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The Best Rappers From Philadelphia  

Ranker Hip Hop
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List Rules Rappers born or raised in Philadelphia.

From new artists to some of the greatest hip hop artists of all time, here are the best rappers from Philadelphia. Including both solo artists, like Meek Mill and Lil Uzi Vert, and hip hop groups, like Army of the Pharaohs and The Roots, this list of the most popular Philadelphia rappers features rap artists who were born or raised in the Pennsylvania city. With lyrics about living in the ghetto, gangsta rapper Schoolly D is commonly regarded as the artist who helped Philly pop up in the hip hop world. Who are the top Philadelphia rappers of all-time?

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

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Meek Mill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Robert Rihmeek Williams (born May 6, 1987), known professionally as Meek Mill, is an American rapper and activist. Raised in Philadelphia, he embarked on his music career as a battle rapper, and ...more
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Lil Uzi Vert is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Symere Woods (born July 31, 1994), known professionally as Lil Uzi Vert, is an American hip hop recording artist. Based in Philadelphia, he gained recognition after releasing his debut single, ...more
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Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Tariq Luqmaan Trotter (born October 3, 1971), better known as Black Thought, is an American rapper and the lead MC of the Philadelphia-based hip hop group The Roots, as well as an occasional ...more
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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. is an American actor, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him ...more
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Beanie Sigel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Dwight E. Grant, better known by his stage name Beanie Sigel, is an American rapper from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a former member/artist of Dame Dash Music Group and Roc-A-Fella Records ...more
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PnB Rock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Rakim Hasheem Allen (born December 9, 1991), better known by his stage name PnB Rock, is an American hip hop recording artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is best known for his 2015 ...more
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Cassidy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Barry Adrian Reese (born July 7, 1982), better known by his stage name Cassidy, is an American rapper from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He embarked on his musical career as a freestyle and battle ...more
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Eve is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper is an American hip hop recording artist and actress from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is also the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ...more
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Lil Dicky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
David Andrew Burd (born March 15, 1988), better known by his stage name Lil Dicky or LD, is an American rapper and comedian. He came to prominence with the release of the music video to his song ...more
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Kurupt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Ricardo Emmanuel Brown, better known by his stage name Kurupt is an American rapper, actor. He is a member of the rap group Tha Dogg Pound. He is also a member of the hip-hop supergroup The
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DJ Jazzy Jeff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Jeffrey Allen Townes, also known as DJ Jazzy Jeff or simply Jazz, is an American hip hop and R&B disc jockey, record producer, turntablist and actor who is best known for his early career ...more
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Schoolly D is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Jesse B. Weaver, Jr., better known by the stage name Schoolly D, is an American rapper from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Freeway is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Leslie Edward Pridgen, better known by his stage name Freeway, is an American rapper. Best known for his tenure on Roc-A-Fella Records and his affiliation with Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel. He is a ...more
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Tierra Whack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Tierra Whack (born August 11, 1995) is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a teenager, she performed as Dizzle Dizz and reverted back to her ...more
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AR-Ab is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Abdul Ibrahim West, better known by his stage name AR-Ab (also referred to as King Ab), is an American rapper from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a member of OBH (Original Block Hustlaz), the ...more
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Lisa Lopes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Lisa Nicole Lopes, better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American rapper, singer, dancer, musician, and songwriter. She achieved fame as a member of the R&B girl group TLC. Lopes ...more
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Bahamadia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Bahamadia is a Philadelphia-born hip hop artist. She released her debut album Kollage in 1996. Kollage was followed in 2001 by BB Queen, an EP release. She then released Good Rap Music and then ...more
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Steady B is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Warren McGlone, known by the stage name Steady B, is an American hip hop emcee who, along with Schoolly D, the Fresh Prince, and Three Times Dope, was one of the first wave of Philadelphia-area ...more
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Young Chris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Young Chris is a Grammy Award nominated American rapper and songwriter. A member of Philadelphia rap duo Young Gunz, formerly signed to Roc-A-Fella Records through Beanie Sigel’s State Property ...more
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Three Times Dope is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Three Times Dope is a hip hop trio from Philadelphia consisting of EST, Chuck Nice and Woody Wood. 3xD, as they were called for short, were a part of the Hilltop Hustlers Crew. At first, they ...more
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Jahlil Beats is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Orlando Tucker better known by his stage name Jahlil Beats, is an American hip hop record producer and rapper. He is currently signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation. He has produced for artists such as ...more
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Major Figgas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Major Figgas was an American rap group from North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Vinnie Paz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Vincenzo Luvineri, better known as Vinnie Paz, is an Italian-American rapper and the lyricist behind the Philadelphia underground hip hop group Jedi Mind Tricks. He is also the frontman of the ...more
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Army of the Pharaohs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Army of the Pharaohs is a hip hop supergroup originating from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, formed by Jedi Mind Tricks MC Vinnie Paz in 1998. The group has strong links to other underground groups ...more
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Cool C is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Christopher Douglass Roney, known by the stage name Cool C, is an American rapper who was active in the late 1980s. He is best known for his involvement in the murder of a Philadelphia Police ...more