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50 Cent 50 Cent
Curtis James Jackson III known commonly as 50 Cent, is a popular rapper who rose to fame having achieved multi-platinum success and now is one of today's most successful rappers.
 
A Tribe Called Quest A Tribe Called Quest
Without question the most intelligent, artistic rap group during the 1990s, A Tribe Called Quest jump-started and perfected the hip-hop alternative to hardcore and gangsta rap.
 
Afrika Bambaataa Afrika Bambaataa
Bronx DJ-turned-hip-hop-godfather Bambaataa not only created the record that thrust beatbox electro-funk into the '80s and brought Kraftwerk onto the dancefloor...
 
Beastie Boys Beastie Boys
For the past two decades, the Beastie Boys have been the spotlight with countless hits and unconventional awe-inspiring albums. Since their debut in 1986, they've had four albums reach the top.
 
Big Daddy Kane Big Daddy Kane
Emerging during hip-hop's massive creative expansion of the late '80s, Big Daddy Kane was the ultimate lover man of rap's first decade.
 
Black Eyed Peas Black Eyed Peas
An American hip-hop (musical styles: crossover rap/hip-hop and alternative rap/hip-hop) group from Los Angeles, California, who have enjoyed international pop success. The group is currently composed of will.i.am, Apl.de.ap, Taboo, and Fergie.
 
Busta Rhymes Busta Rhymes
Trevor Smith Jr., better known as Busta Rhymes, is an American hip hop musician. He is known as one of the most colorful, outspoken and influential rap artists in the industry today.
 
Coolio Coolio
Coolio was one of the first rappers to balance pop accessibility with gritty, street-level subject matter and language.
 
Cypress Hill Cypress Hill
Cypress Hill were notable for being the first Latino hip-hop superstars, but they became notorious for their endorsement of marijuana, which actually isn't a trivial thing.
 
De La Soul De La Soul
De La Soul is a massively influential hip hop group, hailing from Long Island, New York. They are best known for their eclectic sampling and quirky, surreal lyrics, and their contributions to the evolution of the jazz rap subgenre.
 
DMX DMX
Dark Man X, The Divine Master of the Unknown, or simply DMX, is an African-American rapper and actor.
 
Dr. Dre Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre is an African-American record producer, rapper, and record executive, and is one of the wealthiest, most influential, most successful and well-known producers in the field of hip hop music.
 
Eminem Eminem
Eminem is an American rapper, one of today's most popular and controversial rappers, and a Grammy and Oscar-winner.
 
Eve Eve
Eve was one of a new breed of tough, talented, commercially viable female MCs to hit the rap scene during the late '90s.
 
Foxy Brown Foxy Brown
In her childhood days, young Inga was mesmerized by blaxploitation films. She watched practically every one, and chose Pam Grier's title character Foxy Brown as her moniker.
 
Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash
During hip-hop's 30-year history, few names are as well known to music lovers across the globe as that of Grandmaster Flash. His pioneering use of the turntables as a musical instrument helped elevate the status of the DJ to a masterful, artistic position.
 
Ice Cube Ice Cube
Ice Cube is one of the most enduring, versatile, controversial and engaging figures ever to emerge out of hip-hop.
 
Ice-T Ice-T
Ice-T has proven to be one of hip-hop's most articulate and intelligent stars, as well as one of its most frustrating.
 
Ja Rule Ja Rule
His rough vocals are often used in a more flowing, less rapping style alongside female R&B singers in what has led some to nickname Ja Rule "the rap singer."
 
Jay-Z Jay-Z
More than anyone, Jay-Z embodied the ultimate rags-to-riches rap dream, advancing from poverty to power, largely on behalf of his lyrical talent coupled with incredible dedication.


 
Kanye West Kanye West
Kanye Omari West is an African-American hip hop producer and rapper from Chicago, Illinois who currently resides in Hoboken, New Jersey.
 
Kool DJ Herc Kool DJ Herc
Kool DJ Herc is a Jamaican-American musician and producer, generally credited as a pioneer of hip hop during the 1970s.
 
KRS-one KRS-one
Over his career he has been known by several pseudonyms, including Kris Parker, KRS One, KRS-ONE, The Blastmaster and The Teacha.
 
Lil' Kim Lil' Kim
Lil' Kim may be small in stature, but the only thing that's small about this hot female rapper is her height. Having overcome a very troubled youth and the murder of her mentor - Notorious B.I.G. - Lil' Kim is now one of the most successful and acclaimed female rappers of all time.
 
LL Cool J LL Cool J
With nine consecutive multi-platinum albums, L.L. is considered one of a select few artists that brought rap from the underground to the mainstream.
 
Ludacris Ludacris
Ludacris is an American rapper and actor. Born in Illinois, he was raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where he eventually made a name for himself as one of the most prominent Southern rap.
 
Mary Jane Blige Mary Jane Blige
Mary Jane Blige is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American R&B/hip-hop soul singer, songwriter and producer.
 
MC Hammer MC Hammer
There had been hit rap singles and albums before him, but MC Hammer was the man who truly brought rap music to a mass pop audience.
 
Missy Elliott Missy Elliott
Elliott was originally known by as Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott. She dropped the "Misdemeanor" from her stage name in 2003, and now simply goes by "Missy Elliott".
 
Mobb Deep Mobb Deep
Mobb Deep, also known as The Infamous Mobb Deep, is a hip hop duo made up of Havoc and Prodigy.
 
N.W.A. N.W.A.
Niggaz With Attitude (AKA N.W.A) was a hip hop group that was formed in Compton, California in 1986.
 
Nas Nas
The son of jazz trumpeter Olu Dara, Nas is best known for his debut LP 'Illmatic', widely considered one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.
 
Nelly Nelly
When Nelly first debuted nationally in summer 2000, he seemed like a novelty, but it quickly became apparent that he was, in fact, an exceptional artist, a rapper with truly universal appeal.
 
Notorious B.I.G. Notorious B.I.G.
The man also known as Biggie Smalls became a symbol of the meaningless violence that overwhelmed inner-city America in the waning years of the 20th century.
 
Outkast Outkast
Moving away from the current trend of bling-bling and biatches, Outkast relies rather heavily on a positive mindset and well arranged songs.
 
Pharrell Williams Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams didn't only help change the face of pop music during the late '90s and early 2000s. He also was one of the faces of pop music as a charismatic star who often stole the show when producing and/or guesting on other artists' hit singles.
 
Public Enemy Public Enemy
Public Enemy is a seminal hip hop group known for their politically charged lyrics, criticism of the media and interest in all that concerns African American community.
 
Queen Latifah Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah, born Dana Owens in Newark, New Jersey, was nicknamed "Latifah" (which means "delicate" and "sensitive" in Arabic) at the age of eight by a black Muslim cousin.


 
R. Kelly R. Kelly
Urban R&B producer/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter.
 
Rakim Rakim
He is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential rappers in hip hop history, and as having revolutionized hip hop lyricism with his complex flow, elaborate metaphors and rapid delivery.
 
Run-DMC Run-DMC
Run-DMC helped transform the musical landscape as trailblazing, multi-platinum rap group that sold more than 30 million album and singles worldwide.


 
Salt-N-Pepa Salt-N-Pepa
By the late '80s, hip-hop became a male-dominated art form, which is what made the emergence of Salt-n-Pepa so significant. As the first all-female rap crew the group broke down a number of doors for women in hip-hop.
 
Sean 'Puff Daddy' Combs Sean 'Puff Daddy' Combs
He was one of the driving forces in moving hip hop music mainstream which resulted in him becoming one of the wealthiest people in the entertainment industry.
 
Sean Paul Sean Paul
Sean Paul (born Sean Paul Henriques) is a very popular Dancehall singer in the United States.
 
Snoop Dogg Snoop Dogg
His mother nicknamed him "Snoopy" as a child, and he took the stage name Snoop Doggy Dogg (later changed to Snoop Dogg) when he began recording.
 
The Fugees The Fugees
The Fugees repertoire includes primarily hip hop, with elements of soul, and Caribbean music (particularly reggae).
 
The Roots The Roots
The Roots are an influential Philadelphia-based hip hop group, known for innovative lyrics and live instrumentation.
 
TLC TLC
TLC were one of the biggest-selling female R&B groups of all time, riding a blend of pop, hip-hop, and urban soul to superstardom during the '90s.
 
Tupac Amaru Shakur Tupac Amaru Shakur
Tupac Amaru Shakur was an American hip hop artist, poet and actor. He is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling rap/hip-hop artist ever.
 
Wu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang Clan
Wu-Tang Clan has influenced hip-hop profoundly in many aspects. They are arguably one of the most successful "crews" in rap history - though certainly the largest.
 
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