When you ask someone to name a Canadian rapper, we bet the first name one most peoples lips is Drake right…? We wouldn’t blame anyone for that answer as undoubtedly he’s one if not the most well know artist out of the country. Canada however, has a long and deep history with hip hop and the number of decent emcees is well up there with most countries.
The hip hop community is strong in Canada, In this list of 10 Canadian hip-hop rappers, we set out some cats who have built their own scenes and are a part of that rich Canadian hip hop history.
10. Choclair :
Choclair is considered as of the key players in the Canadian hip-hop music industryin the mid to late 90’s. The rapper is well now for his work with ‘The Rascalz’ on ‘Northern touch’ which is often dubbed as Canada’s hip-hop anthem.
9. Moka Only:
Part of the famous hip-hop group ‘Swollen member’, Moka Only is considered as one of the the first hip-hop artists out of Canada. The rapper has released more than 66 records, solo or in collaboration.
One of the most influential artists in Canadian hip-hop industry, Saukrates made his debut in 1994 with album ‘Still Caught up’. Having released multiple mixtapes, the emcee is the cofounder of ‘Capitol Hill Music’ which released the popular Kardinal’s debut album.
When it comes to Canadian rapping, Rascalz are simply considered as legends. Formed in 1989, they released several albums and got popularity from the track ‘Northern touch’.
6. Cadence Weapon:
Known for his clever one-liners, Cadence Weapon is a part of the ‘New wave of innovative Canadian rappers’. One of the most intelligent rappers considered as fresh from the block is Cadence. He has gained momentum and popularity with every release.
5. Dream Warriors:
This hip-hop group is considered as one of the first hip-hop group from Canada. Their debut album released ‘And now the legacy begins’ sold extremely well in Canada and UK. This album also created some buzz in the US.
One of the biggest stars in Canada of hip-hop industry, K-OS is considered as the most electric and creatively forward-thinking rapper of the industry. His songs were very popular as they were featured in movies and shows.
Considered as the Godfather of Canadian hip-hop music, Maestro was the first rapper with the top 40 hit. His single ‘Let your Backbone slides’ is the best selling single in Canadian hip-hop industry.
2. Kardinal Offishal:
Kardinal is one of the few Canadian rappers to achieve success in the USA. His debut album was ranked at #40 in Billboard which was a huge upliftment for the Canadian rap industry.
Out of Toronto, D-Sisive has been rapping since the very early 90’s. He took a 5+ year brean in the early 2000’s to take time of battling depression, he came back with a vengeance though and drop the My Book EP on which he laid out his heart on the issues he was facing. The album met with critical acclaim is why he’s considered one of the best Canadian rappers to date.