Rappers 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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383 65
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
306 66
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

3
229 65
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
239 71
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
86 17
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Bobjoe Lee added Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

6
169 68
Canibus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

7
175 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
187 86
Sean Paul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

9
161 71
Giggs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rhythm and blues

10
79 19
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
johnstonismyname added Hip hop music, Boom Bap, Alternative hip hop

11
174 80
Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

12
148 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 71
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
59 15
XXXTentacion is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
johnstonismyname added Trap music, Rap Rock, Nu Metal

16
151 86
Damian Marley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

17
107 56
Bushwick Bill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Christian hip hop

18
110 60
Chipmunk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rap music

19
115 64
Swizz Beatz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

20
131 78
Sean Kingston is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Reggae

21
91 49
Wretch 32 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
British hip hop, Grindie, Grime

22
112 68
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Ayham Bassam Massrieh added Reggae

23
55 24
Buju Banton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
malmrphy added Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

24
57 28
Pro Era is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
johnstonismyname added Hip hop music, Boom Bap, East Coast hip hop

25
85 52
Gunplay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jamaican Rappers
Hip hop music