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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691 287
Skepta is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Blacklisted, Greatest Hits, Doin' It Again

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520 228
Stormzy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
johnstonismyname added Gang Signs & Prayer, Dreamers Disease -

shut up

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499 233
JME is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Blam!, Boy Better Know: Edition 2, Boy Better Know: Edition 3

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393 163
Giggs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
johnstonismyname added Let Em Ave It, Walk in da Park, Look What The Cat Dragged In

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514 250
Dizzee Rascal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Boy in da Corner, Showtime, Maths + English

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444 208
Wiley is listed (or ranked) 6 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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577 274
MF DOOM & MF Grimm is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
benhorspool added

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505 239
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 8 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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364 176
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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282 116
Wretch 32 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
johnstonismyname added Wretchercise, Don't Go, Whatever

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338 166
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

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186 69
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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108 21
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johnstonismyname added Bugzy Malone Be Inspired

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312 159
Devlin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
A Moving Picture, Rewind, Off With Their Heads

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95 16
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johnstonismyname added AJ Tracey didn't make the cut, no more Looney

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362 208
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Kala, Arular, Matangi

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392 219
Tinie Tempah is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Hitz, Demonstration, Happy Birthday

18
252 124
Lethal Bizzle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Against All Oddz, Back to Bizznizz, Go Hard

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294 160
Lady Leshurr is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Off the Lesh

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186 87
K Koke is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
johnstonismyname added K Koke My Time, Lay Down Your Weapons

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220 127
Roots Manuva is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Run Come Save Me, Dusted, Awfully Deep

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109 36
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johnstonismyname added Ocean Wisdom Chaos 93, wizville

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193 102
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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179 92
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

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227 126
The Four Owls is listed (or ranked) 25 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