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List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

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List of Brooklyn bands, listed by their level of fame. This Brooklyn musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Brooklyn bands are included, as well as many Brooklyn musicians of underground status. This list of Brooklyn musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Brooklyn bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

Jay-Z and Lou Reed are included in this list.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Brooklyn?" or "What is a list of Brooklyn bands?" then this list will answer your questions. {#nodes}
  • Jay-Z1


    Hip hop
    Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), known professionally as Jay-Z (stylized as JAY-Z),...  more
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  • Lou Reed2

    Lou Reed

    Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul
    Lewis Allan Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer,...  more

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  • Pat Benatar3

    Pat Benatar

    New Wave, Rock music
    Patricia Mae Giraldo (née Andrzejewski; born January 10, 1953), who goes by the stage name Pat...  more
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  • Mos Def4

    Mos Def

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
    Yasiin Bey (; born Dante Terrell Smith; December 11, 1973), better known by his stage name Mos...  more

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  • Lil' Kim5

    Lil' Kim

    Hip hop music, Dirty rap
    Kimberly Denise Jones (born July 11, 1974 or 1975), known professionally as Lil' Kim, is an...  more

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  • MGMT6


    Synthpop, New Wave
    MGMT is an American psychedelic rock band founded by Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew...  more

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  • Talib Kweli7

    Talib Kweli

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
    Talib Kweli Greene (; born October 3, 1975) is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and activist....  more

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  • Big Daddy Kane8

    Big Daddy Kane

    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop
    Antonio Hardy (born September 10, 1968), better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is a...  more

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  • They Might Be Giants9

    They Might Be Giants

    Experimental rock, Children's music
    They Might Be Giants is an American alternative rock band formed in 1982 by John Flansburgh...  more

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  • Fabolous10


    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop
    John David Jackson (born November 18, 1977), known professionally as Fabolous, is an American...  more

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  • The National11

    The National

    Indie folk, Indie rock
    The National is an American rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, formed in 1999. The band...  more

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  • Foxy Brown12

    Foxy Brown

    Hip hop music, Ragga
    Inga Fung Marchand (born September 6, 1978), known professionally as Foxy Brown, is an...  more

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  • Grizzly Bear13

    Grizzly Bear

    Psychedelic folk, Rock music
    Grizzly Bear is an American Indie Rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2002. The band...  more

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  • GZA14


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop
    Gary E. Grice (born August 22, 1966), better known by his stage names GZA ( JIZ-ə) and The...  more

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  • MC Lyte15

    MC Lyte

    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B
    Lana Michelle Moorer (born October 11, 1970), known professionally as MC Lyte, is an American...  more

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  • Richie Havens16

    Richie Havens

    Folk rock, Funk
    Richard Pierce "Richie" Havens (January 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013) was an American...  more

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  • Ol' Dirty Bastard17

    Ol' Dirty Bastard

    Hip hop music, Rap music
    Russell Tyrone Jones (November 15, 1968 – November 13, 2004), better known by his stage name...  more

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  • Medeski Martin & Wood18

    Medeski Martin & Wood

    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk
    Medeski Martin & Wood is an American avant-jazz-funk band formed in 1991, consisting of John...  more
  • The Hold Steady19

    The Hold Steady

    Heartland rock, Rock music
    The Hold Steady is an American rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2003. The band...  more
  • Adam Yauch20

    Adam Yauch

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
    Adam Nathaniel Yauch (pronounced ; August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012) was an American rapper and...  more

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  • Maxwell21


    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B
    Gerald Maxwell Rivera (born May 23, 1973), also known by his stage name Maxwell, is an...  more

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  • Buddy Rich22

    Buddy Rich

    Swing music, Big band
    Bernard "Buddy" Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and...  more

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  • El-P23


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
    Jaime Meline (born March 2, 1975), better known by the stage name El-P, is an American...  more

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  • Neil Sedaka24

    Neil Sedaka

    Pop music, Rock music
    Neil Sedaka (born March 13, 1939) is an American pop singer, pianist, composer and record...  more

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  • Harry Nilsson25

    Harry Nilsson

    Pop music, Rock music
    Harry Edward Nilsson III (June 15, 1941 – January 15, 1994), usually credited as Nilsson, was...  more

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