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#5 J. Cole

Change From Last Month:  Not ranked last month
Total Points This Year: 27
Overall Rank This Year: #5

In January, he was still riding the wave of success from his 2014 Forest Hills Drive album, but as 2015 progressed he became quieter.

Until this month. First, he was one of the few producers to be officially chosen to remix a Tribe Called Quest’s "Can I Kick It," a huge honor for any hip-hop producer. Second, he traded beats with Kendrick for their aforementioned “Black Friday” releases, once again ensuring that his name belongs in any conversation about the Best Rappers Alive This Year. The fact that Cole’s still so high in these rankings while having released such little music is proof that he’s mastered the balance of quality over quantity.

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