Trick Daddy (LABEL:Major) Young began rapping in the 1990s under the alias "Trick Daddy Dollars" and appeared on the track "Scarred" by former 2 Live Crew member Luther "Luke" Campbell from Luke's 1996 album Uncle Luke. The song became a hit and immediately caught the attention of fans and record producers alike.
Pitbull (LABEL:Unsigned) Armando Christian Pérez (born January 15, 1981), better known by his stage name Pitbull, is an American rapper, pop singer-songwriter and record producer. His first recorded performance was from the Lil Jon album Kings of Crunk in 2002, after which he released his debut album in 2004 titled M.I.A.M.I...Since then, he has released three other albums...
Glasses Malone (LABEL:Major) Charles Phillipivory Penniman (born December 10, 1979), better known by his stage name Glasses Malone, is an American rapper. Malone grew up between both Watts and Compton neighborhoods in Los Angeles and signed with Cash Money Records in 2011.
Mary J. Blige (LABEL:Major) Mary J. Blige (born January 11, 1971) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and occasional rapper and actress. She is a recipient of nine Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards, and has recorded eight multi-platinum albums. She is the only artist with Grammy Award wins in Pop, Rap, Gospel, and R&B.
Reek Da Villian (LABEL:Indie) Tariek Williams (Roosevelt, Long Island, New York, United States), better known as Reek da Villian, is an American rapper, protégé of rap veteran Busta Rhymes and former member of the rap group Flipmode Squad.Reek is currently signed to Busta Rhymes' new label Conglomerate Records.
Fugees (LABEL:Major) Fugees were a Haitian American hip hop group who rose to fame in the mid-1990s. Their repertoire included elements of hip hop, soul and Caribbean music, particularly reggae. The members of the group were rapper/singer/producer Wyclef Jean, rapper/singer/producer Lauryn Hill, and rapper Pras Michel. Deriving their name from the term refugee, Jean and Pras are Haitian, while Hill is American.
M.O.P (LABEL:Major) M.O.P., short for Mash Out Posse, is an American hardcore hip hop duo. The duo, composed of Billy Danze and Lil' Fame, is known for the aggressive delivery typically employed by both emcees. Although they maintain a strong underground following, they are mainly known for the song "Ante Up," released on 2000's Warriorz, and for which they have had mainstream success.
NAS (LABEL:Major) Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones, born September 14, 1973, better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper and actor. He is also the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums since 1994, four of which topped the Billboard charts upon release and has sold over thirteen-million records in the United States alone.
Drumma Boy (LABEL:Indie) Christopher James Gholson, better known by his stage name Drumma Boy, is a multi-platinum award winning record producer and rapper from Memphis, Tennessee.
Talib Kweli (LABEL:Major) Ever since emerging as a member of Black Star in the late 1990s, Talib Kweli is one of the few artists making commercially viable music that matters. The Brooklyn bred rapper's hard-hitting music has been able to educate and entertain simultaneously. So it is no wonder that at the peak of their fame, both Jay-Z and 50 Cent named Talib Kweli as one of their favorite rappers.
Slim The Mobster (LABEL:Major) Anthony Johnson better known by his stage name Slim The Mobster is a Los Angeles-based rapper currently signed to Gang Module Records and Aftermath Entertainment. He is currently working on Dr. Dre's third studio album Detox. Slim The Mobster is known as Dr. Dre's new protégé. He is currently also working on his debut Aftermath Entertainment studio album.
AKON (LABEL:Major) 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.
Fashawn (LABEL:Indie) Fashawn's debut album, "Boys Meets World," was heralded by critics and fans alike as one of the best albums of 2009 for its gritty, street-wise and intelligent rhymes. Some even compared his introductory opus to Nas' brilliant "Illmatic." It was enough for XXL to name Fashawn to its list of hip-hop's best freshman.
Pharoahe Monch (LABEL:Indie) Troy Donald Jamerson (born October 31, 1972), better known by his stage name Pharoahe Monch is an African-American rapper. He is known for his complex lyrics, complex delivery, and internal and multisyllabic rhyme schemes.
Lil' Boosie (LABEL:Major) Torrence Hatch, born November 14, 1982, better known by his stage name Lil Boosie, is an American rapper from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Hatch was bestowed the nickname Boosie by his family, and he was raised in southside Baton Rouge...Boosie released his fourth studio album Incarcerated on Sept. 28 on Asylum Records.
Rihanna (LABEL:Major) A Barbadian recording artist and actress. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna moved to the United States at age 16 to pursue a recording career under the guidance of record producer Evan Rogers. She subsequently signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings.In 2012, American magazine Time named Rihanna one of the most influential people in the world.
Nipsey Hussle (LABEL:Indie) Ermias Asghedom, better known by his stage name Nipsey Hussle, is a West Coast rapper from Los Angeles, California.In 2009 he released a third mixtape, Bullets Ain't Got No Name, Vol. 3. He appeared with Drake on the song "Killer" and on the song "Upside Down" on Snoop Dogg's album Malice n Wonderland.In 2010 he appeared on the song "We Are the World 25 for Haiti".
Digable Planets (LABEL:Unsigned) The Digable Planets are an American Alternative Hip-hop trio based in New York City. They released their debut album Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space) in 1993, and their follow-up album Blowout Comb in 1994.
Shortly after this release the trio parted ways, citing "creative differences", though they've re-united to perform shows in more recent years.
Ice Cube (LABEL:Indie) O'Shea Jackson, born June 15, 1969, better known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, screenwriter, film producer, and director. He began his career as a member of the C.I.A. and later joined the rap group N.W.A. After leaving N.W.A in December 1989,he built a successful solo career in music, and also as a writer, director, actor and producer in cinema.
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