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The Best Rappers From New Orleans 

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Shooting to widespread acclaim and mainstream success at the end of the 1990s, rappers from New Orleans, Louisiana played an important role in the expansion of Southern rap. Their beats were hot, the lyrics focused on New Orleans and good times, and took the localized bounce sound and brought it to the mainstream. Two labels, Master P's No Limit and Birdman's Cash Money, were the most important for New Orleans rappers. With its focus and distinctive sound, New Orleans rap remains wildly popular and that's due to its rappers.

So, that said, who are the best New Orleans rappers? It's not an easy question to answer, especially when you have the likes of Lil Wayne, Master P, Mystikal, Juvenile, Curren$y, Soulja Slim, Big Tymers and 504 Boyz. All of these New Orleans rappers helped take New Orleans rap and Southern hip hop mainstream. Their unapologetic lyrics and pride in being from the Dirty South helped distinguish it from other Southern outposts like Atlanta and Houston. It's impact on rap can't be understated.

That said, it's up to you to determine who is the best New Orleans rapper. If you notice a rapper from New Orleans missing, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best New Orleans hip hop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest new orleans hip hop musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular New Orleans hip hop bands that you might've heard of.

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Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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Juvenile is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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Mystikal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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Soulja Slim is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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Kevin Gates is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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B.G. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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Curren$y is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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C-Murder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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Master P is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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Boosie Badazz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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Mannie Fresh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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Hot Boy$ is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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Suicideboys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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YoungBoy Never Broke Aga... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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Mia X is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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Big Tymers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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Magic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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Frank Ocean is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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Kane and Abel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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Jay Electronica is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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Big Mike is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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Mack Maine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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Getto Twins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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Turk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans
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504 Boyz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers From New Orleans