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Hot 16! Sexiest Rappers of 2012

Hip-hop tanned the mainstream circuit in 2012 like the Jersey Shore cast in a Beach Bum salon. But when it comes to the most attractive rappers of the year, there is a multitude to pluck from.

Not only do these fellas possess the lyrical swag, they clean up nice and pack their itineraries with multiple hustles. Only downside is we'd need a ticket just to get close to 'em.

Behold, the 16 sexiest MCs of the game. Better shed your layers, ladies...it's gonna get a little steamy in here.--Sharifa Daniels and Adelle Platon

16. 2 Chainz 2 Chainz

The MC formerly known as Tity Boi is undoubtedly a front runner in rotation and hair weave-killing this year. Whether cooking with his outrageous dance or screaming "Truuuuu," the ex-Playa isn't shy about what he wants, even if it is a different slice of cake.

15. Fabolous Fabolous

The Soul Tape 2 spitter may be underrated on the mic but his swag has championed women in both reality and reality TV. His mixtape arsenal boasts consistency, flipping his true-to-life tales into street anthems.

He even abstains from drama a la Love & Hip-Hop and sips on smooth Coco Losos. No wonder Emily B is about the fabolous life.

14. Joe Budden Joe Budden

One-fourth of Shady group Slaughterhouse has been pumping it up since the '90s and his charismatic charm has not changed either.

Though the Loose Quarter rapper isn't shy to air out his dirty laundry in song (see Tahiry), he also doesn't keep his lady Kaylin Garcia to himself, but rather Instagrams her so you know she's real.

13. Wiz Khalifa Wiz Khalifa

Wiz may be the "O.N.I.F.C." but this daddy-to-be flaunts more than his kush collection. The Taylor Gang leader has impressive body art and crafts trippy tracks to lift you into bliss. His adoration for Amber Rose is also a major plus.

12. Childish Gambino Childish Gambino

This NYU alumni is not only an experienced comedy show writer for 30 Rock, he also has a mean pen game on wax.

The rapper also known as Donald Glover won over the females with his hit "Heartbeat" and slayed in RZA's cypher at the BET Awards.

11. The Game The Game

Jayceon Taylor may be more in touch with his spirituality but the recently-baptized MC has the ladies screaming for the Holy Ghost.

Whether celebrating his new LP Jesus Piece or taking care of wifey on Vh2's Marrying The Game, the Compton-bred spitter has our attention.

10. Kid Ink Kid Ink

Tattoos and snapbacks may be the uniform but this standout MC is known for grinding out on wax.

His singles alongside Sean Kingston and Bun B have matured his independent nature and with the recent release of his Rocketshipshawty mixtape, he's sure to blast off.

9. Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar

K-Dot's boyish good looks have been as evident as his talent since his early mixtapes. This Top Dawg not only gets his sexy on lyrically with "Poetic Justice," his intellectual creativity could put any woman on a one-track mind. He's just a good lookin' kid in a m.A.A.d. city.

8. Tyga Tyga

This YMCMB young'un knows how to turn up any party. Just slap on "Faded" or "Rack City" to initiate the ratchet. But he's also a doting daddy and boyfriend who isn't shy to show off some fatherly PDA via Instagram.

7. Common Common

Women's ears perked up when Comm dropped one of his most well-known tracks "Used To Love H.E.R." Since, the G.O.O.D. Music lyricist has kept himself relevant in music, film, books and style.

He also has a résumé of bangin' beauties to boot: Erykah Badu, Taraji P. Henson and Serena Williams. He'll even go bar-for-bar in beefdom if you menton his lady (see Drake).

6. Sir Michael Rocks Sir Michael Rocks

The former Cool Kid is as fashionably savvy as he is musically gifted. As a Jet Life signee, Mikey rocked his 2012 Lap of Lux mixtape with the highest standards. The Illinois native is also easy on the eyes.

5. T.I. T.I.

No one wears the family man title better than TIP, no matter if he's rocking a wifebeater and sweats or a custom-made suit.

The Trouble Man rapper juggles a reality show, Grand Hustle Records and his own rap career yet still makes time for his wife and family. Now that's a man who can have whatever he likes.

4. J. Cole J. Cole

It's rare for a lyricist to boast a college degree but this "Miss America" MC has the brains and bars to rule them all. Jermaine Cole not only has a solid list of co-signs (including Jay-Z), he has the females on lock, too.

3. Drake Drake

Drake isn’t afraid to show his sensitive side. Whether penning heartbreak anthems like "Marvin's Room" or bedroom steamers like "Practice," this Young Money MC immediately rap-sung his way into our playlists and hearts.

2. Nas Nas

The good life has allowed the Queens MC to remain a timeless gem in looks and bars. He even put his vulnerability on wax after an ugly divorce from Kelis. But his soft side only attracted the ladies more.

Big Sean

1. Big Sean

Oh God is right! The G.O.O.D. Music gunna's style, voice and million-dollar smile make ladies swoon and swerv. The Detroit player takes our top slot as he preps for the release of his sophomore effort Hall of Fame.

Chris BrownHonorable Mention

Chris Brown

While he may have stepped onto the scene as an R&B crooner and dancefloor master, Breezy's recent foray into rap makes the Tappahannock native eligible for a special shout-out on this list.

The bad boy has caused major waves in the digital ocean but his flows on tracks like "Don't Judge Me" and remixes of "I Don't Like" confirm his multi-faceted talents.

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CupcakKe Reveals Abusive Boyfriend Led Her To Contemplate Suicide

Months of abuse led to the suicidal tweet posted by Chicago native CupcakKe, earlier this month. In a lengthy message posted to her Twitter account over the weekend, the 21-year-old rapper admitted that she’s been battling depression, brought on by an abusive ex-boyfriend.

In the post titled “my disturbing read,” CupcakKe accuses a man named, Christopher Terrell, of stealing her credit cards and terrorizing her throughout their relationship.

“This is someone I’ve been dating for the past [five] months,” she wrote in the now deleted post. “Out of the kindness of my heart I gave this man over [$30,000] during this period [of] time because I understand how it feels to be without (especially after me being homeless). He also has threatened to shoot my mom in the face [and] has threatened me on multiple occasions [and] said he can do it because he will get away with it!!!! I have screenshots, recorded calls, bank statements and all types of proof.

“Me being stupid in love I have [taken] this man back multiple times but every time I take him back the abuse gets [worse],” she added.

Further in the post, CupcakKe explains that her depression from feeling trapped in the relationship resulted in her contemplating suicide. “He [has] snatched off my wig in public, broke phones [and] continues to traumatize me every step of the way! This is what [led] to my ‘I’m committing suicide’ tweet…I have called the cops multiple times and they have yet to do anything about it,” she wrote, adding that Terrell is threatening her with revenge porn. She also admitted to posting his number on social media, and the numbers of women that he “plotted” with  to steal her money.

“Yes I am wrong for that,” she said. “But by me sending this message out it is not for harm to be sent his way, it’s for the police to make things way more serious!!!! Also this message is for every young girl or anyone in general that is struggling with abuse right now. I get u (once you see the first sign) leave!!!”

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@Chicago_Police y’all really need to do something about @CupcakKe_rapper and her situation, she’s mentioned reaching out to y’all multiple times about this and nothings happened! Please do something before it’s too late... pic.twitter.com/ZczGq1jmcK

— moonlight_baes (@m00nlight__baes) January 20, 2019

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.


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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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