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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295 72
Nas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Nas Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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288 70
The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New York Rappers
The Notorious B.I.G. Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

3
223 61
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
193 55
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
213 70
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay-Z Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap

6
172 52
Big L is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

7
141 38
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Rappers
dane-jeriss added Mobb Deep Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

8
181 58
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Rappers
50 Cent Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

9
89 16
A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added A Tribe Called Quest Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

10
148 45
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Mos Def Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

11
164 53
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Method Man Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

12
149 46
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Rappers
KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

13
135 39
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Rappers
aiden-kemp added Joey Badass Hip hop music

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157 51
DMX is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Rappers
DMX Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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153 49
Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big Pun Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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154 51
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Busta Rhymes Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

17
126 40
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Raekwon Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap

18
73 13
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Gang Starr Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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118 41
Jadakiss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jadakiss Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

20
121 43
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

21
71 15
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Prodigy Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

22
114 40
Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Run–D.M.C. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

23
119 43
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New York Rappers
LL Cool J Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

24
110 39
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Slick Rick Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, East Coast hip hop

25
79 21
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Ol' Dirty Bastard Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

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108 38
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big Daddy Kane Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

27
113 41
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Talib Kweli Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

28
110 41
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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90 30
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New York Rappers
TwistedSmasher added Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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100 36
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
114 48
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Ghostface Killah Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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99 39
Redman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Redman Hip hop music

33
112 48
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Lil' Kim Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

34
88 33
Kurtis Blow is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Kurtis Blow Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop

35
44 7
Flatbush ZOMBiES is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New York Rappers
tweeterbirwin added Flatbush ZOMBiES

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84 31
The Sugarhill Gang is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New York Rappers
The Sugarhill Gang Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Disco

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66 21
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Action Bronson Hip hop music

38
64 20
AZ is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added AZ Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

39
54 14
Havoc is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Havoc Hip hop music, Hardcore Hip Hop, East Coast Hip Hop

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84 34
Doug E. Fresh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Doug E. Fresh Hip hop music

41
55 15
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Kool G Rap Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

42
59 18
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Aesop Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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77 30
Kool Keith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Kool Keith Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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81 33
Masta Ace is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Masta Ace Hip hop music

45
87 37
Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Foxy Brown Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

46
93 41
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Beastie Boys Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

47
93 41
Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Q-Tip Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

48
79 36
Afrika Bambaataa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Afrika Bambaataa Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

49
83 42
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
42 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