The Patriot Press’ Best Rappers Right Now

FILE - Rap has easily dominated the pop charts and on streaming services in the last few years, and that’s reflected at the 2018 American Music Awards. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File)


FILE - Rap has easily dominated the pop charts and on streaming services in the last few years, and that’s reflected at the 2018 American Music Awards. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File)

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Jacob Myers ’20

1. Travis Scott: 

With a unique style of lyrics and ability to rap over any type of beat while producing an instant hit, Travis easily is the best rapper right now. If you don’t get hyped listening to “CAN’T SAY”, “Drugs You Should Try It”, or “Apple Pie”, you can’t get hyped to anything.

2. Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick doesn’t release a bad album. “DAMN.” may be one of the best albums of the 2000s so far, and his themes throughout provide a basis on which all of his songs benefit from. “To Pimp a Butterfly” and “Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City” exemplify how Kendrick can combine a message and a verse to cohere perfectly. And that’s not even mentioning the perfection which is the Black Panther soundtrack.

3. Post Malone

Post raps about a wide variety of topics, from depression to confidence to almost everything else, which can relate to almost any listener. His expertise is using any type of beat: fast, slow, psychedelic – anything shows his talent and the beats bring out his lyrical genius. “Beerbongs and Bentleys” is the second-best album of the year, only topped by Travis’ “ASTROWORLD.”

4. Logic

Logic is more than just a rapper: he’s an activist. Most of his songs provide a bigger message than imaginable within a verse, making him an influential role model. “1-800-273-8255,” “One Day,” and “Everybody” rose Logic to a platform where he can preach to the masses. And don’t lie, there isn’t a Logic song without a verse that absolutely slaps (i.e. first and third verses of “Alright”)

5. Lil Uzi Vert

Uzi portrays everything that an amazing rapper needs to be. A unique voice, flexibility in speed, the ability to dominate a song with a guest verse and so much more. “All My Chains”, “XO TOUR Llif3” and “Money Longer” show how diverse Uzi can be while at the same time making a song anyone can vibe to. Also, his guest verses on “Bad and Boujee” and “Shoota” may be some of the best of the modern era.


Chris Shutrump ’20

1. Drake

Only straight bangers come from Drake! He is at the top of the mountain and no one is bringing him down anytime soon.

2. Lil Uzi Vert

Lil Uzi has yet to disappoint me when releasing an album. From “The Perfect Luv Tape” to “Luv is Rage 2”, it’s all for his fans who love him. Although he is a proclaimed satanist, the Philly product has been nothing short of great at just 24 years old.

3. Kid Cudi

Cudi has put out albums like “Man on the Moon” and “Man on the Moon ll”  that highlight his creativeness when making music. After meeting Kanye West who propelled his career, Kid Cudi was destined for stardom. We can all tip our hats off to Cleveland’s very own lyrical genius.

4. Post Malone

Great voice, great writer, and only getting started.

5. Kanye West

One of the best rappers of all time. Just when you thought he was done, him and Kid Cudi created the group “Kids See Ghosts”. There’s plenty more where that came from.



Bennett Abeson ’20

1. Kendrick Lamar

He is the most talented and the most lyrical rapper of all time.

2. Travis Scott

Creates the best vibe songs on earth

3. Kid Cudi

Essentially created his own subgenre

4. Denzel Curry

Extremely lyrical but will also spit insanely intense bars

5. Brockhampton

Every. Single. Song. Sounds different




Ben Belinger ’20

1. J. Cole  

Jermaine Cole, a rapper out of North Carolina, combines chill beats with meaningful lyrics. His most popular album is“2014 Forest Hills Drive”, where he explains the struggles of growing up on the streets of NC. Just Listen to “No Role Modelz”.

2. Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi is just another example of a great rapper brought up by Kanye West. Cudi’s first album “Man On The Moon”, surprised the world with its abundance of hits. The albums sequel “Man On The Moon 2” gained just as much popularity as the original, with hits suchs as Mr. Rager and Erase Me (feat. Kanye). His most popular song is Day N Night.

3. Kanye West

Kanye West will go down as one of the best rappers of all time, no question. He has had one of the most influential careers ever. Starting off as a producer at Roc-A-Fella studios during the early 2000s, Kanye has released some of the most popular albums during the 2000s and 2010s. His most popular song is Stronger.

4. Lil Uzi

Lil Uzi is the first rapper on my list that is apart of the new and upcoming age of rappers. He has had much success with his albums “Luv Is Rage” and “Luv Is Rage 2”. His most popular song is XO Tour Life.

5. Joyner Lucas

Joyner Lucas is overlooked by way too many. He has just recently become a popular rapper, with features in Eminem’s new album “Kamikaze” and his upcoming album with Chris Brown, “Angels and Demons”. Joyners most popular song is Stranger.




Jackson Roberts ’20

1. Migos

Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset… all I need to say

2. Lil Uzi

Not the Migos

3. Travis Scott

Not the Migos

4. Gunna

Not the Migos

5. Post Malone

Ugly, and still not the migos




Mr. Burtch

1. K Dot- Pulitzer Kenny. Only rapper ever to win one. Nuff said.

2. J Cole- says what no one else will and does it with an unrivaled cadence.

3. Vince Staples- Speaks the truth with no sugarcoating. Lift me up!

4. Danny Brown- weird voice, but that flo tho.

5. Earl Sweatshirt- “Why you got your couch on my chucks?”


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