Breaking Through In 2010


Reader's Pick


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J. Cole

When Jay-Z chooses you as the flagship artist of his new label, and gives you a guest verse on a track titled “A Star Is Born,” you can can rest assured that a breakthrough is imminent. Roc Nation standard-bearer J. Cole may be only a few mixtapes into his musical career, but tracks like “Lights Please” and “Unabomber” are proof that he's a force to be reckoned with. Fans can expect big things from Cole in 2010 – including, hopefully, a debut studio album.

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B.o.B.

Staff Pick


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B.o.B.

How do we know B.o.B. will break through next year? Well, seeing him on ESPN before every bowl game is a good sign. The multi-talented B.o.B. is poised to make 2010 the year he becomes a household name, an artist who will won the love and respect of not only hardcore hip-hop fans, but music lovers nationwide. Don't believe us? Just watch him.



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