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The Best Rappers From Harlem  

Ranker Hip Hop
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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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DJ Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Anthony Holloway, better known as DJ Hollywood (born December 10, 1954), is an American MC/rapper and DJ. According to Kurtis Blow and Pete DJ Jones, Hollywood was the first rapper in the ...more
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Jae Millz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Jarvis Mills, better known by his stage name Jae Millz, is an American rapper from Harlem, New York, who is signed to Lil Wayne's record label Young Money Entertainment and Cash Money Records. ...more
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Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock were a hip-hop duo from Harlem, New York who were best known for their hit "It Takes Two", a single that was a top 40 hit and has been certified platinum by ...more
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Cannibal Ox is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Freekey Zekey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Ezekiel Giles (born October 13, 1975), better known by his stage name Freekey Zekey, is an American rapper and music executive best known as a founding member of The Diplomats, a group he helped ...more
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Crash Crew is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Crash Crew
Crash Crew was an early hip-hop group who recorded for Mike and Dave Records in 1980 and then signed to Sugar Hill Records. The group, based in Harlem, Lincoln Projects New York City, consisted ...more
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The Fearless Four is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Charles Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Charles Eddie-Lee Hamilton, Jr. (born November 10, 1987), is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from Harlem, New York City, New York. In addition to his solo career, he was ...more
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Lil' Mama is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Lil' Mama
Niatia Jessica Kirkland (born October 4, 1989), better known by her stage name Lil Mama, is an American rapper, singer, actress, motivational speaker, and television personality from Brooklyn, ...more
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Ilacoin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Ilacoin
Ilacoin is a musical artist.
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Azealia Banks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Azealia Amanda Banks is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Raised in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, Banks pursued an interest in musical theatre at a young age, studying at ...more