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

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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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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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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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Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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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50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Method Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Method Man Tical, 4:21... The Day After, The Riddler

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DMX is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Big L is listed (or ranked) 10 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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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

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Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big Pun Capital Punishment, Yeeeah Baby, Endangered Species

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ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Rappers
aiden-kemp added Joey Badass Summer Knights, 1999, Big Dusty

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

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Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Busta Rhymes When Disaster Strikes…, The Big Bang, The Coming

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Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Ghostface Killah Ironman, Supreme Clientele, Fishscale

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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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KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Rappers
KRS-One Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

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Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 19 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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A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 21 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

The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time

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Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 22 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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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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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 24 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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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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Jadakiss is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jadakiss The Last Kiss, Kiss of Death, Kiss tha Game Goodbye

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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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Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 28 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 

The Best Pizza in New York City

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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 29 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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LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New York Rappers
LL Cool J Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith

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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Immortal Technique Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

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Flatbush ZOMBiES is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New York Rappers
tweeterbirwin added Flatbush ZOMBiES

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Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Q-Tip The Renaissance, Amplified, Kamaal/The Abstract

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Fabolous is listed (or ranked) 34 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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Dave East is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Dave East Paranoia 1 & 2, No Regrets, Karma

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

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GZA is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added GZA Liquid Swords, Grandmasters, Pro Tools - Wu Tang Albums

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ASAP Ferg is listed (or ranked) 37 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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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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Mase is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Mase Harlem World, Double Up, Top of the World

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Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Fat Joe Jealous One's Envy, Represent, Don Cartagena

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Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Foxy Brown Ill Na Na, Chyna Doll, Broken Silence

15 Super Creepy Ghost Stories From New York City

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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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Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 44 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) 45 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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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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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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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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MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 49 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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Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Action Bronson Dr. Lecter, Blue Chips 2, Converge / Dropdead Split