Remarkable Hip-Hop 2021

With all kinds of new ground being broken this year, it's an exciting time for hip-hop worldwide. It's always been a diverse culture, but now more than ever, artists from all walks of life and all corners of the earth are getting theirs.

Nov 26th 2021 by Moodagent

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The state of hip-hop in 2021 was possibly the most diverse since its foundations in the 80s, when the sound was still a melting pot of cultures and scenes united by rhyme, DJing, dance and art. From the political to the party-starting, there have never been so many distinct styles at the forefront. Diversity in all its forms, from race to gender to orientation to genre, is flourishing. It couldn't be a more exciting and vital time for the increasingly global language of rap.

Lil Nas X joined the ranks of hip hop's greatest while being the first openly queer rapper among the hip hop elite. After an incredible 2020, women rappers dominated the charts, with Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat kicking down doors. Veterans like Nas, Common, Lloyd Banks and recently passed DMX proved there is still plenty of room for mature heads in the conversation.

There was no doubt Drake and Kanye going head to head would break records, with all the beef you'd expect. Young Thug created an almost entirely acoustic stunner. Tyler The Creator dropped one of the best albums in years. Rod Wave and Morray brought in the gospel and The Kid LAROI turned bonafide global superstar. Experimental artists like JPEGMAFIA, Moor Mother, Injury Reserve and Pink Siifu continued to push boundaries and rappers from all over the world began to have real global impact.

Words by Jeff Black.

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