The beautiful thing about hip-hop’s growth in the 40 plus years since its inception is the genre’s evolution. It’s grown from an underground movement in the Bronx to the largest genre in the world. This year, hip-hop has dominated the Billboard Hot 100, reflecting America’s mass consumption of the genre. Hip-hop is easily the most accessible genre, to not only consume but to create. Kids can create a hit record in the comfort of their bedrooms, and simply upload it onto Soundcloud with the press of a button. If you’re a young artist, it’s a great way to get your music out, but, still, it has to be able to stand out in such a highly saturated market of artists.

With each year that passes, new rappers emerge. Some of them spearhead a new movement in hip-hop while others innovate what’s already been done. In 2018, a slew of new artists broke out who’ve not only won over hip-hop heads but America as a whole. From Young Thug’s descendants like Gunna and Lil Baby, to the aggressive sounds of 6ix9ine, these newcomers made major breakthroughs. 2018 was a wild time in hip-hop filled with many ups-and-downs, and in the process, some incredible new artists have made their name known this year.