Hip-hop once was, and in ways still is, one of the most masochistic genres around. A lot of the artists on the forefront glorify misogyny and braggadocio in ways that diminish any sense of vulnerability. There have been artists like Drake, Kid Cudi and Kanye West that have broadened the boundaries of emotion throughout rap. Still, the majority have remained focused on the flex as opposed to their feelings.
But with the power of the internet, the floodgates have been opened for the tears of teenagers – all of which want to rap. Kids with a love for My Chemical Romance and a pirated version of FL Studio all saw the power in hip-hop to vent and has lead to one of the saddest eras in hip-hop yet. While older statesman may see this as the ‘death’ of hip-hop, its relatability has seen the popularity of the genre grow larger every day. In appreciation of this movement, we’ve counted down some of our favourite heartbreak kids from this new era.