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
647 165
Nas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Nas Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album

3
471 150
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
477 183
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay-Z Watch the Throne, The Black Album, Reasonable Doubt

5
377 137
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Rakim The 18th Letter, The Archive: Live, Lost & Found

6
299 105
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Rappers
dane-jeriss added Mobb Deep The Infamous, Blood Money, The Infamous Mobb Deep

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308 110
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Method Man Tical, 4:21... The Day After, The Riddler

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353 132
Big L is listed (or ranked) 8 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

9
234 75
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Ghostface Killah Ironman, Supreme Clientele, Fishscale

10
385 148
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 10 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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281 98
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Mos Def Black on Both Sides, True Magic, The New Danger

12
299 107
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Busta Rhymes When Disaster Strikes…, The Big Bang, The Coming

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315 115
DMX is listed (or ranked) 13 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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269 95
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Rappers
KRS-One Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

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

15
221 72
ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 15 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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297 111
Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big Pun Capital Punishment, Yeeeah Baby, Endangered Species

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202 64
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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318 122
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Rappers
aiden-kemp added Joey Badass Summer Knights, 1999, Big Dusty

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183 59
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 19 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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206 71
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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192 64
A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 21 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

The Greatest White Rappers of All Time

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219 78
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 22 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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191 67
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 23 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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198 75
Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 24 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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207 83
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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180 68
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 26 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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180 70
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Talib Kweli Quality, Liberation, The Beautiful Struggle

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95 23
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0, Ms. Hill

The Best Pizza in New York City

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181 73
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Immortal Technique Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

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155 62
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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163 68
Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Q-Tip The Renaissance, Amplified, Kamaal/The Abstract

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48 6
MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added MF Doom Vaudeville Villain, Operation: Doomsday, Special Herbs and Spices

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112 40
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 33 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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196 92
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New York Rappers
LL Cool J Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith

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122 48
Flatbush ZOMBiES is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New York Rappers
tweeterbirwin added Flatbush ZOMBiES

Catchiest Viral Internet Songs of All Time

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123 49
ASAP Ferg is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added A$AP Ferg Trap Lord, always strive and prosper, Still Striving

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72 18
Dave East is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Dave East Paranoia 1 & 2, No Regrets, Karma

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145 66
Mase is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Mase Harlem World, Double Up, Top of the World

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101 38
GZA is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added GZA Liquid Swords, Grandmasters, Pro Tools - Wu Tang Albums

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161 77
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

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60 13
Fabolous is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Fabolous From Nothin' to Somethin', The S.O.U.L. Tape 2, Street Dreams

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105 43
Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Fat Joe Jealous One's Envy, Represent, Don Cartagena

TV Shows With Absolutely No Sense Of New York Geography

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119 53
AZ is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added AZ Doe or Die, Final Call (The Lost Tapes), Aziatic

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138 66
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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111 48
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Aesop Rock Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float

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118 53
Kool Keith is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Kool Keith Dr. Octagon, Instrumentalyst: Octagon Beats, Diesel Truckers

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131 62
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New York Rappers
TwistedSmasher added Onyx Bacdafucup, All We Got Iz Us, Bacdafucup

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83 30
Capital STEEZ is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Capital STEEZ King Steelo - Amerikkkan Corruption 

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116 53
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Action Bronson Dr. Lecter, Blue Chips 2, Converge / Dropdead Split

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160 83
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Lil' Kim The Naked Truth, Hard Core, The Notorious KIM