Rap The Best Rappers From Harlem  

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

From new artists to some of the greatest hip hop artists of all time, here are the best rappers from Harlem. Including both solo artists, like Tupac and Sean Combs, and hip hop groups, like ASAP Mob and The Diplomats, this list of the most popular Harlem rappers features rap artists who were born or raised in the Manhattan neighborhood. Known for their style of East Coast hip hop, other famous Harlem rappers include Cam'ron, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, and Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock. Who are the top Harlem rappers of all-time?

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

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Big L is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Lamont Coleman, best known by his stage name Big L, was an American hip hop recording artist, born and raised in Harlem, New York City, New York. Coleman embarked on his career in rapping, with ...more
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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli, was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one ...more
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Dave East is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
David Brewster, Jr, better known by his stage name Dave East, is an American rapper from East Harlem, New York.
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ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Rakim Mayers (born October 3, 1988), better known by his stage name ASAP Rocky (stylized as A$AP Rocky), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is a member of the hip ...more
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Kool Moe Dee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Mohandas Dewese, better known as Kool Moe Dee, is an American hip hop MC prominent in the late 1970s through the early 1990s. He was one of the first rappers to earn a Grammy Award and was the ...more
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Cam'ron is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Cameron Ezike Giles, better known by his stage name Cam'ron, is an American rapper, actor & entrepreneur from Harlem, New York. He is the de facto leader of East Coast hip hop groups The ...more
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Mase is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Mason Durell Betha, better known by stage name Mase, is an American rapper. He hails from Harlem, New York City, New York. He was once signed to Sean "Diddy" Combs's label Bad Boy ...more
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A$AP Mob is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
ASAP Mob (stylized as A$AP Mob) is an American hip hop collective formed in 2006, in Harlem, New York, by members ASAP Yams, ASAP Bari and ASAP Illz. The Mob is a collective of rappers, record ...more
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Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Kamaal Fareed is a rapper.
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Juelz Santana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
LaRon Louis James, better known by his stage name Juelz Santana, is an American rapper and actor. He is from Harlem, New York City and is member of East Coast hip hop group The Diplomats. He ...more
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ASAP Ferg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Darold Ferguson, Jr., better known by his stage name ASAP Ferg, is an American hip hop recording artist from New York City's Harlem neighborhood. He is a member of the hip hop collective ASAP ...more
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The Diplomats is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
The Diplomats, also popularly known as Dipset, are an American hip hop group founded in 1997 by Cam'ron and Jim Jones, in Harlem, New York City. The group was originally composed of members ...more
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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Felipe Andres Coronel, better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is an American rapper and urban activist. Most of his lyrics focus on controversial issues in global politics. The views ...more
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Rayne Storm is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
A. Ladson (born December 7 1983), better known by his stage name Rayne Storm, is an American rapper and producer from Harlem, New York. He initially gained attention in 2006 with the release of ...more
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Kurtis Blow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
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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Jim Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Joseph Guillermo Jones II, better known by his stage name Jim Jones, is an American Rapper from Harlem, New York City, New York. Jones, an original member of hip hop collective The Diplomats, is ...more
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Spoonie Gee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Gabriel Jackson, better known by his stage name Spoonie Gee is one of the earliest rap artists, and one of the few rap artists to release records in the 1970s. He has been credited with ...more
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Biz Markie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Marcel Theo Hall, better known by his stage name Biz Markie, is an American rapper, beatboxer, DJ, comedian, singer, reality television personality, and commercial spokesperson. He is best known ...more
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Smoke DZA is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Sean Pompey, better known by his stage name Smoke DZA, is an American hip hop recording artist from Harlem, New York City. Smoke DZA decided on his moniker after being influenced by Chris ...more
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Black Rob is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Black Rob is a rapper who was formerly signed to Bad Boy Records.
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Doug E. Fresh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Douglas E. Davis, better known by the stage name Doug E. Fresh, is a Barbadian born American rapper, record producer, and beat boxer, also known as the Human Beat Box. The pioneer of ...more
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The Fearless Four is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
The Fearless Four was an old school hip hop group from Harlem, New York, best known for their 1982 single "Rockin' It", which was based on the Kraftwerk track "The ...more
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Sean Combs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969), also known by the stage names Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Puffy or Diddy, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, record executive, actor, ...more
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Cannibal Ox is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Cannibal Ox is an American underground hip hop duo from Harlem, New York, United States. It consists of Vast Aire and Vordul Mega, often accompanied by DJ Cip-One.
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Crash Crew is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Crash Crew
Crash Crew was an early hip-hop group who recorded for Sugar Hill Records. The group, based in New York City, consisted of members DJ Daryll C., G. Man, La Shubee, Barry Bistro, Michael EK ...more