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
323 81
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
239 68
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
206 59
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
187 57
Big L is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

6
233 80
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay-Z Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap

7
162 47
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Mos Def Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

8
153 43
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Rappers
dane-jeriss added Mobb Deep Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

9
192 64
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Rappers
50 Cent Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

10
158 48
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New York Rappers
KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

11
164 51
Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Big Pun Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

12
172 55
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Method Man Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

13
169 54
DMX is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Rappers
DMX Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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148 44
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Rappers
aiden-kemp added Joey Badass Hip hop music

15
99 20
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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159 52
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Busta Rhymes Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

17
129 41
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
76 14
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

19
126 43
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

20
119 40
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
74 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
121 42
Jadakiss is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jadakiss Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

23
123 45
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
82 22
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Ol' Dirty Bastard Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

25
111 39
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Slick Rick Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, East Coast hip hop

26
109 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
114 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
114 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

29
101 36
Grandmaster Flash is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Grandmaster Flash Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro

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91 30
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 30 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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103 39
Redman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Redman Hip hop music

32
116 48
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Ghostface Killah Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

33
114 49
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
68 20
AZ is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added AZ Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

35
85 31
The Sugarhill Gang is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New York Rappers
The Sugarhill Gang Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Disco

36
88 33
Kurtis Blow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Kurtis Blow Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop

37
62 18
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 37 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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46 8
Flatbush ZOMBiES is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New York Rappers
tweeterbirwin added Flatbush ZOMBiES

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66 21
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Action Bronson Hip hop music

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55 14
Havoc is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Havoc Hip hop music, Hardcore Hip Hop, East Coast Hip Hop

41
96 41
Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Q-Tip Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

42
56 15
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Jay Clayton added Kool G Rap Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

43
84 34
Doug E. Fresh is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Doug E. Fresh Hip hop music

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77 30
Kool Keith is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Kool Keith Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

45
93 41
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Beastie Boys Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

46
87 37
Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Foxy Brown Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

47
81 33
Masta Ace is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Masta Ace Hip hop music

48
80 36
Afrika Bambaataa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Afrika Bambaataa Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

49
85 44
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
69 34
Cormega is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New York Rappers
Cormega Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop