MVP of the Year

2 Chainz

2 Chainz

With two amazing mixtapes, a chart-topping major-label debut and scene-stealing guest verses on smashes including Nicki Minaj’s “Beez in the Trap” and GOOD Music’s “Mercy,” 2 Chainz broke through in a major way.

J. Cole

J. Cole

In the wake of his chart-topping, critically acclaimed debut album, rapper-producer Cole led the way for the tidal wave of promising new talent that’s hit hip hop over the past couple of years.

Jay-Z

Jay-Z

Whether on the mic (his and Kanye’s chart-topping smash, Watch the Throne) or off (the Made in America festival, the Brooklyn Nets and more), Hov yet again made headlines all year. 

Rick Ross

Rick Ross

Both by his lonesome on God Forgives, I Don’t and with his Maybach Music crew behind him on Self Made, Vol. 2, Rick Ross overcame health issues to run the streets over the past 12 months.

Kanye West

Kanye West

Yeezy remained hip hop’s center of gravity once again, topping charts and filling stadiums with Jay-Z, collaborating with 2 Chainz and DJ Khaled, and headlining hit singles from the upcoming GOOD Music album.

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