MMM Top Ten: 10 Hip-Hop Artists You Should be Listening to in 2021

2021 is shaping up to be a year where a lot of new artists are entering the musical arena through popular social media platforms like TikTok. By using catchy beats, favorable lyrics, and/or impressive visuals, musicians in 2021 are searching for the niche that gets them in the spotlight. Below are some of these notable artists that are on a meteoric rise to hip-hop fame.

#10. $not

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This young rapper has been in the music arena since 2016 with various releases on SoundCloud. In 2018, $not gained more attention with his breakout single “Gosha.” Following the release of his EP, The Ti$$ue Files and studio album, -Tragedy +, $not made it onto Billboard charts. With a growing base of enthusiastic followers, $not is revving up to create more music and collaborations worth listening to. 

#9. Morray

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Morray has connected with fans through his charisma and because of his musical talents. The release of his 2020 breakout hit, “Quicksand” generated a huge following for the fresh artist. With major collaborations with J. Cole and DaBaby, the song was streamed millions of times on music streaming platforms. Morray released three more singles within the year and brought in the New Year signing to Interscope Records. He has so much more lined up for future collaborations and new music that he’s sure to be on the radar of many listeners soon.

#8. 24kGoldn

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24kGoldn came onto the music scene in 2019 with his single, “Valentino.” The track made it onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In July 2020, he released his breakout second single, “Mood.” In March 2021, 24kGoldn released his debut album titled El Dorado. With a couple of hot tracks that went viral on TikTok, this rising star will be continuing to deliver heat in the near future.

#7. Lil Eazzyy

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Lil Eazzyy is another young rapper on the music scene that is putting Chicago back on the map. Ever since the release of his single, “Onna Come Up”, Lil Eazzyy gained fans for his gritty style and suave flow. Fresh out of high school, Lil Eazzyy is lining himself up for the big stage.

#6. 22Gz

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22Gz has been mixing his Brooklyn swag in the drill scene since 2016. The young artist gained popularity through his YouTube videos and eventually signed to Atlantic records. Collaborating with label mate, Kodak Black, brought greater traction to his music. 22Gz has been releasing a new mixtape each year as he steadily continues to build more fan excitement. With the growing interest among listeners in drill music, people are sure to hear more projects from the rapper.

#5. Latto

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Latto got her spot in the limelight when she first appeared on the TV show The Rap Game in 2016. In 2019, Latto gained many fans with the release of “B*tch from da Souf.” The following year she released “Muwop” featuring Gucci Mane. Both tracks built buzz for her debut album, Queen of Da Souf. Now with the attention of more listeners, Latto will definitely be releasing a lot more music to come.

#4. Erica Banks

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Erica Banks took the world by storm with her breakout hit “Buss It.” The track went viral on TikTok with an accompanying dance. The huge jump put Erica instantly on the radar of hip-hop fans. Bringing the big attitude of Texas to the music industry, fans of Erica will hear the bass-heavy, club bangers that she continues to release. Keeping up with the traction of being a viral sensation, Erica Banks isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

#3. Yung Bleu

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Yung Bleu caught the ears of fans after his huge collaboration with Drake. Signing onto Boosie’s music label, Yung Bleu released hit singles like “Underappreciated” and “Miss It.” This Alabama-based star is continuing to gain footing with his musical style. With the release of his EP, Love Scars: The 5 Stages of Emotions, Yung Bleu is gaining streams and steam for his next big project.

#2. Blxst

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Blxst brings the flair from the West Coast to hip-hop with his music. After dropping his No Love Lost EP, the artist gained a following in 2020. Blxst has brought his musical style on collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Ty Dolla Sign, and Tyga. With new projects already announced, listeners should expect to see quality releases from Blxst.

#1. KBFR

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2020 was a breakout year for KBFR with the hit “Hood Baby” going viral on TikTok. The challenge that sprung from the song involved many celebrities as well as newfound fans. KBFR later followed up with the singles “WEGO” and “Roll the Dice”, with both tracks showcasing the artist’s ability to craft trendy music.   

Written by: Carlton Rolle

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