The Best British Rappers of All Time

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List Criteria: Famous hip hop artists hailing from the UK

Are you off your trolley for British Hip Hop? Barmy! Because this is a list of the best British rappers that emerged from the 1970s to the 2000s, with subgenres ranging from British Grime, British Trip Hop, Brithop, and Gangsta Rap. 
 
British rap is just British rap artists rapping lyrics over mixed and scratched beats, but a distinct culture and attitude come from this particular music genre. In the UK, this style arose from two distinctly different areas – the U.S. hip hop scene of the late 70s/early 80s, and “dub/toasting,” which was introduced to the UK by Jamaican immigrants as early as the 1960s.  

Despite its controversial entrance into the british music scene, British hip hop became popular through such outlets as pirate radio, mix tapes and speciality record shops. By the 90s, rappers from the UK had developed a distinct style with cities such Bristol, Nottingham, Leeds, and Manchester, all sporting their own unique sound and style.  

Many of these British rappers are some of the best the world has to offer, and should definitely be known on a global scale. So who are some of your favorite British hip hop artists


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    The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, The Art of Storytelling, The Ruler's ...

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    Treddin' on Thin Ice, In at the Deep End, Avalanche Music 1: Wiley

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    Home Sweet Home, London Town, 140 Grime St

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    I Am Chipmunk, Transition, League of My Own

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    Stormzy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time

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    Rhyme Asylum Solitary Confinement, State of Lunacy

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    Against All Oddz, Back to Bizznizz, Go Hard

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    K Koke My Time, Lay Down Your Weapons

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    Awkward, Upwards, Closer

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    Lewis Parker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time

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    The Nice Up, Trouble, The Future

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    Run Come Save Me, Dusted, Awfully Deep

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    Blame Miss Barclay, You Guest It Too

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    Uncensored, Key to the Game 3, Soundtrack to the Struggle

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    Who Needs Actions When You Got Words, ill Manors, Time 4 Plan B

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    My Own Way, Neon, Eyes on You

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    Season's Beatings, Asylum Agenda, The Harder They Fall EP

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    Trim is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time

    Trim Trim n Scratch, Pen & Paper / Quality Control, Monkey Features

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    Tenchoo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time

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    Maxinquaye, Pre-Millennium Tension, Blowback

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    Just Be Good to Green (feat. Lily Allen), Alive Till I'm Dead, At Your ...

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    Chester P is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time

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    Falling Down, The Return of the Drifter, Premonitions EP

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