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The Best Canadian Rappers  

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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
3 Feet Deep, Escape From the Pigeon Hole, Flowtation Device
Andy Bernstein, better known by his stage name Abdominal, is a rapper from Toronto, Canada.
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Drake is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Thank me Later, Take Care, Nothing was the same
Aubrey Drake Graham, who records under the mononym Drake, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor. He was born in Toronto, Ontario. He first garnered recognition for his role as Jimmy Brooks ...more
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Merkules is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Brendan Cilia added
Merkules (born September 27, 1992) is a Canadian rap artist who was born in Surrey, British Columbia. 2017 Western Canadian Music Award nominated rapper Merkules’ music videos have over ...more
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Kardinal Offishall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1, Husslin'
Jason D. Harrow, better known by his stage name Kardinal Offishall, is a Canadian rapper, record producer, and record executive. Often credited as Canada's "hip hop ambassador", he is ...more
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Classified is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Boy-Cott-In the Industry, Hitch Hikin' Music, Unpredictable
Luke Boyd, better known by his stage name Classified, is a Canadian recording artist and producer from Enfield, Nova Scotia. Classified attended Hants East Rural High School in Milford Station, ...more
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Maestro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
The Black Tie Affair, Symphony in Effect, Naaah
Wesley Williams, better known as Maestro and Maestro Fresh-Wes, is a Canadian rapper, record producer, and actor. His pioneering status and outstanding achievements have led to him being ...more
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Belly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
The Revolution, Hot Girl
Ahmad Balshe, better known by his stage name Belly, is a Palestinian Canadian Juno Award-winning rapper. Born in Jenin, Palestine, his musical career has been based in Ottawa, Ontario. In ...more
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Rascalz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Cash Crop, Global Warning, Reloaded
The Rascalz are a Canadian hip-hop group from Vancouver, British Columbia, who played a crucial role in the artistic and commercial development of Canadian hip hop. The group consists of emcees ...more
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Saukrates is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Brick House, The Underground Tapes, Season One
Karl Amani Wailoo better known by his stage name Saukrates, is a Canadian rapper, singer, and record producer of Guyanese descent. He is the co-founder of Capitol Hill Music, and lead singer of ...more
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Rich Kidd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
In My Opinion, The Closers
Rich Kidd is a Juno Award nominated rapper and music producer.
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Moka Only is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
The Station Agent, Crickets, The Desired Effect
Daniel Denton, better known by his stage name Moka Only, is a Canadian underground hip hop artist. Originally from Langford, British Columbia, near Victoria, he is now based in Vancouver. He was ...more
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K-os is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Exit, Black on Blonde, Joyful Rebellion
Kevin Brereton, better known by his stage name k-os, is a Canadian alternative rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. His given name may also be cited as Kheaven, a spelling he later ...more
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Swollen Members is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Balance, Black Magic, Monsters in the Closet
Swollen Members is a Canadian hip hop group from Vancouver, British Columbia, consisting mainly of the duo Madchild and Prevail. Frequent collaborators include vocalist Moka Only along with the ...more
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Snak the Ripper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Brendan Cilia added Sex Machine, White Dynamite
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Choclair is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Ice Cold, Memoirs of Blake Savage, Flagrant
Kareem Blake, better known by his stage name Choclair, is a Canadian rapper. He helped develop Canadian hip hop in the 1990s, as a member of the Circle.
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Shad is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Energy
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K'naan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Qi Kai De Sheng (Wavin' Flag Celebration Mix), Troubadour, The Dusty Foot Philosopher
Keinan Abdi Warsame, better known by his stage name K'naan, is a Somali Canadian poet, rapper, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. He rose to prominence with the success of his single ...more
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SonReal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
The Stroll, Everywhere We Go, The Closers
Aaron Hoffman better known by his stage name SonReal is a Vancouver-based Canadian hip hop and alternative artist signed to the Blackbox Recordings record label. He has released multiple free ...more
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Madchild is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Brendan Cilia added
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Sweatshop Union is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Jay Clayton added Natural Progression, United We Fall, Water Street
Sweatshop Union is a Canadian hip hop collective formed in 2000 in Vancouver, when four politically minded rap acts—Dirty Circus, Pigeon Hole, Kyprios and Innocent Bystander —came together to ...more
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Dream Warriors is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
And Now the Legacy Begins, Subliminal Simulation, The Master Plan
Dream Warriors were a Canadian hip hop duo from Toronto, Ontario, comprising King Lou and Capital Q. Described as "a pair of deft, intelligent rappers" by AllMusic, they were major ...more
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Michie Mee is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Jamaican Funk—Canadian Style, The First Cut Is the Deepest, Don't Wanna Be Your Slave
Michelle McCullock, better known by her stage name Michie Mee, is a Canadian rapper and actor. Canada's first notable female MC, she is considered a national hip-hop pioneer.
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Bless is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Platinumberg: The Movement, The Book of Bless
Bless is a hip-hop artist from Montreal, Canada.
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Swisha T is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
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