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The Best Rappers From Philadelphia 

Ranker Hip Hop
Updated April 14, 2020 12.9k votes 2.3k voters 47.2k views 87 items

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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Lil Uzi Vert is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Meek Mill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Robert Rihmeek Williams (born May 6, 1987), known professionally as Meek Mill, is an American rapper, songwriter, and activist. Raised in Philadelphia, he embarked on his music career as a ...more

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The Best Meek Mill Albums, Ranked #46 of 224 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #18 of 187 The Best New School Rappers

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PnB Rock is listed (or ranked) 3 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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#70 of 187 The Best New School Rappers #698 of 1,020 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #62 of 75 Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Willard Carroll Smith Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, rapper and media personality. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith ...more

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Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 5 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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#167 of 224 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #119 of 136 The Dopest Rappers of the '90s #31 of 192 The Best Underground Rappers

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Lil Dicky is listed (or ranked) 6 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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#36 of 57 The Best New Male Artists #25 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #1,421 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Beanie Sigel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Dwight Equan Grant (born March 6, 1974), better known by his stage name Beanie Sigel, is an American rapper and actor from South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He first became known for his ...more

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The Best Beanie Sigel Songs of All Time #102 of 191 The Best Rap Lyricists of All Timelisted on The Complete List of Rappers Who've Been in Prison

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Cassidy is listed (or ranked) 8 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. Cassidy first gained attention for his freestyles and began ...more

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#22 of 63 The Best Battle Rappers #18 of 23 Rappers with the Best Punchlines, Rankedlisted on The Complete List of Rappers Who've Been in Prison

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Eve is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper (born November 10, 1978) is an American hip hop recording artist and actress from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best ...more

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Kurupt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Ricardo Emmanuel Brown (born November 23, 1972) is an American rapper and actor, better known by his stage name Kurupt. His career began in the early 1990s when he was signed to Death Row ...more

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#98 of 224 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #58 of 136 The Dopest Rappers of the '90s #87 of 191 The Best Rap Lyricists of All Time

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DJ Jazzy Jeff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Jeffrey Allen Townes (born January 22, 1965), known professionally as DJ Jazzy Jeff or simply Jazz, is an American record producer, DJ, actor and comedian who is best known for his friendship ...more
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Schoolly D is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Jesse Bonds Weaver Jr. (born June 22, 1962), better known by the stage name Schoolly D (sometimes spelled Schooly D), is an American rapper from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Tierra Whack is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Lisa Lopes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Lisa Nicole Lopes (May 27, 1971 – April 25, 2002), better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American hip hop recording artist, and dancer. Lopes was best known as one-third of the R&B ...more

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Freeway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Leslie Edward Pridgen (born August 6, 1978), better known by his stage name Freeway, is an American rapper from North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is best known as a member of the rap group ...more

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#139 of 191 The Best Rap Lyricists of All Time #28 of 41 The Very Best Muslim Rappers #70 of 114 The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania

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AR-Ab is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Lil Skies is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
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Lil Skies (born August 4, 1998) is a rapper from Pennsylvania who is best known for singles "Signs of Jealousy" and "Change Ya Life." In 2017, he signed a recording contract ...more

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#37 of 57 The Best New Male Artists #1,744 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #34 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers

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Vinnie Paz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Vincenzo Luvineri (born October 5, 1977), better known as Vinnie Paz (formerly known as Ikon the Verbal Hologram), is a Sicilian American rapper and the lyricist behind the Philadelphia ...more

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The Best Vinnie Paz Songs #173 of 206 The Best Rap Lyricists of All Time #13 of 192 The Best Underground Rappers

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Bahamadia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Antonia D. Reed (born April 22, 1966), known professionally as Bahamadia, is an American hip hop artist, rapper and singer. She released her debut album Kollage in 1996, and followed up with the ...more

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#49 of 234 The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time #21 of 28 Best Female Hip-Hop Artists Of The '90s You Still Love Today

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Young Chris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Young Chris (born Christopher Francis Ries, March 9, 1983) is an American rapper and songwriter. A member of Philadelphia rap duo Young Gunz, formerly signed to Roc-A-Fella Records through ...more
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Steady B is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Warren McGlone (born September 17, 1969, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), known by the stage name Steady B, is an American hip hop emcee who, along with Schoolly D, the Fresh Prince, and Three ...more

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Jahlil Beats is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Three Times Dope is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Three Times Dope was a hip hop/rap group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania consisting of EST (Robert Waller), Chuck Nice (Walter Griggs) and Woody Wood (Duerwood Beale). 3xD, as they were called ...more
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Major Figgas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Major Figgas was an American rap group from North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Cool C is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers From Philadelphia
Christopher Douglass Roney (born December 15, 1969), known by the stage name Cool C, is an American rapper who was active in the late 1980s. He is also known for his involvement in the murder of ...more

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