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The Best New Rappers Of 2019, Ranked

Updated February 4, 2020 178.6k views27 items

List RulesOnly 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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    Jonathan Lyndale Kirk (born December 21, 1991), better known as DaBaby (formerly known as Baby...  more

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    Dominique Jones (born December 3, 1994), known professionally as Lil Baby, is an American...  more

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    Jamell Maurice Demons (born May 1, 1999), known professionally as YNW Melly, is an American...  more
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    Taurus Tremani Bartlett (born January 6, 1999), better known as Polo G, is an American rapper...  more

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    Rodrick Moore (born October 22, 1998), known professionally as Roddy Ricch is an American...  more

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    Tione Merritt (born April 30, 2001), better known by his stage name Lil Tjay, is an American...  more

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    Cordae Amari Dunston (born August 26, 1997), known professionally as YBN Cordae, is an...  more

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    Sergio Giavanni Kitchens (born June 14, 1993), better known by his stage name Gunna, is an...  more

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    Jonathan Porter (born January 20, 1997), known professionally as Blueface Bleedem or simply...  more

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    Montero Lamar Hill (born April 9, 1999), known professionally as Lil Nas X, is an American...  more

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    Nick Simmons (born December 18, 1999), known professionally as YBN Nahmir, is an American...  more
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    Lathan Moses Echols (born January 25, 2002), known professionally as Lil Mosey, is an American...  more

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    Belcalis Almanzar (born October 11, 1992), known professionally as Cardi B, is an American...  more

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    Christopher Saint Victor (born November 16, 1995), better known by his stage name Flipp...  more
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    Khadimou Rassoul Cheikh Fall (born September 10, 1998), known professionally as Sheck Wes, is...  more
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    Diamonté Harper (born July 2, 1993), known professionally as Saweetie, is an American rapper...  more

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    Yung Bans (born May 25, 1999) is an Atlanta rapper who went viral with his single "4TSpoon."...  more

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    Young Nudy (born December 17, 1992) is an Atlanta rapper with hits including "Tell Em Again,...  more

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    David Orobosa Omoregie (born 5 June 1998), known mononymously as Dave, is a British rapper....  more
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    Tierra Whack (born August 11, 1995) is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from North...  more

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    Danielle Bregoli Peskowitz (born March 26, 2003), also known by her stage name Bhad Bhabie, is...  more

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    Caleb Zackery Toliver (born 1994), known professionally as Don Toliver, is an American rapper,...  more

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    #33 of 47 The Best New Artists Of 2020, Ranked#16 of 27 The Best New Male Artists Of 2020, Ranked

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    Fatimah Nyeema Warner (born September 18, 1991), better known by her stage name Noname, is an...  more
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    Minh Nguyen (born July 4, 2000), better known by the stage name Kid Trunks, is a...  more
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    Asian Doll (born December 7, 1997) is a rapper notable for her 2016 mixtape "Drippin In Glo."...  more

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