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Most times, fans only get to see and hear the finished product; a new album in stores or a fresh star is getting their time in the spotlight. But there are many behind the scenes players that turned your favorite rapper into a household name.

These individuals are managers, record executives, producers and more—but most of all they are acute and shrewd businessmen and businesswomen. They saw small sparks and was able to transform them into massive movements. Read more to see who the most powerful people are in the music industry. Also, if you love Black music and entertainment, be sure to check out the Black Film & TV destination on XFINITY On Demand, for a collection of music, movies, videos and more. XFINITY X1 will change the way you experience TV.

Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

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