Bands/Musicians 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.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Harlem?" or "What is a list of Harlem bands?" then this list will answer your questions. (42 items)

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Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Q-Tip Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop Kamaal Fareed is a rapper.

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Big L is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop Lamont Coleman, best known by his stage name Big L, was an American hip hop recording artist, born and raised in Harlem, New York City, New York. Coleman embarked on his career in rapping, with ...more

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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop Felipe Andres Coronel, better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is an American rapper and urban activist. Most of his lyrics focus on controversial issues in global politics. The views ...more

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Cam'ron is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Cam'ron Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop Cameron Ezike Giles, better known by his stage name Cam'ron, is an American rapper, actor & entrepreneur from Harlem, New York. He is the de facto leader of East Coast hip hop groups The ...more

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Biz Markie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Biz Markie Hip hop music, Comedy music, Indie rock Marcel Theo Hall, better known by his stage name Biz Markie, is an American rapper, beatboxer, DJ, comedian, singer, reality television personality, and commercial spokesperson. He is best known ...more

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Jim Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Jim Jones Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap Joseph Guillermo Jones II, better known by his stage name Jim Jones, is an American Rapper from Harlem, New York City, New York. Jones, an original member of hip hop collective The Diplomats, is ...more

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Lil' Mama is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Lil' Mama Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music Niatia Jessica Kirkland, better known by her stage name Lil Mama, is an American hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. A rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, ...more

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Juelz Santana is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Juelz Santana Hip hop music LaRon Louis James, better known by his stage name Juelz Santana, is an American rapper and actor. He is from Harlem, New York City and is member of East Coast hip hop group The Diplomats. He ...more

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Teyana Taylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Teyana Taylor Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B Teyana Taylor is a film actress.

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Kurtis Blow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Kurtis Blow Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop Kurt Walker, professionally known by his stage name Kurtis Blow, is an American rapper and record producer. He is the first commercially successful rapper and the first to sign with a major ...more

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Ben E. King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Ben E. King Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music Benjamin Earl King, known as Ben E. King, is an American soul and R&B singer. He is perhaps best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me"—a US Top 10 hit in both 1961 ...more

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Frankie Lymon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Frankie Lymon Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music Franklin Joseph "Frankie" Lymon was an African-American rock and roll/rhythm and blues singer and songwriter, best known as the boy soprano lead singer of the New York City-based early ...more

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Carmen McRae is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Carmen McRae Ballad, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz Carmen Mercedes McRae was an American jazz singer, composer, pianist, and actress. Considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century, it was her behind-the-beat phrasing ...more

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Patti Austin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Patti Austin Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Dance music Patti Austin is an American R&B, Pop and jazz singer. In 2008 she received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal album for "Avant Gershwin" recorded mostly live with The WDR Big Band in

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The Diplomats is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
The Diplomats Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop 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 ...more

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Keith Sweat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Keith Sweat Urban contemporary, Contemporary R&B, New jack swing Keith Sweat is an American R&B/soul, singer-songwriter, record producer, radio personality and an innovator of New Jack Swing.

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Extra P is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Extra P Hip hop music Large Professor, also known as Large Pro and Xtra P, is a New York City-based hip hop record producer and rapper. He is also best known as a founding member of the influential underground hip ...more

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Cannibal Ox is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Cannibal Ox Hip hop music, Experimental hip hop, Trip hop 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.

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Millie Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Millie Jackson Urban contemporary, Disco, Contemporary R&B Mildred "Millie" Jackson is an American singer-songwriter and comedienne. Three of her albums have been certified gold by the RIAA for over 500,000 copies. Her vocal performances are ...more

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Tyler Collins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Tyler Collins Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B Tyler Collins an American R&B singer.

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P-Star is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
P-Star Hip hop music, Pop music Priscilla Star Diaz, better known by her stage name P-Star, is an American rapper, dancer, model, singer, actress and music video director. Diaz is best known for her role as Jessica Ruiz in the ...more

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Young B. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Young B. Hip hop music Young B is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, dancer, and actress. She is most notable for appearing alongside rapper DJ Webstar on his 2006 debut album, Webstar Presents: Caught in the Web, ...more

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Mase is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Mase Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Christian hip hop Mason Durell Betha, better known by stage name Mase, is an American rapper. He hails from Harlem, New York City, New York. He was once signed to Sean "Diddy" Combs's label Bad Boy ...more

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Freddie Jackson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Freddie Jackson Contemporary R&B, Quiet storm, Rhythm and blues Frederick Anthony "Freddie" Jackson is an American soul singer. Among his well-known hits are "Rock Me Tonight", "Have You Ever Loved Somebody", "Jam

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The Cadillacs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
The Cadillacs Doo-wop, Rock music, Rock and roll 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 ...more

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Ryan Leslie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Ryan Leslie Hip hop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B Anthony Ryan Leslie, professionally known as Ryan Leslie, is an American record producer, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and rapper from Washington, D.C. He is founder of the ...more

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40 Cal. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
40 Cal. Hip hop music Calvin Alan Byrd, better known as 40 Cal, is an American rapper. He is a member of Harlem based Hip-Hop group The Diplomats. 40 Cal made his first appearance on the self-titled theme song, ...more

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Freekey Zekey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Freekey Zekey Hip hop music Ezekiel Giles, better known by his stage name Freekey Zekey, is an African-American rapper and music executive. He is best known as a founding member of The Diplomats and as Owner/CEO of 730 ...more

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Edward Theodore Riley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Edward Theodore Riley Hip hop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B Edward Theodore Riley (born October 8, 1967), professionally known as Teddy Riley, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, keyboardist, and record producer credited with the creation of New ...more

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Lugo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Lugo Disco, Pop music, Blues ballad Nephew of Puerto Rican American Philanthropist and National Baseball Hero Roberto Clemente Walker, Nuyorican Recording Artist Lugo began his career at the legendary Apollo Theatre an Undefeated ...more

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Loon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Loon Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues Amir Junaid Muhadith best known by his stage name Loon, is an American rapper formerly signed to P. Diddy's Bad Boy Records. In 2004, he parted ways with Bad Boy Records starting his own label, ...more

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Vast Aire is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Vast Aire Hip hop music Theodore Arrington III, better known by his stage name Vast Aire, is an American rapper from New York City. He is one half of the New York hip hop duo Cannibal Ox, which consists of him and ...more

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The Last Poets is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
The Last Poets Spoken word The Last Poets is the name for several groups of poets and musicians who arose from the late 1960s African-American civil rights movement's black nationalist movement. The name is taken from a ...more

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The Holmes Brothers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
The Holmes Brothers Americana, Rhythm and blues, Soul music The Holmes Brothers are an American musical trio originally from Christchurch, Virginia. Mixing sounds from blues, soul, gospel, country, and rhythm & blues, they have released twelve studio ...more

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Charles Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Charles Hamilton Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Emo Charles Eddie-Lee Hamilton, Jr., is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from Harlem, New York City, New York. Hamilton gained major recognition after being featured on the ...more

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G. Dep is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
G. Dep Hip hop music, Mafioso rap Trevell Gerald Coleman, better known by his stage name G. Dep, is an American rapper from Harlem, New York City. He joined Bad Boy Records in 1998 and released his debut album Child of the ...more

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LSG is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
LSG Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues LSG was an R&B supergroup, composed of R&B artists Gerald Levert from Cleveland, Ohio, Keith Sweat from Harlem, New York and Johnny Gill from Washington, D.C. The group's name ...more

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Bloodshed is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Bloodshed Hip hop music

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Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues The Teenagers are an American integrated doo wop group, most noted for being one of rock music's earliest successes, presented to international audiences by DJ Alan Freed. The group, which made ...more

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Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock Hip hop music Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock were a hip-hop duo from Harlem, New York who were best known for their hit "It Takes Two", a single that was a top 40 hit and has been certified platinum by ...more

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Children of the Corn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
Children of the Corn Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop Children of the Corn was a hip-hop group formed in the 1990s consisting of neighborhood friends/Harlem rappers Mase, Big L, Cam'ron, Herb McGruff and Bloodshed. The group name is a play on ...more

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The Crows is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
The Crows Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues The Crows were an American R & B singing group who achieved commercial success in the 1950s. The group's first single and only major hit, "Gee", released in June 1953, has been ...more