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
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city, Section.80 - \\

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6,754 3,484
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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3,259 3,091
Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Big Sean Finally Famous, Hall of Fame, Finally Famous Vol. 3: Big

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4,701 3,825
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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5,063 3,706
ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 5 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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2,157 1,036
Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New School Rappers
1510582232460 added Joyner Lucas

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5,269 3,897
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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4,726 3,221
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Joey Bada$$ Summer Knights, 1999, Big Dusty

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4,749 2,980
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 9 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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995 386
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 10 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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4,529 2,746
Travis Scott is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New School Rappers
goerge added Travis Scott Owl Pharaoh

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6,875 2,338
XXXTentacion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Derr added XXXTENTACION

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4,187 2,368
Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New School Rappers
oy-gevalt added Tyler, the Creator Goblin, Bastard, Wolf

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1,387 2,167
Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New School Rappers
_1443777135984 added Danny Brown XXX, Old, The Hybrid

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3,006 2,731
Schoolboy Q is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Schoolboy Q Setbacks, ScHoolboy Q, Oxymoron

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4,461 3,529
Drake is listed (or ranked) 16 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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2,492 2,551
Earl Sweatshirt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New School Rappers
oy-gevalt added Earl Sweatshirt Earl, Doris, Chum

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1,425 1,227
2 Chainz is listed (or ranked) 18 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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1,771 1,646
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New School Rappers
StaceyAceGoodson added Hopsin Knock Madness, Raw, Haywire

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2,334 1,913
ASAP Ferg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added ASAP Ferg Trap Lord, Work, Shabba

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2,948 1,519
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Late Registration, The College Dropout

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2,418 1,947
Vince Staples is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Vince Staples Stolen Youth, Winter in Prague

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1,267 1,290
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Tech N9ne Everready, Anghellic, Absolute Power

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3,151 2,163
Migos is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New School Rappers
thiccnick added Migos Young Rich N*ggas, Versace, No Label 2

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A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New School Rappers
1520362716762 added A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

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2,429 1,958
Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 26 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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2,801 1,069
Ski Mask The Slump God is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New School Rappers
finmor123 added $ki Mask the Slump God

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2,172 2,170
Future is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Future I Wanna Be With You, Pluto, Real and True

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2,218 1,063
Denzel Curry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New School Rappers
1512300481851 added Denzel Curry Nostalgic 64

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

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

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The Game is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New School Rappers
1512300481851 added The Game The Documentary, Doctor's Advocate, Jesus Piece

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

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1,507 1,365
Gucci Mane is listed (or ranked) 34 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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Mac Miller is listed (or ranked) 35 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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1,409 1,507
Jay Rock is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Post Malone is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New School Rappers

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Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New School Rappers
joe_1443804081384 added Yelawolf Trunk Muzik 0-60, Radioactive, Arena Rap EP

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3,233 1,495
Lil Uzi Vert is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New School Rappers

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Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Lil Wayne Tha Carter III, Tha Carter II, Tha Carter

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Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Matt1345 added Bad Meets Evil Hell: The Sequel, Nuttin' to Do, Fast Lane

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1,492 1,075
Rae Sremmurd is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New School Rappers
1512300481851 added Rae Sremmurd No Flex Zone!

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B.o.B is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New School Rappers
B.o.B B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, Memories Back Then, 12th Dimension EP

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1,614 1,863
G-Eazy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New School Rappers
malmrphy added G-Eazy Big, These Things Happen, The Endless Summer

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2,216 1,549
21 Savage is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New School Rappers
GarlicBurger added 21 Savage The Slaughter Tape, Slaughter King, Savage Mode

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Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 46 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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1,250 1,325
Isaiah Rashad is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New School Rappers
Fonseca Dennis added Isaiah Rashad Cilvia Demo

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

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

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Dej Loaf is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New School Rappers
malmrphy added Dej Loaf