Category:Alternative hip hop musicians
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1. Kevin Abstract – Ian Simpson, better known by his stage name Kevin Abstract, is an American musician currently based out of LA, California. His debut MTV1987 was released in 2014, received attention from a number of major music blogs and magazine publications. American Boyfriend was released in November 2016. Kevin Abstract began music while attending high school in The Woodlands, Texas at the age of 14. In 2009, he self-released his first mixtape, then in 2010, Abstract released his major project. By 2011, he went on to create the now disbanded music collective, AliveSinceForever. In September 2013 put out his self-titled EP. The song "PJs" from the EP had its own video directed by HencockSileshi. He also released the ASF EP, the group's first official project together. At the beginning of 2014, Kevin Abstract began working with his in-house record producer, Romil. On April 2014 he released the record's first single, entitled "Save". The single from the album, "Drugs" was released on May 6, 2014, with the music video following around a month later. After the release of MTV1987, Abstract began working on the video for the song "Hell/Heroina". The crowdfunded project was finally released on November 4, 2014. This album was later discarded, however.Kevin Abstract
2. Ad-Rock – Adam Keefe Horovitz, better known as Ad-Rock or King Ad-Rock, is an American musician, guitarist, rapper, producer, actor. He is best known as a member of the hip hop group the Beastie Boys. He is married to musician and feminist activist Kathleen Hanna. Horovitz was raised on Manhattan, New York, the son of Doris and playwright Israel Horovitz. He has denied internet listings that he was born in South Orange, New Jersey. His sister is film producer Rachael Horovitz. His father is Jewish, his mother, of Irish descent, was Roman Catholic. Horovitz began his music career with a stint in the punk rock band the Young and the Useless, who would often perform with the Beastie Boys. In 1982, Beastie Boys guitarist John Berry quit and Horovitz replaced him. He was only 16 at the time. After Horovitz joined the band, the Beastie Boys changed their sound, evolving from a hardcore punk band to a more hip-hop oriented group. The band released their debut album Licensed in 1986. The album was a commercial success, spawned six singles. By 2010 the Beastie Boys had sold 40 million worldwide. In 2012, the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Ad-Rock – Ad-Rock with the Beastie Boys in Barcelona, Spain on September 5, 2007.
3. Aesop Rock – Ian Matthias Bavitz, better known by his stage name Aesop Rock, is an American hip hop recording artist and producer residing in Portland, Oregon. He was at the forefront of the new wave of alternative hip hop acts that emerged during the late 1990s and early 2000s. He was signed to El-P's Definitive Jux label until it went in 2010. BetterPropaganda ranked him at the Top 100 Artists of the Decade. He is a member of the groups The Weathermen, Two of Every Animal. Regarding his name, he said: "I acquired the Aesop from a movie I had acted in with some friends. It sort of stuck. The part came later just from throwing it in rhymes." Bavitz was raised in Northport, Long Island, New York to his father Paul and mother Jameija. Ian has two brothers: Graham James Bavitz. Ian, along with his siblings, later on in his life became agnostic. Bavitz graduated in 1994. He married guitarist and vocalist of rock band Dirty Ghosts in 2005. They have since divorced. He has tattoos on each forearm.Aesop Rock – Aesop Rock
4. Dan the Automator – Daniel M. Nakamura, better known by the stage name Dan the Automator, is an American hip hop producer. He founded the record label 75 Ark, distributed during its short existence. A classically trained violinist, started DJing when he was a teenager. He first gained fame producing Kool Keith's 1996 album Dr. Octagonecologyst. Nakamura's studio, dubbed The Glue Factory, was a recording workshop on the Solesides label. Alongside Prince Paul, Nakamura formed the collaborative project Handsome Boy Modeling School in 1999, assuming Nathaniel Merriweather. In 1999, he joined with Del tha Funky Homosapien and Kid Koala to form Deltron 3030. He also is currently one half of Got a Girl, along with actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Among his current projects, he formed a band Crudo with Mike Patton. This list does not include singles, instrumental album versions. Music To be Murdered By A Better Tomorrow A Much Better Tomorrow Wanna Buy a Monkey? How's Your Girl? Deltron 3030 Gorillaz Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By Hey You. Yes You. Ruckus White People Decadence Peeping Tom Naturally The Love Album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy Colour of the Trap Velociraptor!Dan the Automator – Nakamura performs at a Handsome Boy Modeling School concert
5. B.o.B – Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr. better known by his stage name B.o.B, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from Decatur, Georgia. In 2006, B.o.B was discovered by Brian Richardson, who then introduced him to TJ Chapman, who subsequently brought him to record producer Jim Jonsin. After hearing his music, Jonsin signed B.o.B to his Rebel Rock Entertainment imprint. Two years later, Jonsin and B.o.B signed a joint deal, with Atlantic Records and American rapper T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records. B.o.B quickly rose to fame after his commercial debut single "Nothin' on You", reached number one in both the United States and the United Kingdom. He would later release his single "Airplanes", which also topped several major music charts. His single "Magic", became his third top 10 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100. The Adventures of Bobby Ray, preceded by two extended plays and several mixtapes was released in April 2010. The album was eventually certified 2x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2016. B.o.B was named the ninth "Hottest MC in the Game of 2010" on their annual list. B.o.B released his second album Strange Clouds, in May 2012. The album spawned six singles, four of which charted exceptionally well internationally. The album's eponymous lead single became his top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. "Both of Us" and "Out of My Mind", followed behind, with the former two being certified platinum by the RIAA. The album itself debuted on the Billboard 200.B.o.B – B.o.B at the Under the Influence Tour in Toronto, Canada on August 10, 2013.
6. Black Thought – Trotter attended the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts and Millersville University studying Journalism. In 1987, Trotter formed a drummer/MC duo performing on the streets of Philadelphia and at talent shows. In high-school, Black Thought converted to the pseudo-Islamic sect of The Nation of Earths. The Square Roots released their debut album Organix in 1993. The Roots followed up with Do You Want More?!!!??! in 1995. Recorded without any sampling, the album was more popular among alternative music fans than those of hop. Around the release of the album, The Roots performed at Montreux Jazz Festival. Things the year the band played at the Woodstock 99 concert. The Roots' album Things Fall Apart was nominated for the Best Rap Album award. For Jay-Z's acoustic concert for the program MTV Unplugged, The Roots provided instrumentals. Most of the songs from the project appeared on The Roots' Phrenology album. In 2006, he began working with producer Danger Mouse, titled Dangerous Thoughts. As of December 2011, the album had not been released. He stated that there would be the possibility of Questlove working on production. As of September 2014, neither the solo album are listed on the Razor & Tie website.Black Thought – Black Thought in 2011
7. Chance the Rapper – Chancelor Johnathan Bennett, known professionally as Chance the Rapper, is an American hip hop recording artist from the West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, he began to gain recognition following the release of Acid Rap. They released the widely lauded Surf in May 2015. In May 2016, Bennett released the mixtape Coloring Book to critical acclaim. This is Bennett's third mixtape, which has received three Grammy nominations, including Best Rap Album. Coloring Book was the streaming-only album to ever receive a Grammy nomination. Chance the Rapper grew up on Chicago's South Side. Taylor Bennett, is also a Chicago rapper. Ken Williams-Bennett, was an aide to former Chicago mayor Harold Washington and worked for then-Senator Barack Obama. Williams-Bennett, now a deputy chief of staff to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, dreamed that his son might one day hold office. In his year at Jones College Prep High School, Chance formed the hip-hop duo Instrumentality with a friend. Many of Chance's earliest performances took place at Harold Washington Library in Chicago. At Jones College Prep High School, some of his teachers ridiculed his aspirations to become a musician. In December 2011, he released a song publicly announced his 10 Day project. In February 2012, Bennett was highlighted as one of Complex magazine's "10 New Chicago Rappers to Watch Out For."Chance the Rapper – Chance The Rapper performing live in 2013.
8. Imani Coppola – In 2008, she returned as half of the duo Little Jackie, with a hit single "The World Should Revolve Around Me". She grew up in Long Island, New York. She and her family were picked on. Her circumstances encouraged her independence and also her creativity, as her family, who received welfare, had little money to pay for entertainment. Coppola began eventually studying studio composition at the State University of New York at Purchase. Maya gave them to her boyfriend, publisher Ross Elliot, who got Coppola together with producer Michael Mangini at Digable Planets. While still in college, she cut three demo tracks with Digable that resulted for the artist among other studios. She accepted a recording contract in 1997. Chupacabra, was released in 1997. The album was critically well-reviewed in The New York Times, where Ann Powers described it as buoyed by "fanciful raps and supple vocals." Among the album's tracks, the song "Legend of a Cowgirl" became a video hit on MTV. "I think she's a good songwriter, at times, singer. She's boring to watch live, though," said Coppola. In 2000, Coppola teamed with the Baha Men for the Top 10 hit "You All Dat". Columbia Records dropped her in 2000, subsequently shelving her second studio album, Come and Get Me...Imani Coppola – Coppola in concert with Peeping Tom, Milan in November 2006.
9. Kid Cudi – Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, better known by his stage name Kid Cudi, is an American recording artist and actor from Cleveland, Ohio. Cudi first gained major recognition following the release of his full-length project, a mixtape titled A Kid Named Cudi. The mixtape caught the attention of American rapper-producer Kanye West, who subsequently signed Cudi to his GOOD Music label imprint in late 2008. The now-dissolved Dream On and Wicked Awesome Records. Initially a rapper, he has since added singer, songwriter, record producer, film composer to his repertoire. As of 2015, Cudi has released five studio albums as a solo artist. In 2008, his debut single "Day'n' Nite", led him to prominence, reaching the top five of the Billboard charts. Cudi's Man on the Moon: The End of Day was later certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. In 2010, he released Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, preceded by "Erase Me" and "Mr. Rager". The album debuted at number one on the Top Rock Albums chart. In April 2013, Cudi released Indicud, which became his highest-charting album on multiple charts. In February 2014, Cudi unexpectedly released his fourth album, Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon, exclusively to digital retailers with no promotion. In 2010, Cudi ventured into acting when he began starring in the HBO series How to Make It in America. He has since appeared including Need for Speed and Entourage. In addition, Cudi has made appearances on television shows such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine.Kid Cudi – Kid Cudi in September 2009
10. Mike D – Diamond raps, plays drums. He has provided remixes for Moby and Björk. A product of Diamond was born in New York City to a Jewish household. In 1979, Diamond co-founded The Young Aborigines. By 1983, their sound began to shift away from punk to hip hop. In 1992, Diamond founded the Beastie Boys' now-defunct record label Grand Royal Records. A remix of Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band's "Bad Dancer" by Diamond and Adam Horovitz was streamed online in August 2013. The pair is credited with "additional beats, programming and other curve balls". In October 2014, Diamond stated that he had been working in the studio with American band Portugal. The Man as a producer. He has also produced English punk Take Control, released on September 30, 2016. In 1993, Diamond married Tamra Davis; they have two children, Davis Diamond and Skyler Diamond. Diamond's wallpaper portfolioMike D – Mike D in 2007.
11. Danger Mouse (musician) – Brian Joseph Burton, better known by his stage name Danger Mouse, is an American musician, songwriter and producer. He formed Gnarls Barkley with CeeLo Green and produced its albums St. Elsewhere and The Odd Couple. In 2009 he collaborated with James Mercer of the indie rock band The Shins to form the band Broken Bells. In addition, Burton worked with rapper MF Doom as Danger Doom and released the album The Mouse and the Mask. In 2016, Danger Mouse produced, performed on and co-wrote songs for the eleventh studio album by the Red Hot Chili Peppers titled The Getaway. Danger Mouse has also produced and co-written albums by Norah Jones, Electric Guest, Portugal. The Man, Adele, ASAP Rocky's. He has been nominated for 18 Grammy Awards and has won 5. He's been nominated in the Producer of the Year category five times, won the award in 2011. Danger Mouse was listed as one of Esquire magazine's 75 most influential people of the 21st century. Brian Joseph Burton was born in White Plains, New York, to an African American father and a white mother. He spent much of his childhood in Spring Valley, New York. Burton also lived in Athens, Georgia for a while, where his trip hop work was released under the name "Pelican City". He also remixed work by several local artists, including Neutral Milk Hotel and DJ'd for University of Georgia radio station WUOG-FM. From 1998 to 2003, Burton also created a series of remix CDs and records under the stage name Danger Mouse.Danger Mouse (musician) – Danger Mouse performing with Broken Bells in 2010
12. Deacon the Villain – CunninLynguists are an American hip hop trio from Lexington, Kentucky and Atlanta, Georgia. The group currently consists of Deacon the Villain, Natti. SouthernUnderground, was independently released April 1, 2003 on Freshchest Records. The album featured guests including Masta Ace, Supastition and others, with production from Domingo, RJD2 and Kno. M.F. DiBella of Allmusic commented on "a lyrical deftness and genuine feel for the music rarely seen in the bling-conscious rap of the latter-day era". In 2003, Kno created his remixed version of Jay-Z's The Black Album titled The White Al-bu-lum. CunninLynguists released A Piece of Strange, worldwide on January 24, 2006 via Caroline Records and Groove Attack Distribution. Hype gave a five star review describing it as "the best album of the last 12 months". Club commented on Kno's "adventurous production". CunninLynguists have been covered in various outlets including The Source, URB, Spin, XLR8R, Import Tuner, The Onion. In 2010, producer Kno released his Death Is Silent. On December 21, the group released March 22 release date of their fifth album Oneirology on their Facebook page. In 2011, they released Oneirology to critical acclaim. In 2013, Kno formed a new group, Built to Fade, with vocalists Dane Ferguson, Anna Wise.Deacon the Villain – Performing live in 2009
13. Del the Funky Homosapien – Teren Delvon Jones, better known as Del the Funky Homosapien or Sir DZL, is an American underground hip hop MC. With the help of Cube, Del released his first solo album, I Wish My Brother George Was Here, at the age of 18. The album was a commercial success largely due to the popularity of the hit single, "Mistadobalina". No Need for Alarm saw the introduction of the Oakland clique Hieroglyphics, whose original members included Souls of Mischief, Casual, producer Domino. Del would not produce another album for five years. Future Development became available in 1998. The album was only available on the Hieroglyphics website in tape form, but was re-released in 2002 under the Hieroglyphics Imperium label. Del also released another collaborative work with the Hieroglyphics crew in 1998, also the Hieroglyphics crew's first album: 3rd Eye Vision. With Nakamura and Koala, Del was also a guest performer for Gorillaz' 2001 eponymous album Gorillaz. He appeared on the singles "Clint Eastwood" and "Rock the House". 2003 saw the release of the full-length album from the Hieroglyphics crew. In 2004 Elektra released The Best of Del tha Funkee Homosapien: The Elektra Years without the approval of Del. The CD only includes songs from his first two albums, along with a handful of b-sides from that era. On March 11, 2008 Del released Eleventh Hour through Definitive Jux. On March 31, 2009 Del's next album Funk Man was made available for free download on the internet.Del the Funky Homosapien – Del performing at Austin City Limits, 26 September 2008
14. Dessa – Margret Wander, better known by her stage name Dessa, is an American rapper, singer, spoken word artist, writer. She is a member of the indie hop collective Doomtree. Dessa has a younger brother, Max. She went to Southwest High School, graduating from the IB Diploma Programme in 1999. She attended the University of Minnesota, where she earned a B.A. in philosophy. Before becoming an artist full-time, she worked for a medical manufacturer. Initially drawn to their raw unique sound, Dessa forged a friendship with Doomtree. Soon after, she started dating P.O.S. Though they eventually ended their relationship, she was asked nonetheless to join the crew, did so. Since 2005, Dessa has appeared on numerous Doomtree albums, well as on the other members' solo albums. She is also the CEO of Doomtree. False Hopes, was released in 2005. Despite being only fifteen minutes long, it was listed by Minneapolis Star Tribune. She released a book of creative non-fiction titled Spiral Bound at the fourth annual Doomtree Blowout in 2008. In 2009, Dessa published Spiral Bound on a seventy-page collection of fiction and poetry.Dessa – Dessa performing in Scottsdale, Arizona, in May 2011
15. El-P – Jaime Meline, better known by his stage name El-P, is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer and record executive from Brooklyn, New York City. El-P is the co-founder, owner and chief officer of the Definitive Jux record label. El-P is also a member of The Weathermen and collective Cardboard City. In 2013, he formed the hip-hop duo Run the Jewels with collaborator Killer Mike. Born in New York, Meline is the son of jazz pianist Harry Keyes and is of Irish, Cajun, Jewish, Lithuanian descent. At his 18th party, he met Mr. Len, whom he had hired as a DJ for the night. The two quickly formed Company Flow in 1993. They released their first single, "Juvenile Techniques", in 1993. In 1996 the trio released its debut EP, Funcrusher. Subject after the success of the EP, Company Flow waited until it could get a contract on its own terms. The group eventually released its debut full-length album, Funcrusher Plus. The following year El-P released his debut solo album Fantastic Damage, to wide critical acclaim. El-P's proper studio album, I'll Sleep When You're Dead, was released on March 20, 2007. In an interview about I'll Sleep When You're Dead, he identifies himself as an atheist. In October 2009, El-P announced that he was working on his third album, titled Cancer for Cure.El-P – El-P live at Irving Plaza, February 10, 2007
16. Everlast (musician) – He was also part of La Coka Nostra, which consists of members of House of Pain and other rappers. Emerging as a member of Everlast's first solo album Forever Everlasting, largely made possible by MC Ice-T, was a disappointment commercially. Following the album's failure, Everlast teamed up with high school friend Danny Boy to form House of Pain in Los Angeles, California. Including Ice-T, they all attended Taft High School. Their eponymous debut album went multi-platinum, spawning the successful DJ Muggs produced single "Jump Around". This song was also remixed twice by one version featuring a verse from him and one without. The album also featured B-Real, on the song "Put Your Head Out". They participated together with Helmet, along with other rap acts, on the influential 1993 rock-rap collaborative Judgment Night movie soundtrack. Everlast once again pursued a solo career. Everlast followed-up this success by collaborating on the track "Put Your Lights On" on Santana's 1999 album Supernatural. It did considerably better with rock radio airplay, peaking at # 8 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. "Put Your Lights On" won Best Rock Performance with Vocal at the 2000 Grammy Awards. However, it was eventually certified gold. Shortly after both artists contributed tracks to the End of Days soundtrack, a feud erupted between Everlast and Eminem. Eminem and Everlast crossed paths in early 1999.Everlast (musician) – Everlast at Free & Easy Festival 2015
17. Lupe Fiasco – Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur. He rose to fame following the success of his debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. Fiasco also performs under his real name. As an entrepreneur, he is the executive officer of 1st & 15th Entertainment. Raised in Chicago, Jaco developed an interest after initially disliking the genre for its use of vulgarity and misogyny. After adopting recording songs in his father's basement, 19-year-old Fiasco joined a group called Da Pak. Fiasco soon met rapper Jay-Z who helped him sign a record deal with Atlantic Records. In September 2006, Fiasco released Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor on the label, which received three Grammy nominations. He released Lupe Fiasco's The Cool, in December 2007. The lead single "Superstar" became his top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Tetsuo & Youth, was released in January 2015. In addition to music, he has pursued other business ventures, including fashion. He runs two clothing lines, Trilly & Truly; he has designed sneakers for Reebok. He is also noted for his anti-establishment views, which he has expressed in his music. He was born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco on February 1982 in Chicago, Illinois.Lupe Fiasco – Lupe Fiasco in 2012
18. Flying Lotus – Flying Lotus has released five studio albums—1983, Los Angeles, Cosmogramma, Until the Quiet Comes and You're Dead! —to increasing critical acclaim. He has produced much of the music on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block. He also contributed remixes including Mia Doi Todd. In 2012, Ellison began rapping under the persona Captain Murphy, based on the Sealab 2021 character of the same name. Ellison kept finally revealing his identity several weeks after the release of his first rap mixtape, Duality. Flying Lotus was born Steven Ellison on October 1983, in Los Angeles, California. Her husband saxophonist John Coltrane. McLeod has been called by one writer "the biggest influence on Ellison's music". While lying on the couch at his mother's house, he saw an advertisement on Adult Swim/Cartoon Network asking for song submissions. He sent some in, was accepted, Flying Lotus was made. Soon his instrumentals were all over the channel. Around this time, he was interning at the pioneering hip label Stones Throw Records. Nights were spent at his grandmothers, working on the music that would become his debut album: 1983. It would also feature Laura Darlington, who went on to become a vocal fixture of future albums. In 2006, Ellison participated in that year's annual Red Bull Music Academy, which took place in Melbourne, Australia.Flying Lotus – Flying Lotus
19. The Gaslamp Killer – William Benjamin Bensussen, better known by his stage name The Gaslamp Killer, is an alternative hip hop producer and DJ based in Los Angeles, California. He is currently signed with Brainfeeder, a label founded by Flying Lotus. Bensussen grew up in California, where he became a DJ in the Gaslamp district. His unique sets often ruined the vibe in the clubs, earning him the nickname "The Gaslamp Killer." After moving to Los Angeles in 2006, he helped found Low End Theory, "L.A.'s monolithic weekly showcase for uncut beat-driven tracks". The Gaslamp Killer has played at Arts Festival, the Austin Psych Fest, the Decibel Festival, Wonderfruit in Thailand and the Voodoo Fest. He produced Gonjasufi's debut album, A Sufi and a Killer, in 2010. He released the single, "Flange Face" b/w "Seven Years of Bad Luck for Fun," in August 2012. It was chosen by Pitchfork Media as Best New Track in July. Breakthrough, was released in September 2012. His ancestry includes Turkish, Lebanese, Mexican and Lithuanian. Do You Want To?The Gaslamp Killer – The Gaslamp Killer in 2009.
20. CeeLo Green – Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, better known by his stage name CeeLo Green, is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor, businessman. Subsequently he embarked on a solo career, partially spurred by YouTube popularity. In the United States, "Crazy" reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The Odd Couple, charted at number 12 on the Billboard 200. In 2010, Green took a hiatus from working with Danger Mouse, released a solo single titled "Fuck You!", on August 19. His next two singles, "It's OK" and "Bigger City" were also hits in Europe. From 2011 to 2014, Green was a coach on American reality television singing competition The Voice, appearing on four of its seasons. In 2013, Green reunited with the rest of Goodie Mob, to release their fifth studio Age Against the Machine. In 2011 he did a concert in Madison Square Garden. Green has endorsed 7 Up, Duracell, sake brand TY KU. His work has earned numerous accolades, including five Grammy Awards, a BET Award, a Billboard Award, a Brit Award. Green was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated at Riverside Military Academy, a boarding school for boys in Gainesville, Georgia. He started his music career in church. His father died when Green was two years old.CeeLo Green – Green performing in 2008
21. Grieves – Benjamin Laub, better known by his stage name Grieves, is an American hip hop artist based in Seattle, Washington. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he lived in Colorado, New York City. He is signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment. Grieves released Irreversible, independently in 2007. Together/Apart debuted in the Top 200 Album Sales marking his first appearance in the Top 200. Grieves, along with Budo, also at Warped Tour 2011. His music has also been featured in Real Detroit Weekly, The Washington Post. Winter & the Wolves, was released on March 25, 2014. It peaked on the Billboard 200.Grieves – Grieves performing at SXSW in 2014.
22. Hopsin – Marcus Jamal Hopson, better known by his stage name Hopsin, is an American rapper, record producer, director and actor from Los Angeles, California. In 2007, Hopsin had founded his own record label, Funk Volume, in 2009. Hopsin would then go on to found Undercover Prodigy, in 2016. Hopsin is well known for his use of white colored eye contacts in music videos, interviews. Marcus Hopson was raised in the Panorama City neighborhood of Los Angeles. Hopsin attended James Monroe High School, where he was placed into educational classes. He has been an avid skateboarder since the age of twelve, as many of his music videos feature him skateboarding. While starting his career, he decided to sport colored eye contacts while performing in his music videos. Hopsin stated that he used the contacts to differentiate himself from other African American rappers with the cliché appearance. Hopsin credits Eminem as the rapper that initially got him interested into hip music. He even began recording his debut album as early as 2004. Hopsin was originally hailed as one of the driving forces behind attempting to bring Ruthless Records back to previous glory. Hopsin's lead single from his album "Pans in the Kitchen" was released on May 27, 2008. The album was set to feature no collaborations with other artists. However Gazing at the Moonlight was not released until October 27, 2009, with little to no promotion.Hopsin – Hopsin in May 2013
23. David Jude Jolicoeur – Jolicoeur, Kelvin Mercer were friends who attended the same high school in the Amityville area of Long Island during the 1980s. After they decided to form a group, each member re-christened themselves with an outlandish name. On, Jolicoeur sported a unique style of African medallions, peace signs and uneven dreadlocks. Jolicoeur is also a member of the Spitkicker collective. Jolicoeur is American of Haitian descent. All three members of De La Soul have a variety of known nicknames used throughout the group's career. The following are the most significant: Trugoy – The word "Trugoy" is backwards for "yogurt", because he likes yogurt. Jolicoeur once said in a video that, "I enjoyed eating yogurt. I mean, I eat a lot." Plug Two -- An early concept for Rising involved music being transmitted from Mars by three microphone plugs. Though this idea was abandoned, the titles "Plug One", "Plug Two" and "Plug Three" still became relevant on the album.David Jude Jolicoeur – Jolicoeur performing at the Fillmore in San Francisco, July 2009
24. Watkin Tudor Jones – He comes from South Africa where he attended Parktown Boys' High School. He left school one year before graduating. Jones now spends his time between Cape Town. He was a part of South African hip-hop scene for many years. Jones is best known as Ninja from Die Antwoord. He has embarked on various other endeavors, stuffed animal making. Jones's ` platonic soul mate', has been a frequent collaborator and is also a member of Die Antwoord. The two have a daughter together, named Sixteen. He was the lead vocalist of a live hip hop act, which released their debut album entitled Songs From The Mall in 2001. The band performed around South Africa including Up the Creek, Splashy Fen, Oppikoppi. They also played at the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium. They were a South African hip-hop crew that performed live wearing three-piece suits while frontman MaxNormal delivered style raps to the audience. In early 2002, Jones disbanded Max Normal, just as the band was reaching South African stardom, charting on 5FM. Yolandi Visser, listed as Anica The Snuffling on the credits, was also involved. After a process including mix and master by Krushed & Sorted, In June 3rd, 2002, "The Ziggurat" was released.Watkin Tudor Jones – Jones, December 2012
25. Ben Kenney – Benjamin Lee "Ben" Kenney, Sr. is a musician from Brielle, New Jersey, United States. He is the guitarist for the band Incubus. He had previously played in Time Lapse Consortium. Kenney sometimes plays drum duets with Incubus' drummer Jose Pasillas live on-stage. He has also done work for artists including Justin Timberlake, Faith Evans, Erykah Badu and Blackalicious, for the producers Timbaland and DJ Jazzy Jeff. 26, Maduro, "Burn the Tapes" were all released by Kenney's own record company, Ghetto Crush Industries. Ghetto Crush has also released music for The Division Group, Aleda and Root Valdez. Kenney helped The Smyrk to produce New Fiction. Kenney started in New Jersey band called Racecar with Jimmie Muller and Sam Hofman. After this, Chuck Treece started a musical duo called Supergrub in 1996, with three CDs released: Norma & Thurselle, Communicator and Challenger. Kenney plays guitar, drums while singing and writing every part on the solo records. When touring to support his solo records he sings, accompanied by Ashley Mendel on bass guitar and vocals and Sekou Lumumba on drums. Recently, Simon Harding from the Fin has replaced Lumumba. His bass equipment includes Lakland bass guitars, Line 6 effects "". and Mesa Boogie amplifiers. Kenney also plays Gibson Les Pauls, seen in the video for "Not Today".Ben Kenney – Ben Kenney performing live with Incubus in Madrid.
26. Talib Kweli – Talib Kweli Greene is an American hip hop recording artist, entrepreneur, social activist. He is the son of professional educators. In 2011, Kweli founded Javotti Media, self-defined as "a platform for independent thinkers and doers." Kweli earned recognition early on through his work with fellow Brooklyn artist, Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, when they formed the group Black Star. Kweli's career continued with solo success including collaborations with famed producers Kanye West, Just Blaze, Pharrell Williams. Kweli is known to support artists on the rise, such as J. Cole, Jay Electronica, Kendrick Lamar, NIKO IS. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Kweli grew up in a household in Park Slope. Kweli was a student at Cheshire Academy, a boarding school in Connecticut. He was previously a student at Brooklyn Technical High School before being academically dismissed. He later studied experimental theater at New York University. Kweli made his rapping debut in 1996, with featured five appearances on Doom, an album by Cincinnati, Ohio group Mood. Shortly afterwards, upon returning to New York, he reconnected with Mos Def and formed Black Star. Kweli brought along Hi-Tek to produce their only album, 1998's Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star. The album, released amidst a late'90s renaissance of Afrocentric hop, was immediately achieved modest success. Kweli and Hi-Tek continued their Reflection Eternal partnership on the 2000 album Train of Thought, likewise met with critical acclaim, but modest sales.Talib Kweli – Talib Kweli performing at the 2012 Ilosaarirock festival
27. Kydd (rapper)Kydd (rapper) – Kydd
28. Kendrick Lamar – Kendrick Lamar Duckworth is an American rapper and songwriter. He began to gain major recognition in 2010, after his first retail release, Overly Dedicated. The following year, Lamar independently released his first studio album, Section.80, which included his debut single, "HiiiPoWeR". Lamar secured a major-label record deal with Aftermath and Interscope Records, in 2012. M.A.A.d city, was released to critical success. The record contained the top 40 singles "Swimming Pools", "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe", "Poetic Justice". It debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Preceded by the Grammy Award-winning single "i", Lamar released his third album To Pimp a Butterfly in 2015 to universal acclaim. In 2016, Lamar released untitled unmastered. a collection of unreleased demos that originated during the recording sessions for Butterfly. Lamar has received a number of accolades over the course of his career, including seven Grammy Awards. In early 2013, MTV named Lamar the number one "Hottest MC in the Game", on their annual list. Time named Lamar one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016. Lamar was born in Compton, California, the son of a couple from Chicago, Illinois. His first name was given to him by his mother in honor of singer Eddie Kendricks. As a teenager, Lamar attended Centennial High School in Compton, where he was a straight-A student.Kendrick Lamar – Lamar performing at Way Out West in 2013
29. Mr. Lif – Jeffrey Haynes, better known by his stage name Mr. Lif, is an American hip hop artist from Boston, Massachusetts. Often noted for his political lyrics, he has released two studio albums on Bloodbot Tactical Enterprises. Mr. Lif is also a member of the hip group The Perceptionists with long-time friends and collaborators Akrobatik and DJ Fakts One. Mr. Lif, born Jeffrey Haynes, grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. After attending the Dedham, MA private school Noble and Greenough School, he eventually dropped out. He became a performer in 1994. Mr. Lif's ancestry is Bajan. Haynes adopted the name "Mr. Lif" after ingesting hallucinogenic mushrooms at an outdoor Phish concert during his freshman year at Colgate University in 1994. He imagined a fictional character called The Liftedly while under the influence, which gave way to "Mr. Lif". He later said in an interview for the Times Colonist: "I don't know any Phish songs. I still don't know anything about them now." Mr. Lif released Elektro, in 1998, attracting the attention of labels Grand Royal and Definitive Jux. In 2001, he won the Kahlua Boston Music Awards for Outstanding Rap/Hip Hop Act. He still found time to release the Cro-Magnon single and a live CD. His track "Pull Out Your Cut" was featured to the ESPN Video Game ESPN NFL 2K5.Mr. Lif – Mr. Lif live at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 30, 2006
30. Theophilus London – Theophilus Musa London is a Trinidadian-born American rapper and singer. London was born in Trinidad, later moved to New York. He then graduated from Pocono Mountain East High School in 2006. These Days, mixed by noted producer Dan Carey, was released by Warner Brothers on July 19, 2011. London was one of the headliners of the Northside Festival in Brooklyn in June 2011. Very big. The buzz has been building for some time." In September 2014, it was announced that the new album would be released in executive produced by Kanye West. 2011: Timez Are Weird These Days 2014: Vibes 2008: Jam!Theophilus London – Theophilus London at Fri-Son in Fribourg, Switzerland (2010)
31. Vincent Mason – Vincent Lamont Mason Jr. is a rapper, producer, DJ, one third of the hip hop group De La Soul. Mason is also known as Maseo, P.A. Pasemaster Mase and Plug Three. David Jude Jolicoeur were already friends when Mason joined the pair to form De La Soul in 1987. The trio came to the attention of Prince Paul, then a member of Stetsasonic, with a demo recording of "Plug Tunin'". Paul produced their first album, 3 Feet High and Rising. Mason also recorded the introductory laugh with Gorillaz, "Feel Good Inc.". Mase is a member of a group of artistically-minded people who release work by Spitkicker artists and engage in social, community-based activism. Mason is a native of Brooklyn, New York. Son of Dorothy Robinson and Vincent Mason. He is the oldest of two siblings. His younger brother is Anthony Mason. Vincent currently lives in Florida. Father of four children: Marcus, Tre, Chauncey and Dayo Mason. Tre Mason, is a running back for the Los Angeles Rams.Vincent Mason – Mason performing at the Fillmore in San Francisco, July 2009
32. Matisyahu – Matthew Paul Miller, known by his Hebrew and stage name Matisyahu, is a Jewish American reggae vocalist, beatboxer, alternative rock musician. Since 2004, Matisyahu has released four studio albums as well as two DVDs featuring live concerts. In addition, he played the role of Tzadok in a supernatural film directed by Ole Bornedal and co-produced by Sam Raimi. Through his career, he has worked with Kool Kojak. Matthew Paul Miller was born on June 1979, in Pennsylvania. His family eventually settled in White Plains, New York. Matisyahu attended Hebrew school at a synagogue in White Plains. He started taking drugs and dropped out of White Plains Senior High School. Matisyahu became following the rock band Phish on tour. In autumn 1995, he attended a two-month program in Israel. The program offers students first-hand exploration of Jewish heritage as a way of solidifying Jewish identity. A stint in a rehabilitation center in upstate New York followed. Miller then attended a wilderness trip for teenagers. He finished high school at a wilderness program in Bend, Oregon. In Oregon, he identified himself as "Matt, the Jewish rapper kid from New York."Matisyahu – Matisyahu
33. Kelvin Mercer – Kelvin Mercer is a rapper, producer, one-third of the hip hop trio De La Soul. He is known more famously by his Posdnuos, or simply Pos. He grew up in East Massapequa, New York. David Jude Jolicoeur were childhood friends. They met Vincent Mason in the early 1980s while attending Amityville High School in New York. Mercer's father was a fan. As a member of De La Soul, Mercer is generally regarded as one of the most underrated MCs of all time. He has imparted some of his hard-earned experiences in songs such as "Held Down", "Trying People", from AOI: Bionix. Mercer is also known for his double entendre-laden battle rhymes. "Fuck bein' hard, Posdnuos is complicated" from Buhloone Mindstate's "In the Woods". He is a member of the Spitkicker collective. All three members of De La Soul have used a number of aliases. The following are the most significant: Posdnuos – Pronounced "pas-da-noos". According to some sources, the words spelled backward are "sounds op." Plug One -- An early concept for Rising involved music being transmitted from Mars by three microphone plugs.Kelvin Mercer – Mercer performing at the Fillmore in San Francisco, July 2009
34. M.I.A. (rapper) – "M.I.A." is a play on her own name and a reference to the acronym of Missing in Action. Her compositions combine elements of alternative, electronic, hip music. M.I.A. began her career in 2000 as a visual artist, filmmaker and designer in west London before beginning her recording career in 2002. She released her Arular in 2007 both to universal critical acclaim. Kala was certified silver in the UK and gold in Canada and the US, where it topped the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. It also charted in several countries across Europe, in Japan and Australia. The single "Paper Planes" peaked in the Top 20 worldwide and reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100. It has become XL Recordings' second best-selling single to date. M.I.A.'s third album Maya was released in 2010 soon after the controversial song-film short "Born Free". The single "XXXO" reached the Top 40 in Belgium, Spain and the UK. M.I.A. has embarked on five global headlining tours and is the founder of her own multimedia label, N.E.E.T.. Her fourth studio album, Matangi, was released in 2013. Arulpragasam's early compositions relied heavily on the Roland MC-505 music sequencer and drum machine. Her later work marked an evolution with unusual sound samples. Critics have acclaimed a distinctive style to her music.M.I.A. (rapper) – M.I.A. performing at the Zénith de Paris in 2014
35. Mike Mictlan – Mike Marquez, better known by his stage name Mike Mictlan, is a rapper based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a founding member of the indie hop collective Doomtree. City Pages listed him as the 10th best Minnesota rapper in 2012. Mike Mictlan released a collaborative album with Lazerbeak, in 2008. He curated one of the Doomtree Blowout shows at 7th Street Entry in December 2011. He released the Snaxxx mixtape in September 2012. Hand Over Fist Snaxxx Hella Frreal False Hopes Eight: Deity for Re-Hire "Cogs + Flywheels" The First Chapter See Doomtree for complete listing.Mike Mictlan – Mictlan performing in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2012
36. Mos Def – Mos Def subsequently released their eponymous debut album in 1998. He was featured on the roster of Rawkus Records and in 1999 released his solo debut, Black on Both Sides. His debut was followed by The New Danger, The Ecstatic. The editors at About.com listed him on their "50 greatest MC's of our time" list. Prior to his career in music, he first entered public life as a actor, having played roles in television movies, sitcoms, theater. Mos Def is also known as the host of Def Poetry Jam, which aired on HBO between 2007. He has been vocal on several political causes, including police brutality, the idea of American exceptionalism, the state of African Americans. Dante Terrell Smith Bey was born in the son of Sheron Smith and Abdul Rahman. The eldest of step-children, Mos Def was raised by his mother in Brooklyn, while his father lived in New Jersey. At 19, Mos Def took the Muslim declaration of faith. Mos Def is close friends with Kamaal Ibn John Fareed of the rap group A Tribe Called Quest. He attended middle school at Philippa Schuyler Middle School 383 in Bushwick, Brooklyn where he picked up his love for acting. In Mos Def witnessed his then five year old younger brother Ilias Bey get hit by a car. Bey, who later adopted the alias DCQ, was described as "my first partner in Hip Hop". He began his rap career in 1994, forming the rap group UTD along with younger brother DCQ and younger sister Ces.Mos Def – Mos Def performing at the 2012 Ilosaarirock festival
37. Matty Newton – Matthew "Matty" Newton is an Australian songwriter, bass player, guitarist, keyboardist and producer from Queensland, Australia. Matty Newton got his start through 2009. In 2008 Matty and Erinn Swan formed the band Streamer Bendy. He has also spent time performing as a guitarist with rock bands Trial Kennedy, Tourism & Nina May. Matty spent 3 years as the bass player for the Tribute Theatre Company, Showtime where he toured the world for several years. In 2012 The Rebound Girl, was shortlisted for "Best Urban Release" in the QLD Music Awards. Matty can currently be seen on tour Tourism and 2013 Toyota Star Maker winner, Jared Porter. Debuted at number 23 in the Australian singles charts. Repeat Offender performed over 600 shows between 2003 and 2009. Streamer Bendy were a Brisbane band that recorded their self-titled album between Stockholm, Los Angeles, Brisbane and Sydney. Matty formed the band in 2008 formerly of Nina May. Initially the player for the group, Matty has also toured as their drummer, guitarist and keyboardist after several line-up changes. Along with Erinn Swan, Matt was a primary songwriter for the group. Queen, it's a Kind of Magic was the worlds largest and most successful Queen act. The Hangout are a Brisbane band that formed in 2013 released 2 singles, "Amsterdam" & "Those Girls" later that year.Matty Newton – Matthew "Matty" Newton
38. Jack Parow – Zander Tyler better known by his stage name Jack Parow is an Afrikaner rapper from Cape Town, South Africa. He is well performing with them at the Oppikoppi festival in 2009. He collaborated with various other artists such as Die Heuwels Fantasties, Die Antwoord and Francois Van Coke. Since a young age Parow reportedly wanted to be a rapper, from the instant he heard Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle. He soon decided that he preferred Afrikaans. Jack Parow's first release was the Cooler as ekke EP in December 2009. It was featured 10 songs and 6 music videos.Jack Parow – Jack Parow
39. Manny Phesto – Manuel Levins Holden better known by his stage name Manny Phesto, is an Underground hip hop musician based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pitchfork Media listed his music of 2014". City Pages named Southside Looking In one of "The Best Minnesota Rap Albums of 2014". After their recent altercations. The Mexacan magazine Me Hace Ruido named one of their "Artists to Follow in 2016". 2011 saw Manny playing other hip hop shows around town. April 2014 Manny released his Mike the Martyr produced Southside Looking In project online, followed by a party in June. Manny was featured on Eminem's Shade 45 channel aired on Sirius XM. Manny Phesto played a sold out date at Fabrica De Arte Cubano in Havana, Cuba in October 2015. Manny Phesto markets himself creatively. Manny's sign appeared in yards throughout the twin cities. Manny began gathering "endorsement photos" from artists including Slug of Atmosphere, Immortal Technique, Mystikal, Rittz, Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson, others. A couple of which were highlighted by XXL. Manny has also adopted a Metro Transit Shelter in Minneapolis. Social Capital EP Southside Looking In www.mannyphesto.com Manny Phesto on Facebook Manny Phesto on Rap Genius www.HiGHMiNDSTour.com Manny Phesto on DiscogsManny Phesto – Manny Phesto in Minneapolis, Minnesota
40. Johnny Polygon – John W. Armour, better known by his stage name Johnny Polygon, is an American hip hop recording artist from Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2008, he met DJ Green Lantern, who eventually offered a record deal with his label imprint, Invasion Music Group. In 2009, he released his first project under an extended play titled Group Hug, which URB Magazine called "risky yet authentic." In 2010, he followed his EP Without Applause, his first official mixtape, which included the promotional single, "The Riot Song". The single went on to be featured on MTV, VH1 and Centric, well as the HBO television series, How to Make it in America. Johnny Polygon has worked with high-profile artists such as Kid Cudi. Polygon frequently has also worked with Amanda Diva, Dead Prez and Yelawolf. In 2012, MSN.com named Polygon one of their "Top 5 Up-And-Comers You Should Know." Since 2001, he has released seven albums, with his latest being I Love You, Goodnight.. . "It's just a fan-funded company," Polygon said. “My label is my fans.” Johnny Polygon was born John Armour on May 1984, in Cleveland, Ohio. His family proudly claims as his hometown. As an adolescent, Johnny Polygon first encountered hop through breakdancing.Johnny Polygon – Johnny Polygon in Silverlake, California
41. Questlove – Ahmir Khalib Thompson, known professionally as Questlove, is an American percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, DJ, music journalist, record producer, occasional actor. Questlove is best known as the drummer and joint frontman for the Grammy Award-winning band The Roots. Questlove is also one of the producers of Hamilton. Additionally, Questlove is an adjunct instructor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University. Questlove is a member of the Soulquarians, The Randy Watson Experience, The Soultronics, The Grand Wizzards. Ahmir Khalib Thompson was born on January 20, 1971. His father was the Hearts, a 50s doo-wop group. Jacquelin Thompson, together with his father, was also part of the Philadelphia-based soul group Congress Alley. His parents did not want to leave him with babysitters, so they took him with them. Questlove grew up in backstages of doo-wop shows. By the age of seven, Thompson began drumming at shows, by 13, had become a musical director. Questlove's parents then enrolled him for the Creative and Performing Arts. By the time he graduated, he had founded a band called The Square Roots with his friend Tariq Trotter. Questlove attended senior prom with Larrieux. After graduating from high school, Questlove took composition classes at Settlement Music School.Questlove – Questlove in 2011
42. MC Ride – Stefan Corbin Burnett, better known by his stage name MC Ride, is an American rapper and visual artist. He is best known as the frontman of Sacramento-based experimental hip group Death Grips. Burnett is credited for his dismal, lyrics aggressive rapping style. Burnett had studied visual art before his music career. The project came to an end after his brother was unable to continue with the group. During this time, Burnett pursued a career as a painter. In 2010, Burnett formed Death Grips with his neighbor Zach Hill, known for his drumming work for session work. Hill introduced his friend, the group began working together. After releasing their self-titled EP, Death Grips released the mixtape Exmilitary, which received critical acclaim and attention from music publications. The group released their debut album, The Money Store the same year. In 2012, the group leaked No Love Deep Web, due to Epic Records' hesitance to release it until 2013. The group subsequently released a third album, titled Government Plates in 2013. The Powers That B, was released in 2014. They released their fifth studio album Bottomless Pit with entirely brand new recorded material since their alleged disbandment. His style was also described as "startling yelps."MC Ride – Stefan Burnett performing with Death Grips at Festsaal Kreuzberg in 2012.
43. Self Jupiter – Ornette Glenn better known by his stage name Self Jupiter, is an American rapper from Los Angeles, California. He is a member alongside Myka 9, P.E.A.C.E. and Aceyalone. He is also a member of The Kleenrz alongside Kenny Segal. Self Jupiter released The Kleenrz on Hellfyre Club in 2012. It features guest appearances among others.Self Jupiter – Self Jupiter performing live at the Blue Cafe, Long Beach, California, 2012.
44. Bobby Sichran – Bobby Sichran was a Jewish-American alternative hip hop musician. His music was often described as combining hop with several other musical genres, such as blues rock and folk music. Sichran criticized such comparisons, saying that he would "never want music to exist on comparisons to someone else." A native of Sichran dropped out of Columbia University in the early 1990s, looking for a musical career. While doing so, he worked before getting his big break after knocking on the door of Public Enemy's studio. On May 1994, Sichran released his debut album, From a Sympathetical Hurricane, on Columbia Records. It was preceded by the single "Dog." Record executive David Kahne said to the album that "Every time I listen to this record, I hear more stuff." Nevertheless, the album ended up being a commercial flop. He released a 12" in 1998 entitled "Smoke of the Ghetto", described as being a preview of an upcoming album of the same name. However, he did not release another studio album until 2007's "Peddler in Babylon". According to the Columbia Spectator, Sichran conceived this album as "a album about the modern American's crisis of faith".Bobby Sichran – Bobby Sichran performing on June 12, 2007.
45. Mike Skinner (musician) – Michael Geoffrey "Mike" Skinner is an English rapper, musician, record producer, actor, best known for the music project The Streets. He was born in Barnet, Hertfordshire. Skinner started playing with keyboards at the age of five. When he was seven years old Skinner began experiencing symptoms of epilepsy, which worsened in his early teens. Skinner describes his background as "Barratt class: not poor but not much money about, really boring," referring to the property developer Barratt Developments. He is a keen supporter of Birmingham City. Skinner has worn the club's shirt on stage. Skinner also wore it for his remix of Bloc Party's single "Banquet". In addition, Skinner has tried to raise awareness that "it's not just depression. That's what people tend to think". Another statement he has released on the topic: "I was incapacitated. It seems to have faded now. But at the time I think I was working too hard. It was important to just mention it really. It was such a big thing for me.Mike Skinner (musician) – Mike Skinner in concert
46. Slug (rapper) – Sean Michael Daley, better known by his stage name Slug, is an American rapper from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Slug is best known as one half of the hip hop group Atmosphere, which he founded with Derek Turner. Anthony Davis produces Atmosphere with Slug. In 1995, Slug, in collaboration with Anthony Davis, Brent Sayers founded the Minneapolis-based independent hip hop record label Rhymesayers Entertainment. Slug was born Sean Michael Daley in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on September 1972. The son of Valerie and Craig Daley, he is of Irish, Norwegian, African-American and American descent. He has three children. Before fully establishing himself as an official artist, Daley spent much time making music with fellow Minnesota rapper Nic Lehnertz. Daley recognizes Lehnertz as a contributing factor to his success. Lehnertz quit rapping after high school, while Daley went on to pursue a professional career. In Atmosphere's early years, Slug DJ let Spawn handle lyrics. The group eventually began collaborating on music. Another notable project of Slug's is Felt, another underground rapper, MURS. Other projects he has been a part of include Deep Puddle Dynamics. He is a member of a collective known as The Orphanage, along with Aesop Rock, Sage Francis, Eyedea and Greenhouse.Slug (rapper) – Slug in 2012
47. Vince Staples – Vincent Staples, better known as Vince Staples, is an American rapper from Long Beach, California. He is part of the hop trio Cutthroat Boyz, alongside fellow Californian rappers A$ ton Matthews and Joey Fatts. Staples was once a close associate of Odd Future, in particular Mike G and Earl Sweatshirt. He is currently signed to Blacksmith Records, Def Jam Recordings. Staples rose to prominence by Odd Future members and his collaborative mixtape titled Stolen Youth with Mac Miller, who produced the project. In October 2014, he released his debut which included the singles "Hands Up" and "Blue Suede". Summertime' 06, was released on June 30, 2015, to critical acclaim. He was also featured as a part of the XXL 2015 Class. Vincent Staples was born in the Ramona Park neighborhood in Northside, Long Beach, California. Staples was introduced by Dijon "LaVish" Samo, Chuck Wun and his cousin Campbell Emerson. LaVish brought Staples to LA where he befriended Odd Future collective members Syd tha Kyd, Mike G, Earl Sweatshirt. Although he had not intended to be a rapper, he featured on some of their songs, most notably "Epar" from Earl Sweatshirt's self-titled album. Following this, he decided to pursue a career in rap and released his debut mixtape Shyne Coldchain Vol. 1 on December 30, 2011 via applebird.com. In October 2012, he released a mixtape produced entirely by Michael Uzowuru. The mixtape features guest appearances from Staples' Cutthroat Boyz co-member, Joey Fatts.Vince Staples – Staples performing in June 2015
48. Tyler, The Creator – Tyler Gregory Okonma, better known by his stage name Tyler, The Creator, is an American rapper, record producer, music video director. Okonma designs the group's clothing and other merchandise as well. A carnival, named Camp Flog Gnaw, hosted annually since 2012. He runs his own streaming service Golf Media, Camp Flog Gnaw contains original scripted series from Tyler himself. Okonma was born in a mother of African-American and white Canadian descent. He has said that he spent his early life living in the communities of Ladera Heights and Hawthorne, California. At the age of 14, he taught himself to play the piano. In his 12 years of schooling, he attended 12 different schools in the Los Angeles and Sacramento areas. He worked for just under two weeks, Starbucks for over two years. On December 2009, Tyler self-released his first mixtape, Bastard. The mixtape was eventually ranked 32nd on Pitchfork Media's list of the Top Albums of 2010. On February 2011, Tyler released the music video for "Yonkers," the first single from his second album, Goblin, released May 10, 2011. The video has received attention from online media outlets. An extended version with a third verse can be purchased on iTunes. After the release of "Yonkers," Tyler announced that he had signed a one-album deal with XL Recordings.Tyler, The Creator – Tyler, The Creator in 2012
49. Yolandi Visser – Under her birth-name, she made another short film named "Picnic". Visser was art groups The Constructus Corporation and MaxNormal.TV. She appeared in several of their music/art videos. Visser cites Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Nine Inch Nails, Cypress Hill, Eminem, Aphex Twin as musical influences. Die Antwoord is a rap/rave group consisting of Visser, Ninja and DJ Hi-Tek. List of Afrikaans singers Yolandi Visser at the Internet Movie Database Yolandi Visser Discography at discogs.com The Constructus Corporation Discography at discogs.com Zef RecordzYolandi Visser – Visser at the 2010 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
50. Kanye West – Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, entrepreneur. Music. He went on to pursue a variety of different styles on subsequent albums Late Registration, Graduation, 808s & Heartbreak. West released his abrasive sixth album, Yeezus, to further critical praise in 2013. His seventh album, The Life of Pablo, was released in 2016. Outside of music have received significant attention. He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct in public settings. He is the head of the creative DONDA. His 2014 marriage to television personality Kim Kardashian has also been subject to widespread media coverage. Three of his albums have been included and ranked on Rolling Stone's 2012 update of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. He has also been included in a number of Forbes annual lists. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015. West was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents divorced when he was three years old. After the divorce, he and his mother moved to Chicago, Illinois.Kanye West – West performing at Lollapalooza in 2011
51. Adam Yauch – Adam Nathaniel Yauch was an American rapper, musician, film director, human rights activist. Yauch was best known as a founding member of the hip group Beastie Boys. Yauch was frequently sometimes worked under the pseudonym Nathanial Hörnblowér. He founded Oscilloscope Laboratories, distribution company based in New York City. As a Buddhist, Yauch was organized the Tibetan Freedom Concert. Born in New York City, he was the only child of a social worker and a painter and architect. He had a non-religious upbringing. His mother was Jewish. He attended Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn's Midwood neighborhood. In high school, Yauch taught himself to play the guitar. He formed the Beastie Boys with John Berry, Michael Diamond. They played their first show -- while still a hardcore band in the vein of Reagan Youth -- on his 17th birthday. Yauch attended Bard College for two years before dropping out. A hip hop trio, released their first album Licensed to Ill on Def Jam Records when Yauch was 22. He directed many of the Beastie Boys' music videos, often under the pseudonym Nathanial Hörnblowér.Adam Yauch – Yauch in 2007
52. Yonas (hip hop artist) – Yonas Mellesse, known under the mononym, YONAS, is an independent hip-hop artist hailing from New York City. Yonas often claims that with his music, he hopes to "bring content back to popular music." He was heavily influenced by brother Robert Swartz. He did just that, going on to study classical violin. After putting the violin down, getting more into the culture of New York City, Yonas became interested in writing Hip Hop music. In 2009 he released his first EP The New Golden Era independently, winning a Billboard Songwriting Award for his single "Banga." In 2010 he followed with his first mixtape produced by Sean Ross entitled I Am Us to the tune of 30,000 downloads. A little over a year later in 2011, he released his first album on iTunes, "The Proven Theory." The Transition, considered Yonas' mixtape was released to the tune of 70,000 downloads in the first 2 months. Yonas was also featured as a Breakout artist in XXL magazine in June 2012. Thanks to The Transition's success, Yonas was able to land a 50 city nationwide tour in the Fall of 2012, opening for musical group AER. Yonas has performed with notable musicians including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Wale, Juicy J, Timeflies, Gorilla Zoe, Logic. Fuse TV caught up on 1 interview while on his nationwide tour. After the Transition Deluxe, Yonas released a series of free remixes to popular songs titled "Freemix Tuesdays". He released music videos for each of these songs on his Youtube channel.Yonas (hip hop artist) – Yonas (hip hop artist)