5 Hip Hop and RB Artists to Listen to in 2021

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Here are 5 hip hop and RB artists to add to your playlist in 2021. From established artists to up-and-comers, these are the names to know.

Roddy Ricch

If you haven’t heard of Roddy Ricch yet, you’re about to. This Compton-born rapper and singer is only 23 years old, but he’s already making waves in the hip hop and RB world with his unique sound. His debut album, Please Excuse Me for Being Anti-Social, was released in 2019 and reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. He’s also been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist and Best Rap Album.

Ricch’s music is a mix of rap, R&B, and trap, and his lyrics often explore themes of success, poverty, and violence. He’s been compared to other artists like Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole, but there’s no doubt that he has a style all his own. If you’re looking for something fresh in the hip hop world, Roddy Ricch is definitely an artist to add to your playlist.

Doja Cat

Doja Cat is a American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Doja Cat pursued an interest in music from a young age and self-released her debut album, Purrr!, in 2014. She found mainstreamsuccess with the single “Mooo!”, which went viral on TikTok in 2019 and peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Her second album, Hot Pink (2019), debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States and featured the hit single “Say So”, which peaked at number one on the US Hot 100.

Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Thee Stallion is a Houston-based rapper who first gained popularity with her viral song, “Stalli.” Megan Thee Stallion is known for her raunchy and unapologetic lyrics, which often focus on sex and body positive themes. She has been praised for her strong stage presence and her inventive rhyming schemes. Megan Thee Stallion is one of the most exciting new rappers in the game, and she is sure to have a big year in 2021.

Lil Baby

Lil Baby burst on the scene in 2017 with his mixtape Perfect Timing. The Atlanta rapper continued to gain popularity with his follow up project Harder Than Ever in 2018. He solidified himself as a force to be reckoned with in 2019 with the release of his album My Turn. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified double platinum by the RIAA. Lil Baby’s star continues to rise in 2020 with the release of his single “The Bigger Picture” which addresses police brutality and racial injustice.

Polo G

Polo G is an American hip hop recording artist from Chicago, Illinois. His music is often compared to that of Lil Wayne and NBA Youngboy. He first gained mainstream attention with his song “Finer Things”, which was certified platinum by the RIAA. He has released two studio albums, Die a Legend and The GOAT, which both peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart.

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