Turning Point: The Moment Your Favorite Artist Became a Superstar

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  • 50 Cent
  • Lil Wayne
  • Drake
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Beyoncé
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Mariah Carey
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Usher
  • Pharrell
  • Sean "Diddy" Combs
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Alicia Keys
  • Adele
  • Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, Jay Z
  • Jay Z
  • Kanye West
  • Rihanna
  • Chris Brown
  • Dr. Dre
  • Eminem

Drake

Nothing was the same when Drake released his breakout mixtape So Far Gone in 2009. The YMCMB rapper became the most bankable hitmaker in the genre. His infectious luxe sound currently dominates radio whether he’s solo or lending his multiple talents to peers. All that said, the moment Drake earned his superstar stripes was when he released his sophomore album, Take Care, in 2011. Ironically, Drake spends much of the ingenious LP lamenting his struggles with fame, but for all his grief the project debuted at No. 1 in the U.S. and Canada. It spawned hits like “The Motto,” “Headlines” and “Take Care” and set the stage for his Club Paradise tour, which was the highest grossing hip hop tour of 2012.

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