21 Rappers To Feel Excited About Right Now
Shining stars of hip-hop, present and future.
Who: America’s single funniest person, has a mixtape for fun and it’s still better than yours. Bronx born, quote machine. Star of LHHNY Season 6. Never gets cold.
Start with: “Foreva”
Who: Open mind, grateful pen. Warm, unhurried production. Chance The Rapper’s Chicago family.
Start with: “Freedom Interlude”
Tomasa Del Real
Who: Once, vicious freestyles, flames mixtape. Next, the album, all originals. Rapping since age 9. Self-described AG. Kings County.
Start with: “OOOUUUU”
Who: Raised by the Bronx, blew up with Terror Squad. Sat down for six years, and stood by Papoose for all of them. Brainy and relentless. All the way up, but still eager enough that she ranks along with people who are starting new.
Start with: “All The Way Up (Remix)”
Who: Raspy drawl, on the nose timing. Former gallerist, performance poet. Awful Records. Vancouver, CA.
Start with: “They Cum They Go”
Who: South London. Wicked freestyle, authority flow. Dropping a movie in July.
Start with: “The Come Up”
Who: Optimistic headwear aficionado. Wants to inspire the “inner player” of her listeners. A friend to the Boston guys who came before her, like Cousin Stizz and Michael Christmas.
Start with: “Hennythings Possible”
Who: Brooklyn-based contemporary boom bap, beats from both coasts. Pulls up in a Hyundai. Makes the work stretch.
Start with: “Pilates”
Who: Sprightly and sour. Often paired with Bermondsey collaborator, Cassive. EP just dropped.
Start with: "Steady"
Who: Curry, with rings like LeBron. A guiding light for her sons, today and always.