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11 Current French Rappers That You Should Listen to Now

11 Current French Rappers  That You Should Listen to Now

The French rap industry emerged in the 90s and was an underground culture for many years in France. It started with French hip-hop in Paris with some French rap artists that became famous such as MC Solaar or NTM or the most famous French rap DJ: Dee Nasty.

In the last decade, French rap became the mainstream music style in France and many different types of artists established themselves.

I made a selection of eleven current French rappers with a song that I liked for them. I decided to choose different styles of French rap music.

Here is a video from French Iceberg on the best French rap songs of 2022:

List of the Best French Rappers

Let’s start this list of recent French rappers!

  1. Kekra

I am a big fan of this French rapper from the suburb of Paris: Courbevoie. The cover picture was taken in my hometown when I went to his concert in February 2019. The French musician Kekra has an original speech about himself and his career. He feels kind of ashamed and not really proud of it. He would have preferred to become a lawyer or doctor and live his life anonymously with his parents proud of him.

Being a famous rapper is not a definition of success for him. This is the reason why he always wears a mask and sunglasses to stay anonymous. The French rap song “C’est bon”, is part of the good album “Land”.

C’est bon

  1. Vald
Instagram @valdsullyvan

Vald is now one of the main rappers in France with big streaming numbers on Spotify and YouTube. We can easily classify his rap in the troll rap category. “Désaccordé” is one of the big French rap hits of the year 2018 from the album “XEU”. He came back in 2022 with the excellent album “V”.


  1. Ninho
Fab_Photo_29, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

William Nzobazola known as Ninho is also one of the most important French rappers. He is a Parisian rapper born in the county of Essone from his parents with Congolese origins. He started to rap at a young age at the age of 12. He started his music career by releasing mixtapes. In 2016, he released the mixtape ‘M.I.L.S “, an acronym for “Maintenant Ils Le  Savent” (= Now They Know) which will launch his career. A year later he released his first album “Comme prévu” with successful singles such as “Roro”, “Chino” and some prestigious features with Nekfeu, Gradur, and Sofiane.

In 2019, his second album will be a success too and Ninho will become the most-streamed French artist this same year on every music platforms. In 2020, he released his third album “M.I.L.S 3.0” and the single “Lettre à une femme” exploded the music charts. In 2021, he released a new album “Jefe” with the hit of the same name “Jefe” which is again a big success in the French rap music industry.


  1. SCH
Exilexi, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

SCH is part of the French rappers from the city of the south of France, Marseille. Two cities gave the French rap scene lot of French artists, Paris the capital, and Marseille. This song of SCH was in honor of his father just after he passed away.


  1. Nusky
Instagram @nusky_rk9

The French rapper does not look at all like a rapper and this is why I really like this French artist. He released this single “Gabrielle Solis” in 2018. He started in the art world first by acting and came later to rap. Besides rap, he played guitar in a rock band and he formed a duo beatmaker duo named Vaati. He definitely has more than one string to his bow.

Gabrielle Solis (Youtube link)

  1. Niska
See page for author, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

This Parisian rapper became famous in France with the Charo dance that he invented. Charo comes from the French word Charognard (Scavenger).

This dance begins to be viral in France when the footballer Blaise Matuidi took it over and performed it after each of his goals. It was then renamed “Matuidi Charo”. Later, he came back with this famous French music that was everywhere.

Salé (YouTube link)

  1. PNL
HansenG, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

PNL is a French rap group that you cannot miss in France. The title“91’s” is definitely one of my favorite songs from those two rappers. Fun fact, the two artists are also brothers.


  1. JUL
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I knew that one day I was going to write about the French musician Jul. You can recognize instantly his songs because he has a unique style using for example autotune. He is from Marseille and rap about friendship and love. Lots of French are really negative about him and do not consider him an artist.

I have to admit that I like his songs and sometimes my friends blame me for putting on his songs. The French rapper is really, really productive, he produces around three albums per year! “Asalto” is one of the many songs that I enjoy listening to Jul. His hand sign which you can see above represents the three letters of his name. French people love to take pictures doing it as a joke.


  1. Lomepal
Thesupermat, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Lomepal is probably actually the most famous French rapper. He sings mostly about love stories. I like the song Paradise from Lefa where Lomepal did a collaboration. “Paradise” is about a love story that (you guessed) turns out badly.

Paradise Lefa ft Lomepal (YouTube link)

  1. Gringe
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Gringe belongs to the French rap duo “Les Casseurs Flowters” with Orelsan. In this French song, Gringe invited some of the best French rappers in “Qui dit mieux”. From this album “Enfant Lune” I also enjoy the song “Déchiré”.

Qui dit mieux ft Orelsan Vald & Suikon Blaz AD (YouTube link) 

  1. Orelsan
Instagram @orelsan

The French rapper Orelsan created a famous French song that is now in French pop culture and many people make reference to it with the famous “Simple, basique”. I wrote an article about the lyrics of Basique. He is back in 2021 with a new album named ” Civilisation”, an album between love and hate.

L’odeur de l’essence

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Friday 2nd of September 2022

honestly i think Bigflo and Oli should be on this list. they are no doubt one of the best artist in france.


Friday 2nd of September 2022

Maybe, but they are already on another blog post of the blog

Crown Ether

Tuesday 30th of November 2021



Tuesday 30th of November 2021

Yes, famous French rap song between Booba and Kaaris. I am not a big fan of this one.


Thursday 2nd of September 2021

Wow thanks for sharing! love this list


Saturday 4th of September 2021

Thanks a lot, Yen! There are even more articles about French rap on the blog!


Saturday 12th of June 2021

C'est Courbevoie pour kekra pas Courebois !


Monday 14th of June 2021

Merci ! C'est corrigé :)


Tuesday 30th of March 2021

This website is an incredible and much needed resource for non french speaking global fans of French rap so thank you for this. I'm from India and was first exposed to French rap though the channel MCM in the 90's. I grew up on NTM, Stomy Bugsy, Doc Gyneco and the likes. Though influenced by the US, with groups like PNL, I feel French rap has really come on to it's own. Anyway merci beaucoup for this website


Tuesday 30th of March 2021

Thanks a lot Sid for your comment:) I am glad that my blog can be seen as a useful resource! I completely agree with you regarding the old-school French rap and now there are many branches in French rap. Actually, I am planning to write a blog post about old-school French rap in the next weeks or months!