CBC’s The 25 Greatest Canadian Rappers Ever [Article]
Toronto, ON – Ever wondered who Canada’s best rapper was? The answer is really a matter of opinion, but the debate will continue until that last MC hangs up their mic… and long after that. Now CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) has taken a stab at finding an answer by polling industry heads and artists around the country. We present you with CBC’s 25 Greatest Rappers Ever. Here’s how they break it down (you can find the list of 25 MCs after the jump):
Who is Canada’s best rapper? The answer is completely subjective, obviously, but it’s a good one to ask, especially in a genre that is known for its lists. From the best MCs to the best albums to the best producers, hip-hop fans love to rank.
But what about the best in Canada? It’s not something that’s asked enough, so we thought we’d give it a try. Promising anonymity, we asked a number of industry people from across the country, including journalists (whether or not they’ve written for CBC Music), as well as the rappers themselves. For the record, none of them named themselves.
CBC’s 25 Greatest Canadian Rappers Ever
25. Joey Stylez
22. JD Era
21. Ian Kamau
20. Reema Major
19. Red1 (Rascalz)
18. King Lou (Dream Warriors)
16. Rich Kidd
15. Adam Bomb
13. Buck 65
12. Moka Only
10. Michie Mee
09. Cadence Weapon
03. Kardinal Offishall
01. Maestro Fresh Wes
The Greatest Ever: Maestro Fresh Wes
“Hands down, the undisputed godfather of Canadian hip-hop. Forget that Maestro was the first Canadian rapper to break out with a Top 40 hit in “Let Your Backbone Slide” way back in ’89; he continues to put out great work today. And when most rappers are sampling old soul and funk, Maestro keeps it fresh by taking Cancon standards like the Guess Who’s “These Eyes” and Blue Rodeo’s “Try” and breathes new life into them. His 2012 EP, Black Tuxedo, is nominated for a Juno, and we can’t wait to hear his upcoming full-length, Orchestrated Noise.”
CBC’s presentation of the list provides a bit of biographical info on each of the artists selected. You can find it here.