The Best Canadian Rappers

Over 7.4K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of 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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  • Drake
    Thank me Later, Take Care, Nothing was the same
    2,342 votes
    • Genres (Music): Hip Hop, R&B Music, Pop Rap

    Aubrey "Drake" Graham has not only made a name for himself as an international phenomenon but has solidified his place at the top of the Canadian hip-hop hierarchy with his smooth wordplay, emotive lyricism, and undeniable charisma. Hailing from Toronto, he gained global recognition through songs like "Started From the Bottom," highlighting the come-up narrative that resonates deeply with millions of fans. His versatility in combining rap, R&B, and pop elements has obliterated genre boundaries, making his music accessible to a wide range of audiences. Coupled with his tireless work ethic and knack for crafting unforgettable hooks, this multi-platinum artist continues to redefine the possibilities for Canadian talent.

  • Nav
    640 votes

    Rajvir "Nav" Singh made waves in the rap scene with his ethereal, atmospheric production and vulnerable, introspective lyrics chronicling his Punjabi-Canadian experience. His breakout hit "Myself" showcased his undeniable talent as a producer, rapper, and singer, demonstrating that Nav is a triple threat in the industry. Nav's distinct melodic flow and penchant for creating catchy choruses have allowed him to collaborate with heavyweights like Travis Scott and The Weeknd, solidifying his status as a powerhouse in contemporary hip hop. Nav's ability to tap into the mood of a generation has garnered him a dedicated fanbase, eager for what he'll create next.

  • Merkules
    1,438 votes

    One glance at Shane "Merkules" Bunting's lightning-fast, razor-sharp rhymes reveals a technical prowess and linguistic dexterity on par with the greatest lyricists in rap history. Emerging from Surrey, BC, Merkules has established himself as a formidable force in Canadian hip hop through his relentless dedication to the craft. His raw, unfiltered storytelling and unapologetic honesty have cultivated a deeply personal connection with his loyal fans. Additionally, his penchant for unleashing jaw-dropping freestyles over industry beats has garnered him viral acclaim, solidifying Merkules as a rap titan whose influence is felt not just in Canada, but across the globe.

  • Kardinal Offishall
    Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1, Husslin'
    769 votes
    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Dancehall, East Coast hip hop, Baltimore club, Contemporary R&B

    Jason "Kardinal Offishall" Harrow effortlessly fuses his Jamaican-Canadian roots with an unmistakably Toronto swagger and an infectious charisma that has captivated fans for decades. With his unique blend of dancehall, reggae, and hip-hop, Kardinal has pioneered the distinctly Canadian sound that has permeated the global music scene. His undeniable energy and unforgettable hits, such as "Dangerous" and "Numba 1," have solidified his role as a trailblazer and ambassador for Canadian talent. Kardinal Offishall's unwavering dedication to the growth and development of his city's hip-hop community has made him an enduring force in the industry.

  • Snak the Ripper
    Sex Machine, White Dynamite
    970 votes

    Skilled in the art of gritty, raw storytelling, Snak the Ripper has etched his name into the annals of Canadian hip-hop history with his hard-hitting bars and unparalleled lyrical prowess. Hailing from British Columbia, this underground titan has carved out a dedicated following through his honest, no-nonsense approach to rap. His visceral, introspective lyrics delve deep into the reality of life on the streets, striking a chord with fans who appreciate his fearless candor. Snak the Ripper's relentless work ethic and unwavering passion have made him a true force to be reckoned with in the competitive realm of hip-hop.

  • Killy


    369 votes

    Khalil "Killy" Tatem burst onto the Canadian rap scene with an electrifying energy and dark, moody trap sound that quickly captured the attention of listeners worldwide. The Toronto native exploded in popularity with the release of his single "Killamonjaro," which showcased his fierce flow and knack for crafting infectious hooks. Killy's one-of-a-kind aesthetic, blending elements of modern trap with vivid storytelling, sets him apart from his peers and cements his status as a pioneer in the ever-evolving rap landscape. With his unyielding drive and dedication to pushing boundaries, Killy's star continues to rise as he spearheads a new wave of Canadian talent on the global stage.