9. Big Sean
Big Sean’s spot here shows you just how quickly things can change. Even mid January we would have been hard-pressed to include him in the top ten, even with “IDFWU” continuing to do well on radio. But then the Detroit native revealed that he’s officially got a new album on the way, Dark Sky Paradise, that will include a guest spot from Drake, and suddenly Sean’s on the mind of Hip-hop Nation. Will this be the classic album fans have been waiting for? Just how famous can the Finally Famous rapper get? Will this be the album that launches him into the stratosphere? And what about this new "Blessings" joint he just dropped with Drake and Kanye? Will that end up being a smash and elevate his ranking in February?
For now those are all just questions, but the fact that so many are asking them so suddenly shows that Sean’s got some serious pull.