Best Male Hip Hop Artist

B.o.B

The guitar-strumming Atlanta MC raised his profile to another level with the ubiquitous single “Nothin’ on You,” featuring Bruno Mars.

Drake

Drizzy transitioned from mixtape sensation to breakout talent to bona-fide hip hop superstar with the release of his certified-platinum debut, Thank Me Later.

Lil Wayne

The self-professed “Best Rapper Alive” has also proved to be one of the most prolific, unleashing more stellar music in anticipation of his forthcoming album, Tha Carter IV.

Rick Ross

The Miami rap star proved once again that he's a force to be reckoned with. Besides a slew of high-profile collaborations, Ross dropped the street anthem “B.M.F (Blowin’ Money Fast).”

Kanye West

Yeezy continued to alter the hip hop soundscape with an avant garde approach on his critically acclaimed album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.