Best New School Rappers

Who are the most skilled new school rappers who consistently bring talent and lyricism to the table and continue to keep hip hop alive? When we say new school, we are talking about rappers who have gained their success from 2010 through the present, and keep in mind it should be based mostly on skill and quality, even though some people will just add their favorites based more on popularity and hits.

The Top Ten

1 Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper and songwriter. Raised in Compton, California, Lamar embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg more.

He's the dumbest and most pathetic artist I've ever seen

He isn't even the best lyricist of today lmao people nowadays - DaWyteNight

Yeah,though he's not my favourite but the man definitely is the goat

Best rapper in the entire history. No doubt.

2 J. Cole Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer.

Best ever.

J. Cole really gets some undeserved hate. He did a wack job on "Mr. Nice Watch" but that is arguably (but probably) the only fault in his career. He didn't drop classic albums like Kendrick did, but his albums were consistently good with some classic tracks. Not many rappers can do that kind of job these days. His beat production has always hit that line between modern trendiness with nostalgia, which is also a very hard feat. His lyrics most of the time has a nice poetic edge, which again not many rappers out there care about anymore. The fact that he is below Drake in this list is just a big shame. I would say he does a better job in reaching a wider audience, he just sacrifices a little more of his art than K. Dot. Characters like J. Cole are essential to the game, they break the prejudice that all rap is wack like the likes of Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, or too hard to decipher like K. Dot's. But people like Kendrick have difficulty reaching an audience that is radio friendly. Cole ...more - classick

Better than Kendrick, grinding very hard. and he is very relatable and has a nice flow

Cole is great! He has superdope lyrics with amazing production! He has rapped about love, today's problems like drug abuse, teen pregnancy etc. I loved the way he didn't respond to lil pump's diss with a diss but with an advice.

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

Definitely better than Kendrick or Logic or even Cole at times. - DaWyteNight

Better then Logic


Best flow, brings back golden era

4 Logic Born on January 22, 1990, in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, better known as Logic, is one of the most influential artists in the rap game today, with amazing lyricism and flow. Logic first gained major fame through making 2013's edition of the XXL Top-10 Freshmen List, and has easily more.

The only good white rapper for new age

Decent rapper though I don't like him as much as I did 3-4 years ago, as I have found modern rappers who are more lyrical like Bishop Nehru, Locksmith, Your Old Droog and KAAN to name a few, plus a lot of his recent music is very mainstream sounding and he's basically just a more lyrical version of Drake now. - DaWyteNight

He's like the white kendrick

Simply great

5 Tyler, The Creator Tyler Gregory Okonma (born March 6, 1991), better known by his stage name Tyler, The Creator, is an American rapper, record producer, and music video director. more.

Tyler is a legend, literally GOAT. I don't see any other rappers who produce their entire albums over here...

Tyler the creator is one of the best at rhyming words of this generation

Potato salad and okra are lit

Him and Hopsin

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

One of the few modern mainstream rappers I actually like - DaWyteNight

1train is fire.

A$AP Rocky is one of the best rappers in the game right now, and in my opinion is third only to Kendrick and J Cole. His voice is arguably the best in the game and his flow is hard to match. From fire trap beats to old school beats, he can rap very quickly and understandably, dropping witty bars over a variety of different beats, as well as sing and provide a slow chorus between verses. Yes, his subject matter is repetitive and basic but he thrives within that and can give sharp bars about it that conscious rappers cannot come up with when talking about racism or politics. Overall, rocky is one of the best rappers that can be found.

One of the best rappers in the game. especially his newest songs, his flows and raps are sick and his use of old school and new school is amazing. his visuals in his videos shows that he actually cares about his aesthetic. Praise the Lord, A$ap forever and Tony Toney are his best newest ones..a king with sick bars

7 Hopsin Marcus Jamal Hopson, better known by his stage name Hopsin, is an American rapper, record producer, director and actor from Los Angeles, California. Hopsin was born on July 18, 1985. His first album was called Emurge but he's best known for his album titled Raw.

At least Hop is higher than lame boring Drake. - DaWyteNight

He's that one rapper were either he has amazing songs (ill mind 5-7) and has some not so great songs. His only downfall is that he's self produced. He only produces his songs on his album and to be honest, the beats just aren't that great and that's what gets people hating and calling him corny because people like drake fans click on his music expecting a thumping beat and that's not what hopsin is all about. Its about the music, not about looking cool.

How tf is he #9. He's easily top 3. And where tf is Token at?

Hopsin's has very good lyrics and messages in his songs he is also independent.

8 Earl Sweatshirt Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, better known by his stage name Earl Sweatshirt, is an American rapper, record producer, and disc jockey from Los Angeles, California.

If you took Earl's lyricism and Tyler's voice and combined them into one rapper now that would be one really great rapper, Earl's voice just isn't that interesting for me though he does have a good flow. - DaWyteNight

Nobody is better than him in this generation besides Kendrick & Joey

he is good

One of the best ever on a technical level, with rhymes schemes, etc. Anyone who voted Tyler is sleeping on Earl.

9 Drake Aubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born on October 24, 1986 in Toronto, Canada. He started his career on Canadian reality show "Degrassi: The Next Generation".

Literally the lamest rapper in the game, he should just stick to singing because when he raps he always sounds out of place. Drake is like that one drunk guy at a party who thinks he's so cool and tries so hard to convince people that he is when really he's the furthest thing from cool and probably got beat up every day in high school. - DaWyteNight

Most overrated rapper. Really doesn't compete with anybody in the to then let alone the top 3. Talks about drugs, money, and females. Only thing he has is beats, take that away and look at what happens. Ever heard him freestyle, has the worst freestyles ever.

Drake is so mainstream u can't even put him in this category men I don't see him as a rapper for me it's a singer he can't rap and his lyrics are often trash please people listen to real music like kendrick or something but not Drake this dude is overhyped since the hotling bling video now he steps in the white mainstream szene acting like the new male version of taylor swift

When he wants to, he can compete for number 1. When he is not singing (that is)

10 Childish Gambino Donald McKinley Glover Jr. is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, rapper, singer, songwriter, producer and DJ. He performs music under the stage name Childish Gambino and as a DJ under the name mcDJ. more.

He's alright, but his rapping kinda reminds me of Drake and Big Sean (that's not a good thing). It also doesn't help that he has mostly the same fanbase as those two. - DaWyteNight

He's super original and unique. He also doesn't use an insane amount of autotune unlike some rappers now.

Has the ability to make a legitimate, coherent concept album-- something that's been left behind in this new age

One of the best existing rap flows right now, and has a brilliant delivery. His aggressive one is probably best. While he can be corny (like most rappers) he has his amazing punchlines and clever lyricism. His beats are self produced (mostly) and his voice fits perfectly almost every time.
Only thing I want him to shut up about is Asian girls.

The Contenders

11 Chance The Rapper Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, known professionally as Chance the Rapper, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from the West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.

This guy is trash, and with his recent album, I think he should remove "the rapper" from his name. - DaWyteNight

Chance is one of the best modern rappers for several reasons:
Flow - He has one the most unique and inventive flows in Hip-Hop right now. He uses his wide range of fast, but understandable, flows in many songs but I think the best example of him using his flow perfectly is in Ultralight Beam (by Kanye, featuring Chance). His flow is reminiscent of jazz improvisation in the way that it is divided into fast and distinctive phrases that often cross the barlines.

Production - At a time when generic trap beats are dominating the hip-hop airwaves, any inventive production is welcome and Chance's beats are most definitely a huge breath of fresh air in this crowded industry. The way he uses jazz chords and rhythms and synths to create such a peppy and soulful mood is amazing. Plus, his use of a gospel choir in many songs just adds to the musicality and beauty of his music. Plus, he knows when to slow it down and to simplify his music such as with 'Same Drugs'.

Innovative - ...more

Lil wayne is the first thing that comes to my mind when I listen to him. - Genesyis

Chance should definitely be among the top ten. In terms of flows he is the king, lyricism he is beast and his stories are great. I just wish he could do something to get out there more

12 Joyner Lucas

He's decent but nothing special compared to someone like Locksmith. - DaWyteNight

Dude should be top 5 at least, top 3 no doubt

Number one please like this dude is so underrated!

Def should be number 1

13 XXXTentacion Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy (January 23, 1998 - June 18, 2018), known professionally as XXXTentacion, and often referred to as X, was an American rapper, singer and songwriter.

Made a bigger impact than anyone else on this list.

Best rapper ever

He has the best delivery out of all the rappers in the list for the exception of Kendrick. He can rap in many styled including screamo rap (#imsippinteainyohood, young bratz, iwatchedhimdrown) best hype music, most emotional and intense content. He has too many good songs not just rap but punk rock metal and rnb. He should be number two.

Too bad most of the music he made wasn't actual rap music because riot was actually good. - DaWyteNight

14 Bishop Nehru

Dude is a beast, very lyrical and relatable, and has a great chill vibe, kind of similar to 1999 by Joey Bada$$. Anybody who even considers voting for Drake, Travis Scott, Denzel Curry, Kanye West or Big Sean has probably never listened to Bishop before. - DaWyteNight

Emperor Nehru is the best

He isn't mainstream or very well known but he definitely deserves at least top 10 for his talent.

He deserves top 5

15 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.

Don't get me wrong, Kanye is a great rapper. But he is nit new school. His first album dropped in 2004.

Good rapper, but not new school. - jameshoward

He is influecial

He should be #1

16 Danny Brown Daniel Dewan Sewell, known professionally as Danny Brown, is an American rapper. He is best known for his individuality, being described by MTV as "one of rap's most unique figures in recent memory".

He's the second coming of Ol' Dirty Bastard

Most innovative man in Hip Hop rn

He is corny trash and his voice is ear-splitting. I get a headache whenever I listen to him rap. - DaWyteNight

17 Denzel Curry Denzel Rae Don Curry (born February 16, 1995) is an American rapper and songwriter from Carol City, Florida. He released his debut full-length album, titled Nostalgic 64 on September 3, 2013. His second full-length album, titled Imperial, was released on March 9, 2016.

He is pretty average, not terrible but definitely not great either. - DaWyteNight

At least top 15

How the hell is zel #26. This is ridiculous. Lyrically and technique wise he's definitely top 10.

Clout cobain. He is the most underrated rapper and is an amazing lyricist who is top 5 for me

18 Locksmith Davood Ali Asgari, better known by his stage name Locksmith, is an American rapper from Richmond, California.

Locksmith probably has more talent than 95% of most rappers getting mainstream success nowadays. - DaWyteNight

19 Your Old Droog

Be on stage at the grammys like, 'Kendrick is good, but Old Droog is the best! ' - DaWyteNight

20 Rittz Jonathan McCollum, better known by his stage name Rittz, is an American rapper from Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Should be higher - DaWyteNight

21 Chris Webby Christian Webster, better known by his stage name Chris Webby, is an American rapper from Norwalk, Connecticut.

Webby is better than Mac Miller - DaWyteNight

22 Lupe Fiasco Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (born February 16, 1982), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. He also performs as the frontman of rock band Japanese Cartoon more.

How are drake and travis scott higher!

Best lyricist, great storyteller listen to "The Cool", Good flow

23 Schoolboy Q Quincy Matthew Hanley, better known by his stage name Schoolboy Q, is an American hip hop recording artist from South Central Los Angeles, California.

Because I said so, Hoe

Top three tf

He is absolute trash, get him off the list! - DaWyteNight

24 J.I.D

Most underrated rapper right now in my opinion

Pretty good rapper - DaWyteNight

One of the hottest artists out right now, lyrically is technical and bends his words to make new ones, flow is very nice; subject matter is great as well.

25 Big K.R.I.T. Justin Scott, better known by his stage name Big K.R.I.T., is an American rapper and record producer from Meridian, Mississippi.

Good rapper, but has fallen off. - DaWyteNight

Should be #13 - jameshoward

Krit is the new king of the south. He should be easily top 5 on this list. Mt. Olympus is one of my favorite songs of all time.

26 A$ap Ferg

He has a great flow, and his lyrics make sence - 2strapes

Should be #11 - jameshoward

27 Vince Staples Vincent Jamal Staples is an American rapper from Long Beach, California. He is part of the hip hop trio Cutthroat Boyz alongside fellow Californian rappers A$ton Matthews and Joey Fatts.

Should be #14 - jameshoward

One of the best lyriscists in the game

He has a dope flow and he should be top 10

He seems cool for sure

28 Travis Scott Jacques Webster, better known by his stage name Travis Scott, is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer and musician from Houston, Texas.

Ok he uses autotune, but it goes really well with his music. His music is LIT. PUT HIM UP FURTHER

I thought this was best new school rappers not worst new school autotune abusers. - DaWyteNight

He is my favourite rapper in my opinion

Best rapper alive

Is this the only living rapper you have ever listened to? Even if Travis Scott were the only rapper alive, he still wouldn't be the best rapper alive. - DaWyteNight

29 Macklemore Ben Haggerty, (born, June 19, 1983) known by his stage name Macklemore and formerly Professor Macklemore, is an American singer and songwriter from Seattle, Washington.

If you reading this in 2017 he is not relevant at all and Kendrick Lamar is still the hottest rapper

He should be number one
No auto tune,no mumbling and raps lyrics with meaning
Plus his songs are ridiculously catchy that it makes an underground rapper like him to appear on the radio many times
He beats Kendrick Lamar any day in terms of beats,flow and lyrics.
He is one of the few rappers of today that actually saves hip-hop from trash like Drake,Lil Yatchty and Desiigner
The same can be said for all the autotuned and mumble rappers out there.
He,Eminem,Logic,Pitbull,MGK and Kendrick are among the best new school rappers of today.
Stop being a disgrace to hip-hop,people and listen to real rap!


30 Wiz Khalifa Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. He was born on September 8, 1987.

He was good before he was famous but he is pretty mediocre now. - DaWyteNight

This guy sucks and he shouldn't be here this is best new school rappers not worst rappers.

Deserves to be on the list him and fetty

he's dope - CoolMods

31 Maxo Kream

This guy is pretty great, he's not that lyrically technical but his flow and the way he tells stories are unlike any other rapper I've heard. - DaWyteNight

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

Another garbage rapper - DaWyteNight

Good Lyricist

Should be #8 - jameshoward

His lyricism is witty, delivery impeccable, and also has a great vibe.

33 Meek Mill Robert Rihmeek Williams, better known by his stage name, Meek Mill, is an American hip hop recording artist.

If he can come out of the very deep hole the drake beef put him in then I see him competing for whatever is behind kendrick, j cole, drake, g eazy, logic, and joey badass

If you can get bodied by a rapper like Drake then you don't still deserve to be taken seriously as a rapper. - DaWyteNight

34 K.A.A.N

Good rapper, my only complaint is how he tries to sound like Kendrick Lamar in his newer music (honestly why would anybody want to sound like Kendrick anyway? He has one of the most annoying voices for hip hop.) - DaWyteNight

35 Machine Gun Kelly Colson Baker, better known by his stage names MGK and Machine Gun Kelly, is an American rapper and actor, from Cleveland, Ohio.

Nope - Genesyis

He’s a better rapper then 80% of the rappers on this list

Had the guts to diss Eminem so I give him 3 out of 5 - Ethan-metal1

he a cuck

36 21 Savage Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph (born October 22, 1992), better known by his stage name 21 Savage, is an American rapper. He received attention for projects such as Free Guwop (2015) as well as Savage Mode (2016, with Metro Boomin) before going on to release his debut album, Issa Album (2017). He is best more.

How is this guy even on the list I thought it was best new school rappers not worst. - DaWyteNight


This guy’s lyrics don't even make sence, he sounds more like his retarded.

37 Freddie Gibbs Fredrick Tipton, better known by his stage name Freddie Gibbs, is an American rapper from Gary, Indiana.

He used to be a lot better 10-12 years ago but nowadays he's kind of mediocre. - DaWyteNight

38 Tekashi69

This guy is Sh? $&T first of all: He can't rap, his lyrics suck, he looks like a clown and even sounds like a clown and music is not his think. *NOT AT ALL* - 2strapes

Shouldn't be on this list lol? don't even knowhow to freestyle

How did he get this high on the list lol - DaWyteNight

39 Future

How is he even on this list he doesn't even count as a rapper because all he does is sing nonsense through autotune. He's honestly even worse than Travis Scott as a rapper but his production is better. - DaWyteNight

His 2015 stuff was the goat but not so much anymore.


40 Pusha T

Not new school - DaWyteNight

41 Quavo Quavious Keyate Marshall, known professionally as Quavo, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. He is best known as a member of the rap trio Migos.

Garbage autotune abusing rapper. - DaWyteNight

Lol I all this guy can do it just mumble most of his songs don't make sence, the only dope thing is the beat - 2strapes

42 Ab-Soul Herbert Anthony Stevens IV, better known by his stage name Ab-Soul, is an American rapper from Carson, California.

Should be #6 - jameshoward

Dope eazy e double love soul appreciate his work check him out he's dope

Good flow message can be the new eazy e

I can't say a lot about this guy, cause his music is so good, he focuses more on Soul music which most artist can't do👌🏽 - 2strapes

43 Kid Ink

So unterrated. should‘ve been much higher. Very talented

44 Ski Mask the Slump God Stokeley Clevon Goulbourne, born April 18, 1996, is an American rapper and songwriter from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is well known for his goofy and sometimes nonsensical lyrics and songs and his fast flows, as well as for collaborating with the late XXXTentacion.

He is the most lyrical rapper of all time (never been mumble) - KENNYSTEWART

Is this the only "lyrical" rapper you have ever listened to? - DaWyteNight

Very underrated

Should be at #30 - jameshoward

He is trash. His only great song I've heard so far is Reborn to Rebel and even that had some cringe-worthy lyrics in it. His flow isn't even that great, and his lyrics and beats usually suck. - DaWyteNight

45 Kid Cudi Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, better known by his stage name Kid Cudi, is an American recording artist and actor from Cleveland, Ohio.

Kid Cudi really deserves to be higher than people like Lil Yachty

Should b #3 also hail trump

46 Mac Miller Malcolm James McCormick (January 19, 1992 – September 7, 2018), best known by his stage name Mac Miller, was an American rapper from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was also a noted record producer under the pseudonym Larry Fisherman. Miller died of an apparent drug overdose on September 7, 2018.

Mac is mad underrated.

Rest In Peace - Ethan-metal1

Most dope

What he is not that go - CoolMods

47 Pouya

Better than Denzel Curry - DaWyteNight

48 Young Thug Jeffrey Lamar Williams, better known by his stage name Young Thug, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He became known for his commercial debut single 'Stoner', as well as other songs such as 'Check', 'Digits', and 'Best Friend' more.

This guy doesn't even deserve a spot on this list. - DaWyteNight

Lol out of all rappers this guy is the worst even Future tries, his songs are all garbage and he sounds like his alwys crying. He should even be on this list - 2strapes


49 Lil Skies


50 Lil Peep Gustav Elijah Åhr, known professionally as Lil Peep, was an American rapper, singer, songwriter and model.


Rest In Peace - Ethan-metal1

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