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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The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New York Rappers
The Notorious B.I.G. Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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2
386 91
Nas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Nas Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

3
274 79
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
231 69
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
278 93
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
181 50
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Rappers
dane-jeriss added Mobb Deep Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

7
213 66
Big L is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

8
227 73
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Rappers
50 Cent Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

9
180 51
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Mos Def Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

10
193 58
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Method Man Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

11
191 59
DMX is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Rappers
DMX Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

12
179 54
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Busta Rhymes Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

13
182 58
Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big Pun Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

14
97 17
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Prodigy Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

15
113 24
A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added A Tribe Called Quest Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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177 56
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Rappers
aiden-kemp added Joey Badass Hip hop music

17
170 54
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Rappers
KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

18
146 44
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Raekwon Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap

19
87 18
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Gang Starr Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

20
130 42
Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Run–D.M.C. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

21
135 46
Jadakiss is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jadakiss Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

22
97 26
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Ol' Dirty Bastard Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

23
134 47
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

24
135 50
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New York Rappers
LL Cool J Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

25
118 42
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big Daddy Kane Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

26
130 50
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Ghostface Killah Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

27
114 41
Redman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Redman Hip hop music

28
120 45
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

29
121 47
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Talib Kweli Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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78 21
AZ is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added AZ Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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116 46
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Slick Rick Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, East Coast hip hop

32
96 34
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New York Rappers
TwistedSmasher added Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

33
106 41
Grandmaster Flash and the Furi... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro

34
64 16
Havoc is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Havoc Hip hop music, Hardcore Hip Hop, East Coast Hip Hop

35
104 42
Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Q-Tip Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

36
88 34
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

37
75 26
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Action Bronson Hip hop music

38
87 34
Masta Ace is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Masta Ace Hip hop music

39
90 36
Kurtis Blow is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Kurtis Blow Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop

40
93 38
Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Foxy Brown Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

41
56 14
Flatbush ZOMBiES is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New York Rappers
tweeterbirwin added Flatbush ZOMBiES

42
117 56
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Lil' Kim Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

43
59 17
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Kool G Rap Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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101 46
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Beastie Boys Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

45
78 32
Kool Keith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Kool Keith Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

46
85 37
Doug E. Fresh is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Doug E. Fresh Hip hop music

47
64 23
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Aesop Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

48
86 39
Afrika Bambaataa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Afrika Bambaataa Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

49
90 45
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
102 59
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Nicki Minaj Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop