22 Best Manchester Rappers

While they used to get overlooked, there are now plenty of rappers from Manchester getting the respect they deserve. The top ones have racked up tens of millions of views on Youtube, and plenty more on other streaming services.

Here are the best Manchester rappers right now. Expect plenty of trap, grime, and drill bangers.

Meekz

Meekz

Meekz is an up-and-coming Manchester rapper that is breaking into the scene in the 21st century. He rose to prominence after his ‘Hoods Hottest’ track debuted, which showed his freestyle skills and authentic lyrics that are completely unique. This rapper came from Gorton in southeast Manchester and has now worked with Charlie Sloth and other big musicians of the era.

Bugzy Malone

Bugzy Malone

Bugzy Malone is an infamous rapper from Manchester who rose to fame after his initial release in 2010. He gained attention during his freestyling career in ‘grime music on KODH’s YouTube channel titled ‘Spray Out Freestyle.’

A few years later, in 2017, Bugzy released his first single, reaching the charts, ‘Through the Nights’. This song ranked in the top 100 and brought him more fame as a rapper. Just afterward, he released his third EP, which reached the top 5 on the UK album charts.

Today, Bugzy Malone is with III Gotten Records and continues to produce and create music. Bugzy uses his real-life influences, such as poverty and hardships as a kid in Manchester, to create touching lyrics and melodies. He uses influence from Tupac Shakur and focuses on making his raps introspective, deep, and emotional.

Geko

Geko

Geko is a British rapper well-known for his two hit singles, New Money and 6:30. He signed to U.S.G. and One Tape labels as he progressed his musical career, releasing ‘Tantrum’ and ‘Ride or Die’ in 2022. He uses afrobeat and afro-swing influences and inspiration from 50 Cent and Eminem to create his music.

Aitch

Aitch

Aitch is one of the most well-known rappers on this list due to his break-out hit, Straight Rhymez, and popular album, Close to Home, which rose to the 2nd spot on the UK Albums Chart.

This young rapper first rose onto the music scene in 2015 by putting his songs on YouTube and has since gained popularity after releasing his EP in 2017 and signing with Capitol Records.

He continued his meteoric rise to international fame after his song ‘Taste (Make it Shake’ in 2019, which peaked at 8th on the UK Singles Chart. He then continued to churn out EPs and singles, like AitcH20, Polaris, and ‘Party Round My Place.’

In 2022, he released ‘Baby’ with Ashanti, creating an overnight hit single that reached the 65th spot on the UK Singles Sales Chart Top 100 and earned the coveted top-3 spot on the UK Official Singles Top 100 in March 2022.

Shotty Horroh

Shotty Horroh

Shotty Horroh, born Adam Rooney, grew up in Harpurhey, Manchester, and uses a mixture of hip-hop, rock, alternative, and trap influences to create his unique sound. This British rapper signed a deal with Sony Music Canada and released his first album, Salt of the Earth, in 2017. He is also famous for his proficiency in ‘rap battles’ and his YouTube following.

Just Banco

Just Banco

Just Banco hails from Northwest Manchester and has been in and out of the rapping prominence since 2018, rapping about interesting topics like his past relationships, living on the street, and straight-talking topics.

His ability to freestyle and talk honestly about his life has made him a huge hit in the UK.

Tunde

Tunde

Tunde came to fame at the same time as our first pick, Meekz, and has used his infamous freestyle skills to create a name for himself in the business and music world. He has used his musical prowess to expand into other UK cities, like London, and use his new empire to create coffee shops, rapping, and collaborate with other celebs.

LayFullstop

LayFullstop

The combination of jazz, R&B, soul, funk, and hip-hop has made LayFullstop one of the most interesting up-and-coming artists of the time. We love UK female rappers who challenge the ‘traditional’ norm of male rappers being the only artists who can produce top hits. Plus, her Mancunian accent and ability to perform in front of a crowd is a huge hit.

SVMI

SVMI

SVMI is similar to the typical Manucian freestyle, featuring heavy trap sounds, impressive vocal range, heart-pounding lyrics, and exciting beats that forgo the need for auto-tune or background instrumentals. Check out Old Friends and Time Goes By to get a feel for what SVMI is so famous for.

Robin Knightz

Robin Knightz

Robin Knightz brings back the nostalgia of the Soundcloud era, using real-life problems, like anxiety and depression, to create catchy and heart-wrenching lyrics and emotional beats that have garnered him a dedicated following. Check out Fiji Drip and heartbreakJORDAN to see what he is all about.

Children of Zeus

Children of Zeus

Children of Zeus has churned out big hits since they rose onto the scene in 2018, featuring Smoke with Me and Hard Work. These songs use different inspirations to create an original Manchester hip-hop act, pulling from both Reggae influences and lo-fi beats.

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