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The Rap Power Rankings, November 2015

As long as there’s been hip-hop, rappers have been trying to prove they’re the best. In the same way ESPN keeps a running Power Rankings, every month we survey the hip-hop landscape and rank the ten artists making the most powerful moves. The first-place getter gets 10 points; the last-place getter gets only one. Frankly, our exact formula’s a secret—a complicated secret, and it has to be complicated. Sports is a pure numbers game, but music is about so much more.

We’re in the homestretch of 2015 and the battle to claim the top spots are more heated than ever. After spending the last few months gaining ground, this month Drake took his foot off the gas, opening the door for a 4th quarter Kendrick Lamar comeback. Who will end up taking home the 2015 crown? The race is on.

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