GWOP Report: Top White Rappers 2011

Hip Hop has been a predominately African American genre over the years, with popular artists from back in the day such as the Beastie Boys, 3rd Bass, Mark Walberg and Vanilla Ice holding it down as the voice for the minority race of caucasions in Hip Hop/Rap music.  In 2011, Hip Hop has a new face with no color barriers, the top selling rappers in todays society are predominately caucasion. Checkout the list of Top White Rappers in 2011 put together by the staff at GWOP Magazine after the jump.

10. Sam Adams

Rapper from Boston, MA.

9. Chris Webby

Chris Webby is from the suburb of Fairfield County, Connecticut.  Known for his high caliber lyrical patterns.

8. Iggy Azalea

Iggy is from down under Australia but now resides in Los Angeles, CA.

7. Kreayshawn

Kreayshawn was born in San Francisco and moved to Oakland, California when she was 10 years old. She is a third-generation Russian-American,  and the daughter of Elka Zolot, a former member of the San Francisco garage punk band The Trashwomen.  Zolot got her first video camera when she was ten years old, and started documenting her raps at a young age.  When she was fifteen years old, her mother moved to Canada, leaving Zolot in Oakland. She lived with her grandfather briefly, until he moved to Los Angeles, leaving Zolot alone. She dropped out of high school shortly thereafter, and spent several years living with friends. She moved into her own place when she was seventeen years old, and eventually began further exploring her interest in cinematography by shooting videos of friends and later music videos for local rappers such as Lil BDB Tha General.  Her videos caught the attention of dean Patrick Kriwanekhe, and Zolot attended Berkeley Digital Film Institute with a full scholarship for two semesters.   She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music video career.

In 2010, Kreayshawn released her first mixtape, Kittys x Choppas, as well as her first music video for the single Bumpin Bumpin. In May 2011, she released a music video for her single Gucci Gucci, which earned her new attention from the media due to its sudden popularity. The Gucci Gucci video generated nearly three million YouTube views in the first three weeks,  and Kreayshawn was quickly signed to Columbia Records.In September 2011, Kreayshawn was nominated for the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist, and hosted the Red Carpet event before the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards

6. Machine Gun Kelley or MGK

A 21 year old Caucasian Rapper from Cleveland, Ohio.  He was born in Texas to missionary parents and took up residence in Egypt, Germany, Chicago, L.A. Denver and Ohio. Since he lived the first four years of his life in Egypt he spoke Arabic before English. He started listening to rap at the age of four when he went to a predominantly black school in Denver. At age 14, MGK moved to his now hometown Cleveland, where he attended Shaker Heights High School.

5. Asher Roth

Asher Roth

Asher Roth from Morrisville, PA recently just inked a deal with Def Jam Records.

4. Yelawolf

Raised in Gadsden, Alabama, Yelawolf appeared on the reality series The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott and released his independent debut album Creek Water in 2005. Two years later, Yelawolf signed to Columbia Records and released the single “Kickin'” from his unreleased first studio album, before being released from the label later that same year. From 2008 to 2010, Yelawolf released an extended play and four mixtapes with Ghet-O-Vision Entertainment. Trunk Muzik 0-60, Yelawolf’s fourth mixtape, was also released by Interscope Records, and entered the Billboard 200 at number 164. In 2011, Yelawolf signed to Shady Records and his debut studio album Radioactive is scheduled for release in November.

3. Mac Miller

Mac Miller from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania signed to Rostrum Records and released his debut album Blue Slide Park on November 8, 2011.  Blue Slide Park debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 144,000 copies.  This album is the biggest selling indie project in history.

2. Insane Clown Posse or ICP

Insane Clown Posse is a legendary hip hop duo from Detroit, Michigan. The group is composed of Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler, who perform under the respective personas of the “wicked clowns” Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope. Insane Clown Posse performs a style of hardcore hip hop known as horrorcore and is known for its elaborate live performances. The duo has earned two platinum and five gold albums. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the entire catalog of the group has sold 6.5 million units in the United States and Canada as of April 2007.

1.  Eminem

Selling 60 million albums worldwide, Eminem is not only widely considered the best white rapper ever, he’s considered one of the best, and most controversial, rappers of all time. He kicked down the door for white rappers to be legitimate, not just novelty or underground acts. His caustic, witty lyrics and narrative songs speak to urban youth as much as their suburban counterparts — making him one of the biggest success’ in Hip Hop history.

2 comments
  1. Dick bagel said:

    Worst list I ever seen. No mention of Aesop rock? Eminem shouldn’t even be called a rapper. And neither should anyone else on that list.

  2. Tbag said:

    Eminem is very talented but there are dozens of rappers who would rhyme circles around him. I’m guessing you are more of a “casual” hip hop fan as a real head would be dropping names such as Rugged Man, Aesop Rock, El-P, Diabolic, Sage Francis, Brother Ali, Apathy, Copywrite Etc…Most of whom would leave thIs list in the dust. Nice attempt but you ain’t fooling anyone.

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