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The Best Rappers From Harlem

Updated March 29, 2019 3.7k votes 525 voters 14.5k 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. 

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    Big L
    Lamont Coleman (May 30, 1974 – February 15, 1999), known professionally as Big L, was an... more on Wikipedia
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    Tupac Shakur
    Tupac Amaru Shakur ( TOO-pahk shə-KOOR; born Lesane Parish Crooks, June 16, 1971 – September... more on Wikipedia

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    ASAP Rocky
    Rakim Mayers (born October 3, 1988), better known by his stage name ASAP Rocky (stylized as... more on Wikipedia

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    Kamaal Ibn John Fareed (born April 10, 1970), better known by his stage name Q-Tip, is an... more on Wikipedia
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    Cameron Ezike Giles (born February 4, 1976), known professionally as Cam'ron, is an American... more on Wikipedia

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    ASAP Ferg
    Darold Ferguson, Jr., better known by his stage name ASAP Ferg, is an American hip hop... more on Wikipedia

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    Kool Moe Dee

    Kool Moe Dee

    Mohandas Dewese (born August 8, 1962), better known by his stage name Kool Moe Dee, is an... more on Wikipedia
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    A$AP Mob
    ASAP Mob (stylized as A$AP Mob) is an American hip hop collective formed in 2006, in Harlem,... more on Wikipedia
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    Mason Durell Betha (born August 27, 1975), better known by his stage name Mase (formerly Murda... more on Wikipedia
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    Dave East
    David Brewster Jr. (born June 3, 1988), better known by his stage name Dave East, is an... more on Wikipedia
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    Immortal Technique
    Felipe Andres Coronel (born February 19, 1978), better known by the stage name Immortal... more on Wikipedia

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    Kurtis Blow

    Kurtis Blow

    Kurtis Walker (born August 9, 1959), professionally known by his stage name Kurtis Blow, is an... more on Wikipedia


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    Doug E. Fresh
    Douglas Davis, better known by his stage name Doug E. Fresh (born September 17, 1966), is a... more on Wikipedia
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    The Diplomats
    The Diplomats, also popularly known as Dipset, are an American hip hop group founded in 1997... more on Wikipedia
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    Juelz Santana
    LaRon Louis James (born February 18, 1982), better known by his stage name Juelz Santana, is... more on Wikipedia

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    Sean Combs
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    Black Rob
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    Jim Jones

    Jim Jones

    Joseph Guillermo Jones II (born July 15, 1976), better known by his stage name Jim Jones... more on Wikipedia


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    Biz Markie
    Marcel Theo Hall (born April 8, 1964), better known by his stage name Biz Markie, is an... more on Wikipedia
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    Rayne Storm
    A. Ladson (born December 7 1983), better known by his stage name Rayne Storm, is an American... more on Wikipedia

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    The Treacherous Three
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    Smoke DZA
    Sean Pompey, better known by his stage name Smoke DZA, is an American hip hop recording artist... more on Wikipedia
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    Spoonie Gee
    Gabriel Jackson (born May 27, 1963), better known by his stage name Spoonie Gee is one of the... more on Wikipedia
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    40 Cal.
    Calvin Alan Byrd (born December 17, 1981), professionally known by his stage name 40 Cal, is... more on Wikipedia