Every good story needs heroes and villains, and the rap game is no different. Throughout the last several decades of the history of hip-hop, there have consistently been rappers that enjoy widespread love and admiration. For instance, there are very few people out there who would have a single bad thing to say about Kendrick Lamar or J. Cole. Both of these artists spread positive and inspirational messages, they both give back to their communities, and they’re both entirely original and genuine in their craft.
However, hip-hop has always had villains as well. If you lived in New York City in the ‘90s, then you probably hated Tupac Shakur more than you hated The Joker or any other comic book villain. Today, the rap game is still full of villains. These are rappers that people can’t stand due to their presence on social media, their controversial lyrics, or their perceived lack of musical or lyrical ability. Either way, despite the massive amounts of hatred they receive, these rappers are still firmly in the limelight and making lots of money.
In today’s internet economy, it seems receiving attention is more important than being loved. Comments on Instagram feed into the algorithm whether they’re negative or positive. This has made it possible for rappers to become wildly successful even if they have more haters than fans.
Let’s take a look at the 6 most hated rappers in the game today, their ascents to infamy, and what they’re doing today.
You knew this was coming. The undeniable king of “being hated on” is 6ix9ine, also known as Tekashi69. In fact, “being hated on” is pretty much his entire brand. At this point, he’s probably more well-known for his social media antics than he is for his music. He’s appeared on social media talking shit about fellow rappers Trippie Redd, G Herbo, Juice WRLD, Ludacris, The Game, YG, ZillaKami, Vic Mensa, and Chief Keef, just to name a few.
And, if you’re a fan of any of the aforementioned rappers, you probably don’t have nice things to say about 6ix9ine. However, on top of his beef with almost every other rapper out there, 6ix9ine is most often hated on for snitching on members of the New York-based Nine Trey gang. Indeed, if there’s any rapper on this list that deserves the hate that they get, it’s 6ix9ine. He’s been convicted for sexually assaulting minors, he ordered the attempted murder of Chief Keef, and he’s beaten and sexually assaulted women on numerous occasions. Unfortunately, all of the well-deserved hate that 6ix9ine receives translates to web traffic, and web traffic translates to money.
2. Kanye West
You probably also saw this coming, especially since Kanye West recently appeared on InfoWars (a far-right conservative podcast hosted by the raving lunatic known as Alex Jones) and endorsed Hitler. And, while many have claimed that this was just a one-off mistake that was a result of Kanye forgetting his meds, according to people who have worked closely with Kanye over the years, his public anti-Semitism has spanned decades.
So, it’s no wonder that Kanye West is one of the most hated rappers in the game (even though he’s definitely more of a fashion designer than a rapper these days). Nevertheless, Yeezy shoes continue to fly off the shelves, reinforcing the fact that Americans care more about consumerist fashion trends than supporting Jewish people.
3. Kodak Black
Florida rapper Kodak Black, best known for “Tunnel Vision”, “Zeze”, and other hit songs, has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons throughout his career. He’s been in and out of the penal system for years, once for toting a firearm around a small child. He was also sent to prison on criminal firearms charges before being pardoned by one President Donald Trump.
However, Kodak isn’t only hated for his lengthy rap sheet (no pun intended). He’s also made some comments to other members of the hip-hop community that have been very upsetting. For one, he has been publicly expressing his sexual feelings toward Young M.A, an openly gay female rapper, whose incredible response included her simply calling Kodak “weird.” Kodak Black also made romantic advances toward Lauren London shortly after her boyfriend (and beloved Los Angeles rapper) Nipsey Hussle had died. Overall, some of Kodak’s antics have been entirely uncool.
Without a doubt, from the start of his career, Logic has had as many haters as he’s had fans. And there are many reasons why people hate on Logic. No, he’s never been convicted of a crime. No, there are no rumors that he mistreats women. In fact, he seems to be happily married. So, why do people hate on Logic?
Well, first of all, Logic has always purported himself to be the savior of hip-hop. He claims that he’s going to restore the state of the game back to what it was in the ‘90s. However, at the same time, he’s also been accused of blatantly copying the style and flow of more popular rappers numerous times. The most notable example is his song “Under Pressure”, which undoubtedly mimics the song “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst” by Kendrick Lamar. It seems as if a lot of people think that Logic’s more in it for the money than the love of the game.
5. Lil Yachty
Much like Logic, Lil Yachty has never really done anything to deserve all the hate that he gets. Sure, he may have been arrested for credit card fraud in 2015, but those records were expunged. He was also named as the defendant in a lawsuit for promoting the cryptocurrency SafeMoon on his Instagram; however, neither incident really warrants the hate that Lil Yachty receives.
Ever since he started gaining traction as an artist in 2015, Lil Yachty has been the poster child for so-called “mumble rap” for a lot of people. And those who hate that style of music tend to direct their hatred toward Lil Yachty.
6. Soulja Boy
Some people (like me) find Soulja Boy to be absolutely hilarious. I still remember doing the “Crank That” dance routine at my middle school dance, so Soulja Boy occupies a special place in my heart. However, around the early 2010s (shortly after the release of his last big song “Pretty Boy Swag”), Soulja Boy seemed to fall off the map. However, he’s wriggled his way back into the limelight nowadays by making outrageous claims about his importance to the rap game as well as the global economy.
Much to the chagrin of CEO Tim Cook, Soulja Boy has claimed that he invented Apple’s FaceTime technology and that his song “Kiss Me Thru the Phone” is proof. He has also claimed that he was the first rapper to ever appear on both YouTube and Twitch. In his words, he was the first rapper to sell an NFT and the first to release their own video game console. If you let Soulja Boy tell it, he’s probably the first rapper to walk the Earth. All of these outlandish claims have garnered a lot of hate toward Soulja Boy. It’s hard to say whether he believes the things that he says or not. Either way, it’s certainly brought him back into the limelight.