10 Of The Biggest Rappers In EDM
The line that divides hip-hop and dance music is blurred more than ever, and we've reached the point where it's common, almost essential, to see an A-list rapper appear on a new release by an EDM producer.
Whether they spit their bars over house, trap, dubstep, drum & bass or another sub-genre, there's no beat that these ten cunning linguists can't tackle.
1. Pusha T
One half of the iconic duo Clipse, Pusha T has made his mark on EDM with a handful of collaborations with producers and DJs both big and small. He's released music with Axwell & Ingrosso, iSHi, Tiga, Yogi and Major Lazer, and he's opened for Skrillex at Red Rocks Amphitheater as well as performed at the 2014 Ultra Music Festival. With such a diverse catalogue of releases already, there's no telling how far he'll go into dance music. Pusha T even encourages other rappers to step up their EDM game.
2. Waka Flocka Flame
Waka Flocka is no longer just a "featured" rapper in today's EDM scene. The renowned rapper has worked alongside Steve Aoki, Borgore, UMEK, Borgeous, Yellow Claw and has hinted at working with Skrillex, Flosstradamus and Diplo on his since-2013-postponed album Turn Up God. He's toured alongside many of the artists mentioned, and he's made appearances at festivals such as Ultra and more. After admitting in an interview with UPROXX that "Steve [Aoki] put life back in me musically," it's safe to say that the Atlanta-based hip-hop icon will be holding his reign in EDM for a long time.
3. A$AP Rocky
A$AP Rocky made his first appearance in the realm of dance music collaborating with Skrillex on "Wild For the Night," and it couldn't have been a more perfect entry. The track was a surefire hit for EDM fans and hip-hop fans alike, and it led to a number of other EDM collaborations, such as his release "Riot Rave" with Baauer and "In Distress" featuring Gesaffelstein. There are no plans yet for another release by the top dog in the realm of dance music, but when it does happen, it'll be a hit like the rest of them.
4. Tinie Tempah
Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu, better known as Tinie Tempah, has been flirting with electronic music since the mid 2000s. Based in the UK, the grime-meets-house-meets-trap producer has released tracks with a daunting list of the industry's biggest artists and has received an equally overwhelming amount of support from such major acts on his live circuit. He's worked with Agent X, Swedish House Mafia, Kelly Rowland, J.Cole, Big Sean, Calvin Harris, Lupe Fiasco, 2 Chains, Diplo, John Martin, Rob Swire, Zane Lowe, Nero, Chase & Status, DVBBS and Borgeous, to name a few. His influence on the scene is prevalent across all continents, and he is undoubtedly one of EDM's most iconic rappers today.
5. Dizzee Rascal
One of the most veteran of rappers in EDM, Dizzee Rascal is a leader in the crossover of electronic music with hip-hop vocalists. The UK emcee has dabbled in genres such as grime, garage, bassline, electro, British hip-hop and R&B, but he has also shown his talents as a producer and songwriter on a handful of releases. Some of his most notable releases include "Bonkers" with Armand van Helden, "Heavy" with Chase & Status, "Dance Wiv Me" with Calvin Harris, and "Here 2 China" with Harris and Dillon Francis.
6. Big Sean
From his collab with RL Grime on "Kingpin" to his work with Calvin Harris on "Open Wide" and his stint with Diplo on "Memphis," Big Sean is one of the biggest artists to hit the EDM scene to date. His crossover into electronic music shows not only his potential as a rapper, but it also shows the potential of EDM producers to work with such unique artists. Considering the success of his tracks released so far, it's expected that he will make his way back into EDM sometime soon.
7. Vic Mensa
The Chicago-based rapper Vic Mensa is quickly becoming a name to know in the hip-hop scene, as he is a friend and frequent collaborator with the renowned artist Chance the Rapper. The young rapper's rise in EDM is also becoming noteworthy, thanks to a recent announcement of a collaboration with Skrillex on "No Chill" and "3AM." His debut in electronic music started with a collaboration with Stefan Ponce on "Down On My Luck," and his next release will undoubtedly blend the realms of EDM and hip-hop even more.
8. Foreign Beggars
Orifice Vulgatron and Metropolis need no introduction to the seasoned bass-heavy EDM fan, but for all others, they are the faces of the veteran and renowned groups Foreign Beggars and I Am Legion. Their work in both groups has heralded them as EDM's premier emcees, and it's easy to see why from their powerful discography. They've released hits such as "Contact," "Still Gettin It" and "Scatta" with Skrillex. They're also known for "Shellshock" with Noisia and "Choosing For You" as I Am Legion.
9. RiFF RAFF
Riff Raff aka Jody Highroller has embedded himself into dance music culture ever since his first release on Diplo's label Mad Decent. His album Neon Icon showcased his work both in hip-hop and electronic music, working alongside producers Diplo, Raf Riley, DJ Mustard and more. His collaboration with Diplo on "Crown" proved that he's not leaving the scene anytime soon. His upcoming album Peach Panther is expected to have a number of EDM-centric releases, so stay tuned for that sometime this summer.
Example can also be regarded as one of the most successful rappers in electronic music, as his career has evolved from beyond being solely a vocalist to being a producer and band-member, as well. His countless chart-topping productions have placed him in a league of his own. Considering how he's released five studio albums in around 10 years, it's obvious that he is a crucial member of the EDM scene.