The 8 Hottest Rap Artists Currently on the Scene

Rap has previously been given a bad name and was constantly voted one of the least popular genres of music but I think this has finally a thing of the past. When listening to rap, you cannot deny that it is literally a form of art- the lyrics are written in a way that is like poetry, yet it wasn’t respected due to sometimes sounding harsh and using curse words. However, the reason behind this being the case is often due to the rapper expressing their feelings on a topic that they are passionate about. Another thing that Rap culture gets criticized for is all the talk of smoking weed, however, there are now so many different forms of hemp that have many benefits, delta 8 thc vape cartridges are a perfect example of how the culture has become health positive.  

Years ago, if you had asked someone to name a rapper, I’m pretty sure everyone would have only been able to name Eminem, but now there are so many FIRE rappers on the scene.  

#1 Polo G 

22-year-old Taurus Tremani Bartlett (Polo G) is a young rapper from Chicago who rose to fame in 2018 with his singles ‘Finer Things’ and ‘Pop Out’; he has recently made his way to No. 1. Rolling Stones top 100 with ‘Rapstar’.  

#2 Lil Baby 

26-year-old Dominique Jones (Lil Baby) is an American rapper from Georgia. He is best known for his songs “Freestyle”, “Yes Indeed” and “My Dawg”, two of them peaking at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In May 2018, Lil Baby released his debut studio album, Harder Than Ever, which debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart.

#3 Pop Smoke 

Bashar Barakah Jackson (Pop Smoke) was an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He was considered to be the face of the Brooklyn drill. Pop Smoke began his musical career in 2018; he collaborated with UK drill artists and producersPop Smoke rose to fame with the release of his breakout single “welcome to the party” and “Dior” in 2019. Pop Smoke, unfortunately, died last year at the young age of 20, but he is still in the top 3 of many of these lists due to his music still being so popular.  

#4 DaBaby 

29-year-old Jonathan Lyndale Kirk (DaBaby), is an American rapper and songwriter from North Carolina. He is best known for his single “Suge”, the lead singles off his debut studio album, Baby on Baby (2019). “Suge” became a huge success and hit number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Along with the success of the single, Baby on Baby also hit number 7 on the Billboard 200 chart.  

#5 Travis Scott 

I’m sure you’ve all heard of Travis Scott? Well 29-year-old Jacques Bermon Webster II, (Travis Scott) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter. In 2012, Travis Scott signed his first major-label contract with Epic Records and it all went sky’s the limit from there! His debut studio album, Rodeo (2015), was led by the hit single “Antidote”. His second album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (2016) became his first number one album on the Billboard 200. More recently, in 2018, his third studio album Astroworld was released and was made his first Billboard Hot 100 number one single with “Sicko Mode”, featuring Drake. At the end of last year, Scott became the first artist on the Hot 100 to have three songs debut at number one in less than a year- what an achievement! He has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards and won a Billboard Music Award and a Latin Grammy Award. Wow.  

 

#6 Lil Uzi Vert 

26-year-old Symere Bysil Woods (Lil Uzi Vert) is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Characterized by his face tattoos, facial piercings, eccentric hairstyles, and androgynous fashion, his music is often defined by dark subject matters and imagery built on a melodic emo approach to trap. Uzi Vert gained initial recognition following the release of the commercial mixtape Luv Is Rage back in 2015. However, you probably know him for his more recent songs from his 2020 album Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World 2 

#7 Roddy Ricch 

22-year-old Rodrick Wayne Moore Jr.  (Roddy Ricch) who you may have first heard of after he rose to fame in 2018 with the single “Die Young. Ricch’s first two mixtapes, Feed Tha Streets (2017) and Feed Tha Streets II (2018), also received widespread recognition. In 2019, Ricch gained a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance, and on Mustard’s Grammy-nominated single “Ballin‘”, which reached the top 20 of the Hot 100. In late 2020, Ricch’s feature on DaBaby’s single “Rockstar” became his second number-one single on the Hot 100. Ricch has also won several accolades, including a Grammy Award from nine nominations, as well as two BET Awards, two BET Hip Hop Awards, and an American Music Award. 

 

#8 Drake 

I don’t know anyone that doesn’t know Drake- he may have gone further down in the list but he is definitely a rapper that everyone has heard of, even if you don’t know him, you know his songs. 34-year-old Aubrey Drake Graham, (Drake) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor. Drake released his debut studio album Thank Me Later in 2010 and ever since then, the world went crazy for him! Let’s just say… Overall, Drake has won 100 awards, including 4 Grammy Awards from forty-four nominations and 27 awards from 81 nominations on the Billboard Music Awards. Amazing!