UK drill rappers: 20 best artists you should listen to in 2021 (2022)

UK drill music is the new vanguard of rap music, with its signature blend of sounds attracting the attention of music lovers all over the world. The music credits its origin to Brixton, a south London district. It is inspired heavily by the drill music that originated in Chicago and featured the signature grime music from London. But who are the UK drill rappers dominating the scene?

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UK drill music is currently on the rise and is garnering international attention. The songs are created with various melodies (Jazz, African beats, West Indian rhythms, dancehall). The result is a unique style that resonates with many music lovers.

What is the difference between drill and grime music?

Grime and UK music are closely related – they share similar energy and rawness and come to be in a similar manner. UK drill is considered to have been a derivative of grime music. However, it has its unique sounds, and some songs even incorporate sounds from other genres.

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Drill and Grime also differ in terms of beats, with UK drill being more fast-paced. On top of that, the drill is considered more aggressive and dark sounding, with most artists referencing violence and hedonistic lifestyle.

Both drill and grime music should also not be confused with British trap music. Though also closely related, the former (UK drill and Grime) have distinct British sounds, while the latter (trap) has more of a hip hop feel to it – where it originated.

Who are the top UK drill rappers in 2021?

Since it started gaining traction, UK drill music has been vilified in a wave of moral panic, with critics claiming it causes violence. However, the music has only grown in popularity with more and more artists venturing into the scene. Below is a look at the top UK drill artists who are currently trending:

1. Digga D

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Digga D, real name Rhys Herbert is a British rapper and songwriter who focuses mainly on the drill genre. At just 20 years, he is one of the most successful UK drill artists. However, he is also one of the most controversial artists. He was imprisoned three times, with some of his music videos used as evidence against him by the police.

Digga D has released 17 singles, with five of them placing in the UK Singles Chart. He also has two mixtape albums that have peaked at number 3 and 11 in the UK Albums Chart,

2. Unknown T

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Unknown T, real name Daniel Lena, is a UK drill rapper, singer, and songwriter. He thrust into the limelight in 2018 with Homerton B, his debut single that he released without a record label. Despite this, it reached number 48 on UK Singles Chart, gaining him a lot of recognition.

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Unknown T has since released an album, Rise Above Hate, which peaked at No. 14 on UK Album Charts. However, he also has several other non-album singles to his name and has also featured in songs with other drill rappers.

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3. Headie One

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Headie One, real name Irving Ampofo Adjei is a UK drill rapper who is part of the OFB (Original Farm Boys), one of the top UK drill groups. He became famous in 2018 when he released The One, a mixtape that became an underground hit.

Headie One is currently one of the most successful UK drill artists. He has eight mixtapes to his credit, with the most successful Music x Road, peaking at number five in UK Album Charts. In 2020, he released his first studio album, Edna, which reached number one in the UK Albums Chart.

4. K-Trap

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K-Trap (real name Devonte Perkins) is a UK drill rapper and songwriter from South London. He is famous for his mixtapes, two of which (The Re-Up and No Magic) peaked at No. 33 and 35 in the UK Albums Chart.

In 2020, K-Trap released his first studio album, Street Side Effects, produced by Black Butter. It was pretty successful, reaching number 26 in the UK Album Charts.

5. Russ

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Russ or Russ Millions (real name Shylo Batchelor Ashby Milwood) is a UK rapper and songwriter. He is best known for his 2018 single hit, Gun Lean, which reached No. 9 on the UK Single Charts – becoming the first drill song to get the top 10.

In 2019, Russ released another hit song, Keisha & Becky, which peaked at No. 7 on the singles chart, and received Platinum certification. In addition, he recently released another hit, Body (featuring Tion Wayne), which reached No. 1 on the singles chart and received Gold certification.

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6. Potter Payper

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Potter Payper (real name Jamel Bousbaa) is a UK drill artist from Barking, London. He is considered one of the pioneers of UK drill music and is currently signed to Def Jam Recordings.

Potter Payper has five extended plays and four mixtape albums to his name. One of his most recent mixt tapes, Training Day 3, was pretty popular and reached No. 3 of the UK Album Charts. Currently, the artist was recently incarcerated, serving a 5-year prison sentence for a drug-dealing charge.

7. Fredo

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Fredo (real name Marvin Winston Bailey) is another one of the top UK drill artists trending in 2021. He is from Queen's Park London but currently resides in the West London area.

Fredo is primarily famous for his 2018 hit single, Funky Friday, which reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart and received a BPI Platinum certification. Aside from several other singles, he also has two mixtapes and two studio albums. One of his mixtapes (Tables Turn) peaked at No. 5 in the UK Albums chart. His studio albums peaked at No. 5 (Third Avenue) and No. 2 (Money Can’t Buy Happiness)

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8. Fizzler

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Jack Foley, stage name Fizzler, is a UK drill rapper from Leeds. He is an iconic drill artist with a different take on the genre – his music is influenced by UK trap music artist Octavian and road rap icon J-Hus. Also, his songs, though graphic, are about inner-city life and the hustles and challenges of urban youths.

Fizzler is relatively new to the UK drill scene, with only a single extended playlist album (WET IT SZN) and several singles. However, he has already attracted a lot of attention with his songs and is only gaining momentum.

9. TeeZandos

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The UK drill scene is mostly a boy's club affair. However, several female UK drill rappers are making headway into the game. One of these is up and coming rapper TeeZandos, who is only 17 years old.

TeeZandos is a rising rap star, signed by label company GB records when she was 14 years old. In 2019, he released her debut single, Need Focus, which has received over 1 million views on YouTube. She has since released several other singles that are currently trending in the British music scene.

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10. Double LZ

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Double LZ (who refers to himself as an artist nor a rapper) is another up-and-coming name in the UK drill music scene. He is famous for being part of the UK drill group, the Original Farm Boys (OFB).

As part of OFB, Double LZ has appeared in several of the group's songs. However, he is also carving out his solo career and enjoyed significant success with the hit single Spilling 2.0, which currently has over 2 million views on YouTube.

11. Tion Wayne

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Tion Wayne is the stage name for Dennis Junior Oduwno, a UK rapper, and songwriter from North London. He is one of the most successful UK drill artists, with five of his songs (two as featured artists) reaching the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart. His most successful single is the hit song Body (with Russ Millions), which reached No. 1 on the Singles Chart.

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Aside from several singles, Tion Wayne has three mixt tape albums. The most recent one, T Wayne's World 3, which was released in 2019, peaked at No. 62 in the UK Album Charts.

12. Shaybo

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Shayon Brown, the stage name Shaybo, is another leading female artist dominating the UK drill scene. Growing up in South London is one of the most sensational UK drill artists. Her fresh approach to drill music and hard-hitting lyrics have earned her the nicknames “new queen bee of UK rap” and “darling of the UK drill scene”.

Shaybo has two albums to her name – 3 4L and Stuck in a Vault. She also has several singles, with the top ones like Dobale, Streets, Mud, and Broke Boyz garnering many views on YouTube.

13. Bandokay

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Bandokay (real name Kemani Duggan) is another up-and-coming UK drill rapper and another member of the collective group OFB. He is the son of Mark Duggan, whose death at the hands of British police led to the 2011 England Riots.

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Bandokay has two mixtapes to his name – Front Seat and Drill Commandments, in which he has collaborated with other OFB artists such as Double LZ. He also has a single OBT Bopping, which reached No.91 in UK Single Charts and several other uncharted tracks.

14. Lavida Loca

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Lavida Loca is a south London rapper who is currently making waves in the UK drill scene. She burst into the limelight with the hit freestyle rap song "King is Back" before switching over to the drill sounds.

Lavida’s story is one of inspiration. She was serving a four-year sentence, which saw her turn 18 while incarcerated. However, she has not let the experience keep her down. She has already released an album, 2 Sides, which features hit songs such as Succession, No Snack, and No Drama.

15. Central Cee

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Central Cee, real name Oakley Caesar-Su, is a British rapper from London. He has been around the rap scene for a while, first appearing alongside famous artist J Hus in 2015. However, he switched over to the UK drill style in 2020.

After switching to drill music, Central Cee released two singles in 2020, Day in the Life and Loading. The songs were a huge hit, accumulating a combined 70+ million views on YouTube. He has also released several other singles in 2021, the top one being Meant to Be (featuring Fredo), which has reached No. 17 in the UK Singles Chart.

16. Ivorian Doll

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Ivorian Doll (real name Vanessa Mahi) is another top female UK drill artist. She was born in Germany and enjoys African roots (Ivorian).

Ivorian Doll made her debut into the music scene with several singles collaborating with another UK drill artist, Abigail Asante. However, she has since gone solo, releasing several singles. Her top one, Rumours, has attracted over 6 million views on YouTube.

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17. M24

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M24 (real name unknown) is a rising UK drill artist from Brixton, United Kingdom. He has gained popularity for being a member of the Brixton Crew 150, which is considered among the UK drill music genre pioneers.

M24 currently has five single releases, with the most famous one being London (featuring Tion Wayne), which already has more than 11 million views on YouTube. He also has a mixtape album, Drip n Drill, released in 2020, and which is already causing waves.

18. Aitch

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The UK drill scene is dominated by blacks, with white drill rappers being a rare scene. However, Aitch, real name Harrison Armstrong, is somewhat an exception.

The Manchester-born rapper got his start in Grime and hip hop and became famous for his singles Rain and Straight Rhymez. He has since released several singles and three extended play albums. His most famous work in the drill scene is the song Ei8ht Mile, performed in collaboration with Dig Dat.

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19. M Hunco

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M Huncho is a top UK drill rapper, singer, and songwriter hailing from North West London. He broke into the scene in 2017 following an online freestyle session. Soon after, he released an extended play album, Get Out, with another one, 48 Hours, following soon after.

Since then, M Huncho has released two mixtapes, Utopia and Huncholini the 1st. Both were very successful, reaching No. 13 and No. 5 of the UK Album Charts, respectively. He also has another mixtape, DNA, in collaboration with Nafe Smallz, which reached No. 6 on the UK Album Charts.

20. Stormzy

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Stormzy, real name Michael Ebenezer Kwadjo Owuo Jr., is a UK rapper known for his hip hop, Grime, and UK drill music work. He became famous for his Wicked Skengman songs, which garnered the attention of many fans in the UK underground music scene.

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Since then, Stormzy has released two studio albums – Heavy is the Head and Gang Signs & Prayers, which reached No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart. He also has a mixtape, two extended plays, and several singles to his name.

The above are some of the top UK drill rappers who are dominating the UK drill scenes. They range from veteran artists to break-out stars who are making waves.

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FAQs

Who is the best UK drill rapper? ›

Headie One

Headie One is currently one of the most successful UK drill artists. He has eight mixtapes to his credit, with the most successful Music x Road, peaking at number five in UK Album Charts.

Who is the best drill rapper 2021? ›

Here are some of the top drill rap artists:
  • Chief Keef.
  • Lil Durk.
  • Fredo Santana.
  • King Louie.
  • Lil Reese.
  • Lil Bibby.
  • Famous Dex.
  • Shyft.

Who is the most played rapper 2021? ›

Drake has officially been named the most-streamed artist of 2021 in the United States, beating high-profile colleagues like Kanye West, J. Cole and Tyler, the Creator. According to Chart Data, The Boy's music received a total of 8.6 billion on-demand streams, meaning that one out of every 131 streams was a Drake song.

Who is UK number 1 rapper? ›

1. Stormzy: Born Michael Ebenezer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr, this 28yr-old rapper has become a hip-hop icon in the UK. Stormzy can be credited as a pioneer of the local hip-hop industry known as 'Street Rap'.

Is US or UK drill better? ›

UK drill is generally more fast-paced compared to its Chicago counterpart. UK drill beats are generally structured around a Tresillo hi-hat pattern, with snares landing on the fourth beat instead of the third every 2 bars. Instrumentals often also have a sliding bass, hard hitting kicks, and dark melodies.

Who is best drill rapper? ›

These are the 10 drill rappers to listen to right now.
  • Kay Flock. Nudged into music by his close friend and fellow Bronx drill rapper B-Lovee, Kay Flock's distinctive gravelly voice and explosive energy quickly grew huge in the New York rap scene. ...
  • B-Lovee. ...
  • Lola Brooke. ...
  • Eli Fross. ...
  • Dougie B. ...
  • Bizzy Banks. ...
  • 26ar. ...
  • PGF Nuk.
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What is the most viewed UK drill song? ›

UK DRILL - Most Viewed Tracks of 2021
  • Body (Remix) [feat. ...
  • Commitment IssuesCentral Cee.
  • Clash (feat. ...
  • Oliver TwistArrDee.
  • 6 For 6Central Cee.
  • WowTion Wayne.
  • Russ Millions x Buni x Fumez The Engineer - Plugged InFumez The Engineer, Russ Millions, Buni.
  • PolémiqueFreeze corleone, Central Cee.

Is UK drill popular? ›

For a number of years, UK drill has already been a cultural phenomenon. It's not uncommon for an artist to reach over one million YouTube views for a track. The press attention around UK drill – both negative and supportive – has arguably coincided with a boost in the genre's popularity.

What is British rap called? ›

Road rap (also known as British gangsta rap or simply UK rap) is a genre of music pioneered in South London, primarily in Brixton and Peckham.

Who is the youngest rapper in the UK? ›

At just five years-old, Tobias aka 'Young Tobz' is set to be the UK's next best rapper. During the half term, Young Tobz and his Dad was spending time in the studio, working on his very first single 'What I Like', which has now been played on radio shows across the country.

Who is the top 5 rappers? ›

Best Rappers of All Time
  1. 2Pac. Tupac Amaru Shakur also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper. ...
  2. Eminem. ...
  3. The Notorious B.I.G. ...
  4. Jay-Z. ...
  5. Nas. ...
  6. Rakim. ...
  7. Kendrick Lamar. ...
  8. Lil Wayne.

Who are the top 3 rappers right now? ›

They're the world's best rappers, and they're the main men responsible for turning hip-hop into a global phenomenon.
  • Eminem.
  • Kendrick Lamar.
  • Kanye West.
  • Travis Scott.
  • J. Cole.
  • Drake.
  • Snoop Dogg.
  • Jay-Z.
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Who are the top 5 rappers in 2021? ›

Beats, Rhymes & Lists
  • Drake (It's boring, but his 10th week album sales are comparing with everyone's first week LOL)
  • Tyler (classic album)
  • Kanye (Donda is a masterpiece and will be appreciated 10 years from now)
  • J. Cole (Not a big Cole fan but his album was cool)
  • Don Toliver (Great sophmore album)

Who is the best selling rapper in the UK? ›

Stormzy was the biggest-selling artist in both the UK's rap and hip hop singles and albums charts, with his Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy collaboration “Own It” and 2019 LP “Heavy is the Head” respectively.

Why UK rappers wear masks? ›

For UK Drill artists especially, masks are a significant part of their identity, despite them actually being a pretty nifty way to disguise it. Not only that, but they're also a key way of distinguishing UK Drill artists from the vast majority of Hip Hop.

Who is the bestest rapper? ›

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No.RapperThe Source
1.Nas2
2.Rakim1
3.The Notorious B.I.G.3
4.2Pac5
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Who invented drill rap? ›

Drill rap originated in southside Chicago around 2011. King Louie is considered to be one of the first drill rappers ever, and the founder of Drill rap.

Why is it called drill? ›

“Drill” is coined: Dro City native and rapper Pac Man is credited as the first artist to reference “drill”—a term used to describe a shooting—and the drill sound with his 2010 single “It's a Drill.” His career was cut short by violence that same year, but the song became a template for future drill artists, like Chief ...

What makes a drill beat? ›

Though it bears many similarities to trap music the speed of a drill beat is generally slower with a moderate tempo having about 60 to 70 beats per minute. Some producers work at double tempo such as 120 to 140 beats per minute.

Who is the biggest drill rapper in the UK? ›

Digga D. Digga D has positioned himself as the forefront of UK rap through an unblemished ability to step away from the rigid blueprint of drill music to…

How popular is drill? ›

Despite the pandemic halting all live music last year, drill's rise has continued. In October 2020, London drill artist Headie One scored a British number one with his debut album EDNA. Only last month, Russ Millions and Tion Wayne topped the UK singles chart with their song Body.

How do you freestyle a rap drill? ›

Freestyle Rap Drill:End Rhymes Freestyle Rap Drill - YouTube

Who is the best female rapper in the UK? ›

Top 13 Best Female UK Rappers Dominating The Rap Scene
  • Stefflon Don.
  • Little Simz.
  • Enny.
  • Shaybo.
  • Cristale.
  • Ivorian Doll.
  • Lady Leshurr.
  • Miss Lafamilia.

What's good UK drill? ›

The Very Best of UK Drill
  • Kent NizzyHarlem Spartans.
  • No FaceReekz MB, LD.
  • Money & ViolenceHarlem Spartans.
  • Live Corn #674runbrikkyLD, Monkey, Dimzy.
  • Call Me A SpartanHarlem Spartans.
  • Do It & Dash (feat. Bis & M10)Harlem Spartans, bis, M10.
  • David BlaineK-Trap.
  • Formation (feat.

Why is drill so popular? ›

Driven by the heavy notes and forceful sound, drill music hijacks the brain in great demeanors. The upbeat music cranks joy right up and sparkles the eyes of the listener. Drill rap stimulates oxytocin – a hormone related to positive, happy feelings.

What music is popular now? ›

Here's our list of the 10 most popular music genres:
  • Pop. The quick and easy definition of “pop music” is any music that is popular during a particular time in history. ...
  • Hip-Hop. Hip-hop is one of the most popular music genres in the music industry. ...
  • Electronic Dance Music (EDM) ...
  • Rock. ...
  • R&B. ...
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  • Country.
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When did drill start in UK? ›

Drill music is a type of contemporary rap from Chicago. It came to the UK in 2012 and has spread from Brixton to all areas of the country. It's characterised by ominous beats, haunting melodies and dark lyrics.

What key is drill UK? ›

The track runs 1 minute and 8 seconds long with a G♯/A♭ key and a major mode. It has low energy and is somewhat danceable with a time signature of 4 beats per bar.

Is Stormzy a drill rapper? ›

(born 26 July 1993), known professionally as Stormzy, is a British rapper, singer and songwriter. In 2014, he gained attention on the UK underground music scene through his Wicked Skengman series of freestyles over classic grime beats.
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Stormzy
Years active2010–present
Labels#Merky 0207 Def Jam Warner
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Who was the most popular rapper in 1998? ›

1. DMX- It's Dark And Hell is Hot/ DMX- Flesh of My Flesh Blood of My Blood.

Why do rappers say yo? ›

What does “the 'yo” mean and what do rappers mean when they say “in the 'yo”? The 'Yo is a slang term meaning the Studio (Recording Studio). 'Yo means studio— When rapper say they are “in the 'yo”, they are referring to the studio.

Who started UK hip hop? ›

The birth of British hip hop was triggered by New Jersey crew Sugarhill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight,' which reached number three in the UK singles chart in December 1979 and was the first time most people in the country heard rap.

Is rap popular in the UK? ›

Thanks to popular releases from Pop Smoke, Headie One, AJ Tracey and more, rap and hip hop is more popular than ever in the UK right now. The popularity of rap and hip hop soared in the UK in 2020, new research by the BPI reveals.

Is Stormzy a Millionaire? ›

He is known for being one of the most popular UK rappers. Stormzy was born in Croydon, London, England in July 1993. He is known for his grime beats and freestyles.
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Stormzy Net Worth.
Net Worth:$25 Million
Date of Birth:Jul 25, 1993 (29 years old)
Place of Birth:Croydon, London, England
Gender:Male
Profession:Rapper

Who is the best American rapper? ›

heck, it's probably exploded into a full blown argument. And that's "Who's makes the list of the best rappers of all time?" Everyone has an opinion and it's usually based on popularity instead of skill.
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Top 10 Best Rappers of All Time.
PositionRapperTop Strength
1EminemCharisma
2Tech N9neFlow
3Chali 2naMultisyllabic Rhymes
4Jay-ZAuthenticity
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Is Stormzy religious? ›

Stormzy attends the Word of Grace Ministries church in Kennington, south London, and has often referred to his Christian faith in his music.

Who is the goat of rap? ›

Chance The Rapper has been dubbed the goat of rap by Drake. This assertion has been made by The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, and Lil Baby. Do they have a point? To be clear, G.O.A.T. is for best of all time, therefore “greatest” when it comes to rappers means talents, longevity, as well as importance.

Who is the king of rapper? ›

Eminem has been crowned the King of Hip-Hop by Rolling Stone. The magazine took a look at solo rappers who released albums from 2009 to the present, taking into account album sales, rankings on the R&B/hip-hop and rap charts, YouTube video views, social media, concerts grosses, awards and critics' opinions.

Who is the most underrated rapper? ›

Tech N9ne: Tech N9ne has been the most underrated rapper ever, but he also happens to be one of the most popular independent rappers ever because of his devoted fan base.

What rapper is trending now? ›

Best Rappers To Listen To Right Now
  • Kodak Black.
  • 21 Savage.
  • Tyler, the Creator.
  • Key Glock.
  • Dababy.
  • Lil Durk.
  • Lil Baby.
  • YoungBoy Never Broke Again.

Who is the fastest rapper alive? ›

The fastest rapper in the world, Twista, has an incredible speed of 10.87 syllables per second, followed closely by Eminem at 10.65 syllables per second. How many syllables per second can you pronounce?

Who is the most viewed rapper on YouTube 2021? ›

Eminem tops the list of most viewed rappers in 2021 on YouTube.

Who is the most viewed artist on YouTube 2021? ›

Globally, Karol G tops the most-viewed artist chart of 2021, with 3.11 billion views, followed closely by The Weeknd, with 3.10 billion views.

Who is the king of drill? ›

Yes, Chicago's Chief Keef is still the king of drill. After all, he created the genre in the early 2010s. But when you say 'drill' in 2020, you're more likely referring to the sounds made famous by the UK.

Why do UK drill rappers wear masks? ›

The Paps – Just like any genre of music, success in Drill can come with a lot of media exposure, and not always for the right reasons. So, by obscuring their identity with a mask, rappers are at least able to some extent protect their privacy & maintain a form of separation between their work and home life.

Is Stormzy a drill rapper? ›

(born 26 July 1993), known professionally as Stormzy, is a British rapper, singer and songwriter. In 2014, he gained attention on the UK underground music scene through his Wicked Skengman series of freestyles over classic grime beats.
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Stormzy
Years active2010–present
Labels#Merky 0207 Def Jam Warner
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Who is GB drill? ›

Rhyhiem was a rapper called GB in London's 'drill' music scene, a genre of music which celebrates gang life and has been promoted by former. The teenager was said to have been on a police database of rappers which Scotland Yard believed was promoting violence and goading rivals in online videos.

Who started drill rap? ›

Drill rap originated in southside Chicago around 2011. King Louie is considered to be one of the first drill rappers ever, and the founder of Drill rap. Some pioneers of drill rap were Chief Keef, Lil Reese, Lil Durk, Rondonumba9, LA Capone (R.I.P), and more.

What is British rap called? ›

Road rap (also known as British gangsta rap or simply UK rap) is a genre of music pioneered in South London, primarily in Brixton and Peckham.

Who is the best drill rapper ever? ›

These are the 10 drill rappers to listen to right now.
  • Kay Flock. Nudged into music by his close friend and fellow Bronx drill rapper B-Lovee, Kay Flock's distinctive gravelly voice and explosive energy quickly grew huge in the New York rap scene. ...
  • B-Lovee. ...
  • Lola Brooke. ...
  • Eli Fross. ...
  • Dougie B. ...
  • Bizzy Banks. ...
  • 26ar. ...
  • PGF Nuk.
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Who was the 1st rapper? ›

Coke La Rock is known for being the first rapper to ever spit rhymes after teaming up with DJ Kool Herc in 1973 and both are recognized as the original founding fathers of Hip Hop. Rap music was originally underground.

Is UK drill popular in America? ›

U.K. drill is a subgenre of rap known for its nihilistic and dark undertones and its melodic beats. The musical style, which started in the U.S. and drifted overseas, has been sold back to the American market through TikTok.

How popular is UK drill? ›

For a number of years, UK drill has already been a cultural phenomenon. It's not uncommon for an artist to reach over one million YouTube views for a track. The press attention around UK drill – both negative and supportive – has arguably coincided with a boost in the genre's popularity.

Is Stormzy a Millionaire? ›

He is known for being one of the most popular UK rappers. Stormzy was born in Croydon, London, England in July 1993. He is known for his grime beats and freestyles.
...
Stormzy Net Worth.
Net Worth:$25 Million
Date of Birth:Jul 25, 1993 (29 years old)
Place of Birth:Croydon, London, England
Gender:Male
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Why is it called drill? ›

“Drill” is coined: Dro City native and rapper Pac Man is credited as the first artist to reference “drill”—a term used to describe a shooting—and the drill sound with his 2010 single “It's a Drill.” His career was cut short by violence that same year, but the song became a template for future drill artists, like Chief ...

What makes a drill beat? ›

Though it bears many similarities to trap music the speed of a drill beat is generally slower with a moderate tempo having about 60 to 70 beats per minute. Some producers work at double tempo such as 120 to 140 beats per minute.

When was drill popular UK? ›

The first was in 2014. As grime was enjoying its latest renaissance, something new was happening in South London. It started with the conflict between Brixton Hill's 67 and Angel Town's 150, when the crews employed Chicago drill productions, popularised by Chief Keef, Fredo Santana and Yung Chop in the early 2010s.

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