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The Best Canadian Rappers

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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    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 rapper from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  ...more
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    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 Canadian rapper, record producer, and actor. One of the early Canadian rappers and the first ever to break  ...more
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  • 3
    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 rapper and record producer from Enfield, Nova Scotia.  ...more
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    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 (; "Socrates"), is a Canadian rapper, singer, and record producer. He is the co-founder of Capitol Hill Music, and lead  ...more
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  • 5
    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 Canadian rapper, record producer, DJ and record executive. Often credited as Canada's "hip hop  ...more
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    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, and actor. He was born in Toronto, Ontario. He first garnered recognition for his role as Jimmy Brooks on  ...more
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    The Best Drake Songs#188 of 342 The Hottest Men Of 2021, Ranked#17 of 238 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

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    Cash Crop, Global Warning

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

    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 Red1  ...more
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  • 8
    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, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer of Palestinian-Jordanian descent.Born in  ...more
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  • 9
    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 rapper. He helped develop Canadian hip hop in the late 1990s, as a member of the Circle.  ...more
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  • 10
    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 Canadian alternative rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. His given name may also be cited  ...more
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  • 11
    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 mainly of the duo Madchild and Prevail. Frequent collaborators include vocalist Moka Only along with the other  ...more
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    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 underground hip hop artist. He has won 3 JUNO Awards, 5 MuchMusic Video Awards, and has been nominated  ...more
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  • 13
    In My Opinion, The Closers

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

    Rich Kidd is a Juno Award nominated rapper and music producer.  ...more
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  • 14
    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 Capital Q. Described as "a pair of deft, intelligent rappers" by AllMusic, they were major contributors to  ...more
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  • 15
    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 ʿAbdi Warsama), better known by his stage name K'naan (), is a Somali Canadian poet, rapper, singer,  ...more
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    Checkmate is the stage name of Lyle Bismark, a Canadian rapper from Vancouver, British Columbia. Best known as one of the collaborating artists on Rascalz' influential 1998 single "Northern Touch",  ...more
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  • 17
    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 Canadian rapper and actress. Canada's first notable female MC, she is considered a national hip-hop pioneer.  ...more
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    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 15,000,000  ...more
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    Navraj Singh Goraya (born November 3, 1989), better known by his stage name Nav (stylized as NAV or ΠΔV), is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer of Indian Punjabi descent. He is  ...more
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    #41 of 57 The Best Emo Rap Artists#103 of 130 Rappers with the Best Voices, Ranked#178 of 191 The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked

  • 20
    Brendan Cilia addedSex Machine, White Dynamite
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  • 21
    spotifyking604 addedThe Lunar Phase

    Genres (Music)Rap

    IG: @TheLunarCycle

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    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 alternative hip hop artist. Underpinned by an extensive background in abstract hip hop, his more recent  ...more
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  • 24
    Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye, The Book

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

    Derek Christoff, better known by his stage name D-Sisive, is a Canadian rapper, best known for his Juno-nominated EP The Book, his hit single "Nobody with a Notepad" (for which D-Sisive and  ...more
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  • 25
    Get Some Friends, Treat of the Day

    Genres (Music)Hip Hop

    Darren Pyper, better known by his stage name Ghettosocks, is a Juno-nominated Canadian hip hop artist and member of the Backburner collective. In early 2010, Ghettosocks' album Treat of the Day spent  ...more
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