Top 10 Most Influential Internet Era Rappers (2011-2018)jjsnake1503 btw im not going off quality of music i'm going off rappers who have made an impact in 2018's rap scene.
The Top Ten
Kanye's music has influenced rap greatly. 808's pioneered sad rap and emotional RnB which would later create acts like Kid Cudi, The Weeknd and even Drake. You could also go as far as saying Kanye helped make 2018 emo rap with 808's as well, even Lil Uzi said in an interview that 808's was a big influence on him. his other album Dark Fantasy also brought about a new way of using samples and using lot of features to make an album feel bigger, look at Travis Scott's Astroworld and Rodeo, there is a clear Kanye influence on both of those albums.
Lil Wayne, like chief keef and future is one if the reasons why the current autotune/mumble rap wave exists, without Wayne there'd be no Young Thug or Lil Uzi. Wayne also made both Drake's and Nicki Minaj's career who are both now mega stars in not just rap but music as a whole. If you ask any current 2018 rapper who their top 3 most influential rappers are Lil Wayne would be in the list.
Drake has made a lot of rappers careers over the years just through features alone, including: The Weeknd, PARTYNEXTDOOR, The Migos, Blocboy and more. He even made Tay Keith's career as everyone wanted a Tay Keith beat after Look Alive. His Dancehall hits such as: One Dance and Hotline Bling also changed pop music. His influence can even be heard in UK grime through artists such as Not3s, Yxng Bane and Mostack all having a dancehall vibe similiar to drake's
With his albums "good kid M.A.A.D City" and "To Pimp A Butterfly", he brought storytelling back to rap and most conscious rappers post Kendrick either sound like him or use his techniques. To Pimp A Butterfly is also widely labelled a classic album because of how great and impactful it was.
In my opinon there are three main pioneers of autotune rap: Kanye, T-Pain and Future. whilst Kanye used autotune for a heartbreak album and T-Pain used autotune for RnB and club tracks. Future was the one who combined autotune with trap beats and after he did that everyone copied his style including the likes of: Travis Scott, Young Thug, Chief Keef, Desiigner and pretty much everyone in the game.
After the chicago drill wave everyone sounded Keef, other rappers even started using his ad-libs, he is arguably the reason why mumble rap exists as well. Without Keef most "lil" rappers wouldn't exist. Without Keef almost every Chicago rapper in the game right now (Durk, Gherbo, Bibby,etc) would not have a career.
Although not well known in mainstream culture, Death Grips has quietly been hugely influential to Souncloud rap, emo rap and alternative rap all at once. Using bassy beats and being loud on tracks is a clear influence to the likes of xxxtentacion and scarlxrd and pretty much every soundcloud rapper that screams on their tracks like they do. They've also clearly influenced the likes of Odd Future and $UICIDE BOY$, their album The Money Store is also obviously what Kanye's album YEESUZ tried to be.
Tyler and Odd Future pioneered the alternative/acid rap wave seemingly overnight with the song Yonkers. During 2011-2014 every teenager and amateur rapper wanted to be Odd Future. The wave that Tyler created allowed rappers like Chance and Childish Gambino to come into the spotlight. Also you can hear Tyler's influence throughout Soundcloud rap as well.
The Migos gave a new feel to the atlanta trap scene with their hit single Versace. After this many rappers copied the migos flow and Atlanta rappers took over the rap scene including rappers like 21 Savage and Lil Yachty popping out of the atlanta woodworks. Also after the migos really blew up off "Bad and Boujee" every rapper and their mother wanted Quavo or the migos for a feature.
Rocky and ASAP Mob brought the light back on New York, almost being like this era's version of the Wu-tang clan. Rocky also popularised high fashion in hip hop and flexing fashion knowledge. After Rocky started wearing high fashion clothes everyone copied him, think about it, before Rocky who was rapping about Balenciaga and flexing on the gram with supreme or bape, that's all Rocky.