De La Soul (LABEL:Indie) De La Soul is an American hip hop trio formed in 1987 on Long Island, New York. The band is best known for their eclectic sampling, quirky lyrics, and their contributions to the evolution of the jazz rap and alternative hip hop subgenres. The members are Kelvin Mercer, David Jude Jolicoeur and Vincent Mason, known under a variety of nicknames.
TI (LABEL:Unsigned) Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. (born September 25, 1980), better known by his stage name T.I., is an American hip hop recording artist, film and music producer, actor and author. He is also the founder and co-chief executive officer (CEO) of Grand Hustle Records.
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.
Stalley (LABEL:Indie) Stalley is an American rapper from Massillon, Ohio. As an Indie artist, Stalley appeared on BET's 106 and Park, with music videos on MTV networks. Stalley is currently signed with Maybach Music Group, founded by Rick Ross, accompanied by artists Wale and Meek Mill. He dropped his fourth mixtape Savage Journey To The American Dream with Maybach Music Group.
Slick Rick (LABEL:Major) Born to Jamaican parents in South Wimbledon, London, on January 14, 1965, Slick Rick, born Ricky Martin Lloyd Walters, who has always been considered ahead of his time, is the most successful British-American rapper in music history. Brilliant word play, the effort-less ability to bring life to the stories he rhymed about, dead on pop-culture references and hilarious one-liners make him the wittiest rapper of all time.
Belly (LABEL:Major) Working for almost a decade as a hip-hop producer and songwriter and after four successful mixtapes, Belly has a number one gold selling album in Canada and countless top ten singles, and a Juno award.
Beyonce (LABEL:Major) Born September 4, 1981 in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé has become one of the most widely recognized and highly respected women in pop culture. She established herself as a founding member and front woman of Destiny's Child and later developed into an iconic solo artist, actress, philanthropist and businesswoman.
J.Cole (LABEL:Major) Jermaine Lamar Cole (born January 28, 1985), better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American rapper and record producer. In 2009, he was the first rap artist signed to Jay-Z's label Roc Nation. His long-awaited debut album titled Cole World: The Sideline Story was released on September 27, 2011.
THE L.O.X (LABEL:Major) The Lox are an American hip hop group composed of Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, and Styles P. They were originally signed to Sean Combs' Bad Boy Records before joining Ruff Ryders Entertainment, and are now a part of their own label, D-Block Records.
Kanye West (LABEL:Major) Born on June 8, 1977, Kanye is an American musician, film director and fashion designer. West first rose to fame as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records, where he eventually achieved recognition for his work on Jay-Z's album The Blueprint, as well as hit singles for musical artists including Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and Janet Jackson.
Run DMC (LABEL:Unsigned) More than any other hip-hop group, Run DMC are responsible for the sound and style of the music. As the first hardcore rap outfit, the trio set the sound and style for the next decade of hip hop.
Swizz Beats (LABEL:Major) 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.
Chris Brown (LABEL:Major) Brown’s fans around the world embraced him when he started releasing music on the internet, most notably the mix tapes that included his # 1 singles “Deuces” and “No BS.” It was the reaction to these songs that convinced the trailblazing singer-dancer-actor to title his new album, F.A.M.E..
Craig Mack (LABEL:Unsigned) Craig Mack (born May 10, 1971) is an American Grammy nominated rapper, who gained fame on Puff Daddy's Bad Boy Entertainment record label in the 1990s. Although his first single was released under the name MC EZ in 1988, he is best known for his 1994 hit single "Flava In Ya Ear", which was released under his real name.
Mac Dre (LABEL:Major) Andre Louis Hicks (July 5, 1970 – November 1, 2004), better known by his stage name Mac Dre, was an American rapper, and the initial founder of Thizz Entertainment, and the now defunct Romp Productions.
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.
Afrika Bambaataa (LABEL:Major) Afrika Bambaataa (born April 19, 1957) is an American DJ from the South Bronx, New York who was instrumental in the early development of hip hop throughout the 1980s.Afrika Bambaataa is one of the three originators of break-beat deejaying,and is respectfully known as the "Grandfather" and the Amen Ra of Universal Hip Hop Culture as well as the Father of The Electro Funk Sound.
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