Hip-Hop 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 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
good kid, m.A.A.d city, Section.80 -

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7,281 3,688
J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Avi Sharma added Born Sinner, The Warm Up, Friday Night Lights

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3,470 3,503
Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Finally Famous, Hall of Fame, Finally Famous Vol. 3: Big

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4,978 4,154
Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Acid Rap, Confident, Songs from Scratch: Paranoia

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5,417 3,924
ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Long.Live.A$AP, Live. Love. ASAP, No Rest for the Wicked

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2,557 1,286
Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New School Rappers
1510582232460 added

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5,669 4,162
Logic is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever, Young Sinatra (Undeniable), Young Sinatra

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5,031 3,402
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Summer Knights, 1999, Big Dusty

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5,072 3,167
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Because the Internet, Utterances of the Heart, Love Letter in an Unbreakable Bottle

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1,433 607
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Matt1345 added The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show

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Travis Scott is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New School Rappers
goerge added Owl Pharaoh

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7,371 2,566
XXXTentacion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Derr added

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4,476 2,523
Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New School Rappers
oy-gevalt added Goblin, Bastard, Wolf

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1,476 2,374
Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New School Rappers
_1443777135984 added XXX, Old, The Hybrid

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3,176 2,855
Schoolboy Q is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Setbacks, ScHoolboy Q, Oxymoron

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2,647 2,692
Earl Sweatshirt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New School Rappers
oy-gevalt added Earl, Doris, Chum

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4,701 3,800
Drake is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Avi Sharma added Take Care, Nothing Was the Same, Thank Me Later

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1,537 1,391
2 Chainz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New School Rappers
malmrphy added B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, Beez in the Trap, T.R.U. REALigion

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Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New School Rappers
StaceyAceGoodson added Knock Madness, Raw, Haywire

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2,488 2,000
ASAP Ferg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Trap Lord, Work, Shabba

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3,168 1,670
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New School Rappers
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Late Registration, The College Dropout

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2,561 2,048
Vince Staples is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Stolen Youth, Winter in Prague

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1,370 1,420
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Everready, Anghellic, Absolute Power

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3,315 2,332
Migos is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New School Rappers
thiccnick added Young Rich N*ggas, Versace, No Label 2

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Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New School Rappers
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 his label being a constant representative. How long can he last tho?

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A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New School Rappers
1520362716762 added

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Denzel Curry is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New School Rappers
1512300481851 added Nostalgic 64

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3,015 1,130
Ski Mask The Slump God is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New School Rappers
finmor123 added

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2,279 2,294
Future is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New School Rappers
I Wanna Be With You, Pluto, Real and True

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988 1,770
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Starships

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1,423 1,784
Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Control System, Longterm Mentality, You're Gone

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Royce da 5'9
Matt1345 added Rock City, Street Hop, Death Is Certain

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The Game is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New School Rappers
1512300481851 added The Documentary, Doctor's Advocate, Jesus Piece

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1,765 1,546
Mac Miller is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New School Rappers
SawyerWhite added Watching Movies with the Sound Off, Macadelic, In the Air

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1,592 1,443
Gucci Mane is listed (or ranked) 35 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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1,502 1,567
Jay Rock is listed (or ranked) 36 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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2,717 1,243
Post Malone is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New School Rappers

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Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Tha Carter III, Tha Carter II, Tha Carter

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Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Trunk Muzik 0-60, Radioactive, Arena Rap EP

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Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Matt1345 added Hell: The Sequel, Nuttin' to Do, Fast Lane

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3,378 1,580
Lil Uzi Vert is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New School Rappers

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612 991
B.o.B is listed (or ranked) 42 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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1,574 1,139
Rae Sremmurd is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New School Rappers
1512300481851 added No Flex Zone!

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1,705 1,931
G-Eazy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New School Rappers
malmrphy added Big, These Things Happen, The Endless Summer

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Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 45 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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2,319 1,624
21 Savage is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New School Rappers
GarlicBurger added The Slaughter Tape, Slaughter King, Savage Mode

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1,289 1,380
Isaiah Rashad is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Fonseca Dennis added Cilvia Demo

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1,402 1,545
Young Thug is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New School Rappers
malmrphy added Hookah, Lifestyle

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115 184
Crooked i is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New School Rappers
RandomDud added Apex Predator, Psalm 82:6, Block Obama II

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1,174 1,464
Big K.R.I.T. is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New School Rappers
4eva N a Day, Return of 4Eva, King Remembered in Time