Young rappers have been increasingly gaining traction since the surge of platforms like YouTube and TikTok. These new school rappers have earned themselves a devoted fan base, pushing the boundaries of traditional rap music with their fresh sound and vibrant style.
Today, there are many emerging young rappers who are making waves in the music industry. And in this article, we are going to highlight a list of some of the best young rappers today.
Travis Scott is a rapper and producer from Houston, Texas. He is one of the most popular young rappers in the industry today, and his music has been featured on numerous soundtracks. His signature sound combines rap, R&B, trap, and EDM influences for a unique blend of hip-hop genres.
Lil Baby is an up and coming rapper from Atlanta who rose to stardom with his 2018 hit single “Yes Indeed” featuring Drake. His other notable singles include “Drip Too Hard” feat. Gunna and “Pure Cocaine” feat. Young Thug. Lil Baby has collaborated with several big names in Hip Hop such as Future, Quavo (of Migos), and Moneybagg Yo.
Cardi B is a rapper from the Bronx, New York who has become one of the most successful female rappers in recent history. Her debut album “Invasion of Privacy” was certified triple platinum by the RIAA and she has collaborated with some of hip-hop’s biggest names such as Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, 21 Savage and Cardi B’s fiance Offset (of Migos).
Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Uzi Vert is an up-and-coming rapper from Philadelphia who made waves in 2017 with his single “XO TOUR Llif3”. His other notable singles include “Money Longer”, “Sauce It Up” and “You Was Right”. He has collaborated with several big rappers such as Future, Nicki Minaj and Lil Durk.
21 Savage is an Atlanta-based rapper who has quickly earned a reputation for his dark and gritty lyrics about street life and the criminal underworld. His debut studio album, “Issa Album”, was certified gold by the RIAA in 2017 and he has since released two other successful albums, “I Am > I Was” (2018) & “Savage Mode II” (2020). He is best known for his singles “Bank Account” and “Rockstar” feat. Post Malone.
Doja Cat is a pop/rap artist from Los Angeles, California. She first rose to fame in 2018 with the hit single “Juicy” and has since become one of the most successful female rappers in recent years. Her other notable singles include “Say So” feat Nicki Minaj, “Streets”, and “Like That” feat. Gucci Mane.
NBA Youngboy is a rapper from Baton Rouge, Louisiana who released his debut studio album Until Death Call My Name in 2018. He has since become one of the most popular young rappers with singles such as “Valuable Pain” and “Outside Today” which peaked at #15 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
A$AP Rocky is one of the most influential New York-based rappers today. His major label debut album ‘Long Live A$AP’ was certified gold by the RIAA and he has since released two more studio albums; At. Long. Last ASAP (2015) & Testing (2018). Some of his popular singles include “Wild For The Night” feat. Skrillex & Birdy Nam Nam, “Fashion Killa” and “Praise the Lord (Da Shine)” feat. Skepta.
Migos is an Atlanta-based rap group comprised of members Quavo, Offset and Takeoff. They are best known for their hit singles such as “Versace”, “Bad & Boujee” feat Lil Uzi Vert, “Walk It Talk It” feat Drake and “MotorSport” feat Nicki Minaj & Cardi B. They have worked with big names in music such as Travis Scott, Future and DJ Khaled.
Post Malone is a rapper, singer and songwriter from Grapevine, Texas. He gained prominence in 2015 with the hit single “White Iverson” and has since become one of the biggest names in rap music. His other notable singles include “Congratulations” feat Quavo, “Rockstar” feat 21 Savage and “Sunflower” feat Swae Lee (of Rae Sremmurd).
Polo G is a rapper from Chicago who rose to fame with his 2018 single “Pop Out” featuring Lil Tjay. His other popular songs include “Go Stupid” featuring Stunna 4 Vegas & NLE Choppa, “DND” featuring Lil Durk and “Rapstar”. Polo G’s debut studio album, “Die A Legend” was certified gold by the RIAA and he has since released two more albums; “The Goat” (2020) & “Hall of Fame” (2021).
Chance The Rapper
Chance The Rapper is an acclaimed rapper, singer and songwriter from Chicago. His mixtapes Acid Rap (2013) and Coloring Book (2016) were both critically praised and earned him three Grammy Awards. Some of his popular singles include “No Problem” feat Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz, “Same Drugs”, and “All Night” feat Knox Fortune. He has also collaborated with other big names in rap such as Childish Gambino, Kanye West and Future.
Logic is a rapper from Marylan who gained mainstream success in 2013 with the release of his mixtape Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever. His other popular releases include Under Pressure (2014), Everybody (2017) and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2019). His singles “1-800-273-8255”, “Everybody Dies” and “Homicide” featuring Eminem were all certified double platinum by the RIAA.
Megan Thee Stallion
Megan Thee Stallion is a rapper and singer from Houston, Texas. She has become one of the most successful female rappers in recent years with her hit singles “Big Ole Boss”, “Savage” feat Beyoncé and “WAP” feat Cardi B. In 2020 she won three Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song (“Savage Remix”), Best Rap Performance (“Savage Remix”) and Best New Artist.
DaBaby is an American rapper from Charlotte, North Carolina who gained mainstream success in 2019 with his single “Suge”. His other popular songs include “Rockstar” featuring Roddy Ricch, “BOP” and “Toes” featuring Lil Baby & Moneybagg Yo. He has won two Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album (Kirk) and Best Rap Performance (“Rockstar”).
Tyler, The Creator
Tyler, The Creator is an American rapper from Los Angeles who gained prominence as a member of the hip hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA). He has released five studio albums; Goblin (2011), Wolf (2013), Cherry Bomb (2015), Flower Boy (2017) & Igor (2019). His hit singles include “Yonkers”, “EARFQUAKE” and “I THINK”.
A Boogie wit da Hoodie
A Boogie wit da Hoodie is a New York-based rapper and singer who rose to fame following the release of his 2016 mixtape Artist. His other notable releases include The Bigger Artist (2017), Hoodie SZN (2018) & Artist 2.0 (2020). Some of his hit singles include “Look Back At It”, “Drowning” feat Kodak Black and “Numbers” feat Roddy Ricch, Gunna & London On Da Track.
The Youngest and Richest Rappers in the World
Today’s music industry is going through a massive shift, with the emergence of social media platforms such as YouTube and TikTok serving as launching pads for young, up-and-coming rappers and hip hop artists.
While rap has been around for decades, it’s now taking on new shapes and forms thanks to the influence of these online outlets.