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The Best Rappers Of 2018, Ranked

Updated May 1, 2020 536.7k votes 48.5k voters 569.1k views84 items

Update: Dive into the best new hip hop with our list of 2020's top rap songs.

We're ranking the best rappers of 2018 based on their year's performance. Whether they're dropping the hip hop bangers or releasing the hottest rap albums, this list of the top rappers in 2018 includes new artists to watch for as well as the most popular rappers right now. Which hip hop artists are killing it in 2018? 

With his new album Scorpion dropped, Drake has been dominating the charts with singles "God's Plan" and "Nice for What." He even released a diss track in response to Pusha T's "Infrared," but the GOOD Music rapper hit Drake back with "The Story of Adidon." Other rappers who are having a good year in 2018 include Childish Gambino, Cardi B, J. Cole, Post Malone, and Kendrick Lamar.

Vote up the rappers who are having their best year in 2018, and add any rap artists you think deserve to be on this list. 

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  • 1
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    Black Panther 

    "King's Dead" (w/ Jay Rock, Future, and James Blake)

    "Pray for Me" (w/ The Weeknd)

    "All the Stars" (w/ SZA)

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  • 2
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    4,327

    Goodbye & Good Riddance

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  • 3
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    7,372

    KOD

    "Photograph""

    "ATM"

    "Kevin's Heart"

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  • 4
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    5,502

    Astroworld

    "Watch" (w/ Kanye West, Lil Uzi Vert)

    "STARGAZING"

    "SICKO MODE" (w/ Drake, Swae Lee, Big Hawk)

    More Travis Scott 

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  • 5
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    "BBO" (w/ Migos)

    "Now" (w/ Young Thug)

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  • 6
    6,567
    3,410

    Tha Carter V

    More Lil Wayne 

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  • 7

    I Might Need Security

    Wala Cam

    Work Out

    More Chance The Rapper 

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    356

    voting closed at #8

    Mac Miller

    Swimming

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  • 9

    Beware the Book of Eli

    More Ski Mask The Slump God 

    #3 of 32 The Best Rappers From Florida#7 of 113 The Funniest Rappers of All Time

  • 10
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    1,791

    SR3MM

    Spoil My Night (w/ Post Malone)

    SICKO MODE (w/ Travis Scott and Drake)

    More Swae Lee 

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  • 11
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    4,067

    "Sauce It Up"

    "Watch" (w/ Travis Scott and Kanye West)

    "Mood"

    More Lil Uzi Vert 

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  • 12
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    4,628

    Culture II

    "Walk It Talk It" (w/ Drake)

    "White Sand" (w/ Travis Scott, Ty Dolla Sign, and Big Sean)

    More Migos 

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  • 13
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    6,880

    Beerbongs & Bentleys

    "Psycho" (w/ Ty Dolla Sign)

    "Ball for Me" (w/ Nicki Minaj)

    "Better Now"

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  • 14
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    1,682

    Legends of the Summer EP

    "Stay Woke" (w/ Miguel)

    "Milidelphia"

    "Dangerous" (w/ Jeremih & PnB Rock)

    More Meek Mill 

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  • 15
    3,147
    1,543

    Harder Than Ever

    Drip Harder

    More Lil Baby 

    #17 of 65 The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud#39 of 57 The Best Emo Rap Artists

  • 16
    2,648
    1,580

    Kodak Black

    More 

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  • 17

    "This Is America"

    "Saturday"

    More Donald Glover 

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  • 18
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    5,925

    Testing

    "Cocky" (w/ Gucci Mane, 21 Savage, and London on da Track)

    "Bad Company" (w/ BlocBoy JB)

    "ASAP Forever" (w/ Moby)

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  • 19
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    2,482

    SR3MM

    "Powerglide" (w/ Juicy J)

    "Chanel" (w/ Pharrell Williams)

    "Close" (w/ Travis Scott)

    More Rae Sremmurd 

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  • 20

    Until Death Call My Name

    "No Smoke"

    "Outside Today"

    "Diamond Teeth Samurai"

    More YoungBoy Never Broke Again 

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  • 21
    3,771
    2,783

    Life of a Dark Rose

    "Lust"

    "Creeping" (w/ Rich the Kid)

    "Lettuce Sandwich"

    More Lil Skies 

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  • 22
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    8,950

    Scary Hours

    "God's Plan"

    "Nice for What"

    "Duppy Freestyle" (Pusha T Diss)

    More Drake 

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  • 23
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    12,043

    Kamikaze

    "Chloraseptic Remix"

    "Caterpillar" (Feat Eminem)

     

    More Eminem 

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    1,859

    More Ice Cube 

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  • 25
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    2,154

    BeastMode 2

    More Future 

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