Lil Wayne only had one child.
Kanye West had yet to have an MTV award show outburst.
Jay-Z was still retired.
Clipse and Pharrell were on the cover of Complex.
"Grillz," "Laffy Taffy," and "Ridin'" were the biggest rap hits of the year.
Nas was still married to Kelis.
Drake had only released one mixtape.
Chief Keef was 11 years old.