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The Best New Rappers Of 2021

Updated August 23, 2021 8.8k votes 891 voters 18.5k views28 items

From emo rap to alternative hip hop, the best new rappers of 2021 are taking the genre to new heights. How many of these new artists do you already know? This list of up and coming rappers features Billboard chart toppers, talented lyricists, and Spotify favorites from all over the world. 

Popular female rappers, like Ashnikko and Flo Milli, dropped new music to kick off 2021. After their hit single "Mood," rapper-singers 24KGoldn and Iann Dior are looking to continue their success with upcoming albums. Other new rappers to watch for in 2021 include Baby Keem, Bree Runway, Fivio Foreign, and Erica Banks.

Vote up the top new hip hop artists of 2021, and add other new rappers who are coming up next.

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    Maxie Lee Ryles III (born March 29, 1990), known by his stage name Fivio Foreign, is an American rapper and songwriter. In June 2019, he rose to fame with his single "Big Drip", which received a...  more
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    Michael Williams (born September 23, 1998), known professionally as Sheff G, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York. He rose to fame with his...  more
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    Golden Landis Von Jones (born November 13, 2000), known professionally as 24kGoldn, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and former child actor. He rose to fame with his 2019 single...  more

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    Michael Ian Olmo, known professionally as Iann Dior (stylized as iann dior), is a Puerto Rican rapper, singer, and songwriter. He rose to fame in 2019 with his singles "Emotions" and "Gone Girl", the...  more
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    Fredrick Dewon Thomas Givens II (born March 29, 1996), known professionally as Fredo Bang, is an American rapper and songwriter. He is best known for his track "Oouuh" and his April 2020 mixtape Most...  more
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    Hykeem Jamaal Carter, Jr. (born October 22, 2000), professionally known as Baby Keem, is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for his single "Orange Soda" from his...  more
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    Jeffrey Alexander (born November 29, 1997), known professionally as 22Gz, is an American rapper from the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York. He is credited as a pioneer of the Brooklyn drill...  more
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    Alyssa Michelle Stephens (born December 22, 1998), known professionally as Mulatto or Big Latto, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. She first appeared on the reality television series The...  more
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    Christopher Daniel Soriano, Jr. (born January 4, 1997), known professionally as CJ, is an American rapper and songwriter from Staten Island, New York. He is best known for his 2020 breakout single...  more
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    Avery Jones (born October 16, 1992), known by his stage name Kota the Friend, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Kota the Friend...  more
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    Tamia Monique Carter (born January 9, 2000), known professionally as Flo Milli, is an American rapper and songwriter. Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, she began making and releasing music in 2015....  more
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    Jane Chika Oranika (born March 9, 1997) known professionally as Chika (often stylized CHIKA), is a Nigerian-American rapper, model, and actress. She was featured in JoJo's song "Sabotage" which...  more
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