Famous British Rappers

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 1 Idris Elba

Idris Elba
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

Idris Elba is a successful actor both on the small and the big screen and is mainly known for the television series The Wire and Luther and also for films, such as Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Beasts of No Nation. He has also acted in blockbuster films of Marvel Comics universe like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War.

 2 21 Savage

21 Savage
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Famous As: Hip-hop artist
Birthdate: October 22, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newham, London

An influential rapper, 21 Savage's Guns Down, Paintballs Up movement, which he reportedly started to reduce gun violence, gave rise to many incidents involving paintball guns. Also a philanthropist, Savage created the 21 Savage Bank Account Campaign to help kids learn how to make and save money. In 2018, he donated $10,000 to fund an anti-bullying campaign in school.

 3 Stormzy

Stormzy
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Croydon
Rapper and grime artist Stormzy gained fame with his freestyles as "Wicked Skengman." He is known for his chartbusting tracks Shut Up and Vossi Bop, the latter being his first number-one track in the U.K. His debut album became the first grime album to top the UK Albums Chart.
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 4 Mel B

Mel B
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 29, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Harehills, West Yorkshire, England

Mel B is an English television personality and singer-songwriter. She gained international recognition as part of the popular pop girl group Spice Girls, which has sold more than 85 million records. Over the years, Mel B has been an important TV personality, appearing in several reality series as a participant as well as a judge.

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 5 M.I.A.

M.I.A.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hounslow, United Kingdom
British-born Sri Lankan rapper Mathangi Arulpragasam, better known as M.I.A., soared to fame with her Billboard Hot 100-charting track Paper Planes. She became the first person of South Asian origin to be nominated for a Grammy and an Oscar in the same year. She has earned an MBE, too.

 6 Skepta

Skepta
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tottenham, London

Skepta is a British record producer, songwriter, and rapper. He is credited with founding the independent record label Boy Better Know (BBK) along with his younger brother Jamie aka Jme. The record label has produced several successful albums so far.

 7 Slick Rick

Slick Rick
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England

Slick Rick is an English-American record producer and rapper. He gained national recognition in the mid-1980s when he joined Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew. One of the most-sampled artists of all time, Rick’s songs have been interpolated by artists like Eminem. Rick was ranked 15th in the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time list by The Source.

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 8 Stefflon Don

Stefflon Don
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Stefflon Don is a singer-songwriter and rapper. Don's journey from working as a hairdresser and cake decorator to becoming a popular musician has been quite inspiring. In 2018, she was featured on the cover page of the final print edition of NME. Also a philanthropist, Don helped rapper Shocka by providing him money for his mother's cancer treatment in Nigeria.

 9 Ed Skrein

Ed Skrein
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 29, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Camden, London, England

 10 Craig David

Craig David
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Famous As: British singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Southampton

 11 Riz Ahmed

Riz Ahmed
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wembley, London, England, UK

Riz Ahmed is a British actor and rapper best known for his role in the film Nightcrawler. Born to a British Pakistani family in London, he studied acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He began his career in the 2000s. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Primetime Emmy Award.  

 12 Michael Dapaah

Michael Dapaah
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Famous As: Actor, Rapper, Comedian
Birthdate: December 31, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London

 13 Central Cee

Central Cee
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 4, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

 14 Jacob Anderson

Jacob Anderson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 15 Tinie Tempah

Tinie Tempah
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Plumstead, London

Tinie Tempah is a British television presenter and rapper. He is credited with creating a company named Disturbing London which operates mainly as a record label. Over the course of his career, Tinie Tempah has won many prestigious awards, such as Brit Awards, MOBO Awards, and Urban Music Awards.

 16 Jay Sean

Jay Sean
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Beatboxing
Birthdate: March 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hounslow

 17 Labrinth

Labrinth
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London Borough of Hackney Hackney, London, England

 18 Tricky

Tricky
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Famous As: Record producer
Birthdate: January 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Knowle West, United Kingdom

 19 Cher Lloyd

Cher Lloyd
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Famous As: Singer & Songwriter
Birthdate: July 28, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Malvern, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom

 20 J Hus

J Hus
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Famous As: Rapper, Singer
Birthdate: May 26, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stratford, London

J Hus is a singer, rapper, and songwriter. He is credited with pioneering Afrobashment, a genre that became popular during the mid-2010s. He achieved international recognition in 2015 when he released the song Dem Boy Paigon. Apart from being a popular musician, J Hus is also a controversial figure; he was arrested in 2018 for carrying a knife in public.

 21 Estelle

Estelle
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England

 22 Dizzee Rascal

Dizzee Rascal
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Famous As: Rapper, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: September 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

 23 Bugzy Malone

Bugzy Malone
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manchester

 24 Professor Green

Professor Green
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Famous As: Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Television personality
Birthdate: November 27, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hackney, London, United Kingdom

 25 Scarlxrd

Scarlxrd
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 19, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England

 26 Cadet

Cadet
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Clapham, England
Died: February 9, 2019

Cadet was a British record producer, songwriter, and rapper. He is best remembered for his single Advice which featured on the UK Singles Chart at number 14. Cadet's promising career was cut short abruptly when he died in a car accident at the age of 28. His demise shook the music industry in the US and the UK.

 27 Lady Leshurr

Lady Leshurr
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kingshurst, Solihull
Rapper Lady Leshurr is best known for her freestyle series named Queen's Speech. She also collaborated with electronic dance duo Orbital for Wonky. She has appeared in films such as 1 Day and Lapse of Honour and has also competed on shows such as Dancing on Ice.

 28 Example

Example
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fulham, England

 29 Big Narstie

Big Narstie
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Famous As: Rapper, MC
Birthdate: November 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, England

 30 Mike Skinner

Mike Skinner
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Birthdate: November 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Birmingham

 31 Taio Cruz

Taio Cruz
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England

Taio Cruz is a British record producer, singer, and songwriter. He achieved international recognition after releasing his second studio album Rokstarr in 2009. Over the years, Cruz has won many awards, such as Brit Awards, ASCAP Awards, and Billboard Awards. Taio Cruz is also known for his philanthropic efforts; he works closely with nonprofit organizations like Little Kids Rock. 

 32 Akala

Akala
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kentish Town, London, England

 33 Brian Harvey

Brian Harvey
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Walthamstow, London, England, UK

 34 Maxi Jazz

Maxi Jazz
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Famous As: Musician, Rapper & Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: June 14, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brixton, London, United Kingdom

 35 Lethal Bizzle

Lethal Bizzle
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Famous As: Rapper, Actor
Birthdate: September 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Walthamstow, London, England,

 36 Abz Love

Abz Love
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Famous As: rapper
Birthdate: June 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London Borough of Enfield, United Kingdom

 37 Lady Sovereign

Lady Sovereign
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Famous As: Rapper, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wembley, London, England

 38 Anthony McPartlin

Anthony McPartlin
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Famous As: Television Presenter, Actor
Birthdate: November 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne

 39 Ms Banks

Ms Banks
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 14, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England

 40 Roots Manuva

Roots Manuva
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Famous As: Vocalist, Rapper, Producer, Remixer
Birthdate: September 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

 41 Maverick Sabre

Maverick Sabre
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hackney, London, England

 42 Mams Taylor

Mams Taylor
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter & producer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: icklewood, London, United Kingdom

 43 Ty

Ty
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: August 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 7, 2020

 44 Mumzy Stranger

Mumzy Stranger
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Plaistow, London, England

Mumzy Stranger is an English record producer, singer, songwriter, and rapper. Stranger, who sings in various languages including Hindi, English, Arabic, Bengali, and Punjabi, is the first musician of Bangladeshi origin to have entered and achieved success in the mainstream music industry in the UK. He has won several awards, such as UK Asian Music Awards and Urban Music Awards.

 45 Akai Osei

Akai Osei
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 12, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lambeth, London

 46 Edwin Onokhua

Edwin Onokhua
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 22, 2001
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England

 47 Soph Aspin

Soph Aspin
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Famous As: Rapper, Grime Artist
Birthdate: August 19, 2000
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manchester, England

 48 Josh Tate

Josh Tate
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 28, 2003
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Blackpool, England

 49 A J Jacobs

A J Jacobs
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 13, 2001
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England