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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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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Big L is listed (or ranked) 2 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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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$AP Rocky), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is a member of the hip ...more
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Cam'ron is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Cameron Ezike Giles, better known by his stage name Cam'ron, is an American rapper, actor & entrepreneur from Harlem, New York. He is the de facto leader of East Coast hip hop groups The ...more
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Dave East is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
David Brewster Jr. (born June 3, 1988), better known by his stage name Dave East, is an American rapper and actor from Harlem, New York. He gained attention in 2014 from his mixtape Black Rose. ...more
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A$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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ASAP Ferg is listed (or ranked) 7 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) 8 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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Jim Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Jim Jones
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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Mase is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Kamaal Ibn John Fareed (born Jonathan William Davis; April 10, 1970), better known by his stage name Q-Tip, is an American rapper, record producer, singer, actor and DJ. Nicknamed The Abstract, ...more
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Juelz Santana is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Kool Moe Dee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Kool Moe Dee
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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Kurtis Blow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Kurtis Blow
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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Biz Markie is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Doug E. Fresh is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Black Rob is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Sean Combs is listed (or ranked) 19 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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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, with occasional contributions ...more
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Spoonie Gee is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Rayne Storm is listed (or ranked) 22 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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40 Cal. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Calvin Alan Byrd, better known as 40 Cal, is an American rapper. He is a member of Harlem based Hip-Hop group The Diplomats. 40 Cal made his first appearance on the self-titled theme song, ...more
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Smoke DZA is listed (or ranked) 24 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) 25 on the list The Best Rappers From Harlem
Teeyon Winfree, better known by his stage name Vado, is an American hip hop recording artist from Harlem, New York City. He is best known for his affiliation with Cam'ron and Dipset.