Nonetheless, every generation deserves its opportunity to improve on what came before. In the diverse and misunderstood world of SoundCloud rap, metal plays a part. For example, you may have caught a glimpse of Smokepurpp in a Metallica t-shirt or a pic of face-tatted favorite Lil Uzi Vert sporting a Marilyn Manson one derived from the shock rock icon’s August 1997 Rolling Stone cover photo in Migos’ video for Bad and Boujee.
Beyond fashion statements -- which, while superficial, still likely reflect these artists’ musical tastes -- a subset of young rappers have applied a heavy metal aesthetic to their songs, shouting and snarling over beats teeming with grimness and speaker-rattling bass. With roots ranging from metalcore to Spaceghostpurrp, their approach differs from that of their predecessors, cultivating a subgenre within the SoundCloud scene that connects with the angsty and disaffected in a big way. The rising popularity of these acts has caught the attention of the major label A&Rs too, with a number of them making deals and dropping projects.
With that in mind, here are five SoundCloud rappers that metalheads should check out: