Top 10 Cities with the Best Rappers

The Top Ten

New York City The City of New York, often called New York City or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States.

1. Rap/Hip Hop started in NYC.
2. Biggie/Jay-Z/Nas would probably make up three of the four heads of a hip hop Mount Rushmore.
3. Wu-Tang is the greatest rap GROUP of all time.
4. NYC's second tier rappers are as good as every other cities' first tier rappers: Rakim (should probably be first tier); Big L; Big Pun; Jadakiss; Guru; Beastie Boys; DMX; Mos definitely (top 10 lyricist ever); Talib Kweli (also top 10 lyricist); De La Soul; Tribe Called Quest; Redman (kind of-Newark), the list goes on... No other city can match that depth.
5. Tupac was born in East Harlem and spent his first 15 years of life there, then moved to Baltimore, then Oakland. He's not from LA, he just moved there after all the beef started. TUPAC--the fourth rapper on hip hop Mount Rushmore IS ALSO FROM NEW YORK CITY!
6. Outkast is awesome, props, but Wu-Tang was more important to rap history and again, ATL can't match the rest of NYC's depth.
7. The whole G-Funk movement was awesome, Pharcyde is ...more

Can't believe Houston and Atlanta are top. They are a disgrace to rap in my opinion. Between New York and LA easily. But I have chosen NY just. Hard to choose and they have contributed the most to rap and actually have the decent rappers. Biggie, Nas, Jay-Z, 50 Cent and many more. LA have all of NWA, tupac, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Xzibit and The Game. I'd say Detroit would come third but other than Eminem they have a lot of underrated rappers like Obie Trice, other members from D12 and Slaughterhouse. But from them 3 New York have been the most consistent and have been in the game at all times and some of the greatest rappers come from there.

Atlanta and Houston. New York is where we have the best rappers. And by the best I mean the best. We're talking about rappers not business men. We're talking about the quality and beauty of the music here. Who cares if your city has more rappers that make more money and have the industry booming. We have rappers who had talent and to this day are still known. Our rappers don't mumble, they don't have the same "tt tt tt" sample in their songs, and they don't "rap" about the same thing in the streets. We actually have lyricists. We have powerful strong worded based rappers who have came up with hot references and punchlines. Always has been a influential city telling our rappers to be creative and represent us. So idc where you are from. Until you have more rappers who actually put passion into their music then you can you're at the top. But I don't care how much they make. Don't you dare say you have better rappers. When most of your rappers are basic line throwing trash cans. Bye. ...more

Anyone who is gonna say LA, just read this and think about it. New York was wear Hip Hop started, and New York dominated Hip Hop in the 70's and 80's with no one coming close. Then even when LA came and started dominating in the 90's, New York still kept up with them with artists like Nas, Biggie, Wu Tang, Mobb Deep, Jay-Z and many more. You have to say NY is #1.

Los Angeles

California is the best, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Cypress Hill, NWA, Dj Quik, 2pac, Nate Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Xzbit, Compton’s Most Wanted, Mc Ren, Snoop Dogg & more

New York City has Biggie, DMX, Public Enemy, Fat Joe, Wu-Tang Clan, 50 cent, Busta Rhymes, Beastie Boys & more

Chicago has Twista

Detroit has Eminem & D12

México has Control Machete & Cartel de Santa

Louisiana & New Mexico is good for the south

India, Cuba, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Iran, Lebanon, Morocco, France, Algeria, Greece, Italy, Russia, Turkey, Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Tunisia, Nigeria, Egypt

Almost everywhere has good rappers except for Ohio, UK, Canada, Atlanta & Florida, all mumble rap although mumble rap is everywhere & good rap is everywhere

The discussion of best rap song should start and end with "Gangsta Gangsta." The members of NWA should be enough to get LA at the top on their own. Add Pac and Snoop there really isn't a question. But if you need more go ahead and talk about The Game and Kendrick Lamar. That should be more than enough to at least parallel New York at the top. But Detroit being ahead is a flat out joke. Lets not forget who gave Detroit its best rapper...Thank you Dr Dre.

Most rappers that people think are from La really aren't. Tupac and most of the outlawz are from New York or New Jersey. Nate dogg and snoop dogg are from long beach, and most other rappers are from Compton. The only reason why so many rappers are considered "la rappers" is because they're from LA county, not really the city itself

N.W. A, Compton Most Wanted, 2pac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, The Game, B-Real, Ice T, Kurupt, Warren G, WC, Xzibit, and many other Rappers. Almost Every African American Teenager from the Ghetto wants to become a rapper

Detroit Detroit is the largest and most populous city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Located across from Windsor, Ontario, Canada on the Detroit River, Detroit had an estimated population of 672,662 in 2018.

Although Eminem is the most successful. Obie Trice and Royce the 5'9 could be the most underrated rappers. Another reason for Detroit is that all the rappers there have a story. Just alone, Eminem's story is amazing and one in a million. Listen to Brain damage, it explains how he was almost killed as a kid. Fame isn't the only aspect that matters. Detroit also has a ton of underground rapping.

Yeah, this how I picture, Detroit is top in underground rap, look at blade icewood, stretch money, chedda boy Malik, Big Herk, they are can spot with any of the top rappers they just rep the D and do there thang, and Eminem came from the D one of the most legendary rappers.
Los Angeles that would go second, NWA, easy e, ice cube. Snoop dog the swag master, the pimpin eat of the rap, and dr.dre the biggest producer! And where is the love for Pittsburgh, Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Huey Mac getting out up there, Morgantown rappers getting known up there, ponce, Raheem the dream, Scuba Steve, Kons beats.

All the places before Detroit, I see, mostly, men who make good music, but aren't the best rappers. If you want good music, New Orleans beats all with Lil Wayne, Birdman, Curren$y, Boosie, etc. In my opinion. But Detroit's rappers are HANDS DOWN THE BEST. Give me a RAPPER from NYC, Atlanta, or Houston who can compete with Eminem... Or Royce, who is probably one of the most underrated rappers of all time. Proof? ICP? Xhibit?

I wrote proof in twice and forgot to mention Blade Icewood one of the greatest Detroit rappers of all time. Great scene out there don't even vote for the A or Houston. New York is the best that's a no brainer and then L.A., but Detroit should follow it up. It's an underrated rap scene out there.

Atlanta Atlanta is the capital and most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia. With an estimated 2017 population of 486,290, it is also the 38th most-populous city in the United States.

NYC may have started rap but Atlanta perfected it. Rap took over Atlanta in the earlier 2000's and has consistently generated more rappers than any other city in America. We are all biased because there are certain rappers that we like better than others but if you look at the current music charts for rap you'll quickly notice the majority of the rappers at the top of the list are from Atlanta.

If you're a country singer, you go to Nashville; if you're a rapper, you go to Atlanta. It's as simple as that.

Andre, Big Boi, T.I., and Luda have been at the top of the rap scene for a while. Usher and Cee Lo are killing the music industry (even though they're not technically rappers), the ladies (Ciara, Keri, Janelle, and of course Toni), and the best thing is the up and comers like Future, B.O.B., and 2 Chainz.

Hell, if Soulja Boy wasn't on Atlanta's list they'd probably be number 1

ATL Hoe!... But foreal though, NYC and LA should be #1 & #2 ONLY because of population, but their time is up. The Hottest people are in the south and the world knows it!... And Atlanta is the capitol! (or is it "capital")... Yall get the point!... And whoever put Detroit and Houston up there like that must have been on that "girl".

Ludacris and Outkast, enough said. But when you add the likes of the Ying Yang Twins, Jermaine Dupree, Kris Kross and Gucci Mane it makes The ATL unrivaled!

@ballaboi17- Tupac is not from the East!

Chicago Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is also the most populous city in both the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States. Chicago is considered one of the most important business centers in the world. more.

It's a lot of haters in Chicago, don't nobody want nobody to come up. Chicago also lack resourses. like in atl, they have universal and all other major labels in they city.

Kanye and Twista. Enough said. I wouldn't say they're the best, but they still got good competition.

Common, Kanye West, Lupe fiasco, Twista houston got nothing on us

Chief keef, lil reese, Montana of 300 all rap legends from Chicago

Houston Houston is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States, with a census-estimated population of 2.312 million in 2017. It is the most populous city in the Southern United States and on the Gulf Coast of the United States.

H-town started the chopped and screwed movement which is now known world wide. All the big southern rappers are now getting their albums chopped and screwed. Another thing H-town started was the sippin on drank epidemic. H-town also in my opinion has the best talent when it comes to rap, not to mention the best hip-hop groups(Screwed up click, Swishahouse, Boss hogg outlawz, color changing click or chamillitary, and wreckin yard) just to name a few. No other city matches the talent H-town has put out.

Birth place of chopped and screwed and all rappers thank Houston or blame it for giving them Drank and not to mention the rappers SPM Trae UGK Dj Screw Big Moe Fat Pat Big Hawk Scarface Geto Boys S.U.C ESG Lil Flip Slim Thug PimpC. gotta respect Houston and how they always come with their own style

AND ZRo is probably one of the best rappers ever but will never get credit cause he's pretty much a Houston GOD

Houston should be either 1, 2 or 3 nothing less. They made the world slow and now everyone is sippin muddy sprite. UGK not really from Houston as far as districts go but none the less they still rep it so it counts.

Houston has so many heavy hitters as far as rap goes.
Not to mention rap groups or affiliates.


Houston is the number one rap city as far as underground/street rap goes hands down. Atlanta is the top rap city as far as fake rap goes


1. New York
2. Compton
3. Chicago
4. Detroit
5. Atlanta

The best rappers of the 80s and half the top ten best of the 90s and most of the few good New rappers of 2010s are from Compton. New York should be 1 but Compton should be 2

Hello? You people know nothing bout rap this is where all the real rappers come from on the west coast

How is compton now higher on the list? Eazy-E father of gangsta rap is from here? That's better than 99% of mainstream rap on its own

Compton is a city first and foremost and should be in top 3 shout to Kendrick Lamar


Kid Cudi, Machine Gun Kelly, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Chip the Ripper. enough said. if you don't know who these artists are, look them up. they're all ridiculously talented and real as F.

Mgk is th best rapper right now and he's not going up alone second is nyc third would be detroit

From the population proportion, Cleveland has produced more talent than NYC

The Crossroads... that is all.

New Orleans/Baton Rouge

Bruh steaight up y'all tripping these other tip cities may put out more artist of whatever but none of their rappers could stand hand in hand with these guys from new orleans... I mean Kevin Gates and LIL Wayne, enough said just right there those too but then hold up what about boosie, juvenile, mac,bird man, mannie, slim come on man almost every guy mentioned who's came from the NO are literally GODS to this rap game no city comes close and y'all got em ranked #9 tf outta here y'all either tripping or seriously have no clue about rap music... I mean granted your biggie smalls, Tupac, easy e I mean of course they are the untouchables of the rap game the OGs the old gods and still hold their titles as gods but come on the new wave gods have busted through they made their moves and they are here to stay they killin out cheer!

Boosie, Kevin gates, lil Wayne, drake, NBA Youngboy? Give me a city with 5 rappers who could currently beat these 5. New York has good rappers but they are all old with the exception of a small small few. same for L.A. I cannot believe y'all put ATL up that high either. This list is a mess without New Orleans being in the top 2-3 if not #1. Maybe these cities have better legends but New Orleans has history as well as the present. I am not even from Louisiana but I know it has fire music.

Lil Wayne is trash, and so is Drake and since when is Drake from New Orleans?

What are we doing down here. The NOLA had the whole damn south bumping from the '90s - '00s. We got Soulja Slim (may God rest his soul), C-Murder, MAC, Curren$y, TRU, U.N.L.V. and Juvenile. Even Baton Rouge got some heavyweights (C-Loc, Webbie & Boosie, Young Bleed, Kevin Gates). The twerk and the bounce music started here to. And not to mention the No Limit Records

Total disrespect having New Orleans this low. It's a top 3 and the only 2 cities that can be bigger are NY and LA. GTFO here with this #9

Philadelphia Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the sixth-most populous city in the United States, with an estimated population of 1,567,872 and more than 6 million in the seventh-largest metropolitan statistical area, as of 2016. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor more.

Don't know how updated this list is but PNB Rock, Lil Uzi Vert, and Lil Dicky are three of the hottest rappers right now.

Man I'm from philly and everybody I know can rap good so philly deserves at least top 3.

Yess they started the flow and cassidy and the undergrounds and over people black deniro giller

I love the roots and chiddy bang, good groups

The Contenders

Miami Miami, officially the City of Miami, is the cultural, economic and financial center of South Florida. Miami is the seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida.

With the likes of
-Trick daddy (he's the mayor)
-Uncle Luke (he the king) & the rest of 2 live crew,
-Ace hood
-JT Money

We are not the best but we can compete with people.

We also have rick ross who I personally think is just real average but he is one of the hottest right now

The other people to comment for miami mentioning Flo rida, pitbull and dj khaled are idiots and lil wayne is not from miami nor do we want credit for him

Flo Rida and Pitbull alone pretty much defeat the entire list (Other than Usher who, by the way is from Chattanooga. ) Period.

Na, not really. They don't have that many good rappers.

They are better than other rappers

Memphis Memphis is a city located along the Mississippi River in southwestern Shelby County, Tennessee, United States.

You have a lot of the old school greats such as Project Pat, Skinny Pimp, Three 6 Mafia, Playa Fly, 8 ball & MJG, & Young Buck. Then you have a lot of up and coming rap stars such as Yo Gotti, Lil Wyte, Zed Zilla, Don Trip & Young Dolph. Juicy J has begun a amazing solo career. And you also can't forget Memphis was the birthplace of crunk music and horrorcore rap. This city should be higher on this list!

Memphis should be Higher on this list b/c they delivered Gangsta Walk.

Should be higher than Atlanta

So much underground

Oakland Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California, United States. A major West Coast port city, Oakland is the largest city in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, the third largest city overall in the San Francisco Bay Area, the eighth most populated city in more.

Yall stupid the bay has Mac dre too $hort e40 mistah fab etc.
Tech N9ne #1 ya tech n9ne so good he a city
Houston #2
Oakland the bay#3

Todd $haw and the whole dangerous crew

Got that E-40, Mc hammer, g eazy and more.

2pac Yukmouth the jacka ap.9 luniz san quinn keak the sneak e40 too short digital underground mc hammer mistah fab..I would say oakland and the bay area should be number 5..most of the rappers across america got their style from the bay area. Fact.


Harlem shouldn't even be here, it really just counts under the category of the boroughs of NYC.

Harlem isn't a city, it's a neighborhood. It's really nothing more than a postal code

Max Bigavelli

Dallas/Fort Worth

I wish people would stop labeling us boogie & search artist like Gator Maine - Big Chiefa- Twisted Black- JB- KottonMouth(Rally Boys) L.T. - Anonymous- Lil Mikecc- Pooca Leroy- Apostle Paul(paw) - Damn Fool Dooley- Que P- C-Pone, Google or YouTube these Artist & We should move up this list

Dallas is known for the Boogie movement but artists like Mr Pookie, Chiefa, Mr Lucci, B. Hardy, Knesecary, Wreckamic, Money Waters, Anonymous, Vell, and Dow Jonez cover all aspects of the hip hop genre and all have large fanbases.

Fort for is about to take the torch godwilling... Turnup city

Never heard of any of these people


Brooklyn isn't a city. It hasn't been a city since 1898. There are no rappers who are from "the city of Brooklyn". It doesn't exist. Besides, Tupac is from Manhattan, 50 cent is from queens, and a lot of the wu-tang clan if from Staten Island. And also you can't forget that rap itself is from the Bronx.

Brooklyn should & I think people would agree be top 3 along with Compton & Harlem if they were considered cities so I'm just gonna say places of extreme hip-hop influence the 3 places I just mentioned have and still will make a big part of hip-hop forever.

Brooklyn is New York now...

If you take brooklyn from NYC you who get almost Nothing in New York

Tupac was born in harlem and grew up in Baltimore and the bay area.

Baltimore/Washington D.C.

NO ONE SAID WORDSMITH OR CADDY the DON, I was at the African American festival and saw them LIVE they could burry any other city alone. I also actually got a chance to meet Hurricane The King while I was there he was passing out flyers. I didn't even know he was a rapper from Baltimore and still lived here till I Googled him, he is so underrated and humble, he wasn't even performing though. laugh out loud if Baltimore got behind people like him, Caddy, and Wordsmith THEY WILL GET ON!

Some casual fans of rap don't realize 2pac actually started his career here. He first got publicity shortly after moving to Oakland.

LOS, Hurricane The King (HTK), Skarr Akbar, COMP, Bossman, the Profitt, Mullyman,100 Grandman, Wordsmith, I mean come on, LOS is probably the best rapper alive HTK is one of the best all around artist/producer I've heard since Kanye West. COMP is on Def Jam Vendetta the Video game. need I say more

King Los is the best freestyler hands down. He is very talented. Lor Scoota and Young Moose created many bangers and davo is a great artist as well.

Toronto Toronto is the most populous city in Canada, the provincial capital of Ontario, and the centre of the Greater Toronto Area, the most populous metropolitan area in Canada.

The 6 God himself (Drake) started a hip hop revolution in Toronto! Drake, PartyNextDoor, Majid Jordan, 40 the producer, The Weeknd, P Reign, and then the pioneers of Toronto rap: Kardinal Official, Shad, and K-nan.

Canada especially Toronto is up and coming. PND, Tory Lanez, Weeknd, and Majid Jordan is a pretty impressive list of new rappers making a huge impact.

Toronto is up and coming, it also has the most popular rapper in the game right now.

Drake, Tory Lanez, 88glam, NAV, you name it.

Toronto has the quickest growing rap industry in any city in North America, no cap.

Long Beach

Warren G, Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg. Not as good as NYC but definitely worth mentioning

Seattle Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States. It is the seat of King County, Washington.

Sir Mix A lot, Macklemore, Blue Scholars, Grynch, Sam Lachow. So underrated that it kills me to see us this low. Macklemore is main stream now and Sir Mix A Lot was a one hit wonder... But everyone else is raw and straight hip hop

Seattle is the top! Rising up rappers with real messages. Peep Jamil Suleman, he's comin up and bout to blow in the game. Don't forget Sol and Sam Lachow.

Best music city in the country

Knowmads = Tom Wilson and Tom Pepe

San Francisco/Bay Area

Hbk gang, iamsu, roach gigz, g eazy, I think there's more underground rappers here than anywhere else.

Come on lil b, kreashawn, lil debbie, tons a others too

Mac Dre/Black Buck Rogers/FurlyGhost/Genie of the Lamp/PillClinton/Ronald Dregan

E40, Locksmith, Mac Dre, Spice 1, Humpty, Mc Hammer, Yuckmouth,


Young buck, starlito, kool daddy fresh, jelly roll, yung coca, quanie cash, pistol, haystak, dee goodz, blow pop crew, & stix izza. We have the best rappers ever they just ain't popular yet. Plus we started crunk music, don't believe me? Look up "blow pop crew - drop the bass". It's a crunk music song & it came out in 1986, way before memphis stole it from us. Stix izza is the best rapper alive & starlito and young buck are also in the top ten best rappers alive. Cashville (nashville) is the new best rap city!

Boston Boston is Massachusetts’ capital and largest city. Founded in 1630, it’s one of the oldest cities in the U.S.

How about the ALL Mighty RSO Crew with Ray Dog and Benzino. The original gangsters, And how can you forget Ed OG and the Bull dawgs.

How is Boston not higher?
Gangstarr alone is a crazy group with probably the best dj ever premo and guru (a lyrical genius)

Cousin Stizz, Michael Christmas, Millyz, Bia, Big Leano, King Dillavel. Boston Hip Hop has always been relevant.

Sammy Adams, Guru, Akrobatik, Slaine, Mr. Lif, Professor Lyrical, 7L & Esoteric, Termanology, Supraliminal, Ed OG, Reks, Dre Robinson, Jaysaun, Krumbsnatcha, Dagha.


Yeah Pittsburgh should be in the 15 at least knock Minnesota out of there, wiz khalifa is big so Mac miller, Huey Mack is getting big, so are a lot of other underground rappers getting out there to, going to some of the same studios wiz and Mac got there start. Oakland should be in the top 10, that is gangster rap paradise it and Compton, show respect for tupac, e-40, etc.

Wiz Khalifa and taylor gang, Up and comming mac miller (most dope), RZA of Wu Tand clan and you've got a group that can go up against even New York, Chi town and L.A.

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