Okay, now onto the "Ranked" portion of the list - Enjoy!
What a world we live in where we get cartoon characters over Yeat-type beats and it's somehow actually good. Oddwin is a producer from Richland, Mississppi who originally did this Spongebob Squarepants parody as a joke, but with its swift traction being cultivated through Tiktok, this has turned into a full-fledged side project, as all of these songs are honestly really well-produced, albeit fucking ridiculous. The vibratos here from Mr. Krabs and Squidward are Poland-esque, as they have this nicotine-riddled effect on my neurons (I can't believe that this is an actual sentence written without irony). Not a game changer, but something that has no right to be this good.
Yes, we're getting the stupid shit over with, but this shows that you can literally do anything over a smooth-ass pluggnb beat and it's still a hit. Tek lintowe is really one of the most innovative and interesting artists out of that weird Shed Theory-adjecent group of white dudes that look like they got questionable views, however this is just another joke track that has no right to be this good. The mindless Simlish crooning coming from Tek feels like a Jackson Pollock painting surfing over this velvety bed of pluggnb goodness, and the clash between the two extremes results in some surreal harmony that works so well. Send this to your crush to really show them how much you like them.
I will always preach that SoundCloud is one of the best sites on the internet because there's nowhere else where you find artists with less than 300 followers make shit that sounds like it's coming from another planet. drevenci is one of that folks, as his self-produced track "gtfo" sounds like your audio equipment is having a complete nervous breakdown. The off-tempo whiffs of those flat horns, the detached slurring of words from drevenci, and just the overall chaotic nature it has where everything feels like it's malfunctioning at a breakneck rate all make this a strangely alien obelisk that has just crashed onto Earth. A Glo beat made for 2063 lol.
This whole wave of dudes yelling over beats that sound like power tools is really one of my favorites right now, with artists like smokingskul, thr33, marrgielaa, among many others making the underground equivalent of grindcore, with these super short, high energy songs. Here, smokingskul and squillo team with lauded producer boolymon to maniacally ramble over a field recording of an alien spaceship blasting its death ray at a small town, as this is just a weapon of mass destruction. It's ferocious, industrially brutal, and just really fucking raw - All you need in a song nowadays.
When you got a song where you're saying some really deep shit like "You just gotta be yourself and you'll inspire" and then not even 2 bars later, you're like "Feelin like Quagmire fuckin' all these bitches," you are a special talent and that's exactly what London's phreshboyswag does with "inspire." Sonically on paper, you have your standard 16 year old kid "tiktok xaviersobased jerk type beat" serving as the backdrop (I mean no shit, they produced it, but you know what I mean), however it's the way everything here sounds so earth-moving and catastrophic that makes this song so special. It sounds just so fucking huge, and then you have that unique British drawl coming from phreshboyswag where it sounds like he tries to throw in an "Indubitably" any time he talks to someone in real life because he has a monocle that's surgically attached to his head. No, but for real, there's not too many people in the underground across the pond who truly embrace their accents (only one I can think is Lancey) and I think that gives this dude such a unique sound, because he just sounds so incredibly dejected and dissociated to the world around him, making it sound like he's transmitting himself from this hazy dark underworld that's inaccessible for mere mortals. Really really insane tune.
I'm going to pretend that I have CTE for a second (aka pretend that I'm a RYM user) and say that Yuno Miles is the true pioneer for Post-Avant-Garde Michigan Rap, because what in the fuck is going on here. Over the past year, Miles has really made a name for himself, as he makes these Tik-Tok-friendly songs that are a cross between random Gen Z meme humor and the musical absurdity of Wesley Willis, whether he's rapping about American sedans or even dinosaurs. Lately, his sound has focused more towards Detroit-type beats, but that doesn't mean that he's turned down the absurdity because he does this weird ass flow that builds up to this unhinged vibrato that would even make an Italian opera singer cry. Like seriously, he does it almost every line and it never ever gets old because his bars are seriously laugh-out-loud hilarious. I yell "No Justin Bieber but I'm SorryyyYYyyyYyyYYy" almost once a day at this point. Then you got Miles's friend Yuno Marr who is just the Doodlebob version of him, as he has that same high-pitched flow, but with a much more chaotic approach. Real outsider music.