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The Best Rappers From Queens

Updated July 18, 2020 6.5k votes 749 voters 26.7k views62 items

List RulesOnly 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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  • Mobb Deep2
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