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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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Lil Peep is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
Gustav Åhr, known by his stage name Lil Peep, is an American rapper and singer. He was cited as one of the primary artists responsible for the post-emo revival with his style of hip hop ...more
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XXXTentacion is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, better known by his stage name XXXTentacion, was an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Plantation, Florida, Onfroy spent most of his childhood in ...more
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Juice WRLD is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
Jarad Higgins (born December 2, 1998), known professionally as Juice WRLD, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from Calumet Park, Illinois. He is primarily known for his breakout hits, ...more
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Lil Uzi Vert is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
Symere Woods (born July 31, 1994), known professionally as Lil Uzi Vert, is an American hip hop recording artist. Based in Philadelphia, he gained recognition after releasing his debut single, ...more
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Suicideboys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Suicideboys, stylized as $uicideboy$, are a hip hop duo consisting of members Scott Arceneaux Jr. ($lick Sloth, $crim) and Aristos Pertrou (Ruby Da Cherry). Since its founding in 2014, more than ...more
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Lil Skies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
Lil Skies (born August 4, 1998) is a rapper from Pennsylvania who is best known for singles "Signs of Jealousy" and "Change Ya Life." In 2017, he signed a recording contract ...more
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Trippie Redd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
Michael White IV (born June 18, 1999), known professionally as Trippie Redd, is an American rapper and singer. He is best known for his songs "Love Scars", "Dark Knight
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Post Malone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
Austin Richard Post (born July 4, 1995), known professionally as Post Malone, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and guitarist. He first gained major recognition in ...more
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Lil Tracy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
Jazz Ishmael Butler (born October 13, 1995), known professionally as Lil Tracy, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his collaborations with deceased rapper Lil ...more
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Scarlxrd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Marius Listhrop (born 19 June 1994), known professionally as Scarlxrd (pronounced "scarlord"), is a British rapper. He is known for his unusual musical style combining elements of trap ...more
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Joji is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Denzel Curry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Denzel Rae Don Curry (born February 16, 1995) is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Raised in Carol City, Florida, Curry started rapping while in sixth grade and began working on his ...more
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Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, better known by his stage name Kid Cudi, is an American recording artist and actor from Cleveland, Ohio. After moving to Brooklyn, New York, with aspirations of ...more
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A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Artist Julius Dubose (born December 6, 1995), better known by his stage name A Boogie wit da Hoodie (or simply A Boogie), is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is signed to ...more
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Travis Scott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Jacques Webster, better known by his stage name Travis Scott, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from Houston, Texas. In 2012, Scott signed to Epic Records before ...more
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Wifisfuneral is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Isaiah Rivera (born March 20, 1997), better known by his stage name Wifisfuneral, is an American hip hop recording artist. He is best known for his breakthrough mixtapes, "Black Heart ...more
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Billie Eilish is listed (or ranked) 17 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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The Weeknd is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Abel Tesfaye, known by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian PBR&B singer, songwriter, recording artist, and record producer. In late 2010, Tesfaye anonymously uploaded several songs to ...more
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Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Tyler Gregory Okonma, better known by his stage name Tyler, The Creator, is an American rapper and record producer from California. Born in Ladera Heights, he rose to prominence as the leader ...more
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Swae Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 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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ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 21 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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21 Savage is listed (or ranked) 22 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) 23 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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Blackbear is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Lil Baby is listed (or ranked) 25 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