Age: 24
Last Year’s Rank: N/A

It’s been a great year for an exciting new wave of female rappers, highlighted by the rise of Megan Thee Stallion. The Houston rapper’s May project, Fever, is drenched in sex appeal and confidence, guided by Meg’s skillful control and relentless delivery. Her single “Cash Shit,” featuring another 2019 standout, DaBaby, is one of the best collaborations of the year, which will undoubtedly end up high on everyone’s Best Songs of 2019 lists. Big flexes and seductive bars on wax are nothing new, but Megan brings a fresh new energy to the formula, focusing on inclusivity and positivity. And despite the internet’s effort to wage a battle of the sexes this summer, Meg confirmed that her “Hot Girl Summer” was a movement that welcomed everyone. She recently announced that her debut album is coming in 2020, so get used to seeing Megan Thee Stallion high on this list in years to come. —Jessica McKinney