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These Are the Best New Rappers From Canada Who Are Leaving Their Mark

Canadian rappers are making a lot of waves in the hip-hop industry these days. Here are some of the best Canadian rappers to add to your playlist.


May 28 2024, Published 5:31 p.m. ET

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Canadian hip-hop has attracted a lot of traction over the years, and several up-and-coming rappers are making the most of the moment. Well-known names like Drake and Tory Lanez might have put Canada on the map, but these rising stars are carrying that torch. Read on to learn all about the best new rappers from Canada.

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Gustavo Guaapo

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Gustavo Guaapo in suit and tie

In the spirit of melodic rap, Gustavo Guaapo never pulls punches; his lyrics are personal, introspective, contemplative, and at times poetic. He also knows a thing or two about blending hard-edged, gritty, and knocking beats to create songs that are both memorable and insightful. The Toronto native truly embodies and celebrates the hustle he puts into making each song better than the last.

City Fedelia

Fans of melodic rap know that the best hip-hop artists know how to rhyme in a way that is both sonically pleasing and relatable. City Fidelia, born Luigi Fidelia, knows how to deliver both honesty and melody in his lyrics. The Ottawa, Ontario native holds nothing back, and his music is not monolithic either because it covers a range of topics the average rapper would probably shy away from. If you haven't already, check out his album Painkiller.

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Paydro 66

Paydro 66 may have taken a page from fellow Canadian rapper Drake's playbook when he designed his flow. The unique thing about the rapper's style is his somber yet hopeful lyricism. The beats the Montreal rapper uses for most of his songs add an extra layer of character to his songs and their message. His approach to the art form is strategic and intentional, and he raps about deeply personal and socially relevant issues.

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Swavy's talent is undeniable, and everything from his rapid-fire verses to his slinky hooks shows he was made to be a star. The rapper grew up in a tough neighborhood, which has understandably shaped the backdrop of some of his songs, which he mentions in his lyrics. Based on his social media feed, the Canadian native also seems to have the co-sign of OVO boss Drake.

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Carter De Filippis, who goes by the stage name Thxsomch, has successfully created a niche that experiments with hip-hop, rock, and indie to create a genre that conforms to out-of-the-box sounds. The 23-year-old Toronto break-out star might be younger than other artists on this list, but he has successfully been able to create a fan base that is steadily growing. From the look of things, he won't be slowing down anytime soon.

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Haviah Mighty

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One thing about Haviah Mighty is that she is unapologetic and embodies the essence of hip-hop. The Toronto native first gained widespread attention as a member of the all-female hip-hop group The Sorority. After she decided to go solo, she was able to truly show the world what she was capable of. Like others on this list, Haviah's music is a bold blend of rap, R&B, and electronic influences. Her lyricism, creativity, and spit-fire flow make her a formidable talent.

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Tommy Genesis

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Tommy Genesis is part of a new generation of Canadian hip-hop artists who are redefining the genre's landscape. The rapper, singer, and visual artist has carved a niche in the music industry with her daring and genre-defying sound. Born in Vancouver, she quickly gained attention for her provocative lyrics and avant-garde style. Her eccentric sound is a mix of hip-hop, punk, and experimental music, as shown in songs like "100 Bad" and "I'm Gone."

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