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The Best Emo Rap Artists 

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Updated January 14, 2020 47.8k votes 5.9k voters 47.2k views 51 items

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? 

Unfortunately, some of the most popular Emo rappers have died in the past several years. Lil Peep, XXXTentacion, and Juice WRLD passed at tragically young ages in 2017, 2018, and 2019, respectively.  Some current top emo rap artists are Trippie Redd, Post Malone, and Lil Uzi Vert, though of course, the songs of the aforementioned late rappers live on.

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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#1,956 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #268 of 509 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

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Juice WRLD is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
Jarad Anthony Higgins (December 2, 1998 – December 8, 2019), known professionally as Juice WRLD, was an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he was best known for ...more

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#1,261 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #16 of 53 The Best New Male Artists The Best Juice WRLD Songs Ever, Ranked

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XXXTentacion is listed (or ranked) 3 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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#1,568 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #9 of 144 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers The Best XXXTentacion Songs, Ranked

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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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#19 of 144 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #8 of 53 The Best New Male Artists The Best Songs Ft. Lil Uzi Vert

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Lil Tracy is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Suicideboys is listed (or ranked) 6 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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#24 of 61 The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud #138 of 192 The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked

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Trippie Redd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
Michael Lamar White IV (born June 18, 1999), known professionally as Trippie Redd, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. White is best known for his songs "Dark Knight Dummo" ...more

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#25 of 53 The Best New Male Artists #327 of 509 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time The Best Songs on Trippie Redd's Album '!'

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Lil Skies is listed (or ranked) 8 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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#2,016 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #267 of 509 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

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GHOSTMANE is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Post Malone is listed (or ranked) 10 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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#98 of 509 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #6 of 61 The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud Everything You Need To Know About Post Malone, The Rapper Rockstar

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Joji is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Scarlxrd is listed (or ranked) 12 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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#366 of 509 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #27 of 58 The Best British Rappers of All Time

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Denzel Curry is listed (or ranked) 13 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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#61 of 509 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #24 of 43 Rappers with the Best Flow, Ranked

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KILLSTATION is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi (born January 30, 1984), better known by his stage name Kid Cudi (; often stylized as KiD CuDi), is an American singer, rapper, record producer and actor from ...more

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#809 of 1,057 The Best Singers of All Time #1,303 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time The Best Kid Cudi Albums of All Time

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blackbear is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Matthew Tyler Musto (born November 27, 1990), known professionally as Blackbear (stylized as blackbear), is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He has collaborated with numerous ...more
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Bones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
Elmo Kennedy O'Connor (born January 11, 1994), known professionally as Bones (often stylized as BONES), is an American rapper from Howell, Michigan. He is also the founder of the music ...more
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A Boogie wit da Hoodie ... is listed (or ranked) 18 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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#255 of 509 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #195 of 277 The Greatest R&B Artists and Bands of All Time

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Wifisfuneral is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Tyler Gregory Okonma (born March 6, 1991), known professionally as Tyler, the Creator, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, fashion designer and ...more

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#774 of 1,057 The Best Singers of All Time #1,251 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time The Best Tyler the Creator Songs, Ranked

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Travis Scott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Jacques Berman Webster II (born April 30, 1992), known professionally as Travis Scott, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Scott signed to Epic Records before ...more

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#1,941 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #6 of 144 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers The Best Travis Scott Songs

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ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 22 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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#1,917 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #1 of 144 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers The Best Songs Ft. A$AP Rocky

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The Weeknd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (born 16 February 1990), better known by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer.He has won three Grammy Awards, eight Billboard ...more

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#192 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #64 of 120 Current Singers You Most Wish You Could Sound Like The Best Songs Ft. The Weeknd

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Nothing,Nowhere is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
Joe Mulherin (born June 4, 1992), better known his stage name Nothing,Nowhere (stylized as nothing,nowhere.), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and producer. While the music composed by ...more
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Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Emo Rap Artists
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Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is regarded as one of the most skillful and successful hip hop artists of his ...more

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