Hip-Hop The Best Rappers From Queens  

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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?

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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 is an American hip hop duo from Queensbridge, Queens, New York, U.S., that consists of Havoc and Prodigy. The group is best known for its dark delivery as exemplified by the single ...more
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50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, singer, entrepreneur investor and actor from New York City. Born in the South Jamaica neighborhood of the ...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 group that was formed in 1985, and is composed of MC/producer Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg aka Phife Diggy, and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad. A fourth ...more
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LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
James Todd Smith, better known as LL Cool J, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and actor. He is known for pioneering hip-hop tracks such as "I Can't Live Without My Radio", ...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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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Onika Tanya Maraj, better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian rapper, singer and songwriter. Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York, ...more
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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Public Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, DJ Lord, The S1W group, Khari Wynn and Professor Griff. Formed in Long Island, New York in 1982, they are known for ...more
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Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Nathaniel Thomas Wilson, better known by his stage name Kool G Rap is an American rapper. He hails from the Corona neighborhood of Queens, New York City. He began his career in the mid-1980s as ...more
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Cormega is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Cory McKay, better known by his stage name Cormega often abbreviated to Mega, is an American rapper from Queens, New York.
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Lost Boyz is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Ja Rule is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Jeffrey Atkins, better known by his stage name Ja Rule, is an American rapper, singer, and actor from Queens, New York. Born in Hollis, Queens, he debuted in 1999 with Venni Vetti Vecci and its ...more
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G-Unit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
G-Unit is an American hip hop group originating from South Jamaica, Queens, New York, formed by longtime friends and East Coast rappers 50 Cent, Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks. The group released ...more
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Canibus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Germaine Williams better known by his stage name Canibus, is a Jamaican-American rapper, actor and member of The Hrsmn, Sharpshooterz, Cloak N Dagga, The Undergods, and one-half of T.H.E.M. ...more
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Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Consequence is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Dexter Raymond Mills, Jr., better known by his stage name Consequence, is an American hip hop recording artist from Queens, New York City, New York. Consequence debuted in 1996, appearing ...more
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Capone-N-Noreaga is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Capone-N-Noreaga is an American hip hop duo formed in 1995, from Queens, New York City, New York. The duo is composed of East Coast rappers Capone and Noreaga.
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Grafh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Grafh, born Philip Bernard, is an American rapper from the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, New York. He has released a collection of mixtapes and an album, Autografh, which was released through ...more
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Royal Flush is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Royal Flush in October 20, 1973 is an American East Coast rapper from Flushing, New York. He is a friend of Mic Geronimo and appeared on many songs with him. His 1997 debut album, Ghetto ...more
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Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Akinyele is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Akinyele Adams, better known by the mononym Akinyele, is an American MC who recorded in the 1990s and early 2000s, known for his sexually explicit lyrics, including his 1996 underground radio ...more
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Big Noyd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
TaJuan Perry, better known as Big Noyd, is an American emcee from the Queensbridge projects in the New York City borough of Queens. He is closely affiliated with Mobb Deep, and he is featured on ...more
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Black, Rock and Ron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Black, Rock and Ron
Black, Rock and Ron was an American male rap trio, composed of Lord Black, The Ruler Master Rock, and Ron Scratch. Hailing from Hollis Queens, New York, their style owes as much to fellow Hollis ...more
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Blaq Poet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Wilbur Bass, better known as Blaq Poet is an American rapper from Queensbridge, New York, USA. Blaq Poet was first heard in the track "Beat You Down" from the Bridge Wars during 1987, ...more
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Roxanne Shanté is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Roxanne Shanté is an American hip hop musician. Born and raised in the Queensbridge Projects of Queens, New York City, Shanté first gained attention through the Roxanne Wars and ...more