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The Best British Rappers of All Time

Updated May 10, 2020 61.1k votes 8.6k voters 280.1k views62 items

List RulesFamous hip hop artists hailing from the UK

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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?

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    Skepta is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    JME is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    Kano is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    Dizzee Rascal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    Dave is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    Stormzy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    Wiley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    AJ Tracey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    J Hus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    Aitch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    Giggs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    Bugzy Malone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    Aaron Davis (born 20 December 1990), better known by his stage name Bugzy Malone, is a British... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    21 Savage is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    Wretch 32 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    P Money is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    D Double E is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    slowthai is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    Akala is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    Kingslee James McLean Daley (born 1 December 1983), better known by the stage name Akala, is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Chipmunk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    Ocean Wisdom  is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    Mike Skinner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    Tinie Tempah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    Lethal Bizzle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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    Lowkey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Rappers of All Time
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