As the world tries to rebuild itself after the pandemic and we try on different scales, to integrate the changes that have taken place in our different lifestyles, to achieve our personal goals, music remains a refuge and an anchor for many. So this is the best time to shine a light on some rappers who lit up this year 2021. Those who thrived when everything was upside down.
Lil Nas X
After breaking through in 2019 with the record-breaking song “Old Town Road”, Lil Nas X has continued to remain at the top of the charts and in the headlines, throughout the past two years. His year 2021 was marked by several controversies such as his “Satan shoes”, and several musical successes including his first album, Montero, ranked second on the Billboard 200., but the rapper has always remained true to himself. His accomplishments trump the headlines of his detractors and He has never shied away from embracing his sexuality while continuing to produce hits, with statistics to silence the crowd: two number 1 titles like “Montero (Call Me by Your Name ”) and“ Industry Baby ”with Jack Harlow.
Most rappers would be over the moon if they had had a year like Young Thug’s . Thug has always strived to put his friends in a position to shine, and this year he has succeeded while having his own moment of glory. He released Slime Language 2 in April, a compilation album that showcases the talents of his label YSL Records. For this release, he teamed up with his team and many friends in the industry and it seems to work: The project rose to number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart, which will allow some of his artists get a plaque.Thug then landed another number one with his solo album Punk, long awaited, which was released a few months later, in October. Punk is a very personal album with darker accents than Thug’s usual projects; listeners appreciated these differences.
Megan Thee Stallion
The stature of Megan Thee Sta llion in rap has been growing for some time, and she has never wavered. After releasing her debut album, Good News, around the same time last year, carried by the single Body, which reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, Megan took a short hiatus. In June of this year, she released “Thot Shit,” another Hot 100 hit, followed by Something For The Hotties project in October, a mix of freestyles and new songs. Even without releasing a full-fledged album, Meg has retained her place and importance in hip-hop and pop culture.
This year, Kanye West has finalemDonda came out, the long-delayed album. In July, he announced the album would be released alongside a listening session at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, home of the Atlanta Falcons. But none of the listening sessions organized before the last one, which took place at Soldier Field in Chicago, marked the album’s release. But on August 29, Donda made history. With 27 tracks and a recent deluxe release that brings the album’s runtime to over two hours, Kanye has run through several topics with songs about his controversial family life, allusions to his conflict with Drake, which now appears to be resolved. , and more. This album became his 10th number 1, after selling 309,000 units, proving that Kanye West’s gravitational pull has returned.
Throughout his career, Wale has publicly stated that he does not feel fully appreciated, even though he has many accolades and timeless songs in his catalog. In the preparation of his recent album Folarin II , which received a favorable reception, the rapper was shown to be much more relaxed and comfortable in his skin, unlike in the days when he was struggling with critics, as well. online and offline, about his music and his heritage. On an album filled with classic R&B samples and displaying a vulnerability we haven’t seen in a long time, Wale is starting to get the esteem he wanted, and that’s a beautiful thing.
When you’re already a superstar, it can be difficult to hold onto your place and surpass your own accomplishments. Drake, the big Canadian rap star, finally released his highly anticipated Certified Lover Boy album last September, after putting it off for nearly nine months. That kind of delay could have hurt other artists who weren’t as important, but not Drake. It regained its dominance in the charts, selling 613,000 units and securing a No. 1 LP. Drizzy also held nine of the top ten spots on the Billboard Hot 100. On top of that, the track 2 Sexy , his collaboration ironic with Future and Young Thug, took first place and certified Diamond. A talent is truly unmatched.
Rather discreet and reserved rapper, you never really know what SahBabii has in mind, or when he will come back and release new songs. After the last few years, which have seen him leave Warner Records and go independent while refining his sound, Sah has returned to the scene this year with his debut album, Do It For Demon.. This album is a sincere dedication to his missing friend. SahBabii’s appeal lies in the diversity of his flows, his dark humor and his hilarious and sexual punchlines, but here he takes on more serious topics, like growing up in poverty, friendship and health issues. mental. The rhymer who shows more of his true personality in his music displays a welcome change, and his talent continues to shine, even when he changes tracks.
In 2021, Doja Cat was everywhere. Whether rapping on Saweetie’s “Best Friend” – a Billboard Hot 100 hit – or his own single “Kiss Me More”, assisted by SZA, which reached third place on the Billboard Hot 100, Doja made her presence felt. His critically acclaimed album Planet Her sold 109,000 copies and debuted at number two. This effort helped solidify her position among the most respected women in rap and pop. The very varied content of the album made her a staple at award ceremonies, both for her performances and for her victories. If we add to that his participation in the television show Dave of Lil Dicky, former member of XXL Freshman, one gets the impression that Doja Cat has covered the matter. She has become a beloved figure across all genres, and 2021 is the year that clearly illustrates that.
A native of Chicago Mi ck Jenkins has always been mindful of the world we live in, and has spent her career describing the black experience, love, personal growth and more through her rhymes. In times as difficult as the ones we live in, it is voices like hers that help add perspective to life as we know it. Her October album Elephant In The Room deals with her recent marriage, the dangers of being black and going about your business, experiences in the music industry, and other ideas that simply came from. an honest place. The album is refreshing, and Mick Jenkins continues to refine his craft.
After hitting the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 with Said Sum Moneybag Yo was ready to take a leap forward. Few rappers work their songs as hard as he does, and the time he devoted to them throughout his career paid off in 2021. A Gangsta’s Pain rose to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart, then landed another top 20 hit with Waukesha , a slow ode to thinness or women, whatever the point of view. Bagg’s place in hip-hop is firmly established thanks to the year he spent and his commitment to staying at the top of his game.