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The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud

Updated September 22, 2020 128.9k votes 11.4k voters 149.1k views64 items

List RulesOnly rappers who got their start on SoundCloud.

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A surprising amount of underground rappers, including some of the best emo rap artists, who went mainstream first found an audience on the German-based audio distribution platform known as SoundCloud. With so many new technologies that allow anyone to upload work for an audience, many independent filmmakers, singer/songwriters, authors, and other artistic types are able to gain a following without the assistance of agents, producers, or publishers. Some of the best underground rappers were able to forgo any kind of formal representation and get their voices into the world via SoundCloud. So, who are the best SoundCloud rappers?

Featuring mainstream rappers who were discovered on SoundCloud, like Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert, and up-and-coming SoundCloud rappers, like Lil Pump and 6ix9ine, this list of good SoundCloud rappers also includes Ski Mask the Slump God, Russ, Smokepurpp, Trippie Redd, and Ugly God. Don't forget about female SoundCloud rappers Rico Nasty, Asian Doll, and Kodie Shane.

The best SoundCloud rappers vary in terms of the type of art they produce, but all of them created a unique sound that allowed them to become famous. There are white SoundCloud rappers, like Post Malone, who rose to fame after uploading a single song that took off. Other rappers who started on SoundCloud had small followings when they began posting their music online, and gained fame quickly when their work reached a broader audience. Bryson Tiller, for example, had a fan base from a 2011 mix tape but his popularity sailed after he uploaded a song to SoundCloud in 2015. 

Which rappers discovered on SoundCloud do you like best? Vote your favorite artists to the top of the list. 

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    XXXTentacion is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
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    1,750

    XXXTentacion

    Bad Vibes Forever, 17

    Genres (Music)Emo rap

    Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, better known by his stage name XXXTentacion, was an American rapper,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Lil Uzi Vert is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
    4,633
    1,640

    Lil Uzi Vert

    Luv Is Rage 2, Luv Is Rage 1.5

    Genres (Music)Hip hop, Trap, Cloud rap, Emo hip hop

    Symere Woods (born July 31, 1994), known professionally as Lil Uzi Vert, is an American hip... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Ski Mask The Slump God is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
    4,298
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    Ski Mask The Slump God

    You Will Regret, Members Only

    Genres (Music)hip hop, trap, punk rap, SoundCloud rap, meme rap

    Stokeley Clevon Goulbourne (born April 18, 1996), known professionally as Ski Mask the Slump... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Travis Scott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
    4,050
    1,618

    Travis Scott

    Owl Pharaoh

    Genres (Music)Hip hop

    Jacques Berman Webster II (born April 30, 1992), known professionally as Travis Scott, is an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Post Malone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
    3,592
    1,781

    Post Malone

    Stoney, August 26th

    Genres (Music)Hip hop, Pop, R&B

    Austin Richard Post (born July 4, 1995), known professionally as Post Malone, is an American... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 6
    Juice WRLD is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
    3,985
    1,160

    Juice WRLD

    All Girls Are The Same, Lucid Dreams

    Genres (Music)Hip hop, Emo rap, Alternative R&B

    Jarad Anthony Higgins (December 2, 1998 – December 8, 2019), known professionally as Juice... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Denzel Curry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
    2,557
    1,524

    Denzel Curry

    13, Imperial

    Genres (Music)Hip hop

    Denzel Rae Don Curry (born February 16, 1995) is an American rapper, singer and songwriter.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Lil Peep is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
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    Lil Peep

    Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 1
    Gustav Åhr, known by his stage name Lil Peep, is an American rapper and singer. He was cited... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Trippie Redd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
    3,005
    1,700

    Trippie Redd

    A Love Letter to You, Angels & Demons

    Genres (Music)Hip hop, trap, SoundCloud rap, emo rap, cloud rap

    Michael Lamar White IV (born June 18, 1999), known professionally as Trippie Redd, is an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Playboi Carti is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
    2,288
    1,362

    Playboi Carti

    Playboi Carti

    Genres (Music)Hip hop

    Jordan Terrell Carter (born September 13, 1996), better known by his stage name Playboi Carti,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    21 Savage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
    2,697
    1,356
    Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph (born October 22, 1992), known professionally as 21 Savage, is an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 12
    A Boogie wit da Hoodie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
    Artist Julius Dubose (born December 6, 1995), better known by his stage name A Boogie wit da... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Lil Skies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
    2,512
    1,544
    Lil Skies (born August 4, 1998) is a rapper from Pennsylvania who is best known for singles... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Lil Yachty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
    2,250
    1,563

    Lil Yachty

    Teenage Emotions, Summer Songs 2
    Miles Parks McCollum (born August 23, 1997), known professionally as Lil Yachty, is an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    YNW Melly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
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    YNW Melly

    i am you

    Genres (Music)rap

    Jamell Maurice Demons (born May 1, 1999), known professionally as YNW Melly, is an American... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Kodak Black is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
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    964
    Bill K. Kapri (born June 11, 1997), born Dieuson Octave and better known by his stage name... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Lil Baby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
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    Lil Baby

    Harder Than Ever, Harder Than Hard

    Genres (Music)Hip hop

    Dominique Jones (born December 3, 1994), known professionally as Lil Baby, is an American... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    YoungBoy Never Broke Again is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
    Kentrell DeSean Gaulden (born October 20, 1999), known professionally as YoungBoy Never Broke... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
    1,150
    609

    Chance The Rapper

    Acid Rap, Confident

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

    Chancelor Bennett (born April 16, 1993), better known by his stage name Chance the Rapper, is... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Smokepurpp is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
    1,510
    1,296

    Smokepurpp

    Deadstar, Up Now

    Genres (Music)Rap, Hip hop, Trap

    Omar Pineiro (born May 15, 1997), known professionally as Smokepurpp, is an American rapper... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Lil Pump is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
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    Lil Pump

    Lil Pump

    Genres (Music)Hip hop, Cloud rap, Trap

    Gazzy Garcia (born August 17, 2000), known professionally as Lil Pump, is an American rapper... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Tay-K is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
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    Tay-K

    SantanaWorld

    Genres (Music)Rap, Hip hop

    Taymor Travon McIntyre (born June 16, 2000), better known by his stage name Tay-K, is an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Bryson Tiller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
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    1,151
    Bryson Djuan Tiller (born January 2, 1993), is an American singer, songwriter and rapper.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Lil Dicky is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
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    David Andrew Burd (born March 15, 1988), better known by his stage name Lil Dicky or LD, is an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Rich The Kid is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
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    Dimitri Roger, known professionally as Rich the Kid, is an American rapper and songwriter.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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