music 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
benhorspool added MF DOOM & MF Grimm

The Greatest White Rappers of All Time The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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310 92
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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292 106
Skepta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Skepta Blacklisted, Greatest Hits, Doin' It Again

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288 104
Dizzee Rascal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Dizzee Rascal Boy in da Corner, Showtime, Maths + English

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268 96
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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256 92
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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206 73
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Jay Clayton added Stormzy EP; Dreamers Disease - Gang Signs & Prayer

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219 83
Kano is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Kano Home Sweet Home, London Town, 140 Grime St

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248 101
Giggs is listed (or ranked) 9 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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245 102
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
M.I.A. Kala, Arular, Matangi

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Lowkey is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Lady Leshurr is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Lady Leshurr Off the Lesh

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Tinie Tempah is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Tinie Tempah Hitz, Demonstration, Happy Birthday

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Monie Love is listed (or ranked) 14 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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188 81
Devlin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Devlin A Moving Picture, Rewind, Off With Their Heads

The Greatest Rappers of All Time Catchiest Viral Internet Songs of All Time

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Lady Sovereign is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Lady Sovereign Jigsaw, Blah Blah, Public Warning

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Tempa T is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
jackslee2 added Tempa T Next Hype, Next Hype (The Remixes)

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Chipmunk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Chipmunk I Am Chipmunk, Transition, League of My Own

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K Koke is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
K Koke My Time, Lay Down Your Weapons

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Wretch 32 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Wretch 32 Wretchercise, Don't Go, Whatever

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135 61
Lethal Bizzle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Lethal Bizzle Against All Oddz, Back to Bizznizz, Go Hard

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130 61
Roots Manuva is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Roots Manuva Run Come Save Me, Dusted, Awfully Deep

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136 66
The Four Owls is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Jay Clayton added Split Prophets EP; the scribbleb thoughts

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145 75
D Double E is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
D Double E Street Fighter Riddim

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Jehst is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Jehst Falling Down, The Return of the Drifter, Premonitions EP

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113 63
Sway is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Sway This Is My Demo, This Is My Promo^! Volume 2, This Is My Promo^! Volume 1

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32 4
Ms. Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Ms. Dynamite A Little Deeper, Dy-Na-Mi-Tee, Judgement Days

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119 74
Professor Green is listed (or ranked) 29 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

The Dopest Rappers of the '90s Real, Horrifying Punishments in Other Countries

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80 42
Educated Rapper is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time

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85 47
Mikill Pane is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Mikill Pane Blame Miss Barclay, You Guest It Too

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85 48
Jay Sean is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Jay Sean My Own Way, Neon, Eyes on You

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81 45
George the Poet is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
jackslee2 added George the Poet

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84 48
Rhyme Asylum is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Noah MacDougall added Rhyme Asylum Solitary Confinement, State of Lunacy

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99 61
Ben Drew is listed (or ranked) 35 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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86 50
Tricky is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Tricky Maxinquaye, Pre-Millennium Tension, Blowback

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85 50
Rodney P is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Rodney P The Nice Up, Trouble, The Future

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78 44
Tenchoo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
jackslee2 added Tenchoo

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94 58
Akhenaton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Akhenaton Soldats de fortune, Double Chill Burger, Méteque et mat

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80 46
Foreign Beggars is listed (or ranked) 40 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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96 60
Mike Skinner is listed (or ranked) 41 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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75 42
CASisDEAD is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
jackslee2 added Casisdead The Number 23, Seein' Double

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78 45
Trim is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Trim Trim n Scratch, Pen & Paper / Quality Control, Monkey Features

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75 43
Ty is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Ty Awkward, Upwards, Closer

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83 50
Klashnekoff is listed (or ranked) 45 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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74 43
Lee Scott is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
jackslee2 added Lee Scott

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76 45
Chester P is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Chester P

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73 43
Lewis Parker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Lewis Parker The Puzzle^! Episode Two: The Glass Ceiling, Masquerades & Silhouettes, Dangerous Adventures

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

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Cee Major is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
darren-bell added Cee Major