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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?

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Redman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Reginald "Reggie" Noble, better known by his stage name Redman, is an American MC, rapper, DJ, record producer and actor. He came to fame in the early 1990s as an artist on the Def Jam ...more
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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Lauryn Hill is an American singer–songwriter, rapper, producer, and actress. She is best known for being a member of the Fugees and for her solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Raised in ...more
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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Dana Elaine Owens, better known by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, model, television producer, record producer, comedienne, and talk show host. ...more
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Naughty by Nature is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Naughty by Nature is a Grammy Award-winning American hip hop trio from East Orange, New Jersey that at the time of its formation in 1988 consisted of Treach, former member Vin Rock, and the DJ ...more
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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Tracy Lauren Marrow, better known by his stage name Ice-T, is an American rapper, singer, and actor. He began his career as a rapper in the 1980s and was signed to Sire Records in 1987, when he ...more
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Akon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam, known as Akon, is an American R&B and hip hop recording artist, songwriter, and record producer. He rose to prominence ...more
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Fetty Wap is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Wyclef Jean is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Wyclef Jeanelle Jean is a Haitian rapper, musician, actor, and politician. At the age of nine, Jean moved to the United States with his family and has spent much of his life in the country. He ...more
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Juelz Santana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
LaRon Louis James, better known by his stage name Juelz Santana, is an American rapper and actor. He is from Harlem, New York City and is member of East Coast hip hop group The Diplomats. He ...more
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Joe Budden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Joe Budden is an American hip hop recording artist from Jersey City, New Jersey, who, in addition to being a solo artist, is a member of the American hip hop supergroup Slaughterhouse. His most ...more
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Outlawz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Outlawz, formerly known as Dramacydal and Outlaw Immortalz, was an American hip hop group founded by Tupac Shakur in late 1995 after Shakur's release from prison. Collectively, they are best ...more
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Treach is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Anthony Criss, better known by his stage name Treach, is an American rapper and actor. He is best known as the lead rapper of the hip hop group Naughty by Nature. With Naughty by Nature, Treach ...more
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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is an American retired professional basketball player, former rapper, actor and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. Standing 7 ft ...more
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The Sugarhill Gang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
The Sugarhill Gang are an American hip hop group, known mostly for its 1979 hit "Rapper's Delight," the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The song uses ...more
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Apache is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Anthony Peaks, 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 hip-hop group. He first appeared on the ...more
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Chino XL is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Derek Keith Barbosa, better known by his stage name Chino XL, is an American rapper and actor, known for his technically accomplished style, consisting of self-consciously over-the-top ...more
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DJ DX is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
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Hussein Fatal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Bruce Washington, better known by his stage name, Hussein Fatal, is an American rapper and member of the hip hop group Outlawz. He is best known for his collaborative work with Tupac Shakur, as ...more
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Outsidaz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Outsidaz are a hip hop group from Newark, New Jersey, perhaps best known through their affiliation with fellow New York-area rappers, the Fugees, and Detroit-area rappers D12.
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Wise Intelligent is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Beneficence is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
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Jus Allah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
James Bostick, better known by his stage name Jus Allah is a New Jersey rapper who made his official debut on Jedi Mind Tricks second album Violent by Design in 2000. He is known for his ...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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Yaki Kadafi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Yafeu Akiyele Fula, better known by his stage name, Yaki Kadafi, was an American rapper who was best known as a founder and member of the rap groups Outlawz and Dramacydal. Kadafi's parents, ...more
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Serius Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers From New Jersey
Saleem Jones, better known by his stage name Serius Jones, is an American rapper who is widely known for his freestyle battles. Jones won 12 consecutive battles at New York's Monday Night Fight ...more