rap The Greatest French Rappers of All Time  

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List Rules Only famous hip hop artists who rap in French

French hip hop first came into existence in that late ‘70s, around the same time as the genre was gaining steam in the United States.
 

The scene was dominated and heavily influenced by American acts from the beginning, but quickly gained traction of its own. France is the world's second-largest hip-hop market, and the genre was given a big boost in the early 2000s by the French ministry of culture, which insisted that French-language stations play a minimum of 40 percent French-language music during transmission.
 

In our research, we were surprised to see the sheer amount of French rap acts. We picked our favorites, but undoubtedly missed some others that were pretty important to genre and, well, we need your help. Who do you feel was important, vital, and the very best that French hip hop has to offer? Add to the list below or vote on those already included!

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Damso is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
lex-appeal added Damso Batterie faible - Paris c'est loin | Amnésie | Périscope | BruxellesVie | Débrouillard

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Nekfeu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
kai proctor added Nekfeu

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Booba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Booba Mauvais œil, Panthéon, Ouest Side

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MHD is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
JohnPololo! added MHD Le prince de l'Afro Trap. Chanson les plus populaires : Champions League, Kakala Bomayé, A Kele Nta, Bravo, Maman J'ai Mal, Never, etc..

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Orelsan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Orelsan Le Chant des sirènes, Perdu d'avance, Je rêve en enfer

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LaCrim' is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
LaCrim' Né Pour Mourir

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MC Solaar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
MC Solaar Qui Sème le Vent Récolte le Tempo, Listen, Cinquième as

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Kaaris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Kaaris Or Noir, Or Noir, Part 2

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Quentin Grabias added SCH

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Maître Gims is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Maître Gims Subliminal, Subliminal La Face Cachée

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Kery James is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Kery James Savoir & vivre ensemble, Ma Vérité, Si C'était à Refaire

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Youssoupha is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Youssoupha Clashes, À chaque frère, Éternel Recommencement

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Oxmo Puccino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
lex-appeal added Oxmo Puccino L'Amour Est Mort, Opéra Puccino, Le Cactus de Sibérie - 365 Jours | La danse couchée | Artiste

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Lino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Lino Lino, Inclinator, Troubleshooting

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Akhenaton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Akhenaton Soldats de fortune, Double Chill Burger, Méteque et mat

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Niro is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
lex-appeal added Niro Rééducation - VivaStreet | #BaWéMonAmi | Merco Benz

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Médine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Médine 11 septembre, Protest Song, Table d'écoute

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Keny Arkana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Keny Arkana Entre ciment et belle étoile, L'esquisse, Tout Tourne Autour du Soleil

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Gradur is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
DOES added Gradur

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Rohff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Rohff La Vie Avant La Mort, Le Code De L'Honneur, La Fierté des Nôtres

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Kool Shen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Kool Shen L'avenir est a nous, Dernier round, Dans tes rêves

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Shurik'n is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
kai proctor added Shurik'n Où je vis, La Garde, Tous m'appellent Shu

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vald is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
JulienCROS(VladimirskoPoutinof) added vald

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Rim'K is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Rim'K Intact, L'enfant du pays, Maghreb United

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Georgio is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
lex-appeal added Georgio Bleu noir - Héros | A l'abri | Saleté de rap

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Diam’s is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Diam’s

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Sefyu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Sefyu La Légende, Molotov 4, Suis-je le gardien de mon frère ?

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Soprano is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Soprano Quand la musique est bonne, Live au Dôme de Marseille, Psychanalyse avant l'album

The Best French Language Poets of All Time

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Alonzo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Alonzo L'Apéro

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La Fouine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
La Fouine Bourré Au Son, 78 Planète Trappes, Mes repères

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Joeystarr is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Joeystarr

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Sadek is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
DOES added Sadek

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Moha La Squale is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
1518126456460 added Moha La Squale

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Disiz la Peste is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Disiz la Peste Jeu de société, Les histoires extraordinaires d'un jeune de banlieue, Le Poisson Rouge

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Tunisiano is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
kai proctor added Tunisiano

16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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Sinik is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Sinik La main sur le coeur, 4ème album, La Plume et le Poignard

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Quentin Grabias added Hayce Lemsi Electron libre

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Mac Tyer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
DOES added Mac Tyer Banger 2, Le Général (disc 2)

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Doc Gynéco is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Doc Gynéco Liaisons Dangereuses, Première consultation, Menu Best Of

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Alkpote is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Thomas Miguel added Alkpote Inferno, Sadisme et perversion, L’Empereur contre-attaque

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Hugo TSR Crew is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
JulienCROS(VladimirskoPoutinof) added Hugo TSR Crew La Nuit des Balançoires, Flaque de samples, La Bombe H

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Lefa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
kai proctor added Lefa

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Passi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Passi Les Tentations, Évolution, Genèse

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Ash kidd is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
1518126456460 added Ash kidd

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Abd al Malik is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Abd al Malik Le face à face des coeurs, Gibraltar

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Black M is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Black M Les yeux plus gros que le monde, Le Pact, Ailleurs

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Stomy Bugsy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Stomy Bugsy Le calibre qu'il te faut, Quelques balles de plus pour... Le calibre qu'il te faut, Ganster d'amour Tour

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Mister You is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Mister You Music Business, Dans ma grotte

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Joke is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
kai proctor added Joke Kyoto, Triumph, Tokyo

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Dry is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Dry