1. Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is regarded as one of the most skillful and successful hip hop artists of his generation, with various media outlets branding him the “new king of hip hop”.
The rapper gained international recognition with his major label debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, released in 2012. It debuted at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 and was later certified platinum by the RIAA. The record contained the top 40 singles “Swimming Pools (Drank)”, “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”, and “Poetic Justice”.
Lamar has received many accolades including twelve Grammy Awards. In early 2013, MTV named him the “Hottest MC in the Game”, on their annual list. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016.
In 2018, Damn became the first non-classical and non-jazz album to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music.