Best New School Rappers

The Top Ten

1 Kendrick Lamar 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 will go no where in life


Out of all the Rappers in the new school rap game right now..this guy just does it for me, he is good, so good that each and every song he makes has a message to it. - 2strapes

He isn't new school anymore, he dropped his first album 7 years ago - venomouskillingmachine

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

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

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

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.

J cole is the best rapper of this generation! No cap

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3 Logic 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.

One the most versatile artists of all time and is the most versatile rapper of the new generation. He is very underrated and misunderstood. He deserves much more recognition

Just listen to Under Pressure, his work is a masterpiece. The best flow in the game, His lyrics are so amazing and the beat production by 6ix are so dope with his tracks. Listen to Dead Presidents 3, Under Pressure and Paradise and tell me he isn't the best

Hess good

Underrated,great rapper what is beyond me is how lil wayne is apparently above logic.

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4 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.

He should be number 1

He's boom bap, on any beat. Def higher than tyler and logic easy

Great rapper

Listen to 1999 & B4.da.$$
He is One of the greatest rappers of the new generation
In this generation, the only rappers that I think are above him are kendrick & cole

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5 Tyler, The Creator 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.

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

Potato salad and okra are lit


Should be #3 - jameshoward

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6 ASAP Rocky 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.

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

A$AP Rocky,Drake and Tyler are trash! And Kanye and Lupe Fiasco are not new school rappers. And A$AP is straight trash,all he really raps about is money,hoes,drugs,his subject matter is very repetitive,dude is rapping off beats,only thing this dude have is fire trap beats. Just garbare...

7 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. 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

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

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.

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

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8 Drake 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".

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)

The most versatile artist period

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

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.

10 Chance The Rapper 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.

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

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

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

He is amazing go listen to parnoia

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11 Earl Sweatshirt 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.

he is good

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

Best metaphors on this list by far, easily a top 5 rapper lyrically

His delivery and his flow is like no other.
He makes music like no one else his lyrics are great and the vibe is amazing in his music. If you don't listen to earl you need to.

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12 XXXTentacion XXXTentacion Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy (born January 23, 1998), known professionally as XXXTentacion, and often referred to as X, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter.

Everyone titles him as the most controversial rapper but also he was the realist not only rapping about life but incorporating his true feelings as well not caring of the after effect that's something you don't see from a lot of rappers to not only tell you how they feel but to let you in their mind and show you the real side of life feeling the emotional part

Most versatile artist I have ever heard

Most versatile rapper

Amazing, you will always live in our hearts, X.

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13 Joyner Lucas Joyner Lucas

Number one please like this dude is so underrated!

Def should be number 1

Slept On

He got sick bars on my mama

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14 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.

Good rapper, but not new school. - jameshoward

He is influecial

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

He should be #1

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15 Bishop Nehru

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

He deserves top 5

16 J.I.D J.I.D

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.

17 Lupe Fiasco 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

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

20 Big Sean 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.

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21 Chris Webby Chris Webby Christian Webster, better known by his stage name Chris Webby, is an American rapper from Norwalk, Connecticut.
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23 Rittz Rittz Jonathan McCollum, better known by his stage name Rittz, is an American rapper from Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Should be higher - DaWyteNight

24 Travis Scott 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.

He is complete trash and hardly even a rapper - DaWyteNight

He is my favourite rapper in my opinion

Best rapper alive

He's nice - BreakFastBeast2005

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25 Ab-Soul 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

26 Denzel Curry 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

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27 A$ap Ferg A$ap Ferg

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

Should be #11 - jameshoward

28 Macklemore 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!


29 Wiz Khalifa 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.

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

30 Danny Brown Danny Brown

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

31 Big K.R.I.T. 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.

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.

32 Meek Mill 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

33 Vince Staples 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

34 21 Savage 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.


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

35 Machine Gun Kelly 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

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

he a cuck

36 Tekashi69 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

37 Future

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


38 Pusha T Pusha T
39 Quavo Quavo

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

40 Kid Ink Kid Ink
41 Ski Mask the Slump God Ski Mask the Slump God

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

42 Lil Skies Lil Skies


43 Kid Cudi 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 be #36 - jameshoward

Should b #3 also hail trump

44 Mac Miller 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

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


Rest In Peace - Ethan-metal1

46 Wale Wale Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, better known by his stage name Wale, is an American recording artist, record producer and actor.

All I can say is, this guy is good, I like how he expresses his music - 2strapes

Boring as hell - DaWyteNight

47 Young Thug 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." Notable Albums/Mixtapes: Barter 6, Slime Season, Slime Season 2, I'm Up, Slime Season 3

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


48 Juice WRLD Juice WRLD

Juicewrld is lit and so is tekashi 69 and quavo and lil skies are the all next up and so is lil pump

49 Witt Lowry Witt Lowry
50 Dave East Dave East

Should be at #34 - jameshoward

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