rap The Best British Rappers of All Time

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List Rules 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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MF DOOM & MF Grimm is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time

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Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Slick Rick The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, The Art of Storytelling The Ruler's Back

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Dizzee Rascal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Dizzee Rascal Boy in da Corner, Showtime Maths + English

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Wiley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Wiley Treddin' on Thin Ice, In at the Deep End Avalanche Music 1: Wiley

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Lady Leshurr is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Lady Leshurr Off the Lesh

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Skepta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Skepta Blacklisted, Greatest Hits Doin' It Again

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JME is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
JME Blam!, Boy Better Know: Edition 2 Boy Better Know: Edition 3

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M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
M.I.A. Kala, Arular Matangi

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Stormzy EP; Dreamers Disease

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Tinie Tempah is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Tinie Tempah Hitz, Demonstration Happy Birthday

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Giggs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Giggs Let Em Ave It, Walk in da Park Look What The Cat Dragged In

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Monie Love is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Monie Love Down to Earth, It’s a Shame (My Sister) In a Word or 2

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Lady Sovereign is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Lady Sovereign Jigsaw, Blah Blah Public Warning

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Kano is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Kano Home Sweet Home, London Town 140 Grime St

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Tempa T is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Tempa T Next Hype, Next Hype (The Remixes)

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Lowkey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Lowkey Uncensored, Key to the Game 3 Soundtrack to the Struggle

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Chipmunk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Chipmunk I Am Chipmunk, Transition League of My Own

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D Double E is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
D Double E Street Fighter Riddim

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The Four Owls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
The Four Owls Natural Order and Nature's Greatest Mystery - Classic Flow

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K Koke is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
K Koke My Time, Lay Down Your Weapons

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Split Prophets EP; the scribbleb thoughts

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Devlin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Devlin A Moving Picture, Rewind Off With Their Heads

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Rhyme Asylum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Rhyme Asylum Solitary Confinement, State of Lunacy

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Lethal Bizzle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Lethal Bizzle Against All Oddz, Back to Bizznizz Go Hard

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Ty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Ty Awkward, Upwards Closer

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Wretch 32 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Wretch 32 Wretchercise, Don't Go Whatever

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Educated Rapper is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time

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Lewis Parker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Lewis Parker The Puzzle, Episode Two: The Glass Ceiling Masquerades & Silhouettes

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Roots Manuva is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Roots Manuva Run Come Save Me, Dusted Awfully Deep

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Jay Sean is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Jay Sean My Own Way, Neon Eyes on You

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Trim is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Trim Trim n Scratch, Pen & Paper / Quality Control Monkey Features

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CASisDEAD is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Casisdead The Number 23, Seein' Double

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Tenchoo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Tenchoo

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Mikill Pane is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Mikill Pane Blame Miss Barclay, You Guest It Too

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Tricky is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Tricky Maxinquaye, Pre-Millennium Tension Blowback

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Sway is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Sway This Is My Demo, This Is My Promo Volume 2

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Klashnekoff is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Klashnekoff The Sagas Of..., DJ Skully Presents Klashnekoff: Focus Mode Lionheart: Tussle With the Beast

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Ben Drew is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Ben Drew Who Needs Actions When You Got Words, ill Manors Time 4 Plan B

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Foreign Beggars is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Foreign Beggars Season's Beatings, Asylum Agenda The Harder They Fall EP

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

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Lee Scott is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time

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Rodney P is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Rodney P The Nice Up, Trouble The Future

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Professor Green is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Professor Green Just Be Good to Green (feat. Lily Allen), Alive Till I'm Dead At Your Inconvenience

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Akhenaton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Akhenaton Soldats de fortune, Double Chill Burger Méteque et mat

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Cee Major is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time

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Chester P is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Chester P

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Example is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Example The Evolution of Man, #Hits What We Made

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Jehst is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Jehst Falling Down, The Return of the Drifter Premonitions EP

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Mike Skinner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Mike Skinner What Is the Problem?, When You Wasn't Famous FACT Mix 304: Mike Skinner

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Dappy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Dappy Bad Intentions, Spaceship Good Intentions (Remixes)