History of Top Philly Rappers of All-Time

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The Best Philly Rappers:

Breakdown of Best All-Time Rappers from Philly (Philadelphia Rappers)

The Beginning of Philly Hip Hop

In the beginning, most of the Philadelphia Hip Hop acts would mostly represent and hail from West Philly, with one group that stood out too many was the Hilltop Hustlers with the legends of Cool C and Steady B, as well Three Times Dope (Trio of MCs and DJs) and others.

The group did not last that long as an indication of internal disputes led to their split. Eventually and sadly, Cool C and Steady B careers would be cut short also due to incarceration with very long sentences.

During the beginning of Philadelphia Hip Hop it would be often to witness duos of a DJ and a MC (rap artist) to link up and perform together as a Hip Hop act, examples can be seen with the Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff or DJ Jazz and Robbie B, who were some of the first Hip Hop acts in the city.

Some of the early pioneers of Philly’s music scene contain the legends of Jazz Fresh, MC Breeze, Tuff Crew, Parry P, MC Sport and numerous of others.  Another pioneer, who some can make the case for was the first of his kind, is Schoolly D. Peaking throughout the 1980s and early 1990s is one of the first true Hip Hop artists to venture into the genre of Gangsta Rap.

One iconic group who begun during the late 1980s but made their name during the 1990s is The Roots. Not your typical Hip Hop act as the group combines MCing, or rap lyrics by Black Thought, with a live band, led by Questlove on the drums.

While we mention the artists and MCs, Philadelphia hip hop would not have become what it is without the DJs. As stated, in the beginning it was very likely for every DJ to have an artist or a MC to be paired with.

Some of the more popular DJs of the early days include DJ Cash Money, DJ Ease, DJ Too Tuff, DJ Lightnin’ Rich, DJ Spinbad, Cosmic Kev, Sex Machine, or Grandmaster Nell. While many male artists and DJs are being mentioned, long before the likes of Eve or Charli Baltimore there was, and still is, Lady B one of the Philadelphia legends and pioneers of the city’s rap scene.


Philly Hip Hop of 2000s (Battle Rap to State Property)

A huge rap battle scene plays an important part into the history of Philadelphia Hip Hop as one can see the career of Cassidy or old clips of Meek Mill with the braids, before he became a platinum selling artists and highly respected in the mainstream.

Battle rappers that are probably unknown outside of the city and metropolitan area of Philadelphia can be included with Philly Swain, Tech 9, E. Ness, Kaboom, Rone and many more 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. Before big YouTube channels and artists making a career off of battling, battle rap would be on your local Philadelphia corner.

Before the success of Meek Mill, the late 1990s and early 2000s the likes of Beanie Siegel and State Property, along with Ruff Ryders’ Eve had the city on lock as well Gillie Da Kid and Major Figgas.

The era of State Property and other artists 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 the era 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 come a long ways.

Today, Meek Mill is one of the biggest Hip Hop artists in the game, and probably the biggest ever to come out of Philly, while other rappers like PNB Rock and Lil Uzi Vert are helping to continue the success of the city.


Meek Mill, follow on Instagram: @MeekMill and subscribe to Youtube: Meek Mill  

Lil Uzi Vert, follow on Instagram: @LilUziVert and subscribe on Youtube: Lil Uzi Vert  

PNB Rock, follow on Instagram: @PNBRock and subscribe to Youtube: PNB Rock

Omelly, follow on Instagram: @Omelly and on Youtube: Omelly 

Kur, subscribe to Youtube: Kur Official Music Page

Lee Mazin, follow on Instagram: @LeeMazin and on Youtube: Lee Mazin 

Run Up Rico, follow on Instagram: @RunUpRico and on Youtube: Run Up Rico

PNB Meen, follow on Instagram: @PNBMeen and watch more videos on Youtube: PNB Meen

PoundSide Pop, follow on Instagram: @PoundsidePop and on Youtube: Poundside Pop


Continued List of Today’s Best Philly Rappers:

Ar Ab, subscribe to Youtube: OriginalBlockHustlaz 

Quilly, follow on Instagram: @DaRealQuilly and on Youtube: Quilly 

Dark Lo, follow on Instagram: @DarkLo and on Youtube: OriginalBlockHustlaz

RecoHavoc, follow on Instagram: @RecoHavocAyo and on Youtube: RecoHavoc 

Deek, follow on Instagram: @100Deek and watch more on Youtube: 100Deek

Lik Moss, follow on Instagram: @LikMoss_OBHGG and on Youtube: Lik Moss

Phat Geez, follow on Instagram: @PhatGeez215 and on Youtube: Phat Geez 

Lil Nizzy, subscribe to Youtube: Do4Self Entertainment

Lil Doe, follow on Instagram: @LilDoe215 and on Youtube: Lil Doe 

Mr Skrtt Skrtt, follow on Instagram: @Mr.Skrtt and on YouTube: Mr. Skrtt 

OZ Sparx, follow on Instagram @OZSparx and on Youtube: OZ Sparx

Lihtz, follow on Instagram: @Lihtz_Sluglife and on Youtube: Lihtz

Zahsosaa, follow on Instagram: @ZahSosaa and on Youtube: Zah Sosaa 

Diamond Street Keem, follow on Instagram: @DiamondStreetKeem and on Youtube: Diamond Street Keem

For more rappers from Philly, check out the top Philadelphia rappers Youtube channels:


Kiev Rucker

DJ Bey 215




Devkamera Films

Kay Puck


No Favors Productions


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