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I gotta give my top 10: Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, T.I., 50, Fat Joe, Kanye, Ludacris, [Juelz] Santana, Yung Joc, Young Dro.

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hy He's Hot
It could have been a very cold winter for the Snowman in late 2006, but the ATL trap star continued his run as one of rap's true thriving forces. Everybody was eagerly awaiting the arrival of his Gangsta Grillz special-edition mixtape, I Am the Street Dream, but it just didn't bring the 'hood tremors that his groundbreaking Trap or Die had causedin 2006. To pile on, some people were saying that the double-platinum status of his Def Jam debut, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, was a fluke and that the kids were just hopping on the bandwagon of the hot new thing.

But Jeezy had the last laugh — "haaaaah, haaaaah!" — when The Inspiration debuted at #1 on the Billboard albums chart in December, selling more than 350,000 copies and almost doubling the first-week sales of 101. The project showed he still had the most swagger of any MC on the mic. (We'll probably never get tired of "That'ssss riiiiiight!" and "Yeaaahhhhh!") The great motivator was inspired by all the doubters who said he couldn't rap, stepping up his lyrics and range of material. "Go Getta" (featuring R. Kelly) boosted his radio play and became one of the most commercially successful hip-hop records this year, while tracks like "Hypnotize" made him arguably the most street-credible act on this list. Some say going gold is the new platinum — nah, Jeezy's numbers still topped a million in this climate of lackluster sales.

In the spring, he headlined a tour of 'round-the-way head-bussas (which featured Fat Joe, Lil Wayne, Rich Boy and Jim Jones) and introduced his new group, USDA, with Cold Summer. While they're far from household names, USDA members Slick Pulla and Blood Raw got good in the 'hood, riding alongside Jeezy on records like "White Girl" and "Corporate Thuggin'."

Meanwhile, Jeezy has continued to be one of the busiest guest collaborators in the game, obliging requests from Kanye West, Game, Ludacris and DJ Khaled.

Co-Signer: Fabolous
"I saw Jeezy and respected his talent from one of the first times I heard him. Certain people don't always [catch my ear from the beginning]. It takes some type of stamping or backing, or you might have to work a little harder. But when I heard Jeezy, I said, 'His style is different.' I felt his style and energy because it was so different from what was going on. I reached out to him to work on a song, and from there we've been airtight. [We've] always been homies. It's good to see him doing his thing; he's in his own lane, he wears his hat well. I'm rooting for him."

Blistering Ballistics
"I got the streets on lock, Atlanta on my back/ I do it for the 'hood, you got a problem with that?/ Real n---a, so this rap sh-- easy/ When I speak, these n---as believe me/ 'Cause b---h I'm Jeezy." — "Streets on Lock"

Hot Streak

  • Albums

  • The Inspiration (2006), Young Jeezy Presents USDA: Cold Summer (2007)

  • Selected Mixtapes

  • I Am the Street Dream

  • Singles

  • "I Love It," "Go Getta" (featuring R. Kelly), "Dreamin' " (featuring Keyshia Cole), USDA's "White Girl"

  • Street Bangers

  • "Corporate Thuggin'," "Bury Me a G," "Mr. 17.5," USDA's "Get It Up" and "White Girl" remix

  • Key Guest Appearances

  • Ludacris' "Grew Up a Screw Up," DJ Drama's "Feds Takin' Pictures," T.I.'s "Top Back"remix, B.G.'s "Hustle," DJ Khaled's "Brown Paper Bag" and "We Takin' Over" remix, Kanye West's "Can't Tell Me Nothing" (sampled ad-libs only!)

  • Business Ventures

  • Launching 8732 clothing line, CEO of Corporate Thugz Entertainment label

  • Tours

  • Headlined I Am the Street Dream tour (spring 2007).

NEXT: The Game says of our #5 MC: 'When I see him, I feel like I'm in the presence of a legend.'
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