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The Best Rappers From Long Island 

Ranker Hip Hop
Updated March 27, 2019 442 votes 114 voters 6.5k views 23 items

List Rules Only 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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Rakim is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
William Michael Griffin Jr. (born January 28, 1968), better known by his stage name Rakim, is an American rapper. One half of golden age hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, he is widely regarded as ...more

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Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
Trevor George Smith Jr. (born May 20, 1972), known professionally as Busta Rhymes, is an American rapper, singer, musician, record producer, record executive, and actor. Chuck D of Public Enemy ...more

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Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
Louis Eric Barrier (born November 8, 1965 in East Elmhurst, Queens, New York) is the former producer and DJ for the golden age hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim.Eric B. & Rakim's album Paid in ...more

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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
Public Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Keith Shocklee, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, and DJ Lord (replaced Terminator X in 1998 after his retirement from the group). ...more

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De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
De La Soul is an American hip hop trio formed in 1987 in the Amityville area of Long Island, New York. They are best known for their eclectic sampling, quirky lyrics, and their contributions to ...more

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Chuck D is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
Carlton Douglas Ridenhour (born August 1, 1960), known professionally as Chuck D, is an American rapper, author, and producer. As the leader of the rap group Public Enemy, he helped create ...more

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EPMD is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
EPMD
EPMD is an American hip hop group from Brentwood, New York. The group's name is a concatenation of the members' names "E" and "PMD" or an acronym for "Erick and Parrish ...more

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Erick Sermon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
Erick Sermon (born November 25, 1968) is an American rapper, musician, and record producer. Sermon is best known as one-third, alongside PMD & DJ Scratch, of late-1980sā€“1990s hip hop group ...more

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Keith Murray is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
Keith Omar Murray (born September 13, 1974) is an American rapper from Long Island, New York and a member of the hip hop trio Def Squad, which includes fellow rappers Redman and Erick Sermon. ...more

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Leaders of the New Schoo... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
Leaders of the New School is a hip hop group based in Long Island, New York.
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Freddie Foxxx is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
James Campbell (born March 27, 1969), better known by his stage names Freddie Foxxx and Bumpy Knuckles, is an American rapper and music producer from Long Island, New York.
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Flavor Flav is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
William Jonathan Drayton Jr. (born March 16, 1959), better known by his stage name Flavor Flav (), is an American musician, rapper, actor, television personality, and comedian who rose to ...more

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PMD is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
Parrish J. Smith (born May 13, 1968), better known as PMD ('Parrish Mic Doc' or 'Parrish Making Dollars'), is an American rapper from Smithtown, New York, a member of EPMD and Hit Squad.
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Roc Marciano is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
Rahkeim Calief Meyer (born February 11, 1978), better known by his stage name Roc Marciano, is an American rapper, songwriter, and producer.

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Terminator X is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
Norman Rogers (born August 25, 1966), known as Terminator X, is a retired American DJ best known for his work with hip-hop group Public Enemy, which he left in 1998. He also produced two solo ...more
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Dinco D is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
Dinco D
James P. Jackson, better known by his stage name Dinco D, is an American rapper from Long Island, New York. He was a founding member of the Leaders of the New School, along with Busta Rhymes, ...more
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Subroc is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
DJ Subroc (August 3, 1973 ā€“ April 23, 1993) was an English-born American hip hop artist and a member of KMD and Constipated Monkey.
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Charlie Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown was a member of the musical group, Leaders of the New School.
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David Jude Jolicoeur is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
David Jude Jolicoeur (born September 21, 1968), also known under the stage name Trugoy the Dove and more recently Dave, is an American rapper, producer, and one third of the hip hop trio De La ...more
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Kelvin Mercer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
Kelvin Mercer (born August 17, 1969), known professionally as Posdnuos and occasionally Pos, is an American rapper and producer best known for his work as one-third of the hip hop trio De La ...more
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Vincent Mason is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
Vincent Mason
Vincent Lamont Mason Jr. (born March 24, 1970) is an American rapper, producer, DJ, who is one third of the hip hop group De La Soul. Mason is also known as Maseo, P.A. Pasemaster Mase and Plug
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Hank Shocklee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
Hank Shocklee
Hank Shocklee is a musician.
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Anthony Ian Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers From Long Island
Anthony Ian Berkeley (November 15, 1964 ā€“ July 15, 2001) better known as Too Poetic, was a Trinidadian-born American rapper and producer. He was also a founding member of the hip-hop group ...more