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2. Joey Bada$$

Without a doubt Joey is this month’s underdog victory, the Power Rankings’ Cinderella story so far.

First off, Malia Obama (you know, the President’s daughter?) was spotted rocking a Pro Era shirt on Instagram; the young man literally has the White House dropping co-signs. And then to top it off, Joey dropped his debut official album, B4.DA.$$, to widespread acclaim and some impressively high sales. In fact, his debut album was one of the highest selling debuts in recent hip-hop history. Plus, he did it all without any major label support.

He’s not quite powerful enough to knock Kanye out of the top spot, but that’s still as impressive a month in hip-hop as you’re going to have. January, 2015 might prove to be the turning point in Joey’s career when he truly begins his ascent into hip-hop’s elite.

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