Hip-hop's 10 most powerful protégés

Within the realm of rap and R&B, a mentor makes it easier to open doors and to grab mainstream appeal. The well-deserved success of Jay-Z and Kanye’s Watch The Throne album is a direct reflection of what a successful in-house partnership can do for the hip-hop culture. Here at theGrio, we decided to look back at other mentees that stood strong to become bonafide stars on their own. Check em out.