Creative Class

Creativity must be encouraged, harnessed and celebrated—always. This year’s list of Hip-Hop Wired’ Creative Class of honorees have actively pushed culture forward.

Recently, iOne Digital’s brands Hip-Hop Wired, Bossip, NewsOne, MadameNoire, HelloBeautiful, GlobalGrind, Cassius and A Space For Creators cooked up lists creatives and influencers who are using their unique talent to move culture with the Creative Class. A total of 55 men and women were selected for their impressive and inspiring success in entertainment, business, politics, […]

Name: Lil Nas X Occupation: Rapper Location: Atlanta-Los Angeles How We Know Him: His genre-bridging hit “Old Town Road” set records, disrupted pop culture and defied odds. Why We Chose Him: A proud member of the LGBTQ community, Lil Nas X smashed pop culture, hip-hop culture and Black cultural norms. What’s Next: Catch Lil Nas X […]

Name: Meka “MekDot” Udoh Occupation: Content Creator and DJ Location: New York How We Know Him: He’s the man behind the edgy opinion-based reviews Hip-Hop needed to keep things honest. Why We Chose Him: The co-founder of 2DopeBoyz remains devoted to chronicling the culture with candid reviews and breaking news. What’s Next: Udoh’s devotion to music […]

Name: Vic Mensa Occupation: Rapper/Activist Location: Chicago How We Know Him: Signed to JAY-Z’s Roc Nation, the 26-year-old proudly reps his hometown musically and culturally. Why We Chose Him: Never one to mince his words, Vic is never afraid to bring attention to the socio-economic issues plaguing Chicago, and the nation, while also doing something […]

Name: Jacques Slade Occupation: Sneaker Documentarian Location: Los Angeles How We Know Him: Kustoo has rapper, actor and musical director on his resume but he’s best known for keeping us up to date on all things sneakers via his YouTube channel. Why We Chose Him: With more than 1.1 million subscribers, he’s a legit influencer […]

Name: Megan Thee Stallion Occupation: Rapper Location: Houston How We Know Her: She’s collecting her stacks while coining phrases, such as “Hot Girl Summer”,  to complement the vibes of infectious tracks like “Cash S**t” and “Big Ole Freak.” Why We Chose Her: Thee Stallion’s lyrical content, stage presence and swagger make her a clear standout among […]

Name: Brian “B. Dot” Miller Occupation: Content Creator/Hip-Hop Journalist Location: Queens, New York How We Know Him: From magazines to blogs to podcasts and more, Miller stays documenting the culture. Why We Chose Him: A staple voice in the Hip-Hop community, Miller keeps an ear on what’s now and next, and reports his findings on […]