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, ...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.

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.

Biggie, Jay, nas, Wu-Tang, and I'm pretty sure 2pac was born in harleem

Los Angeles

Im a die hard Eminem fan but Detroit doesn't has as many good rappers as L.A. , No city does..

Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, Dr. Dre, The Game, Ice Cube, Eazy E, Mc Ren, Xzibit, Nate Dogg..
There is only 1 best rap city: L.A.

2pac is from New York and Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg are from Long Beach - Pablo4Lyfe

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

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.

ATL, really. Either New York or LA just because they are the basis of rap today

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.

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?

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.

I wrote proof in twice and forgot to mention Blade Icewood one of the greatest Detroit rappers of all time.Great scene out there dont even vote for the A or Houston.New York is the best thats a now brainer and then L.A but Detroit should follow it up its an underrated rap scene out there.

Eminem, Elzhi, royce the 5'9, loe louis, obie trice, esham, proof, guilty simpson and Proof just a hand full of rappers from the D that can spit. And new orleans and atlanta are a disgrace to hip-hop.

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.

They have a few good ones like T.I. and Goodie Mob, but overall they have a lot more terrible rappers than good ones.

Come on Atlanta is th BEST RAP CITY in the world with T.I. , B.O.B. , Guccimane, Ludacris, Soulja Boy Tell 'em, Roscoe Dash, Waka Flocka Flame, Jermaine Dupri, Big Boi, Andre 3000, Ce Lo Green, Lloyd, Lil' Jon, Young Jeezy, Yung Joc, Travis Porter, Lil' Scrappy, AND MORE.

WHO can compte with that line-up

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!

You guys are forgetting the best rap group of all time. Outkast. It's either this for Chi-Town.

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.

Common, Kanye West, Lupe fiasco, Twista, GLC, No Id, Do or Die, Da Brat, Shawnna, Rhymefest.

chi town is too organized and mobbed out the streets are holding back some of the coldest rappers to ever walk the face of the earth street taxes are too high to put albums out understand what I'm saying!

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

These rappers are one of the best lyricist of all time.

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.

Zro, SPM, Lil keke, Lil flip, Trea, Slim Thug, Chamillionaire, Bun B, Pimp C, Paul Wall, Dj Screw, Big Moe, Big Hawk, Chingo Bling, ESG, Fat Pat, Grimm, Juan Gotti, Lil Troy, Lil O, Lucky Luciano, Dat Boi T, Scarface, Yungstar, Hata Proof

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

Houston has the Best Chooped and screwed beats ever. I no other city can you put on your radio At 9:00 blow dro and chill to sum screw.


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

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

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

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 Tha Ripper. enough said. if you don't know who these artists are, look them up. theyre all ridiculously talented and real as F.

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

I don't need to word my opinion well. Just look at the list of artists. 'enough said.

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

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.


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

Birth City of Gangster Rap!

I love the roots and chiddy bang, good groups

New Orleans/Baton Rouge

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

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? - DaWyteNight

wayne, boosie, webbie, juvenile, mack maine, foxx, birdman, mouse, slim, mannie fresh, wooche

If soulja slim was alive he would've been the greatest

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.

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

LIL PUMP, enough said.

denzel curry, rick ross, ski mask

Hustlers association

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

Project Pat!, 36 Mafia, 8ball MJG, Young Buck, Yo Gotti

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

I'm From Memphis So We Do Have the best Rappers

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!

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.

Todd $haw and the whole dangerous crew

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

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



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

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.

Big Tuck, Tum Tum, Play-N-Skillz & Mr. Pookie

Never heard of any of these people

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


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.

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.

Baltimore/Washington D.C.

are you serious why is baltimore not #1 LOS is the best rapper alive. Mullyman just tore up the OC with Freeway and Banks, Hurricane The King is probably the most underrated in the city and is still tearing up the internet WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE! look up LOS 10 minute freestyle for Diddy or Hurricane The King Aint no Grave. YOU WILL SEE!

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!

LOS, Hurricane The King (HTK), Skarr Akbar, COMP, Bossman, Tha Profitt, Mullyman,100 Grandman, Wordsmith, I mean come on, LOS is prob 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

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

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.

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.

Don't forget Classified, and K,Naan

Toronto is top 5 no question

Long Beach

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


New Jersey


Got all the one hit wonders; Sugarhill Gang, Outlawz (lead by pac), Lauryn Hill, Redman, Akon, Queen Latifah, Ad-Rock (from the Beastie Boys)

New Jersey is a state not a city dumbasses

What the hell is this NJ is a state all this list is, is full out bull

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

Best music city in the country

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.

Knowmads = Tom Wilson and Tom Pepe

San Francisco/Bay Area

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

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

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

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


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 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

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

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.

mac and wiz

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