Top Philly Rappers
List of the 20 Best Rappers from Philadelphia
An extensive history of hip hop in “The City of Brotherly Love” as Philadelphia rappers have been known to pioneer gangster rap music and to be the world leaders in the battle rap scene, all while producing a number of legendary Philly rappers that has expanded from the 1980s with the Fresh Prince (Will Smith) to the late 1990s and 2000s with Eve and Beanie Siegel and State Property to the 2010s and 2020s with Meek Mill and Lil Uzi Vert.
In the beginning, most Philadelphia rappers hailed from West Philly with artists like the Hilltop Hustlers, which consisted of legendary Philly hip hop artists Cool C and Steady B, Three Times Dope, a trio of MCs and DJs, and a handful of others leading the way. Also, in the early days of the Philadelphia hip hop scene it would be often to witness a duo of a DJ and a MC (rap artist) performing together as one whole hip-hop act, like the Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff or DJ Jazz and Robbie B.
Some of the true pioneers of Philly’s rap scene included Jazz Fresh, MC Breeze, Tuff Crew, Parry P, MC Sport and numerous of others. Another pioneer was Schoolly D, an artist that many credit for being the first hip hop artists to venture into gangster rap, while peaking throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. While most remember Eve and Charli Baltimore, but Lady B was truly first of her kind representing for the ladies. Also, as mentioned, DJs played a major role in Philly hip hop. Some of the top DJs were DJ Cash Money, DJ Ease, DJ Too Tuff, DJ Lightnin’ Rich, DJ Spinbad, Cosmic Kev, Sex Machine, or Grandmaster Nell.
The huge rap battle scene also once played an important role into the history of Philly rappers as one can see the start of Cassidy’s career or view old clips of Meek Mill with braids rapping in the heart of the streets of Philly. Other top battle rappers were Philly Swain, Tech 9, E. Ness, Kaboom, Rone and many others, while the likes of Cyssero and Reed Dollaz were some of the earlier legends. The rap battling scene of Philadelphia expanded with the help of local DVDs like 2 Raw for The Streets DVD or Headshots DVD, long before Youtube.
The era of State Property, as well other rappers from Philadelphia like Eve and Gillie Da Kid and Major Figgas, would bring new light into the city with the selling of millions of records and solidifying a new generation of the Philadelphia hip hop scene as this era was the most successful due to the national attention that was received.
From performing and holding events at local house parties to performing on tours and in front of sellout shows in arenas and stadiums, from selling records at Funk-O-Mart or Sound of Market to gaining millions of listeners worldwide, the Philadelphia hip hop scene has came a long way.
As those eras came to an end, today’s generation of Meek Mill, PNB Rock, Lil Uzi Vert, and Tierra Whack are helping to continue the tradition of Philly rap music and the success of the city’s hip hop scene. Meek Mill has become one of hip hop’s most lyrical, Lil Uzi Vert has become one of hip hop’s most entertaining, Tierra Wack has become hip hop’s most artistic female artist, PNB Rock has become one of hip hop’s most versatile artists, and the list goes on as millions of fans have been generated in a city that is easily to be considered as one of the country’s top rap scenes and hip hop markets.
Top 20 Philly Rappers
1. Meek Mill
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2. Lil Uzi Vert
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3. PNB Rock
4. Tierra Whack
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6. Sim Santana
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7. YXNG K.A
8. Leaf Ward
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9. Lil Rekk
10. Matt Ox
11. PoundSide Pop
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12. Bry Greatah
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13. Lil Muk
14. D4M $loan
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follow on Instagram: @Ot7Quanny and watch more on Youtube: Ot7 Quanny
16. OZ Sparx
17. Yak Yola
18. Yung Liv
Honorable Mention Philly Rappers
– Mamba Cinco: Instagram: @Mamba Cinco | Youtube: Mamba Cinco
– Hood Tali: Instagram: @Hood Tali | Youtube: Hood Tali
– RecoHavoc: Instagram: @Reco Havoc | Youtube: Reco Havoc
– Son of 215: Instagram: @Son of the 215 | Youtube: Son of the 215
– Diamond Street Keem: Instagram: @Diamond Street Keem | Youtube: Diamond Street Keem
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