Rappers 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
Joseph Junior Adenuga, better known by his stage name Skepta, is an English rapper, grime artist, MC, songwriter, record producer and recording artist of Nigerian heritage. Skepta is best known ...more

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Stormzy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo, Jr., better known by his stage name Stormzy, is an English grime and hip hop artist.

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21 Savage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph (born October 22, 1992), known professionally as 21 Savage, is an American rapper known for his mixtapes The Slaughter Tape (2015) and Slaughter King (2015) and his EPs ...more

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Dizzee Rascal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Dylan Mills, better known by his stage name Dizzee Rascal, is an English grime MC, songwriter and record producer with Ghanaian and Nigerian roots. His music is a blend of grime, UK garage, ...more

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JME is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Jamie Adenuga, better known by his stage name JME, is an English grime artist. He is the co-founder of the crew and label Boy Better Know. Adenuga was previously part of the grime crew Meridian ...more

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Giggs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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Nathaniel Thompson, better known by his stage name Giggs, is an English rapper with Caribbean roots. Giggs is signed to XL Recordings since 2010. He released his debut studio album Walk in da ...more

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Wiley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Richard Kylea Cowie, better known by his stage name Wiley and in his early career Wiley Kat, is an English grime MC, songwriter, and record producer with Caribbean roots from Trinidad and ...more

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Wretch 32 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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Jermaine Scott Sinclair, better known by his stage name Wretch 32, is an English rapper and former Grime MC from Tottenham, London where he grew up the son of a local reggae DJ in the Tiverton ...more

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Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Ricky Walters, better known by his stage name Slick Rick, is a Grammy-nominated English rapper. He has also been known as Rick the Ruler, MC Ricky D, and Ricky Dee. He began his career in late ...more

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MF DOOM & MF Grimm is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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Kano is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Kane Robinson, better known as Kano, is an English Grime MC and actor.

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J Hus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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Lowkey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Kareem Dennis, better known by his stage name Lowkey, is a rapper, musician and political activist of English and Iraqi descent He first became known through a series of mixtapes he released ...more

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Akala is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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Devlin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
James Devlin, better known mononymously as Devlin, is an English rapper from Dagenham, East London, England, signed to Island Records. Part of Grime collective 'O.T Crew' with Dogzilla, ...more

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Tinie Tempah is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu, better known by his stage name Tinie Tempah, is an English rapper. He released his first mixtape in 2005; his first album, Disc-Overy, debuted at number one in the UK ...more

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Lethal Bizzle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Maxwell Ansah, known by his stage name Lethal Bizzle, is an English Grime musician and actor. He was born to Ghanaian parents.

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M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, better known by her stage name M.I.A., is an English recording artist of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage. She is also a songwriter, painter and director. ...more

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Lady Leshurr is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
Melesha O'Garro, better known by her stage name Lady Leshurr, is a female rapper/singer and producer from Kingshurst, Solihull, Birmingham, England. She is known for her work with Orbital, ...more

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K Koke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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Kevin Georgiou, better known by his stage name K. Koke, is an English rapper of Greek Cypriot descent from Stonebridge, North West London.

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Chipmunk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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Jahmaal Fyffe, known by his stage name Chip, is an English rapper and songwriter from Tottenham, London. He signed a record deal with Columbia Records of Sony Music UK. He has successfully ...more

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D Double E is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
D Double E appeared in the 2010 film Shank.