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Top 10 Rappers in Canada 2015

/ December 8, 2014

5) K’naan

This Somali-Canadian rapper is also a poet, singer, songwriter and instrumentalist. He rose to fame with the success of his single ‘Wavin’ Flag’, which was chosen as Coca-Cola’s promotional anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He is involved in various philanthropic activities.

4) Drake

This Canadian rapper is also a songwriter and actor. He has released many mixtapes like ‘Room for Improvement’. His first studio album ‘Thank Me Later’ debuted as number one on the Billboard 200 and generated notable singles like ‘Over’.

3) K-os

This Canadian rapper is also a singer, songwriter and record producer. His music incorporates a wide variety of music genres like rap, rock, funk and reggae. The lyrics focus on promoting a positive message. He has written and produced nearly every part of all four of his albums.  His big break was with the single “Musical Essence” in 1993.

2) Kardinal Offishall

This Canadian rapper is also a record executive and record producer. He is credited as Canada’s hip hop ambassador. He is well known for his distinctive reggae and dancehall influenced style of hip hop and is regarded as one of the country’s best hip hop producers.

1) Shad

This Canadian hip hop artist’s debut album ‘When This Is Over’ was self-made. In June 2013 he released a collaborative EP with Skratch Bastid titled ‘The Spring Up’. Music critics have compared his style to that of K-os, Aesop Rock and of Common. He speaks English and French.

The above-mentioned rappers inspire many young rappers in Canada. With the strong entrance of Drake and K’naan; and success of Kardinal Offishall, Canadian hip-hop artists have achieved worldwide mainstream international recognition.