The dictionary describes the rapper as “a person who makes rap music or speaks the lyrics to a rap song. ” However, the rappers had the best year ever. In 2021, rappers dominated lists, titles, publications and sales.
They dominated it as if there were no other species. Purists can cry fouls if they want to, these guys and girls are putting up numbers, making history, and in many ways paving the way for hip-hop. Let‘s relive those who make power moves.
Drake moved to rap levels in 2021 for many reasons. The Canadian kept fans and critics waiting with a baited breath as he prepared to drop his Certified Lover Boy album. In March, he released Scary Hour 2, a three-song EP featuring Rick Ross and Lil Baby, while keeping those expecting a new album from him. When CLB finally aired, it got its share of critics. Still, Drake‘s star didn‘t darken a bit. In fact, the more he remained one of the biggest pop stars in the world, the brighter he got. This status is 35. Simply put, Drake did it to his death with a variety of cameo appearances, chart-topping music and highly touted kiss-n-make-up with Kanye West.
Lil Durk. It wasn‘t Drake‘s pop sensation, yet he managed to top the charts enough to tie Taylor Swift for the most hits in 2021. All this fell through on December 24, 2020, when The Voice was released. Durkio‘s sixth studio album was immediately a hit, setting him on the real path to perfection. He and Lil Baby then dropped The Voice of Heroes, which they toured for support despite the pandemic. Drake (“In The Bible“), Pooh Shiesty (“Back in Blood“), Coi Leray (“No More Party“) and many other songs. He even wanted to ride or die with his India Royale, and he got engaged.
Megan Thee Stallion
It‘s been a great year for Megan Thee Stallion. Texas Hottie managed to improve at a time when she might have been rested. She won four of his seven titles at the BET Awards. That included best female hip hop artist honors. She also won three Grammy awards, including Best New Artist. But it was all based on her hard work in 2020. In 2021, she released Something for Thee Hotties, an album of freestyle and previously unheard songs, and gave us the hit “Thot Sh#t“. Also in 2021, Lil Nas X collaborated with K-pop sensations BTS, Ariana Grande and Doja Cat. Outside the microphone, she graduated from college, became the first rapper to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Issue, struck a content deal with Netflix and dominated the headlines with a publicist legal match with Tory Lanez. It‘s been a good year for her.
Baby Keem was destined to be one of rap‘s next megastars. It didn‘t hurt that the reclusive champon emcee Kendrick Lamar was their cousin. Keem is someone else entirely, and while he‘s not exactly a new artist, he took the game by storm in 2021. Melodic Blue, his first studio album, was officially recognized on September 10, 2021. With the release of Columbia Records and pgLang, the album was full of heavyweights such as Travis Scott, Don Toliver, Brent Faiyaz and his cousin Kendrick Lamar. A total of four singles albums made the Billboard 200 chart, and a total of 53,000 albums were moved.
Polo G took a shot and showed he was actually rapping after 146,429,819 YouTube views. “Rapstar” was at the top of all the platforms that mattered, including Spotify and Apple Music. Team Polo G worked to market and release his third album, hall of fame, almost guaranteed a classic. He even struggled to stay at No. 1 against Lil Nas X‘s “Montero (Call Me by Your Name). ” Polo continued to exert pressure all year round, even sampling MJ‘s “Bad” dance on “Bad Man” (Smooth Criminal). The audacity is a bit much for the 22-year-old Cap A Lot to probably continue in 2022.
And of course many more may be on this list. . .