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The Best Rappers From Queens  

Ranker Hip Hop
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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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A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Run–DMC is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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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50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 7 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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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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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Capone-N-Noreaga is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 11 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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G-Unit is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Lost Boyz is listed (or ranked) 13 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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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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Onyx is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Onyx is an American hardcore hip hop group from South Jamaica, Queens, New York. The group is composed of East Coast rappers Sticky Fingaz, Fredro Starr and Sonny Seeza. The late Big DS was also ...more
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MC Shan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
MC Shan is an American rapper. He is best known for his song "The Bridge" produced by Marley Marl and for collaborating with Snow on "Informer", the international number-one
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Roxanne Shanté is listed (or ranked) 17 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
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Ja Rule is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Cormega is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Chubb Rock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Chubb Rock is a New York-based rapper who released several commercially successful hip hop albums in the early 1990s. A former National Merit Scholar, Chubb Rock was a pre-med student who ...more
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3rd Bass is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
3rd Bass was an American hip-hop group that rose to fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and was notable for being one of the first successful interracial hip-hop groups. They split up in ...more
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Marley Marl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
Marlon Williams, better known as Marley Marl, is an American DJ and record producer.
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Blaq Poet is listed (or ranked) 23 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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The Beatnuts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers From Queens
The Beatnuts are a New York-based hip hop group and production duo from Queens, New York City. Its current members are JuJu and Psycho Les. JuJu is Dominican American from Corona and Psycho Les ...more
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Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 25 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