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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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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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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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Denzel Curry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New School Rappers
kostastsikri64 added Nostalgic 64
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Ski Mask The Slump God ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New School Rappers
finmor123 added
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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New School Rappers
jacobbaker22222 added
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Joey Bada$$ is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Summer Knights, 1999, Big Dusty
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ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Long.Live.A$AP, Live. Love. ASAP, No Rest for the Wicked
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Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New School Rappers
oy-gevalt added Goblin, Bastard, Wolf
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Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Tha Carter III, Tha Carter II, Tha Carter
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Logic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever, Young Sinatra (Undeniable), Young Sinatra
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21 Savage is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New School Rappers
GarlicBurger added The Slaughter Tape, Slaughter King, Savage Mode
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Juice WRLD is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 15 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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ASAP Ferg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Trap Lord, Work, Shabba
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Meek Mill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Nothing But Flamerz (clean), DreamChasers, Flamers 2: Hottest In Tha City
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Schoolboy Q is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Setbacks, ScHoolboy Q, Oxymoron
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Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Acid Rap, Confident, Songs from Scratch: Paranoia
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Pusha T is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Mac Miller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New School Rappers
SawyerWhite added Watching Movies with the Sound Off, Macadelic, In the Air
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J.I.D is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New School Rappers
v.sander2 added The Never Story
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Post Malone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New School Rappers
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Rae Sremmurd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New School Rappers
kostastsikri64 added No Flex Zone!
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Vince Staples is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Stolen Youth, Winter in Prague