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The Best Emo Rap Artists  

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With the rise of SoundCloud rappers, a new hip hop subgenre called emo rap was born. Dropping the best emo rap songs of 2019, these are the best emo rap artists who are making this once-underground subgenre mainstream. Also known as sad rap or emo hip hop, emo rap music features darker themes in their lyrics, like suicide, depression, and loneliness. Other elements in emo rap include "crying" vocals, experimental beats, and instrumental blends with rock music. Who is the best emo rapper of all time? 

 Although he died at the age of 20 in 2018, Florida rapper XXXTentacion is one of the most popular emo rappers with hits, like "Look at Me," "Moonlight," and "Sad!" Other top emo rap artists are Juice WRLD, Trippie Redd, Post Malone, and Lil Uzi Vert. 

Vote up the best emo rappers, and add your favorites if they're missing from the list. 

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Billie Eilish is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell (born December 18, 2001), known professionally as Billie Eilish, is an American singer and songwriter signed to Interscope Records. Her first experience with ...more
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ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Rakim Mayers (born October 3, 1988), better known by his stage name ASAP Rocky (stylized as A$AP Rocky), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is a member of the hip ...more
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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known by his stage name Eminem, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter, and actor. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of the group D12, ...more
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Swae Lee is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Khalif Malik Ibn Shaman Brown, (born June 7, 1995), better known by his stage name Swae Lee, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is one half of the hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd with ...more
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21 Savage is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph (born October 22, 1992), known professionally as 21 Savage, is an American rapper known for his mixtapes The Slaughter Tape (2015) and Slaughter King (2015) and his EPs ...more
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Lil Xan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
Diego Leanos (born September 6, 1996), known professionally as Lil Xan, is an American rapper of Mexican descent from Redlands, California. He is best known for his breakout hit ...more
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Khalid is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Khalid Donnel Robinson (born February 11, 1998), known mononymously as Khalid, is an American singer and songwriter. His debut single, "Location", was released in July 2016, and his ...more
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ILoveMakonnen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Makonnen Sheran, better known by his stage name iLoveMakonnen, is an American hip hop recording artist from Atlanta, Georgia. He rose to prominence in 2014 after Drake remixed his song
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Omen xiii is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Lil Yachty is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
Miles Parks McCollum (born August 23, 1997), known professionally as Lil Yachty, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Yachty first gained recognition in August 2015 for his singles ...more
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Lil Baby is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Dominique Jones (born December 3, 1994), known professionally as Lil Baby, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He is best known for his songs "Freestyle", "Yes ...more
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ZillaKami is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Kodak Black is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Bill K. Kapri (born June 11, 1997), born Dieuson Octave and better known by his stage name Kodak Black, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. He is noted for his singles ...more
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Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by the stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper. He released his debut album, Show and Prove, in 2006, and signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2007. His ...more
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Tyler Joseph is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Tyler Robert Joseph is an American singer-songwriter and musician from Columbus, Ohio. He is the lead singer of Twenty One Pilots.
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PnB Rock is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Rakim Hasheem Allen (born December 9, 1991), better known by his stage name PnB Rock, is an American hip hop recording artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is best known for his 2015 ...more
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Yung Lean is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
Jonatan Leandoer Håstad (born 18 July 1996[6]), better known by his stage name Yung Lean, is a Swedish rapper, singer, songwriter, fashion designer and record producer. Born in Minsk, ...more
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JUMEX is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Future is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, better known by his stage name Future, is an American rapper, singer, and record producer from the Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. After releasing a series of ...more
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Young Thug is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
Jeffrey Williams, better known by his stage name Young Thug, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He is known for the single "Stoner", as well as his collaborations with fellow ...more
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Afroman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Joseph Edgar Foreman, better known by his stage name Afroman, is an American musician. He is best known for the hit single "Because I Got High". He was nominated for a Grammy award in ...more
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Ty Dolla $ign is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Tyrone William Griffin Jr. (born April 13, 1985), known professionally as Ty Dolla Sign (stylized as Ty Dolla $ign or Ty$), is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer. He ...more
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Jaden Smith is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Jaden Christopher Syre Smith (born July 8, 1998) is an American actor and rapper. He is the son of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, elder brother of singer Willow Smith and younger ...more
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Earl Sweatshirt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, better known by his stage name Earl Sweatshirt, is an American rapper-producer and member of the Los Angeles-based hip hop collective Odd Future. He is signed to ...more
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Nav is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Navraj Singh Goraya (born November 3, 1989), better known by his stage name Nav (stylized as NAV or ΠΔV), is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer of Indian Punjabi descent. ...more