Nine Algerian Rappers to Keep on Your Radar

Artists taking over the industry in today’s landscape.

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In Algeria, hip-hop music and culture emerged as a form of self-expression for the youth who wanted to speak out on political troubles and conditions. Even through censorship and lack of support from mainstream media throughout the years, formidable artists continue to create and the scene continues to grow.

Today, music is still used as an outlet. According to Youth Policy, 70% of Algerian population are under 30-years-old and there is no youth organization to lean on. With living conditions and educational systems still not fully recovered, the current collective of artists become energies to turn to for relatability and a form of expression.

As Hypebeast continues to tap into different areas within the Middle East and North Africa and identify artists, here is the latest list of Algerian rappers to keep on your radar.

Youppi


With his captivating discography and bold lyricism, Youppi has been applauded over the years for his fearlessness and brave dynamic. The artist has been an integral part of the hip-hop scene within the region.

Flenn


Well-known today for his singles “Liyam” and “Recyclage”, the independent artist could be found freestyling and creating music around 10 years ago and now, Flenn continues to get recognized for his flow and unfazed tone.

Zako


Zako manifested his stance in the current landscape with his groundbreaking 2020 track “Testostérone” featuring TRAP KING. His transparency and hungry musical approach has positioned him as one to watch.

IcoWesh


With a nod to his 2022 album, All In, IcoWesh is recognised for his laidback production and vocals as well as influences of Raggae beats. The “Layla” artist continues to bring a late night drive approach to the music scene within the region.

Phobia Isaac


Phobia Isaac has been a powerhouse of Algeria’s hip-hop collective. The juxtaposition of his penetrating lyrics and harsh truths merged with his carefree vocals brings a refreshing point-of-view to the current landscape.

Skorp


With his captivating vocals and laid-back production, Skorp (or Skorap on Spotify) doesn’t shy away from saying what’s on his mind. The artist is celebrated for pushing boundaries with his blistering lyrics and popular hits such as “Vantablack” and “Confudz”.

ILL-YES


ILL-YES has been one to watch throughout the years. With hits such as “S.Y.C” and “ARTISÂNE”, the artist has been taking over the scene with his fearless lyrics and blunt delivery.

Nirmou


Admired for his effortless flow, Constantine-born Nirmou has been one of Algeria’s groundbreaking talents recognized for his power vocals. Nirmou continues to gain attention and prove his skills as an unapologetic hip-hop artist.

Syc


Syc is one of Algeria’s most infectious artists. His nimble flow allows his diversity from dream-like tracks such as “Forsa” to provoking freestyles. Syc is part of the promising acts from the current sphere.

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