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The Best Rappers From Queens

Updated July 18, 2020 5.8k votes 643 voters 22.8k 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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    Nas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
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    Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known as Nas, is an American rapper, songwriter, record... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 3 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Run D.M.C 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
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    Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), known professionally as 50 Cent, is an American... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 9 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
    Public Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Keith Shocklee, Flavor Flav,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Havoc is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
    Kejuan Muchita (born May 21, 1974), better known by his stage name Havoc, is an American... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Capone-N-Noreaga is listed (or ranked) 12 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,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Onyx is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
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    Onyx is an American hardcore hip hop group from South Jamaica, Queens, New York City,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Pharoahe Monch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
    Troy Donald Jamerson (born October 31, 1972), better known by his stage name Pharoahe Monch,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
    Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Nicki Minaj (), is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    MC Shan is listed (or ranked) 16 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Marley Marl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
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    Phife Dawg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
    Malik Izaak Taylor (November 20, 1970 – March 22, 2016), known professionally as Phife Dawg... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Lost Boyz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
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    Lloyd Banks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
    Christopher Charles Lloyd (born April 30, 1982), better known by his stage name Lloyd Banks,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 21 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Roxanne Shanté is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
    Roxanne Shante (born Lolita Shanté Gooden; November 9, 1969) is an American hip hop musician... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
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    G-Unit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
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    G-Unit (short for Guerilla Unit) is an American hip hop group formed by longtime friends and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Cormega is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
    Cory McKay (born April 26, 1970), better known by his stage name Cormega, is an American... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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