The pounding heart of Canadian rap has dished out some straight fire over the years, echoing from gritty studio corners and reverberating through stadium-sized soundsystems with unassuming potency. Tucked into that Northern cool, the genre has spawned some game-changing tracks, mediating dialogue between the streets, the systems, and the souls. These are songs that have not just invaded airwaves but have permeated pop culture; each one is infused with lyricism that stabs the heart or inflames the mind, beats that jolt the body to move, or messages that push the envelope of the thinker and the dreamer.
Albums like “COUNT SHEEP” and “Eyes On Me,” have broken down barriers to expose the raw underbelly of inner-city narratives, while tunes such as “Run The Money” and “Oh My Days” pulse with the buoyant vibrancy of youthful ambition. There’s a taste of revolutionary fervor in “No Holding Hands Pt 2” and “Reign 2023,” while “Fallen Angel (Freestyle)” and “TRUMAN SHOW” are laced with introspection that bears witness to the harsh realities and the beauty woven into the Canadian urban tapestry. And who could forget the anthems spun by “Manifest It (feat. Jean Deaux)” or “Muddy Flow,” refrains that have rolled right off the tongue of the hip-hop masses, hand-in-hand with the rhythmic magnetism of “Switch Up” and “Drop Ship”?
This musical journey sees the emergence of a vibrant scene well beyond the shadow of American hip hop, churning out a uniquely Canadian narrative that’s bold, raw, and unapologetically real. So let’s get into it. From The Fruit to MELTDOWN (feat. Drake), here are the Top 100 Canadian Rap Songs.
100. The Fruit – Skiii
Aight, we kickin’ this list off with “The Fruit” by Skiii. Now, don’t sleep on this joint, this cut is cold. The beat’s got that chill, laid-back vibe, reminiscent of some J Dilla joints. Skiii spits bars with a smooth flow that seems effortless, displaying her lyrical prowess. But what sets “The Fruit” apart is its intricate wordplay and contemplative theme, reminding us of the good old conscious side of Hip Hop. Doesn’t quite manage to catapult Skiii to the heights of Drake or Tory Lanez, but it’s a promising start for sure. A masterclass in chilled-out Canadian rap, this track is worth the listen.
99. Have To Live – Mill Israel
98. SHOULD I ? – Devontée
“SHOULD I?” by Devontée is a quintessential representation of the Toronto beat scene that bridges the gap between hip hop and R&B beautifully. Aired out over a simmering, soulful production, Devontée’s introspective bars question the demands of success, while still paying homage to the looming tower of the 6ix. The joint’s strength lies in its restrained delivery as Devontée interweaves his contemplative rhymes with a hypnotic flow, creating a magnetic pull that drags listeners into his world. But don’t get it twisted, while he’s questioning, he ain’t doubting. This joint is a testament to the quiet confidence that Toronto emcees are lacing through their music, redefining the game in a uniquely Canadian way. “SHOULD I?” Yes, Devontée, keep the fire coming!
97. UNSTOPPABLE FREESTYLE – TARiiiQ
“UNSTOPPABLE FREESTYLE” by TARiiiQ popped off like a firecracker in a quiet room. Pushed down with that relentless flow and a beat that hit harder than a Tyson haymaker. TARiiiQ wire-walks the line between metaphorical genius and raw, unadulterated street ethos, his bars packed with insider references that nod to the old guard of Canadian hip hop. While it’s true he might not be reinventing the wheel in terms of thematic content, his sledgehammer delivery and laid-back confidence take this track to another stratosphere. It’s a reminder that he is ready to spit bars with the best of them; a freestyle that embodies both the flair and the fury of hip hop. Stand back, yo, TARiiiQ is fully loaded and his aim is deadly.
96. COUNT SHEEP – I.R.B
“COUNT SHEEP” by I.R.B is on some next-level vibes. This track don’t pull punches – it’s a hard-hitting narrative on insomnia and struggle, embedded in a soundscape that mixes old-school boom-bap with some experimental elements. I.R.B’s flow is as restless as the theme, his bars darting between gritty imagery and introspective musings. The beat is a moody masterpiece, with brooding basslines underpinning a sleep-deprived labyrinth of complex rhymes. This ain’t your typical radio hit, it’s hip hop in its rawest form. Yo, it might not make you ‘count sheep’ but it sure will keep you awake with its intensity. A must-listen for heads who value substance over hype.
95. Eyes On Me – Che
“Eyes On Me” by Che comes in at 95 on our top 100 Canadian rap songs, an unapologetic banger with an infectious hook that’ll have you pressing repeat. Paying homage to her Toronto roots, Che drops bars that paint a vivid picture of her hustle, her dreams, and the streets that molded her into the artist she is today. The track’s gritty bassline is a nod to the city’s signature brooding sound, while her flow is confident, crafty, and unyielding — a true testament to the female-driven energy spearheading the Canadian hip hop scene. While it doesn’t reimagine the wheel, “Eyes On Me” is a potent dose of Che’s potential, and a testament to Toronto’s robust rap landscape.
94. Oldboy – Boy Wonder
“Oldboy” by Boy Wonder is a lyrical masterpiece that showcases the artist’s storytelling prowess combined with his nimble flow. Drenched in his signature coast-to-coast style, Boy Wonder borrows from both the gritty reality of his Toronto roots and the more lyrical and introspective approach of the American East Coast. The track unveils the hard knocks of growing up in the city, and the drive to rise above the challenges. Sonically, it’s a gritty cut, reminiscent of some 90s boom-bap, but given a fresh spin with a bouncy bassline and sparkling hi-hats. Old school purists might shy away from this type of hybrid sound, but for those open to evolution, “Oldboy” is a testament to the potential of the Canadian hip-hop scene. It may not be a groundbreaking anthem, but it’s a solid cut that proves Boy Wonder isn’t content to just fit into the mold.
93. Run The Money – Tia Bank$
“Run The Money” by Tia Bank$ represents the dynamism and diversity of Canadian hip hop. Tia Bank$, often lauded as a torchbearer for Toronto’s burgeoning female rap scene, pushes the envelope with her razor-sharp bars and unapologetic confidence. This track is an audacious anthem about flipping the script on traditional gender roles in the pursuit of wealth and success. Ingeniously marrying explosive trap beats with her incisive lyricism, Bank$’ gritty delivery offers a deliciously bitter reality check on the grind necessary to stack those dollars high. The track’s audacity may not suit every taste, but it’s this very boldness that makes Tia Bank$ a force to reckon with in the rap game.
92. Oh My Days – BOYFRN
“Oh My Days” by the Canadian rapper BOYFRN is a stone-cold northern classic. From the jump, the beat drips chills, like a cold night in the 6ix. BOYFRN spits pure flames over a sick beat, exuding coolness and charisma. His lyricism is laced with a street sensibility that matches the urgency of his delivery. On the real, this cut is an anthem for hustlers and dreamers. Its raw portrayal of everyday struggles combined with the ambition to rise above them reflects the grind of the streets. But make no mistake, this is no flash-in-the-pan street diary. BOYFRN proves his mettle as a bona fide wordsmith, spinning tales with a resolve that’s both endearing and empowering. “Oh My Days” is a testament to resilience, a rap mantra for those rising from the ashes.
91. Cookin – Tona
Cookin up a storm in the 56th spot is Tona with his tasty track “Cookin”. Bursting outta Scarborough, Tona has been serving up rhymes hotter than a habanero since ’09. But it’s with “Cookin” that he really turned up the heat, marinating his sick flows in thick beats like a master chef. This track is a banquet of boom-bap, seasoned with a dash of trap for flavor. Tona flexes his lyrical prowess, metaphors sizzling and crackling in the pan of hot production. No doubt, Tona is one of those MCs that adds a unique spice to the Canadian hip-hop landscape. Still, one can argue that his delivery could use a bit more zing – a touch more energy to elevate his simmering bars into a full-on inferno. Nonetheless, “Cookin” is a dish worth tucking into.
90. Kill The Noise (The Valley) – Charlie Noiir
“Kill The Noise (The Valley)” by Charlie Noiir? Oh, that’s a jewel in the crown of Canadian hip hop, my friends. Noiir’s gritty lyricism, set against an ethereal beat, creates a haunting backdrop to the tale of survival he’s rapping about. The ‘The Valley’ in the title? It’s both a metaphorical and literal reference to the ups and downs of life in his native Scarborough. The song is filled with elevated wordplay, a dusky, echoing backdrop, and a flow smooth as silk. Noiir doesn’t just spit bars; he’s weaving a narrative tapestry. A little dark, a little cryptic, this track stands as an impressive testament to Noiir’s lyrical prowess and style. This ain’t no candy-coated commercial rap, the authenticity here is palpable. A real gem!
89. No Holding Hands Pt 2 – G Milla
“No Holding Hands Pt 2” by G Milla is a track that doesn’t play games or hold hands when it comes to delivering that raw, authentic Toronto sound. G Milla uses the city’s cold, stark ambiance as his canvas, painting a vivid portrait of gritty street tales and complex emotions. For real, G Milla doesn’t entertain any gimmicks – dude’s too busy crafting solid bangers that reflect his genuine experiences and emotions. His lyrics are sliced with a sharp edge, and the beat is like a thick fog rolling in off Lake Ontario – dense and imposing. This here is T-dot rap in its purest form – no chaser. So, hands down, “No Holding Hands Pt 2” is a testament to the power and potential of Canadian hip hop.
88. Reign 2023 – Zeuce
No cap, “Reign 2023” by Zeuce ain’t just a rap song — it’s a prophecy. Zeuce, hailing straight from the 6ix, serves a fire blend of icy bars and a futuristic beatscape that can only be described as post-trap. Picture this: Zeuce, balancing braggadocios lyricism with humility that’s as real as the streets that raised him. You can feel the Queen West’s grit and glamour in his flow, an homage to the pulse of T-dot’s hip-hop scene that has birthed icons like Drake. But real talk, what sets “Reign 2023” apart is the vision behind it. Zeuce ain’t just for today; he’s setting his sights on the throne, and ain’t looking to share. Call it confidence, call it audacity. By any name, it’s a banger that confirms Zeuce ain’t here to play.
87. Fallen Angel (Freestyle) – Ashton
Alright, let’s get into this one. Ashton’s “Fallen Angel (Freestyle)” is a deep cut, no cap. His bars are raw, his flow is free, and the beat knocks like an impatient landlord. This track illustrates the Toronto MC’s commitment to pushing boundaries with unconventional rhythms and metaphor-laden wordplay. He spits about his struggles, achievements, and ambitions with a refreshing candor which captures the spirit of hip hop. Yet, the track isn’t entirely free of flaws. Its brevity often leaves you yearning for more, and Ashton’s distinctive style can sometimes blur his lyrical nuances. But let’s keep it a buck, this track is a testament to Ashton’s potential as a rapper, earning its spot on this list.
86. TRUMAN SHOW – Kavale
“TRUMAN SHOW” by Kavale displays his knack for blending catchy hooks with introspective lyricism, a skill that underscores the MC’s versatility. Channeling vibes from the iconic movie of the same name, Kavale takes us into the depths of his psyche, much like Truman Burbank’s televised life. This track is a testament to self-awareness as much as it’s a critique of surveillance society. His flow is calculated, his lyricism, raw and vulnerable. It’s a nod to his potential as one of Toronto’s unsung wordsmiths, proving to be a vital pulse in the sprawling Canadian hip hop scene. No fronting here, he’s the real McCoy! If you’ve got “TRUMAN SHOW” spinning, you’re watching Kavale’s world – and it’s a world of hustle, grinds, and gold shines.
85. Dirty Hands – Super Duty Tough Work
Aight, let’s talk about Super Duty Tough Work and their banger “Dirty Hands”. This ain’t just another joint, yo. Naw, this one’s a lyrical masterclass, reppin’ the true ethos of Canadian hip-hop with every bar. SDTW’s lead MC, Brendan Kinley aka Giant #3, runs game with vivid narratives and thought-provoking metaphors that reflect day-to-day life like it is. The production, colder than a Winnipeg winter, is laid with jazz-infused beats, creating a vibe that’s as raw as the streets. “Dirty Hands” is unpretentious, it’s real, and it’s a testament to the power of the underground scene. It might not play on your mainstream radio, but for those in the know, it’s straight fire.
84. JAH LIGHTS – Skip Waiters
“JAH LIGHTS” by Skip Waiters is a deep cut laced with fierce lyricism, reggae-infused rhythm, and a conscious message often absent in mainstream hip hop. Waiters’ flows like water, dripping in wordplay and metaphors, providing listeners with a spiritual awakening of sorts. Despite its laid-back beat, “JAH LIGHTS” isn’t a song you nod to idly; it demands attention, it demands interpretation. The clear reggae influence adds a certain richness and authenticity to the track, with the storytelling reminiscent of old-school hip hop. However, “JAH LIGHTS” has a modern twist that makes it a unique addition to the Canadian rap landscape.
83. No Chance – Mallokay
No Chance – Mallokay Now, this here’s a heater that flame up the Six. Mallokay, see, he’s a hushed legend in the Canadian hip hop scene, been making waves under the radar. When he dropped “No Chance,” it wasn’t just a track, it was an assertion – less of a “hey, I’m here” and more of a “y’all had your fun, now step off.” Mallokay’s got that icily detached flow, spit over a beat that hits like an Alberta winter – sharp and unrelenting. It’s clear that dude’s got something to say, and he ain’t about to let no one get in his way. As it stands, “No Chance” ain’t just a standout in the Canadian hip hop scene; it’s a declaration of war.
82. Silly Side – Lindasson
Aight, let me bless you with a lil knowledge about “Silly Side” by Toronto’s very own Lindasson. This track is a gem, an introspective piece that shows Lindasson’s ability to craft lyrics that casually elevate the mundane into profound meditations on the human condition. His flow? Ice cold, as smooth as the beat that carries his bars, delivered with a mellow, laid-back coolness. But listen up, this ain’t just about having a good time, nah. Lindasson’s rapping about the unpredictability of life, how the same streets that make you can break you, yet he still manages to find the humor in it all. And that’s the beauty of “Silly Side”, it presents an honest, existentialist perspective with a wry smile. Straight-up Canadian hip-hop at its finest.
81. Middle Finger U – K-Riz
Droppin’ at the midpoint of our dope list is “Middle Finger U” by the talented K-Riz, coming straight outta Edmonton. K-Riz ain’t no newcomer to the rap game, y’all. His bars always packed with a punch and his flows smoother than butter, and “Middle Finger U” is no exception. The joint is a bold statement, an audacious declaration of independence from anyone who’s ever doubted him. It’s a striking tune, the beat itself embodying the spirit of what hip hop is all about – rebellion against the system, the voice of the voiceless. Definitely not a track you can easily forget, “Middle Finger U” leaves an indelible mark on the listener. But yo, can we talk about the production on this joint? Killer, I tell you. Straight killer!
80. The One – Friyie
Aight y’all, let’s kick this off with a certified banger – “The One” by Friyie. Straight outta Toronto, Friyie delivers this joint with an undeniably confident swagger. His bars are pure, unfiltered reflections on life, ambition, and his ascendancy in the rap game. The beat? Oh, it’s crisp, clear and magnetic, sparking that head-bobbin’ instinct from the jump. However, despite its infectious rhythm, “The One” has been somewhat slept on, and it’s a shame. In terms of lyrical prowess, Friyie shows he can dance with the best and doesn’t shirk from packing a punch with his words. Love it or loathe it, “The One” is Friyie carving his own path in the rap wilderness. This tune ain’t just ‘another’ rap single, it’s a statement of intent.
79. Switch Up – Will Ryte
“Switch Up” by Will Ryte is a stone-cold hip hop anthem that dances on the edge of the modern trap influence with an old-school, lyrical finesse. Ryte’s unrelenting flow, clever wordplay and vocal charisma add a distinct flavor to the track that is all too rare in the contemporary rap sphere. The tune flirts with themes of hustle, loyalty, and the inevitable changes that success brings, immersing the listener in Ryte’s journey. But don’t get it twisted, “Switch Up” isn’t just a free ride on the struggle bus – it’s a celebration of the grind and an unapologetic embrace of the motion. It’s a cut that hits deep while also turning up the heat, proving that Will Ryte ain’t just here to play, he’s here to stay.
78. Drop Ship – Sheldon Sabastian
Drop Ship, Sheldon Sabastian’s track, is an audacious drop in the bucket of Canadian hip-hop. Sabastian, never one to turn down experimenting, takes a left-field approach to the production of this track. His fresh delivery is layered over a beat that slaps harder than a roundhouse from Bruce Lee, creating a sonic experience that’s as captivating as it is unique. What ensues is a rumination on wealth, hustle, and the grind, all melded into a mind-bending soundscape. Though not yet a household name, Sabastian is shaking up the scene with ripples of innovation, one track at a time. Drop Ship doesn’t just hit different, it is different, and stands as a testament to Sabastian’s rare talent.
77. Spontaneous – Exmiranda
“Spontaneous” by Exmiranda is a trailblazing track, held down by her lyrical proficiency and intricate wordplay that places her in the lineage of stalwarts like MC Lyte and Lauryn Hill. Exmiranda goes in hard, her rhymes splayed over a laid-back beat that pulsates with dark and moody atmospherics. In true hip hop fashion, she delivers bars laced with life experiences, dishing out wisdom with a raw authenticity that hits you right in the gut. Her spitfire flow complements the rugged beats, creating a soundscape that perfectly encapsulates the essence of underground hip hop. What sets “Spontaneous” apart is Exmiranda’s deft command of the mic – a testament to the power of female voices in a male-dominated genre. A must-listen for any hip hop aficionado.
76. Ms. Do You Wrong – SadBoi
“Ms. Do You Wrong,” by the stoic yet deeply emotive SadBoi, is a lyrical reflection of love gone sour. The track is firmly rooted in the lo-fi hip hop sub-genre yet bears a resounding emotional impact that few other songs can match. SadBoi shows up on the mic, spitting bars about love, loss, and learning, painting a vivid picture of a broken relationship over a somber beat. The melancholic overtones of this song mirror the cold Canadian winters, reminding us of the raw and dark side of love. It may be at #75 on this list, but don’t sleep on SadBoi’s ability to turn heartbreak into a lyrical masterpiece. It’s the type of joint you’d listen to after a breakup, just sitting and nodding your head, feeling the words resonate with your own experiences.
75. Ready For War – Nate Husser
Aye yo, let’s talk about “Ready For War” by Nate Husser, a Montreal-based lyricist with a pen as deadly as a sword. This joint dropped and the game wasn’t ready, fam. Nate came raw and uncensored, unloading his arsenal of words onto the track. The beat? Grimy as hell. The flow? Ice cold, straight razors. Husser’s delivery is sharp, aggressive, laced with a menace that’ll make you take a step back. But it’s not all about the raw power. Nate’s also got a Harriet Tubman-esque ability to guide you through the labyrinth of his psyche. And yes, some might say the lyrics border on the nihilistic, but sometimes, to lay it bare, you gotta go dark. You hear this track, and you know Nate ain’t just ready for war, he’s the general leading the charge. Let’s keep it a buck, “Ready for War” is a monumental monument in the Canadian hip-hop soundscape.
74. Manifest It (feat. Jean Deaux) – Haviah Mighty
Straight outta T-Dot comes your girl Haviah Mighty with “Manifest It (feat. Jean Deaux)”. This banger ain’t your average rap joint; it’s a testament to the power of self-belief, a lyrical salvo that echoes the ethos of hip hop’s earliest pioneers – creating your own destiny. Haviah drops diamonds on uplifting verses while Jean Deaux’s feature on the track adds a soulful mystique, the two emcees effortlessly maneuvering the beat. “Manifest It” stands unique, showcasing Haviah’s versatility and unique ability to blend the rugged rawness of rap with a more contemplative approach to lyricism. A must-listen if you’re on the prowl for thoughtful bars and a fresh sonic experience. But remember, it ain’t just a song, it’s a mantra. Speak it into existence, y’all.
73. Muddy Flow – Kay Bandz
“Muddy Flow” by Kay Bandz is one of those tracks that sticks to your ribs, you feel me? Situated in the muddy waters where trap intersects with conscious rap, Kay Bandz delivers a dizzying performance, tossing clever wordplay over disorienting, murky beats. The production, thick and heady, is as enveloping as a foggy night in the 6ix. Lyrically, Bandz is far from a lightweight, dealing with weighty themes of street life and survival in a cold world with a compelling rawness. However, the track could pack a harder punch with a more original storyline; the narrative feels a bit recycled in a genre already congested with similar themes. Nonetheless, its gloomy ambience and Bandz’s potent delivery makes “Muddy Flow” a solid, resonating track. Don’t sleep on this one.
72. THE BOOGIE – Lex Leosis
“Hold up, fam. We talkin’ about Lex Leosis’s joint, “THE BOOGIE”? Aw, man, that’s fire! Lex comes at us with that gritty style, flexin’ her wordplay game like it’s second nature. From the opening bars, she got us trapped in her web of metaphors and real talk. Her flow? Ice cold, no doubt. She got that old school vibe, spitting that raw truth, reminding us of another era where hip hop was less about trappin’ and more about emotional depth and sociopolitical commentary. But don’t get it twisted, Lex ain’t stuck in the past; she’s here to reshape the present. “THE BOOGIE” ain’t just a song, it’s a statement – Lex Leosis telling the world she’s here and ain’t going nowhere. It’s Canadian hip hop at its finest. Heads up for this one.
71. How R U – DijahSB
Ayyo, “How R U” by DijahSB, don’t sleep on this one! A standout in the Canadian hip-hop scene, DijahSB fuses jazzy beats with a flow smoother than a ride on the 6ix side. “How R U” is a straight-up banger, as DijahSB unpacks mental health struggles with lyrical dexterity. They’re no stranger to getting beneath the surface, diving deeper than a Drake monologue on this soulful track. The wordplay in “How R U” is Grade A, and the beat? Dope as they come. This ain’t just a track, it’s a conversation starter. Ain’t no frontin’ with DijahSB, they keep it one hundred. So, I ask you, “How R U” after spinning this gem?
70. Ventriloquist – JUGGER
JUGGER’s “Ventriloquist” is a spellbinding cut from the 6ix side – Toronto, for the uninitiated. Don’t get it twisted, this joint ain’t about puppetry; it’s about JUGGER pulling the strings in this ragdoll rap game. Leaning onto a dark, grimy beat, JUGGER ululates about his life, his moves, and his kudos. No cap, his flow is mad unorthodox; he spits like a mumble rapper being held underwater, gasping out bars with a ferocity that’s raw and undiluted. Ain’t nothing ventriloquist about his delivery, though. Far from those low-energy, mumbly types, he’s the puppet master, speaking volumes with every word he spits. It’s not your everyday banger, but it’s got a vibe that’s hard to resist.
69. Choose Summer (Gold Teeth and Bamboos) – myst milano.
This track is a buoyant declaration of style, dripping with bravado over a laid-back, sun-soaked beat. What sets this joint apart is myst milano’s lyrical finesse, weaving together vivid imagery of summer vibes and opulent living. The kicker? Their fiery delivery that doesn’t shy away from their queer identity, pushing the envelope on the norms of the Toronto hip hop scene. Yet, it’s not just a bop, but a statement – reppin’ the blend of influences from Caribbean music to the heart-throbbing rhythm of techno. An underrated gem in the vast landscape of Canuck hip hop.
68. 28 BARS – TAAYLEE G
Ayy, now we’re gon’ talk about this banger, “28 BARS” by TAAYLEE G. Let’s break it down, bar for bar. TAAYLEE G keeps it straight-up raw on this one, spitting a tough 28 bars of pure lyrical heat over a menacing beat that’s bound to shake up your sound system. Don’t get it twisted, though – this ain’t just about flexing lyrical muscles. TAAYLEE G has substance to match his style, spitting real-life stories that hit home for real hip hop heads. If we’re talking about the Canadian rap scene, TAAYLEE G is the name you need to know, and “28 BARS” is the track you need to bump. We’re talking power moves here, people – this boy is going places. Don’t sleep on TAAYLEE G.
67. Lately – Jayy Brown
“Lately” by Jayy Brown is a track that hits different, no cap. This Toronto spitter brings a unique flavor, weaving confessional lyrics with a smooth, laid-back beat. It’s a vibe that echoes the cold, grey atmospherics of the 6ix. Jayy’s flow is as fluid as the Don River, weaving through themes of ambition, struggle, and resilience with an introspective lens. This jam paints a sonic mural of life in the urban metropolis, echoing the sentiments of many youngbloods on their grind. Not one to ride bandwagons, Jayy Brown drops bars that are nothing less than a testament to his individuality. A prominent fixture in the T-Dot soundscape, “Lately” showcases not just his prowess, but the richness and diversity of Canadian Hip-Hop. His delivery? Cold as a Canadian winter, and just as impactful.
66. 4 Sho – LUM
100. “4 Sho – LUM” “4 Sho” by LUM is a tour-de-force testament to this Canadian MC’s raw talent. This bass-heavy joint marries an infectious beat with LUM’s razor-sharp lyrics, creating a ferocious anthem that warrants a head nod from even the most discerning hip-hop heads. LUM’s unapologetic delivery—both confident and drenched in a heady swagger—displays an artist capable of blending old school sensibilities with a modern edge. While “4 Sho” might not have the commercial appeal of some other tracks on this list, it’s an embodiment of hip-hop’s core elements—raw lyrics over a killer beat. Definitely a must-listen for any fan of Canadian hip hop. But, it’s only spraying the first strokes on LUM’s vibrant canvas. There’s plenty more heat to come from this Northern flame.
65. MIX IT UP – Eva Shaw
“MIX IT UP” by Eva Shaw undoubtedly holds a spot in our top 100 — not just because it’s a banger, but also because it showcases the fusion of hip hop and electronic elements. The track is filled to the brim with Shaw’s signature trap-infused beats, bringing new sounds to the hip hop scene. However, this is not your conventional hip hop cut; it left behind the boom-bap and went all in with EDM. It’s worth noting though, that this direction can be polarizing among purists who might argue that it strays too far from hip hop’s roots. Like it or not, “MIX IT UP” challenges hip hop norms and we gotta respect that audacity. The track sets a precedent, testifying to Canadian hip hop’s willingness to experiment and evolve.
64. Sydanie’s Interlude – BAMBII
“BAMBII’s collaboration with Sydanie on the track “Sydanie’s Interlude” is pure fire, no doubt. The fusion of BAMBII’s electrifying beats with Sydanie’s poetic verses is like sippin’ on some top-shelf Henny. It’s smooth but hits you hard. The rhythm, the beats, the words – all come together to create a melody reminiscent of the mashup culture inherent in hip hop. Undoubtedly, this track is a testament to the edgy reality of Toronto’s inner city. Sydanie rawly and unapologetically narrates her experiences, providing a glimpse into the Canadian urban landscape. It paints a narrative that’s authentic and seasoned – just like good hip hop ought to. In the words of Jadakiss, “It’s Pain, it’s Glory, it’s the Streets, it’s Story!” Just wish it was longer because that interlude leaves you fiendin’ for more.
63. Paradise – YSN Fab
“Paradise” by YSN Fab is the ultimate smoke-filled, neon-bathed dreamscape crafted in song. Yeah, you heard it here first. The track marries haunting production with Fab’s raspy, relatable bars, painting a picture of the streets while simultaneously providing a slice of escapism. It’s his lyrical precision that sets him apart. Believe me when I tell you, YSN Fab doesn’t just rap, he weaves narratives. The young T-Dot MC is shining a light on the gritty realities, yet somehow, he makes you yearn for this so-called “Paradise”. Next level? Absolutely. This cut is further proof that Canada’s rap scene is richer and more diverse than the Drake-dominated narratives often suggest.
62. Knee Deep – Wave Montega
“Knee Deep” by Wave Montega is a true gem in Canadian hip hop, a proper 6ix side anthem. Wave Montega flexes his lyrical prowess, laying down bars that reflect the reality of living the street hustle. The instrumental, a captivating medley of hard-hitting 808s and smooth melodic lines, provides the perfect backdrop. There’s an emotional depth to this track that sets it apart; it’s more than just a banger. Montega is on some thoughtful tip, delving into profound musings about life from the trenches. His flow is calculated, mature, and carries a certain introspective vibe. It’s Canadian rap with an edge, a solid contender in the hip hop game. On “Knee Deep,” Wave Montega proved he’s not just riding the wave, he’s creating his own.
61. BIG MON – DillanPonders
“BIG MON” by DillanPonders is a heavyweight track, and not just cause of the title. The Toronto-bred rapper spits bars with an energy that recalls the fiery bravado of Biggie, while infusing his flows with a modern trap-inflected sensibility. Ponders isn’t just flexing, though – he’s also staking his claim, standing tall amidst a sea of mediocre emcees. The beat underpinning the track is ominous, pulsing with an intensity that perfectly matches Ponders’ spitfire delivery. It ain’t just a song; it’s a declaration, a mission statement. While some might deem his confidence brash, the hip hop heads know better – in this game, you either go hard or go home. Ponders, evidently, chose the former. That’s why “BIG MON” made the cut for the top 100 Canadian hip hop tracks.
60. The Bridge – Versvs
“The Bridge” by Versvs takes us back to the roots of hip-hop with its classic boom-bap beats and thoughtful lyricism. Versvs takes the listener on a journey across his experiences growing up, love, and struggles in a storytelling masterclass that reminds you of KRS-One or Nas. The production, bearing shades of DJ Premier, is slick and old-school, but Versvs adds a fresh twist to the vintage vibe. While it may not be the most commercial track, “The Bridge” proves that there’s nothing more hip-hop than authenticity and passion. Though the song may not be groundbreaking, it’s a testament to the power of hip-hop as a means to channel the voice of the streets – a bridge, if you will, between the past and the present.
59. Run It Back – Da-P
“Run It Back” from Da-P is a fiery petite anthem, radiant with the energy of striving and winning. This song is textbook Canadian rap, replete with vibrant verses and a hook that will latch onto your memory like velcro. Da-P, a product of Montreal’s under-the-radar but exceedingly vibrant music scene, brings an enchanting blend of classic hip hop elements with a dash of contemporary trap. The track has an intense rhythm, carrying listeners along on a wave of ambition and resilience. The articulate wordplay and dexterous production style of Da-P are front and center here. For real, “Run It Back” ain’t just a track, it’s a cultural artifact that encapsulates the pulse of Canadian hip hop. One word of advice – don’t sleep on this one. Do yourself a favor and run it back!
58. Griselda Blanco – Junk
Bet that y’all ain’t never heard a track that slaps as hard as Junk’s “Griselda Blanco”. This song serves as a tribute to the notorious drug trafficker, and it does so with a unapologetic, raw energy that’s rare in rap these days. Junk spits fiery bars over a grimy beat that feels like it crawled straight out of the underworld. His wordplay is slick, his references are deep, and his flow is relentless – a one-two punch to the gut that echoes the sheer brutality of Blanco’s reign. But while Junk clearly admires Blanco’s ruthlessness, he also doesn’t shy away from exploring the many downfalls of a life in crime. This track ain’t just a banger, it’s a reality check, and it slaps harder for it. Now that’s what I call a standout in Canadian hip hop. Let’s not sleep on this one, y’all.
57. Thank God – Mike Shabb
“Thank God” by Mike Shabb straight up pays homage to the Most High, laying down gratitude in each bar, spinning the tale of his rise in the 514, Montreal’s vibrant hip hop scene. Shabb keeps it 100, with a real, raw commentary on his journey, blessings, and survival. The track is all about giving props where they’re due, to the G.O.A.T. up above, and the squad on the ground. With a solid flow laid over a beat that’s straight fire, Shabb elevates his game, establishing his place in the Canadian hip-hop narrative. It’s a classic underdog story, told in a language that’s all hustle and heart. If you’re not already on the Mike Shabb train, “Thank God” is the perfect ticket.
56. Come Close – TallupTwinz
Aight, let’s unpack this banger “Come Close” from the TallupTwinz. When this duo dropped this heat, they put the T-Dot on alert that they weren’t here to play. The track sizzles with grimy beats that echo the concrete jungle they hail from, hitting you with a raw energy that’s both unrefined and invigorating. But it’s the relentless flow, the street-infused lyricism that’ll have you leanin’. A compelling narrative of struggle and survival, every bar in this joint is a testament to perseverance in the cutthroat environment of the 6ix. Yet, while “Come Close” solidifies their rep in the rap scene, it also showcases a promising potential that’s yet to be fully unleashed. Straight talk, TallupTwinz got next.
55. nomo – st4r
I see no lies when st4r tells us she ain’t playing no games with “nomo”. A raw and unfiltered presentation of her journey through the concrete jungles of the 6ix, this track is a lyrical landslide. st4r packs the track with assertive rhymes each soaked in the gritty realities of life. The production gets under your skin, with haunting synths that linger in the back, creating a somber mood. Her aggressive flow delivers a rapid-fire commentary on the game and her place in it, punctuated with a fierce determination that solidifies her as a force to be reckoned with. However, the track may lack a bit of that lyrical depth we’ve grown accustomed to from many in the Toronto rap scene — just a little room for growth. But st4r still categorically establishes herself as an MC to keep an eye on. Toronto’s got another one on the rise, y’all!
54. Struggle – K-Cuzz
“Struggle” by K-Cuzz? Oh, we’re talkin’ ’bout a banger right here, no cap. The joint serves as both a bop and a testament to K-Cuzz’s power as a lyricist. Straight outta the 6ix, K-Cuzz weaves tales of his battle against life’s trials and tribulations. This here track hones in on the grim reality that many face within the streets, precisely why it resonates so well with the hip hop heads. The beat? It’s dark and grimy, laying down a perfect canvas for K-Cuzz to paint his vivid pictures of struggle. Hats off to K-Cuzz for this one – not only does he claim his space within the Canadian rap scene, but he also gives voice to the gritty underbelly that’s often ignored. Don’t sleep on this one, fam.
53. DESTINATION – EverythingOShauN
“DESTINATION” by EverythingOShauN is a paradigm-shifting joint, symbolic of the transmuting Canadian hip hop scene. OShauN, known for his ghostly aesthetic and melodic rap style, flexes his unique knack for combing trap elements with Afrobeat melodies on this track. His lyrics, drenched in elusive metaphors and relatable narration, unapologetically exposes the underbelly of the street hustle. The beats bang hard, no doubt, but they also carry a plaintive undercurrent that’s hard to ignore — a nod to the ever-present struggle beneath the surface. The track’s production quality is top-tier, showcasing the Canadian rap scene’s evolving soundscape. While it may not be your classic boom-bap, “DESTINATION” represents the fusion-driven future of hip hop — complex, diverse, and unabashedly honest.
52. Ride – BEATCAVE
“Ride” by BEATCAVE sits comfortably in the middle of our list. This track’s got that classic boom-bap vibe, raw and unfiltered, just like how they used to spin it back in the day. BEATCAVE spits bars that are sobering, yet filled with the hope and resilience that emblematizes hip-hop culture. The beat is a hypnotic loop of a faded soul sample, creating an atmosphere that’s a mix of nostalgia and forward-thinking swagger. “Ride” offers a glimpse into the gritty realism of the streets, but it’s far from a gloomy picture. Instead, BEATCAVE paints a vivid canvas of life’s struggles with a brush steeped in optimism. A track worthy of multiple spins, no doubt.
51. Find My Love – Mattmac
Nothing but respect for Mattmac, a blind Ojibwe producer from Garden Hill First Nation who’s been proving that limitations ain’t nothing but smoke and mirrors. “Find My Love” is a testament to his extraordinary talent and resilience. The beat is flush with a bumpy grind that speaks volumes about his influences, which are deeply rooted in classic hip hop vibes. We’re talking rhythmic 808s and crisp snares here, spiced with an R&B edge. His flow? Just as relentless, if not more. On the mic, he’s exploring arenas of self-love and soul-searching, showcasing an introspective lens that’s rare to find. “Find My Love” isn’t just a song, y’all. It’s the hip hop anthem of resilience.
50. What’s the Cost – APB
“What’s the Cost” by APB ain’t no chump change, fam. This track is a certified banger outta the Great White North, and it’s reppin’ Canadian hip hop real proper. APB serving us a lyrical feast with drills sharper than a winter in Calgary. My man paints an entire cityscape, tracing the rise and grind of his hustle, the paper chase, and the heavy price of success. The instrumental backdrop is chill yet gritty, reflecting the harsh realities he spits about. It’s like a midnight ride through an unwelcoming urban landscape, a navigation between fame and obscurity, opulence and poverty. APB ain’t pulling punches on this one, y’all. This track is proof that Canada’s bringing the heat in the global hip hop scene – you best not sleep on ’em.
49. HOOD RAT SHIT – Charmaine
“HOOD RAT SHIT” by Charmaine – now, here’s a track that captures the raw energy of the streets with a relentless onslaught of hard-hitting beats. Charmaine dominates the mic, flipping intricate wordplay with a fierce flow that screams of confidence. The Toronto native does a killer job at blending the old-school ethos of hip hop with a modern, high-octane sound, painting a vivid snapshot of the gritty realities of city life. The track’s unapologetic bravado and uncompromising attitude is reminiscent of the audacious spirit MC Lyte brought to the game back in the day, yet Charmaine’s unique spin feels fresh and current. Sure, it might not be for the faint-hearted, but “HOOD RAT SHIT” is proof that Charmaine ain’t playing around – she’s here to leave her mark.
48. Brothers – Roney
Ayy, y’all must’ve been sleeping if you don’t know about Roney’s track “Brothers.” It’s got that cold Toronto sound, gritty and raw, articulate enough to make the lyrics cut deep. The track spins a narrative about loyalty, the street life, and the razor’s edge between trust and betrayal that’s central to the code of the streets. Roney ain’t just spittin’ though, he’s a storyteller. Every verse pulsates with a narrative that’s as real as it gets. Roney may not have the commercial appeal of his fellow Canadian Drake, but he’s true to his roots, giving us an unapologetic taste of the Toronto street life. Keep your eyes on him, folks. This man’s going places.
47. Views from thorncliffe – Road Runner
“Views from thorncliffe” by Road Runner is an absolute gem in the Canadian hip hop scene, a slick anthem hailing directly from the lifeblood of Toronto’s Thorncliffe neighbourhood. Road Runner cleverly infuses his bars with the realities of growing up in the city’s east end, balancing the struggle and the hustle with a lyrical finesse that’s damn near poetic. The track’s foreboding beat, with its heavy bass lines and subtle high-hat trills, heightens the raw, unfiltered narrative. It’s undeniably catchy, but don’t let that deceive you; the hook hits deep and the message deeper. “Views from thorncliffe” is a testament to the power of hip hop as a storytelling medium, proving that Road Runner ain’t just another rapper, he’s a wordsmith with something real to say.
46. Toi-même tu sais – Loud
Aight, let’s talk about “Toi-même tu sais” by Loud. This joint takes us on a tour de force of Loud’s bilingual chops, flowing seamlessly from English to French with a cadence that’ll have you nodding your head like, “Oui, I feel you, bro.” The beats are icy, underscoring a lyrical narrative that’s as gritty as the Montreal streets Loud hails from. Loud’s sensational way of bodying the mic exemplifies not only his skills but also the diversity and dynamism creeping into Canadian hip hop. Through his raw storytelling, Loud has brought a refreshing voice to the scene from up North. “Toi-même tu sais” is testimony to his lyrical prowess and ability to narrate street tales with dignity and integrity. It resonates on a level that transcends language barriers, proving Hip Hop’s universal appeal.
45. Heatin’ It Up – Brandon.
Aight, let’s chop it up about “Heatin’ It Up” by the homie, Brandon. This joint ain’t playing with nobody—Brandon flips the script, dropping bars that are straight fire, stoking the mic aflame with his stylized cadence. The production ain’t no lightweight either, as it stitches together a solid beat echoing those dusty boom-bap vibes that get everybody nodding. Lyrically, this kid is a monster, spittin’ street truths and life lessons, painting vivid images in your mind’s eye. Still, it could do with a deeper dive into concept and content—Brandon’s got potential, but we ain’t seeing the full picture just yet. It’s a promising hint at greatness that’s yet to come, a spark in the rap game that’s just waiting to catch. This track ain’t just heating it up—it’s setting the stage on fire.
44. Move – Casper TNG
Aight, real talk, “Move” by Casper TNG is not only a banger but a testament to the gritty realism of Toronto’s rap scene. This joint is raw and uncut, with Casper laying down bars soaked in struggle and resilience. His flow is gutter, no holds barred, painting images of the ends that’d make even the hardest roadman cringe. But here’s the thing, the melody is infectious, the rhythm got your head nodding before you even know it. The track serves as a showcase for Casper’s lyrica ability and story-telling prowess, cementing him as one of the realest voices coming outta the north. It’s a must-listen for anyone wanting to get a feel for Canadian street rap, ya dig?
43. Good News – SVDP
“Good News” by SVDP is a standout track in the realm of Canadian hip hop. SVDP brings the heat with a melodic flow and hard-hitting bars that speak to the underdog spirit prevalent in the genre. The beats are soulful but contain a level of grit that highlights SVDP’s lyrical prowess and storytelling ability. The track’s hook is hypnotic, keeping listeners entranced as SVDP paints vivid pictures of his experiences and aspirations. A notable testament to SVDP’s artistry, “Good News” is a beacon for aspiring Canadian emcees, illuminating the path toward high-quality, authentic hip hop. Despite its name, the track doesn’t shy away from heavy themes, reminding us that life’s good news often comes hand-in-hand with struggles and hard-won victories. SVDP is definitely one to watch.
42. Slap It Off Pt. 2 – Da Crook
“Slap It Off Pt. 2” by Da Crook? Oh, this joint go hard, fam. This track encapsulates the raw energy that real hip-hop heads crave. The song’s composition is a bit unorthodox, crafting an entirely new sonic spectrum that’s both outlandish and awe-inspiring. Da Crook, a Canadian rapper who’s been on the grind, lays down bars that evoke a feeling of hunger and raw ambition. His wordplay? Stunningly clever – dude be sprinkling metaphors and similes like a master chef seasoning a gourmet dish. “Slap It Off Pt. 2” is a perfect example of the rapper’s lyrical prowess and effortless flow. As the sequel to the equally popular “Slap It Off,” it doesn’t just live up to its predecessor; it surpasses it. In a nutshell, Da Crook flipped the script and slapped off this sequel right into hip-hop Valhalla.
41. The Load – Coach
Aight, let’s talk about Coach’s “The Load.” This joint signaled the Canadian rapper’s entry into the big league. With a musical backdrop that’s bass-heavy and hypnotic, Coach tells his gritty tales in a style that’s both potent and raw. This ain’t no bubblegum rap, y’all – the lyrics are deep, reflecting the struggles and triumphs of a life lived on the edge. Coach’s rap delivery is like a punch in the gut, commanding your attention from the jump. Although some critics might write him off as another trap rapper, there’s no denying the impact of “The Load.” This track establishes Coach as an artist who’s ready to shoulder the weight of the game and forge his own path in the process.
40. what the funk – jungle bobby
“what the funk” by Jungle Bobby is one deep-dive into the essence of hip-hop. This joint ain’t no bubblegum rap – it’s got that raw energy flowing straight from the roots on up, taking it back to the boogie-down parks of the Bronx where this whole thing sparked off. Jungle Bobby does his thing over a head-nodding beat, flippin’ metaphors like pancakes, weaving in-between the snares and hi-hats with a fluidity that only a true wordsmith can master. The sample work? Top-tier. The production? Clean yet gritty, not that over-polished sound that’s flooding the mainstream. And let’s talk the funk… it’s not just a title, it’s a vibe, a mood caputured in a bassline. A salute to the hip-hop forefathers giving birth to this genre we call home. “what the funk” strips away the unnecessary frills and delivers straight, no chaser, rap. Precisely the kind of bold, gritty and lyrical salvo that keeps the heads yearning for more. This is a masterclass in the art of boom-bap, and Jungle Bobby is schooling us all on the fundamentals.
39. Pz Don’t Trip – Jazz Cartier
“Pz Don’t Trip” by Jazz Cartier is a stone-cold groove, y’all. Exploding on the Canadian hip hop scene, Cartier pulled no punches with this track. His bars are slick, full of wit and layered meanings that show he’s more than just a flash in the pan. He rides the beat effortlessly, his cadence matching the rhythm like a second skin. There’s a realness to his flow, a raw authenticity that can’t be faked. Far from being a lightweight, he spits lines that hit like a heavyweight. But it’s not just about the lyrics; the production on this track is tight. The intense, trappy beat is a total earworm, and Jazz’s deep, gravelly voice resonates perfectly. It’s a banger, no cap.
38. Let’s Slide – AR Paisley
“Let’s Slide” by AR Paisley is a slick, laid-back joint from the Burlington rapper that marries the icy coolness of trap beats with the fiery lyrical proficiency of classic hip-hop. The track is a testament to Paisley’s versatility, demonstrating his ability to switch between a laid-back flow and hard-hitting bars with ease. It’s this dichotomy that sets “Let’s Slide” apart, transforming it into a sonic roller coaster that catapults the listener through Paisley’s world. On the cultural tip, “Let’s Slide” is a deftly executed commentary on the rap game, showing the compelling ability of Canadian hip-hop to merge global trends with local flavor. You can’t help but nod your head to this banger, affirming its place in the pantheon of Canadian rap.
37. 10 Freaky 10’s – Akintoye
Akintoye’s “10 Freaky 10’s” is a high-octane track that highlight’s the rapper’s distinct bravado and punchy delivery. As one of the standout cuts from his discography, the song showcases his ability to blend witty wordplay and gritty storytelling. The production, filled with pulsating basslines and sizzling hi-hats, pumps life into the rhymes, making the track a banger that can’t be overlooked. However, one can argue that Akintoye’s approach is slightly formulaic here and tends to echo mainstream trends rather than setting his own lane. Despite this, “10 Freaky 10’s” surely deserves its place in the top 100 Canadian rap songs for its raw energy and infectious rhythm.
36. Be Here Tomorrow – Houdini
“Be Here Tomorrow” by the late Houdini is a haunting cut worth its weight in lyrical gold. Coming from the oft-overlooked Toronto scene, Houdini showcased his inevitable rise to stardom in this track with his unparalleled flow and raw emotions. The song’s title is chilling in retrospect, considering Houdini’s untimely passing. He touched on the tough reality of street life, packing poignant bars over the melodic beat. What makes this joint standout is Houdini’s apt ability to tackle serious themes in a catchy, accessible way. His lyrical prowess was a shining testament to his potential, signaling the heights he could’ve reached. A tragic loss to the rap game, for sure. His impact on Canadian hip hop, however, remains immortalized in songs like “Be Here Tomorrow”.
35. Voices In My Head – J Neat
A’ight, let’s break down the 56th banger on this list, “Voices In My Head” by J Neat. This young Toronto titan made a statement with this track, no cap. Sonically, J Neat reinvents the game with a mix of eerie instrumentals and a semi-autotuned delivery, serving us a sonic combo platter. Lyrically, he paints a picture of street life in T-Dot, filled with trials and tribulations. The way he dissects his psychological state explores a side of hip hop often glossed over, making it a must-listen. However, the track could use a bit more variety, both in terms of flow and subject matter. Nonetheless, “Voices In My Head” solidifies J Neat’s spot as a rising star of Canadian rap, capturing the grit and grime of urban life with a rarely seen vulnerability.
34. Roll up the Rim – Nicholas Craven
Nicholas Craven’s “Roll up the Rim” is a proof of concept. Proof that, behind the knobs and sliders of a studio mixing board, a DJ can architect as much substantive storytelling as the emcees spitting verses. Conjuring vibes of gritty city streets and late-night freestyle cyphers, Craven takes his spot in the lineage of standout Canadian hip hop producers. The instrumental’s lo-fi aesthetic chillingly dope with each snare hit sounding like a pen tapping on a desk — it’s low-key but exudes authenticity. Sure, Craven might not be belting out rhymes on this joint, but his production prowess speaks volumes. This track reaffirms that hip hop’s sonic backbone often depends on the unsung heroes twiddling with dials while the mic gets all the spotlight.
33. MAN DOWN – ARDN
From the T-Dot comes this diamond in the rough, “MAN DOWN” by ARDN. This track, fam, is an absolute banger. Employing a gritty and hard-edged delivery, ARDN hits you with punch after punch of rhymes that feel like they were fired straight from the cold, steel barrel of wisdom. The intense beat reeks of passion and urgency, yearning to express the complexities and struggles of the city life. But ARDN ain’t just about the grit, y’know? He’s got a keen sense for melody too. He uses it as a tool to infuse the tough exterior of his verses with a sense of humanity. And that’s paramount to the ethos of hip hop culture, y’dig? “MAN DOWN” won’t hold your hand, but it will guide you through the shadows of the concrete jungle.
32. Just Like Me feat. NAV – Belly
Aight, let’s get into the headspace where Belly links up with NAV on “Just Like Me”, a magnetic joint from the top-tier of the Canadian rap game. The track seeps with introspective lyrics, effortlessly revealing the struggles of fame. NAV adds an extra layer with his auto-tuned vocals, adding a unique flavor reminiscent of his early mixtape days. Look, lots of people sleep on NAV, but the dude has a distinctive style — no question. The beat is simple yet haunting, and the entire track is like stepping into a chilled out, late-night vibe. “Just Like Me” is a moody runway, a 3 a.m. drive, a lowkey flex that adds to the depth of Canadian rap culture. Big ups to Belly and NAV for this one.
31. Thinking About You – John River
Ayy, “Thinking About You” by the Mississauga’s own, John River, gives you that real raw emotion. It hits you right in the feels, ya know? I mean, this joint is soaked in introspective rhymes as River reflects on a relationship that’s got him all up in his head, delivering every bar with an intensity that straight burns. In true wordsmith style, he peels back the layers of his love-stricken psyche, crafting a narrative that’s as relatable as it is deeply personal. The beat complements the somber vibe, making it a track you might find yourself bumpin’ when you’re deep in your feelings or on those late-night drives. Heads up, though – it’s not for those who prefer their hip hop on the turn-up side. This one’s all about contemplation and catharsis.
30. Unfollow Me – Pressa
Pressa’s “Unfollow Me” is a banger, no question. From Toronto’s Driftwood neighbourhood, often referred to as Northside Jane, Pressa’s got a flow that’s as icy as a Canadian winter. The track’s got an eerie vibe with those haunting synths, but it’s the lyrics about the struggle of street life that really hit home. Look, we’ve heard it before, but Pressa’s delivery brings an authenticity that sets him apart. There’s a reason why he’s gained cosigns from heavy-hitters like Drake and Tory Lanez. He’s got that unique Toronto sound, that blend of dancehall and trap, but he’s still got his own vibe. “Unfollow Me” is more than just a track – it’s a statement. Pressa is here and demanding your attention. You can unfollow him, but you can’t ignore the waves he’s making. A taste of what Canadian rap is all about.
29. Hotel – 100 OTD
“Hotel” by 100 OTD is a record that knocks on all cylinders as it cocoons listeners in its infectious beats. One of the more eccentric joints off this list, “Hotel” pushes the boundaries of what we expect from a rap song. The formidable Toronto-based rapper shows off his talent for twisty, unpredictable flows, dropping bars with a smooth delivery that’s as slick as it is striking. The production is a whole other beast, layering a spectral arrangement over a bone-thumping bass, making for an odd, aural spectacle. It’s a solid track that demands attention – it’s like a wild party in a five-star hotel, full of swag and urban luxury. For 100 OTD, “Hotel” ensures his spot at the high table of Canadian hip hop.
28. Ice Spice – PARIS.
“Ice Spice’s “PARIS” is the epitome of a cold, icy, and gritty trap anthem. Like a ice cold gust of wind sweeping through the frozen streets of northern Canada, this track is devoid of warmth yet teeming with raw energy. Ice Spice’s lyrics roll off his tongue like frozen droplets, each word a chilling encapsulation of his hard life. The beat? Cold, minimalist, and sharp as icicles – no extra frills here, just that raw, unadulterated hip-hop vibe. The track doesn’t just depict the lifestyle of the street; it freezes it in time, each verse a snapshot of a world marked by hustle and grind. Ice Spice may not be the most well-known name in Canadian hip hop, but with “PARIS”, he proves his bars are colder than a Canadian winter.”
27. One Man Gang – Madchild
Aight, now we’re entering some real rugged territory here, with “One Man Gang” by Madchild, the Vancouver-bred underground rapper. This joint is an unapologetic display of Madchild’s lyrical stamina, and it ain’t for the faint of heart, ya feel me? This track offers up an avalanche of vivid metaphors, unfiltered street tales, and merciless punchlines. Madchild’s vocal delivery, gruff and menacing, is like a steel-toed boot stomping on a grimy beat. You can almost visualise him in a cipher, going bar-for-bar with other MCs, asserting his dominance like a lone wolf. But don’t get it twisted, while this track ain’t glitzy or glamorous, it’s a testament to Madchild’s dedication to the craft and a reminder of hip hop’s gritty roots. One thing’s clear: in a game that’s increasingly image-obsessed, Madchild is here to spit, and spit he does. No frills, no gimmicks – just raw, uncut bars.
26. OVER AGAIN – Roderick Porter
“OVER AGAIN” by Roderick Porter provides a masterclass in introspection. Roderick’s eloquence and vulnerability, served on a platter of meticulous production, is the hip hop equivalent of a gourmet meal. His words create a vivid narrative, meticulously detailing the pain of redundancy and cycles, empowering listeners to reflect on their own stories. However, I reckon the track could use a little more grit to balance the introspection with some heat – just to keep audiences fully engaged. But no doubt, Porter’s lyrical prowess and knack for raw, honest storytelling bolsters his standing in the Canadian hip hop scene. If he keep serving up tracks like this, he’ll be a mainstay for sure.
25. Stand Up – Raz Fresco
“Stand Up” by Raz Fresco is a classic in the Canadian hip hop scene. Ever the lyrical master, Fresco shakes the foundations with his clever wordplay, riding over a self-produced boom-bap beat that harkens back to the golden age of hip hop. This Toronto native’s artistic independence is the beating heart of his work, reflected in the authenticity of the lyrics and the unique production approach. However, while “Stand Up” showcases his prowess, it also highlights one of Fresco’s weaknesses – a tendency to over-intellectualize his bars, which may alienate some listeners. Nevertheless, what “Stand Up” lacks in mainstream appeal, it makes up for with raw talent and a pure love for the craft.
24. Rent Free – SAFE
Ayy, no doubt “Rent Free” by SAFE is a vibe! The Toronto-based artist really dropped a gem with this one. With murky beats and wavy lyrics, SAFE fostered a moody atmosphere that’s characteristic of the Toronto sound. His mellow, hypnotic voice rides the beat like a 64′ Impala, effortlessly blending dark R&B elements with a trap aesthetic. This joint has a downtempo feel that works perfectly for late-night drives through the city. But don’t get it twisted, “Rent Free” ain’t just about the musical experience – it’s lyrically potent too. SAFE explores themes of love, living in the moment, and resilience in the face of adversity. However, while the song is undeniably catchy, it falls short of being a game changer in the larger landscape of Canadian hip hop. It represents SAFE’s solid contribution to the game, but it doesn’t exactly push new boundaries.
23. Fly god manners – jev.
Aight, brace yourselves fam, ’cause we about to deep dive into “Fly god manners” by the Canadian sensation, Jev. This joint is straight fire, my dudes. Jev comes through with a raw approach that’s as cold as the Toronto winter. His piercing lyricism cuts deep, unabashedly exploring the harsh realities of street life, much akin to the unfiltered narratives of legends like Nas and Rakim. The production here is icy, too — it rides the beat like a lowrider in the Six. Jev’s flow? Man, it’s smooth as maple syrup on a hot pancake, and just as tasty to the ears. “Fly god manners” is a testament to the burgeoning Canadian hip hop scene, solidifying Jev as a genuine player in the game. However, keep in mind that while he brings heat, there’s room for growth — let’s see him switch up the style and the narrative next go-round. We watching you, Jev. Keep representing the Great White North, fam!
22. Splash – Burna Bandz
“Burna Bandz’s “Splash” ain’t just a track, it’s a lyrical baptism homie. Burna got this innate ability to weave tales of street life and luxury with a magnetic flow that keeps you bobbin’ your head. “Splash” is no exception. The icy beat is matched by Burna’s frosty wordplay, layered with themes of ambition, hustling, and the realities of the come-up. This joint definitively makes a splash in the rap game, with Burna Bandz flexing his skills like he’s in the lyrical gym, pumping bars and spitting heat. It might not revolutionize the game, but it’s a bold statement from Burna, cementing his credibility as a Canadian rapper worth keeping an eye on. Don’t sleep on it, y’all!”
21. heat$ignature – FRVRFRIDAY
Oh, we talkin’ about that FRVRFRIDAY joint, “heat$ignature”? Aye, that track is straight flames, indeed. FRVRFRIDAY hails from Edmonton, and the man knows how to stir the pot. His sound is a sultry meld of atmospheric beats and poignant lyricism, steeped in the modern trap landscape. But don’t get it twisted, as homie spits out truth and life experiences like he’s takin’ you on a VIP tour of his mindset. When “heat$ignature” dropped, it was like he was castin’ heat seeking missile for all the real ones who feel it. This joint isn’t just about the bars or the beat, but the whole mood FRVRFRIDAY sets. A certified gem in the Canadian rap scene, no doubt.
20. Fallback Queen (feat. Vory) – Swavy
Yo, “Fallback Queen” is nothing short of a gem from Mississauga’s own, Swavy. It’s the captivating collab with Vory that pulls you in and keeps you gripped. Swavy’s elastic, Auto-Tune-soaked articulation flows so clean over the laid-back trap production, while Vory’s infectious hooks add an extra layer of charm. But don’t sleep on those lyrics, ’cause they hold weight – painting a vivid picture of love lost, and the resilience to bounce back. It’s a potent combination that emphasizes Swavy’s potential. The only downside is if you were looking for some raw, gritty hip-hop, this might not be your flavor. Still, “Fallback Queen” solidifies its place on this list, a testament to the rising talents from the North. Keep an eye on Swavy – the kid’s got sauce.
19. Rap Game Dead – ShaqIsDope
Aight, so we’re talking about ShaqIsDope’s “Rap Game Dead”. Now, first things first, SID’s a Toronto emcee who’s been puttin’ work in for a minute. With this track, homie ain’t pulling any punches when it comes to his thoughts on the state of the game. It’s a forceful manifesto that’s part lamentation, part call to action. The beat’s got that grimy, ominous underground feel, and SID’s flow is intense and filled with the kind of angst that stirs up the listener. His lyrics? All fire and brimstone, attacking the industry and fake rappers with a vengeance. When he spits, you can hear the discontent, you feel his passion, and you can’t help but nod your head. “Rap Game Dead” is an epitaph and rebirth of hip-hop all wrapped in one dope joint.
18. Nothing Was The Same – Dub J
“Nothin Was The Same” by Dub J takes the 29th spot on our list – and fam, it doesn’t just hold its own; it stakes out a whole city block. Dub J’s beat is cold as a Toronto winter night, with sharp snare hits that foretell the darkness to come. The lyrics, filled with self-reflection and a yearning for change, are pure reminiscence of the old-school hip hop era. Plus, Dub J’s delivery is filled with a brew of hurt and braggadocio, a concoction we’ve sipped on from legends like Nas and Pac. The fact is, “Nothin Was The Same” doesn’t just nod to rap’s golden age, it drags it into the present, force feeds it a little 6ix swagger, and dares you not to bob your head. Tragically slept on? You bet. Worth your time? No doubt.
17. Long Nights – Smiley
“Long Nights” by Smiley hits different. It’s a raw, unfiltered snapshot of his daily reality in Toronto. A track off his 2020 album, “Buy or Bye 2,” Smiley maintains a slower tempo, offering an introspective look into his life. His lyrics ride a thin line between desolation and ambition, painting a gritty picture of perseverance amid struggle. His unique vocal delivery, let’s call it off-kilter melodic, gives him an edge in a genre filled with copycats. This isn’t your Friday night club banger—it’s a testament to life on the grind. Some listeners might call him monotone, but to me, it’s Smiley just keeping it 100. He’s not here to dress up the truth. He’s giving it to you raw, cold, and unflinching. That’s hip hop in its purest form.
16. Ha Ha Ha – Merkules
“Haha Ha – Merkules” brings the audaciousness that you’d expect from a track bearing such a cheeky title. As an unapologetic celebration of success, Merkules lays it down with a killer flow punctuated by a contagious, laugh-at-my-haters chorus. Musically, the Canadian MC stays true to his roots, standing firmly in the lo-fi, boom-bap sound, and lyrically, Merkules proves once again that he can turn even the simplest phrases into compelling hooks. While his style leans more towards the traditional, he certainly isn’t getting lost in the crowd. Regardless of what the title might suggest, this isn’t a track to laugh off – it’s a testament to Merkules’ mastery of his craft and an affirmation of his place in the Canadian hip hop scene. Stompdown Killaz, represent!
15. Addicting – KILLY
Aight, let’s chop it up ’bout “Addicting” by our very own, KILLY. Trust, this joint right here, fam, belongs to the upper echelon of the Canadian hip hop scene. When the Toronto-based MC dropped this track, the streets went up in flames. KILLY flexed his knack for lacing addictive hooks with dark, atmospheric beats. The way he maneuvers through the song like an architect building a skyscraper from the ground up is nothing short of poetic. Lyrically, it’s a cold, intense look into KILLY’s psyche and the trappings of the street life. Is it worthy of being in the top 100 of Canadian rap songs? For sure. It’s like KILLY said himself in the track, “Money and the power, it’s addicting.” Facts, my G! This joint is straight fire!
14. Bad Dreams – Eazy Mac
Ain’t no sleeping on Eazy Mac’s “Bad Dreams.” This track is a psychedelic journey into the artist’s psyche, putting the Calgary rapper’s lyricism on full display. Eazy Mac, known for his unique fusion of hip-hop and trippy sonics, delivers a poignant tale of paranoia and the turmoil of the fame. With crisp production underscoring his introspective bars, “Bad Dreams” adds another layer to the Canadian rap game. The head-nodding rhythm of this track might have you in a trance, but don’t get it twisted, this ain’t your regular lullaby. It’s a deep dive into the darkness, a testament to the struggle and resilience that defines rap culture. “Bad Dreams” is a stone-cold cipher, unmasking Eazy Mac’s versatility and marking him as a contender ready to make moves.
13. Fuck Em Up Moses – Akintoye
Akintoye’s joint, “Fuck Em Up Moses” is a testament to the lyrical warfare that’s been shaping the rap scene in the Maple Leaf nation. This joint is a straight gut-punch, it slaps hard y’all. With a sample-heavy beat that’s gritty as a downtown alleyway, Akintoye spits bars with the ferocity of a grizzly on his final hunt. The track is packed with metaphors, punchlines and the sort of street philosophy that made the likes of Nas and Jay-Z legends in the game. But don’t get me twisted, Akintoye ain’t another face in the crowd trying to emulate the greats. Nah, he’s on his own path, telling his own stories, making him a critical voice in the Canadian rap scene. The joint’s title, “Fuck Em Up Moses”, ain’t just for show, it’s a declaration of intent, a war cry if you will – he’s here to part the Red Sea of Canadian rap, ready for his people to walk through.
12. Thinking About Drilling – Baka Not Nice
Ayy, let’s talk about “Thinking About Drilling” by Baka Not Nice. See, Baka’s been in the shadow of his OVO crew for a minute, but on this joint he proved he ain’t no sidekick – dude’s got bars! This track is military-grade ammo, son, armed with an infectious chorus and a beat dirtier than a back alley after Mardi Gras. Baka delivers his rhymes with a ferocity that’s intoxicating, while the grimy, menacing production reflects the raw realities of the streets. But some critics argue that Baka’s lyrical prowess doesn’t quite measure up to his OVO peers. Either way, this track goes hard, showcasing the grimier side of the Canadian hip hop scene.
11. Someone I Knew – TOBi
“Someone I Knew” by TOBi is a genre-bending spectacle. It’s a soul-bearing confession booth, where the Nigerian-Canadian rapper wields his vocal capabilities like a surgeon with a scalpel. Let’s not front, the melodic rhythm and the intimate storytelling of struggles, past relationships, and personal growth are raw proof of TOBi’s articulate pen game. The beat hovers in that sweet spot between lo-fi and jazz, shapeshifting with the narrative’s emotional ebb and flow. The gem here, however, is TOBi’s voice — thick with honesty, making the sorrowful moments feel almost intimate. This ain’t just a song, it’s a beautifully painful spillage of truths, an evolution from boy to man punctuated by life’s harsh lessons. It’s lyrical therapy, homies.
10. Underdog – Connor Price
“Underdog” by Connor Price gives off a real ‘started from the bottom, now we’re here’ kind of vibe. The lyrics speak to the struggle, perseverance, and ultimate triumph, all key themes in the hip hop narrative. Price’s flow, though, ain’t your average one, homie’s got bars that show off his finesse and understanding of the genre’s deep-rooted traditions. The beats underneath follow in the footsteps of the classic pavement-pounding sounds that the Toronto scene is known for. But don’t get it twisted, this isn’t just a throwback track. “Underdog” also holds its own in the current hip hop landscape, bringing an updated take to the Toronto sound. Not just another rapper, Price stands tall, proving that even an underdog can have its day.
9. Flatline (feat. Kenny Mason) – TOBi
TOBi’s “Flatline” cuts straight to your soul, yo. Featuring the lyrical prowess of Kenny Mason, this track picks apart the joys and struggles of coming up from nothing. TOBi ain’t about the sugar-coating – he takes you on a visceral journey through the trenches and back alleys of his hood, letting those raw emotions unfold. Kenny Mason, he comes in like a storm, spitting bars that are as gritty as they come. The juxtaposition of their rap styles makes this track a staple of Canadian hip hop. It’s full of resilience and resistance, an ode to the “underdog,” hence securing a top spot on this list. The beat? It’s low-key, unassuming, yet haunting, reflecting the reality of their lived experiences. “Flatline” is more than just a track; it’s a narrative of survival, success, and the pursuit of dreams despite the odds.
8. GRAVITY – Sean Leon
Sean Leon drops “GRAVITY” like a wrecking ball through the glass ceiling of Canada’s hip hop scene. This track navigates the crossroads of angst and ambition, embodied in its simple yet powerful title. The production, darker and more spacious, feels like you’re floating in a starless galaxy while Leon’s gravelly voice is the only guiding light. Lyrically, the man’s got bars that could make Nas look over his shoulder. The song embodies a struggle against life’s downward pull, a true testament to perseverance in an unloving world. Yet, it’s not just about the grind, the track is laced with a bittersweet confession of the personal sacrifices made on the quest for greatness. In “GRAVITY”, Leon doesn’t just spit verses, he drops truth bombs.
7. Nightmare on Peachtree Street (feat. Freddie Dredd) – Yung Gravy
Yung Gravy and Freddie Dredd moped together through the bloody corridors of “Nightmare on Peachtree Street,” a track as gory as it is groovy. Yung Gravy, a Minnesota-born spitter, pairs his saccharine, sing-song flow with Dredd’s devil-may-care attitude, resulting in an unholy but wholly satisfying partnership. Gravy’s tendency to blend humor with sharp social commentary is evident here, while Dredd brings a menacing rawness that cuts through the track’s smooth veneer. The beat slaps, all stuttering hi-hats and eerie keys, setting the vibe for their lyrical mischief. Although it doesn’t rewrite the hip-hop playbook, it’s a testament to both artists’ abilities to mould the genre to fit their idiosyncrasies, making “Nightmare on Peachtree Street” a sweet nightmare worth revisiting.
6. Never Sleep (with Lil Baby feat. Travis Scott) – NAV
We have “Never Sleep” by NAV, featuring heavy-hitters Lil Baby and Travis Scott. This track is a real trip down the rabbit hole of dreams, swaying between the lines of slumber and wakefulness. Lyrically, NAV delivers his trademark introspective bars, dishing on his ubiquity and hustle, and how sleep is a luxury for those who ain’t about this grind. Lil Baby jumps in with his Southern soaked rhymes, speaking volumes about the Sleepless in Atlanta narrative. But it’s Travis Scott who steals the show, his sonic artistry bringing a whole other layer to the joint. This is not just a banger, it’s a soundscape painting a vivid picture of the hustle that never sleeps.
5. False Idols (with Lil Baby, Suzanna Son) – The Weeknd
With “False Idols,” The Weeknd doesn’t just nod to the culture, he immerses us in it. Teaming up with Atlanta’s very own Lil Baby and the sonically enchanting Suzanna Son, this track is a story coated in stardust and draped in dark velvet. Lil Baby brings his signature trap-infused finesse here, popping in a pinch of Southern spice. Suzanna Son, although a wildcard, anchors the track with her sultry tones and brings an unexpected twist to the song. But let’s not sleep on The Weeknd, ya dig? He sounds ethereal as always, lacing the track with his falsetto that holds a mirror up to society’s obsession with materialism, hence the song title. “False Idols,” no doubt, is a philosophy class with a beat you can bop to – it’s conscious rap in its flyest form.
4. Oh U Went (feat. Drake) – Young Thug
“Oh U Went (feat. Drake)” is a 2021 joint from Young Thug’s album “Punk.” A raw blend of Young Thug’s eccentric flow with Drizzy’s mature lyricism, the track is a masterclass in musical synergy. It perfectly encapsulates the duality of their styles – Thug’s gritty ATL trap meshing effortlessly with Drake’s highlife-influenced bars. Lyrically, it’s an exploration of the realities of success and the pitfalls of fame. If anything, this track is a testament to Thug and Drake’s ability to constantly reinvent themselves while maintaining that authentic hip hop spirit. Thugger and the 6 God on the same track? Hip hop heads couldn’t ask for more. It ain’t just a banger, folks, it’s a sonic journey. This is where trap meets artistry, where Atlanta meets Toronto. True hip hop in its unadulterated form. “Oh U Went” is a cultural timestamp, an audial post-it note on the timeline of hip hop evolution.
3. Rich Baby Daddy (feat. Sexyy Red & SZA) – Drake
A tune that sees the northern superstar Drake collaborating alongside Sexyy Red and SZA. This ain’t no forgettable b-side, fam. This track brings some next-level heat, with Drake’s signature introspective bars, combined with SZA’s sultry R&B flavor and Sexyy Red’s fire-spitting verses. The heavy hitter puts on for the Six, spilling heartfelt truths about fatherhood and wealth, navigating the push-pull struggle that comes with balancing fame and family. Sexyy Red holds her space tight with raw candor, while SZA’s ethereal vocal icing on the cake turns this into a loopable hit. Not just one for the playlists, “Rich Baby Daddy” is a cultural moment, an essential piece in the evolving puzzle of Canadian hip-hop.
2. First Person Shooter (feat. J. Cole) – Drake
Drizzy, Toronto’s very own, and Cole, reppin’ the south, mesh like a high-grade cipher. Both lyricists go hard in the paint, trading bars about the reality of their come-up and how they stay on their grind. Sound-wise, it’s a smooth blend of Drizzy’s laid-back, introspective style and Cole’s fierce, conscious flow. The track’s title carries dual meaning, reflecting the harsh realities of street life and their artistic aim of shooting straight to the heart of the listener’s consciousness.
1. MELTDOWN (feat. Drake) – Travis Scott
This beat is pure insanity! It’s the epitome of what makes Scott an unending innovator – a sonic creator capable of transforming hip-hop landscapes. Drake’s presence? Just the cherry on top. The 6 God, with his razor-sharp flow, comes through, purveying his signature blend of introspection and braggadocio. I won’t front though, the track’s high energy doesn’t compromise its depth. It’s a statement – a testament to Scott’s and Drake’s prowess and their ability to push their craft to the extreme. Verdict? This joint ain’t for the faint-hearted. It’s a roller-coaster ride designed to test your tolerance for high-intensity fire. Straight up!