5 Upcoming African American Rappers Who Are a Must-Listen

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As new rappers are introduced to the music industry, their fresh sounds, perspectives, and unique elements come with them, which set them apart from the rest. Many new artists have recently joined, making it all the more exciting for rap fans. Here are 5 top artists you wouldn’t want to miss.

EST Gee

George Albert Stone III, famously known as EST Gee, was mentored by famous rappers Lil Baby and YaGotti. His career started with his debut song ‘Stains’ in 2017. He first grabbed people’s attention when he featured in Lil Baby’s hit single ‘Real as It Gets’. After this, the artist uploaded several new songs on YouTube, out of which the 5th mixtape ‘Bigger Than Life or Death’ reached number 7 on the Billboard 200. Other songs such as ‘5500 Degrees’ and ‘Lick Back’ also secured a position on Billboard Hot 100. He is signed to YaGotti’s Collection Music Group, Interscope Records, and Warlike. His famous albums include El Toto, Die Blood, Ion Feel Nun, and I Still Don’t Feel Nun. Currently, the rapper has been posting on YouTube and is definitely the talk of the town right now.

CoiLeray

The rising stars in CoiLeray Collins. She began by posting music on SoundCloud. Some of her first works include her single ‘Huddy’ and debut mixtape ‘Everythingcozin’ in 2018. Soon in 2019, she signed to 1809 Records and Republic Records and dropped her 2nd mixtape, EC2. A great hype surrounded her song ‘No More parties,’ based on the whole year of canceled parties. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 entry and earned a platinum certification in America. Two of her songs released in 2021 called ‘Big Purr,’ and ‘Twinnem’ were also big hits.

Yung Bleu

Another promising star in the industry is Jeremy Biddle, popularly known as Yung Bleu. His overnight success came when Drake made a remix of his 2020 single ‘You’re Mines Still.’ The song hit #18 on Billboard. The song was from the Album Love Scars: The 5 stages of Emotions, which also made it to the list of Billboard 200. The rapper is known for his sad, heartfelt rap songs, which hit you right in the feels!

 

Nardo Wick

Horace Bernard Walls II, professionally known as Nardo Wick, has made his well-deserved place in the industry after his hit single “Who Want Smoke?” was released in 2021. The song made it to Billboard Hot 100 at number 17 and was certified platinum by RIAA. After its success, a remix of the song featuring G Herbo, Lil Durk, and 21 Savage was dropped. The singer has released just one album called ‘Who Is Nardo Wick?’ and a few singles such ‘Lolli’ ’Shhh’ and ‘Me or Sum’ and has already won the hearts of millions worldwide.

 

Blunt Da Blockmonsta

Travon Payne, popularly known as Blunt Da Blockmonsta, is also what’s hot in the industry right now. The rapper started quickly climbing the ladder of success when he released his first album ‘DaBlockmonsta.’ Soon after, his second album, ‘BluejayWangteam,’ was dropped. The rate at which this guy is gaining popularity is incredible. His lyrical genuineness, euphoric beats, and delivery have made him a fan favorite. Recently, the rapper announced the release of his Dangerous Ridahz in late 2022, and we are excited to find out what he has in store for us.

With the music industry saturated with rap artists, finding the good ones can be challenging, so to keep you from that frustration, we have made the job easy for you. Those mentioned above are some of the best upcoming artists we have taken the time to handpick for you. You won’t want to miss out on their exceptional music. This is also your chance to take pride in finding these gems early in their career before they reach their full glory.

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