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The Best Rappers From Washington D.C. 

Ranker Hip Hop
Updated May 19, 2020 1k votes 337 voters 17k views 21 items

List Rules Only rappers born or raised in Washington, D.C.

From new artists to some of the greatest hip hop artists of all time, here are the best rappers from Washington D.C.. Including both solo artists, like Wale and GoldLink, and hip hop groups, like Team Demolition and Panacea, this list of the most popular Washington D.C. rappers features rap artists who were born or raised in the US capital. Known for their blend of New York and Southern hup hip, these famous Washington D.C. rappers continue to originate their own style and sound. Who are the top Washington D.C. rappers of all-time?

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Wale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers From Washington D.C.
Olubowale Victor Akintimehin (born September 21, 1984), better known by his stage name Wale ( WAW-lay), is an American rapper. He first rose to prominence in 2006, when his song "Dig Dug ...more

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Shy Glizzy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers From Washington D.C.
Marquis Amonte King (born December 12, 1992), better known by his stage name Shy Glizzy, is an American rapper from Washington, D.C.. Glizzy was featured on Complex as one of the "10 New ...more
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GoldLink is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers From Washington D.C.
D'Anthony Carlos (born May 17, 1993), better known by his stage name GoldLink, is an American rapper. In 2014, he released his debut mixtape, The God Complex, which received critical acclaim. In ...more
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Fat Trel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers From Washington D.C.
Martrel Reeves (born June 26, 1990), better known by his stage name Fat Trel, is an American hip hop recording artist. He is signed to Rick Ross's label Maybach Music Group and Atlantic Records. ...more
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Oddisee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers From Washington D.C.
Amir Mohamed el Khalifa, (born February 24, 1985) better known by his stage name Oddisee, is an American rapper and producer from Washington, D.C. He is one third of rap trio Diamond District. ...more
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Lil Mosey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers From Washington D.C.
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Lathan Moses Echols (born January 25, 2002), known professionally as Lil Mosey, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. His most commercially successful song, "Noticed", peaked ...more

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DJ Kool is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers From Washington D.C.
John W. Bowman Jr. (born March 20, 1958), better known by his stage name DJ Kool, is an American DJ and rapper who produced several popular rap singles in the late 1980s.
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LoLa Monroe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers From Washington D.C.
Fershgenet Melaku (born October 23, 1986), better known as LoLa Monroe, is an Ethiopian-American rapper, model and actress. Monroe made her acting debut in the Wendy Williams biopic Queen of ...more

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Tabi Bonney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers From Washington D.C.
Tabiabuè Bonney, better known as Tabi Bonney, is a Togo-born, Washington, D.C.-based rapper. He is the son of Itadi Bonney, an afro-funk musician popular during the 1970s in Togo and West ...more
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D.C. Scorpio is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers From Washington D.C.
Lanard "D.C. Scorpio" Thompson (also credited as "DC Scorpio") is a Washington, D.C.-based hip-hop recording artist. He is best known for the singles "Stone Cold ...more
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Lex Bratcher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers From Washington D.C.
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HD-80 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers From Washington D.C.
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Panacea is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers From Washington D.C.
Panacea is an American hip hop duo, formed in 2003 in Washington DC. The duo consists of MC Raw Poetic and producer K-Murdock,. Throughout their musical career, Panacea has had deals with ...more
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Audra The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers From Washington D.C.
Audra The Rapper, also known as Farrah Fawx, is an American rapper, songwriter, and television personality. She is a cast member on the third season of Oxygen Network's hit series 'Sisterhood of ...more
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AJ the DJ is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers From Washington D.C.
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Wax is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers From Washington D.C.
Michael Jones (born April 5, 1980), better known by his stage name Wax, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, musician, producer, and comedian. He became a YouTube star after uploading ...more

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Marky is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers From Washington D.C.
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Freddie Bruno is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers From Washington D.C.
David Frederick Washington (born August 20, 1978), who goes by the stage name Freddie Bruno, is an American Christian hip hop musician and member of the hip hop collective, Deepspace5. He has ...more
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Kenn Starr is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers From Washington D.C.
Kenn Starr (born Kenneth Jones) is an American rapper from Suffolk, Virginia, currently residing in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Starr is a member of the Low Budget Crew and also the duo ...more
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Sintax the Terrific is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers From Washington D.C.
Daniel Josev Brewer, who goes by the stage name Sintax the Terrific, sometimes stylized as Sintax.the.Terrific or simply Sintax, is an American Christian hip hop musician and a founding member ...more
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Eli Northrup is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers From Washington D.C.
Eli Clemans Northrup (born December 14, 1984) is an American criminal defense attorney, songwriter, and rapper. Northrup grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, and attended Cornell University. Northrup ...more