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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336 168
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

2
432 287
Booba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Mauvais œil, Panthéon, Ouest Side

3
184 107
MHD is listed (or ranked) 3 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..

4
338 243
Nekfeu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
kai proctor added Nekfeu

5
287 242
LaCrim' is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Né Pour Mourir

6
232 199
Orelsan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Le Chant des sirènes, Perdu d'avance, Je rêve en enfer

7
46 13
Niska is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
leonguy777 added Niska

8
176 148
MC Solaar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Qui Sème le Vent Récolte le Tempo, Listen, Cinquième as

9
227 204
Kaaris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Or Noir, Or Noir, Part 2

10
189 165
Maître Gims is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Subliminal, Subliminal La Face Cachée

11
226 207
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Quentin Grabias added SCH

12
173 169
Kery James is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Savoir & vivre ensemble, Ma Vérité, Si C'était à Refaire

13
47 29
vald is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
JulienCROS(VladimirskoPoutinof) added vald

14
154 163
Youssoupha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Clashes, À chaque frère, Éternel Recommencement

15
128 134
Akhenaton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Soldats de fortune, Double Chill Burger, Méteque et mat

16
69 64
Oxmo Puccino is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
lex-appeal added L'Amour Est Mort, Opéra Puccino, Le Cactus de Sibérie -

365 Jours | La danse couchée | Artiste

17
126 141
Lino is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Lino Lino, Inclinator, Troubleshooting

18
18 5
Kalash Criminel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
leonguy777 added Kalash Criminel

19
16 5
Suprême NTM is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
leonguy777 added Le Clash Round 2, Paris sous les bombes, NTM Live

20
18 8
Sofiane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
leonguy777 added Sofiane Comme je suis

21
86 101
Rim'K is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Rim'K Intact, L'enfant du pays, Maghreb United

22
96 115
Keny Arkana is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
Entre ciment et belle étoile, L'esquisse, Tout Tourne Autour du Soleil

23
101 124
Niro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest French Rappers of All Time
lex-appeal added Niro Rééducation -

VivaStreet | #BaWéMonAmi | Merco Benz

24
132 168
Rohff is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
66 79
Disiz la Peste is listed (or ranked) 25 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