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Transcript of Rappers
André Romelle Young was born in compton california known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American record producer, rapper and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. In 2011, Dr. Dre was ranked as the third richest figure in the American hip hop scene by Forbes with a net worth of $250 million. His 1992 solo debut The Chronic, released under Death Row Records, led him to become one of the best-selling American performing artists of 1993 and to win a Grammy Award for the single "Let Me Ride". That same year he produced Death Row labelmate Snoop Dogg's quadruple platinum debut Doggystyle. Dr. Dre has also had acting roles in movies such as Set It Off, The Wash and Training Day. Rolling Stone ranked Dre at 56 on their list of "100 Greatest Artists of All-Time". He is Eminem's mentor.
Tupac Amaru Shakur also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli was an American rapper and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million albums worldwide as of 2010.
His double disc album All Eyez on Me is one of the best selling hip hop albums of all time. The themes of most of Shakur's songs revolved around the violence and hardship in inner cities, racism and other social problems. During the latter part of his career, Shakur was a vocal participant in the so-called East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry, becoming involved in conflicts with other rappers, producers and record-label staff members, most notably The Notorious B.I.G. and his label Bad Boy Record.
On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was taken to the Southern Nevada University Medical Center, where he died six days later.
The Notorious Big
Christopher George Latore Wallace.
Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
When he released his debut album Ready to Die in 1994, he became a central figure in the East Coast hip hop scene and increased New York's visibility in the genre at a time when West Coast hip hop was dominant in the mainstream.
The following year, Wallace led his childhood friends to chart success through his protégé group, Junior M.A.F.I.A. While recording his second album, Wallace was heavily involved in the growing East Coast/West Coast hip hop feud.
On March 9, 1997, Wallace was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. His double-disc set Life After Death, released 16 days later, rose to No. 1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified Diamond in 2000.
Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr, known by his stage names Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoop Dogg, and more recently Snoop Lion, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, and actor. Snoop has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.Snoop's debut album, Doggystyle, was released in 1993. His father was a Vietnam veteran, singer, and mail carrier who was said to be frequently absent from his life. As a boy, his parents nicknamed him "Snoopy" because of his appearance, but they usually addressed him as Calvin at home.
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. They are one of the most well-known groups in West Coast rap and Hip hop in general and are critically acclaimed for their first two groundbreaking albums. Senen Reyes and Ulpiano Sergio Reyes are brothers who initially lived in South Gate, California. In 1971 their family had immigrated to the United States from Cuba. In 1988, the two brothers teamed up with Lawrence Muggerud and Louis Freese to form a hip-hop group named DVX. The band soon lost Mellow Man Ace to a solo career, and changed their name to Cypress Hill, after a street in South Gate
Marshall Bruce Mathers III
"I dont give a fuck, God sent me to piss the world off"........This was Eminem's entrance into the mainstream. After gaining little attention outside the motor city with his underground releases, Eminem signed with Dr Dre's upstart Aftermath Records and became a national phenomenon. Dropped the highly controversial "Slim Shady LP", Eminem would continue to set Hip Hop ablaze with his genius wordplay and unorthodox flow. After two major releases, he dropped "The Eminem Show", in my mind his best work. Switching up his flow on this album, Eminem became the epitome of all other rappers and even created a beef he did not start. After Disposing of Benzino and Ja Rule like barbie dolls, Em quickly started being considered as a great. Only time will tell how great he will be.
Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones
He created probably the most important LP in Hip Hop History......Illmatic. He was dubbed the second coming of the man in front of him on this list. He has battled through tough times, and even tougher opponents. After succeeding in battle over Jay-Z, Nas resurrected his career with his important LP that time, Stillmatic. Nas is one of the greatest to ever grace a mic, and his legacy will be forever etched in Hip Hop. All he needed was One Mic.
Jay-Z, Jigga, Jay-Hovah, God MC, or just Sean Carter. Call him whatever. He has rhymed alongside the best and held down his own. His style and flow has been copied by countless MC's. Has been the most consistent rapper in the past ten years. After 8 multi-platinum albums, Jay-Z is and was what every rapper in the game want to be. His presence on the mic is unmatched. And even though he lost in battle to rival Nas, The war was won by Jay in the end. His debut album "Reasonable Doubt" his heralded as his best work, even though albums such as "The Blueprint" and "The Black Album" are classics in their own right. Even "Hard Knock Life" with its mainstream appeal, can be considered a classic. All in all, Jay-Z is the true meaning of G.O.A.T. We will miss Hova as he retired after the release of The Black Album .
He changed the way an MC approached the mic....at 17! He brought multi-syllabic lyricism to the table. Used God and The Nation of Islam in his rhymes. Set the standard for what an MC should sound like. Rakim has had the biggest impact of anyone on this list. The landmark album "Paid In Full" proved to be the standard. When Rakim went solo, he dropped the critically acclaimed "The 18th Letter". He signed to Aftermath in 2000, and left after he and Dr Dre had creative differences. When his most anticipated project "Oh My God!" drops, he will change the game once again.
Who Are They?
People who spoke or chant rhyming lyrics. Rapping is distinct from spoken word poetry in that it is performed in time to a beat.