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The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers 

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Updated March 26, 2020 768.5k votes 77.7k voters 1.8M views 144 items

List Rules Rappers must be under 30 and currently making new music.

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Hip hop heads, it's time to vote for who you believe will be future hip hop legends. From the best new rappers to the youngest rappers in the game right now, these rising hip hop artists are releasing fire mixtapes, top ten hits, and platinum albums. Who is currently the best young rapper making the hottest tracks of 2018

Featuring the best underground rappers who started on SoundCloud, XXL Freshman Class, and international rappers, this list of the best rappers under 30 includes Lil Yachty, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples, Lil Dicky, Logic, Chance the Rapper, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Kodak Black, and more. 

Vote for the best new school rappers of 2018. Feel free to add any new wave rappers who deserve to be on this list of underrated rappers. 

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Travis Scott is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
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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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#33 of 498 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #683 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time The Best Travis Scott Songs

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ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Long.Live.A$AP, Live. Love. ASAP, No Rest for the Wicked, Purple Swag, Fuckin' Problems, + more

Rakim Mayers (born October 3, 1988), better known by his stage name ASAP Rocky (stylized as A$AP Rocky), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is a member of the hip ...more

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#654 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time The Best Songs Ft. A$AP Rocky The Best ASAP Rocky Albums, Ranked

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Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
stevencrawford360 added Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America

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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#721 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time The Best Chance the Rapper Songs, Ranked The Best Songs Ft. Chance the Rapper

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Lil Uzi Vert is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers

Albums: Purple Thoughtz EP Vol. 1, The Real Uzi, Luv is Rage, Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World, The Perfect Luv Tape

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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#8 of 53 The Best New Male Artists The Best Songs Ft. Lil Uzi Vert

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Logic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
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Albums: Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever, Young Sinatra (Undeniable), Young Sinatra

Sir Robert Bryson Hall II (born January 22, 1990), known by his stage name Logic, is an American rapper. He was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He has amassed a large Internet ...more

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#718 of 2,175 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time The Best Songs on Logic's Album 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind' The Best Logic Albums, Ranked

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Joey Bada$$ is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Summer Knights, 1999, Big Dusty, Waves

Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott (born January 20, 1995), better known by his stage name Joey Badass (stylized as Joey Bada$$), is an American rapper, actor, and record producer. Raised in Brooklyn, New ...more
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21 Savage is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
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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#580 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #13 of 53 The Best New Male Artists The Best Songs Ft. 21 Savage

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XXXTentacion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
voting closed at #11 fartdick added

Died June 18, 2018

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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#21 of 498 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time The Best XXXTentacion Songs, Ranked The Best XXXTentacion Albums, Ranked

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Ski Mask The Slump God ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
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Albums: Members Only, You Will Regret

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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#54 of 498 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #693 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #123 of 192 The Best Underground Rappers

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Post Malone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
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Albums: White Iverson, Too Young

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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#98 of 498 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #259 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time The Best Songs Feat. Post Malone

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Migos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
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Albums: Young Rich N*ggas, Versace, No Label 2, Fight Night, The Green Album

Migos is an American hip hop group based in Atlanta, Georgia. The group consists of Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset. Members Quavo and Takeoff are uncle and nephew; Offset is Quavo's cousin and also ...more

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Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
Genre: Alternative hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Goblin, Bastard, Wolf, Yonkers, She, + more

Tyler Gregory Okonma (born March 6, 1991), known professionally as Tyler, the Creator, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, fashion designer and ...more

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#774 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time The Best Tyler the Creator Songs, Ranked The Best Songs Feat. Tyler The Creator

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Denzel Curry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
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Albums: 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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#61 of 498 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #94 of 192 The Best Underground Rappers

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Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
Genre: Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Finally Famous, Hall of Fame, Finally Famous Vol. 3: Big, Finally Famous-The Mixtape, U Know Big Sean–Finally Famous Vol. 2, + more

Sean Michael Leonard Anderson (born March 25, 1988), known professionally as Big Sean, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Sean signed with Kanye West's GOOD Music in 2007, Def Jam ...more

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#32 of 498 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time The Best Songs Ft. Big Sean The Best Big Sean Albums, Ranked

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ASAP Ferg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
ranc098 added Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Trap Lord, Work, Shabba, Work (remix), My Song 5

Darold Ferguson, Jr., better known by his stage name ASAP Ferg, is an American hip hop recording artist from New York City's Harlem neighborhood. He is a member of the hip hop collective ASAP ...more

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#39 of 498 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time The Best Songs Feat. ASAP Ferg The Best ASAP Ferg Albums, Ranked

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Kodak Black is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
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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Rae Sremmurd is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
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Albums: No Flex Zone!

Rae Sremmurd is an American hip hop duo, composed of two brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy from Atlanta, Georgia. They are perhaps best known for their single "No Type", which charted ...more

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Juice WRLD is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
Preston Eastridge added Genre: Hip hop, Emo rap & Alternative R&B; Nationality: USA

Albums: Goodbye & Good Riddance

Jarad Higgins, better known by his stage name Juice Wrld, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Chicago, Illinois. He is primarily known for his breakout hits "All Girls Are the Same", "Lucid Dreams", and "Legends"

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#851 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #16 of 53 The Best New Male Artists The Best Juice WRLD Songs Ever, Ranked

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Vince Staples is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
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Albums: Stolen Youth, Winter in Prague

Vincent Jamal Staples (born July 2, 1993) is an American rapper from the Ramona Park area of North Long Beach, California. He is a member of the hip hop trio Cutthroat Boyz alongside fellow ...more
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Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
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Albums: Along Came Joyner

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Gary Maurice "Joyner" Lucas, Jr. (born August 17, 1988) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, poet, and actor from Worcester, Massachusetts. Lucas gained ...more

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#29 of 498 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #402 of 2,175 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Lil Dicky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
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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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Young Thug is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
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Albums: Hookah, Lifestyle

Jeffrey Williams, better known by his stage name Young Thug, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He is known for the single "Stoner", as well as his collaborations with fellow ...more

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Lil Yachty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
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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#593 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time The Best Songs Ft. Lil Yachty The Best Lil Yachty Albums And Mixtapes, Ranked

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YG is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
Genre: Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues & West Coast hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: A King4President, Renegade, My Krazy Life, Rise & Shine 2: Death of Y.G., Rise & Shine: It's My Turn, + more

Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson (born March 9, 1990), better known by his stage name YG, is an American rapper and actor from Compton, California. In 2009, he released his debut single, "Toot It ...more

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#653 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time The Best YG Albums, Ranked The Best Songs Feat. YG

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YoungBoy Never Broke Aga... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers
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Albums: Untill Death Call My Name

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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