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The Best Rappers From Harlem

Updated March 29, 2019 4.0k votes 565 voters 15.9k views36 items

List RulesOnly 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. 

  • Big L1
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  • Tupac Shakur2
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  • Q-Tip4
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  • Cam'ron5
    Cameron Ezike Giles (born February 4, 1976), known professionally as Cam'ron, is an American...  more

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  • A$AP Mob7
    ASAP Mob (stylized as A$AP Mob) is an American hip hop collective formed in 2006, in Harlem,...  more
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    Kool Moe Dee

    Mohandas Dewese (born August 8, 1962), better known by his stage name Kool Moe Dee, is an...  more
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  • Juelz Santana14
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