Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list started in 2011 and since then, it’s served as an indicator of today’s prominent musical figures. The 30 Under 30 2018 edition has arrived and finds a generous helping of notable Hip Hop artists making the final cut.
In the music section, one of 20 categories in the list, nine of the genre’s most prevalent artists make the cut. It’s a slight change of pace from last year’s list — only eight were included.
Playboi Carti lands on the list of culture shifters. His chart-topping single “Magnolia” catapulted him into superstardom along with his six-figure deal with Interscope and association with A$AP Mob’s A$AP Rocky. Not surprisingly, Cardi B sits in the second spot. The release of “Bodak Yellow” and its subsequent run at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 has translated to her newfound celebrity status.
Lil Uzi Vert’s success with Luv Is Rage 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and the immensely popular single “XO Tour Life” have cemented his place among Forbes’ elite, earning him a spot on the esteemed list. Migos and its laundry list of radio hits, including “Bad and Boujee,” “T-Shirt,” and, most recently, “Too Hotty,” earned the Atlanta trio a spot as well.
Travis Scott’s “Pick Up The Phone” and Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight undoubtedly afforded him an entry into the exclusive list. Young Thug, who is featured on “Pick Up The Phone,” also made the cut with his unique fashion sense a near flawless catalog of music.
Young M.A, Khalid, H.E.R. and SZA were also included on the list for their outstanding achievements and projected future success.
Check out the full list here.