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.

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. Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

2
425 106
Nas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Nas Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

3
309 92
Wu-Tang Clan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Wu-Tang Clan Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

4
315 101
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay-Z Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap

5
207 56
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Rappers
dane-jeriss added Mobb Deep Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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256 80
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Rappers
50 Cent Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

7
217 63
DMX is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Rappers
DMX Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

8
254 80
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Rakim Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

9
236 74
Big L is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

10
209 64
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Method Man Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

11
196 58
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Mos Def Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

12
132 29
A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added A Tribe Called Quest Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

13
200 63
Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big Pun Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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191 59
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Busta Rhymes Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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110 21
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Prodigy Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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195 64
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Rappers
aiden-kemp added Joey Badass Hip hop music

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182 58
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Rappers
KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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156 46
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Raekwon Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap

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142 42
Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Run–D.M.C. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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106 27
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Ol' Dirty Bastard Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

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145 49
Jadakiss is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jadakiss Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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142 48
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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143 50
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Ghostface Killah Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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92 22
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Gang Starr Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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125 42
Redman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Redman Hip hop music

26
126 43
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big Daddy Kane Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

27
89 22
AZ is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added AZ Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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144 54
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New York Rappers
LL Cool J Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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126 46
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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103 34
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New York Rappers
TwistedSmasher added Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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126 48
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Talib Kweli Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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120 46
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Slick Rick Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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113 42
Grandmaster Flash and the Furi... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro

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111 42
Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Q-Tip Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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67 18
Havoc is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Havoc Hip hop music, Hardcore Hip Hop, East Coast Hip Hop

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91 35
The Sugarhill Gang is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New York Rappers
The Sugarhill Gang Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Disco

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97 39
Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Foxy Brown Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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90 35
Masta Ace is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Masta Ace Hip hop music

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108 47
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Beastie Boys Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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122 57
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Lil' Kim Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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77 27
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Action Bronson Hip hop music

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60 16
Flatbush ZOMBiES is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New York Rappers
tweeterbirwin added Flatbush ZOMBiES

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92 38
Kurtis Blow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Kurtis Blow Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop

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63 19
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Kool G Rap Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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81 34
Kool Keith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Kool Keith Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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87 39
Doug E. Fresh is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Doug E. Fresh Hip hop music

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67 25
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Aesop Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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96 46
Mase is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Mase Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Christian hip hop

49
87 40
Afrika Bambaataa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Afrika Bambaataa Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

50
49 16
Styles P is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Styles P Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop