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The Best Rappers From North Carolina 

Ranker Hip Hop
Updated January 23, 2020 6.8k votes 1.8k voters 47.6k views 30 items

List Rules Rappers born or raised in North Carolina.

From new artists to some of the greatest hip hop artists of all time, here are the best rappers from North Carolina. Including both solo artists, like J. Cole and Petey Pablo, and hip hop groups, like the Justus League and Little Brother, this list of the most popular North Carolina rappers also features rap artists who were born or raised in Raleigh and Charlotte. Known for their style of Southern hip hop, these famous NC rappers include notable artists, like King Mez and Big Pooh. Who are the top North Carolina rappers of all-time?

Vote up the best hip hop artists from North Carolina, and add any other North Carolina rappers if they're missing from this list. 

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J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Jermaine Lamarr Cole (born January 28, 1985) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Born on a military base in Germany but raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Cole ...more

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DaBaby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Jonathan Lyndale Kirk (born December 21, 1991), better known as DaBaby (formerly known as Baby Jesus), is an American rapper and songwriter from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is best known for ...more

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YBN Cordae is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
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Cordae Amari Dunston (born August 26, 1997), known professionally as YBN Cordae, is an American rapper, singer raised in Suitland, Maryland, Dunston began rapping at a young age under the stage ...more

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Lute is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Luther Nicholson (born July 6, 1989), better known by his stage name Lute, is an American rapper. He is signed to J. Cole's Dreamville Records. He released his first mixtape, West1996, on ...more
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Rapsody is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Rapsody, is an American rapper from Snow Hill, North Carolina. She is signed to producer 9th Wonder's Jamla Records imprint under his It's A Wonderful World Music Group. She has worked with ...more

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Petey Pablo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Moses Barrett III (born July 22, 1973), known by the stage name Petey Pablo, is an American rapper from Snow Hill, North Carolina.

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Jermaine Dupri is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Jermaine Dupri Mauldin (born September 23, 1972) is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and record executive. He was born in Asheville, North Carolina and was raised in Atlanta. He ...more

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Nick Cannon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Nicholas Scott Cannon (born October 8, 1980) is an American actor, rapper, director, producer, television presenter, radio personality, and activist. On television, Cannon began as a teenager on ...more

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9th Wonder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Patrick Denard Douthit (born January 15, 1975), better known as 9th Wonder, is a hip hop record producer, record executive, DJ, lecturer, and rapper from Midway, North Carolina, U.S. He began ...more

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Phonte is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Phonte Lyshod Coleman, better known mononymously as Phonte (born December 28, 1978), is an American rapper, formerly of the now defunct North Carolina trio Little Brother (revived in 2019 ...more

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Deniro Farrar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Qushawan Farrar, better known by his stage name Deniro Farrar, is a rapper from Charlotte, North Carolina. He has collaborated with other artists such as Ryan Hemsworth, Shady Blaze, and ...more
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King Mez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
King Mez (born Morris W. Ricks II) is an American rapper, producer, and writer, most recently featured on Dr. Dre's latest album Compton. He was born on a military base, Fort Campbell, KY and ...more
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Big Pooh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Thomas Louis Jones III (born February 12, 1980), better known by his stage name Rapper Big Pooh, is an American rapper, who, along with fellow rap artist Phonte, was a member of the acclaimed ...more
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Little Brother is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Little Brother are an American hip hop duo from Durham, North Carolina that consists of rappers Phonte and Big Pooh. DJ/Producer 9th Wonder was an original member of the group but departed in ...more

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Justus League is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
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Donkey cartel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
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MAVI is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
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Tequan Richmond is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Tequan Richmond (Tuh-kwon; born October 30, 1992), also known in his music career as T-Rich, is an American actor and rapper. Tequan is best known for his character, Drew Rock, on the UPN/CW ...more
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Banknote Mitch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Mitchell Similton (born February 20, 1986 in Concord, North Carolina, United States), better known for his stage name Banknote Mitch is an American rapper.
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L.E.G.A.C.Y. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
L.E.G.A.C.Y. is a rapper from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and former member of the Justus League collective.
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Edgar Allen Floe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Daryl Sams, known professionally as Edgar Allen Floe is a hip hop artist from North Carolina and a member of Justus League and The Undefined. His name is a play on words of the name of the ...more
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Supastition is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Supastition is an underground hip hop artist from Greenville, North Carolina. He has also recorded under the name of Kam Moye and Blackmel (in earlier years). He has appeared on songs with the ...more
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Khrysis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Christopher Frederick Tyson (born September 7, 1981), better known as Khrysis, is a hip hop producer and half of the duo The Away Team. Khrysis is one of the main in-house producers for North ...more
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Driicky Graham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Nasir Frederick Graham, better known by his stage name Driicky Graham, is an American rapper from Oxford, North Carolina. He is currently signed to the independent record labels Nu World Era ...more
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Fred Durst is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
William Frederick Durst (born August 20, 1970) is an American vocalist, actor and film director. He is best known as the frontman of the rap rock band Limp Bizkit, formed in 1994, with whom he ...more

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