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YBF WRAP UP: Fab 5 Come-Ups Of 2009!

YBF is doing our (slightly sarcastic) End of the Year wrap up for 2009 from now until Thursday. And we're kicking it off with the FAB 5 COME-UPS of the year.

#5 Wale The D.C. based rapper has made his hometown proud in ’09. Wale has performed at the VMAs and an NFL halftime show, toured with Jay-Z, nabbed the GQ “Man of the Year” award, made songs with Rihanna, and played footsy with Solange. Homeboy's had a good year. The rest of our list is under the cut....

#4 Nicki Minaj Chick swagger jacked her female rap predecessors and parlayed it into a "new" movement. A few raw and nasty rap lyrics, an alignment with Young Money, a change-up to a Barbie bubblegum flow, multi colored hair extensions, a never ending supply of spandex, a face full of doll makeup, and 1 possible booty implant later...and we've got a new princess of rap. Nicki Minaj is making her followers pass out at the signing of a boob. She's not our cup-o-tea, but we respect a come-up when we see one.

#3 Letoya Luckett Destiny’s step-child Letoya Luckett has had some mishaps this year due to her former manager Mathew Knowles’ spite. (Like the BET Awards drama.) But it hasn’t stopped our girl from making several new hits ("Regret" is still one of our faves right now) and dropping a new album this year. Work it out then chick...dust your shoulders off.

#2 Amber Rose Who starts off as a stripper, plays arm candy for a hot rapper, then gets $10,000 for club appearances and spreads it for fashion mags like Elle? Nobody but your fave baldheaded booty (beauty) Amber Rose. How's she gonna top 2009?

1) Rihanna After being brutally beaten by her (now ex) beau Chris Brown, Rihanna said "Eff Love," dropped a publicity train ride of an album, sexed up her image and threw it in Chris' face, and tattooed “Never a failure, always a lesson” on her chest. Rih Rih refused to be victim this year. She’s “Hard” and ready for 2010.

BY POPULAR DEMAND- Drake We've seen Drake's career grow from Wheelchair Jimmy to having more buzz than certain legends in the rap game. And he's got more groupies, more hit singles, more publicity, more award nominations, and more co-signs than folks who've been out for a minute. And did we mention he doesn't even have a studio album or a confirmed official record deal? He def wants this ish Forever.... Honorable mentions: Gabourey Sidibe, Lady GaGa, and all Lil Wayne's baby mamas
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I agree with this list I'm

I agree with this list I'm glad Drake was added too. Why are people making light of what happened of Rihanna? She's a survivor.
Adia's picture

How was Trey Songz not on

How was Trey Songz not on this list??
tacharles's picture

This should be a top 10 list

This should be a top 10 list (without Wayne's baby mamas). Nicki Minaj? No. My ears can't take her. Who's REALLY missing from this list is ***Melanie Fiona***. She has crazy style, and several hits! And yes, Lady Gaga is an honorary YBF who should have made the list. Not to worry, because she made many year-end lists anyway. Another addition to the list should have been Michael Jackson. Hate that he died, and no intervention was successful, but I've never been happier to hear REAL music on the radio so much. His catalog is *timeless*!
whatthe?'s picture

My Boy Drake was the biggest

My Boy Drake was the biggest name in the buz this year and will be again next year...and the was only pushing a mix tape!!! Toronto is the next stop for talented people. Watch out for my girl Melanie Fiona too!
Mel from Toronto's picture

erica: She was NOT brutally

erica: She was NOT brutally beaten!, I have seen brutally beaten people before, ole got her azz whooped Thank you very much!!!!!!
ifeelsoyoung's picture

THIS LIST WAS NOT THOUGHT

THIS LIST WAS NOT THOUGHT OUT!!!!! R YALL WORKIN WITH A TIME BOMB OR SOMETHIN??? DRAKE SHOULD HAVE BEEN NUMBER ONE (WITH OR WITHOUT POPULAR DEMAND) FOR THE FACT HE HAS NO ALBUM, HE IS FINE AS HELL (LAZY EYES AND ALL) AND HE GOT IT IN WITH RIHANNA. RIHANNA HAD HER COME UP WHEN SHE JOINED FORCES WITH THE ILLUMINATI AND MADE UMBRELLA SO GET OUTTA HERE! LETOYA LUCKET?? REALLY LOOOOL SHE AINT REALLY SAYIN NUTHIN BUT.. WALE IS COOL AMBER SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE AS SHE ACHIEVES THE MOST FROM DOIN NOTHING.. GOTTA RESPECT THAT!
lalabinks's picture

Not really feeling this list.

Not really feeling this list. Sorry but no way Latoya should be on this list and before Drake. Are you serious? Drake was featured on everyone shit without even releasing an LP. And everything he was on was hot. Latoya made regret but what other buzz she got? Where else you seeing her or even hearing or reading about her at? Gucci Mane should have been on here as well. Do agree with Nicki Minag. She came on strong the last few quarters of this year and every one is feeling her. Agree with Wale and strangely even Amber being on the list as well. Not sure about Rihanna though. Can't blame her lower sales since everyone is pirating now so what you expect but I don't necessarily feel like she came up this year. More like she was in the news a lot because she got beat on and people wanted her to talk but what else is people buzzing about with her?
Young Gunning's picture

Rihanna refused to play

Rihanna refused to play victim, REALLY? Not according to all the interviews I've seen.
Max's picture

5. Amber Rose 4. Kid Cudi 3.

5. Amber Rose 4. Kid Cudi 3. Wale 2. Nicki Minaj 1. Drake
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Gorgeous1/Bey Stan

Gorgeous1/Bey Stan #14/Waiting on Sade Concert: Rih Rih is an attention whore who thought her media tour regarding her incident with CB was gonna translate into cd sales. FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU! What did you think!: Come on people what yall thought! YBF Hangs on Rihanna’s invisable nut sack! there are at least 20(or more)post dedicated just to her alone! of course she was goin to be on the list and not drake or kid cudi or anybody eles who had bigger come ups than her. the ybf is cool but they really need to give rihanna a rest, try going a whole day or two with metioning her. CO-SIGN...just like the other blogs do aswell..kmt. And the annoying thing's that she's got ZERO talent...nothing but an OVERRATED noise maker Where the f*ck in TREY SONGZ? absolute rubbish
chantelle's picture

hEhE..IM BAD: I have to

hEhE..IM BAD: I have to agree she wasn’t “brutally beaten” in my opinion. When I think of someone brutally beaten I think of someone thats laying in the hospital in NICU barely hanging to life. Yes she was beaten but not brutally & I still say that there is WAYYYY more to this story that will eventually come out. And I am sitting with my popcorn waiting for it!!! LOL
MissMaam's picture

Rhi rhi is whack; nicki minaj

Rhi rhi is whack; nicki minaj is whack; amber rose is pure whack; letoya luckett has been good, but not good enough 2 be on this list. And, i agree w/ some of the other posts. . . . . WHERE IS TREY SONGZ???!!! AND OF COURSE, DRAKE SHOULD BE ON THE LIST, HANDS DOWN!!!
Cina's picture

This list makes no sense.

This list makes no sense. Drake, Cudi, Gaga should ALL be on there. And Rihanna has been doing her thing for years. Again, makes no sense...
KDAWG's picture

reality please: Nicki

reality please: Nicki MinajChick swagger jacked her female rap predecessors and parlayed it into a “new” movement.BULLSHIT… Chick swagger jacked not only her rap predecessors but also a few up and comers in ATL.. and as for the new movement.. WTF.. please.. I disagree wholeheartedly… hoe is nothing new… her clothes.. lyrics.. etc.. all swagger jacked… believe that.. P R E A C H!!! Cosign!!!!
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Contrary to damn near

Contrary to damn near everyone on here, I happen to think this is a great list. All the people mentioned have come up big since the beginning of the year. Wale and Drake went from virtually unknown in 08 to GQ man of the year. Nicki got this whole barbie movement poppin off and IDK anyone personally who dont like her LeToya, stays on the radio rotation Amber...all i gotta say is when i type in AM on google, it automatically starts tryna spell Amber Rose and Rih...do i really have to say more. the goal of the list i think was to talk about the top 5 people with the most buzz in 09 and that, i think, was done well. #kanyeshrug
k_rok's picture

LeToya!! I am so happy she's

LeToya!! I am so happy she's on the list! I love her. Definitely one of my fave artists =]Lady Love has been on constant play on my ipod!
thisizkim's picture

@The sucessful whoever black

@The sucessful whoever black with a Degree Good for you so how much is your degree bring home? For those who have not Seen Natasha before,She's a plus size very pretty face young girl with a nice Car,Nice place and successful Gossip blog who sits at her apartment and gets Gossip from Other sites,puts together and Deliver,So since y'all got degrees try this and see if it works,Life is not all about the degrees you have in school its about you Destiny,what you have in you that you can bring out and make it work So dear MR Degree owner maybe put it in the drain,brun it or tear it if u want stick in infront of ur head,door,car etc its all gonna be urs n u'll stay broke See all the rich pple Ask fo their Degrees and they'll show you their Bank statements thatz what is importnat..meenn go to slepp
Nice's picture

Wonza: EXACTLY!!! AMber and

Wonza: EXACTLY!!! AMber and Nicki please whose votes did yall use??? Amber should HAVE not been on the list ! same with rihanna i see why nicki made it (her stans are nuts) at least KID cudi should've gotten on the list
lau's picture

Recen-B: There are

Recen-B: There are definitely some haters on this site….Tash is entitled to her opinion so just because you dont agree with her list dont mean you have to get out right mean….for the person who asked about tash’s face….do you have a website or get ineted anywhere important?… dont worry…i’ll waitIf you knew shit abt the internet, sites crash or have errors when too many people are trying to access the site @ once….Think about it…if there was no ybf.com, you would have no outlet for your stupid ass comments….Love ya Tash (no homo) but I had to go in one time on these simple bitches who sit and talk shit but cant do what you do! I second this.
Texas1908's picture

There are definitely some

There are definitely some haters on this site.... Tash is entitled to her opinion so just because you dont agree with her list dont mean you have to get out right mean.... for the person who asked about tash's face....do you have a website or get ineted anywhere important?... dont worry...i'll wait If you knew shit abt the internet, sites crash or have errors when too many people are trying to access the site @ once.... Think about it...if there was no ybf.com, you would have no outlet for your stupid ass comments.... Love ya Tash (no homo) but I had to go in one time on these simple bitches who sit and talk shit but cant do what you do!
Recen-B's picture

Wale is WACKKKK!!! He keeps

Wale is WACKKKK!!! He keeps rapping about DC and saying he is from DC. He in not even from here. Most people in the city dont even like him. He is really from Maryland out in the suburbs...
M Larry's picture

Wale is WACKKKK!!! he keeps

Wale is WACKKKK!!! he keeps rapping about DC and saying he from DC. He is not even from here. Most of the city doesnt even like him. He is really from Maryland out in the suburbs...
M Larry's picture

STOP HATING ON NICKI MINAJ ,

STOP HATING ON NICKI MINAJ , plz giv this chick the props she deserves!
cocoa's picture

*Walks into Post reads list

*Walks into Post reads list and proceeds to yell* WHERE THE FUCK IS TREY SONGZ AND MAXWELL* politely exits ..... while still waiting *
NoGimmick's picture

Drake should've been the top

Drake should've been the top pic....but come on...where was KID CUDI!!!!!???? I see ya'll put Wale up there but she has still not arrived...and I don't really agree with Letoya Luckett either.... Last but not least....RHIANNA REALLY? how is it a come up if she disappeared for a year and returned in November? that's not really a come up, check the album sales....and I got respect for YBF, but "brutally beaten?" come on now....if she was brutally beaten there should've been some hospital time spent...just sayin...
comecorrectn09's picture

STOP IT: Ummm you clearly

STOP IT: Ummm you clearly missed the post about the owner of this site being on the cover of black enterprise. Can’t hide when you’re on a magazine cover sweetie. And BE confirmed she made over a million dollars off “this cute site” this year. So maybe you should go back to YOUR money and get her HER level. Black people always assuming other folks don’t have money because they’re not in the limelight. SMDH Just sayin… #YOUFAIL CO-SIGN!
elle's picture

STOP IT: Ummm you clearly

STOP IT: Ummm you clearly missed the post about the owner of this site being on the cover of black enterprise. Can’t hide when you’re on a magazine cover sweetie. And BE confirmed she made over a million dollars off “this cute site” this year. So maybe you should go back to YOUR money and get her HER level. Black people always assuming other folks don’t have money because they’re not in the limelight. SMDH Just sayin… #YOUFAIL CO-SIGN
elle's picture

seriously Letoya..i like her

seriously Letoya..i like her & everything but she shouldnt be up here
Ceeeeeee's picture

miss V: Wow….SMDH at your

miss V: Wow….SMDH at your ignorance…. I have to agree she wasn't "brutally beaten" in my opinion. When I think of someone brutally beaten I think of someone thats laying in the hospital in NICU barely hanging to life. Yes she was beaten but not brutally & I still say that there is WAYYYY more to this story that will eventually come out.
hEhE..IM BAD's picture

K SMILEYFACE:-)

K SMILEYFACE:-)
creolemiami's picture

what? um, this list is a bit

what? um, this list is a bit off. how did rihanna come up? please trust and believe no one would've cared as much if Chris didn't molly whop her ass across LA. and considering that you have her on a list with NEW people, she was already a "star". Wale should be replaced by Cudi. Barbie wannabe hasn't dropped an album yet. Those sales will determine if she's has came up on not. I agree with Drake and Amber..La Toya (im not sure about her either)
Miss GQ's picture

I see you added a few more

I see you added a few more names since I last commented. I can even say TREY SONGZ should be on the list...or at least an honourable mention. He was everywhere this year!
Ewurafua's picture

I've only heard 1 or 2 Wale

I've only heard 1 or 2 Wale songs & since he's a music artist, not sure he qualifies. As far as publicity & face time, Rih Rih DID come up, but her stylist is the one to thank - what's her name? LMAO! Amber went from a "nobody" to somebody we're all talking about, so that's the DEFINITION of a come-up. Chick is fierce too - can't hate. I don't understand the Nicki Minaj thing 'cause I think she's HORRIBLE! I saw a video of her rapping before the "make-over" & it seemed better then. And kudos DO go to Letoya for not lettin' anyone else stop her shine!!!
babynewyear's picture

Come on people what yall

Come on people what yall thought! YBF Hangs on Rihanna's invisable nut sack! there are at least 20(or more)post dedicated just to her alone! of course she was goin to be on the list and not drake or kid cudi or anybody eles who had bigger come ups than her. the ybf is cool but they really need to give rihanna a rest, try going a whole day or two with metioning her.
What did you think!'s picture

Overall I liked the list

Overall I liked the list although there were a few things I didn't agree with. LETOYA, hot 2nd album ("Lazy" is THAT KNOCKKKK!!!!), love her but she didn't really come up this year. I wish she had come up but she didn't, she kinda went down. RIHANNA, didn't come up this year either, she was never down this year to begin with. Rih's come up was like 07/08 "Umbrella", 06 "SOS" even and she's been up since then. DRAKE shoulda been more than an honorable mention. And why wasn't TREY SONGZ on the list? That negro was everywhere this year doing duets with every R&B broad under the sun (Amerie, Mariah, Mary, Toni, etc...) and 2009 and "Ready" mark the start of him really coming into his sex-symbol swag. #imjussayin
Quentin Peters's picture

STOP IT: Ummm you clearly

STOP IT: Ummm you clearly missed the post about the owner of this site being on the cover of black enterprise. Can’t hide when you’re on a magazine cover sweetie. And BE confirmed she made over a million dollars off “this cute site” this year. So maybe you should go back to YOUR money and get her HER level. Black people always assuming other folks don’t have money because they’re not in the limelight. SMDH Just sayin… #YOUFAIL My comment above was for this part only :)
Kelly Clear's picture

STOP IT: Not to be rude but

STOP IT: Not to be rude but for Natasha to just talk down on some of them like Amber and Nicki just shows how much she REALLY wanna have their spotlight! I mean no one has ever seen your face sweetie what’s to hide since you have something to say about everyone else. Anyway yeah you have a little gossip site that’s cute :-) but I have lifetime success so get your money up and find something better to do rather than window shopping in the rich and famous life’s…now back to MY money!———–Ummm you clearly missed the post about the owner of this site being on the cover of black enterprise. Can’t hide when you’re on a magazine cover sweetie. And BE confirmed she made over a million dollars off “this cute site” this year. So maybe you should go back to YOUR money and get her HER level. Black people always assuming other folks don’t have money because they’re not in the limelight. SMDH Just sayin… #YOUFAIL TELL THE TRUTH! You have to admit, over all of the black media gossip blogs surfing the internet, new & old...YBF has the BEST conversation!
Kelly Clear's picture

Natasha, you need to shout

Natasha, you need to shout out Drake's hometown Toronto, our time is coming & we about to shine. We're proud of Drake and he is puttin' on for his city !
ETHIOPIAN BEAUTY's picture

MLOVE: LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I

MLOVE: LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love this post BUT you forgot KELIS who came up on that alimony/child support check of $50,000 a month! Now that’s a helluva come-up! LMAO!
Queensafira's picture

WHAT rihanna ain't come up no

WHAT rihanna ain't come up no how she just rihanna with more publicity coz she got her A** beat she definatly should NOT be number 1 and i ain't even hatin coz i like her music she dope but i don't think she desrves #1 spot. AND where the HECK is TREY SONGZ????????????
HUH?!????!!!???!??'s picture

Congrats to everybody on the

Congrats to everybody on the list! especially Drake, Amber and Rihanna. Some ppl will prob say WHY AMBER but ybf is right you know, she goes from being a skripper to a rappers girl to a model who's getting paid the big bucks! respect the hustle yall hihi. Drake is doing his effin thang. And Rihanna is working on picking up the broken pieces, she's doing the best she can so ppl give her a break. But I wouldn't mind if she stepped it up a bit cause there's always room for improvement. Lady GaGa def did her thang this yr BUT she's not ybf. Def ywf lol HAPPY HOLIDAY'S EVERYBODY!
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Midnight OnDec 28, 2009 at

Midnight OnDec 28, 2009 at 4:29 pm (Quote) | Reply | CoOwner With Ciroc Obama: *deep angry sigh* maybe this damn site will get a come up in 2010! *_________________Flatline_____________ lol!! i agree please invest in a new server in 2010. i'm tired of crossing my fingers in hope if whether or not this site will come up or an http error. You have got to do better!
thegreatness's picture

chaka1: Rated R has not

chaka1: Rated R has not sold 800,000 copies. why don't u go check it n stop talking rubbish!!!! she is almost gold in america & almost platinum worldwide!! i am a rhi fan...I KNOW THIS
WOW RHI's picture

I like ur list Tasha... i

I like ur list Tasha... i think some ppl missed the "slightly sarcastic" footnote.
ISLANDintheSUN's picture

shoutout to gabourney aka

shoutout to gabourney aka precious, rhonda and all the characters from the movie. Although some of the people listed arent the best role models, it proves that anyone can become anything. good or bad.
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CoOwner With Ciroc Obama:

CoOwner With Ciroc Obama: *deep angry sigh* maybe this damn site will get a come up in 2010! *_________________Flatline_____________
Midnight's picture

Rated R has not sold 800,000

Rated R has not sold 800,000 copies.
chaka1's picture

Lmao @ the all of lil waynes

Lmao @ the all of lil waynes baby comment. 3 babies from 3 different chicks...smh!
Chelsey M.'s picture

I guess I won't be down with

I guess I won't be down with black music in 2010. I am not into anything I saw on this list.
chaka1's picture

Tasha you are dead wrong for

Tasha you are dead wrong for listing Amber Rose! Just shameful! Big ups to Rihanna & Letoya Luckett (HARD and Regret are two Hot singles).... 2009 will be unforgettable ..RIP MJ!
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