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 is a list of the best New York rappers and hip hop music artists. As you know, there's a long list of them, but who do you think are the best rappers from NYC? 

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

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757 204
Nas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Nas Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album

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547 191
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

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581 227
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

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474 190
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 5 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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430 170
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Rakim The 18th Letter, The Archive: Live, Lost & Found

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319 116
ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 7 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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363 139
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 8 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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398 158
Big L is listed (or ranked) 9 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

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386 152
DMX is listed (or ranked) 10 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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359 139
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Method Man Tical, 4:21... The Day After, The Riddler

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241 80
A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 12 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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269 95
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Ghostface Killah Ironman, Supreme Clientele, Fishscale

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334 129
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Busta Rhymes When Disaster Strikes…, The Big Bang, The Coming

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

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264 94
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 15 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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338 132
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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318 122
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Mos Def Black on Both Sides, True Magic, The New Danger

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235 80
Redman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Redman Muddy Waters, Whut? Thee Album, Doc's da Name 2000

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Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Rappers
aiden-kemp added Joey Badass Summer Knights, 1999, Big Dusty

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253 91
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 20 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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298 115
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New York Rappers
KRS-One Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time

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236 87
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 22 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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226 84
Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 23 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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212 79
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 24 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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201 78
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 25 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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122 34
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 26 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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230 96
Jadakiss is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jadakiss The Last Kiss, Kiss of Death, Kiss tha Game Goodbye

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226 100
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New York Rappers
LL Cool J Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith

The Best Pizza in New York City

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197 83
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Talib Kweli Quality, Liberation, The Beautiful Struggle

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92 21
Fabolous is listed (or ranked) 30 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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176 73
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 31 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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196 86
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Immortal Technique Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

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158 65
ASAP Ferg is listed (or ranked) 33 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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146 58
Flatbush ZOMBiES is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New York Rappers
tweeterbirwin added Flatbush ZOMBiES

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175 79
Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Q-Tip The Renaissance, Amplified, Kamaal/The Abstract

16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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159 72
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 36 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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95 31
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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122 49
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 38 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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123 50
Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Fat Joe Jealous One's Envy, Represent, Don Cartagena

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GZA is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added GZA Liquid Swords, Grandmasters, Pro Tools - Wu Tang Albums

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158 75
Mase is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Mase Harlem World, Double Up, Top of the World

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127 59
AZ is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added AZ Doe or Die, Final Call (The Lost Tapes), Aziatic

15 Super Creepy Ghost Stories From New York City

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63 15
MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added MF Doom Vaudeville Villain, Operation: Doomsday, Special Herbs and Spices

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81 28
MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added MC Lyte Lyte as a Rock, Seven & Seven, Act Like You Know - Act Like you know, Aint No Other

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168 89
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

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Papoose is listed (or ranked) 46 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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124 59
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Action Bronson Dr. Lecter, Blue Chips 2, Converge / Dropdead Split

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81 29
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Salt-N-Pepa Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious

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171 92
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Lil' Kim The Naked Truth, Hard Core, The Notorious KIM

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138 69
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New York Rappers
TwistedSmasher added Onyx Bacdafucup, All We Got Iz Us, Bacdafucup