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The Best Rappers From North Carolina  

Ranker Hip Hop
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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, better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American hip hop recording artist, songwriter and record producer from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Cole first received ...more
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DaBaby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Jonathan Kirk, known by his stage name DaBaby, is an American rapper from Charlotte, North Carolina. In early 2019 he signed with Interscope Records and released his debut studio album Baby on ...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 Mortimer Barrett III, known by the stage name Petey Pablo, is an American rapper from Greenville, North Carolina.
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9th Wonder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Patrick Douthit, better known as 9th Wonder is a hip hop record producer, record executive, DJ, lecturer, and rapper from Durham, North Carolina, U.S. He began his career as the main producer ...more
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King Mez is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Phonte is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Phonte Coleman, better known as Phonte, is an American rapper, formerly of the now defunct North Carolina trio Little Brother and one-half of the duo The Foreign Exchange. He has also recorded ...more
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Jermaine Dupri is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Jermaine Dupri Mauldin, known as Jermaine Dupri or JD, is an American record producer, songwriter and rapper.
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Big Pooh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Rapper Big Pooh is the stage name of an American rapper, who, along with fellow rap artist Phonte, was a member of the acclaimed North Carolina hip hop group Little Brother. In addition to ...more
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Deniro Farrar is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Nick Cannon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Nicholas Scott "Nick" Cannon is an American actor, rapper, entrepreneur, record producer, and radio and television personality. On television, Cannon began as a teenager on All That ...more
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Little Brother is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Little Brother was an American hip hop group from Durham, North Carolina that consisted of rappers Phonte and Big Pooh, and DJ/producer 9th Wonder. The group produced four acclaimed studio ...more
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Justus League is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
The Justus League was a rap collective from North Carolina, that included L.E.G.A.C.Y., The Away Team, Darien Brockington, Little Brother, Edgar Allen Floe, Median, Chaundon, Cesar Comanche, 9th ...more
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Banknote Mitch is listed (or ranked) 16 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) 17 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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Tequan Richmond is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Tequan Richmond, also known by his stage name, T-Rich, is an American actor and musician. Tequan is best known for his role as Drew Rock on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. Richmond ...more
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Khrysis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
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 Carolina rap collective The Justus League, alongside 9th Wonder. In ...more
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Fred Durst is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
William Frederick "Fred" Durst is an American musician and film director from Jacksonville, Florida. He spent his formative years playing in a number of local bands in Jacksonville, ...more
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Edgar Allen Floe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
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 famous poet, Edgar Allan Poe.
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Kaze is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
kaze is a North Carolina rapper Kevin Thomas.
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Driicky Graham is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Supastition is listed (or ranked) 24 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. He has appeared on songs with the likes of KRS-One, ...more
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Malik Turner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers From North Carolina
Malik Turner (Michael Muhammad) is an American rapper and producer from Fayetteville, NC, who came to prominence in the 1990s as a rapper. He is known for his politically aware, socially ...more