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The Best Rappers From Harlem 

Ranker Hip Hop
Updated March 29, 2019 2.3k votes 429 voters 11.7k views 36 items

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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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Tupac Amaru Shakur ( TOO-pahk shə-KOOR; born Lesane Parish Crooks, June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper and actor. He is ...more

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Big L is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Lamont Coleman (May 30, 1974 – February 15, 1999), known professionally as Big L, was an American rapper. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most lyrical rappers of all time, and ...more

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ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Cam'ron is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Cameron Ezike Giles (born February 4, 1976), known professionally as Cam'ron, is an American rapper, record executive, actor and philanthropist from Harlem, New York. Beginning his career in the ...more

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ASAP Ferg is listed (or ranked) 5 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 Best Songs Feat. ASAP Ferg #16 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #41 of 255 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

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A$AP Mob is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
ASAP Mob (stylized as A$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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Dave East is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
David Brewster Jr. (born June 3, 1988), better known by his stage name Dave East, is an American rapper and actor from Harlem, New York. He gained attention in 2014 from his mixtape Black Rose. ...more

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#56 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #93 of 214 The Best New School Rappers #60 of 235 The Best New York Rappers

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Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Kamaal Ibn John Fareed (born April 10, 1970), better known by his stage name Q-Tip, is an American rapper, record producer, singer, actor and DJ. Nicknamed The Abstract, he is noted for his ...more

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Mase is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Mase
Mason Durell Betha (born August 27, 1975), better known by his stage name Mase (formerly Murda Mase and stylized as Ma$e), is an American rapper, songwriter and minister. He is known for his ...more

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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Felipe Andres Coronel (born February 19, 1978), better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is a Peruvian American hip hop recording artist and activist. Most of his lyrics focus on ...more

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The Best Immortal Technique Songs #815 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #116 of 255 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

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Kool Moe Dee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Kool Moe Dee
Mohandas Dewese (born August 8, 1962), better known by his stage name Kool Moe Dee, is an American hip hop MC prominent during the late 1970s through the early 1990s. Kool Moe Dee was one of the ...more

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Jim Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Jim Jones
Joseph Guillermo Jones II (born July 15, 1976), better known by his stage name Jim Jones (formerly Jimmy Jones), is an American rapper and music video director. Jones, an original member of hip ...more

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The Diplomats is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Juelz Santana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
LaRon Louis James (born February 18, 1982), better known by his stage name Juelz Santana, is an American rapper and actor. He is from the Harlem neighborhood in New York City, and is a member of ...more

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Sean Combs is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Kurtis Blow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Kurtis Blow
Kurtis Walker (born August 9, 1959), professionally known by his stage name Kurtis Blow, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record/film producer, b-boy, DJ, public speaker and minister. ...more

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#224 of 255 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #394 of 502 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s #55 of 235 The Best New York Rappers

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Doug E. Fresh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Douglas Davis, better known by his stage name Doug E. Fresh (born September 17, 1966), is a Barbadian-American rapper, record producer and beatboxer, also known as the "Human Beat ...more

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#174 of 255 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #45 of 235 The Best New York Rappers #22 of 54 The Best '80s Rappers

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Black Rob is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Black Rob (born Robert Ross; July 12, 1969) is an American rapper who was formerly signed to Bad Boy. He is best known for the 2000 single "Whoa!", which reached the Billboard Hot

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Biz Markie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Marcel Theo Hall (born April 8, 1964), better known by his stage name Biz Markie, is an American rapper, beatboxer, DJ, actor, comedian, television personality and spokesperson. He is best known ...more

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The Treacherous Three is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
The Treacherous Three was a pioneering hip hop group that was formed in 1978 and consisted of DJ Easy Lee, Kool Moe Dee, L.A. Sunshine, Special K and Spoonie Gee (who left in the late 1970s), ...more

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Rayne Storm is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Spoonie Gee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Gabriel Jackson (born May 27, 1963), 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 ...more

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Smoke DZA is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Vado is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
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40 Cal. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Calvin Alan Byrd (born December 17, 1981), professionally known by his stage name 40 Cal, is an American rapper. He was a member of Harlem-based hip-hop group The Diplomats. 40 Cal made his ...more