The New New: 15 Atlanta Rappers You Should Know

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In our first installment of The New New, we shined a spotlight on 15 young talents out of New York City who continue to bring hip-hop’s center back home, marked by a return to boom-bap beats and introspective rhymes reminiscent of the mid-’90s Golden Era.

But as we continued to explore new music emerging from other markets, we realized that the South isn’t going down without a fight. Amidst 2 Chainz and Future’s rise to superstardom in the past year, Atlanta’s also seen Trinidad Jame$ come out of nowhere and attain national recognition, while the currently-incarcerated Young Scooter is well on his way to impacting more than just the regional club circuit.

Like New York, the A’s got a crop of rookies who are pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a rapper from Atlanta – embracing different sounds, aesthetics, and styles of production. ATL has arguably dictated the sound of mainstream hip-hop for years now, and by the looks of the talent the city’s got on deck, they’re not ready to relinquish that title anytime soon.

Click through our staff-compiled guide to New York’s upcoming rappers you need to know. This is the New New.

  • loudpacksam

    where the hell is jarren benton

    • D_Ry

      This list has no credibility without Jarren. How you gunna put FV on the cover back to back years and then ignore the rest of the group

  • http://twitter.com/KINGBEEF81 Tone’ Francois

    Rocko is not from the eastside. He from the SWATS.

  • brian

    two9!

  • in4am0u5

    Yawn, pretty boring list. Apart from Wara and Young Thug, everyone else are either talentless or unoriginal.

  • dolceboy

    dose and rich homie quan have the most potential

  • http://twitter.com/DemoCobb JOE COOL

    Where’s Ree$e?

  • AlSween

    Stuey Rock been doing his thing. He works hard and puts out good music.

  • Justin Nash

    Go Dreamer is Dreamer…reach…

  • ProphBundy

    Solid List. S/o to Scotty and two9, seen them coming up over the last couple years. Rich Homie Quan dope too.

  • Jamal

    Spree Wilson is dope!

  • DatDudeBruhBruh

    Rich Homie Quan sounds closer to a Fusion between Future & Ca$h Out.

  • DatDudeBruhBruh

    And being straight honest… Trouble probably make the best music on this list. ALL BUSSIN FOR TROUBLE TROUBLE!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Itzdadiabolical Hey Itz Me

    Whoever wrote this acts like Trouble is shitty lyrically. He’s decent lyrically and good in contrast to most other niggas on this, plus he has unique ass rhyme schemes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/malik.bell Malik Bell

    Young Thug, Trouble and Migos. Two9 aite too.

  • SouthSide

    what about L.A.:The Mad Titan???

  • Yellonsexxy

    What? no TrOyMaN? SMH

    • Yellonsexxy

      oh yeah he’s not from Atlanta :-/

  • kerrybabe89

    jay r da star is the hottest rapper in atlanta. music wise, y’all must go off the followers compared to the music. cause most of these guys are whack

  • Southside Atlanta

    Where the fuck is Geechie Dan. aka Hooligun. Dudes from southside atlanta and got Mixtapes on datpiff. And he don’t sound like nobody else from Atlanta. Got his own style…Why the fuck he aint on here?

  • tunez

    where is Fortebowie?

  • TT

    why is young thugs song “Zan Man” ? that isn’t even close to his standout song

  • http://youtu.be/xVLDY_WyEGg Young Code

    Young Code is dope! Google drop it by young code and listen

  • Meezus

    Migos go in…

  • KC Abernethy

    Tom P? Jarren Benton? Rittz? Where are they? Although Quan and Slice 9 are SAF