It's not easy being big. The culturesphere's frenzied churn can bury the most talented artists and brilliant albums with astonishing quickness, and the flip of the calendar from one year to the next holds a special type of control-alt-delete power. But sometimes a streak is so hot it can't be cooled by book-closing best-of lists and holiday breaks characterized by radio silence. While some artists and bands burned bright in 2015 only to dim by Dec. 31, these seven are entering 2016 at full speed.
Becoming president of Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music in November was the first step in what looks to be the most ambitious blitz of Pusha T's career thus far. His plans for the brand sound great—a new posse album, a potential G.O.O.D. tour and festival—and his musical output's flourishing, with a sequel to December's excellent King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude right around the corner.