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The Best Canadian Rappers

Updated September 21, 2020 61.1k votes 6.6k voters 108.3k views94 items

This list of great Canadian rappers is longer than you might think. While initially, the pool of popular rappers from Canada may seem small, there are many talented Canadian hip hop artists. Some Canadian rappers, like Drake, are well known for their nationality, while some people on this list are more surprising.
 

Unlike other scenes around the world, rap was slow to start in Canada and even slower to gain worldwide recognition. That is, until 1998. The single ”Northern Touch" by Rascalz in collaboration with Checkmate, Kardinal Offishall, Thrust and Choclair was released to worldwide acclaim and Canadian hip hop was finally on the map.  
 

Who is your favorite Canadian rapper? Check out the list below, vote and add anyone that you think should be considered one the best Canadian rappers.

 

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    Abdominal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    Abdominal

    3 Feet Deep, Escape From the Pigeon Hole

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

    Andrew Bernstein (born February 7, 1974), better known by his stage name Abdominal, is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Mcenroe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    Mcenroe

    Billy's Vision, Steak Dinner Breaks
    McEnroe may refer to: McEnroe (surname) John McEnroe, tennis player McEnroe (TV series), 2004... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Kardinal Offishall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    Kardinal Offishall

    Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Dancehall, East Coast hip hop, Baltimore club, Contemporary R&B

    Jason D. Harrow (born May 11, 1976), better known by his stage name Kardinal Offishall , is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Maestro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    Maestro

    The Black Tie Affair, Symphony in Effect

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

    Wesley Williams (born March 31, 1968), better known as Maestro or Maestro Fresh-Wes, is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Rascalz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    Rascalz

    Cash Crop, Global Warning

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

    The Rascalz are a Canadian hip-hop group from Vancouver, British Columbia, who played a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Belly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    Belly

    The Revolution, Hot Girl

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

    Ahmad Balshe (Arabic: أحمد بلشي‎) (born April 7, 1984), better known by his stage name Belly,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Saukrates is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    Saukrates

    Brick House, The Underground Tapes

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

    Karl Amani Wailoo (born March 6, 1978) better known by his stage name Saukrates (;... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Rich Kidd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    Rich Kidd

    In My Opinion, The Closers

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

    Rich Kidd is a Juno Award nominated rapper and music producer.amazon buy button

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    Choclair is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    Choclair

    Ice Cold, Memoirs of Blake Savage

    Genres (Music)East Coast hip hop

    Kareem Blake, (born March 27, 1975) better known by his stage name Choclair, is a Canadian... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    K-os is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    K-os

    Exit, Black on Blonde

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    Kevin Brereton (born February 20, 1972), better known by his stage name k-os (; "chaos"), is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Classified is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    Classified

    Boy-Cott-In the Industry, Hitch Hikin' Music

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

    Lucas Boyd (born December 13, 1977), better known by his stage name Classified, is a Canadian... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    #54 of 158 The Greatest White Rappers of All Time#141 of 179 The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time

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    Moka Only is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    Moka Only

    The Station Agent, Crickets

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music, Underground hip hop

    Daniel Denton (born November 14, 1973), better known by his stage name Moka Only is a Canadian... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    #146 of 192 The Best Underground Rappers#98 of 135 The Best West Coast Rappers

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    Swollen Members is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    Swollen Members

    Balance, Black Magic

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Gangsta rap, Rapcore, West Coast hip hop

    Swollen Members is a Canadian hip hop group from Vancouver, British Columbia, consisting... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    K'naan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    K'naan

    Qi Kai De Sheng (Wavin' Flag Celebration Mix), Troubadour

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Pop music, World music, Reggae

    Keinan Abdi Warsame (Somali: Keynaan Cabdi Warsame, Arabic: كَينَان عَبدِ وَرسَمَ‎ Kaynān... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Dream Warriors is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    Dream Warriors

    And Now the Legacy Begins, Subliminal Simulation

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

    Dream Warriors were a Canadian hip hop duo from Toronto, Ontario, comprising King Lou and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Shad is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    Shad

    Energy
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    Checkmate is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    Checkmate

    R.A.W.
    Checkmate is the stage name of Lyle Bismark, a Canadian rapper from Vancouver, British... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Michie Mee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    Michie Mee

    Jamaican Funk—Canadian Style, The First Cut Is the Deepest

    Genres (Music)Ragga, Dancehall

    Michelle McCullock (born November 1, 1970), better known by her stage name Michie Mee, is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    MC Shadow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    MC Shadow

    Get Loose Crew, Rap Vigilante

    Genres (Music)Hip Hop, Rap

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    Merkules is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    Merkules (born September 27, 1992) is a Canadian rap artist who was born in Surrey, British...amazon buy button

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    #118 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers#47 of 112 The Funniest Rappers of All Time

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    Get Loose Crew is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    Get Loose Crew

    Get Loose Crew

    Genres (Music)Hip Hop, rap

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    Swisha T is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    SonReal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    SonReal

    The Stroll, Everywhere We Go

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

    Aaron Hoffman (born August 16, 1985) better known by his stage name SonReal, is a Canadian... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Buck 65 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    Buck 65

    Situation (instrumental), Synesthesia

    Genres (Music)Alternative hip hop, Experimental music, Country, Blues

    Richard Terfry (born March 4, 1972), better known by his stage name Buck 65, is a Canadian... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Drake is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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    Drake

    Thank me Later, Take Care

    Genres (Music)Hip Hop, R&B Music, Pop Rap

    Aubrey Drake Graham, who records under the mononym Drake, is a Canadian singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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