If you like your rap music to do more than just entertain, but also to inspire, then we’ve got the list for you. These five rappers will make sure that every day is a good one even if life throws you an unexpected curve ball.
So, here is the list.
Mostly because of how he reacts to his own success, Chance The Rapper offers refreshing honesty about what it’s like to be on top of the world and still find happiness in simple pleasures. Chance’s lyrics, voice, and overall delivery are still enough to send chills down your spine, but it’s his heart that gives him a place on this list.
Kendrick Lamar’s songs are always steadily growing in popularity, but it seems as though today’s average listener might just know him only as a largely unknown rapper. From 2011 until 2012, he had yet to release widely-known first singles such as “Swimming Pools” or “Poetic Justice”, but still managed to have songs on the radio long enough to be recognized and appreciated by today’s fan base.
Watsky gives a modern spin to the idea of an old-fashioned rap battle. What it is with Watsky and poetry? He always has so much damn passion when he performs his songs, and it’s usually from a deep place inside his heart. His lyrics are always meaningful, too – there are no shallow rhymes or meaningless words here. You might be surprised by how much meaning can be packed into a two minute song.
4. Lupe Fiasco
Lupe makes refreshing use of metaphors and other unique wordplay gives his songs a special sort of spark. If you’re looking for something that will make you think, then Lupe Fiasco is the rapper to listen to. He deserves much more appreciation than he has so far received. He’s quite possibly the best rapper of his generation.
Contrary to what one might think, Macklemore is actually a very intelligent man as well as a very talented rapper. There are plenty of moments in his songs that will make you laugh or at least chuckle, but he can also be serious when it counts too. His music has the power to make you feel better about yourself and your situation no matter what it may be like.
6. Chiddy Bang
Chiddy Bang is a duo that you might not be familiar with, but it’s probably because they’ve yet to release any major singles. This is probably for the best because it just means that when you discover them, they will blow your mind. The artistry of Chiddy Bang is so exceptional that there’s just no way you won’t be impressed by them.
Lorde’s music can make anyone feel inspired even if they’re at their lowest point in life. Put on one of her songs and you’ll feel like your problems don’t matter one bit. Yes, Lorde may be a young up-and-coming female artist, but she has the level of talent that’s rare to find in someone at any age or any gender. It’s not a bad thing to say that Lorde is a one of a kind artist – she really is.
Yelawolf is one of the most underrated rappers in hip hop. He always has a very meaningful message behind his words and he’s always speaking truth about what it is to be human. His lyrics, voice, and delivery are enough to get anyone’s attention. In a day where entertainment often sacrifices true inspiration for commercial success, Yelawolf’s music stands out as something that has the power to make you want to stay inspired.
9. Joey Bada$$
Joey Bada$$ is best known for his unique flow and content. He always manages to find a way to make his music sound original and engaging even when it’s clearly not. His lyrics are always thought provoking as well, which makes him an excellent source of inspiration for anyone who wants to become a better person.
10. Ghostface Killah
Ghostface Killah is one of the greatest and most original rappers ever to grace the mic. He’s always had a very distinct style and sound. His voice is so powerful that it’s hard not to pay attention when he starts reciting his lyrics. He’s known for stories that are both entertaining and thought provoking, which he always tells with such passion that they never seem worn out or boring.
Ab Soul is another rapper who deserves more recognition than he has gotten so far. His lyrics are some of the most clever in the rap game, and his voice is also a great tool for engaging listeners. You’d be surprised at how much you’ll enjoy his songs even if you’re not a conscious fan of rap music.
I hope that this list can serve as a starting point for you. There’s so much more that could be said about each and every one of these rappers, but I don’t want to spoil the entire article. So, if there’s any particular rapper who you believe deserves to be on this list – or if you have any other suggestions – let us know!
I hope that this list has helped give you some insight into what makes an artist’s music stand out.