Hip-hop as a genre has evolved in the recent years. Initially, it was used to express the black struggle. It gradually morphed into a flamboyance and extreme extravaganza. Some of the biggest artists existed in the old school era with biggie smalls and 2pac emerging as the pioneers of this music. The current hip hop is full of flashy, sumptuous and luxurious lifestyles that accompany the music. There are major artists who have emerged in the new school era and are moving the masses. The following top 10 most popular Hip Hop artists in 2016 reviews contain some of the most revered Hip Hop artists in this generation.
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10. Kevin Gates
Kevin Gilyard alias Kevin Gates is an American rapper who is currently assigned to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment. The rapper is the brain behind the hit song “satellites”. He developed interest in rap while in the 7th grade and decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, he got entangled in street life which got him into prison. He was eventually freed in 2011 and resumed his rap career. After a myriad of mixtapes and strong album debut, he finally got new fans. The Luca Brasi Story and the release of his “Stranger than Fiction” album in 2013 made him even more famous. He has work alongside significant artists such as Wiz Khalifa, Pusha T and Juicy J.
Quavo, takeoff, and offset are no new names in the current hip set up. The three rap masters make up what we call Migos, which is their stage name. The trio emerged in 2011 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia. They have produced six mixtapes which have earned them fans across the globe. The group has worked with a couple of renowned artists such as Busta Rhymes, Juicy J, French Montana just to mention a few. Their song “Versace” was a massive hit that brought them into the limelight. Since then they’ve never looked back and are coming hot in2015.
8. Rich Homie Quan
Since beginning his career in 2012, Rich homie Quan has risen steadily to become a big wig. This talented rapper from Atlanta, Georgia grew up listening to Temptations while with his grandma. He has churned out four mixtapes and toured with Trinidad James. He came into the limelight with his hit song “Type of way” which still knocks many speakers to date. He has worked alongside Yo Gotti, Gucci Mane, YG, Young Jeezy and many more. He is the artist to watch this year.
7. Lil Wayne
This brilliant, entrepreneur needs no introduction. Dwayne Michael Carter alias Lil Wayne has been in the rap game for a while. He is known to be the youngest member ever to grace cash money entertainment at the age of nine. He has produced a number of mixtapes and albums including Carter I, II, III, and IV. He has worked alongside other big names like Birdman, T.I, Rick Ross, Chris Brown, 2 Chainz, Tech N9NE, Ludacris just to mention a few. He is the founder and CEO of the Young Money Entertainment. The label accommodates Tyga, Drake, Nicky Minaj, Dj Khaled Mack Maine and many more.
6. Big Sean
Big Sean became popular after his debut “album finally famous”. He was signed with Kanye west’s good music label after an amazing freestyle. He has become a force to reckon with having worked alongside major artists such as Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, e-40, Nicki Minaj, Juicy j, 2 Chainz and more. He decided to clear the air by admitting that he and Arianna Grande were dating. He has released great hits lately which have made him popular, most recently “with u”.
5. Meek Mill
Meek mill one of the biggest artists in the Maybach music group label (MMG). This revered rapper from Philadelphia has canvassed fans universally with his remarkably superb music. This is clearly indicated in his Dreamchasers 3 mixtape which was dubbed one of the best works in the current world of hip hop. Throughout his entire career, he has managed to work alongside Lil Wayne, Mary J Blige, T.I, Rick Ross, Waka Flocka Flame, Wale, Tyga, Nicki Minaj just to mention a few. He is currently focused on fortifying the Dream Chaser entertainment.
4. Kanye West
Kanye West is one of the most influential rappers in the current generation. The Chicago native is one artist that you’ll love to hate. He has won 21 Grammy Awards making him the most visible rapper in the game. He began his career in the early 90s and has been outstanding all the way. He has had an opportunity to work with Twista, Lil Wayne, Jay z, the game, Beyonce, Jamie Fox, Madonna, T.I, Chris Brown, Talib Kweli and many more. He married Kim Kardashian in 2014, and he is the father of her lovely baby.
3. Wiz Khalifa
Better known for his hit song “Black and Yellow”, Wiz Khalifa has grown to be one of the most prolific rappers in the new school hip hop era. We Dem Boyz is still a club banger to date and people go crazy when the Dj drops it. He is the modern day snoop Dogg. He signed Ty Dolla sign with whom they have produced massive hits such “You and your friends”. Throughout his 8-year career, he has worked alongside artists such as Snoop Dogg; mike will make it, the game, Bob, Chris Brown, 50 cents Jadakiss and more.
2. Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar has been in the industry for a while, but it is not until recently that he had a breakthrough into the world market. He is dubbed the best rapper of the current generation. He came into the limelight after the consolidation of Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) with Interscope Records and Aftermath Entertainment under the auspices of Dr. Dre. His m.A.A.d City album was globally acclaimed. He has had the privilege of winning some of the coveted awards. He won two Grammy awards in 2014 for best rap song and best rap performance. Kendrick Lamar is the artist to watch this year.
You can call Drake, Drizzy whatever suits you; since his breakthrough in 2009, he has never looked back. Drake has grown to be one of the most successful rappers despite being in the game for a short time. This American rapper with Canadian origin is part of the talented young money entertainment artists. He has released a number of singles and collaborated with innumerable artists. Some of them include Jay-Z, Future, Lil Wayne, Beyonce, Migos, Rick Ross, Game, Nicki Minaj, Justin Timberlake and many more. He has won a number of awards including a Grammy and six BET awards. Drake actually deserves the top spot since you can’t complete your day without listening to one of his songs.