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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 modern 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 new age rappers currently in the hip hop game. Feel free to add any missing rap artists who deserve more recognition. 

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Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Control System, Longterm Mentality, You're Gone
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Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Tha Carter III, Tha Carter II, Tha Carter
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Post Malone is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New School Rappers
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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Starships
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Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New School Rappers
RandomDud added Man on the Moon: The End of Day, Indicud, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
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The Game is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New School Rappers
kostastsikri64 added The Documentary, Doctor's Advocate, Jesus Piece
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21 Savage is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New School Rappers
GarlicBurger added The Slaughter Tape, Slaughter King, Savage Mode
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Jay Rock is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Follow Me Home, Black Friday, All My Life (In the Ghetto)
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Gucci Mane is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Максим Саранин added The State vs. Radric Davis, Back to the Trap House, Trap God
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J.I.D is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New School Rappers
v.sander2 added The Never Story
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Pusha T is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New School Rappers
kostastsikri64 added My Name Is My Name, Fear of God, Fear of God II: Let Us Pray
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Rae Sremmurd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New School Rappers
kostastsikri64 added No Flex Zone!
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Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Matt1345 added Hell: The Sequel, Nuttin' to Do, Fast Lane
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B.o.B is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New School Rappers
B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, Memories Back Then, 12th Dimension EP
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Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Trunk Muzik 0-60, Radioactive, Arena Rap EP
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Meek Mill is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Nothing But Flamerz (clean), DreamChasers, Flamers 2: Hottest In Tha City
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Isaiah Rashad is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Fonseca Dennis added Cilvia Demo
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Young Thug is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New School Rappers
malmrphy added Hookah, Lifestyle
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Juice WRLD is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New School Rappers
whiteiverson54 added 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, turning to rap freestyling in high school. Influeced by rock music and Chicago drill from Lil Durk and Cheif Keef, Higgins began recording as juice TheKidd, a moniker derived from his haircut, which resembled 2pacs in the film juice. Goodbye and good riddance his debut album with hit songs like Lucid dreams and All girls the same are the reason he rose to fame so quickly and people cant wait to see whats next. 

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Chief Keef is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New School Rappers
thiccnick added Finally Rich, Back From the Dead, I Don't Like
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Big K.R.I.T. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New School Rappers
4eva N a Day, Return of 4Eva, King Remembered in Time
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Dej Loaf is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New School Rappers
malmrphy added
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Lil Dicky is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New School Rappers
jsmith19.student added
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Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Dr. Lecter, Blue Chips 2, Converge / Dropdead Split
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Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Food & Liquor, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1