If you’re looking for new hip hop artists to follow, you may want to extend your search to include European artists. Some of the top hip hop artists in the world come from European countries such as France, Germany and the UK.
When it comes to leading European hip hop artists, Stormzy is definitely a lead player. Officially known as Michael Ebenezer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr, Stormzy is from the UK and he’s currently seeing huge success from his latest albums. His most notable song to date is “Shut Up” which managed to reach platinum status.
Want to see what all the fuss is about? Pick up the latest Stormzy album Gang Signs & Prayer today. The album became the first grime album to hit the number one spot on the UK Albums chart.
Considered by many to be the godfather of German rap, Kool Savas is a German hip hop and rap artist. He was responsible for forming an influential rap duo known as Westberlin Maskulin back in 1997 and also helped to start the Masters of Rap group in 1996. He remains one of the most successful German hip hop and rap artists and is definitely worth looking into.
If you like your female hip hop artists, Mala Rodriguez is worth a listen. One of the few Latin women to make it big on the hip hop scene, she originally made it big in the early 2000’s. However, her style has certainly changed over the years.
Initially, Spanish Mala favored hardcore rapping, similar in style to heavy metal. However, as she aged, so too did her musical taste. Now, she incorporates a lot of native flamenco style influences into her music.
Norwegian’s LidoLido is another major up and coming hip hop artist. He’s managed to dominate radio airplay in his native country and is known for his great live performances. He now has a record deal with Universal Music and he’s said to be inspired by early millennium hip hop references.
What makes this artists success even more astounding, is that he stumbled into hip hop by accident. He actually comes from a gospel/pop musical background.
In Norway, Karpe Diem is considered to be the most successful hip hop band of all time. The duo has managed to stay together for over 10 years now and both members come from an immigrant background. They use their music to express themselves and have won numerous awards, as well as headlined the Øya Festival.
There are so many great European hip hop artists to be discovered. However, the above are considered to be either the greatest of all time in their respective country, or as a significant up and coming act. Why not check them out on YouTube to see why they’ve made it onto this list?