Best Male Hip Hop Artist

Big
Sean

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**).”

Drake

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.

Rick
Ross

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.

Young
Jeezy

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.

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