It seems like only yesterday we were ringing in 2010, and now it's just about over. A lot has happened over the past 12 months, some things good, some things not so good. We saw new stars launch, and familiar stars fall. MTV News takes a look at the top 10 Hip-Hop stories of the year.

In 2010, the biggest stories in hip-hop imbued the community with collective cheers (as new stars like Drake and Nicki Minaj began to break out) and sobs (as Guru passed and T.I. returned to prison). There were also stories we'll probably still remember years from now, like when Eminem and Jay-Z joined forces in their hometown ballparks or when Weezy was freed from Rikers. Here, MTV News takes a look at the top 10 hip-hop stories of the year.