After its success on SoundCloud and within the underground community in 2017 thanks to the incredible music of artists such as Lil Peep, Lil Tracy, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Nothing, Nowhere, XXXTentacion, and many more, emo rap has grown from a niche subgenre into the mainstream – with artists like Lil Peep, Juice WRLD, The Kid Laroi, and others hitting the billboard charts with songs such as Star Shopping, Lucid Dreams, and Go! However, what comes with the success of a style of music is a great saturation of artists releasing similar music. While this gives fans more of the music they like, it grows harder and harder to find new talent you haven’t heard of. In this article, we’ll cover 3 emo rap artists you need to be paying attention to this year.

1. James Colt

James Colt grew to fame in early 2018 after the rising success of her breakout single, I Can’t Feel, featuring Convolk, a peek into the grungy, emotional music Colt begins to flesh out on her later released Loneson LP. While a relatively new artist in the scheme of things, James has managed to get two hit albums under her belt, 2018’s Loneson, and 2019’s Disaster Boy, thanks to the help of her Timeless Tomorrow collective, brand, and label, featuring her friends Nick Royal and Nick Wise. Learn more about James Colt here.

2. Tom The Mail Man

Tom The Mail Man is a 22 year old, Atlanta, Georgia based, musician making waves across the globe. Founder of TheDeliveryCrew, his single Curse3DGirls established him as a frontrunner of the emo rap and pop rap scenes. Tom The Mail Man has also received significant support from Lyrical Lemonade, supporting his career organically online. Learn more about Tom in our recent article.

3. BEMO Rouge

BEMO Rouge is a rising artist and producer out of New Orleans with upcoming collaborations with artists such as 12AM, Lonr., Dallas Rodin, and many others.  BEMO Rouge’s debut single, Catch My Breath, released on all streaming platforms on May 9th, 2021 – highlighting the Louisiana-based artists’ energy and versatility. Learn more about emo rap up and comer BEMO Rouge in this interview.

Want more from the emo rap subgenre? Check out our articles on our favorite emo rap songs and upcoming artists or check out everything we’ve written on emo rap on our blog. And, make sure you’re following the artists above so that you don’t miss out on any of their upcoming releases.