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The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud 

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List Rules Only 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

Albums: Bad Vibes Forever, 17, Revenge

Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, better known by his stage name XXXTentacion, was an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Plantation, Florida, Onfroy spent most of his childhood in ...more

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

Albums: Luv Is Rage 2, Luv Is Rage 1.5, 1017 vs. The World

Symere Woods (born July 31, 1994), known professionally as Lil Uzi Vert, is an American hip hop recording artist. Based in Philadelphia, he gained recognition after releasing his debut single, ...more

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Ski Mask The Slump God ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud

Albums: You Will Regret, Members Only, Vol. 1

Stokeley Clevon Goulbourne (born April 18, 1996), known professionally as Ski Mask the Slump God (formerly stylized as $ki Mask "The Slump God"), is an American rapper and songwriter. ...more

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Travis Scott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
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Albums: Owl Pharaoh

Jacques Berman Webster II (born April 30, 1992), known professionally as Travis Scott, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Scott signed to Epic Records before ...more

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The Best Travis Scott Songs #1,644 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #1 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers

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Post Malone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud

Albums: Stoney, August 26th

Austin Richard Post (born July 4, 1995), known professionally as Post Malone, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and guitarist. He first gained major recognition in ...more

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The Best Songs on Post Malone's Album 'Hollywood's Bleeding' #11 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #77 of 224 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

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Juice WRLD is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
ConnorAndre added Genre: Hip hop, Emo rap & Alternative R&B; Nationality: USA

Albums: All Girls Are The Same, Lucid Dreams

Jarad Anthony Higgins (December 2, 1998 – December 8, 2019), known professionally as Juice WRLD, was an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he was best known for ...more

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The Best Juice WRLD Songs Ever, Ranked #6 of 57 The Best New Male Artists #1,138 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Trippie Redd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud

Albums: A Love Letter to You, Angels & Demons, White Room Project

Michael Lamar White IV (born June 18, 1999), known professionally as Trippie Redd, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. White is best known for his songs "Dark Knight Dummo" ...more

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The Best Songs on Trippie Redd's Album '!' #30 of 57 The Best New Male Artists #24 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers

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Denzel Curry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud

Albums: 13, Imperial, 32 Zel/Planet Shrooms, Nostalgic 64

Denzel Rae Don Curry (born February 16, 1995) is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Raised in Carol City, Florida, Curry started rapping while in sixth grade and began working on his ...more

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Lil Peep is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud

Albums: Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 1, Castles II, Hellboy

Gustav Åhr, known by his stage name Lil Peep, is an American rapper and singer. He was cited as one of the primary artists responsible for the post-emo revival with his style of hip hop ...more

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Lil Skies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
Lil Skies (born August 4, 1998) is a rapper from Pennsylvania who is best known for singles "Signs of Jealousy" and "Change Ya Life." In 2017, he signed a recording contract ...more

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#37 of 57 The Best New Male Artists #1,744 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #34 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers

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Playboi Carti is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud

Albums: Playboi Carti

Jordan Terrell Carter (born September 13, 1996), better known by his stage name Playboi Carti, is an American rapper and model from Atlanta, Georgia. A former member of underground Atlanta label ...more

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#32 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #143 of 224 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #39 of 187 The Best New School Rappers

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Lil Yachty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud

Albums: Teenage Emotions, Summer Songs 2, Lil Boat

Miles Parks McCollum (born August 23, 1997), known professionally as Lil Yachty, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Yachty first gained recognition in August 2015 for his singles ...more

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The Best Songs Ft. Lil Yachty #32 of 57 The Best New Male Artists #1,886 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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21 Savage is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
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Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph (born October 22, 1992), known professionally as 21 Savage, is an American rapper known for his mixtapes The Slaughter Tape (2015) and Slaughter King (2015) and his EPs ...more

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The Best Songs Ft. 21 Savage #14 of 57 The Best New Male Artists #9 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers

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A Boogie wit da Hoodie ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
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Artist Julius Dubose (born December 6, 1995), better known by his stage name A Boogie wit da Hoodie (or simply A Boogie), is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is signed to ...more

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#40 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers #110 of 224 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #21 of 187 The Best New School Rappers

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Kodak Black is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
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Bill K. Kapri (born June 11, 1997), born Dieuson Octave and better known by his stage name Kodak Black, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. He is noted for his singles ...more

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Lil Pump is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud

Albums: Lil Pump

Gazzy Garcia (born August 17, 2000), known professionally as Lil Pump, is an American rapper and songwriter. He began uploading songs to music sharing website SoundCloud in 2016, gaining almost ...more

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Smokepurpp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud

Albums: Deadstar, Up Now, F*ck Next

Omar Pineiro (born May 15, 1997), known professionally as Smokepurpp, is an American rapper from Miami, Florida. Pineiro found success on the audio distribution platform SoundCloud in 2017 after ...more

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Rich the Kid is listed (or ranked) 18 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. Currently signed to Interscope Records, he released his debut album, The World Is Yours, on March 30, ...more

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YoungBoy Never Broke Aga... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
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Kentrell DeSean Gaulden (born October 20, 1999), known professionally as YoungBoy Never Broke Again (or, simply, NBA YoungBoy), is an American rapper. He gained local attention and later ...more

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Bryson Tiller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
Bryson Djuan Tiller (born January 2, 1993), is an American singer, songwriter and rapper. Tiller initially gained notable recognition following the release of his debut single, ...more

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Lil Dicky is listed (or ranked) 21 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 American rapper and comedian. He came to prominence with the release of the music video to his song ...more

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YBN Nahmir is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
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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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Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
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Albums: Acid Rap, Confident, Songs from Scratch: Paranoia

Chancelor Bennett (born April 16, 1993), better known by his stage name Chance the Rapper, is an American hip hop recording artist from the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, he ...more

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Lil Baby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
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Albums: Harder Than Ever, Harder Than Hard, Too Hard

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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Wifisfuneral is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers Who Started On SoundCloud
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Albums: Black Heart Revenge, When Hell Falls, Boy Who Cried Wolf

Isaiah Rivera (born March 20, 1997), better known by his stage name Wifisfuneral, is an American hip hop recording artist. He is best known for his breakthrough mixtapes, "Black Heart ...more