Music Stars Who Blew Up After Turning 25

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  • Rick Ross
  • Jay Z
  • Kanye West
  • 50 Cent
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Jeezy
  • Macklemore
  • Erykah Badu
  • Macy Gray
  • Eminem
  • Babyface
  • Big Pun
  • Childish Gambino
  • French Montana
  • Jill Scott
  • Rick Ross, Eminem, Macy Gray

Kanye West

Kanye West isn't hesitant to tell you that the odds were against him to make it as a rapper. As he was coming up, making his mark as a producer, it was hard for him to get taken seriously by peers and execs. When he finally did get a chance to leave his mark as a rapper — dropping his debut album, The College Dropout, at 26 — what we got was the first of numerous classics.

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