GA’s Most Wanted – Rd. 1, Rappers Take Aim at the Crown
While he’s regarded by many as one the best lyricist on this list; some can argue that Andre 3000 has no merit to be in the conversation. Throughout the year he’s only released a verse on Ciara’s “Ride (Remix)” and a cover of The Beatles’ “All Together Now” from a Kobe Bryant Nike commercial. Yet, Three Stacks’ talents continue to be in-demand. He’s actively sought after by everyone from Drake to Young Jeezy and there’s no question that if the OutKast rapper revealed today that he’s currently recording a solo disc, fans would react in pandemonium.
B.o.B. has had a phenomenal year. The 2009 XXL Freshman debuted atop the Billboard 200 with his first album, The Adventures of Bobby Ray. The multi-talented artist also racked up two No. 1 singles, “Nothin’ On You” and “Airplanes,” on The Billboard Hot 100. In addition, he recorded several big name collaborations with the likes of T.I. and Eminem, toured with Lupe Fiasco and, after years of patience and a steady grind, has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in both hip-hop and pop. His success may have just begun but you can’t deny the stats.