Rap 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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605 166
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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644 209
Classified is listed (or ranked) 3 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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533 155
K-os is listed (or ranked) 4 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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521 150
Saukrates is listed (or ranked) 5 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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513 147
Rascalz is listed (or ranked) 6 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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532 156
Shad is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Energy

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484 141
Rich Kidd is listed (or ranked) 8 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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541 163
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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535 166
Moka Only is listed (or ranked) 10 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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468 123
Sweatshop Union is listed (or ranked) 11 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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544 167
Snak the Ripper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Brendan Cilia added Sex Machine, White Dynamite

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497 156
Maestro is listed (or ranked) 14 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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541 167
Madchild is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Brendan Cilia added

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482 141
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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492 152
Bless is listed (or ranked) 17 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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468 133
Tory Lanez is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Kardinal Offishall is listed (or ranked) 19 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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433 131
Cadence Weapon is listed (or ranked) 20 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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442 136
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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468 151
Joey Stylez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
The Black Star Joseph Dale Marlin LaPlante, better known for his stage name Joey Stylez, is a First Nations Canadian singer-songwriter, rapper, hip-hop artist, First Nations activist, fashion designer.

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446 141
Kamau is listed (or ranked) 23 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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433 135
Dream Warriors is listed (or ranked) 24 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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438 138
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

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472 160
K'naan is listed (or ranked) 26 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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447 144
Prevail is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
spasefase, baseball bat & nails Kiley Hendriks, better known by stage name Prevail, is a 4-time Juno Award winning Canadian hip hop artist raised in Victoria, British Columbia and based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Prevail ...more

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466 163
Belly is listed (or ranked) 28 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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456 162
SonReal is listed (or ranked) 29 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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393 132
Sixtoo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Antagonist Survival Kit, Duration, The Psyche Continuum Sixtoo was the main project of a Canadian underground hip hop DJ, producer and rapper Vaughn Robert Squire between 1996 and 2007. He has since retired the Sixtoo name pursuing other directions ...more

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398 135
Abdominal is listed (or ranked) 31 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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395 136
More Or Les is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
The Les-Kils EP More Or Les, is a Canadian rapper, busker, DJ, producer, and a member of the Backburner crew. He currently resides in his home town of Toronto, Ontario.

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387 136
Mcenroe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Billy's Vision, Steak Dinner Breaks, 5 Years in the Factory Mcenroe, also known as Rod Bailey, is a Canadian hip hop musician, and entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur, he is the founder of his record label Peanuts & Corn Recordings, an independent hip ...more

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407 139
Prada West is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Prada West Down as Ground, Dog Treats

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417 145
Kyprios is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Say Somethin, the midnight sun, Lap dog Kyprios is the stage name of David Coles, a Canadian hip hop musician.

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409 153
JD Era is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
No Handouts JD Era is a Juno Award nominated rapper.

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397 149
Buck 65 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Situation (instrumental), Synesthesia, This Right Here Is Buck 65 Richard Terfry, 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 music has ...more

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380 145
Eternia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
It's Called Life, At Last EP, Tales of Power Eternia is a Canadian rapper.

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377 135
Adam Bomb is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Grave New World, Get Animal 2, Rock Like Fuck Adam Bomb is an American guitarist and singer who has worked with several bands.

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379 145
Reema Major is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Reema Major, is an Arab/South Sudanese Canadian rapper. She is signed to a joint-record label venture with G7 Records / Universal Music Canada / Cherrytree Records / Interscope Records and also ...more

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377 144
Ghettosocks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Get Some Friends, Treat of the Day, For You Pretty Things 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 ...more

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372 147
D.O. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers

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411 183
Checkmate is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
R.A.W. Checkmate is a Canadian hip hop artist from Vancouver. He is most known for guesting on the Rascalz' 1998 single "Northern Touch", which also which featured Kardinal Offishall, ...more

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305 136
J-ROC & Tyrone is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Jay Clayton added J-ROC & Tyrone

Trailer Park Boys Own Jay Roc & Tyrone 

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342 152
Def3 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Canadian Rappers
Def3 WildLif3, Drumbo