Sounds Like: Jay-Z

Influenced By: Nas, Nickelback, Otis Redding, Jay-Z

Why He's Blowing Up OurStage: The Detroit emcee's biggest fear is "not succeeding ... or drowning" and that's what motivates the rapper, who's toured with some of hip-hop's heavyweights. The secret to Se'von's OurStage success: passion. The 26-year-old "son of a soldier" has been making real hip hop for the past seven years.