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The Best Rappers From Long Island

Updated September 30, 2020 758 votes 156 voters 10.0k views24 items

List RulesOnly rappers born or raised in Long Island, New York.

From new artists to some of the greatest hip hop artists of all time, here are the best rappers from Long Island. Including both solo artists, like Rakim and Busta Rhymes, and hip hop groups, like Public Enemy and De La Soul, this list of the most popular Long Island rappers features rap artists who were born or raised on the New York island. Known for their style of East Coast hip hop, other famous Long Island rappers include Erick Sermon, Kelvin Mercer, and Flavor Flav. Who are the top Long Island rappers of all-time?

Vote up the best hip hop artists from Long Island, and add any other Long Island rappers if they're missing from this list. 

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    William Michael Griffin Jr. (born January 28, 1968), better known by his stage name Rakim, is...  more

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  • Busta Rhymes2
    Trevor George Smith Jr. (born May 20, 1972), known professionally as Busta Rhymes, is an...  more

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  • Eric B. & Rakim3
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  • De La Soul4
    De La Soul is an American hip hop trio formed in 1987 in the Amityville area of Long Island,...  more

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  • Public Enemy5
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    EPMD

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  • Chuck D7
    Carlton Douglas Ridenhour (born August 1, 1960), known professionally as Chuck D, is an...  more

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  • Keith Murray8
    Keith Omar Murray (born September 13, 1974) is an American rapper from Long Island, New York...  more
  • Erick Sermon9
    Erick Sermon (born November 25, 1968) is an American rapper, musician, and record producer....  more

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    Tyler-Justin Anthony Sharpe (born August 26, 2002), known professionally as Lil Tecca, is an...  more

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    Rahkeim Calief Meyer (born February 11, 1978), better known by his stage name Roc Marciano, is...  more

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  • Leaders of the New School12
    Leaders of the New School is a hip hop group based in Long Island, New York....  more
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    William Jonathan Drayton Jr. (born March 16, 1959), better known by his stage name Flavor Flav...  more

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  • PMD14
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    Parrish J. Smith (born May 13, 1968), better known as PMD ('Parrish Mic Doc' or 'Parrish...  more
  •  Freddie Foxxx15
    James Campbell (born March 27, 1969), better known by his stage names Freddie Foxxx and Bumpy...  more
  • Subroc16
    DJ Subroc (August 3, 1973 – April 23, 1993) was an English-born American hip hop artist and a...  more
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    Norman Rogers (born August 25, 1966), known as Terminator X, is a retired American DJ best...  more
  • David Jude Jolicoeur18
    David Jude Jolicoeur (born September 21, 1968), also known under the stage name Trugoy the...  more
  • Kelvin Mercer19
    Kelvin Mercer (born August 17, 1969), known professionally as Posdnuos and occasionally Pos,...  more
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    Charlie Brown

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    Vincent Mason

    Vincent Lamont Mason Jr. (born March 24, 1970) is an American rapper, producer, DJ, who is one...  more
  • Dinco D22
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    Dinco D

    James P. Jackson, better known by his stage name Dinco D, is an American rapper from Long...  more
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    Hank Shocklee

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  • Poetic24
    Anthony Ian Berkeley (November 15, 1964 – July 15, 2001) better known as Too Poetic, was a...  more