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

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2
355 86
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
253 73
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
215 66
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Rakim Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

5
167 47
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

6
255 89
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay-Z Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap

7
180 54
DMX is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Rappers
DMX Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

8
208 68
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Rappers
50 Cent Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

9
197 63
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
181 57
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
162 48
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Rappers
aiden-kemp added Joey Badass Hip hop music

12
166 50
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Mos Def Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

13
172 53
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

14
167 52
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Busta Rhymes Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

15
162 50
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Rappers
KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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104 22
A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added A Tribe Called Quest Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

17
84 15
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Prodigy Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

18
136 42
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Raekwon Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap

19
130 44
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

20
128 43
Jadakiss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jadakiss Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

21
122 40
Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Run–D.M.C. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

22
78 16
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Gang Starr Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

23
88 23
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Ol' Dirty Bastard Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

24
127 47
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New York Rappers
LL Cool J Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

25
113 39
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big Daddy Kane Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

26
116 42
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

27
94 30
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New York Rappers
TwistedSmasher added Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

28
115 43
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Talib Kweli Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

29
113 42
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 29 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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104 37
Grandmaster Flash is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Grandmaster Flash Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro

31
107 39
Redman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Redman Hip hop music

32
120 48
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Ghostface Killah Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

33
70 20
AZ is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added AZ Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

34
87 31
The Sugarhill Gang is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New York Rappers
The Sugarhill Gang Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Disco

35
89 33
Kurtis Blow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Kurtis Blow Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop

36
59 15
Havoc is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Havoc Hip hop music, Hardcore Hip Hop, East Coast Hip Hop

37
51 10
Flatbush ZOMBiES is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New York Rappers
tweeterbirwin added Flatbush ZOMBiES

38
85 33
Masta Ace is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Masta Ace Hip hop music

39
115 53
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Lil' Kim Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

40
69 23
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Action Bronson Hip hop music

41
90 37
Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Foxy Brown Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

42
97 42
Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Q-Tip Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

43
57 16
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 43 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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62 20
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Aesop Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

45
96 43
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Beastie Boys Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

46
84 35
Doug E. Fresh is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Doug E. Fresh Hip hop music

47
77 31
Kool Keith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Kool Keith Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

48
82 38
Afrika Bambaataa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Afrika Bambaataa Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

49
87 44
Mase is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Mase Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Christian hip hop

50
43 14
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