Music Stars Who Blew Up After Turning 25

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  • 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
  • Rick Ross
  • Jay Z

Nicki Minaj

Like many MCs before her, Nicki Minaj earned her stripes by releasing mixtapes early in her career. When Lil Wayne took notice of the up-and-comer he signed her to Young Money, her career took off and she dropped her debut album, Pink Friday, just weeks shy of her 28th birthday.

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