#10 Vince Staples
Change From Last Month: Not ranked last month.
Total Points This Year: 8
Overall Rank This Year: #14
Vince Staples’ Summertime ’06 album is the reason he’ll go down in 2015’s history books, but the reasons he’s emerged as a rap power to be reckoned with this year extend far past just his music. Staples has routinely shown himself to be one of the most thought-provoking and quotable rappers around, traits that made him both the centerpiece of debate after he said that he wasn’t particularly enamored with ’90s hip-hop and showed more people that his is a voice worth listening to. And don’t get it twisted: he’s not silent on the music front, either, as he’s currently in the midst of opening for A$AP Rocky’s national tour. Whether he’s in front of a studio mic or an interview mic, Staples just can’t be ignored these days. Now that’s power.