40 best UK rappers- the best British rappers of 2020

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13. Bugzy Malone

Manchester city-based MC Bugzy Malone popped on the indie grime scene in 2015, racking up over 18 million views plus a MOBO nomination in that year alone for Best New Artist.

14. Young T & Bugsey


Young T and Bugsey, the Nottingham based duo whose fierce, eclectic hip-hop has transformed them into ones-to-watch, Tim Westwood, championed by Stormzy, and many more.

Their breakout singles albums ‘Glistenin’, ‘Gangland’ feat Belly Squad, ‘No Mickey Mouse Ting’, and underground smash ‘4×4’ have moreover helped establish them as ones to watch.

15. WSTRN

Formed by two cousins and a neighborhood close friend, West London trio WSTRN weave a endurance of musical camaraderie into their official R&B/pop-centric rap sound. Their initial single “In2,” released in 2015, was such a viral breakthrough it drew interest from labels as well as the assistance of Drake.

16. Giggs

Rapper Giggs is a British rapper who created his critically acclaimed solo album debut in the year 2008 with Walk in da Park. Giggs made his full-length solo debut in the late 2008 with the independently published album Walk in da Park. Later in the year, the rapper won the 2008 BET Award for Best U.K. Act.

17. Deno Driz

Driz rose to fame when his offhand cover of Geko’s song “Over and Under” went viral on Instagram in March of 2016. Deno Driz is a member of the music duo AJ x Deno. They published the song “Ride or Die” in 2017.

18. Avelino

From acclaimed mixtapes to header shows and record-breaking freestyles, Avelino’s accelerated rise over the past two years is testimonial to both his tenacity and his true talent.

On 10 February of 2017 Avelino published a single titled “Energy” which stars grime heavyweights, Skepta and Stormzy.

19. Dappy


North London MC/vocalist Dappy was contributory in the commercial big breakthrough of his urban-pop trio N-Dubz.

They signed to Polydor Records in late 2007, where they went on to obtain a number one single alongside Tinchy Stryder (“Number 1”), numerous MOBO Awards, and three Top 20 albums: Uncle B (that was named after his late father), Love.Live.Life amd Against All Odds.

20. Professor Green

Professor Green is an MC who comes from Hackney, London, England. After self-publishing an EP in 2008, Green was attacked at a London club, stabbed in the neck, and nearly lost his life, but the event did nothing to slow his music career down.

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Virgin signed him, and his first two music singles with the label, 2010’s “I Need You Tonight” (that sampled the INXS song of the same title) and “Just Be Good to Green” (which starred Lily Allen and made use of the S.O.S. Band’s popular “Just Be Good to Me” and also Beats International’s “Dub Be Good to Me”) entered the Top Ten of the U.K. singles chart

21. Lethal Bizzle

British based MC Lethal Bizzle’s specific lyrics of violence and street stories of East London drew response and controversy but additionally gave him enormous popularity among his followers of garage and grime in the 2000s, that actually boosted his career.

Bizzle released the single song “Pow! (Forward),” similarly known as “Forward Riddim.” Dexplicit produced that, it listed at top 11 on the U.K. pop chart list and earned him an MOBO award for The Best Single (the artist was also nominated for the Best Newcomer).

22. D-Block Europe

Professional rappers D-Block Europe are a London-based rap pair featuring Young Adz and Dirtbike LB.The duo made their very first public appearance in 2017, consequently releasing the singles album “Love of the Money” and also“Large Amounts” on the D-Block Records.

The rap duo gained attention with the top tracks and with constant massive support from the BBC’s Fire in the Booth and also with the Westwood Crib Sessions.

23. Wretch 32


British born rapper Wretch 32 rose out of London’s Tiverton top Estate projects in Tottenham city, along with his companions Kano, Stormzy, Devlin, Chipmunk, and Skepta.

The Ministry of Sound famously signed him by the decade’s end, and Wretch’s very first major-label single, called “Traktor,” was officially released in January of 2011, debuting at position five on the U.K. singles chart list.

24. SL

SL is a British based rapper from the Valley Park, Croydon region. His soundscapes hold tracks of early 2000s R&B and also rap music genre. One of his very first songs, named Gentleman was a great hit, and it was dropped when the rapper was only 15 then. SL is also known for his unique chill; the “tropical” take on the UK Drill sound.

25. Little Simz

Rapper Little Simz moves really genuinely between hip-hop music, R’n’B genre, jazz music and also soul beats with a philosophical, unique and yet self-assured valid music expression. She has already published two critically praised and an award-winning albums independently.

26. Nafe Smallz


Nafe Smallz was acknowledged in early 2016, the rappers’ talent was getting massively noticed more than ever before, and when he was only 19 years old, he was invited to support US superstar Future on his long UK tour.

He then opened up doors for both Rich Homie Quan & Migos at their popular London shows. Nafe then terminated in early 2016 by being one of the only support orders to open up for one the greatest rappers in England, rapper Skepta, at his headline show in front of over 10,000 people at Alexandra Palace in the UK.

27. IAMDDB

Rapper IAMDDB is a young, talented and exciting new celebrity hailing from Manchester city, known for her combination of trap-soul and sultry jazz-infused music vocals. With her latest music release named ‘HOODRICH VOL 3’ and a captivating production of single ‘PAUSE’ for Colours of Berlin, the rapper has proved herself as one of the top UK’s most exceptional new class of artists this year.

28. Mist

Uk, Birmingham-based grime MC Mist surged out of the mid-2010s grime resurgence, demonstrating that you don’t have to be from the city of London to be taken that seriously in the U.K. success sure can come from anywhere.

During his early music career, Mist co-operated with fellow Birmingham celebrated resident and producer Shadow, who would produce languid yet melodic rhythms for Mist to navigate. In the year 2016, Mist really started to break through; early in the year the rapper stepped up to the hotFire in the Booth, a notable feature on Charlie Sloth’s trending BBC Radio 1Xtra show

29. Slowthai

Northampton, the UK born and bred, rapper Slowthai is the topmost rapper speaking out for a generation of kids today. His lyrics are cut over with a rawness and courageous honesty that has the audience hanging on every elongated word (note: the slowthai moniker comes from a lovely childhood nickname, born out of friends discussing on his slow, drawled speech and expression).

30. Ambush Buzzworl


Coming from Camden, North West London, UK – Ambush Buzzworl reaches out for his pointed lyrical flow and polished delivery. Personally, I love the job that this talent brings out to the audience.

31. Kenny Allstar

Rapper Kenny Allstar – aka the Voice of the Streets began a career on the iconic pirate station DeJaVu FM and has since then hosted some top shows on Reprezent and his now fabulous Mad About Barz freestyle project. This has led to a regular scene on BBC 1Xtra where he can assist the underground UK music to grow further.

32. Ghetts

He was Born in Plaistow, East London, British MC Ghetts first started out in the grime combined NASTY Crew before deciding to leave and to set up the Movement, which additionally featured Schorcher, Devlin, and Wretch 32.

33. Skengdo

Skengdo is part of the pair in the UK Rap/Drill music scene, Skengdo x AM having developed from the Brixton’s #410 crew. They have an unstoppable skill and talent for splicing their songs with addictive cold hood realities, hooks, and endlessly quotable catchphrases.

34. Devlin

Devlin broke first through from London’s underground music grime scene to achieve the mainstream success today. Born in Dagenham, Essex in the UK, he released the music singles namely “Shot Music” and “Brainwashed,” the latter mention was his first top hit, which charted at position 31 and was after that nominated for Best Newcomer at the MOBO Awards.

35. K Koke

In 2010 K Koke was requested to feature on the BBC Radio 1Xtra and published a ‘Fire In The Booth’ freestyle for DJ, Charlie Sloth, that has since then become one of his most vital pieces of work to date, and at the moment he has over 11 million views.

In early 2011, rapper Koke became the first British rapper to get to sign to the Roc Nation by Jay-Z himself. That’s just great.

36. Flohio

Flohio was born and grew up in Bermondsey city, known for her punchy, imaginative lyrics are usually confessional. The British rapper released her song debut EP Nowhere Near in the year 2016.

37. Akala

Akala published his first album, named It’s Not a Rumour in early May of 2006. The music album won him the 2006 Mobo Award for the Best Hip-Hop Artist, and also scored him an opportunity slot on the popular UK leg of Christina Aguilera’s 2006 tour.

38. AM


Rappers AM is part of the pair in the UK Rap/Drill music scene, Skengdo x AM from the Brixton’s #410 crew. Skengdo x AM’s plucky tales of road life are the most overall compelling depictions of London in a generation that we know.

39. Lowkey

British rapper Lowkey has emerged as one of the best British hip-hop scene’s most outspoken rap artists. Born in the city of London he generated lots of buzz with his 2003 celebrated Key to the Game mixtape, a work in rap collective Poisonous Artists, and also support slots with Dead Prez, Canibus, and Immortal Technique. Lowkey took a hiatus from the music industry for many years before returning in the year 2009 with his first music album, Dear Listener.

40. Mic Righteous

Mic Righteous is a top British rapper who is prominently known for his angst-ridden social reviews and his collaborations with top household names such as Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sandé.

His aggressive approach was encapsulated in his very first official independent music release, the Open Mic EP in the year 2013.

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