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The Recession + Crazy summer tour & guest spots? I agree with the Snowman being on this list. Now, when’s Thug Motivation 103 dropping?

Why He’s Hot: Young Jeezy may not yet have a mainstream, marquee name like some of his platinum peers, but the Snowman is an undeniable rap goliath. In hip-hop, his moniker holds just as much weight as the other big dogs. How else could he bring out Kanye West and Usher during the big Birthday Bash concert in his hometown of Atlanta last summer, and then turn around in 2009 and usher out surprise guests Mary J. Blige and Lil Wayne? And by the way, when Jay-Z decided to perform his earthshaking “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” in concert for the first time anywhere on the globe, he came out during Jeezy’s set at the “Summer Jam” show in New Jersey. And he followed that with a prominent slot on Lil Wayne’s “America’s Most Wanted” tour last summer, which ran for six weeks and was one of the most successful tours of the year thus far.

This year the Snowman continued to galvanize his fans with authenticity, riding the wave of his most well rounded album to date, The Recession. Young wasn’t afraid to make a topical LP that confronted many of the fears in a climate of economic uncertainty while still feeding his loyal followers with a slew of bangers that added to his legacy of undeniable anthems. The LP was a milestone in Jeezy’s still-young career, and a bold reproach to any detractors who might have claimed the Snowman is light on lyrics and the mic. Nah! Jeezy continues to be one the game’s most inspiring speakers, levying records like “My President” that resonate from the ‘hood to the globe, such as while articulating the common man’s angst as well as his own grief during bangers such as “Crazy World.” Even in the harshest of times however, Jeezy also shines with versatility, parading street anthems that put his commanding savoir faire and ear for speaker-splintering beats right on Main Street. No matter what club you go to across the country, every DJ plays a Jeezy set.

Co-Signer: Lil Boosie “I’mma say Jeezy [belongs on the list] before everybody,” Lil Boosie told MTV News. “He has a new album coming — it’s still a Recession, so he’s got the title. He’s killing everybody’s remixes. He don’t switch up: People know he’s rapping his life. Once you get the people like that, they become fanatics for you. He’s sold 3 million records and he’s still talking birds. He’s street, he ain’t changing and people love Jeezy for that. Me and him got the same fanbase, we got them street kids who don’t even listen to a radio, be on the corner all day. He’s got a big following.”

READ: MTV’s #7 Hottest MC In The Game: Young Jeezy | #8 Fabolous | #9 50 Cent | #10 Raekwon

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