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The Greatest French Rappers of All Time 

Ranker Hip Hop
Updated May 1, 2020 19.5k votes 3.2k voters 142.3k views 69 items

List Rules Only famous hip hop artists who rap in French

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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
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Paris c'est loin | Amnésie | Périscope | BruxellesVie | Débrouillard

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Booba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
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Nekfeu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
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Niska is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
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MHD is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
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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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Maître Gims is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
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LaCrim' is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
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Orelsan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
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Kaaris is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
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MC Solaar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
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vald is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
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Sofiane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
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Kery James is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
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Youssoupha is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
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Kalash Criminel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
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Suprême NTM is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
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Oxmo Puccino is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
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365 Jours | La danse couchée | Artiste

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Koba La D is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
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Akhenaton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
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Soprano is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
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Rim'K is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
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Rohff is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
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Moha La Squale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
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La Fouine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time