Hip-Hop 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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548 220
Skepta is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Blacklisted, Greatest Hits, Doin' It Again

2
453 192
Dizzee Rascal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Boy in da Corner, Showtime, Maths + English

3
395 160
Wiley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Treddin' on Thin Ice, In at the Deep End, Avalanche Music 1: Wiley

4
426 180
JME is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Blam!, Boy Better Know: Edition 2, Boy Better Know: Edition 3

5
525 218
MF DOOM & MF Grimm is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
benhorspool added

6
456 187
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, The Art of Storytelling, The Ruler's Back

7
323 128
Giggs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
1519704292721 added Let Em Ave It, Walk in da Park, Look What The Cat Dragged In

8
382 170
Stormzy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
1519704292721 added Gang Signs & Prayer, Dreamers Disease - shut up

9
307 132
Lowkey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Uncensored, Key to the Game 3, Soundtrack to the Struggle

10
316 156
Kano is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Home Sweet Home, London Town, 140 Grime St

11
151 43
Akala is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Aous Abdul Aziz added Akala

12
337 180
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Kala, Arular, Matangi

13
224 98
Wretch 32 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
1519704292721 added Wretchercise, Don't Go, Whatever

14
355 186
Tinie Tempah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Hitz, Demonstration, Happy Birthday

15
277 135
Devlin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
A Moving Picture, Rewind, Off With Their Heads

16
226 107
Lethal Bizzle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Against All Oddz, Back to Bizznizz, Go Hard

17
273 141
Lady Leshurr is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Off the Lesh

18
207 107
Roots Manuva is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Run Come Save Me, Dusted, Awfully Deep

19
209 103
The Four Owls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
FuckYou-1 added The Four Owls Natural Order and Nature's Greatest Mystery - Classic Flow

20
159 69
K Koke is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
1519704292721 added K Koke My Time, Lay Down Your Weapons

21
173 79
Monie Love is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
1519704292721 added Down to Earth, It’s a Shame (My Sister), In a Word or 2

22
160 73
Jehst is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Falling Down, The Return of the Drifter, Premonitions EP

23
168 79
Ranker Video
Jay Clayton added Split Prophets EP; the scribbleb thoughts

24
159 76
Klashnekoff is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
The Sagas Of..., DJ Skully Presents Klashnekoff: Focus Mode, Lionheart: Tussle With the Beast

25
217 116
Chipmunk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
1519704292721 added I Am Chipmunk, Transition, League of My Own

26
74 15
Ranker Video
1519704292721 added Ocean Wisdom Chaos 93, wizville

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173 89
Mike Skinner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
What Is the Problem?, When You Wasn't Famous, FACT Mix 304: Mike Skinner

28
205 118
Lady Sovereign is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Jigsaw, Blah Blah, Public Warning

29
199 114
D Double E is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Street Fighter Riddim

30
133 72
Mikill Pane is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Blame Miss Barclay, You Guest It Too

31
137 76
George the Poet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
jackslee2 added

32
188 108
Professor Green is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Just Be Good to Green (feat. Lily Allen), Alive Till I'm Dead, At Your Inconvenience

33
215 140
Tempa T is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
jackslee2 added Next Hype, Next Hype (The Remixes)

34
132 69
Chester P is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Chester P

35
77 25
Scarlxrd is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
MichyTheFangirl added Scarlxrd

36
138 74
Rodney P is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
The Nice Up, Trouble, The Future

37
70 20
Dirty Dike is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
1509524270526 added

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131 68
CASisDEAD is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
jackslee2 added Casisdead The Number 23, Seein' Double

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159 92
Ben Drew is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Who Needs Actions When You Got Words, ill Manors, Time 4 Plan B

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118 67
Cee Major is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
darren-bell added

41
58 18
Novelist is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time

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125 66
Lee Scott is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
jackslee2 added

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133 71
Rhyme Asylum is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Noah MacDougall added Rhyme Asylum Solitary Confinement, State of Lunacy

44
127 68
Educated Rapper is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time

45
123 66
Trim is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Trim Trim n Scratch, Pen & Paper / Quality Control, Monkey Features

46
139 80
Akhenaton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Soldats de fortune, Double Chill Burger, Méteque et mat

47
131 74
Tricky is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Maxinquaye, Pre-Millennium Tension, Blowback

48
124 69
Tenchoo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
jackslee2 added Tenchoo

49
142 85
Example is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
The Evolution of Man, #Hits, What We Made

50
57 15
Ms. Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
1519704292721 added A Little Deeper, Dy-Na-Mi-Tee, Judgement Days