Game over. The ’09 Junior Mafia – (c) Rob Breezy – are showing no sign of slowing their roll. And it’s hard to overstate how big their sound is and how influential it will be on the texture and mastering of music to come. Now Wayne and Drake are a given, but Nicki? She may just be the most exciting prospect in hip-hop, rock and pop for the foreseeable future. Something strikes us that her solo shit might just send us all hurtling down a black hole where on the other side people talk in strange far-away accents.

(Will 2010 be the year of the ladies?)