The rap industry in 2020 was not only marked by the global impact of established artists but also saw a surge of fresh talent making waves. New voices bringing unique styles, perspectives, and lyrical genius took the genre by storm, showing the world that the spirit of rap has a dynamic future. From underground performers making ripples to artists who climbed the charts out of nowhere, we bring you a round-up of the breakout rap artists of 2020.
Rising Rhymes: Unearthing the Breakout Rap Artists of 2020
When it comes to powerful and evocative lyricism, few matched the narrative prowess that Polo G showcased in 2020. The walking embodiment of Chicago drill, Polo G’s second album "The GOAT" peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. His candid approach to conveying his life experiences in the Windy City rendered him a standout artist, shedding light on revealing facets of urban living.
Then, there’s Flo Milli, who signed a record contract with RCA Records before releasing her debut mixtape, "Ho, why is you here ?". Milli’s sassy, assertive lyrics and smooth flow coupled with her unique, confident persona made her a breath of fresh air in the rap industry.
On the other side of the spectrum, we have the Indiana-born rapper, Freddie Gibbs. Partnering with producer extraordinaire The Alchemist to create the critically acclaimed album "Alfredo", Gibbs saw his dark, gritty storytelling rise to the forefront of 2020’s rap scene. His cinematic approach to music ensures that listeners hang on to every raw, visceral word, painting haunting soundscapes of street life in his wake.
Melodic Meteorites: The 2020 Rap Phenomenons Bursting onto the Scene
In terms of meteoric rises, few can compare to the impact of Pop Smoke in 2020. Though his life was tragically cut short, the Brooklyn drill artist’s posthumous album "Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon" dominated charts worldwide, solidifying his place as one of rap’s most promising stars. His floor-shaking bass, unique voice timbre, and the seamless blend of UK drill beats with New York grit left a lasting legacy in the scene.
Another surprise packet of 2020 was the multifaceted Rod Wave. His eerily raw vulnerability set against his trap-influenced melodies made his music irresistible to a broad audience. His album "Pray 4 Love" masterfully wove tales of heartbreak, hustle, and triumph, securing him a spot among the year’s top artists.
The word phenomenon evidently belongs to Megan Thee Stallion, who had an explosive 2020. Fueled by her infectious energy, party anthems like "Savage Remix" featuring Beyonce, "WAP" with Cardi B, and her debut album "Good News" topped charts and won countless accolades, including the prestigious Grammy Awards.
2020 solidified the hip-hop industry’s status as a hotbed of vibrant talent. Whether it was the raw, gritty narratives of street life, the assertive, sassy rhymes, or the thunderous bass and infectious energy, these artists made their mark in the rap world. Their lyrical prowess and unique styles breathed new life into the genre, showing that the future of rap remains as dynamic and exciting as ever. We look forward to seeing how these artists grow and the new voices that 2021 will bring to the world of rap.