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5. J. Cole

When we saw that we hadn't included J. Cole in this year’s Rap Power Rankings so far we were as shocked as you. But it's true—after dropping his excellent Forest Hills Drive album in December of 2014, Cole's been almost completely silent.

That changed in March in two major ways. First, he started hitting the road. We were in the crowd during his SXSW show, and it was one of the best you'll ever see. That show drove home the point that a rapper's power can be enormous on stage, even if they're not making major online moves. And second, he also released a stellar video for his "G.O.M.D" song, a video that both brought back all those feelings of hearing Forest Hills Drive for the first time and re-established him as a serious artist who's not afraid to make a statement.

Welcome to the Power Rankings Jermaine. We hope to see you here more often.

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