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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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608 244
Skepta is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Blacklisted, Greatest Hits, Doin' It Again

2
485 217
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
425 186
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

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555 244
MF DOOM & MF Grimm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
benhorspool added

5
455 205
JME is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Blam!, Boy Better Know: Edition 2, Boy Better Know: Edition 3

6
487 213
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

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444 188
Stormzy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
1519704292721 added Gang Signs & Prayer, Dreamers Disease -

shut up

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355 142
Giggs is listed (or ranked) 8 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

9
341 163
Kano is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Home Sweet Home, London Town, 140 Grime St

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257 103
Wretch 32 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
1519704292721 added Wretchercise, Don't Go, Whatever

11
323 148
Lowkey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Uncensored, Key to the Game 3, Soundtrack to the Struggle

12
169 54
Akala is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Aous Abdul Aziz added Akala

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298 143
Devlin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
A Moving Picture, Rewind, Off With Their Heads

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351 191
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Kala, Arular, Matangi

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377 199
Tinie Tempah is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Hitz, Demonstration, Happy Birthday

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238 115
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
286 150
Lady Leshurr is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Off the Lesh

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217 118
Roots Manuva is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Run Come Save Me, Dusted, Awfully Deep

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224 114
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

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172 78
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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95 24
Ranker Video
1519704292721 added Ocean Wisdom Chaos 93, wizville

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172 86
Klashnekoff is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
The Sagas Of..., DJ Skully Presents Klashnekoff: Focus Mode, Lionheart: Tussle With the Beast

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185 97
Mike Skinner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
What Is the Problem?, When You Wasn't Famous, FACT Mix 304: Mike Skinner

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229 128
Chipmunk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
1519704292721 added I Am Chipmunk, Transition, League of My Own

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168 85
Jehst is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Falling Down, The Return of the Drifter, Premonitions EP

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179 92
Monie Love is listed (or ranked) 26 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

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173 89
Ranker Video
Jay Clayton added Split Prophets EP; the scribbleb thoughts

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213 121
D Double E is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Street Fighter Riddim

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204 118
Professor Green is listed (or ranked) 29 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

30
69 14
Ranker Video
1519704292721 added Bugzy Malone Be Inspired

31
56 9
Ranker Video
1519704292721 added AJ Tracey didn't make the cut, no more Looney

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211 130
Lady Sovereign is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Jigsaw, Blah Blah, Public Warning

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148 82
Rodney P is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
The Nice Up, Trouble, The Future

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224 152
Tempa T is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
jackslee2 added Next Hype, Next Hype (The Remixes)

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139 82
Mikill Pane is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Blame Miss Barclay, You Guest It Too

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167 98
Ben Drew is listed (or ranked) 36 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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144 88
George the Poet is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
jackslee2 added

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78 27
Dirty Dike is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
1509524270526 added

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137 74
CASisDEAD is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
jackslee2 added Casisdead The Number 23, Seein' Double

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138 77
Chester P is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Chester P

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65 18
Ms. Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
1519704292721 added A Little Deeper, Dy-Na-Mi-Tee, Judgement Days

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138 77
Rhyme Asylum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Noah MacDougall added Rhyme Asylum Solitary Confinement, State of Lunacy

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128 71
Lee Scott is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
jackslee2 added

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151 90
Example is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
The Evolution of Man, #Hits, What We Made

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130 73
Educated Rapper is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time

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63 24
Novelist is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time

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121 73
Cee Major is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
darren-bell added

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127 71
Trim is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Trim Trim n Scratch, Pen & Paper / Quality Control, Monkey Features

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143 85
Akhenaton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Soldats de fortune, Double Chill Burger, Méteque et mat

50
135 79
Tricky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Maxinquaye, Pre-Millennium Tension, Blowback