The Best New Rappers Of 2023

Over 400 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best New Rappers Of 2023

From on-the-rise Gen Z female rappers GloRilla and Ice Spice to 2022 XXL Freshman classmates Nardo Wick and Cochise, 2023's roster of best new rappers gives previous years a run for their money. Southern rappers MAVI and Duke Deuce continue to grind in the studio; and Big Boss Vette and Monaleo just dropped new singles (with more potential records in the works). After years of doing City Girls' makeup, Saucy Santana has finally paved his own path as a rapper, with XXL Freshman recognition under his belt; and multi-talented singer-rapper prodigy DOECHII is just getting started with a fire SZA collaboration on the charts and viral praises from Doja Cat.

Which trending new hip hop artists are you most excited to see live, and whose albums or mixtapes are you currently listening to? Vote below for the best new rappers of 2023, and be sure to also check out this year's top new rap songs afterwards.

Most divisive: SoFaygo
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  • Nardo Wick
    298 votes
    Horace Bernard Walls III (born December 30, 2001), better known by his stage name Nardo Wick, is an American rapper from Jacksonville, Florida. He is signed to Flawless Entertainment and RCA Records. He is best known for his 2021 single "Who Want Smoke?". Another version of the song, which features fellow rappers G Herbo, Lil Durk, and 21 Savage, propelled it to debut at number 17 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and earn platinum certification by the RIAA. Wick released his debut studio album, Who Is Nardo Wick?, that same year.
  • Yeat
    307 votes
    Noah Oliver Smith (born February 26, 2000), known professionally as Yeat, is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer from Portland, Oregon. Yeat rose to popularity in 2021 after the release of his album 4L, which included tracks like "Sorry Bout That" and "Money Twërk", which gained popularity on TikTok. He gained further recognition after his single "Gët Busy" released in late 2021.
  • GloRilla
    234 votes
    Gloria Hallelujah Woods (born ), known professionally as GloRilla is an American rapper She rose to prominence after releasing her 2022 song "F.N.F. (Let's Go)" (with Hitkidd), which is nominated for Best Rap Performance at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards. Her single "Tomorrow 2" (featuring Cardi B), reached the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100. She has also collaborated with rappers such as Latto and JT of City Girls.
  • Ice Spice
    333 votes
    Isis Gaston (born January 1, 2000), known professionally as Ice Spice, is an American rapper. She began rapping in 2021, and she rose to popularity with her 2022 single "Munch (Feelin' U)." Ice Spice's music is primarily Bronx drill. Her name came from the name of a Finsta she made at age 14. She was first inspired by Sheff G and Pop Smoke to start rapping, and has listed Cardi B and Nicki Minaj as influences on her music.
  • BabyTron
    170 votes
    James Johnson III (born June 16, 2000), known professionally as BabyTron, is a American rapper. He is a member of the rap group ShittyBoyz. BabyTron has become known for his distinct fast-rapping Detroit-style rap. He was named as part of the XXL 2022 Freshman Class on June 14, 2022.
  • SoFaygo
    204 votes
    Andre Dontrel Burt Jr. (born October 3, 2001), known professionally as SoFaygo (formerly stylized as $oFaygo), is an American rapper. In 2020, Burt released the Angelic 7 mixtape, which was produced by friend and fellow rapper Lil Tecca. This mixtape included his 2019 breakthrough single "Knock Knock", where numerous sounds using the song went viral on TikTok in late 2020. The song has since amassed over 100 million plays on Spotify.