Hip-Hop 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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Drake is listed (or ranked) 1 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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686 212
Merkules is listed (or ranked) 2 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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851 284
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spotifyking604 added Kresnt The Lunar Phase

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553 159
Tory Lanez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Tory Lanez Daystar Peterson (born July 27, 1992), better known by his stage name Tory Lanez, is a Canadian rapper and singer. He received major recognition from the mixtape Lost Cause (2014) and the ...more

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567 179
K-os is listed (or ranked) 5 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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687 247
Classified is listed (or ranked) 6 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

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540 168
Rascalz is listed (or ranked) 7 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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523 170
Maestro is listed (or ranked) 8 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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566 180
Swollen Members is listed (or ranked) 9 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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542 170
Saukrates is listed (or ranked) 10 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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577 191
Snak the Ripper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Brendan Cilia added Sex Machine, White Dynamite

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549 178
Shad is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Energy

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550 184
Moka Only is listed (or ranked) 13 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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501 156
Choclair is listed (or ranked) 14 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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499 161
Rich Kidd is listed (or ranked) 15 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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568 189
Madchild is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Brendan Cilia added

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480 139
Sweatshop Union is listed (or ranked) 17 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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534 179
Kardinal Offishall is listed (or ranked) 18 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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501 167
Bless is listed (or ranked) 19 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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492 169
K'naan is listed (or ranked) 20 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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453 150
Michie Mee is listed (or ranked) 21 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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443 145
Cadence Weapon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Afterparty Babies, Cadence Weapon Is the Black Hand, Breaking Kayfabe Roland "Rollie" Pemberton, better known by his stage name Cadence Weapon, is a Canadian rapper. Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Pemberton released his first album, Breaking ...more

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444 146
Dream Warriors is listed (or ranked) 23 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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452 153
Kamau is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Ian Kamau is a Canadian hip hop and spoken word artist, writer and visual artist from Toronto, Ontario.

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446 150
D-Sisive is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye, The Book, Let the Children Die 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" and his 2009 ...more