The 10 Most Influential Style Tastemakers in Hip-Hop
In honor of Billboard's very first Hip-Hop Power List, Billboard Style decided to share our own rendition, highlighting 10 of the hottest, most stylish and fashion-savvy people of the moment in hip-hop. These are the tastemakers dominating the industry and pushing the culture forward... the ones you see everywhere doing everything—and doing it well. Whether killing it in fashion, giving back, building their own empires or never being afraid to speak out and encourage change and self-love, here are the 10 most-influential artists that made the list (in no particular order).
You know him well—the king of "major keys." Dropping knowledge, appearing in commercials and/or hosting an awards show near you, DJ Khaled has given us banger after banger and something tells us he has much more to offer and surprises we'll want to witness up his sleeve.
Hip-hop simply cannot get enough of her. From music and fashion to making sweat look sexy to magazine covers to opening and closing fashion week shows to movies, Teyana is everywhere we turn lately. Constantly tapped for performances and tributes (especially if they involve dancing), she kills everything she does and has proven that nothing can stop her, after performing at this year's VH1 Hip-Hop Honors with a broken foot (yes, you read that right) and still not skipping a beat.
After her 2016 album A Seat at the Table, where Solange earned her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the world has kept a close eye on the Knowles sister. Her breakout moment was well-earned and she shows no signs of stopping, frequently acting as an advocate for diversity and inclusion and showcasing her artsy spirit and individualistic style.
At the helm of fashion, music and art, we have Pharrell. It seems like he just never stops (not to mention, never ages…) with his impressive eye for design landing him in countless fashion news. His desire to make a stand for social justice and his contagious feel-good vibes constantly make him a win-win in any situation.
Chance The Rapper
Philanthropy at its finest, dad goals, and just an all-around good guy. At the tender age of 24 years old, the "No Problem" rapper has already started a summer music program for kids in his hometown of Chicago, pledged millions to aid underprivileged youth, been publicly supported by the Obamas, and was the youngest person to make Forbes' 40 Under 40 list this year. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be Chance’s friend?
Migos are for the culture, literally. One, if not all, of them can be spotted anywhere from fashion shows to charity events, and their Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit "Bad and Boujee" has become something like a generational hip-hop anthem.
The "Bodak Yellow" rapper is a phenomenon among quick success in hip-hop, and more specifically, female MCs. Cardi B's career has catapulted to new heights and her image just keeps getting better. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for this no-hold-barred Bronx rapper, whose style has been slaying it thanks to new stylist Kollin Carter and was recently rumored to have an upcoming shoe collection with Steve Madden.
Kendrick's DAMN. album was just a new notch on his already-impressive portfolio, but the on-fire lyricism of the recent album is what really got critics' attention. The album was straight-up fire from start to finish, with all 14 tracks earning a spot on the Billboard Hot 100.