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List of Famous Bands from Harlem

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List of Harlem bands, listed by their level of fame. This Harlem musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Harlem bands are included, as well as many Harlem musicians of underground status. This list of Harlem 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 Harlem 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.

With bands ranging from Q-Tip to Big L, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

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  • 1


    Hip hop music, Jazz rap

    AlbumsThe Renaissance, Amplified, Kamaal/The Abstract, It's Yours, Enuff (feat. Q-Tip & Lateef the Truth Speaker)

    Kamaal Ibn John Fareed (born April 10, 1970), better known by his stage name Q-Tip, is an American rapper, record producer, singer, actor and DJ. Nicknamed The Abstract, he is noted for his...  more

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  • 2

    Big L

    Hip hop music, Horrorcore

    AlbumsThe Big Picture, Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous, Children of the Corn: The Collector's Edition, The Archives 1996–2000, Harlem's Finest – A Freestyle History

    Lamont Coleman (May 30, 1974 – February 15, 1999), known professionally as Big L, was an American rapper. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most lyrical rappers of all time, and is...  more

    The Best Big L Songs#69 of 238 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time#88 of 193 The Best New School Rappers

  • 3

    Immortal Technique

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsRevolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1, The 3rd World, Bin Laden Remix (Bin Laden

    Felipe Andres Coronel (born February 19, 1978), better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is a Peruvian American hip hop recording artist and activist. Most of his lyrics focus on...  more
  • 4


    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

    AlbumsCome Home With Me, Purple Haze, Confessions of Fire, S.D.E., Killa Season

    Cameron Ezike Giles (born February 4, 1976), known professionally as Cam'ron, is an American rapper, record executive, actor and philanthropist from Harlem, New York. Beginning his career in the...  more
  • 5

    Biz Markie

    Hip hop music, Comedy music

    AlbumsGoin' Off, The Biz Never Sleeps, Weekend Warrior, I Need a Haircut, All Samples Cleared!

    Marcel Theo Hall (born April 8, 1964), better known by his stage name Biz Markie, is an American rapper, beatboxer, DJ, actor, comedian, television personality and spokesperson. He is best known for...  more

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  • 6

    Jim Jones

    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

    AlbumsHustler's P.O.M.E., On My Way to Church, Harlem: Diary of a Summer, Pray IV Reign, Dipset Christmas

    Joseph Guillermo Jones II (born July 15, 1976), better known by his stage name Jim Jones (formerly Jimmy Jones), is an American rapper and music video director. Jones, an original member of hip hop...  more
  • 7

    Lil' Mama

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsLip Gloss, VYP: Voice of the Young People, Shawty Get Loose

    Niatia Jessica Kirkland (born October 4, 1989), better known by her stage name Lil Mama, is an American rapper, singer, actress, motivational speaker, and television personality from Brooklyn, New...  more

    #32 of 43 The Best Dressed Women in Hip-Hop#154 of 165 The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time#46 of 46 The Best Rappers From The Bronx

  • 8

    Juelz Santana

    Hip hop music

    AlbumsWhat the Game's Been Missing!, Run It!, I Can't Feel My Face, A Tribute to Bad Santa Starring Mike Epps, My Face Can’t Be Felt

    LaRon Louis James (born February 18, 1982), better known by his stage name Juelz Santana, is an American rapper and actor. He is from the Harlem neighborhood in New York City, and is a member of East...  more
  • 9

    Teyana Taylor

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsFrom A Planet Called Harlem, Google Me

    Teyana Me Shay Jacqueli Taylor (born December 10, 1990) is an American singer, actress, dancer, and model from Harlem, New York City. In 2005, Taylor signed a record deal with American musician...  more

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  • 10

    Kurtis Blow

    Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop

    AlbumsKurtis Blow, The Best of Kurtis Blow, America, Ego Trip, Deuce

    Kurtis Walker (born August 9, 1959), professionally known by his stage name Kurtis Blow, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record/film producer, b-boy, DJ, public speaker and minister. He is...  more
  • 11

    Ben E. King

    Pop music, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsStand by Me, Anthology, Seven Letters, 3 for 3, Supernatural

    Benjamin Earl King (born Benjamin Earl Nelson, September 28, 1938 – April 30, 2015) was an American soul and R&B singer and record producer. He is best known as the singer and co-composer of Stand by...  more

    #144 of 656 The Best Singers Of All Time#878 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#74 of 206 The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time

  • 12

    Frankie Lymon

    Doo-wop, Pop music

    AlbumsGoody Goody / Creation of Love, Goody Goody, Goody Goody

    Franklin Joseph Lymon (September 30, 1942 – February 27, 1968) was an American rock and roll/rhythm and blues singer and songwriter, best known as the boy soprano lead singer of the New York...  more
  • 13

    Carmen McRae

    Ballad, Traditional pop music

    AlbumsElla Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday at Newport, Boy Meets Girl, Carmen Sings Monk, Out of This World, Sings Lover Man and Other Billie Holiday Classics

    Carmen Mercedes McRae (April 8, 1920 – November 10, 1994) was an American jazz singer. She is considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century and is remembered for her...  more

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  • 14

    Patti Austin

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music

    AlbumsThe Best of Patti Austin, On the Way to Love, For Ella, Every Home Should Have One, Patti Austin

    Patti Austin (born August 10, 1950) is an American R&B, pop and jazz singer....  more

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  • 15

    The Diplomats

    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

    AlbumsDiplomatic Immunity, Diplomatic Immunity 2, History in the Making, Dipset, Diplomats

    The Diplomats, also popularly known as Dipset, are an American hip hop group founded in 1997 by Cam'ron and Jim Jones, in Harlem, New York City. The group was originally composed of members Cam'ron,...  more
  • 16

    Keith Sweat

    Urban contemporary, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsKeith Sweat, Get Up on It, Keep It Comin', I'll Give All My Love To You, Still in the Game

    Keith Douglas Sweat (born July 22, 1961) is an American singer, songwriter and an early figure in the new jack swing musical movement. He is known for his collection of hits including "I Want Her",...  more
  • 17

    Extra P

    Hip hop music

    Albums1st Class, The LP, Professor @ Large, Main Source, Rhyme Mania '99 / NY Confidential

    Large Professor is the stage name of William Paul Mitchell (born March 21, 1972), an American hip hop rapper and record producer also known as Large Pro and Extra P. Based in New York City, he is...  more
  • 18

    Cannibal Ox

    Hip hop music, Experimental hip hop

    AlbumsThe Cold Vein, Return of the Ox: Live at CMJ, The F Word, Gotham, Vein / A B-Boy's Alpha

    Cannibal Ox is an American underground hip hop duo from Harlem, New York, United States. It consists of Vast Aire and Vordul Mega, often accompanied by DJ Cip-One....  more

    #110 of 128 The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time#32 of 37 The Best Rappers From Harlem

  • 19

    Millie Jackson

    Urban contemporary, Disco

    AlbumsFeelin' Bitchy, Live and Uncensored, Caught Up, Not for Church Folk!, Lovingly Yours

    Mildred Virginia Jackson (born July 15, 1944), known professionally as Millie Jackson, is an American R&B and Soul singer-songwriter and former model. Beginning her career in the early 1960s, six of...  more

    #117 of 152 The Best Soul Singers/Groups of All Time#84 of 145 The Greatest Black Female Singers#38 of 46 The Best Quiet Storm Groups/Artists

  • 20

    Tyler Collins

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music

    AlbumsGirls Nite Out, Tyler

    Tyler Collins may refer to: Tyler Collins (singer) (born 1965), American R&B singer and actress Tyler Collins (actor), American actor and composer Tyler Collins (baseball) (born 1990), American...  more
  • 21


    Hip hop music, Pop music
    Priscilla Star Diaz (born June 13, 1994), known by her stage name MISSPSTAR, formerly known as P-Star, is an American rapper, dancer, model, singer, actress, director, and disc jockey. Diaz is best...  more

    #190 of 233 The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time#18 of 38 The Best Spanish Rappers

  • 22

    Young B.

    Hip hop music

    AlbumsWebstar Presents: Caught in the Web, Uptown Harlem

    Bianca Dupree (born July 1, 1991), known as Bianca Bonnie (formerly Young B), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and television personality. Born in Harlem, New York, she first gained...  more
  • 23


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

    AlbumsHarlem World, Double Up, Top of the World, Welcome Back, G-Unit Radio

    Mason Durell Betha (born August 27, 1975), better known by his stage name Mase (formerly Murda Mase and stylized as Ma$e), is an American rapper, songwriter and minister. He is known for his late...  more
  • 24

    Freddie Jackson

    Contemporary R&B, Quiet storm

    AlbumsDon't Let Love Slip Away, Just Like the First Time, Rock Me Tonight, Here It Is, Time for Love

    Frederick Anthony "Freddie" Jackson (born October 2, 1956) is an American Grammy-nominated singer. Originally from New York, Jackson began his professional music career in the late 1970s with the...  more
  • 25

    The Cadillacs

    Doo-wop, Rock music

    AlbumsThe Best of the Cadillacs, Speedoo / Let Me Explain

    The Cadillacs were an American rock and roll and doo-wop group from Harlem, New York, active from 1953 to 1962. The group was noted for their 1955 hit "Speedoo", which was instrumental in attracting...  more