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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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list ordered by
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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
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall
3
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
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Bobjoe Lee added Hip hop music, Gangsta rap
5
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, East Coast hip hop
6
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
johnstonismyname added Hip hop music, Boom Bap, Alternative hip hop
7
XXXTentacion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
johnstonismyname added Trap music, Rap Rock, Nu Metal
8
Sean Paul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall
9
Heavy D is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, New jack swing
10
Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall
11
Canibus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop
12
Giggs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rhythm and blues
13
will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music
14
Kano is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, British hip hop, Contemporary R&B
15
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Ayham Bassam Massrieh added Reggae
16
Smif-n-Wessun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music
17
Damian Marley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall
18
Vybz Kartel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
johnstonismyname added Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae
19
Bushwick Bill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Christian hip hop
20
Ski Mask The Slump God is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Interlected added hip hop, trap, punk rap
21
Sean Kingston is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Reggae
22
Buju Banton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
malmrphy added Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae
23
Swizz Beatz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop
24
Chipmunk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rap music
25
Beenie Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
malmrphy added Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae