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 - \\

2
3,695 1,377
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

3
2,591 1,510
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

4
2,733 1,394
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Joey Bada$$ Summer Knights, 1999, Big Dusty

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2,527 1,505
Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Chance The Rapper Acid Rap, Confident, Songs from Scratch: Paranoia

6
2,879 1,633
Logic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Logic Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever, Young Sinatra (Undeniable), Young Sinatra

7
2,271 1,084
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 7 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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1,886 1,032
Travis Scott is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New School Rappers
goerge added Travis Scott Owl Pharaoh

9
1,860 1,196
Schoolboy Q is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Schoolboy Q Setbacks, ScHoolboy Q, Oxymoron

10
1,683 1,266
Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Big Sean Finally Famous, Hall of Fame, Finally Famous Vol. 3: Big

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1,495 1,076
Earl Sweatshirt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New School Rappers
oy-gevalt added Earl Sweatshirt Earl, Doris, Chum

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2,077 935
Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New School Rappers
oy-gevalt added Tyler, the Creator Goblin, Bastard, Wolf

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1,067 812
ASAP Ferg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added ASAP Ferg Trap Lord, Work, Shabba

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1,657 1,401
Drake is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Avi Sharma added Drake Take Care, Nothing Was the Same, Thank Me Later

Famous Schizophrenics

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1,384 773
Vince Staples is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Vince Staples Stolen Youth, Winter in Prague

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907 937
Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New School Rappers
_1443777135984 added Danny Brown XXX, Old, The Hybrid

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646 319
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Late Registration, The College Dropout

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943 810
Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Ab-Soul Control System, Longterm Mentality, You're Gone

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1,117 1,049
Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 19 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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833 426
Denzel Curry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New School Rappers
1512300481851 added Denzel Curry Nostalgic 64

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819 733
Jay Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Jay Rock Follow Me Home, Black Friday, All My Life (In the Ghetto)

The Best Underground Rappers

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1,421 1,046
XXXTentacion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Derr added XXXTENTACION

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1,174 1,009
Migos is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New School Rappers
thiccnick added Migos Young Rich N*ggas, Versace, No Label 2

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1,037 1,213
Future is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Future I Wanna Be With You, Pluto, Real and True

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645 293
Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New School Rappers
1510582232460 added Joyner Lucas

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647 357
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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844 756
Big K.R.I.T. is listed (or ranked) 27 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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872 705
Isaiah Rashad is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Fonseca Dennis added Isaiah Rashad Cilvia Demo

The Best Dressed Rappers

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898 675
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1

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594 587
Gucci Mane is listed (or ranked) 30 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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868 991
G-Eazy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New School Rappers
malmrphy added G-Eazy Big, These Things Happen, The Endless Summer

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757 547
Lil Uzi Vert is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New School Rappers

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891 678
Lil Dicky is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New School Rappers
1481572677407 added Lil Dicky

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407 339
Rae Sremmurd is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New School Rappers
1512300481851 added Rae Sremmurd No Flex Zone!

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794 658
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Tech N9ne Everready, Anghellic, Absolute Power

The Top Country Artists of All Time

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458 306
Post Malone is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New School Rappers

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1,116 991
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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811 879
Mac Miller is listed (or ranked) 38 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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566 735
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Action Bronson Dr. Lecter, Blue Chips 2, Converge / Dropdead Split

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865 849
21 Savage is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New School Rappers
GarlicBurger added 21 Savage The Slaughter Tape, Slaughter King, Savage Mode

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662 660
Run the Jewels is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Run the Jewels Run the Jewels, 36" Chain

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691 680
2 Chainz is listed (or ranked) 42 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

Every Song That Debuted At No. 1 On Billboard, Ranked

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643 887
Young Thug is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New School Rappers
malmrphy added Young Thug Hookah, Lifestyle

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735 787
Meek Mill is listed (or ranked) 44 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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723 721
YG is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New School Rappers
YG A King4President, Renegade, My Krazy Life

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424 602
Freddie Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Freddie Gibbs Str8 Killa, The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs, ESGN

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248 203
Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Lil Wayne Tha Carter III, Tha Carter II, Tha Carter

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305 256
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New School Rappers
RealKnowledge added Feloni A Woman's Revenge - TrakDiamondRecord.com

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290 226
Pusha T is listed (or ranked) 49 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

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463 550
Vic Mensa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Pavao Bucan added Vic Mensa Innanetape, Straight Up, Down on My Luck