's Rising Stars 2022: 10 New Rappers Building Their Empire

Time and time again, new rappers have proven to be the saving grace for the future of Rap music. It doesn’t matter if their energy is referred to as “TikTok” Rap or a trendier term, the game can always count on the newcomers to impact Hip Hop history. Following up from the inaugural 2021 Rising Stars year, HipHopDX is proud to introduce our Rising Stars for 2022. Over the past year, we have monitored these 10 new artists and predicted their trajectory through their social presence and musical s

Morray, BLEU, Blxst, 42 Dugg + More: The 2021 DX Rising Stars Wrap-Up

What a year! Back in November of 2020, HipHopDX took the liberty of pinpointing 10 emerging and talented rappers with the most potential to make a name for themselves in 2021, beyond a cypher or magazine cover. Setting the bar for what a Rising Star’s digital paper-trail should look like in their break-out year, DX has given readers weekly solid information to understand what a DX Rising Star is, what criteria is needed to be considered one and also what to expect in the 2022 Rising Star year.

'BMF' Star Lil Meech Shares His Aspirations To Play A Super Hero + His Craziest DM From Fan

Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr. recently spoke with HipHopDX about his journey to the big screen, life after filming B.M.F. and the out-of-the-box role he sees himself playing in the future as an established actor. The 21-year-old Detroit native currently plays the role of his notorious real-life dad Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory Sr., on the STARZ hit-series Black Mafia Family a.k.a B.M.F. – executively produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. For those unfamiliar with B.M.F.‘s notoriety, Big M

Flo Milli Partners With Amazon Music & HYPEBEAST For Exclusive Merch Line + More From The DX Rising Stars

As the 2021 HipHopDX Rising Star year comes to an end, a few of the Rising Stars have decided to meet new milestones before the ball drops. On Friday (December 10), 2021 HipHopDX Rising Star Flo Milli took to her Instagram feed to announce her “Modern Opulence” capsule collection with Amazon Music in partnership with HYPEBEAST designed by emerging streetwear designer, Katie McIntyre. “The designs I dreamed up with Katie McIntyre are out now,” Flo wrote. “Find our limited edition Modern Opulenc

'BMF' Star Lil Meech Says 50 Cent Is 'Like A Big Brother & Dad' To Him

Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr. recently spoke with HipHopDX about his journey to the big screen – as he now plays the younger version of his notorious, yet real-life dad, Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory in the Starz series, Black Mafia Family a.k.a. BMF. Lil Meech shared that he spent a great deal of time preparing for the role by consistently speaking with his dad — whose currently incarcerated — getting acting classes, and receiving weekly mentorship from Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. “50 is li

Morray Earns 2 Grammy Noms For J. Cole's 'My.Life' + More From The DX Rising Stars

With the Thanksgiving holiday in the rearview, a few of the 2021 HipHopDX Rising Stars are expressing their gratitude for their most recent accolades. As a reminder, a DX Rising Star is a burgeoning talent HipHopDX pinpoints within the year before or after their initial introduction and rollout of new rap music. These are the artists DX feels have the ideal total package in terms of their musical sound, stage presence and genuine personalities. Over the course of the 2021 year, DX highlighted t

'BMF' Star Lil Meech Admits He Was Rich Growing Up - But Didn't Know About Big Meech's Empire

Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr. is no stranger to the world of Black Mafia Family (B.M.F.), but he is just now getting familiar with the big screen as he plays the role of his dad Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory Sr., on STARZ’s Black Mafia Family – executively produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. In an exclusive interview with HipHopDX, actor and rapper Lil’ Meech revealed how he prepared for his debut role, which included speaking with his dad who has been incarcerated since 2005, getting ins

DDG Brings Out Blueface At Day N Vegas Festival + More From The DX Rising Stars

2021 HipHopDX Rising Stars Blxst, Flo Milli, DDG, Sleepy Hallow and Toosii made their way to Las Vegas this week to perform at the Day N Vegas music festival for the first time ever. Day N Vegas 2021 is a three-day event boasting performances from the biggest artists in Hip Hop like Tyler, The Creator, Kendrick Lamar, Post Malone, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, Polo G and dozens of other notable artists. Over the weekend, one of the Rising Stars performed his biggest single yet and brought out a spec

Blxst Scores 4 Soul Train Award Nominations - Including Best New Artist & Album Of The Year

With one month left of the 2021 HipHopDX Rising Stars‘ journey to stardom, the talented 10 hasn’t let up. Whether the promising bunch has been welcomed or not, this group has undeniably put in work to make a name for themselves in the rap community. On Saturday (November 6), Soul Train announced its nominees for the 2021 Soul Train Awards which included DX Rising Stars Blxst, Morray and BLEU. Leading the Rising Stars with four nominations, DX Rising Star Blxst is up for Best New Artist, Album

Flo Milli Recreates 'Flavor Of Love' Scene In 'Ice Baby' Video + More From The DX Rising Stars

It’s been 10 months of documenting the major accomplishments and minor setbacks of the 2021 HipHopDX Rising Stars, and the talented bunch is still on fire. The majority of the Rising Stars spent this week performing at Rolling Loud New York, as well as on their own headlining tours. Beyond the stage, 2021 HipHopDX Rising Star Flo Milli created a sense of nostalgia when she dropped her latest music video for “Ice Baby” just in time for Halloween. HipHopDX announced Flo Milli had teamed up with

Flo Milli Debuted New 'Ice Baby' Single On A COLORS Show + More From The DX Rising Stars

The 2021 HipHopDX Rising Stars have two months left in the year, and they continue to cement their name in the game and reach new heights. Besides touring, shooting music videos and collaborating with some of the genre’s biggest rappers, one of the Rising Stars dropped a new single, another star had their IG account banned and one may be getting released from jail. 2021 HipHopDX Rising Star Flo Milli has been quieter on the music tip for the last few months, although she recently collaborated

BLEU Has A Monkey Now & Even Made 'Moon' An Instagram Account

The 2021 HipHopDX Rising Stars are becoming more known for dropping a bag or two on the finer things in life such as mansions, cars and jewelry. This week, one of the Rising Stars decided to make a huge purchase that also comes with a huge responsibility. BLEU, formerly known as Yung Bleu, has been having a great fourth quarter of the year as he dropped his debut album Moon Boy, embarked on his first headlining tour and won Best New Hip Hop Artist at the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards. Beyond celebra

BLEU Wins Best New Hip Hop Artist + Toosii & Sleepy Hallow Show Off BET Cypher Skills

This week a few of the 2021 HipHopDX Rising Stars attended the 2021 BET HipHop Awards not only as performers, but as nominees as well. DX announced a few weeks ago that Rising Stars Morray, Blxst and BLEU were nominated for Best New HipHop artist, in which 2021 HipHopDX Rising Star Flo Milli was nominated for the same award in 2020, but did not win. Congrats were in order as 2021 HipHopDX Rising Star BLEU took home the Best New HipHop Artist award – beating out Coi Leray, Don Toliver, Pooh Shi

Foogiano Combating 5-Year Sentence On 'So Icy Boyz' Album With Gucci Mane & The New 1017

Out of the talented 10 rappers that HipHopDX chose for the 2021 DX Rising Stars, Foogiano is one that has unfortunately been left out of many conversations – due to his incarceration. However, Big Foo’s team has been holding down his fortress by releasing music that’s in the vault, keeping fans up to date with his time away, and also keeping his Instagram active with posts about his family and artists he supports. On Friday (October 1), Gucci Mane took to IG to announce his joint album, So Icy

Snoop Dogg Says Blxst 'Got the Key To The City' + Morray Links With Drake While On Tour With J. Cole

Two weeks ago HipHopDX shared a mid-year update on why each of the 10 Rising Stars were the best new rappers in 2021, and how each of them have solidified that compliment. As the 2021 HipHopDX Rising Stars are moving through the fourth quarter of the year, a few of the stars are still announcing tour dates, as others are becoming acquainted with Hip Hop’s royalty. While performing on tour in Los Angeles on Friday night (September 24), 2021 HipHopDX Rising Star Blxst surprised his fans with two

Sleepy Hallow Drops Touching Skid Row Video + Foogiano Features on Zaytoven's 'Pack Just Landed Vol. 3'

It’s great to see rappers reap the fruits of their labor and drop hefty bags on themselves, but we love it even more to see them spread the wealth amongst others – especially to those who need it. By now the 2021 HipHopDX Rising Stars have each splurged on themselves whether with iced out chains, foreign cars, or huge estates, but this week one of the Rising Stars decided to bless others with big bank. On Friday (September 17) 2021 HipHopDX Rising Star Sleepy Hallow shared an Instagram video t

2Pac's Nephew Malik Shakur Is An Actor - But Has No Desire To Play His Late Uncle

Tupac “2Pac” Shakur was shot at a Las Vegas intersection on September 7, 1996 and later died at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada on September 13th. As one of the most infamous murders in Hip Hop history, the case remains unsolved to this day. Although 2Pac’s life was cut short at only 25 years old, his family lives on to continue his legacy and keep his spirit alive. As Hip Hop fans mourn in the wake of the 25th anniversary of 2Pac’s death, HipHopDX exclusively had a chance to

BLEU, Morray, Blxst + More Receive 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards Nominations

As we move towards the end of the year, the 2021 HipHopDX Rising Stars haven’t let up yet, and some of them are just starting to receive the acknowledgement for their hard work. On Thursday (September 9) BET announced their nominees for the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards taking place on Tuesday (October 5). In the category of Best New Hip Hop Artist, a few of the DX Rising Stars were nominated along with Pooh Sheisty, Don Toliver and Coi Leray. As we know, last year 2021 HipHopDX Rising Star Flo Mill

Yung Bleu, Flo Milli, DDG, 42 Dugg + More: Why 2021 DX Rising Stars Are The Best New Rappers

You may have just begun to see the 2021 HipHopDX Rising Stars on some of your favorite platforms (outside of DX of course), through magazine covers, freestyles, ranking systems and A-list collaborations, however, DX has been telling you about these 10 stars since the top of the year and why they should be paid close attention to. Are you still asking yourself, “what is a HipHopDX Rising Star?” Well, if we take a trip down memory lane to the first time we introduced you to the bunch back in Febr

42 Dugg Announces His First Headlining Young N Turnt Tour for 2021

The 2021 HipHopDX Rising Stars had an interesting week as some of the stars had a few setbacks, some tapped into crate challenges on social media, and one of the Rising Stars announced their first headlined tour. Early on, DX announced that Rising Stars Sheff G, Sleepy Hallow, 42 Dugg, Yung Bleu and Morray would be performing at Hot 97‘s annual Summer Jam show in New Jersey on the Festival Stage, however this week due to inclement weather, their sets were canceled. Summer Jam usually has a New
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