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Top 30 New York Rappers: 2022’s Best Rappers from New York City

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Top Rappers from New York City

List of the Best New York Rappers

The birthplace and the one and only true mecca of hip hop had fallen from its once dominant presence in rap as New York rappers have for long been overshadowed by southern hip hop.  With hip hop emerging during the late 1970s, the 1980s was the era that hip hop music began to build its foundation, first on the streets of New York City and later spreading across America and eventually across the world.

It has been said that during the summer of 1973, along Sedgewick Avenue in the South Bronx, a local teenager by the name of DJ Kool Herc was asked to provide entertainment for a local neighborhood party.  As history would have it, hip hop was born on that day.  In its early days hip-hop would include MCs, DJs, graffiti artists, and break-dancers, all forms were very popular through the 1970s and 1980s, or at least until gangster rap took over.

The 1980s was the true rise of hip hop as rappers from New York like Kurtis Blow, Slick Rick, Run DMC, Rakim, LL Cool J, KRS-One, and numerous others began their careers.  While the 1980s started the popularity of hip-hop, the 1990s was the golden era for rap music.  The  1990s would became the area of all-time greats, artists like Jay-Z, Nas, Notorious BIG, Wu-Tang, DMX, Kool G Rap, Big L, and many more representing all five boroughs of New York, as well sections of North Jersey, Westchester County, and Long Island.

The 2000s was the beginning of the end for New York rappers.  While rappers from New York started off strong during the 2000s with Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella, DMX and the Ruff Ryders, Cam’ron and the Diplomats, Nas continuing his success, and 50 Cent’s introduction with the classic album Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Eventually, the south would takeover hip hop and rap music.

Today is a new era for New York rappers as a large roster of top rappers from New York have once again created a booming rap scene that is soon to repeat its reign over the rap game.  While there are familiar faces to New York’s hip hop scene, like Nicki Minaj, Jadakiss, Fabolous, Nas, 50 Cent, and Styles P, that still have a strong presence and following, there are dozens of new New York rappers that are bringing the title rightfully back to the city.  From New York drill artists to the more mainstream rap artists, New York is officially back as the leader of hip hop as the list below showcases today’s generation of top New York rappers.

Top 30 New York Rappers

1. Cardi B 
Follow on Instagram: @Cardi B and watch videos on Youtube: Cardi B

2. Pop Smoke
Follow on Instagram: @Pop Smoke and watch videos on Youtube: Pop Smoke

3. Lil TJay
Follow on Instagram: @Lil TJay and watch videos on Youtube: Lil TJay

4. French Montana
Follow on Instagram: @French Montana and watch videos on Youtube: French Montana

5. A Boogie wit da Hoodie
Follow on Instagram: @A Boogie wit da Hoodie and watch videos on Youtube: A Boogie wit da Hoodie

6. Lil Tecca
Follow on Instagram: @Lil Tecca and watch videos on Youtube: Lil Tecca

7. Fivio Foreign
Follow on Instagram: @Fivio Foreign and watch videos on Youtube: Fivio Foreign

8. ASAP Ferg
Follow on Instagram: @ASAP Ferg and watch videos on Youtube: ASAP Ferg

9. Sleepy Hallow
Follow on Instagram: @Sleepy Hallow and watch videos on Youtube: Sleepy Hallow

10. Young M.A
Follow on Instagram: @Young M.A and watch videos on Youtube: Young M.A

11. J.I.
Follow on Instagram: @J.I. and watch videos on Youtube: J.I.

12. Sheff G
Follow on Instagram: @Sheff G and watch videos on Youtube: Sheff G

13. Rich the Kid
Follow on Instagram: @Rich the Kid and watch videos on Youtube: Rich the Kid

14. Bobby Shmurda
Follow on Instagram: @Bobby Shmurda and watch videos on Youtube: Bobby Shmurda

15. Dave East
Follow on Instagram: @Dave East and watch videos on Youtube: Dave East

16. Dream Doll 
Follow on Instagram: @Dream Doll and watch videos on Youtube: Dream Doll

17. Kay Flock
Follow on Instagram: @Kay Flock and watch videos on Youtube: Kay Flock

18. Joey Badass
Follow on Instagram: @Joey Badass and watch videos on Youtube: Joey Badass

19. Sheck Wes
Follow on Instagram: @Sheck Wes and watch videos on Youtube: Sheck Wes

20. Dusty Locane
Follow on Instagram: @Dusty Locane and watch videos on Youtube: Dusty Locane

21. Rowdy Rebel
Follow on Instagram: @Rowdy Rebel and watch videos on Youtube: Rowdy Rebel

22. Flipp Dinero
Follow on Instagram: @Flipp Dinero and watch videos on Youtube: Flipp Dinero

23. Stunna Gambino
Follow on Instagram: @Stunnqa Gambino and watch videos on Youtube: Stunna Gambino

24. 22 Gz
Follow on Instagram: @22 Gz and watch videos on Youtube: 22 Gz

25. Jay Critch
Follow on Instagram: @Jay Critch and watch videos on Youtube: Jay Critch

26. Ron Suno
Follow on Instagram: Ron Suno and watch videos on Youtube: Ron Suno

27. Don Q 
Follow on Instagram: @Don Q and watch videos on Youtube: Don Q

28. Nebu Kiniza
Follow on Instagram: @Nebu Kiniza and watch videos on Youtube: Nebu Kiniza

29. Bizzy Banks
Follow on Instagram: @Bizzy Banks and watch videos on Youtube: Bizzy Banks

30. Rah Swish
Follow on Instagram: @Rah Swish and watch videos on Youtube: Rah Swish

Honorable Mention Rappers from New York

Justin Rarri Instagram: Justin Rarri and Youtube: Justin Rarri

Melvoni Instagram: @Melvoni and Youtube: Melvoni

Smoove’L Instagram: @Smoove’L and Youtube: Smoove’L

26AR Instagram: @26AR and Youtube: 26AR

Keyu Instagram: @Keyu and Youtube: Keyu

Jay Gwuapo Instagram: @Jay Gwuapo and Youtube: Jay Gwuapo

TJ Porter Instagram: @TJ Porter and Youtube: TJ Porter

Eli Fross  Instagram: @Eli Fross and Youtube: Eli Fross

Leeky G Bando Instagram: @Leeky G Bando and Youtube: Leeky G Bando

Edot Baby Instagram: @Edot Baby and Youtube: Edot Baby

Coach Da Ghost Instagram: @CoachDaGhost and Youtube: CoachdaGhost

Smooky MarGielaa Instagram: @Smooky MarGielaa and Youtube: Smooky MarGielaa

MAx Tha Demon Instagram: @MaxThaDemon and Youtube: MaxTheDemon

Ciggy Blacc Instagram: @Ciggy Blacc and Youtube: Ciggy Blacc


Pop Smoke   |   Nick Blixky

Fred the Godson   |   Kiing Shooter

KJ Balla

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*Unofficial Order. The more popular artists that have a combination of the most followers, streams, and most recent views are near the top.

*If any artists are missing from the list email media@kulturevulturez.com