Lyricist of the Year

Kendrick Lamar

Age ain't nothing but a number and time in the game is nothing but a thing to Kendrick. There's no stopping the new king of Cali. From "Swimming Pools" to "Poetic Justice," he's got it on lock.

J. Cole

From "Power Trip" to "Crooked Smile," J. Cole's vivid and at most times relatable lyrics grab your attention, keep it and leave you wanting more.


October's Very Own has shown growth with each album, and his lyrical prowess has made him a threat to new heads and gotten him respect from old heads. Drizzy's doing it!

Jay Z

From the '90s until now, Jay Z has shown up, showed out and never slowed down. He proved why he's still on his throne this summer with Magna Carta Holy Grail. There's no stopping him.


With "Bad," "Clappers" and "Love Hate Thing," Wale has shown his range, repped for his hometown and emerged from underneath the radar into the spotlight with hits. Check him.