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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1
898 245
Nas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album

2
893 247
The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Ready to Die, Life After Death, Born Again

3
626 230
Wu-Tang Clan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, Wu-Tang Forever, 8 Diagrams

4
686 273
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Watch the Throne, The Black Album, Reasonable Doubt

5
569 222
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Get Rich or Die Tryin', Get Rich or Die Tryin' / The Massacre, Street King Immortal

6
428 164
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Rappers
dane-jeriss added The Infamous, Blood Money, The Infamous Mobb Deep

7
496 199
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Rappers
The 18th Letter, The Archive: Live, Lost & Found

8
446 178
DMX is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Rappers
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood

9
390 150
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Rappers
When Disaster Strikes…, The Big Bang, The Coming

10
450 182
Big L is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New York Rappers
The Big Picture, Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous, Children of the Corn: The Collector's Edition

11
387 151
ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Befman added Long.Live.A$AP, Live. Love. ASAP, No Rest for the Wicked - at long last asap 

12
308 111
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Ironman, Supreme Clientele, Fishscale

13
407 162
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Tical, 4:21... The Day After, The Riddler

14
289 104
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instrumentals, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II, Immobilarity

15
353 137
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Black on Both Sides, True Magic, The New Danger

16
382 152
Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Capital Punishment, Yeeeah Baby, Endangered Species

17
283 101
A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added The Low End Theory, Midnight Marauders, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm

18
434 179
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Rappers
aiden-kemp added Summer Knights, 1999, Big Dusty

19
268 96
Redman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Muddy Waters, Whut? Thee Album, Doc's da Name 2000

20
347 139
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New York Rappers
ahmed-maklad added All Eyez on Me, Me Against the World, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

21
326 128
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

22
259 99
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New York Rappers
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet, Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black

23
249 94
Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Raising Hell, Run-D.M.C., King of Rock

24
231 89
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Long Live the Kane, It's a Big Daddy Thing, Daddy's Home

25
257 105
Jadakiss is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New York Rappers
The Last Kiss, Kiss of Death, Kiss tha Game Goodbye

26
225 88
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New York Rappers
The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, The Art of Storytelling, The Ruler's Back

27
143 45
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0, Ms. Hill

28
127 38
Dave East is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Paranoia 1 & 2, No Regrets, Karma

29
251 113
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith

30
200 83
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added H.N.I.C., Return of the Mac, H.N.I.C. Pt. 2 - Mobb Deep Albums 

31
195 81
ASAP Ferg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Trap Lord, always strive and prosper, Still Striving

32
114 33
Fabolous is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added From Nothin' to Somethin', The S.O.U.L. Tape 2, Street Dreams

33
209 92
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Quality, Liberation, The Beautiful Struggle

34
212 95
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

35
173 71
Flatbush ZOMBiES is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New York Rappers
tweeterbirwin added

36
192 87
Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New York Rappers
The Renaissance, Amplified, Kamaal/The Abstract

37
134 50
GZA is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Liquid Swords, Grandmasters, Pro Tools - Wu Tang Albums

38
177 79
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added 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 

39
111 40
Lloyd Banks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added The Hunger for More, Rotten Apple, S.W.A.T Mix Tape - G-Unit Albums 

40
133 55
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Road to the Riches, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Live and Let Die

41
138 62
Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Jealous One's Envy, Represent, Don Cartagena

42
142 66
AZ is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Doe or Die, Final Call (The Lost Tapes), Aziatic

43
92 32
G-Unit is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Beg for Mercy, No Mercy, No Fear

44
183 97
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

45
92 35
MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Lyte as a Rock, Seven & Seven, Act Like You Know - Act Like you know, Aint No Other

46
110 48
RZA is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added RZA as Bobby Digital in Stereo, Birth of a Prince, Digital Bullet

47
149 76
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New York Rappers
TwistedSmasher added Bacdafucup, All We Got Iz Us, Bacdafucup

48
164 87
Mase is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Harlem World, Double Up, Top of the World

49
139 71
Masta Ace is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Disposable Arts, A Long Hot Summer, Take a Look Around

50
114 54
Papoose is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added The Nacirema Dream, A Moment of Silence, The Underground King