Rap (along with hip hop) has the highest share of total music consumption in the US, coming in at 21.7%. And you can bet that the rest of the world is just as enamored with this music genre!
Whether you’re a long-time listener or are new to rap, it’s always good to discover new talent. That way, you’re the first to find the hottest rappers, before they’ve made it big.
Here are 4 of the best rappers you’ve never heard of that you need to add to your playlist, pronto!
1. Fatboi Sharif
Fatboi Sharif is a rapper from New Jersey. He came out with the album “Gandhi Loves Children” in 2020, which showed much promise. His most recent album is “Cyber City Society“, which came out in March 2022.
Fatboi Sharif’s lyrics are very thought-provoking. And his musical style is warm rather than harsh and hard, although still experimental. So if you’d like something cozier to listen to, then try one of Fatboi Sharif’s albums.
2. Rome Streetz
Rome Streetz hails from New York and has several groundbreaking tracks and albums. He’s even rapped on Westside Gunn’s song “Peri Peri”. In fact, he joined Griselda in 2021, which is founded by Westside Gunn and Conway The Machine (the two are brothers).
Rome Streetz’s style is gritty and reminiscent of older rap styles. You’ll hear him rap about the injustices he’s faced on the NY streets. He rarely has guest artists on his tracks, which is a testament to what a strong artist he is.
Rapper Rigz is from Rochester, NY and first started out as a member of Da Cloth. But in 2017, he went solo and released his debut EP “Calculated”. His popularity picked up in 2019 after some collaborations.
Rigz is known for his sharp lyrics, and in 2022, he released his third album called “Gold” with DJ Muggs. The beats are catchy and have fantastic lyrics, so give Rigz a listen.
D2x is from Chicago and is only 24 years old. His debut album “The Color Blue” covers his entire life experiences, from his childhood in the suburbs, to his time at Western Illinois University, to his recent marriage. D2x also covers heavy topics like religion and depression.
This rapper has actually been on the scene since 2017, but it wasn’t until 2021 that he released his first album. His style is reminiscent of Kanye West, if that’s what you’re into.
These Hottest Rappers Are Going to Make It Big
The hottest rappers always start out unknown, but quickly burst out on the scene. We’ve just shown you the best up-and-coming rappers, so you can bet they’ll be hitting global charts soon.
But before that can happen, download their tracks and give their music a listen. You can then tell everyone you were into these rappers before anyone else knew about them!
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