For anyone who thonls that Kanye West is Jay Z's protege take a second to consider the facts. Kanye West is a Dr Dre style artist who should mainly be classified as a producer who has achieved a certain level of noteriety. I believe that when the dust settles, the real successor will have been the North Carolina native by the name of J Cole. This guy was featured on the much anticipated Blueprint 3. He has had some commercial success but more importantly, he has pit out music and singles that are consistently substantial. With songs such as Lights Please and Who Dat, it appears that this artist is forever evolving and growing as an emcee. Only the future knows whats in store for this highly talented lyricist.