Best Upcoming Rappers of 2011

Rappers and hip hop artists that have not yet released a major album yet.

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1J Cole

Easily the best rapper to come out in recent years, Speaks the truth and is actually a real rapper. He has the ability to be a storyteller yet puts his raps in a modern context that reaches people struggling throughout all walks of life. Some might think he is another pop or swag rapper who is using the game to get rich, yet he this couldn't be further from the truth. This man is the truth! It could be argued that J. Cole sometimes creates some mainstream sounding songs, yet the difference between him and other rappers is that he is unique to himself, and uses poetic devices in his rhymes. I think at this point he is going on to become the defining rapper of this generation. Just listen to Friday Night Lights, if you don' think this guy is talented among the army of whack emcees out today. He actually discusses important issues such as not falling in love with money, work on building community, and also stopping violence. He understands what makes a true rapper, and that is why I ...more - CrossRoad

He is the best up and coming rapper. His style is different from all the wack rap that is selling these days. He raps from his heart. He is greatly influenced by 2Pac and you can tell this when he spits. He geniunely wants to take rap back to a time when the lyrics and meaning of a song really mattered. He is a great mix between the old school east coast and the new school "swag" style. He is very talented indeed.

J cole is the sickest rapper with a debut album that was nearly a classic way better than wiz who can only talk about weed. Cole covers a load of topic and will be filling up my iPod no doubt in the future if he carries on like this, Cole world

Cole is amazing and is better then Khalifa Sean Mac Miller Meek Mill Wale and everyone else so lyrical and speaks on more then one topic

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2Wiz KhalifaCameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper, songwriter, and actor.

not a big fan of him but one must admit he is going uphill.

Not really feeling his lyrics and that's personally what I look for when I listen to music but he's not bad at keeping flow which is something other rappers lack.

- Wiz Khalifa Man. Enough Said. The Greatest Rapper Alive. Taylor Gang Or Die. -$

nobody has a better flow than wiz right now, just waiting on that big album

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3Mac MillerMalcolm James McCormick, best known by his stage name Mac Miller, is an American rapper from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He can write. He can spit like nobody I've heard. What more could you want

Mac Miller. Enough said! Not better then Em but he's a beast. Hella chill that's what I like.

Lyrical genius, almost on the same level as wiz and kid cudi

A lot of people say that Chris Webby is better. I think they're all on drugs.

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4Royce Da 5'9Ryan Daniel Montgomery, better known by his stage name Royce da 5'9", is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan.
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6Kendrick Lamar

He is a beast he surpasses all the other rappers he should be number one wiz khalifa shouldn't be number one kendrick lamar should be he can rap fast and is very lyrical

Well... I honestly Think That Kendrick Lamar Is Better Than All These Rappers, He Has Better Lyrics, A Better Flow, And Just Better Potential, And He Is Just Honestly Better Than Any Rapper Out There!

Word is Kendrick Lamar is all over Detox. He is ready for the big stage. Kendrick should be contending for that 31 spot.

He has messages in his songs, like Eminem

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7Meek Mill

Well after Drake not anymore

8HopsinMarcus Jamal Hopson, better known by his stage name Hopsin, is an American rapper, record producer, director and actor from Los Angeles, California.

Hopsin dissed Rick Ross, Soulja Boy, Lil Wayne, Tyler The Creator and Lupe Fiasco... Come on!
Listen to "Sag My Pants" "Hop Madness" or "Leave Me Alone"
Classic Slim Shady raps

9Childish Gambino

This guy's been putting out crazy songs while doing comedy and acting not many people can do that. And not only can he rap but the dude can sing to! He's definitely on the up and coming since heartbeat was on the radio but I also wouldn't mind if he stayed my little secret.

Multiple flows create a very unique sound. He can rap on emotion and on sheer power. He is one of the best in the game right now. Camp kinda sucked but culdesac is arguably one of the best mixtapes on the market right now

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10Chris Webby

I like mac miller but chris webby is so much better

The Contenders

11Freddie Gibbs

he's gotta sweet flow, he just needs a hot beat, and to be discovered

12Cory Gunz
13KRIT

Come on yall.! Get with Big Krizzle! Honestly his lyrical game is off the charts.

Krit is better than your favorites rapper favorite rapper.!

His likeable and inane style just simply makes me sizzle my britches!

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14Diggy Simmons

Reminds me of a young bow wow carrying the legacy his dad left off

YES HE IS VERY SEXY! And he is a good singer he so should make more music because I like his voice=Diggy simmon

He's Hella Sexy! I've Had A Crush On Him Since He Was On Runs House! <3 that's My Boy! And He Has Good Music Singing And Rapping (: #iLoveDiggy - AutumnNicole

15Sam Adams

Sam Adams is a lot different than most of the rappers on this list.. He incorporates dubstep & techno beats into his music.. He attracts different fans around the world.. He's growing up a bit as well and not just doing songs about college life and party bangers.. He can spit with some of the best when he's really on his game..

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18Lil BBrandon Christopher McCartney, professionally known as Lil B and often known as The BasedGod, is an American rapper, record producer, author, activist and motivational speaker from Berkeley, California.
19Earl Sweatshirt

Dope beats and lyrics and still really young

20Wax

I'm hooked since I first listen to "Red". Then I saw 'New Crack' and 'Wax Goes Bananas'. I believe he just signed. Maybe not as Famous as some guys here, but a whole lot better. -RMJ

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