Focus on the new 2021 hip-hop gems

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Every year new talents emerge in the hip-hop game and from their performance it is possible to determine whether they are promising or not. 2021 has undoubtedly been an exceptional year, especially given the recovery from the shutdown caused by Covid-19. The newcomers broke the mold and planted their first seeds as the most influential rap artists of the next generation.

New talents who dominated the music industry

Before presenting these newcomers , it is essential to recall how they marked the hip-hop industry this year. From new stars were created in each genre and the new generation of young talent s is naturally appeared. She has been able to adapt to the speed of the music industry, proving that she can work alongside the most established artists.

From the first to the fourth quarter, new talent really dominated this year, shaking up habits and making their own contribution. We have witnessed Coi Leray’s absolute grip on all social media this year and the release of his memorable and catchy hymns. The Ckay song in 2019 exploded and took on a new life TikTok and other platforms. We will talk about other hot young people like BIA, Nardo Wick … Here are for you the artists who emerged in 2021 and who will certainly do feats in the years to come.

Watch Leray

Few would have bet on Coi Leray’s musical breakthrough at the start of the year, especially since many had called it “out of date”. The bad reputation of his father Benzino, whom all had considered infamous for the culture for decades, nearly buried his career prematurely . Fortunately, her single “No More Parties” convinced her detractors and showed them that the young woman could climb to the top of the rap game if she wanted to.

Following her viral success on TikTok and other social media platforms, Coi has performed at festivals such as Rolling Loud . She was also present in the first part of the joint tour of Lil Baby and Lil Durk, which sold out.

To her credit, the singer has catchy singles such as “TWINNEM  ”, “BIG PURR” and “At The Top”, as well as a solid participation in songs such as “Ocean Prime” with Bfb Da Packman. Likewise, thanks to “Attachments” with Pressa and “2055” with Sleepy Hallow, Coi has consolidated his place and continues to prove every day to his detractors that they are wrong. Besides, all this is done even before the release of his first album.

As she progresses, it will be interesting to see if she embraces her roots more. Will she stay true to her hip-hop oriented, or will she venture even further into pop? One thing’s for sure: Coi Leray has confidence to spare and she’s been in the spotlight a lot this year , making her one of the most obvious artists of 2021.


The Morray rapper, a native of Fayetteville, NC has technically begun its hatching campaign last year with the release of “Quicksand”. However, as 2021 draws to a close, he is widely regarded as one of the fastest growing artists in hip-hop.

The 29-year-old made his debut in music as the lead singer in his church choir. His powerful voice, coupled with his touching story of a troubled young man who found his escape in music, has won over millions of people. This year, Morray has amply demonstrated that he has the necessary stature to establish himself in the game for a long time through his achievements.

Indeed, it made a lasting impression on the song “My Life” by J. Cole, which is one of the best records of The Off-Season by this artist. He’s also been featured on the Madden 22 soundtrack , not to mention his own Street Sermons project . In addition, his participation in J. Cole’s album earned him his first GRAMMY nominations , making this a year to remember for Morray.


Technically, BIA is not a newcomer to Hip-Hop knowing that it has known the industry for years. She was a star on the Sisterhood Of Hip Hop reality show before signing on Pharrell Williams’ I Am OTHER label in 2014. Two years later, she gained notoriety for her featuring on J’s “Safari” Balvin and three years later she made a huge record again with Russ’s “Best On Earth” .

However, it wasn’t until 2021, years later that the Boston-born artist rose to prominence among millions of music fans . This is due to his “FOR CERTAIN  ” project released at the end of 2020 and which went viral.

The 30-year-old rapper’s “WHOLE LOTTA MONEY” was a huge hit before the remix arrived , with none other than Queen Nicki Minaj . Promoting the album, Nicki gave BIA a few big nudges, uplifting it in the eyes of many rap fans unfamiliar with the Afro-Latin and Italian singer.

The co-signing Nicki and untouchable delivery BIA were replaced deluxe edition of their EP. This includes new collaborations with G Herbo and Sevyn Streeter. As she continues to grow, BIA has established herself as one of the best female rap voices of the new generation .

Nardo Wick


To talk about the artists who stood out last year without mentioning Nardo Wick is a real mistake. The 19-year-old rapper, born in Jacksonville, Florida, started rapping two years ago. However, he has proven to many that he has everything it takes to become a superstar in the music industry.

At this point, her story has yet to be fully told. However, with the release of “Who is Nardo Wick? “ Last week, rap fans are starting to learn more about this promising artist. After bursting onto the scene in 2020, this shy, soft-spoken teenager began to channel his anger into art. He finally released the scathing “Who Want Smoke?” “ , The song that suspended 50 students from their schools.

“Who Want Smoke? Is a musical killer and is a candidate for song of the year . In addition, stars such as 21 Savage, Lil Durk and G Herbo participated in the remix of this opus. Future and other popular hip-hop stars are already pitching young prodigy Nardo Wick as the “next” .

Baby Keem

Hykeem Carter in his early days, Baby Keem has been present on the music scene for three years and he does not go unnoticed. HNHH was one of the first major platforms to co-sign him in 2018. That same year, he began converting detractors into fans through his work on Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther soundtrack .

After showing flashes of brilliance in his previous albums , Baby Keem was nominated for the first time at the GRAMMYs this year . His debut album “The Melodic Blue” was named one of the best hip-hop albums of the year on numerous year-end lists.

Thanks to the same opus, the 21-year-old was named Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song at next year’s GRAMMYs . It’s no longer hip-hop’s best-kept secret, and you can be sure Baby Keem will take over the game for the next several years.


The world has known Chlöe Bailey and her sister, Halle Bailey, for years . The singer was recognized as Beyoncé’s protégé around the world when she was a member of R&B group Chlöe x Halle. Earlier this year, the two sisters launched their respective social media pages .

The move worked wonders for 23-year-old Chloe, who later renamed herself Chlöe mid-year . This was followed by the release of her very first single, titled “Have Mercy” which was an instant hit on TikTok and other platforms.

Plus, she got a 2021 MTV VMA nomination , not to mention her superb stage performance . Although the young singer has only released two solo songs, she has won the hearts of thousands of fans to the point of making them addicted to her voice.


This has been a crazy year for Louisville rapper EST Gee . Earlier this year, it was announced that the 27-year-old artist had been signed to Yo Gotti’s Collective Music Group label . The signing marked the start of a string of successes for Geeski, who made an impression during his freestyle for Funk Flex before being named the “  Next Young Jeezy  ” by Lil Baby. However, it was after the release of Baby and EST Gee’s “Real As It Gets” feature that the community really started to take an interest in the newcomer . Featuring in which Gee crushed Baby .

In addition, the rapper found himself for the first time in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 with “Bigger Than Life Or Death” released in July. The album features some of the toughest rap tracks of the year including “5500 Degrees” with Lil Baby, 42 Dugg and Rylo Rodriguez, and “Lick Back”.

Along with rap superstar Jack Harlow, EST Gee is the pride of Louisville . He ended his breakthrough year with the release of Bigger Than Life Or Death Part 2, which arrived without any featuring. At the rate he is advancing, Gee will become a real contender in the years to come , and with Yo Gotti’s guidance, he will be heavy in 2022.


Before 2021, Nigerian singer Tems had not fully entered the US market. With a unique sound that combines alternative R&B with neo-soul and other genres, Tems has focused on revamping alternative music in Nigeria. Her mission led her to achieve international success, to work with some of the greatest artists from around the world and to appear on possibly the most anticipated album of the year.

Not only was Tems featured on Drake’s Certified Lover Boy album with the song Fountains , but she also got her very first GRAMMY nomination for her appearance on WizKid’s “Essence.”

After Justin Bieber’s participation in the remix, Tems’ status grew further in the United States and the release of her project “If Orange Was A Place” cemented her as one of the most exciting new artists in the world. R&B. While this is the first year that many of us have discovered Tems, it has found a permanent place in our hearts and our playlists.


The prodigies of Nigeria are being noticed more and more in the United States. The lover of Africa CKay is another native of Nigeria who finds himself among the hot new talents of Rap . He mixes emo-pop with afrobeats for a rarely seen sound. In 2019, CKay released their hit record “Love Nwantiti” and while the song enjoyed immediate international success , it took a long time to cross the United States. Now when you log in on social media, more specifically TikTok, you can’t miss it.

With her simple melodies , the young rising star touched the hearts of millions of people with “Love Nwantiti” , allowing her to enter new world areas. Only a few days ago, the singer presented two new singles , including one titled “Emiliana”. Fans of the singer are eager to see how CKay will continue his viral success and with his flagship track surpassing 500 million streams worldwide .

Capella Gray

Bronx artist Capella Gray is on his way to becoming the next big star in the world of R&B . He marked the world with his summer song “Gyalis” , and followed up with a series of recordings to end the year. On the flip side, he’s got co-signings from some of the industry’s most respected artists including Busta Rhymes, Chris Brown, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Popcaan, and many more.

“Gyalis” has been one of the most essential songs of the past year, especially for New Yorkers, who have heard it blast through car speakers all summer. The record “Back That Azz Up” was a sure success and opened the eyes of millions of people who now expect a lot from Capella.

In addition, he made an appearance on Kawhi Leonard’s “Culture Jam” album , in addition to a recent appearance on DreamDoll’s song “You Know My Body” . The singer believes he can introduce new things to music next year . We therefore expect him to keep his promises.


Hailing from the Bronx, DreamDoll has been on the music scene for a few years . However, it feels like when she came to prominence she was slightly overlooked compared to other “dolls” . Back when she started gaining attention, other female rappers including Asian Doll, Cuban Doll and Kash Doll were also catching our attention.

There was an abundance of “Dolls” in the game , which perhaps sidelined Dreamdoll a bit as the others shone. However, in 2021, she is in the running to be the best “Doll” in hip-hop , showcasing her incisive flow and New York flavor in her raps.

The former Love & Hip Hop star has had an incredible year , starting with his “Different” freestyle in Versace. After the release of this freestyle, she continued featuring with artists like Yung Pooda , CJ, Erica Banks and many others. She ended the year with quality efforts on “Tryouts” and “  You Know My Body  ” with Capella Gray, another rising star. Dreamdoll also made an appearance on Halle Berry’s Bruised soundtrack.

At this rate, DreamDoll seems to have the anchor well raised and resistant to the waves of the wind. She might already be known in the hip-hop world, but in 2022, she just might arrive with even more fire , proving her critics wrong with every new release.

We look forward to the performance of these new talents in 2022. Have you identified any talents that we did not mention in this list? Let us know in the comments.

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