Best Grime Artists

The Top Ten
1 Skepta

Skepta is number one at the moment cause he's mashing up the UK Scene, but there are many others who have great potential to be number 1 like dappy, wretch 32 and even though I. Don't really like chipmunk he should be at least 1-2 on this list! Skepta is the boss

Compared to the danish grime scene (where I'm from) this rocks the others we can follow in Denmark but this is another level... Personally love king of grime that's just crazy...

Skepta has the bars followed with the beats; he symbolizes the grime movement in England. He has brought more popularity to grime with him being rated highly by Drake and A$AP Rocky within America.

Skepta is just much of excellent grimmer! I don't compare him with anyone. He is better than most artists who are famous than him in UK.

2 Wiley

Wiley is the godfather of grime feels like the guy has been around since my grandmother was a teenager, never fails to disappoint with constant bangers and consistency of dropping albums. He made the grime today.

Wiley is number 1 and always will be not because he's the creator but because there ain't a spitter in Britain who is on Wiley's level in grime. Wiley rinsed and shut the whole movement up and has made people famous. His bars and flow seem to only get better and better and his style on both of them is unique from anyone else. Not just that but he produces music on top of this making instrumentals that are still used today.

The creator, the trendsetter, the benchmark of grime!

Your favorite grime mc's ain't got nothing on Wiley! He's the master of grime and been doing it the longest and hardest!

He's killed mcs over and over and pushes the boundaries of grime music!

Grime originator... Obviously should be at the top. Not just because he's the originator, because his bars a sick and he has done many albums/mixtapes. He beefs with people a lot but still. Wiley is the best.!

3 Jme

You cannot compare anyone to JME. He's different from these other grime artists in so many ways, I stopped listening to grime a long time ago (if you could even call the stuff out now grime) but the only person I still follow is JME. Serious.

One of the worst grime artist out the. He ruins songs, makes up words and flow is shocking, if he wasn't skepta brother he wouldn't get anywhere. People are sheep

This guyy is a don really good music. And his brother is number 1 bet you diddent know that and he is really kool by the way people he should be number one because of his smooth lyrics and good beats

JME. this guy redefined grime, and he is original, he brought something new to the table, check out his sarcastic lyrics and sarcastic voice! Brilliant!

4 Dizzee Rascal Dylan Kwabena Mills, better known by his stage name Dizzee Rascal, is a British rapper, recording artist and record producer. A pioneer of grime music, his work has also incorporated elements of UK garage, bassline, British hip hop, and R&B.

Boy in the Corner... Best grime album out there. The beats are hard and the Dizzee's flow is so unique compared with the other artists in the genre

Boy in the corner enough said, goes in on all tracks and his flow is unquie and man can't say he's a sell out dizzee was spitting when grime didn't have a name, and devlin above him? Ahahaaha

Dizzee is the best rapper in the world and the best live rapper I have ever seen slays 50 cent and the game really gets the crowd involed and amped!

Boy in the Corner was the best Grime album ever released. Did a lot for Grime, definitely top 5.

5 Devlin

One of the best artist to ever come out the grime scene, recently seen him coming back into the lime light with a few collabs and his album the "devil in", give him a couple years couple good grime bangers don't see why he can't over take jme. (I'm comfortable with wiley and skepta at the top spot)
saw this guy on f radio back in the day, pirate radio sessions and westwood he was always in a league of his own and never had a problem with spitting against the best of the best in the scene using complex lyrics he's a true utter wordsmith with the bars. for those who haven't heard check out "art of rolling" or "tales from the crypt" or simply any of his early f radio stuff on youtube

Must be higher, come on, if ghetts is 7, then devlin should be around him, devlin is one of the best artists in the uk, anyway, this is what I think: the list is fair. of course skepta is 1st, he is the king of grime, and I'm glad kano is 2nd, he's my favorite grime artist and he is way too smart for grime, and wiley should be 3rd because he made grime, but kano and skepta are better, I'm not too keen on jme but I'm still happy that dizzee made it too, he made grime popular, bashy is ok, ghetts is sick, and tinchy should be lower because he is doing pop music now. but vote devlin higher!

His flows are sick, his lyrics are true and deep and he doesn't come out with gassed up stories to big himself up like some others out there do. but he is incredibly talented and was a born natural, you can tell because he first started writing before he was in his teens and at 13 he had a regular spot on Flava FM which is an insane ft for an established grime artist let alone a young teen. DEVLIN FOR THE TOP SPOT ALL DAY EVERY DAY

Dagenham's finest James Devlin is by far the best grime artist in the UK. He always spits Double Bars that relate and he talks a lot about life on the streets of the UK. It helps a lot more if you can relate to his lyrics because they make perfect sense. He deserves more recognition world wide and it would be amazing if he went back to back with Eminem or the slaughter house.

6 Ghetts

Following Kano’s lead and refining his output to now be an artist.. no one went harder than him for a few years.. always top 3 selected

The greatest... Every other grime mc wants to sound like ghetts! Wiley maybe the godfather of grime, but ghetts is the grim reaper of grime! Put him up against anyone the Outcome yet another Mc getting sales just because Ghetts has dissed him and said his name on a track.. It's the only reason they side swipe Ghetts hoping he'll get annoyed with them and do the same... P Money you owe allot of cash to ghetts and you know it...!

Freedom of Speech is lyrically the best rap album ever made. the flow, the ryhme scheme and the story telling are like nothing else in grime. No one will ever touch Ghetts

Ghetts should definitely be number 1 he spits bars to any beat and keeps the flow perfect. Another thing is that he has his own style unlike many grime mc's do the same style. Finally ghetts don't need to run round trying to merk anyone because he does murk everyone.

7 P-Money

A true veteran when it comes to the grime scene, has popped off bangers left right and centre recently and gotta give credit to him, he knows how to mix them up with some being real talk about life experiences and some street related. The best on the scene as the guy can blast bars like an engine on 5000 rpm but can also have more meaningful ones that hit home. Straight up top 3 definitely

Talks the truth, his lyrics are real life stories, scenarios, situations and experiences unlike made up stuff from 90% of the other mc's.

It's lyrical talented as in he is very smart with words, has great metaphors and you literally have reload (rewind) a lot of his bars 1. Because there so good you need to here it twice 2. Your check for that hidden msg.

He's never lost a clash in my view although he had started them! Lol but hey like I said he can back he's more than just words although I'm sure it's more love for the music but he's never been cheefed or badded up. He's actually been about for time and has constantly need at it in the grime scene from like 2005 a long time considering he's one of the youngest. And loads more of facts but don't wanna sound like I'm investing in the guy I just think he's the best grime mc and he's true and respectful to his fans

Just the best, versatile, original, smart lyrics, can rap, clash with anyone, confident, real talk. He keeps grime moving and all other artist on their toes. Always fresh

P money! Shut down Ghetts and shut down Big H and that takes skills. Don't know if I would put him in my top ten but I can see why he is rated 7th on this lits

8 Kano

American here, and from Top Boy, to learning his name, to the "Kano" youtube search, to "3 Wheel ups", to learning what Grime even is, to now only listening to Kano, Giggs, D Double, Wiley, Ghetts, Wretch...etc. Kano is up at top of my list for musicians period. His songs have an actual soul to them. Not many can resonate with one's ears like Kano's bars.

Should be number 1, even jigga said so. Maybe he not the most consistent. But home sweet home paved the way. His acting career produced some good classics. He has a few mediocre albums in the middle. But then he birthed made In the manor. Although not purely grime, in my opinion, one of the best British albums. He was robbed at the mercury awards, made in the manor was far more. Granted Skepta may have done more for the scene due to his label and consistency. But in terms of bars, lyrics and flow..."Kano is the best of all time" flow of the decade

Man is a lyrical genius and could fit anything into any beat, best lyrics on the scene for years, combined with the fact that he is at least in the top 3 for flow both add up to make him number 1 for me.

His verse in "Pow" with Bizzle e.t.c is so underrated. That and P's and Q's just back me up on this.

I think this list is insane. Should be Kano, JME, D Double, Wiley, Frisco, in that order. Don't even see why Devlin is rated, and I don't rate Skepta, as controversial as that is.

Kano devlin and wiley should be the first 3 on the list. In what order I don't know, but they all have a sick flow, badass beats, and I'm not sure I've ever been more into music than listening to my favorite album tracks by these 3. 140 Grime street was amazing, tales from the crypt was awesome, and it's a toss up between grimewave and tredding on thin ice but anyway about it these 3 should be recognized

9 D Double E

If we are talking grime mcs d dubz has to be No1.. The mcs mc. Too many quotables.. who else could shell down a dance the way he does.. too many iconic wheel ups to mention

‘If you you, you you
come up against I I, I I’

Lyrical father. Veteran in the game. His flow was unique and just a massive force in the genre. Definitely top 10.

Absolute legend of grime his style is very unique and he goes in on every track

Without a doubt the true Father. No one has the style, talent, swagga and personality of Double.

10 Tempa T

Gives it all his energy and brings grime alive. It's more than just a beat

He is the best angry spitter in the scene at the moment

He has the hardest bars in the grime scene

Count on Tempa T to get you excited

The Contenders
11 Giggs

Unique monotone voice makes him completely original he ain't just a normal "walk in the park"

Giggs to too hard for me he is the best but he should at least be in top 5 with devlin and skepta

First Grime artist I ever heard, and since then he's always been the best, pure legend man!

This guy is unique and his 'bayoz muzik' is in a different level compared to anyone else

12 Stormzy Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr., known professionally as Stormzy, is a British rapper, singer and songwriter.

To be fair, I am American, and I have just recently been exposed to the "grime scene" so clearly my opinion shouldn't hold too much water because I just really don't know much about it. However, stormzy is the reason I have even began listening to grime. Now I have done my research and I've listened to a few tracks from the big names like Skepta, JME, wiley, kano, devlin, chip, bugzy, wretch 32.. And I'm not saying stormzy is better or worse than any of them, but I gotta say is around a similar class as a few of these artists, and most of those guys are at the top. Therefore, how is stormz so low... I'd say his flow is definitely up there with some of the best, I just think his lyrics could use a bit more substance if I'm honest.

Why is stormzy not up there with the rest of em? He is popularizing grime more than everyone else in the game (excluding skepta and maybe a few others) specifically bringing it to America. His new album is great excluding the singing "prayer" songs but all of the "gang signs" songs are amazing.

B/S list.
Stormzy has now by far eclipsed Skepta to what he has done to the culture internationally. His numbers surpass Wiley and Skepta. This list was made by a biased Skepta fanboys. Only got to know grime because of Stormzy's grind no disrespect to the OG Wiley.

Stormzy is the OG of grime he popularised it and in Australia both concerts of his have been sold out he brought grime all over he world along with jme and skepta

13 Tinchy Stryder

Realistically terribly underrated, guy has the bars and the flow definitely should be top 5

Sold over a million copies

Amazing seen him live last year I can't believe he is 13 he is better than giggs, Tinie, Dizzie I think he should be 2nd or 3rd he is sick

he short but hes standing tall over all grime artists

14 Bugzy Malone

He is probably the most technically gifted rapper in grime at the moment and is completely underrated plainly because he isn't part of the london scene he carries a whole city on his back and he doesn't even need featuring artists all down to the fact that his bars flow that well that he doesn't need another artist to fill in the gaps.

He's the best that there is no questions asked repin the north huge fan of Aaron Davis A.K.A The King Of The North Bugzy Malone he will kill anyone who diss's with him FACT!

Nobody better then bugz, listened to many grime acts but Bugzy Malone is head and shoulders above the rest. Watch this one.

Meaningful lyrics. A great idol as he came from a hard background still recovered. Deserves top 5

15 Lethal Bizzle

Absolutely denchnificent has his own clothing range and has also released classic grime songs such as, pow, fester skank, leave it yeah, rari workout, and the drop. Dench Gang!

Deserves to be a lot higher made some quality tracks earns minimum top 5

Arguably Grimes best selling artist yet he features this low down

Lethal Bizzle needs to be higher! His Pow song is just amazing!

16 Tinie Tempah

Guy started from humble beginnings, had bangers and some mad bars that are still listened to to this day which gives a sense of nostalgia to the sharing songs through Bluetooth with your mates on the Nokia’s and blackberrys, his flow is simply unreal, has been slacking recently though and just needs to pull out more bangers

Tinie Tempah's alright but I can't help but feel like he's a sell out. 4 real. But still I can't really blame him you gotta get to the top some how. But I just don't think he's as real or original as he was when he first started out.

One of the best and his making good money financially because of his six number 1s.

Rap doesn't get better than this

17 Lowkey

The only reason he is not N.o 1 is because what he raps about isn't deemed fit to suit the mainstream narrative. Lowkey spoke out against apartheid, oppression and injustice wherever he saw it in our World.
Lowkey was undoubtedly the best independent MC/rapper in the UK and one of the best in the world. He grinded hard to build a genuine fanbase, without any major finacial backing (unlike many artists on this list) and that fanbase stayed true to him throughout his career, seeing him through the beef he had with Ghetts and Chimpunk, where the UK scene got to see Lowkey's raw skill in his 'Top 1 selected' diss track where he basically hands Ghetts his ass. Lowkey was the bigger man and even invited Ghetts to his album launch to end the feud. I've never seen such a dedicated fan base like Lowkey's (during the Chimpunk beef all of Chips videos spiralled into dislikes) and he has made a huge impact, politically too, helping young kids to realise the power we have to create a change. It ...more

Whereas I've heard of few others on this list, I have seen hundreds of references to Lowkey on the internet; his music's immediate impact, political and musical influence is vast. In the U.S., he's influential-- addressed by those who are unfamiliar with the genre. He's so popular as to have earned Glenn Beck's --a very popular American social critic-- ridicule.

Lowkey crosses cultural boundaries.
Lowkey breaks cultural boundaries.

A poet--
The peoples' priest--

Amazing artist flows so sick and spits the truth, this guy can make anything rhyme and not only that he has political references and real power with movements. Along with akala and immortal technique these guys are forming a new twist on grime and giving real meaning to music again.

A real G, this man has destroyed every other artist in the scene. Man like Chipmunk and Ghetts all have been destroyed by him. They can't even give man true come back.

He just murdered the scene. He doesn't chat like other artists but his lyrics send out a real message for listeners.

18 Professor Green

One of the best grime artists, his beats are sick!

Pro green 1 of the better white rappers

How is he not even in the top 10?!?


19 BBK

Boy Better Know should be higher because jme skepta and wiley are up at the top.

BBK actually did only 3 songs. Don't deserve to be here

20 Chipmunk

Chip's lyrics are one of the best. No rapper actually want's to challenge him and also he can get his work done in any flow or beat. Man's a legend. I'd say he's at 4 or 5th at least.

Not top 3 but top 5 easy. Just needs to find a balance between grime and chart. One of the few who could do both, unlike tinie

He should be in the Top5 at least. Bars are his thing and the lyrics are so deep, if you listen closely. Younger got murked

Take away the selling out bs and he is easily one of the greatest

21 Sway

And the crowd keeps screamin' like AHHHAOOOW!

No MC matches him.

22 Mic Righteous

Mic righteous should of blown years ago his 'fire in the booth' was ard.. I reckon 2013 is definitely his year!

Mic righteous will be up there in a couple of months!

No MC matches the passion and emotion displayed in Righteous' lyrics. None.

Easily the best in my opinion

23 Maxsta

His 5 pound munch on grime report T.V. is too jokes and has some good lyrics up his sleeve

East london is back!

24 KSI

This man is pure fire, how can anybody dare say that KSI is not a don. He is breaking onto the grime scene with more purpose then an Arab into the world trade center. Lamborghini was the dopest track in 2015 and the only way is up. Plus he gets points for being black.

A lot of potential in him - his 2nd verse on lambourghini was fire. Just because he is a YouTuber, he has way too much criticism. This guy could be the next stage in grime

How is he rated over Chip or Frisco, wasteman who have been following Grime for 10 minutes class anyone who can rhyme two words together call like him Grime.

Love the guys flow and his come up from FWB (Friends with benefits) and Lamborghini to Pull up and Down like that.

25 Akala

Akala personally has changed my life, I couldn't say the same for any other MC (except Lowkey). He's original, has insane flow and knowledge of the world. He deserves the same respect as Wiley, he's a professor, many MCs followed his path to be independent, but not many can reach the levels Akala has.

Of the same ilk as people like Wiley, JME & Skepta. Amazing in a lyrical sense and understands the genre completely. If you want to hear about guns and drugs don't listen to Akala. If you want to hear real music then do. Its that simple

All round legend "welcome to England" best grime tune.
Back in the days of "channel u" an incredible artist with amassing flow and bars to match.

He is in his own class, you can't compare him to the others. A true legend with his original bars and heartfelt flows

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