The Top 10 Best Rappers in India in 2022
The Top 10 Best Rappers in India in 2022

Do you know who the top 10 best rappers in India are in 2023? Hip Hop and Rap music has undeniably emerged as a popular genre in Indian Music. As a result, India has given birth to some of the best and top rappers today.

Rap Music is gaining recognition all over the world. It has helped to cover the gap between poetry, emotions, struggles, etc. Some of the best rappers in India have done it very nicely. Indian male rappers like Yo Yo Honey Singh, Badshah, and Raftaar have blended the music and served a totally new taste to the Indian audience.

But who are the best rappers in India as of 2023? So, let’s quickly run down the list of the top 10 Indian rappers in 2023.

The Top 10 Best Rappers in India in 2023

11. King


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Arpan Kumar Chandel popular as King Rocco is one of the top 10 Indian rappers in 2023. He gained recognition after participating in the 2019 rap show MTV Hustle.

He performed in fronts of famous Indian rappers and artists like Nucleya, Raja Kumari, and Raftaar. His performance impressed judges so much, that he was directly from the audition and was selected among the top 15. Born in Uttar Pradesh and raised in Delhi, King began his career from the 8th standard. By the age of 11, he started making rap songs and released them.


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In the second season of Hustle 2.0 (2022), he was one of the coaches. King’s popular hits are Mai Tujhe Jane Na Dung, Ghumsudha, and all the songs of his album Carnival. As of 2022, this Indian male rapper is doing lie shows all over India and abroad. As of 2023, Nick Jonas released a cover of his song Tu Maan Meri Jaan. King’s name the list top 11 but without mentioning this young rapper of India, we can not complete the list.

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10. Naezy


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Next on the list, we have the OG Indian rapper in 2023, Naved Shaikh popularly known as Naezy the baa. He is one of the biggest rappers in India who raps in Hindi and Marathi. The 2019 film Gullyboy is loosely inspired by his life, while the character is played by Ranveer Singh. His rap mostly involves talking about the slums of Dharavi, Mumbai.

Naezy aka Naved Shaikh launched his debut album Aafat in January 2014 and became popular for his rap style. His rap mostly involved the use of Mumbai slang and went viral and collected over one million views. However, his breakthrough came with the collaboration of legendary rapper Divine with the song Mere Gully Mein.

Naezy’s new album Maghreb received a mixed response from the audiences. The way he presents the whole story in his raps, audiences can relate. Undoubtedly, he is one of the top 10 rappers in India in 2023.

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9. Brodha V


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 The only Indian rapper who raps in English for a long time is none other than Brodha V. Initially, he didn’t get noticed because the number of English rap listeners are comparatively low. The struggle of the language barrier didn’t stop him to become one of the best rappers in India. He collaborated with Raftaar and made a song name Nacchne Ka Shaunq where he rapped in both Hindi and English.

His real name is Vignesh Shivanand, born on 27th March 1990. he is an Indian hip hop artist who at the age of 18 did online rap battles on Orkut. Storypick named him one of the best rappers in the country. While ScoopWhoop featured him among the top ten Indian hip-hop artists.

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8. Ikka


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Ankit Singh Patyal popular by the stage name Ikka is one of the best Indian Hindi rappers in 2023. He is a renowned singer, music composer, rapper, and lyricist. Ikka is a well-known artist not only in Punjab but also in Bollywood.

In 2014, he began his profession with the debut song Gadbad-Gadbad. The same year, he made his Bollywood debut with the song In Da Club from the film Tamanchey. Earlier, Ikka along with Raftaar, Honey Singh, and Lil Golu was a part of the group named Mafia Mundeer.

He left the group, released his tune Half-window-down, and gained huge recognition with the song. Since then he has given hit Bollywood releases such as Bholeynath, Pani Wala Dance, Badri Ki Dulhaniya, and so on. Today he is one of the most famous Indian rappers in India.

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7. Dino James


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 Dino James is another extremely popular and best Indian rapper, singer, and lyricist. He is a person with a different fashion of rap culture and has a self-titled youtube channel. He frequently posts songs there that are inspired by his real-life experiences and struggles.

His track Girlfriend was one of the most enjoyable music, where he just penned down the emotions. Being Indian – a youtube channel gave him a huge shout-out, for them, he made Loser, one of the most motivational songs.

Coming from Bhopal, Dino James spent one and a half years without a job in Mumbai. But today he is one of the finest rappers in India. He was one of the coaches on the rap show MTV Hustle 2.0.

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6. Emiway Bantai


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 Emiway Bantai the Machaynge guy is one of the greatest names in the Hip Hop rap scenes. In real life, this rapper is named Bilal Shaikh. He got his stage name Emiway with the amalgamation of Eminem and Lil Wayne. In 2013, he made his debut with the track Glint Lock. However, it was only after his dis song which was meant for Raftaar gained him huge popularity.

Since the 2014 track Aur Bantai, he became one of the biggest independent artists in India. Some of his best releases are Machaynge, Firse Machaynge, and Jamaica to India. Undoubtedly, he deserves to be on the list of the top 10 Indian rappers in 2023.

5. Raftaar


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Another name that pops up in everyone’s mind when talking about the top 10 best Indian Rappers in 2023 is Raftaar. A lyricist, singer, composer, dancer, and producer, Raftaar’s real name is Dilin Nair. He started his career as a dancer and began rap in 2008 with Lil Golu and Ikka and became part of the Mafia Mundeer Group.

After his separation from the group, he signed with several record labels including RBD and Manj Music. Soon, he started writing songs in Punjabi and entered Bollywood. He started giving hits such as Swag Mera Desi, Yeh Karke Dikhao, and Party With The Boothnath. His song Swag Mera Desi won the Best Urban Song at the Brit Asia TV Music Awards.

Currently, he is signed under Sony Music and is the co-founder of the channel Kalamkaar. In addition, Raftaar has judged several shows such as MTV Hustle, Dance India Dance, Roadies, etc. That’s why he is the best Indian rapper in 2023.

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4. MC Stan


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 The ‘alien ki shakal walay’, as was called by Emiway Bantai when he disses this Pune-based rapper MC Stan. His real name is Altaf raja and many people didn’t even understand the genre this rap artist was into until they heard his ‘wata’, which has got a whopping 15 million views on youtube.

Mc Stan’s youtube channel has just six videos which have gained him more than 5 million views at the time of writing this, only growing at an incredible rate. His most popular video is astaghfirullah, where he apologizes to his mother for all her bad deeds in his life.

MC Stan does show not only in India but also in abroad. He was a contestant and winner of 16th season of Hindi reality show Bigg Boss.

3. Badshah


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Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia, popularly known as Badshah, is a composer and rap king in the music industry. He is one of the ten male Punjabi singers. Also, he is a famous singer, film producer, and businessman in Punjabi, Haryanvi, and Hindi music. Badshah began his career with Yo Yo Honey Singh in his hip-hop group Mafia Munder. He left the group and released his own Haryanvi album Kar Gai Chul.

Soon he entered the B-town with the soundtrack Saturday in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya film. His other hit tracks are Oscar, DJ Waley Babu, Proper Patola, Wakhra Swag, Pagal, and Genda Phool. The song Genda Phool is one of the most successful and controversial numbers in Indian history. He is one of the highest-paid artists and one of the best rappers in India.

Forbes India listed him on Celebrity 100 list. In 2020, four of his top songs were on the World Digital Song Sales chart by Billboard. Hence, we can not complete the list of the top 10 best rappers in India in 2023 without mentioning Badshah.

2. Divine


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 Born on 2nd October 1990, Vivian Fernandes popularly known as Divine is the biggest name in Indian hip hop. In 2011, he began his career as an underground rapper and his story is no different from other top 10 Indian rappers. Except for the fact that his genre of music is writing songs about his past. Divine was a part of a hip-hop crew Mumbai Finest and his track Yeh Mera Bombay obtained the best music video of the year in 2014.

However, he got his breakthrough as the top 1 rapper in India with the song Mere Gully Mein. The song was about daily chores in the Chawls or slums of Mumbai which featured him and fellow rapper Naezy. The film Gully Boy was based on Divine and Naezy. Despite all odds, today we consider him among the top 10 best Indian rappers in 2023.

1. Yo Yo Honey Singh


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 Hirdesh Singh a.k.a. Yo Yo Honey Singh, successfully made comeback in the Indian music industry, he is one of the most popular and expensive music directors in the music industry.

His songs are very popular among the youth of India. He is not an underground rap singer. Some of his hit songs are Brown Munde, Proper Patola, Blue Eyes, High Heels, and many others. He is a pop/hip-hop singer who mixes pop music with rap and presents his grooves to the dancing audience.

Yo-Yo Honey Singh was once known as a revolutionary music changer in India who made pop-rap music so common within the country. He is one of the highest-paid rappers in India. As per a report, Honey Singh charged 7 million for a song in the Bollywood movies Cocktail and Mastan.

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