    Busta Rhymes
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    Joey Bada$$
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    Gary E. Grice (born August 22, 1966), better known by his stage names GZA ( JIZ-ə) and The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Corey Woods (born January 12, 1970), better known by his stage name Raekwon () , is an... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Ol' Dirty Bastard
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    Robert Fitzgerald Diggs (born July 5, 1969), better known by his stage name RZA ( RIZ-ə), is... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Talib Kweli
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    MC Lyte
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    Lil' Kim
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    Masta Ace
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    Beastie Boys
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    Sean Price
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    DJ Premier
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    Jam Master Jay
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    Masta Killa
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