Nicki Minaj Born December 8 1982, nika Tanya Maraj, known by her stage name Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian-born American rapper and singer-songwriter. She was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and when she was 5 years of age she moved to the New York City borough of Queens, where she grew up.
Gucci Mane Radric Davis (born February 2, 1980), better known by his stage name Gucci Mane, is an American rapper. He debuted in 2005 with Trap House and followed with albums such as Hard to Kill in 2006, Trap-A-Thon and Back to the Trap House in 2007.
Jim Jones Joseph Guillermo Jones II (born July 15, 1976),better known by his stage name Jim Jones, is an American rapper and original member of The Diplomats, also known as Dipset. He is Co-CEO of Diplomat Records. Jones is also a noted video director under the name CAPO, for artists including Cam'ron, Remy Ma, and State Property.
Too Short Too $hort (born Todd Shaw) is as much a myth as he is a man. The godfather of Bay Area hip-hop, the originator of the independent hustle, the controversial youth advocate and the Hugh Hefner of urban America, $hort Dog is a pioneer and a legend.
Heavy D Dwight Arrington Myers (May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011),better known as Heavy D, was a Jamaican-born American rapper, record producer, singer, actor, and former leader of Heavy D & the Boyz, a hip hop group which included G-Whiz (Glen Parrish), "Trouble" T. Roy (Troy Dixon), and Eddie F (born Edward Ferrell).
Troy Ave Troy Ave, taken the name of the block he grew up on in Brooklyn, has been buzzing in New York since 2004. Bringing heat in the form of hype songs with real lyrics this high energy MC got music made by and for the streets. Never apologetic, Troy Ave’s attitude and demeanor is direct and without effort, unlike those who have created a gimmick. He raps what he lives.
Isaiah Rashad Isaiah Rashad McClain, better known as Isaiah Rashad, is an American hip hop recording artist from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Rashad began taking rapping seriously in tenth grade, where he and …
Fort Minor Fort Minor is a hip hop side-project of Mike Shinoda, who is better known as the rapper, keyboardist and producer of the American rock band Linkin Park. Shinoda's debut solo album as Fort Minor, The Rising Tied, was released November 22, 2005. The album's fourth single, "Where'd You Go", propelled Fort Minor to stardom, reaching #4 at the Billboard Hot 100.
Styles P David Styles (born November 28, 1974) better known by his stage name, Styles P, is an American rapper, author, and entrepreneur. He is prominently known as a member of Hip Hop group The LOX and is also a part of the Ruff Ryders hip-hop group, and in addition has released multiple albums and mixtapes as a solo MC.
Swizz Beats Kasseem David Dean (born September 13, 1978), better known by his stage name, Swizz Beatz, is an American record producer, DJ, rapper and painter. At the age of 17, he gained attention in the hip-hop world through his friendship with rapper DMX. Grady Spivey and rapper Cassidy helped launch his label Full Surface Records.
Kid Ink Brian Todd Collins (born April 1, 1986 in Los Angeles, CA), also known by his stage name Kid Ink, is an American rapper, producer, and songwriter from Los Angeles. He gained popularity after releasing Crash Landing, a mixtape which featured, DJ ill Will. He then released the mixtape, Daydreamer...and another mixtape named Wheels Up that featured artists like Sean Kingston.
AKON With 40 Billboard Hot 100 songs and over 300 guest appearances with megastars such as Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, R. Kelly and Eminem, Akon is one of the most popular artists and producers in music today. He rose to prominence with the smash hit single “Locked Up” from his debut album, Trouble, in 2004.
Cypress Hill Cypress Hill is an American hip hop group from South Gate, California. Cypress Hill was the first Cuban-American/Latino hip hop group to have platinum and multi-platinum albums, selling over 18 million albums worldwide. It is one of the most well-known groups in West Coast rap and Hip Hop in general and was critically acclaimed for their first two groundbreaking albums.
DMX Multi-platinum selling DMX has delivered five No. 1 Billboard albums, earning him the undisputed title as the king of hardcore rap. With hits like "Ruff Ryders Anthem," "Who We Be," "Lord Give Me a Sign" and the Grammy-nominated "Party Up (Up In Here)...
Lil Mama Niatia Jessica Kirkland (born October 4, 1989) professionally known as Lil Mama, is an American rapper and singer-songwriter. She is currently a judge on America's Best Dance Crew.
Killer Mike Michael Render (born April 20, 1975), better known by his stage name Killer Mike, is an American rapper, signed to Grind Time Official through the SMC/Fontana Distribution. He made his debut on "Snappin' and Trappin'" on OutKast's 2000 LP Stankonia, and also appeared on the Grammy-winning song, "The Whole World", the single from OutKast's greatest hits album...
Kurtis Blow Walker Kurt Walker (born August 9, 1959), professionally known by his stage name Kurtis Blow, is an American rapper and record producer. He is the first commercially successful rapper and the first to sign with a major record label. "The Breaks", a single from his 1980 debut album, is the first certified gold record rap song and has over 200 Rap songs without profanity.