Rap The Best Jamaican Rappers  

Ranker Hip Hop
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List Rules Only famous hip hop artists from Jamaica

The Jamaican scene has its roots in New York in the late 1970s. As a matter of fact, a large number of rappers who have made an impact on the scene (and feature on our list) are New Yorkers of Jamaican descent.

Biggie Smalls and Busta Rhymes are obvious choices, but there are quite a few lesser known rappers that if you don’t already know about, you probably should. Who's your favorite Jamaican rapper? Be sure to vote for the best Jamaican rappers and watch them rise to the top. And if there’s anyone missing or anyone in the scene you’d love the masses to know about, please add them to the list!

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1
388 67
The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop
2
309 67
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall
3
233 66
Joey Bada$$ is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Jay Clayton added Hip hop music, Alternative Hip Hop, East Coast Hip Hop

Boom Bap, Jazz Rap, Political Hip Hop, Ragga  

4
242 72
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, East Coast hip hop
5
89 20
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Bobjoe Lee added Hip hop music, Gangsta rap
6
169 69
Canibus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop
7
176 74
Heavy D is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, New jack swing
8
191 86
Sean Paul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall
9
178 80
Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall
10
163 72
Giggs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rhythm and blues
11
80 20
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
johnstonismyname added Hip hop music, Boom Bap, Alternative hip hop
12
150 68
will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music
13
152 72
Kano is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, British hip hop, Contemporary R&B
14
149 73
Smif-n-Wessun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music
15
62 19
XXXTentacion is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
johnstonismyname added Trap music, Rap Rock, Nu Metal
16
154 86
Damian Marley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall
17
108 56
Bushwick Bill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Christian hip hop
18
113 60
Chipmunk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rap music
19
135 78
Sean Kingston is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Reggae
20
116 65
Swizz Beatz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop
21
93 49
Wretch 32 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
British hip hop, Grindie, Grime
22
117 68
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Ayham Bassam Massrieh added Reggae
23
31 5
Vybz Kartel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
johnstonismyname added Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae
24
55 24
Buju Banton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
malmrphy added Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae
25
51 23
Beenie Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
malmrphy added Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae