5. Kendrick Lamar – ‘A’ Student
Kendrick was recently the first musical guest to grace the stage of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and he was mind-blowing! Kendrick Lamar has been taking over the charts with his current album To Pimp a Butterfly. His performance at the BET awards atop a LAPD car along with his persona and lyrics have solidified him as a rap icon.
We often associate credibility in the Rap genre with attitude, something Kendrick has in spades. But what makes this hottie such a brain is his musical and lyrical ability. Kendrick was a straight ‘A’ student in school and this intelligence is audible in his music. Kendrick mixes a variety of musical influences into his albums and consistently makes poetic, introspective and elaborate points regarding society and culture in his lyrics.