Nine Algerian rappers to keep on your radar

In Algeria, hip-hop music and culture emerged as a form of self-expression for young people who wanted to talk about political issues and conditions. Even with the censorship and lack of support from the mainstream media over the years, formidable artists continue to create and the scene continues to grow.

Today, music is still used as an outlet. According to the Youth Policy, 70% of the Algerian population is under 30 and there is no youth organization to support. With living conditions and educational systems still not fully recovered, the current collective of artists becomes energies to be drawn on in search of relationability and form of expression.

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


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


Known today for his singles “Liyam” and “Recyclage”, the independent artist can be found freestyling and creating music for around 10 years now, Flenn continues to be recognized for his flow and unflappable tone.


Zako made his stand in the current scene with his 2020 breakthrough track “Testostérone” featuring TRAP KING. His transparency and hungry musical approach have positioned him as someone to watch.


With a nod to their 2022 album, All in, IcoWesh is recognized for its laid-back production and vocals, as well as influences from Raggae beats. Artist “Layla” continues to bring a nocturnal approach to the area’s music scene.

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Phobia Isaac has been a powerhouse of the Algerian hip-hop collective. The juxtaposition of her piercing lyrics and hard truths mixed with her carefree vocals brings a refreshing point of view to the current landscape.


With her catchy vocals and laid-back production, Skorp (or skorap on Spotify) doesn’t hesitate to speak his mind. The artist is celebrated for pushing boundaries with his rousing lyrics and popular hits like “Vantablack” and “Confudz”.


ILL-YES has been something to watch out for over the years. With hits like “SYC” and “ARTISÂNE”, the artist has been conquering the scene with fearless lyrics and blunt delivery.


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


Syc is one of Algeria’s most contagious artists. Its agile flow allows for diversity, from dreamy tracks like “Forsa” to provocative freestyles. Syc is part of the promising acts of the current sphere.

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