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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Nas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Nas Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album

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The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 2 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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599 214
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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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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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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Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Busta Rhymes When Disaster Strikes…, The Big Bang, The Coming

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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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Method Man is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Method Man Tical, 4:21... The Day After, The Riddler

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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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DMX is listed (or ranked) 11 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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ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Ghostface Killah Ironman, Supreme Clientele, Fishscale

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Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big Pun Capital Punishment, Yeeeah Baby, Endangered Species

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Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Rappers
aiden-kemp added Joey Badass Summer Knights, 1999, Big Dusty

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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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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Mos Def Black on Both Sides, True Magic, The New Danger

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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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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

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251 94
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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242 90
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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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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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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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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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 27 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) 28 on the list The Best New York Rappers
LL Cool J Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith

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Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 29 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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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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Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Talib Kweli Quality, Liberation, The Beautiful Struggle

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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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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Immortal Technique Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

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ASAP Ferg is listed (or ranked) 34 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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Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Q-Tip The Renaissance, Amplified, Kamaal/The Abstract

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Dave East is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Dave East Paranoia 1 & 2, No Regrets, Karma

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Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 37 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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GZA is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added GZA Liquid Swords, Grandmasters, Pro Tools - Wu Tang Albums

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Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 39 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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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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Lloyd Banks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Lloyd Banks The Hunger for More, Rotten Apple, S.W.A.T Mix Tape - G-Unit Albums 

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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

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Mase is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Mase Harlem World, Double Up, Top of the World

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179 94
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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148 73
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New York Rappers
TwistedSmasher added Onyx Bacdafucup, All We Got Iz Us, Bacdafucup

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G-Unit is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added G-Unit Beg for Mercy, No Mercy, No Fear

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MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 47 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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MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added MF Doom Vaudeville Villain, Operation: Doomsday, Special Herbs and Spices

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RZA is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added RZA RZA as Bobby Digital in Stereo, Birth of a Prince, Digital Bullet

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Method Man and Redman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Method Man and Redman Blackout!, How High, Blackout! 2