New Music 2021: Hip Hop

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Check out the latest hip hop music released in 2021. From new albums to singles, we’ve got you covered.

New Music 2021: Hip Hop

New Artists to Look Out For

The hip hop world is constantly evolving, with new artists emerging every day. It can be hard to keep up with all the new music, but we’ve got you covered. Here are just a few of the new hip hop artists you should be on the lookout for in 2021.

1) Lil Tjay: This 20-year-old rising star from the Bronx is already making waves in the hip hop world. His debut album “True 2 Myself” topped the Billboard 200 chart and he’s been praised for his lyrical prowess and emotional honesty.

2) Flo Milli: This 21-year-old rapper from Alabama is one of the most exciting new voices in hip hop. She’s been compared to Nicki Minaj and Cardi B for her brash, confident style and she’s not afraid to speak her mind.

3) Rod Wave: This 23-year-old rapper from Florida is quickly becoming one of the hottest names in hip hop. His heartfelt, personal lyrics have resonated with fans all over the world, and his latest album “SoulFly” debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

4) Girl Talk: This trio from Los Angeles is made up of three rappers who are quickly making a name for themselves with their funny, relatable lyrics and catchy beats. Their debut EP “Girls Night Out” was a hit with critics and fans alike, and they’re only just getting started.

5) Lil Nas X: This 21-year-old rapper made history in 2019 when his song “Old Town Road” became the longest-running #1 single in history. He followed it up with a critically acclaimed EP called “7”, cementing his place as one of the biggest names in hip hop.

Best Albums of 2021 (So Far)

1) Lil Baby – My Turn
2) Polo G – The Goat
3) Rod Wave – SoulFly
4) Lil Uzi Vert – Eternal Atake
5) Roddy Ricch – Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial
6) Pop Smoke – Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon
7) REXX LIFE RAJ – Father Figure 3: The Will to Win
8) NLE Choppa – Top Shotta
9) Megan Thee Stallion – Good News
10) J. Cole – The Off-Season

Music Festivals to Check Out

There are a ton of great music festivals happening in 2021. Here are some hip hop festivals you won’t want to miss.
-Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival: This festival takes place in Indio, CA over two weekends in April. The lineup features a mix of hip hop, R&B, and pop acts.
-Bunbury Music Festival: This festival takes place in Cincinnati, OH in June. The lineup features a mix of alternative, rock, and hip hop acts.
-Lollapalooza: This festival takes place in Chicago, IL over four days in August. The lineup features a mix of hip hop, EDM, and rock acts.

The History of Hip Hop

Hip hop music, also known as rap music, is a genre of popular music developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans in the 1970s. DJing and rapping, the primary musical styles within hip hop, developed as part of a larger culture that includes graffiti art and break dancing.

Origins of Hip Hop

The origins of hip hop can be traced back to the late 1960s in New York City. DJ Kool Herc is widely credited as being the first hip hop DJ, and he is credited with introducing the breakbeat into hip hop music. Hip hop became popular in the 1970s with groups like the Sugarhill Gang and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. In the 1980s, hip hop became more mainstream with artists like Run-DMC, LL Cool J, and Public Enemy. In the 1990s, artists like Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. helped to bring gangsta rap into the mainstream. Hip hop has continued to evolve in the 2000s and 2010s with artists like Jay-Z, Eminem, Kanye West, and Drake.

The Golden Age of Hip Hop

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, hip hop reached its Golden Age. This was a period characterized by funky, fresh beats and rhymes as well as increased cooperation between East Coast and West Coast rap artists. The classic albums of this era include N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton, Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet, and Snoop Doggy Dogg’s Doggystyle. These albums contained socially conscious lyrics that addressed issues such as racism, police brutality, and poverty. The Golden Age of Hip Hop also saw the rise of gangsta rap, a subgenre that glorified the dangerous lifestyles of inner-city youth.

The Evolution of Hip Hop

Hip Hop music first emerged on the streets of New York City in the 1970s. It was created by black and Latino teenagers as a way to express themselves and their culture. This new type of music quickly gained popularity and spread to other cities across the United States.

By the 1980s, Hip Hop had become a global phenomenon. Unlike other genres of music, Hip Hop is constantly evolving. It has been influenced by a variety of cultures andmusic styles from around the world. As a result, Hip Hop today sounds very different than it did when it first started.

There are four main elements of Hip Hop: MCing (rapping), DJing, break dancing, and graffiti art. MCing is the act of rhyming over a beat. DJing is the act of playing vinyl records on a turntable. Break dancing is a style of dance that includes acrobatic moves such as spins, flips, and headstands. Graffiti art is the use of spray paint to create street art murals.

While these are the four traditional elements of Hip Hop, there are many other ways to express oneself within the culture. For example, some people focus on fashion, while others focus on social activism. No matter how someone chooses to express themselves within Hip Hop culture, one things remains clear: Hip Hop is here to stay.

The Culture of Hip Hop

From its origins in the South Bronx to its current global status, hip hop has always been a culture of resistance. As a musical genre, hip hop is characterized by its use of sampled beats and rhyming lyrics, often delivered in a rap style. But hip hop is more than just music. It’s also a cultural movement that includes fashion, art, dance, and language.


Fashion has always been an integral part of the hip hop culture. From the early days of hip hop when fashion was more about function than style, to the present day where fashion is a key part of self-expression, hip hop fashion has always been about pushing boundaries and standing out from the crowd.

There are many different subgenres of hip hop, each with their own unique style. From the colorful and flashy styles of trap music to the more reserved and understated styles of underground rap, there is a wide range of looks within the hip hop community. However, there are some common themes that run through most hip hop fashion, such as oversized clothing, plenty of bling, and a focus on comfort and practicality.

One of the most famous aspects of hip hop fashion is the trend for wearing baggy clothes. This started in the early days of hip hop as a way to distinguish between different gangs who would often wear similar clothing. It then became a way for artists to show they were not constrained by traditional ideas of what was considered stylish or acceptable. Nowadays, baggy clothes are still worn by many in the hip hop community as a way to express their individuality and style.

Another common theme in hip hop fashion is the use of bling. This can take many different forms, from diamond-encrusted watches to gold chains and pendants. Bling is often used as a way to show wealth and success, as well as to make a statement about one’s personal style.

Hip hop culture has always been about self-expression and standing out from the crowd. This is reflected in the unique and often outrageous styles that have emerged from the scene over the years. From bright colors and bold patterns to oversized clothing and plenty of bling, hip hop fashion is all about making a statement.


Hip hop has always been about more than just the music. It’s a culture that encompasses elements like fashion, dance, art, and social activism. One of the most visible aspects of hip hop culture is graffiti.

Graffiti has been around since ancient times, but it became particularly associated with hip hop culture in the 1970s thanks to artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Graffiti became a way for young people to express themselves and their ideas without having to go through traditional channels.

In recent years, we’ve seen a resurgence of graffiti in popular culture thanks to shows like Netflix’s Hip Hop Evolution. This has led to a new generation of artists who are using graffiti to express themselves and their ideas.


Dance is an important part of hip hop culture. Finger tutting, popping, locking, tapping, and breakdancing are all popular dances in the hip hop community. These dances are often performed in dance battles, which are competitive events where dancers show off their skills in order to one-up their opponents. Dance battles can be friendly and good-natured, or they can be serious and aggressive. Either way, they are a showcase for the dancers’ creativity, skill, and strength.

The Future of Hip Hop

2021 has already seen some amazing Hip Hop releases, and it looks like the genre is only going to get better as the year goes on. There have been a lot of new artists emerging lately, and they are bringing fresh sounds and perspectives to the genre. Hip Hop is always evolving, and it is exciting to see what the future holds for this ever-changing genre.

Where Hip Hop is Headed

Hip hop is a genre that is always evolving, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Every year, new artists and new songs are bringing fresh perspectives and innovative styles to the genre. Here are some of the most exciting new hip hop artists and songs that are making waves in 2021.

SZA, “Good Days”
SZA is a singer-songwriter who first gained notoriety for her work with Kendrick Lamar on his 2012 album good kid, m.A.A.d city. Her debut albumCtrl was released in 2017 to critical acclaim, and her follow-up album, Good Days, is due out this year. “Good Days” is the lead single from the album, and it’s a mellow, soulful track that showcases SZA’s gorgeous voice.

Roddy Ricch, “The Box”
Roddy Ricch exploded onto the scene in 2019 with his smash hit “The Box,” which spent 11 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He followed up that success with his debut album, Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, which was one of the best-selling albums of 2020. Ricch’s unique style combines elements of hip hop, trap, and R&B, and he’s one of the most exciting young talents in the genre today.

SETforSTEFAN & Deante Hitchcock, “2 Real”
SETforSTEFAN is a producer from Atlanta who has been making waves in the hip hop community with his unique blend of trap and R&B beats. He teamed up with rapper Deante Hitchcock for the track “2 Real,” which has been praised for its catchy hook and smooth production values. This is one track that you’ll be hearing a lot more of in 2021.

The Impact of Hip Hop

Hip hop has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the 1970s. What started as a way for African American youths to express themselves through music and dance has evolved into a global phenomenon, with fans all over the world. But what does the future hold for hip hop?

There is no doubt that hip hop will continue to grow in popularity in the years to come. The genre has already seen a surge in popularity in recent years, thanks to the rise of streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. This has made it easier than ever for people to discover new artists and listen to their favorite tunes.

As hip hop grows in popularity, we can expect to see more and more artist experimenting with the genre and pushing boundaries. We can also expect to see the genre become more mainstream, as it has already begun to do in recent years. This is something that will likely continue, as more people become exposed to hip hop and its many subgenres.

So what does the future hold for hip hop? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure: it’s here to stay.

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