hip hop artists The Best New York Rappers  

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List Rules Only famous hip hop artists from NYC

It probably goes without saying, but New York City is undeniably the birthplace of rap. Its impact is still very much alive as the genre continues to grow and change around the world. This a list of the best New York rappers and hip hop music artists.

When ranking the most famous or even top 10 NY rappers, the Big Apple can count Biggie, Jay-Z, Rakim, 50 Cent, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, KRS-One, Mos Def, Slick Rick, Nikki Minaj, Run-D.M.C., Mase, and Wu Tang among its influential children, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to rappers from New York! While a pretty good amount of research went in to compiling this list, there's always room for improvement. There are so many New York rap luminaries to choose from, finding a spot for them all is near impossible. Please vote on the list and add your favorites or anyone that you think is missing from this list of New York Hip Hop artists.

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The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New York Rappers
The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die, Life After Death, Born Again

2
535 130
Nas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Nas Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album

3
392 113
Wu-Tang Clan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, Wu-Tang Forever, 8 Diagrams

4
321 93
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Rakim The 18th Letter, The Archive: Live, Lost & Found

5
304 88
Big L is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big L The Big Picture, Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous, Children of the Corn: The Collector's Edition

6
257 75
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Busta Rhymes When Disaster Strikes…, The Big Bang, The Coming

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261 78
Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big Pun Capital Punishment, Yeeeah Baby, Endangered Species

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251 75
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Mos Def Black on Both Sides, True Magic, The New Danger

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236 72
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Rappers
KRS-One Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

10
258 82
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Method Man Tical, 4:21... The Day After, The Riddler

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267 87
DMX is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Rappers
DMX It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood

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390 144
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay-Z Watch the Throne, The Black Album, Reasonable Doubt

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262 87
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Rappers
aiden-kemp added Joey Badass Summer Knights, 1999, Big Dusty

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252 83
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Rappers
dane-jeriss added Mobb Deep The Infamous, Blood Money, The Infamous Mobb Deep

The Original, Rejected Designs For New York's Central Park Were Absolutely Insane

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195 58
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Ghostface Killah Ironman, Supreme Clientele, Fishscale

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197 59
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instrumentals, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II, Immobilarity

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173 49
Redman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Redman Muddy Waters, Whut? Thee Album, Doc's da Name 2000

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313 116
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Rappers
50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin', Get Rich or Die Tryin' / The Massacre, Street King Immortal

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170 49
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big Daddy Kane Long Live the Kane, It's a Big Daddy Thing, Daddy's Home

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182 57
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet, Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black

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164 54
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Talib Kweli Quality, Liberation, The Beautiful Struggle

The Greatest White Rappers of All Time

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164 54
A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory, Midnight Marauders, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm

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164 55
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Immortal Technique Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

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159 56
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Slick Rick The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, The Art of Storytelling, The Ruler's Back

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178 68
Jadakiss is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jadakiss The Last Kiss, Kiss of Death, Kiss tha Game Goodbye

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102 27
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Kool G Rap Road to the Riches, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Live and Let Die

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171 66
Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Run–D.M.C. Raising Hell, Run-D.M.C., King of Rock

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143 55
Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Q-Tip The Renaissance, Amplified, Kamaal/The Abstract

Amazing Pictures of New York City from Above

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135 53
Mase is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Mase Harlem World, Double Up, Top of the World

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133 52
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Prodigy H.N.I.C., Return of the Mac, H.N.I.C. Pt. 2 - Mobb Deep Albums 

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128 51
ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added A$AP Rocky Long.Live.A$AP, Live. Love. ASAP, No Rest for the Wicked - at long last asap 

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99 34
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New York Rappers
ahmed-maklad added Tupac Shakur All Eyez on Me, Me Against the World, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

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112 42
AZ is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added AZ Doe or Die, Final Call (The Lost Tapes), Aziatic

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113 43
Kool Keith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Kool Keith Dr. Octagon, Instrumentalyst: Octagon Beats, Diesel Truckers

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65 14
R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added R.A. The Rugged Man Die Rugged Man Die, Legends Never Die, Legendary Classics

Catchiest Viral Internet Songs of All Time

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69 17
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0, Ms. Hill

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85 28
Papoose is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Papoose The Nacirema Dream, A Moment of Silence, The Underground King

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125 53
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New York Rappers
TwistedSmasher added Onyx Bacdafucup, All We Got Iz Us, Bacdafucup

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141 63
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

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96 36
Flatbush ZOMBiES is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New York Rappers
tweeterbirwin added Flatbush ZOMBiES

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99 38
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Aesop Rock Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float

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116 49
Masta Ace is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Masta Ace Disposable Arts, A Long Hot Summer, Take a Look Around

15 Super Creepy Ghost Stories From New York City

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168 82
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New York Rappers
LL Cool J Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith

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123 57
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Ol' Dirty Bastard Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, The Trials and Tribulations of Russell Jones, Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are) - Wu Tang Albums 

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104 45
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Action Bronson Dr. Lecter, Blue Chips 2, Converge / Dropdead Split

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148 74
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Lil' Kim The Naked Truth, Hard Core, The Notorious KIM

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82 31
GZA is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added GZA Liquid Swords, Grandmasters, Pro Tools - Wu Tang Albums

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87 35
Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Fat Joe Jealous One's Envy, Represent, Don Cartagena

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67 22
Canibus is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Canibus Rip the Jacker, Hip-Hop for $ale, C of Tranquility - Lyrical Law, Melatonin Magic, 2000 B.C. 

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117 56
Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Foxy Brown Ill Na Na, Chyna Doll, Broken Silence