Dr. Dre boldly asked on his 1999 single, “Forgot About Dre”: “Give me one more platinum plaque / And fuck Rap / You can have it back.” A decade later, those plaques are harder to come by, and Rap is still waiting to give it to Dre. Still, a few key artists in Hip Hop managed to score multi-platinum singles, gold albums, and several other framed symbols of their success.

HipHopDX presents this breakdown to you, featuring first-timers B.o.B., Wiz Khalifa and Waka Flocka Flame, along with superstars like Eminem, Nelly and Lil Wayne. Sales may be down, but these artists are up – and the spotlight…well, Rap has it back.

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