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The Best Rappers From Queens 

Ranker Hip Hop
Updated April 14, 2020 3.7k votes 564 voters 19.8k views 62 items

List Rules Only rappers born or raised in Queens, New York.

From new artists to some of the greatest hip hop artists of all time, here are the best rappers from Queens, New York. Including both solo artists, like 50 Cent and Nicki Minaj, and hip hop groups, like Run-DMC and G-Unit, this list of the most popular Queens rappers features rap artists who were born or raised in the NYC borough. Known for their style of East Coast hip hop, famous Queens rappers also include LL Cool J, A Tribe Called Quest, Ja Rule, and Waka Flocka Flame. Who are the top Queens rappers of all-time?

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

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Nas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known as Nas, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Since 1994, Nas has released eight ...more

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Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Mobb Deep was an American hip hop duo from Queensbridge, Queens, New York. The group consisted of Havoc and Prodigy, and were a hardcore East Coast hip hop group. They were known for their dark, ...more

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50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), known professionally as 50 Cent, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, television producer, entrepreneur and investor. Born in the South ...more

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A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
A Tribe Called Quest was an American hip hop collective formed in 1985 and originally composed of MC and main producer Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg, DJ and co-producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and MC ...more

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LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
James Todd Smith (born January 14, 1968), known professionally as LL Cool J (short for Ladies Love Cool James), is an American rapper, record producer, actor, author and entrepreneur from ...more

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Run–DMC is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Run-DMC was an American hip hop group from Hollis, Queens, New York, founded in 1981 by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, and Jason Mizell. Run-DMC is widely acknowledged as one of the most ...more

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Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Nathaniel Thomas Wilson (born July 20, 1968), better known by his stage name Kool G Rap (or simply G Rap), is an American rapper from Queens. He began his career in the mid-1980s as one half of ...more

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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Nicki Minaj (), is a Trinidad and Tobago-born rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and model. Born in Saint James, Port of ...more

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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Public Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Keith Shocklee, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, and DJ Lord (replaced Terminator X in 1998 after his retirement from the group). ...more

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Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
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Albert Johnson (November 2, 1974 – June 20, 2017), better known by his stage name Prodigy, was an American rapper, author, and entrepreneur who, with Havoc, was one half of the hip hop duo Mobb

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Capone-N-Noreaga is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Capone-N-Noreaga (also known as C-N-N) is an American hip hop duo formed in 1995, from Queens, New York City, New York. The duo includes East Coast rappers Capone and N.O.R.E..

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Onyx is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Onyx is an American hardcore hip hop group from South Jamaica, Queens, New York City, consisting of Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz. Founded in 1988 by Starr, Sonny Seeza, and the late Big DS, ...more

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G-Unit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
G-Unit (short for Guerilla Unit) is an American hip hop group formed by longtime friends and East Coast rappers 50 Cent, Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks. After releasing a string of mixtapes in the ...more

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Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
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Kamaal Ibn John Fareed (born April 10, 1970), better known by his stage name Q-Tip, is an American rapper, record producer, singer, actor and DJ. Nicknamed The Abstract, he is noted for his ...more

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Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Salt-N-Pepa is an American hip hop trio from Queens, New York. The group, consisting of Cheryl James, Sandra Denton, and originally Latoya Hanson who was replaced by Deidra Roper, was formed in ...more

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Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Arian Arslani, better known by his stage name Action Bronson, is an American hip hop recording artist from Flushing, Queens, New York. In August 2012, he signed to Warner Bros. Records, however ...more

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Ja Rule is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Jeffrey Bruce Atkins (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule (), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor from Queens, New York. Born in Hollis, Queens, he ...more

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Cormega is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Cory McKay (born April 26, 1970), better known by his stage name Cormega, is an American rapper and songwriter. His first musical debut was sparked by a shout-out from Nas on his song "One ...more

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Lost Boyz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Lost Boyz is a hip hop group from South Jamaica, Queens, New York City. The original group members were lead MC Mr. Cheeks, backup MC and promoter Freaky Tah, DJ Spigg Nice and Pretty Lou.

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Havoc is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
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Kejuan Muchita (born May 21, 1974), better known by his stage name Havoc, is an American rapper and record producer. He was one half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep with Prodigy.

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MC Shan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Shawn Moltke (born September 6, 1965) better known by his stage name MC Shan, is an American hip hop and R&B recording artist. He is best known for his song "The Bridge" produced ...more

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Marley Marl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Marlon Williams (born September 30, 1962), better known by his stage name Marley Marl, is an American DJ, record producer, rapper and record label founder, primarily operating in hip hop music. ...more

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Canibus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Germaine Williams (born December 9, 1974), better known by his stage name Canibus, is a Jamaican-born American rapper and actor. He initially gained fame in the 1990s for his ability to ...more

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Lloyd Banks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
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Christopher Charles Lloyd (born April 30, 1982), better known by his stage name Lloyd Banks, is an American rapper. Banks began his career as a member of East Coast hip hop group G-Unit, ...more

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Roxanne Shanté is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Roxanne Shante (born Lolita Shanté Gooden; November 9, 1969) is an American hip hop musician and rapper. Born and raised in the Queensbridge Projects of Queens, New York City, Shante ...more

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