Drake

Drake

Back again for another nomination, Toronto’s own showed once again he could create another critically acclaimed album with Nothing Was the Same and hold his own with anyone, including the Queen Bee Beyoncé.

Future

Future

With a new baby, a new mixtape called F.B.G.: The Movie, and the new album Honest, which features appearances by the likes of Kanye West, Drake and Andre 3000, its safe to say this hip hop star’s future is looking quite bright.

J.Cole

J.Cole

The Jay Z protégé continues to wow critics and fans with his thought-provoking lyrics and exceptional skills. Born Sinner showed he can compete with the best and have it be a close race.

JAY Z

JAY Z

In addition to rocking out his twelfth studio effort Magna Carta... Holy Grail, Mr. Carter was jumping on stage with everyone from his wife Beyoncé to Justin Timberlake to Nas. Proof positive he has one of the longest running careers because he hustles the hardest.

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar

Last year’s winner in this category didn’t stop climbing new heights following the success of good kid, m.A.A.d city. And he’s just beginning.