Best Grime Artists

The Top Ten
1 Skepta

1. Wiley
2. Skepta
3. Big H
4. Novelist
5. P Money
6. Bugzy Malone
7. Dizzy
8. Kano
9. D Double E
10. Frisco
Top 10 right there for you all! Wiley invented the grime. Dizzy & Kano got it worldwide. Big H made BBK and got skepta from being a dj to the "the King of grime" bugzy put Manchester on the map. P money owned, big h & ghetts. D double along side dizzy and footsie put some of the greatest bars though are speakers. Novelist is a proper grime MC from the hood fresh of the streets but has that oldschool flow. And Frisco is slick he could MC over anything and with anyone.

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

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.

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...

2 Wiley

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.

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.

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

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!

Brings an unrivalled different dimension to Grime, a comical less serious vibe but nonetheless serious heat. True legend.

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

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.

Devlin is by far one of the best rappers in the UK and possibly even in the world. His freestyles are quality as he always uses Double bars that relate. As well as, he is a rapper who talks about life on the streets of the UK. So therefore a lot of respect goes out to Dagenham's finest James Devlin.

This dude is unbelievable. His flow is sick and his lyrics always speaks the truth. His tracks are always intense and the best description for the BEST grime artist out.

6 Ghetts

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...!

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.

Ghetts is sick especially when collaborating with Kano, they are both up there at the top but I think ghetts takes number one and he could content for being the best grime artist ever and he could challenge american rappers anyday,.

Ghetts is just such a don! He's on another level, he raps so fast as well which makes his songs even better, his best song by far has to be artillery, if you haven't heard it then you are missing out on a lot!

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

Way smarter than ghetts with sick flow forget the dis tracks this is a classic mc in the making I've heard some soon to be released tracks and they are grime heaven pure gold!

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

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

How isn't he in the top 3?! He could obliterate all these MC's and he's been a vet for 20 years now along the caliber of Wiley!

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'

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

Should be in the top 10

One word savage

The Contenders
11 Giggs

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

He has the grime scene on lock done, no contest!

He's the best there is he's calm and old school.

Gigs is greasy the best grime seen G in the world no one can test so don't go there. DuNnO

12 Tinchy Stryder

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

13 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.

One of the reasons grime is getting put back on the map, its no longer just known in underground world it's becoming known all over the world thanks to him and he's done it all off his own back, first album top class with lots of variety and at the age of 23 he's only going to get better

14 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!

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

This guy is a boss, check out fester skank!

He is old school grime and has current classics as well!?! how is he this low down

15 Bugzy Malone

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.

26? Seriously needs to be 10th AT LEAST I think he's the best right now definitely going places.

Meaningful lyrics, good beats. And definitely have every piece of a god rapper.

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.

Legend, how is he not at number 1?

17 Professor Green

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

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

18 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.

19 BBK

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

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

Chipmunk took on the grime scene, chipmunk won

so who is the king of grime?...

21 Sway
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.

Deserves it all.

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 Olajide Olayinka Williams "JJ" Olatunji, better known as KSI, is an English YouTuber and rapper. In 2019, he was ranked second by The Sunday Times in its list of the top 100 UK influencers. He is also part of the British YouTube group known as the Sidemen.

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.

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.

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

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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