Best New Age Rappers (2000-2015)

Or aka "Leaders of the New School" showcases rap artist, 2010-2015, in particular, whom have arrived and making a big impact from hot debut albums and mixtapes that caught a huge buzz. These MCs are attempting to build a huge discography to claim dominance by making their legacy's known in the near future. The legends of tomorrow. Here's my list of the ten best at it today and also may just be the established Kings of the rap game as we move into a new generation. These SINGLE ARTIST are doing it the best so far. It looks more clear everyday to me of who's gonna be on top for the next decade. Let's take a look.. I will add on attributes and some Sidenotes attached to each rapper below.

The Top Ten

1 Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar

King Kendrick isn't trying to be the hottest rapper in the game but the best to EVER do it. He's not trying to make the #1 hit single or the club banger. He's making music to be remembered as the Greatest with the albums he leaves behind. Kendrick is the only new rapper on this list with two very important, impactful, innovative and influential albums that can go toe to toe with the Greats like Nas, Snoop, Kanye, Pac, Em etc... The other rappers on this list are good without a doubt but they haven't released anything great or something to praise about like Kendrick has and I'm talking about albums here. Yeah, Drake and J Cole has had more dominance, popularity and success, I know (MEN LIE WOMEN LIE NUMBERS DON'T). But I have to be HONEST and REAL with you guys here and admit that their commercial debut albums did come out in 2009 and 2010. They had ahead start with there careers and both have more pop or trendy elements in their music compared to Kendrick's music. To be honest with ...more

Finally, here he is, Kendrick Lamar is my signature best new age rapper and is currently leading the way for the new school generation of rappers. In a tug of war with Drake right now but he has the edge. GOOD KID MAD CITY is all I gotta say. BLACKER THE BERRY is all I gotta say. Everything KDot is dropping is never before seen and just has so many traits of a GOAT rapper. He chooses his features wisely without looking to mainstream and kills all of them ten out of ten every time while we wait for his second LP to finally drop. This guy is trying to change the world. And he's doing so with ease. He's Tupac, andre, and Eminem and more.. He's King kendrick. The way he manipulates the rhythm on songs is just phenomenal. Ask Stevie wonder who he likes. This MC never ceases to amaze me. The elite package and was put on this earth for a reason. Not to mention he called out everybody under him on this list creating a stir. Machiavelli's offspring. - LuckyMe13

My decision was VERY hard. I could've picked Eminem, Kanye, Hopsin, Nas and ton more but my final decision has to go to Kendrick Lamar. His flow reminds me of Eminem. His beats remind me of Ice Cube. His lyrics remind me of Tupac. All of those put into a blender will create Kendrick Lamar. This guy is also very inspiring by speaking out against drugs and drinking just like Hopsin. This man is a true legend. Definitely a to-become-legend with so much ahead of him.


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2 J Cole

He's doing his thing. The new Kanye West.. Production on his own and the whole nine yards. Showing thru his albums how he csn switch it up and be so diverse. From born sinner to the very strong felt forest hills drive that had no features or singles and made a huge statement on his track fire squad, putting his 2 sense in on the rap game and why he's here for the long hall. - LuckyMe13

J cole can make you get hype in some songs while he can put you in a mellow mood...

The Realest in the Game. Has better songs then Kendrick. Listen to his albums all at least once a day. Vote for J Cole! He is the best in the game. 2014 forrest hill drive was so good!

He is the nas without ill matic

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3 Kanye West Kanye West Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching more.

Every Solo album he has released has been a classic. He changes the game like dre when he drops a album, only difference is he does it more often. Love him or hate him as a person, can't deny the music. Most influential artist of the 21st century in my opinion.

He used to be good (college dropout) but the fame went to his head and he became real bad real fast

Amazing. Lyrical and hardcore. Much respect for pablo (yeezy). Even though could have bad attitude. Nobody can deny he is indeed one of the most influential rappers in history. People that say he doesn't make good music now, please buy the life of pablo.

Life of Pablo was his best yet in my opinion. GOOD music is killing the game. Best of All TIME.

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4 Eminem Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce more.

Most of these comments don't even acknowledge the real reasons Eminem is one of the GOATs. Slim Shady LP and Marshall Mathers LP are both classic hip-hop albums (the former being one of the greatest debuts of all time), and always will be remembered that way. His Slim Shady persona was (and still is) hilarious, horrifyingly gruesome, and thought provoking all at the same time (I'm Back, Guilty Conscience, My Name Is, etc.), while his more personal tracks as Marshall Mathers can be touching, heartbreaking, and absolutely incredible (Stan, Like Toy Soldiers, Beautiful, Mockingbird, etc.). His wordplay, lyricism, flow, creativity and humor will never be duplicated in hip-hop again. And that's not even to mention he did all of this as the first real commercially and critically successful white rapper. An absolute legend, top 5 dead or alive easily.

What the hell is this Eminem is one place above Iggy! She has made 3 relevant songs and I personally hate 2 of them. Eminem has made over a decade of some of the greatest rap music ever. He is arguably the best rapper of all time (not saying he is, but you could argue he is) Also, he broke the color barrier in rap. His music is either meaningful or hilarious. And he reinvented the rap game by mixing hard hitting beats, with hardcore rap lyrics with a pop-like rhythm. Hands down one of the top 4 rappers of the 21st century. (Drake, Kendrick, J. Cole are all worthy to be called better than em, but that comes down to personal opinion)

Eii this isn't fair. Eminem is the best rapper ever born.I honestly think Iggy and Niki Minaj don't have their place on this list. He has showed what he can do on RAP GOD single. He isn't just the best white rapper he is the best of all. He had a hard time getting the respect he deserves and all Iggy and Niki Minaj had to do is to show their body.(don't want to be rude).!

Eminem RULES

Not good

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5 Chance the Rapper Chance the Rapper

His Acid Rap Mixtape was arguably the biggest project of 2013 considering the marketing he had to work with, but, it didn't matter.. His artistry was just off the charts and he's a great songwriter with catchy melodies. He stands out as much as Andre 3000. - LuckyMe13

Amazing lyricism and flow. He has a different sound, which makes him appealing. 10 day, Acid Rap, and Surf are all amazing

Amazing lyricism, and should be much higher especially with Coloring Book just being released which is easily the best album this year so far.

He's better than all of them

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6 Drake Drake Aubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.

I understand that what his music is conveying isn't like what Kendrick or Cole are putting out, but you do honestly have to think about the wordplay he uses. His lyrics speak volume. I'd say this. Kendrick is a politician, Drake a ladies man, and Cole is somewhere in between, and I think that these 3 are dominating the rap game at the same time. It's a healthy thing for the game, not to have one dominating force over rap and hip hop. The way the cookies crumbled let it be so that this could be the outcome

He is literally steering the game back and forth right now with his completion and rival soon to be announced #1 new age rapper. His album 'if your reading this it's too late' was dropped out of nowhere and created a absolute shock wave thru out the rap game with his bragging right rapping ways. This was a shade of the so far gone drizzy but more evolved. On this project this was the first time you heard drake sound like he knew he was the best. Taking names ready for the throne. Being liked from every kind of fanbase their is and making any single hot every time he hops on the guest feature overlook. He is the new age Hov. - LuckyMe13

There shouldn't even be a mistake here...Drake is clearly at the top of the rap game whether anybody likes it or not. I don't know another rapper who receives nearly the same level of suspense for upcoming projects (views from the 6) as Drake does. He can sing, he can rap, and he can do both at the Greatest of levels.

6 God

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7 Joey Badass Joey Badass Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott, better known by his stage name Joey Badass, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor.

Lyricism is on another level. This kid is the real deal. The epitome of a new version but yet old school deep lyrical MC all together. If he goes a little more the no.99 route more often on next project, he'll have clearly changed the game forever by rewinding back time. Reviving that New York sound again. - LuckyMe13

When I first saw the name Joey badass, I thought he was just another young thug, another wannabee rapper. But this guy's the real deal. Lyricism and effort put into his songs just leave you with a jaw wide open. If one of his songs was put on the radio for all to hear, he would be 3 spots up this list, at least.

Give him a few years. He'll be one of the best to ever do it.

Jozif Badmon! He has to be top 3 rapper in the game. Go listen to Killuminati pt. 2, Hazeus View, A Day In the Life, and Fromdatomb$ and then ask yourself where does he rank? Joey has wordplay, storytelling, social awareness, and a great rap voice. He's the best rapper in NY and he's only 21. Joey will soon go down as arguably the greatest rapper of all time.

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8 Logic Logic

Going off of just lyrics, Logic is the greatest lyricist of the new school and possibly of all time. He really has it all, he has excellent metaphors, crazy complexity, good wordplay, and incredible story telling that makes you feel like you are right there with him. To top it all off, he also has a large vocabulary that is just a breath of fresh air. In no way am I saying he should be number one on this list, but in two more years he will definitely be looked at as the greatest lyricist be just about anybody and at least be in the top three for rappers of the new school.

Great Lyricist with an amazing flow that can just change your favorite style of music forever. In about 2 years he has the capability of being one of the greatest of new school rap and be up there with Kendrick, Cole, & Drake. He sends a positive message and gives off a great vibe when you hear him. From hard hitting beats to slow and calm Logic can flow perfectly to them all with his clear and catchy voice. Also probably the Greatest lyricist of new school rap and he proved it in his new album "The Incredible True Story" especially in "I am the Greatest"

Word Play, Lyricism, message, and overall display of Artist Personality creates a blend of a legendary piece of Talent that is too modest discredit anyone or anything. Strictly positive music and a lyrical genius with amazing delivery who has all abilities to take his dreams to the very Top. Watch out for Logic because his mindset defeats the average person and his skills in the music industry are only helping him prove his necessary place in hip hop. When it comes to Influence he has the ability to run with Drake, J cole, and Kendrick.

I've looked at almost every website, online newspaper/magazine, blog, etc that has rated the top Hip-Hop/Rap albums of 2015. The Incredible True Story is nowhere to be found. This is disrespectful to the rap game as a whole. When you've got guys like Fetty Wap placed above Logic in a category ranking the best in the game at that time, you know the list is pretty messed up. Logic is not only a great lyricist but a great artist altogether. How many other artists do you see writing space odysseys to accompany there albums. How many artists do you see with a gaming channel on YouTube specifically designed to bring fans further engaged in the artist's personal life. Logic is one of the most real artists, not rappers alone...ARTISTS! in the music business currently. I'm tired of this mumble rap bull all you spoiled ass teenagers think is so great. Turn on some damn music already. RATTPACK FOR LIFE!

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9 A$AP Rocky A$AP Rocky Rakim Mayers, better known by his stage name ASAP Rocky, is an American rapper, record producer, director and actor from Harlem, New York.

As far as flow goes, Rocky is no doubt the best, his Lyrics come out so smooth, definitely a top 5 rapper in the world In our time right now

A$AP. Drake found him. Rocky is lyrical and smart. I agree with this position but people underrate him WAY too much.

Should definitely be in the top 3 if we are talking about this generation. Dudes lyricism is insanely good.

This dude dope af . His flow is just so go od. w ay too underrated must be top 4 right now plus his fashion is dope too has a good style

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10 Big Sean Big Sean Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, known professionally as Big Sean, is an American hip hop recording artist from Detroit, Michigan.

Strongly disagree. Should be #18. Sean was found by kanye, and could sometimes have good rhymes and raps, but sometimes the music isn't that good. But his story of his life is really inspiring.

He's been a great rapper recently I think he should get that number 4 spot

Best in my opinion

Should be behind Kendrick, Cole and Joey

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The Contenders

11 Nas

Nas is one of the best of all time but his best songs were mainly in the mid and late 90s

Nas is a rap legend. He makes sense in his music, and leaves out a message. You just have to listen to what he says. Brings out great vibes. He recently dropped out a song with Justin Bieber, showing that Nas is still alive, He killed that Song! Rap god

He should be number 2 behind Eminem, but Nas in the 90's beats every artist here. In this century, Nas has made great songs such as Ether, One Mic, and Daughter

Not new age? His prime was from 2000-2003.

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

What's he doing here underneath Drake? Hopsin is a god how dare you guys leave him here underneath trash rappers like Drake, Tyler the Creator, Lil Dicky, Pitbull, and Logic. Come on guys. Listen to just one of his songs and you'll be blown off of your feet.

If you only knew Hopsin's talent.

He produces all his beats (by himself), writes all his lyrics (by himself), records all his songs (by himself), mixes/masters all his songs (by himself), edits all his videos (by himself), has gained over 100MM views on YouTube (by himself with no T.V., big promotion or radio. It's all from his damn bedroom SON! ), talks about real issues in society and yet you put him as #14 on this bull ass list?!


This guy has 129394x the talent anyone else on this list has if you were to combine it all into one thing (rap).

If he were put all that talent into one thing (rapping) he wouldn't have a career anymore cause it'd cause massive deforestation and we would all die due to asphyxiation.

It's funny that you guys think you listen to rap! Lyrically Hopsin's in the top five at least! Hopsin 14th, really! Give respect, where respect is due! Mindless sheep, come on Drake, ahead of Hopsin, no way!

He Is So Real

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13 Childish Gambino Childish Gambino

Greatest rapper of the new generation. There I said it. He mixes genius wordplay, musical creativity, emotional depth and his talent on the mic to create art that transcends most of the rap nowadays. And he does it all without having to stunt or act hard whilst doing 4 other jobs at the same time. Arguably in terms of classic rap, Kendrick is at the top. But Childish Gambino is definitely at least second. Just above J Cole. Most slept on rapper of this decade.

Great rapper. Great lyricist. Great singer. Great writer. This man has so many talents and definitely deserves to be higher on this list. Gambino IS a mastermind. His lyrics are some of the best in the game. He is so underrated and I would like to here more of his work and hopefully some new content as well.

Excellent, thoughtful, creative wordplay. One of, if not my favorite "new school" lyricist. So many top songs Freaks and Geeks, Bonfire, Heartbeat, Telegraph Ave, Sweatpants.

Better than hopsin

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14 Tyler the Creator Tyler the Creator

This may sound crazy but I don't like him as much. He maybe creative but his raps are weird.

Tyler the Creator should be higher on this list. He spits fire.

He's the ducking man- peep tamale and tell me he isn't flames

Tyler should definitely be ranked higher

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15 Earl Sweatshirt

To be 100% earl is better than half the rappers above him on this list. He doesn't try for bangers, he speaks real stories and experiences. The dude is genuine

Needs to be higher on the list! One of the best lyricists, he puts poetry into rap even if the songs can be a little dark

There's a reason this dude is Kendricks favorite rapper.. Earl is deep and spits meaningful stuff

Earl has the best bars in the game right now. "Fishy n***** stick to eating off of hooks"

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16 Lil Dicky Lil Dicky

Lil Dicky is great. He should be way higher on the list, like at least top 10, if not top 5. He brings funny lyrics, but also extremely good lyrics. And every time he has a song that's actually serious it's really good and even better than the funny ones.

Lil Dicky is one of the greatest rappers out there today and one of my top favorites deserve to be higher up on the list.

Lil Dicky is amazing his songs are so funny.

He's rly funny, and definitely not a traditional rapper. His flow is sick and his worldplay is actually crazy

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17 Mick Jenkins

Once his sound gets out there more and gets heard by more people he will be recognized as one of the greats of our generations and probably ever.

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18 Lil Boosie Lil Boosie
19 Jay-Z Jay-Z Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name Jay Z, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and investor. He is best known for his album Reasonable Doubt.

I don't know if he counts, his first album was 1996. But if it's just what he did from 2000 on then he should be top 5, "The Blueprint" and "The Black Album" are two of the best in hip hop history.

Should be higher

He started way back in the 1990s - venomouskillingmachine

Love him and byonce and baby blue

20 Lil Wyte Patrick Lanshaw, better known by his stage name Lil Wyte, is an American rapper from Memphis, Tennessee.
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