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The Best Rappers From New Jersey  

Ranker Hip Hop
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List Rules Only rappers born or raised in New Jersey.

From new artists to some of the greatest hip hop artists of all time, here are the best rappers from New Jersey. Including both solo artists, like Lauryn Hill and Fetty Wap, and hip hop groups, like Outlawz and The Fugees, this list of the most popular New Jersey rappers features rap artists who were born or raised in the Garden State. Newark rappers Ice-T and Redman are also featured. Who are the top New Jersey rappers of all-time?

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

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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Lauryn Noelle Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American singer, songwriter and rapper, known for being a member of Fugees, and for her solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won many ...more
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Redman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Reginald Noble (born April 17, 1970), better known by his stage name Redman, is an American rapper, DJ, record producer, and actor. He rose to fame in the early 1990s as an artist on the Def Jam ...more
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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Dana Elaine Owens (born March 18, 1970), known professionally as Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and producer. Born in Newark, New Jersey, she signed with ...more
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Fetty Wap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Willie Maxwell II (born June 7, 1991), known professionally as Fetty Wap, is an American rapper. He rose to prominence after his debut single "Trap Queen", reached number two on the ...more
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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Tracy Lauren Marrow (born February 16, 1958), better known by his stage name Ice-T, is an American musician, rapper, songwriter, actor, record producer, and author. He began his career as an ...more
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Akon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam (; born April 16, 1973) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and actor. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the ...more
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Wyclef Jean is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Nel Ust Wyclef Jean (; born on October 17, 1969) is a Haitian rapper, musician and actor. At the age of nine, Jean immigrated to the United States with his family. He first achieved fame as a ...more
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Naughty by Nature is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Naughty by Nature is an American hip hop trio from East Orange, New Jersey consisting of Treach (Anthony Criss, born December 2, 1970), Vin Rock (Vincent Brown, born September 17, 1970), and DJ ...more
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Outlawz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
The Outlawz (formerly known as The Outlaw Immortalz) was an American hip hop group founded by rapper Tupac Shakur in late 1995 after Shakur's release from prison. Collectively, they were best ...more
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The Sugarhill Gang is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
The Sugarhill Gang is an American hip hop trio. Their 1979 hit "Rapper's Delight" was the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. That was the trio's only ...more
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Treach is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Anthony Criss (born December 2, 1970), better known by his stage name Treach, is an American rapper and actor. He is perhaps best known as the lead rapper of the hip hop group Naughty by
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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Shaquille Rashaun "Shaq" O'Neal ( shə-KEEL; SHAK; born March 6, 1972) is a retired professional American basketball player who is a sports analyst on the television program Inside the ...more
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Joe Budden is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Joseph Anthony Budden II (born August 31, 1980) is an American broadcaster, songwriter and former rapper. Budden began rapping in 1999 and his eponymous debut studio album was released in 2003, ...more
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Juelz Santana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
LaRon Louis James (born February 18, 1982), better known by his stage name Juelz Santana, is an American rapper and actor. He is from the Harlem neighborhood in New York City, and is a member of ...more
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Chino XL is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Derek Keith Barbosa (born April 8, 1974), better known by his stage name Chino XL, is an American rapper and actor. He has released four solo studio albums, in which his most recent – ...more
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Total is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
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Hussein Fatal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Bruce Edward Washington, Jr. (April 3, 1973 – July 10, 2015), better known by his stage name, Hussein Fatal, was an American rapper and member of the hip hop group Outlawz. He was best known for ...more
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Apache is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Anthony Peaks (December 26, 1964 – January 22, 2010), better known as Apache, was an American rapper. Apache emerged from New Jersey in the late 1980s as a front man for the Flavor Unit, a ...more
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Outsidaz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
The Outsidaz was an American hip hop collective from Newark, New Jersey, perhaps best known through their affiliation with fellow New York-area rappers, the Fugees, and Detroit-area rappers
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Beneficence is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
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Yaki Kadafi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Yafeu Akiyele Fula (October 9, 1977 – November 10, 1996), better known by his stage name Yaki Kadafi, was an American rapper, and a founder and member of the rap groups Outlawz and Dramacydal. ...more
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Jus Allah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
James Bostick (born June 30, 1978), better known by his stage name Jus Allah is an American rapper from Camden, NJ; best known for being a former member of Philadelphia-based projects Jedi Mind ...more
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070 Shake is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Danielle Balbuena, known professionally as 070 Shake, is an American singer and rapper from North Bergen, New Jersey. Shake's stage name is derived from her affiliation with the 070 music ...more
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Wise Intelligent is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Timothy Grimes, better known by his stage name Wise Intelligent, is an American hip hop musician from Trenton, New Jersey. He is a member of Poor Righteous Teachers. He released The Talented ...more
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Mike Zombie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
William Michael Coleman, professionally known as Mike Zombie, is a record producer and recording artist from Willingboro, NJ, signed as a producer to Drake's OVO Sound record label. He is best ...more