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? Which London rappers define English rap? Who are the best british rappers, white or black?
- 1Joseph Junior Adenuga Jr. (born 19 September 1982), better known by his stage name Skepta, is... more
- 2Jamie Adenuga, better known by his stage name JME, is an English grime artist. He is the... more
- 3Dylan Kwabena Mills (born 18 September 1984), better known by his stage name Dizzee Rascal, is... more
- 4Kane Robinson (born 21 May 1985), better known as Kano, is a British rapper and actor from... more
- 5David Orobosa Omoregie (born 5 June 1998), known mononymously as Dave, is a British rapper.... more
- 6Richard Kylea Cowie Jr, (born 19 January 1979 in London), better known by his stage name... more
- 7Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo, Jr., better known by his stage name Stormzy, is an English... more
- 8Ché Wolton Grant, better known professionally as AJ Tracey, is a British rapper, singer,... more
- 9Momodou Lamin Jallow (born 26 May 1996), better known professionally as J Hus, is a British... more
- 11Nathaniel Thompson (born 11 May 1983), better known professionally as Giggs, is an English... more
- 12Aaron Davis (born 20 December 1990), better known by his stage name Bugzy Malone, is a British... more
- 13Peter Wadams, better known by his stage name P-Money, is a New Zealand hip-hop DJ and... more
- 14Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph (born October 22, 1992), known professionally as 21 Savage, is an... more
- 15Jermaine Scott Sinclair (born 9 March 1985), better known by his stage name Wretch 32, is an... more
- 16D Double E appeared in the 2010 film Shank.
- 17Tyron Kaymone Frampton (born 18 December 1994), better known by his stage name slowthai... more
- 18Jahmaal Noel Fyffe (born 26 November 1990), better known by his stage name Chip (previously... more
- 19Michael Geoffrey Skinner (born 27 November 1978) is an English rapper, songwriter, musician,... more
- 20Kingslee James McLean Daley (born 1 December 1983), better known by the stage name Akala, is a... more
- 21Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu (born 7 November 1988), better known by his stage name Tinie... more
- 22Ocean Alexander Alouwishas Wisdom (born 17 May 1993) , known professionally as Ocean Wisdom,... more
- 23Richard Martin Lloyd Walters (born January 14, 1965), better known as Slick Rick is a... more
- 24Kareem Dennis (born 23 May 1986), better known by his stage name Lowkey, is a British Iraqi... more
- 25Maxwell Owusu Ansah (born 14 September 1984), known by his stage name Lethal Bizzle, is a... more