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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659 167
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

2
656 171
Nas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Nas Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album

3
480 155
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

4
492 188
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

5
384 143
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Rakim The 18th Letter, The Archive: Live, Lost & Found

6
309 110
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Rappers
dane-jeriss added Mobb Deep The Infamous, Blood Money, The Infamous Mobb Deep

7
317 115
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Method Man Tical, 4:21... The Day After, The Riddler

8
322 118
DMX is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Rappers
DMX It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood

9
396 154
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
361 139
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

11
305 112
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Busta Rhymes When Disaster Strikes…, The Big Bang, The Coming

12
286 103
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Mos Def Black on Both Sides, True Magic, The New Danger

13
239 81
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Ghostface Killah Ironman, Supreme Clientele, Fishscale

14
303 115
Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big Pun Capital Punishment, Yeeeah Baby, Endangered Species

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

15
325 127
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Rappers
aiden-kemp added Joey Badass Summer Knights, 1999, Big Dusty

16
272 102
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Rappers
KRS-One Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

17
196 64
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
226 80
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 18 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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227 81
ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 19 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 

20
205 70
Redman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Redman Muddy Waters, Whut? Thee Album, Doc's da Name 2000

21
199 67
A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 21 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

The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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210 73
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

23
195 69
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 23 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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202 77
Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Run–D.M.C. Raising Hell, Run-D.M.C., King of Rock

25
212 85
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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183 70
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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182 74
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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99 27
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0, Ms. Hill

The Best Pizza in New York City

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183 77
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Immortal Technique Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

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159 65
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 30 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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200 93
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New York Rappers
LL Cool J Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith

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164 71
Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Q-Tip The Renaissance, Amplified, Kamaal/The Abstract

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126 50
Flatbush ZOMBiES is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New York Rappers
tweeterbirwin added Flatbush ZOMBiES

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114 43
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 34 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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105 40
GZA is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added GZA Liquid Swords, Grandmasters, Pro Tools - Wu Tang Albums

Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

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148 68
Mase is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Mase Harlem World, Double Up, Top of the World

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66 15
Fabolous is listed (or ranked) 37 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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124 53
ASAP Ferg is listed (or ranked) 38 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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124 54
AZ is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added AZ Doe or Die, Final Call (The Lost Tapes), Aziatic

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164 81
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

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109 45
Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Fat Joe Jealous One's Envy, Represent, Don Cartagena

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74 22
Dave East is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Dave East Paranoia 1 & 2, No Regrets, Karma

TV Shows With Absolutely No Sense Of New York Geography

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162 84
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Lil' Kim The Naked Truth, Hard Core, The Notorious KIM

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132 64
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New York Rappers
TwistedSmasher added Onyx Bacdafucup, All We Got Iz Us, Bacdafucup

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139 69
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 45 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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92 37
RZA is listed (or ranked) 46 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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118 55
Kool Keith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Kool Keith Dr. Octagon, Instrumentalyst: Octagon Beats, Diesel Truckers

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128 62
Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Foxy Brown Ill Na Na, Chyna Doll, Broken Silence

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119 56
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Action Bronson Dr. Lecter, Blue Chips 2, Converge / Dropdead Split

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97 41
Papoose is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New York Rappers
1519704292721 added Papoose The Nacirema Dream, A Moment of Silence, The Underground King