American Rapstar


A new scene of troubled, lo-fi young rappers have emerged from Trump’s America.

Exploiting the possibilities of social media to engage with a rapid fan base, a new breed of stars like Lil Peep, Smokepurpp, and Realbhadbhabie have disrupted the music industry, sidestepping traditional gatekeepers to shock the world with their rambunctious antics, prescription drug use, facial tattoos, and irreverent punk energy. What do these newly minted millionaire artists say about the state of youth culture today and the future of the music streaming economy?

American Rapstar examines the SoundCloud rap scene’s biggest stars from within the culture, as well as placing them in the broader musical context in an attempt to understand how we arrived here and where we are headed.