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Nikki’s Next Up

Posted in Hip-hop, K-Lo with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2010 by KLO - Young Tunna

Which new artist will experience the most success (sales and critical acclaim) in 2010? According to a recent poll, of about 80 people,  fans decided that Nicki Minaj would be the must successful artist this year. Other artists on the ballot included second place finisher Sam Adams, third place finisher B.O.B. and fourth ranked J. Cole.

Nicki finished in first place after accumulating 26 votes, 32.9 percent of the votes. The Young Money queen is aligned with two of the games biggest stars, Drake and Weezy, and has already made high profile appearances on records with heavy hitters such as Mariah Carey, Robin Thicke, and Ludacris, despite not yet dropping her debut LP. Her newest single, “Massive Attack,” has just been released. She’s also recently signed a deal with P. Diddy who will co-manage her career and there are rumors the bi-sexual rapper will tour with Lady GaGa in the near future.

Boston Boy Sam Adams finished in second place with 17 votes, accounting for 21.5 percent of the ballot. His EP, Boston’s Boy, was released on March 4, 2010 by 1st Round Records and was number 1 on iTunes albums chart for the week. It’s possible the poll’s demographic may have weighed in the favor for the only rapper from the Northeast on the ballot but there’s no question the kids got a cult-like following. He’s currently on a 6 city tour around the Northeast called Stoolapalooza and has sold out every club/bar thus far.

Third ranked rapper B.O.B. finished with 13 votes, good for 16.5 percent of the vote. B.O.B. is set to release his debut album “B.o.B Presents The Adventures of Bobby Ray”, on April 27, 2010. His single “Nothin’ on You”, currently rests atop the Billboard 1oo in the #1 spot. The album includes features from Lupe Fiasco, T.I., Playboy Tre, Hayley Williams (of Paramore), Rivers Coumo (of Weezer), Janelle Monae, Eminem and Giggs

The ballot also featured Kanye’s protege Big Sean (2 votes), Pittsburgh’s very own Wiz Khalifa (my personal favorite, 8 votes), former Young Money signee Curren$y (1 vote), the West Coast’s own Nipsey Hussle (0 votes), exhibitionist Jay Electronica (1 vote), gangster rapper Freddie Gibbs and XXL 2010 freshman Fashawn (combined total of 0 votes). Up and coming Youtube rapper A.Lo also received four written votes via the “Other” vote option (write in ballot) .

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