Best Male Hip Hop Artist


Seven years after putting his demo in Yeezy’s hands, Big Sean’s party-starter formula hit double platinum with the club smash “Dance (A**).”


Drizzy’s winning streak as one of hip hop’s biggest superstars continued with the release of his platinum sophomore effort, Take Care.

J. Cole

Count J. Cole’s debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story as one of the most anticipated albums of 2011. And critics agree: the mixtape champ delivered.

Lil Wayne

And the hits don’t stop for Weezy, whose record-setting Tha Carter IV went double platinum.


Despite health issues, hip hop’s boss didn’t slow his prolific output, building anticipation for the release of his latest disc, God Forgives, I Don’t.


ATL’s king hustler continued his reign of trap music with the gold-selling album TM: 103 Hustlerz Ambition and a slew of buzzworthy mixtapes.