In an industry that seems to be dominated by turn up music and melodies, it isn’t always easy to come across lyrical quality. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We have composed a list of lyrically dense rappers ranging from Big Krit, who has established a name for himself but still has yet to reach many airways, to YGTUT, a young MC from Chattanooga, Tennessee who released one of the best mixtapes last year and received little to no recognition for it. Check out who else is on the list!
The Mississippi native has proved countless times that he is a force to be reckoned over the years, however, many still haven’t gotten hip. His Southern tang is undoubtedly what sets him a part. Not only does Krit write all of his rhymes, as he mentioned before in countless songs, but he also produces most of his music as well. This month he released a mixtape, with a series of free styles, ranging from Erkyah Badu’s classic “Other Side of the Game” to Schoolboy Q’s “THat Part” that you can listen to for free on Soundcloud.
Working alongside the infamous MF DOOM, this 19 year old rapper from Nanuet, New York began his career at 13 years old. By 16 he had dropped his first mixtape, Nehruvia, with production from Madlib, MF Doom and many many more. Rapping over smooth jazz samples, he gives off a 90’s vibe and quite honestly has been beyond his time since he began his career. He’s received much support from Peter Rosenburg, the co-host for Ebro In The Morning, throughout his career. Nehru is still dropping new music and can also be found on Soundcloud and Spotify.
Signed to J.Cole’s Dreamville Records and Interscope, Bas burst into the scene with his mixtape Quarter Water Raised Vol. 1 in 2013 followed by his first studio album Last Winter. This year he released his second album Too High to Riot and kicked his tour off on June 3rd. Bas is extremely lyrical, and much like his mentor, Cole, is excellent at telling relatable stories through his music. Whether it be witty, sad, or just the daily struggles.
An activist, producer and outstanding MC, Oddisee is a soulful artist that blends his passion of his culture and experiences in his music. The Maryland native has been rapping for sometime now, releasing mixtape after mixtape as well as performing on tours worldwide. In a recent video posted on his Twitter he stated “ I realize the very same thing that has me on tour right now (music) is my strongest weapon”. You can hear some of his latest releases on Soundcloud.
Just a year ago, YGTUT debuted his mixtape Preachers Son. His voice is extremely distinct as he unfolds a story of growing up dealing with gun violence and gangs in his native Chattanooga, Tennessee, while also incorporating the soulful spiritual aspect of growing up in the church. Isaiah Rashad, who is also from Chattanooga, made a appearance on the tape, in the single “Sunday Service.“ Since then, Preachers Son has become available on iTunes, and he continues to drop new music as the Chattanooga native has a new project that is in the works.
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