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

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

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MF DOOM & MF Grimm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
benhorspool added MF DOOM & MF Grimm

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Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 4 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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JME is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Wiley is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Giggs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
1519704292721 added Giggs Let Em Ave It, Walk in da Park, Look What The Cat Dragged In

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Lowkey is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Stormzy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
1519704292721 added Stormzy Gang Signs & Prayer, Dreamers Disease - shut up

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Akala is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Aous Abdul Aziz added Akala

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M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
M.I.A. Kala, Arular, Matangi

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Kano is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Kano Home Sweet Home, London Town, 140 Grime St

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Devlin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Devlin A Moving Picture, Rewind, Off With Their Heads

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Lady Leshurr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Lady Leshurr Off the Lesh

Famous (Alleged) Illuminati Members

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Lethal Bizzle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Lethal Bizzle Against All Oddz, Back to Bizznizz, Go Hard

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Tinie Tempah is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Tinie Tempah Hitz, Demonstration, Happy Birthday

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Roots Manuva is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Roots Manuva Run Come Save Me, Dusted, Awfully Deep

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Monie Love is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
1519704292721 added Monie Love Down to Earth, It’s a Shame (My Sister), In a Word or 2

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Wretch 32 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
1519704292721 added Wretch 32 Wretchercise, Don't Go, Whatever

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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

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The Four Owls is listed (or ranked) 21 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

The Best Underground Rappers

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

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

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Klashnekoff is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Chipmunk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
1519704292721 added Chipmunk I Am Chipmunk, Transition, League of My Own

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Lady Sovereign is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Lady Sovereign Jigsaw, Blah Blah, Public Warning

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George the Poet is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
jackslee2 added George the Poet

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Mike Skinner is listed (or ranked) 28 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

Rappers In The Illuminati

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Mikill Pane is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Mikill Pane Blame Miss Barclay, You Guest It Too

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D Double E is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
D Double E Street Fighter Riddim

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Professor Green is listed (or ranked) 31 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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CASisDEAD is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
jackslee2 added Casisdead The Number 23, Seein' Double

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

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Cee Major is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
darren-bell added Cee Major

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Novelist is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time

The Best Serial Legal Dramas of All Time

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Tempa T is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
jackslee2 added Tempa T Next Hype, Next Hype (The Remixes)

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Ranker Video
1519704292721 added Ocean Wisdom Chaos 93, wizville

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

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Rodney P is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Rodney P The Nice Up, Trouble, The Future

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Dirty Dike is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
1509524270526 added Dirty Dike

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Ben Drew is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Educated Rapper is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time

What's The Deal With Pop Princess Lana Del Rey?

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Lee Scott is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
jackslee2 added Lee Scott

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Trim is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Trim Trim n Scratch, Pen & Paper / Quality Control, Monkey Features

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Ms. Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
1519704292721 added Ms. Dynamite A Little Deeper, Dy-Na-Mi-Tee, Judgement Days

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Tenchoo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
jackslee2 added Tenchoo

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Rhyme Asylum is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Noah MacDougall added Rhyme Asylum Solitary Confinement, State of Lunacy

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Akhenaton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Akhenaton Soldats de fortune, Double Chill Burger, Méteque et mat

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Tricky is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Tricky Maxinquaye, Pre-Millennium Tension, Blowback

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Ty is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Ty Awkward, Upwards, Closer