Artist: Plies Track: "Put It On Ya" Album: Da Realist Listen

Several magazines -- especially Vibe, Urb and other hip-hop rags known for making ridiculous superlatives -- have said Plies is the future of rap. I hope that's not true. I hope he makes good records; I hope his upcoming Dec. 16 release Da Realist isn't the best rap album we'll hear next year. This single is a smooth, bouncy, organ-laden hit, but nothing about his personality or current body of work should mark him as a leader.