Rap Artists Make Splash in Music Industry

Posted on December 6, 2013 by


Hip Hop/Rap is arguably the most popular genre in the country in the last few years. Artists such as Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, and Drake are just a few examples of the artists who have taken the rap game by storm in recent years. Lately, newer artists have made a big impact, including Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, and J. Cole.

“I would have to say that my favorite artist right now has to be Kanye West. He’s been the best for a while now,” junior Gary Gabriel said.

“I went to a Jay-Z and Kanye West concert, and it was probably the most entertaining and amazing thing I’ve ever been to in my entire life,” junior Matt Masenheimer said.

One of Jay-Z’s latest hits, “Holy Grail,” featured pop star Justin Timberlake. Collaborations such as that have made albums much more successful. Many artists have teamed up lately to combine their musical genius to make a masterpiece.

One of the best examples of this is “Control,” by Big Sean featuring Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick laid down one of the most popular verses in a long while by talking about other artists that are also at the top of the game.

One of the most successful rap artists in the past five to ten years, Eminem, attempted to top the music industry once again with his recent album, “The Marshall Mathers LP2”. “Rap God” has been one of his most popular songs on the album.

“The new album is pretty good.  It has a bunch of good songs, and it really brought him back into the music industry,” junior Logan Silvius said.

J. Cole made a big splash in the industry with his most recent album “Born Sinner,” which helped put him on the map. Just like J. Cole, Kanye West also released a very popular recent album titled “Yeezus,” which had many mixed reviews but earned a lot of media attention.

Outside of mainstream hip hop, the underground scene remains strong, with new artists such as Danny Brown, Action Bronson, and Joey Bad***  generating a lot of buzz. The most acclaimed underground release this year came from Killer Mike and El-P’s collaboration album Run the Jewels.

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