Lou The Human
Staten Island rapper Lou The Human isn't like any other artists on this list. Instead of following current hip-hop trends—trap beats, melodic flows, heavy repetition—Lou made Humaniac. It's 45 minutes of dense, wildly offensive, and technically impressive rapping with no regard for hooks, melodies, or of-the-moment sounds. The comparisons to Eminem were abundant, but Lou made his mark anyway because in 2017, who else was getting compared to Eminem?
As for what's next, Lou told us on his episode of Trending Topics that it's not just going to be more of the same. "On my first project, I just kind of wanted to prove that I could rap and get off as many bars as possible," he explained. "I feel like I got that off my back. Now I'm trying to do more songs, intros and outros, beat switch-ups and bridges and shit, and trying to fuck with song structure more. It's definitely a big step up from Humaniac."
For rap fans that actually enjoy lyrical ability and complex rhyming, Lou The Human is one of the most exciting new rappers to emerge this year. He's got the talent, but he's also young and reckless enough to make it very clear that he doesn't give a fuck. That alone sets him apart from so many of the traditional rappers trying to showcase technical prowess in a time when most young fans just want something they can sing along with.—Jacob Moore