25. Lil Mama
Major Hit: "Lip Gloss" (2007)
Other Hit: "Shawty Get Loose" f/ Chris Brown & T-Pain (2008)
Lil' Mama was one of the first New York City-based entrants into the dance rap scene that exploded on the web around 2007. "Lip Gloss" earned the Brooklyn-bred teenager a deal with Jive Records. The song's catchy refrain ("My lip gloss is cool, my lip gloss is poppin'") and danceable drum pattern helped it shoot up the charts, peaking at No. 10 on the Hot 100. The video was also filled with dancing, which helped cultivate the perception that she was somewhat of an expert in that field.
In 2008, she landed a gig as a judge on MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew." A year later, starving for relevancy, she bum-rushed the VMAs as Jay-Z and Alicia Keys performed, behaving just like a one-hit wonder. Yet ironically she was nothing of the sort. "Shawty Get Loose," her follow-up single featuring Chris Brown and T-Pain, hit the Top 10. Unfortunately her album VYP (Voice of the Young People failed to move significant units.