Rap The Best New Orleans Rappers  

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Shooting to widespread acclaim and mainstream success at the end of the 1990s, rappers from New Orleans 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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874 257
Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop

2
624 186
Mystikal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

3
579 171
Juvenile is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Gangsta rap

4
591 180
Soulja Slim is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

5
466 156
Curren$y is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
Hip hop music

6
381 121
Kevin Gates is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
nbaynes2021 added Hip hop music

7
484 173
B.G. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Rap music

8
457 169
C-Murder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Rap music

9
258 71
Boosie Badazz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
johnstonismyname added Hip hop music, Crunk Music, Hardcore hip hop

10
429 189
Master P is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Southern hip hop

11
397 174
Mannie Fresh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
Hip hop music, Bounce music, Southern hip hop

12
373 174
Hot Boy$ is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, New Orleans hip hop

13
252 117
Mia X is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
johnstonismyname added Hip hop music, southern Hip Hop

14
130 38
Suicideboys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
johnstonismyname added Rap Rock, Nu Metal, Cloud Rap

Trap Music, Hardcore hip hop, Underground hip hop, Alternative hip hop, Southern hip hop  

15
113 30
Fiend is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
johnstonismyname added Hip hop music, Southen hip hop

16
269 140
Magic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
Hip hop music, Rap music, Southern hip hop

17
188 89
Frank Ocean is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
nbaynes2021 added Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

18
265 145
Mack Maine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

19
237 127
Kane and Abel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers

20
272 153
Jay Electronica is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

21
226 120
Getto Twins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
Miguel Peter Sr. added

22
201 102
Turk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
johnstonismyname added Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Southern hip hop

23
99 28
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johnstonismyname added Hip Hop Music, Conscious hip hop, Political hip hop

Southern hip hop 

24
242 135
Big Mike is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
Hip hop music

25
280 167
Big Tymers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Orleans Rappers
Hip hop music, New Orleans hip hop, Southern hip hop