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The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked 

Coley Reed
Updated February 4, 2020 167k views 27 items

List Rules Only rappers with fewer than two studio albums.

Updated: check out our list of the top 10 new rappers of 2020!

Including artists featured on XXL's 2019 Freshman Class, here are the best new rappers of 2019 who are coming up in hip hop. Featuring popular female rappers and underground artists on the rise, this list of the hottest new rappers coming of age in 2019 includes Blueface, Tierra Whack, Lil Baby, Gunna, Noname, and Cardi B. Which new hip hop artists will have successful music careers? If you're wondering which upcoming names will top the rap game in 2020, this list will give you a good idea of who to watch.

Vote up the 2019 new rap artists who are destined for greatness, and add other hip hop newcomers who deserve to be on this list. 

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DaBaby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Jonathan Lyndale Kirk (born December 21, 1991), better known as DaBaby (formerly known as Baby Jesus), is an American rapper and songwriter from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is best known for ...more

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The Best Songs on DaBaby's Album 'Kirk' #44 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #91 of 223 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

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Lil Baby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
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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#35 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #103 of 223 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #46 of 187 The Best New School Rappers

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YNW Melly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Jamell Maurice Demons (born May 1, 1999), known professionally as YNW Melly, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Gifford, Florida. He is best known for his single "Murder on ...more

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#68 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #123 of 223 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #71 of 187 The Best New School Rappers

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Polo G is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Luke Halstead added
Taurus Tremani Bartlett (born January 6, 1999), better known as Polo G, is an American rapper from Chicago, Illinois. He is best known for his song "Pop Out" with Bronx rapper Lil ...more

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#53 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #114 of 223 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #5 of 50 Who Is the Best Rapper Under 25 Right Now?

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Roddy Ricch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Rodrick Moore (born October 22, 1998), known professionally as Roddy Ricch is an American rapper and producer from Compton, California. He is signed to Bird Vision Entertainment at the moment. ...more

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#87 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #93 of 223 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #16 of 174 Every Artist On The Coachella 2020 Lineup, Ranked

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Lil Tjay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Luke Halstead added
Tione Merritt (born April 30, 2001), better known by his stage name Lil Tjay, is an American rapper and songwriter from the Bronx, New York. He is best known for his singles "Resume" ...more

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#73 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #138 of 223 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #77 of 187 The Best New School Rappers

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YBN Cordae is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Cordae Amari Dunston (born August 26, 1997), known professionally as YBN Cordae, is an American rapper, singer raised in Suitland, Maryland, Dunston began rapping at a young age under the stage ...more

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#120 of 223 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #52 of 187 The Best New School Rappers #53 of 174 Every Artist On The Coachella 2020 Lineup, Ranked

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Gunna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Sergio Giavanni Kitchens (born June 14, 1993), better known by his stage name Gunna, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for his collaborations with rappers Lil Baby ...more

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The Best Songs on Gunna's Album 'Drip or Drown 2' #70 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #157 of 223 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

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Blueface is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Jonathan Porter (born January 20, 1997), known professionally as Blueface Bleedem or simply Blueface, is an American rapper from Los Angeles, California. After releasing his song "Respect ...more

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#44 of 57 The Best New Male Artists #1,830 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #42 of 188 The Best Rappers From Los Angeles

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Lil Nas X is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Montero Lamar Hill (born April 9, 1999), known professionally as Lil Nas X, is an American rapper and singer from Atlanta, Georgia. He's best known for his country rap single "Old Town ...more

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Lil Nas X Tweets That Prove He Is A Comedy King Of Social Media #49 of 57 The Best New Male Artists #193 of 223 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

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YBN Nahmir is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Nick Simmons (born December 18, 1999), known professionally as YBN Nahmir, is an American rapper from Birmingham, Alabama. He is best known for his single "Rubbin Off the Paint", which ...more

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#45 of 57 The Best New Male Artists #45 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #179 of 223 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

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Lil Mosey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Lathan Moses Echols (born January 25, 2002), known professionally as Lil Mosey, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. His most commercially successful song, "Noticed", peaked ...more

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#56 of 57 The Best New Male Artists #54 of 84 The Best Rappers Of 2018, Ranked #19 of 50 Who Is the Best Rapper Under 25 Right Now?

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Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Belcalis Almanzar (born October 11, 1992), known professionally as Cardi B, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and media personality. Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, she first ...more

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The Best Songs Feat. Cardi B #48 of 120 Current Singers You Most Wish You Could Sound Like #283 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

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Flipp Dinero is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Christopher Saint Victor (born November 16, 1995), better known by his stage name Flipp Dinero, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for his song "Leave Me ...more
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Sheck Wes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Khadimou Rassoul Cheikh Fall (born September 10, 1998), known professionally as Sheck Wes, is an American rapper, songwriter and model. He is known widely for his 2017 song "Mo Bamba", ...more
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Saweetie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Diamonté Harper (born July 2, 1993), known professionally as Saweetie, is an American rapper and songwriter from Hayward, California. After the release of her debut single, "Icy ...more

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#49 of 57 The Best Emo Rap Artists #76 of 100 The Best Rappers Of 2019, Ranked #22 of 99 The Best Rappers From The Bay Area

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Yung Bans is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Yung Bans (born May 25, 1999) is an Atlanta rapper who went viral with his single "4TSpoon." He has also collaborated with artists such as Playboi Carti, Lil Water, and Yung Lean. ...more

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#35 of 63 The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud #797 of 1,020 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #63 of 189 The Best Rappers From Atlanta

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Young Nudy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Young Nudy (born December 17, 1992) is an Atlanta rapper with hits including "Tell Em Again, "Sex Appeal" and "Who Dat Is." He is known for his mixtapes Slimeball and

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#141 of 187 The Best New School Rappers #53 of 63 The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud #109 of 119 Rappers with the Best Voices, Ranked

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Dave is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
David Orobosa Omoregie (born 5 June 1998), known mononymously as Dave, is a British rapper. Dave released his debut EP Six Paths in 2016, to critical and commercial success, after the release of ...more
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Tierra Whack is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Tierra Whack (born August 11, 1995) is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a teenager, she performed as Dizzle Dizz and reverted back to her ...more

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#123 of 187 The Best New School Rappers #39 of 50 Who Is the Best Rapper Under 25 Right Now? #116 of 119 Rappers with the Best Voices, Ranked

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Bhad Bhabie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Danielle Bregoli Peskowitz (born March 26, 2003), also known by her stage name Bhad Bhabie, is an American rapper and social media personality. She became known for the viral video meme and ...more

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#123 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #1,889 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #36 of 61 The Best New Female Artists

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Don Toliver is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Caleb Zackery Toliver (born 1994), known professionally as Don Toliver, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He released his first major label mixtape, Donny Womack, in August 2018.
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Noname is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Fatimah Nyeema Warner (born September 18, 1991), better known by her stage name Noname, is an American rapper and poet. Warner is from the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, where ...more

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#82 of 174 Every Artist On The Coachella 2020 Lineup, Ranked #28 of 74 The Best Chicago Rappers #4 of 44 The Best Rappers On NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, Ranked

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Kid Trunks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Minh Nguyen (born July 4, 2000), better known by the stage name Kid Trunks, is a Vietnamese-American rapper from Broward County, Florida. He is a member of the hip hop collective Members Only ...more
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Asian Doll is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked
Asian Doll (born December 7, 1997) is a rapper notable for her 2016 mixtape "Drippin In Glo." She later released another album called Project Princess Vol. 1 in September 2016.

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#51 of 63 The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud #81 of 233 The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time #40 of 50 Who Is the Best Rapper Under 25 Right Now?