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Best Up And Coming Rappers Of 2010

Updated on July 25, 2012

First off, let me explain what I mean when I say "top 10 up and coming rappers of 2010". These are rap artists who you probably haven't heard of if your a big fan of radio music. These are artists whom I expect to top the charts in 2011. Everyone of these artists has produced music that will not be forgotten any time soon. So let's get to it.


Meek Millz
Meek Millz

Meek Millz

North Philadelphia bred, Meek Millz has turning out the streets like a hurricane with his rapid fire rhyming style since 2007 when he released his first solo mixtape, "Flamerz". The highly anticipated Flamerz 2 was released in 2008, following two more installments, Flamerz 2.5 in 2009 and Flamerz 3 in January of 2010 which all did exceptionally well. Meek Millz is currently signed to Grand Hustle, a reputable record label under T.I himself and has been releasing hit after hit.



Wiz Khalifa
Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based Cameron Jibril Thomas or better know as Wiz Khalifa has taken the streets by storm with his marijuana driven,  west coast style.  Wiz Khalifa first hit the scene in 2006 when he debuted his first album called "Show and Prove". In 2007, Wiz Khalifa signed to Warner Bros. Records and then left his 7 figure deal in 2009 to become an independent artist. Wiz Khalifa's latest mixtape, titled "Kush and Orange Juice", was a big hit when it was released this past February.  Since then, he has released what many people think to be this year's anthem, titled "Black and Yellow".

Cyhi Da Prynce
Cyhi Da Prynce

Cyhi Da Prynce

Cydel Young, better known as Cyhi Da Prynce made his debut in 2006 with Atlanta rap group, Hoodlum. Cyhi signed with Konvict Muzik in 2008 and accepted a sub-label deal with Def Jam Records in 2009. His humorous yet truthful lyrics have already gained him recognition from many mainstream publications and websites. Cyhi Da Prynce is currently planning on releasing his debut album titled "The Hardway Musical".  Until then, be sure to check out his newest mixtape titled "Royal Flush".  You will surely be hearing from this lyrical prynce in the future.

Wale
Wale

Wale

Washington, DC bred Obulowale Victor Folarin, better known as Wale (pronounced wah-lay) first hit the scene in 2006 when his first single, "Dig Dug" became a huge hit in his hometown.  Wale's local recognition landed him a deal with Allido Records in 2007.  In 2008, Wale signed to Interscope Records where he would release his debut album in 2009, titled "Attention Deficit".  Since then, Wale has appeared in major media such as MTV and various urban magazines.  Wale's unique metaphorical sound has landed him a nomination for BET's best new artist of 2010.  Wale really made an impression this year after the releasing of Waka Flaka Flame's "No Hands" featuring Wale and Roscoe Dash.  Be sure to check out Wale's latest mixtape, titled "More about Nothing".

Nipsey Hussle
Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle

Las Angeles, California's own Nipsey Hussle (born Ermias Asghedome) first hit the scene in 2007 when he released his first solo mixtape titled " Slauson Boy Vol. 1". In 2008, Nipsey released volumes 1 and 2 of his "Bullets ain't got no name" series. Nipsey was deemed as a "Snoop sound-a-like" by critics, although his lyrical talent is obvious. In 2009, Nipsey released the third installment to the "Bullets ain't go no name" series.  Since then, Nipsey has appeared on songs with Drake (Killers) and with Snoop (Malice in Wonderland).  His debut album was expected during the summer of 2009 but was never released.  Instead, he is planning on releasing another mixtape, titled "The Marathon" on December 21, 2010.  Nipsey has released two heavy hitting singles this year called "Feelin' Myself" featuring Lloyd and "Keys To The City".

Curren$y
Curren$y

Curren$y

New Orleans' own Shante Anthony Franklin, better known as Curren$y first hit the scene in late 2003 when he signed to Master P's No Limit Records through a friendship with deceased Soulja Slim.  Curren$y later signed to Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment where he stayed until late 2007.  While with Young Money, Curren$y released his chart topping single, "Where Da Cash At" featuring Lil Wayne and Remy Ma.  After Young Money, Curren$y started releasing mixtape after mixtape all throughout 2008 in order to gain recognition.  His efforts gained him a co-sign from XXL Magazine.  In 2009, Curren$y signed with Amalgam Digital to release his debut album titled "This Ain't No Mixtape" and his second album titled "Jet Files". During 2010, Curren$y would release his third and fourth albums titled "Pilot Talk" and "Pilot Talk 2".  He is currently planning two more albums for January and April of 2011.

Big K.R.I.T
Big K.R.I.T

Big K.R.I.T

Mississippi bred, Justin Scott or better known by his stage name, Big K.R.I.T has a style somewhat similar to a more poetic Pimp C.  K.R.I.T stands for "King Remembered In Time".  Big K.R.I.T has been around since 2005 when he started releasing his "See me on top" mixtape series.  He has also released other mixtapes such as "Hood Fame" and "The Last King".  In June of 2010, K.R.I.T released his album titled, "K.R.I.T Wuz Here" and landed a deal with Def Jam Records that same month.  Big K.R.I.T has also frequently collaborated with Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa on various tracks such as "Glass House" and has appeared on Wiz Khalifa's hit mixtape, "Kush and Orange Juice". 

Young Chris
Young Chris

Young Chris

You might recognize Young Chris from the 2003 chart topping single "Can't Stop, Won't Stop" by Young Gunz. Well, Philadelphia's young star has been working solo since 2005 and has acquired quite a buzz in the music industry since the release of his "The Network" series.  On November 20th, 2010, Young Chris released his album titled, "The Re-introduction".

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      MundaneMondays 

      5 years ago

      After seeing Whiz and Wale ? WOW ...Big and Pac would turn in their grave over this list lol

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      Darnell Crush 

      6 years ago

      An artists from ohio Mayday is one of the best up-coming artists of 2012 he isnt well known yet but trust me he's good.

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      seattleamilehigh1 

      6 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Gotta get some white boys that spit on your list. With the exception of Yelawolf not being on the list, I like it though. Macklemore and Fice are a couple to watch. Great read, voted up!

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      fresh2def05 

      7 years ago from Louisville, Ky

      youngverb007,

      Yes, Chip tha Rip, Big Sean and Vado are all very talented artists that should have been included in this hub. I'll be sure to add them to the next one. By the way, if your interested in these rappers, look out for Big Sean's "Finally Famous 3" and Chip's "Gift Raps". Both mixtapes are straight fire!!

      dario415,

      I completely see where your coming from. Rap does seem like its taken a change for the worst. However, with all of the material rap coming out nowadays, I still see young, hungry artists trying to spit about the life they live. Listen to some of Meek Millz' earlier music and even some of his new. He speaks that real. But your right, things have changed since the 80's and 90's as far as record sales and such. But why resist the change? Change is inevitable. These new rappers are simply taking advantage of what the industry has become. Who can blame a starving man for trying to find the easiest way to eat? But still, I wouldn't have included these rappers in this list if I did not feel that they were extremely talented lyrically.

      Gizmodaking,

      Yelawolf's flow is incredibly sick. He'll be added to the next list for sure.

      Thank you all for reading.

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      Gizmodaking 

      7 years ago

      man out of all the people on your list ...you forgot about the rapper whos bringing true hip-hop back....yelawolf

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      dario415 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Well i see alot of rappers that ive never heard of before on this list of so called top ten rappers. I remember back in the 80s early 90s that if your single didnt sell you werent getting no record deal. But these days you rap over someone eles beat and make a mixtape then you got action to get a deal. What kind of shit is that. Your rapping over a beat thats a hit already. So add some bubble gum rap over it and you have action on getting a deal. Rap is so garbage these days its pathetic. If you want to listen to real rap listen to some bay area classics. Spice-1, 415,e40(the click,b-legit)San quinn(guiness world book records for most appearences on albums.2pac first 4 albums. jt the bigga figga,totally insane(first 3 albums).I like rappers that spit about life.I get tired of hearing rap about material shit. Anybody can talk about that, but everybody cant spit about how life is. You have to be clever about your vocabulary. That is lost these days. Until i hear something saucey out there, r.i.p rap

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      youngverb007 

      7 years ago

      Very good list. I would have probably put Chip the Ripper on there instead of Wale because he already has had a major lable album out. Also cant forget about Big Sean whos making alot of noise and Dipset affiliate Vado who is very nice.

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      Famous 

      7 years ago

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      fresh2def05 

      7 years ago from Louisville, Ky

      Thanks Ryan. Your list is good as well. I was so close to adding Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole but I guess I'll add them to my 2011 list. Thanks for reading.

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      Ryan K. Willis 

      7 years ago from USA

      Nice list. I just posted my top 10 new artists that I think will be the future of hip-hop. Check it out: https://hubpages.com/entertainment/TOP-TEN-BEST-NE...

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      fresh2def05 

      7 years ago from Louisville, Ky

      ladyhiphop2028,

      Yeah, Wale and Cyhi are dope and Wiz definitely did his thing this year. Black and Yellow became an anthem and yeah, No Hands went in pretty hard. I agree with you %100. 2011 is going to be a good year for hip hop.

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      ladyhiphop2028 

      7 years ago from TX

      Wale is def what hip hop needs this year to get back on track. I love that he still has content in his lyrics as well as knowing how to have a good time (No Hands), and why shouldn't he, being from da GO-GO Nation. I must admit I fell in love with Cyhi kinda late from his cipher during the hip hop awards. I can't wait to see what he's gonna be bringing this year, and based off his mixtape, can't be nothing short of fire! Wiz mixtapes get me right on my lazy days and he repped two of my fav colors very well. 2011 has great promise.

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      fresh2def05 

      7 years ago from Louisville, Ky

      Summerrose,

      I'm very glad you liked this hub. I'm glad to see that my writing is appealing to somebody. My next couple of hubs with be in the hip hop category, but I will also be writing on other topics as well. Again I am happy you are enjoying my writing and thanks.

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      summerrose70 

      7 years ago

      This was an insightful view into some of the newest, hottest rappers up and coming I only heard of two of them. I look forward to see the direction hip hop goes to in 2011, I am eager to follow your predictions. Putting the video with your article really is helpful too.

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