Rap The Best New School Rappers  

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List Rules Only individual hip hop artists (no groups) who first became popular after the year 2000.

Hip hop heads, who are the best new school rappers? Making the best and newest rap songs of 2018, these rising hiphop kings are all watching the throne. Mainstream rap keeps changing over the years with gangsta rap becoming more underground, while trap music quickly rose in popularity. Regardless of rap's evolution, the best current rappers still have powerful lyrics, catchy hooks, and good beats. Which rapper is currently at the top of the hip hop game?

When it comes to radio hits, Drake is the man. With so many memorable features and popular songs, the Canadian rapper is arguably one of the best rap artists today. Compton's finest Kendrick Lamar has constantly been regarded as the hottest MC today. Lyrically talented mixed with elements of soul and spoken word poetry, K-Dot is definitely one of the best rappers of all time. Other notable rising hip hop artists include Logic, Chance the Rapper, A$AP Rocky, and J. Cole (double platinum with no features). 

Vote for who you think are the freshest rappers currently in the hip hop game. Feel free to add any missing rap artists who deserve more recognition. 

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Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city, Section.80 - \\

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J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Avi Sharma added J. Cole Born Sinner, The Warm Up, Friday Night Lights

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ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New School Rappers
ASAP Rocky Long.Live.A$AP, Live. Love. ASAP, No Rest for the Wicked

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Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Chance The Rapper Acid Rap, Confident, Songs from Scratch: Paranoia

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Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Joey Bada$$ Summer Knights, 1999, Big Dusty

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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Childish Gambino Because the Internet, Utterances of the Heart, Love Letter in an Unbreakable Bottle

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Logic is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Logic Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever, Young Sinatra (Undeniable), Young Sinatra

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Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Big Sean Finally Famous, Hall of Fame, Finally Famous Vol. 3: Big

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Travis Scott is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New School Rappers
goerge added Travis Scott Owl Pharaoh

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XXXTentacion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Derr added XXXTENTACION

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Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New School Rappers
oy-gevalt added Tyler, the Creator Goblin, Bastard, Wolf

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Schoolboy Q is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Schoolboy Q Setbacks, ScHoolboy Q, Oxymoron

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Drake is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Avi Sharma added Drake Take Care, Nothing Was the Same, Thank Me Later

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Earl Sweatshirt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New School Rappers
oy-gevalt added Earl Sweatshirt Earl, Doris, Chum

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ASAP Ferg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added ASAP Ferg Trap Lord, Work, Shabba

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Vince Staples is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Vince Staples Stolen Youth, Winter in Prague

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Migos is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New School Rappers
thiccnick added Migos Young Rich N*ggas, Versace, No Label 2

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Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Late Registration, The College Dropout

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Future is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Future I Wanna Be With You, Pluto, Real and True

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Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers, O.N.I.F.C., Deal or No Deal - Wiz Khalifa has remained a hot trend thru Amber rose and his crazy purple hair. We Dem boyz is wearing off but just enough to keep him at #20. Blacc Hollywood was underrated and got nominated for a Grammy. He's got Juciy J on ...

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Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New School Rappers
_1443777135984 added Danny Brown XXX, Old, The Hybrid

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Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Ab-Soul Control System, Longterm Mentality, You're Gone

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Denzel Curry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New School Rappers
1512300481851 added Denzel Curry Nostalgic 64

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Gucci Mane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Максим Саранин added Gucci Mane The State vs. Radric Davis, Back to the Trap House, Trap God

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Jay Rock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Jay Rock Follow Me Home, Black Friday, All My Life (In the Ghetto)

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Ski Mask The Slump God is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New School Rappers
finmor123 added $ki Mask the Slump God

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Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New School Rappers
1510582232460 added Joyner Lucas

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Post Malone is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New School Rappers

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Lil Uzi Vert is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New School Rappers

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Rae Sremmurd is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New School Rappers
1512300481851 added Rae Sremmurd No Flex Zone!

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Mac Miller is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New School Rappers
SawyerWhite added Mac Miller Watching Movies with the Sound Off, Macadelic, In the Air

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Isaiah Rashad is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Fonseca Dennis added Isaiah Rashad Cilvia Demo

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21 Savage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New School Rappers
GarlicBurger added 21 Savage The Slaughter Tape, Slaughter King, Savage Mode

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G-Eazy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New School Rappers
malmrphy added G-Eazy Big, These Things Happen, The Endless Summer

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2 Chainz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New School Rappers
malmrphy added 2 Chainz B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, Beez in the Trap, T.R.U. REALigion

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Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New School Rappers
RandomDud added Kid Cudi Man on the Moon: The End of Day, Indicud, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager

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Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New School Rappers
StaceyAceGoodson added Hopsin Knock Madness, Raw, Haywire

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Young Thug is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New School Rappers
malmrphy added Young Thug Hookah, Lifestyle

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Big K.R.I.T. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Big K.R.I.T. 4eva N a Day, Return of 4Eva, King Remembered in Time

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Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Action Bronson Dr. Lecter, Blue Chips 2, Converge / Dropdead Split

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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Nicki Minaj Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Starships

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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Matt1345 added Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show

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1,381 1,189
Meek Mill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Meek Mill Nothing But Flamerz (clean), DreamChasers, Flamers 2: Hottest In Tha City

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Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Lil Wayne Tha Carter III, Tha Carter II, Tha Carter

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Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Tech N9ne Everready, Anghellic, Absolute Power

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Juice WRLD is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New School Rappers
whiteiverson54 added Juice WRLD Goodbye and good riddance - Chicago-area hip-hop musician Juice WRLD delivers introspective lyrics atop melodic production, echoing Travis Scott and Post Malone. Born Jarad Higgins in 1998, the Calumet Park artist grew up playing piano drums and guitar, ...

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Lil Dicky is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New School Rappers
1481572677407 added Lil Dicky

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Lil Yachty is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New School Rappers
zachl.191 added Lil Yachty

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Trippie Redd is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New School Rappers
trippe redd added Trippie Redd.    MICHEAL WHITE IV Trippie Redd Trippie Redd in 2017. Background information Birth nameMichael White IV Also known as Lil 14 Big 14 BornJune 18, 1999 (age 18) Canton, Ohio, United States ...

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Pusha T is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New School Rappers
1512300481851 added Pusha T My Name Is My Name, Fear of God, Fear of God II: Let Us Pray