The No. 1 song in the US is Polo G’s “Rap Star”; Rod Wave’s most recent album, SoulFly, recently hit the top of the Billboard album charts. and one of the most sought-after people in hip-hop is Lil Tjay. The current generation of sing-rap is thriving, using a variety of approaches, from saccharine pop to gospel blues.
This genre takeover has been on the move for more than a decade – although most of the current wave’s artists operate under the long shadow of YoungBoy Never Broke Again, the arc goes back to Future and Young Thug; and before that Drake; and before that Kanye West; and so on.
In this week’s popcast a conversation about the many streaks of sing-rap success and how the melody has hit hip-hop in recent years in the work of Polo G, Rod Wave, Lil Tjay and emerging artists like NoCap, Rylo Rodriguez has changed, Mooski and Morray.