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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.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
Teyana Taylor (born December 10, 1990) is an American recording artist, actress, dancer, and model from Harlem. In 2007, Taylor signed a record deal with American musician Pharrell Williams' ...more
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Kurtis Blow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Harlem
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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