Category:Hip hop activists
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The following 54 pages are in this category, out of 54 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 54 pages are in this category, out of 54 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Ab-Soul – Herbert Anthony Stevens IV, better known by his stage name Ab-Soul, is an American hip hop recording artist from Carson, California. Herbert Anthony Stevens IV was born on February 23,1987, in Los Angeles, after his birth, his family relocated to Germany, where his biological father was stationed in the military. He once recalled being five years old, I was serious into video games and basketball, teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on TV. But I know early on, I really, really liked Michael Jackson, like we all did. At the age of 10, Stevens contracted Stevens–Johnson syndrome, which caused him to be hospitalized and is the origin of his lips and light-sensitive eyes, At ten years old. It was a pretty vivid day, I caught a rare virus called Steven-Johnson Syndrome. And it was very, very life-changing for me and it hindered my vision and my skin configuration. It definitely put a dent in my hoop dreams. I even kept trying to play, I tried to keep playing with my shades on, it was real funny when I think about it now. A lot of my friends were real cool about it and they wouldnt make me feel different or anything like that, but I just kind of figured… I wont have the sharp vision for that. I had to wear shades and shit, people teased me about my lips, and say I look high. I didnt even start smoking weed, until after I graduated from high school, Stevens encountered music at a very young age, due to his family owning a record store. Stevens also began crafting his skills at an early age, I was on BlackPlanet freestyle chat. It is an interesting world. I think that it still exists online, where you freestyle, I think that is where I developed my rhyming skills. I had been rapping a little earlier, maybe around 12, but when I hopped online and into that culture and it really got me going as far as being a rapper. Stevens claims to have written his first verse when he was 12 years old, to the beat of Twistas Emotions, I was like, I can do this, thats a day I remember vividly. From that moment Ive had a keen interest in the whole craftAb-Soul – Ab-Soul performing in Brooklyn in 2015
2. Brother Ali – Ali Douglas Newman, better known by his stage name Brother Ali, is an American hip hop artist, community activist and member of the Rhymesayers Entertainment hip hop collective. Ali was born in Madison, Wisconsin and was born with albinism and he spent his early childhood moving throughout the Midwestern United States. Alis family settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1992 and he attended Robbinsdale Cooper High School in New Hope and he began rapping at age eight, in the midst of traveling from place to place with his family. Ali converted to Islam at age 15 and followed Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, on August 13,2007, Brother Ali appeared on The Late Late Show and performed his single Uncle Sam Goddamn from The Undisputed Truth. On October 19,2007, Ali appeared on Late Night with Conan OBrien, on December 16,2009 Ali appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and was featured with late night band The Roots. On July 24,2013, Brother Ali appeared on the Maximum Fun podcast Judge John Hodgman as an Expert Witness. Brother Ali has said many times in interviews that he finds much of his inspiration in the late 1980s rappers of the age of hip hop, especially KRS-One. Ali has a son, Faheem, from his first marriage, and his music frequently addresses his role as a father, parent, the song Real as Can Be off his EP The Truth Is Here says he also has a daughter on the way. Ali was born with the genetic condition of albinism, a disorder characterized by a lack of pigment in skin, eyes. Brother Ali often makes fun of the medias constant urge to mention his condition in the first lines of their reviews or newspaper articles and he is also legally blind which is caused by his albinism. In an article entitled The Art of Mourning in America, Brother Ali said his favorite food is Sweet Potato Pie. The interview was conducted during the Month of Ramadan and Ali performed a freestyle, “life long Starvation every month is Ramadan, walk in the crib and Im surprised that the powers on. ”Social Justice Many of Alis themes of justice are incorporated into his lyricism. Much attention was garnered through Alis album, The Undisputed Truth, protest In 2012, Ali was arrested along with thirty-seven others while occupying the home of a Minneapolis resident to fight the houses foreclosure. The goal of the protesters was to block the eviction of the family through their assembly and occupancy, Ali ended up using his celebrity as a platform to discuss these events, and bring them to the attention of his audience. Privilege Ali deals heavily with the notion of privilege, and focuses on bringing to mind issues that are all too often ignored within our society and he stated in an interview with Yes. Magazine that The best definition of privilege I’ve heard is anything you dont have to wrestle with, Ali feels a certain obligation to act politically, as he is unwilling to sit aside after experiencing all he has. He states, I feel like thats my job, and I feel like within the last few years I fully woke up to that, found the courage to understand that, underground hip hop Twin Cities hip hop Hess, Mickey. Volume II, The Midwest, The South, and Beyond, Hip Hop in America, A Regional GuideBrother Ali – Brother Ali performing in 2012
3. Afrika Bambaataa – Afrika Bambaataa is an American disc jockey from the South Bronx, New York. He is notable for releasing a series of genre-defining electro tracks in the 1980s that influenced the development of hip hop culture. Afrika Bambaataa is one of the originators of breakbeat DJing and is known as The Godfather and Amen Ra of Hip Hop Kulture. Through his co-opting of the gang the Black Spades into the music and culture-oriented Universal Zulu Nation. He was born to Jamaican and Barbadian immigrants, Bambaataa grew up in The Bronx River Projects, with an activist mother, as a child, he was exposed to the black liberation movement, and witnessed debates between his mother and uncle regarding the conflicting ideologies in the movement. He was exposed to his mothers extensive and eclectic record collection, gangs in the area became the law, clearing their turf of drug dealers, assisting with community health programs and both fighting and partying to keep members and turf. Bambaataa was a member of the Black Spades and he quickly rose to the position of warlord of one of the divisions. As warlord, it was his job to build ranks and expand the turf of the young Spades and he was not afraid to cross turfs to forge relationships with other gang members, and with other gangs. As a result, the Spades became the biggest gang in the city in terms of membership and turf. After Bambaataa won an essay contest that earned him a trip to Africa and he had seen the movie Zulu and was impressed with the solidarity exhibited by the Zulu in that film. During his trip to Africa, the communities he visited inspired him to one in his own neighborhood. He changed his name to Afrika Bambaataa Aasim, adopting the name of the Zulu chief Bhambatha and he told people that his name was Zulu for affectionate leader. Bambaataa formed The Bronx River Organization as an alternative to the Black Spades, inspired by DJ Kool Herc and Kool DJ Dee, Bambaataa began hosting hip-hop parties beginning in 1976. He vowed to use hip-hop to draw angry kids out of gangs, Cowboy of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, is credited with naming hip-hop, the term became a common phrase used by MCs as part of a scat-inspired style of rhyming. In 1982, Bambaataa and his followers, a group of dancers, artists and he saw that the hip hop tours would be the key to help expand hip hop and his Universal Zulu Nation. In addition it would promote the values of hip hop that he believed are based on peace, unity, love. He brought peace to the gangs, many artists and gang members say that hip hop saved a lot of lives and his influence inspired many overseas artists like the French rapper MC Solaar. He was a popular DJ in The South Bronx rap scene and became not only as Afrika BambaataaAfrika Bambaataa – Afrika Bambaataa and DJ Yutaka
4. Buck 65 – Richard Terfry, better known by his stage name Buck 65, is a Canadian alternative hip hop artist. Underpinned by a background in abstract hip hop, his more recent music has extensively incorporated blues, country, rock, folk. Terfry is also a radio host, hosting the weekday Radio 2 Drive show on CBC Radio 2 since September 2,2008, in addition, he once hosted a weekday program on CBC Radio 3s web radio station. Terfry was born in 1972 and raised in Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia, Terfry was initially interested in pursuing a career in professional baseball, and at age 16, was scouted by the New York Yankees, however, his dream was ended following a shoulder injury. He was first exposed to rap music in the mid-1980s while listening to CBC Stereos late night show Brave New Waves, CKDU then broadcast at only 33 watts, and he had to climb a tree in his yard to hear the stations hip hop show on his radio. Fascinated by hip hop, the young Terfry taught himself how to rap, DJ, in 1990, Terfry self-produced his first song, The Rhyme Has To Be Good, which later received airplay on the Halifax college radio station. His musical influences include MC Shan, David Lynch, Gitche Manitou, using the moniker DJ Critical, he later hosted a hip-hop show on CKDU called The Bassment, which aired for several years. This period overlapped with many of his non-major-label releases, Buck 65 has used a number of other stage names including Johnny Rockwell, Stinkin Rich, Haslam, and Uncle Climax. Where I come from, its common when a boy is named after his father, I dont know where that comes from or when it started. It might be a out-in-the-country thing, growing up I knew lots of sons who were referred to as Buck. Sometimes even if they werent juniors, so the joke became, I was one of 65 Bucks in my town. The nickname Buick 65 stuck until it was misprinted on a publicity poster as Buck 65 which he adopted as his stage name. Buck 65 has recorded an EP under the name of Dirk Thornton alongside Irishman DJ Flip, it was scheduled for release early 2007, the first release under Dirk Thornton was a 7-inch vinyl single with the tracks Yesterdays News and Catwalk. In 1993, he released his first cassette of rap tunes while performing under the alias Stinkin Rich on the Halifax label No Records, the five song cassette was titled Chin Music, which was a reference to his interest in baseball. The release brought Stinkin Rich to the attention of members of Halifax alternative rock band Sloan, Sloan signed him to their independent record label Murderecords and released a 7-inch single and a full length cassette called Game Tight, again featuring a reference to baseball. As Stinkin Rich, he appeared on numerous songs by Halifax hip hop band Hip Club Groove. After a brief break, Terfry returned reconstituted as Buck 65, releasing Weirdo Magnet and Language Arts in 1996, followed by Vertex in 1997, and he recorded Sebutonedef as a collaboration with fellow Halifax artist Sixtoo. Other releases by the duo, known as Sebutones, are Psoriasis, Man Overboard, originally released on Anticon in 2001, was a significant turning point in his careerBuck 65 – Buck 65 at Storsjöyran in Sweden in 2007
5. Chali 2na – Charles Stewart, better known as Chali 2na, is an American rapper and hip hop artist, associated with the groups Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli. He is known for his baritone and quick delivery rapping style, as a young boy, Stewart moved to South Central Los Angeles, which had been the home base of Jurassic 5 since the groups inception in 1993. He was raised by his grandmother, a practicing Muslim, who raised him in the Islamic faith and his stage name is a reference to Charlie the Tuna, the deep-voiced animated mascot of StarKist Tuna. He and Cut Chemist became friends in high school, together with Mark 7even, they were part of a seven-man group called Unity Committee. The Unity Committee crew would often spend Thursday nights performing at the Good Life Café and they were, along with another three-person troupe called the Rebels of Rhythm, routinely chosen as the crowds favourite performers. The two crews also appreciated one anothers styles, and they teamed to record a 12 single, Unified Rebelution, the Rebels of Rhythm were MCs Akil and Daakir, the men banded together to form Jurassic 5. In 2006, Cut Chemist elected to split from the group to pursue a career. He is a member of the activist salsa funk band Ozomatli, although no longer an official member, he continues to collaborate with them on occasion. Along with salsa, his music and theirs have been influenced by reggae and soul music, was a founding member of Jurassic 5, which boasted in the song Improvise that the four MCs sounded like one. Fish Market, a mix tape, was compiled and released October 25,2004. Dont Stop, the would-be first single from Fish Outta Water and he also spoke deferentially of Tupac Shakur. Dont Stops chorus was sung by neo-soul artist Anthony Hamilton and it was featured in the soundtrack of the video game NBA Live 06. A second Chali 2na solo song, The Anchor Man, was featured on the Dan The Automator-curated soundtrack to the latest installment in the game series, another song, Something Different, was also featured on the All-Pro Football 2K8 soundtrack. Five years after Fish Market, an album, titled Fish Outta Water, was released. The album received positive reviews, holding a score of 70 on Metacritic. 2na delves into some of the experiences in his life, including a tragic incident in which his cousin. Collaborators on the album include Beenie Man, Raphael Saadiq, his longtime friend Rakaa Iriscience, Talib Kweli, Anthony Hamilton, Damian Marley, another mixtape was released in 2010, Fish Market Part 2. Much like the first Fish Market album, this is filled with collaborations 2na has completed throughout his career with famous artists such as Linkin ParkChali 2na – Chali 2na
6. Chance the Rapper – In 2013, he began to gain recognition following the release of his second mixtape, Acid Rap. Apart from his career, he is also a member of the Chicago collective Save Money. They released the widely lauded album Surf in May 2015, in May 2016, Bennett released his third mixtape Coloring Book to further critical acclaim. It earned him three Grammy awards, including for Best Rap Album, Coloring Book was the first streaming-only album to ever receive and win a Grammy nomination. Chance the Rapper grew up in the neighborhood of West Chatham on Chicagos South Side. His younger brother, Taylor Bennett, is also a Chicago rapper and his father, Ken Williams-Bennett, was an aide to former Chicago mayor Harold Washington and worked for then-Senator Barack Obama. Williams-Bennett, who is now a deputy chief of staff to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in his freshman year at Jones College Prep High School, Chance formed the hip-hop duo Instrumentality with a friend. Many of Chances earliest performances took place at the YOUmedia Lyricist Loft at Harold Washington Library in Chicago, at Jones College Prep High School, some of his teachers ridiculed his aspirations to become a musician. Following a 10-day suspension in early 2011 during his year for possessing marijuana on campus, Bennett recorded his first full-length project. In December 2011, he released a song titled Windows, in February 2012, Bennett was highlighted as one of Complex magazines 10 New Chicago Rappers to Watch Out For. Bennett says he spent about eight months recording, writing and making connections off of the hunger to put out something, Bennett released the mixtape on April 3,2012 and it has since been downloaded over 300,000 times via Datpiff. The mixtape was well received locally and helped Bennett make connections with such as Chuck Inglish, Kenny Jame$. The mixtape grabbed the attention of Forbes magazine, which featured it in the publications Cheap Tunes column, in July 2012, Bennett appeared on American rapper Childish Gambinos sixth mixtape, Royalty, on the track, called They Dont Like Me. Gambino asked Bennett to join on his first concert tour of North America as his opening act, on April 30,2013, Chance released his second mixtape, Acid Rap, on DatPiff. Since the release of his mixtape, the record has been downloaded one million times. Chance enlisted the guest vocalists from Twista, Vic Mensa, Saba, BJ the Chicago Kid, Action Bronson, Childish Gambino, Acid Rap was strongly praised by music critics and fans alike. At Metacritic, the received an average score of 86, based on 21 critics. It was also nominated for Best Mixtape at the 2013s BET Hip Hop Awards, on May 6,2013, after being featured as the hidden track on Acid Rap, which is a song, titled ParanoiaChance the Rapper – Chance The Rapper performing live in 2013.
7. Rosa Clemente – Rosa Alicia Clemente is a United States community organizer, independent journalist, and hip-hop activist. She was the vice presidential running mate of 2008 Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney in the 2008 U. S, Clemente was born and raised in South Bronx, New York. She is a graduate of the University of Albany and Cornell University and she is currently a doctoral student in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies of University of Massachusetts Amherst, Clementes academic work has focused on research of national liberation struggles within the United States, with a specific focus on the Young Lords Party and the Black Liberation Army. While a student at SUNY Albany, she was President of the Albany State University Black Alliance, at Cornell she was a founding member of La Voz Boriken, a social/political organization dedicated to supporting Puerto Rican political prisoners and the independence of Puerto Rico. Clemente has written for Clamor Magazine, The Ave. magazine, The Black World Today, The Final Call and she has been the subject of articles in the Village Voice, The New York Times, Urban Latino and The Source magazines. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Democracy Now. in 1995, she developed Know Thy Self Productions, a full-service speakers bureau, production company and media consulting service. In July 2008, Clemente was named the running mate of former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, three days later, on July 12, she was confirmed as the Vice Presidential nominee of the Green Party of the United States at their annual convention. A month later, Clemente and McKinney appeared at a number of events in Denver, Colorado, on August 27, Rosa Clemente spoke at a Open The Debates rally organized by the Ralph Nader/Matt Gonzalez presidential campaign. On Election Day, McKinney/Clemente received 161,797 votes, Rosa Clementes Website Where We Live Radio Program Co-Hosted by Rosa Clemente on WBAI99.5 FM 8–9 pm Thursdays in New York CityRosa Clemente – Rosa Clemente speaking at Union Square, New York City, 2009.
8. Common (rapper) – Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. better known by his stage name Common, is an American rapper, actor, film producer and poet from Chicago, Illinois. Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar, and maintained a significant underground following into the late 1990s, after which he gained notable mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians. Commons first major-label album, Like Water for Chocolate, received critical acclaim. His first Grammy Award was in 2003, winning Best R&B Song for Love of My Life and its popularity was matched by May 2005s Be, which was nominated for Best Rap Album, at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Common was awarded his second Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, for Southside and his best-of album, Thisisme Then, The Best of Common, was released on November 27,2007. He also narrated the award-winning documentary Bouncing Cats, about one mans efforts to improve the lives of children in Uganda through hip-hop/b-boy culture and he starred as Elam Ferguson on the AMC western television series Hell on Wheels. Common was born on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois and he was raised in the Calumet Heights neighborhood. He is the son of educator Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines and they divorced when he was six years old, resulting in his fathers moving to Denver, Colorado. This left Common to be raised by his mother, but his father remained active in his life, while a student at Luther High School South in Chicago, Lynn with his friends, record producer and Corey Crawley formed C. D. R. A rap trio that opened for acts that included N. W. A, Common attended Florida A&M University for two years under a scholarship and majored in business administration. After being featured in the Unsigned Hype column of The Source magazine, Lynn debuted in 1992 with the single Take It EZ, with the 1994 release of Resurrection, Common achieved a much larger degree of critical acclaim, which extended beyond Chicago natives. The album sold well and received a strong positive reaction among alternative. Resurrection was Commons last album produced almost entirely by his production partner. In 1996, Common appeared on the Red Hot Organizations compilation CD, America Is Dying Slowly, alongside Biz Markie, Wu-Tang Clan, the CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was heralded as a masterpiece by The Source magazine. He would later contribute to the Red Hot Organizations Fela Kuti tribute album. He collaborated with Djelimady Tounkara on a remake of Kutis track, Years of Tears, the song I Used to Love H. E. R. from Resurrection ignited a feud with West Coast rap group Westside Connection. The lyrics of the song criticized the hip hop music was taking and was interpreted by some as directing blame towards the popularity of West Coast Gangsta rap. Westside Connection first responded with the 1995 song Westside Slaughterhouse, with the lyrics Used to love H. E. R, Westside Connection recorded tracks venting their issues with rival East Coast rappersCommon (rapper) – Common at a signing for his book, One Day It'll All Make Sense in Tribeca, Manhattan in 2011.
9. Lupe Fiasco – Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his debut album and he also performs as the frontman of rock band Japanese Cartoon under his real name. As an entrepreneur, Fiasco is the executive officer of 1st. Raised in Chicago, Jaco developed an interest in hip hop after initially disliking the genre for its use of vulgarity, after adopting the name Lupe Fiasco and recording songs in his fathers basement, 19-year-old Fiasco joined a group called Da Pak. The group disbanded shortly after its inception, and Fiasco soon met rapper Jay-Z who helped him sign a deal with Atlantic Records. In September 2006, Fiasco released his debut album Lupe Fiascos Food & Liquor on the label and he released his second album, Lupe Fiascos The Cool, in December 2007. The lead single Superstar became his first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, after a two-year delay, Lasers was released in March 2011 to mixed reviews, however, it became his first album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200. His latest album, Tetsuo & Youth, was released in January 2015, in addition to music, Fiasco has pursued other business ventures, including fashion. He runs two clothing lines, Righteous Kung-Fu and Trilly & Truly, he has designed sneakers for Reebok and he has been involved with charitable activities, including the Summit on the Summit expedition, and in 2010 he recorded a benefit single for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Fiasco is also noted for his anti-establishment views, which he has expressed in interviews and his music. Fiasco was born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco on February 16,1982 in Chicago, Fiasco is of West African descent, one of nine children of Shirley, a gourmet chef, and Gregory, an engineer. His father, a member of the Black Panther Party, was a prolific African drummer, karate teacher, operating plant engineer, Fiasco was raised Muslim on the West Side of Chicago on Madison Terrace housing project. At the age of three, Fiasco began taking martial arts classes and his parents divorced when he was five, and he went on to live with his mother, but his father still remained an important part of his life. In sixth grade, he went to live with his father full-time in Harvey and his father lived next door to a crack house and taught Fiasco to use guns to defend himself from drug dealers. As a teenager, Fiasco participated in Academic Decathlon competitions and his mother described him by saying, He was a great spirited child. Smart, a bit complex, he kind of was a loner, always had a book bag over his shoulder and some type of a writing tablet. Fiasco initially disliked hip hop music for its use of vulgarity and his struggle to learn to play an instrument led him to create poetry instead, which led to his interest in the lyrical aspects of music. He began rapping his poems in the grade, and upon hearing Nas 1996 album, It Was WrittenLupe Fiasco – Lupe Fiasco in 2012
10. GRITS – Grits are a food made from corn that is ground into a coarse meal and then boiled. Hominy grits are a type of grits made from hominy with the germ removed, grits are usually served with other flavorings as a breakfast dish, usually savory. Grits were traditionally popular in the Southern United States but now are available nationwide and they may also be found as an evening entrée when made with shrimp served in restaurants primarily in the Southern United States. Grits are of American origin and are similar to other thick maize-based porridges from around the world such as polenta, the word grits is an uncountable noun, cf. mashed potatoes. It derives from the Old English word grytt, meaning coarse meal, traditionally, the hominy for grits was ground on a stone mill. The ground hominy is then passed through screens, the finer sifted material used as grit meal, many American communities used a gristmill until the mid-twentieth century, farmers bringing their corn to be ground, and the miller keeping a portion as his fee. State law in South Carolina requires grits and rice meal to be enriched, similar to the requirement for flour, unless the grits were made from the corn which a miller kept as his fee. Three-quarters of grits sold in the U. S. are bought in the South, the state of Georgia declared grits to be its official prepared food in 2002. Given enough of it, the inhabitants of planet Earth would have nothing to fight about, a man full of is a man of peace. Now, therefore, be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, the 1976 Code is amended by adding, Section 1-1-703. The official state food is grits, in the South Carolina Lowcountry, the uncooked ground rice is known as grist, and the cooked dish is hominy. This is distinct from the use of the term hominy. Grits are either yellow or white, depending on the color of corn, the most common version in supermarkets is quick grits, which have the germ and hull removed. Whole kernel grits are sometimes called speckled, whole kernel grits are prepared by adding five or six parts boiling water to one part grits and cooking for 20 to 45 minutes. Grits expand when cooked and need periodic stirring to prevent sticking and they are not done until they have absorbed four and one quarter times their volume of water. The additional water allows for some evaporation as they cook, whole grain grits require much longer to become soft than do quick grits. Grits are most typically served seasoned with salt and pepper, as well as generous amounts of butter, on occasion they are served with grated cheese, sausage, bacon, or red-eye gravy. Grits may also be seasoned with butter and sugar, and an amount of saltGRITS – Grits, as a breakfast side-dish with bacon, scrambled eggs and toast
11. Killa Hakan – Hakan Durmus, better known as Killa Hakan, is a German-Turkish rapper. Hakan is one of the first Turkish rappers, also he is first hardcore/gangsta rapper in Turkey. Before turning to music he was a 36 Boys gang member and imprisoned for burglary, bank robbery, Hakan started his professional music career by joining the band Islamic Force of Boe B. In 1997 they published the album Mesaj, after Islamic Force separated, Hakan continued as a solo artist. So far, Hakan released 9 albums the latest being Son Mohakan released in January. 2007 - Massaka - Blut Beton 2007 - 36Kingz - Kreuzbergtape Vol.12007 - Kingpint -. und dann kam Crack 2012 - Autodidakt - Die Jagd Film-Music,2005 - O simdi Mahkum 2006 - Wut 2011 - Berlin KaplanıKilla Hakan – Photo Shooting in Berlin, Kreuzberg
12. 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, he was signed to Ruthless Records, and had founded his own label, Funk Volume. He would then go on to another record label, Undercover Prodigy. Hopsin has released four albums, Gazing at the Moonlight through Ruthless Records, Raw, Knock Madness. He is well known for his use of white colored eye contacts in music videos, performances, marcus Hopson was born on July 18,1985 in Los Angeles, and was raised in the Panorama City neighborhood of Los Angeles. He attended James Monroe High School, where he was placed into special educational classes, Hopsin has been an avid skateboarder since the age of twelve, as many of his music videos feature him skateboarding. He started rapping at sixteen years old, and took his more seriously by 2003 which is the year the majority of the tracks from Hopsins self-produced album Emurge were recorded. He dropped out of school during his senior year in 2004 to pursue a career in music, purchased a microphone. While starting his career, Hopsin decided to sport colored eye contacts while performing in his music videos. He stated that he used the contacts to give himself a memorable appearance and he credits Eminem as the rapper that initially got him interested into hip hop music. Hopsin had initially signed with Ruthless Records in 2007 and even began recording his album as early as 2004. He was originally hailed as one of the forces behind attempting to bring Ruthless Records back to previous glory. Hopsins lead single from his debut album Pans in the Kitchen was released on May 27,2008, the album was set to be self-produced by Hopsin and feature no collaborations with other artists. However his debut album, Gazing at the Moonlight was not released until October 27,2009, shortly after the albums release, Hopsin sought his release from Ruthless Records due to lack of financial compensation, artist support, and promotion. Shortly before the departure from Ruthless Records, Hopsin founded his own independent label, Funk Volume, SwizZz, Damien Ritters younger brother and a former classmate of Hopsin at Monroe High, was the first artist to be signed to Funk Volume. Shortly after launching Funk Volume, both Hopsin and SwizZz released a mixtape titled Haywire in June 2009 to promote the label. Funk Volume originally wanted to sell it for sale, but were unable due to Hopsin still being contracted by Ruthless Records at the time. On mixtape website DatPiff, it has been certified Gold for being downloaded over 100,000 times and it made available for purchase for digital download via iTunesHopsin – Hopsin in May 2013
13. Hostyle Gospel – Hostyle Gospel is an American Christian hip hop group from Champaign, Illinois. Its members include Demetrius Morton, Raynard Glass, and Fontaine Pizza, Hostyle Gospel is best known for their aggressive Christian rap style. The group is known for creating their own sound called Christian battle music. Hostyle Gospel was formed in 2003 from a central Illinois group known as Elite M. O. C and it originally only had two members, Raynard Glass and Demetrius Morton. However, Fontaine Pizza joined the band in 2005 and it also has several other members who work on music production, graphic design, and website management. In 2013, Hostyle Gospel got together with the Champaign School of Music, the event was the first Christian hip hop performance for an educational program in a Champaign community. After the success of the Family Rock Jam Session, the made their first radio appearance on 97.9 Jamz WJWZ with their single Break. Later that year, Hostyle Gospels album Desperation was featured in the gospel magazine Gospel Synergy in a list of new artists, on October 11, Hostyle Gospel performed with Christian rappers KB, Da T. R. U. T. H. MC Jin at Flavor Fest Urban Leadership Conference 2014 in Tampa, to date, Hostyle Gospel has released three studio albums, four mixtapes and has worked with many of the top names in the Christian industry. The group is also being guided and mentored by Christian rap legend Fred Lynch from the Christian hip hop group P. I. D. On April 19,2016 Hostyle Gospel teamed up with Christian Rapper John Givez, the song addressed the importance of Freedom, Liberty, Justice and human rights for Americans. The group also teamed up with hip hop artist Gemstones and released a single entitled Clap which debuted on June 8,2016, in 2013, the groups album Desperation received a review of 3/5 from gospel music historian, Bob Marovitch, of the Journal of Gospel Music. Marovitch described the group as a battle axe who loves the world. In 2014 at the Flavor Fest 2014 Conference, Hostyle Gospel was interviewed live on the #1 syndicated Christian hip hop radio show and their single Break was debuted and the group also talked about their future plans and projects. In 2015 their Desperation album brought the international success. Cross Rhythms picked Hostyle Gospels Praise, Turn It Up and Rock to be featured on 101. 8FM Cross Rhythms City Radio station in the UK, let Me At Em Immortal Combat Desperation Hostyle Takeover Official website Discogs TwitterHostyle Gospel – King Soloman (left), MC Jin, Proverb and Big Job (right) at the Flavor Fest Urban Leadership Conference 2014
14. Ice-T – Tracy Lauren Marrow, better known by his stage name Ice-T, is an American rapper, metal vocalist and actor. He began his career as a rapper in the 1980s and was signed to Sire Records in 1987, the next year, he founded the record label Rhyme $yndicate Records and released another album, Power. He co-founded the heavy metal band Body Count, which he introduced in his 1991 album O. G, Body Count released its self-titled debut album in 1992. Ice-T encountered controversy over his track Cop Killer, which was perceived to glamorize killing police officers, Ice-T asked to be released from his contract with Warner Bros. Records, and his solo album, Home Invasion, was released later in February 1993 through Priority Records. Body Counts next album was released in 1994, and Ice-T released two albums in the late 1990s. Since 2000, he has portrayed NYPD Detective Odafin Tutuola on the NBC police drama Law & Order, on August 1,2006 the fourth Body Count album Murder 4 Hire was released, followed by Manslaughter on June 10,2014. Tracy Lauren Marrow, son of Solomon and Alice Marrow, was born in Newark, Solomon was an African American, and Alice was Creole. For decades, Solomon worked as a conveyor belt mechanic at the Rapistan Conveyor Company, when Marrow was a child, his family moved to upscale Summit, New Jersey. Relaying this incident to his mother, she told him, Honey, people are stupid, her advice and his mother died of a heart attack when he was in third grade. Solomon raised Marrow as a father for four years, with help from a housekeeper. Marrows first experience with an illegal activity occurred after a bicycle that Solomon bought him for Christmas was stolen, after Marrow told his father, Solomon shrugged, Well, then, you aint got no bike. Marrow stole parts from bicycles and assembled three or four weird-looking, brightly painted bikes from the parts, his father either did not notice or never acknowledged this, when Marrow was 12 years old, Solomon died of a heart attack. For many years, AllMusic. com has stated that his parents died in an accident, but Ice-T has stated that it was actually he who had been in a brutal auto accident. While his cousin Earl was preparing to leave for college, Marrow shared a room with him, Earl was a fan of rock music and listened to only the local rock stations, sharing a room with him spurred Marrows interest in heavy metal music. Marrow moved to the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles when he was in the 8th grade and he attended Palms Junior High, which was predominantly made up of white students, and included black students bussed in from South Central. He attended Crenshaw High School, which was almost entirely made up of black students, Marrow stood out from most of his friends because he did not drink alcohol, smoke tobacco, or use drugs. During high school, gangs began to intensify in the Los Angeles school system, students who belonged to the Bloods and Crips gangs attended Crenshaw, and fought in the schools hallsIce-T – Ice-T in Manhattan on set of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in March 2011
15. Immortal Technique – Felipe Andres Coronel, better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is an American hip hop recording artist and activist. Most of his lyrics focus on issues in global politics. His lyrics are largely commentary on such as politics, socialism, class struggle, poverty, religion, government, imperialism, economics. He claimed in an interview to have close to a combined total of 200,000 copies of his first three official releases. Coronel is Peruvian and was born in a hospital in Lima. He is of mostly Amerindian descent, although also has Spanish, French and his family emigrated to Harlem, New York in 1980. During his teenage years, he was arrested multiple times due in part to what he has said was selfish and childish behavior and he attended Hunter College High School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Honing his rapping skills in jail, and unable to find decent wage-paying employment after his release, he began selling his music on the streets of New York and battling with MCs. In 2001, Immortal Technique released his first album Revolutionary Vol.1 without the help of a label or distribution. He also battled but lost to Posta Boy in 106 & Parks Freestyle Friday, Revolutionary Vol.1 also contained the underground classic Dance With The Devil. In November 2002, he was listed by The Source in its Unsigned Hype column, the following year, in September 2003, he received the coveted Hip Hop Quotable in The Source for a song entitled Industrial Revolution from his second album. Immortal Technique is the rapper in history to have a Hip Hop Quotable while being unsigned. He released his second album Revolutionary Vol.2 in 2003, in 2004, Viper Records and, in 2005, Babygrande Records re-released Immortal Techniques debut, Revolutionary Vol.1, to make it available to a wider audience. Point of No Return from Revolutionary Vol 2 was used as the theme for Rashad Evans during the UFC88 Main Event between Chuck Liddell and Rashad Evans. Between 2005 and 2007 Immortal Technique began working on The Middle Passage and The 3rd World and he was also featured on several movie soundtracks and video game soundtracks, all the while touring relentlessly. In October 2011, Immortal Technique released The Martyr, a compilation album of previously unreleased material. The summer of 2005 saw the release of Bin Laden, a vinyl single 12 featuring Mos Def, the single also contained a remix of the song featured Chuck D of Public Enemy and KRS-One. In early 2006, the song Impeach the President, featuring Dead Prez and this is a simple version of The Honeydrippers,1973, in which Immortal Technique urged fans to organize a vote of censure against George W. BushImmortal Technique – Immortal Technique performing in March 2010.
16. Killer Mike – Michael Render, better known by his stage name Killer Mike, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor and activist from Atlanta, Georgia. He is the founder of Grind Time Official Records, which he launched through the SMC and he has since released five full-length albums as a solo artist. In December 2008, Mike confirmed he signed to fellow Atlanta-based rapper T. I. s Grand Hustle Records, music, produced entirely by American rapper-producer El-P. In 2013, the two formed a duo, branding themselves Run the Jewels. The two signed to Fools Gold Records and released their debut in June of that year. Killer Mike is also known as a social and political activist, focusing on subjects including social inequality, police brutality, and systemic racism. He was a visible and vocal supporter of Bernie Sanders during his 2016 U. S. presidential campaign, Killer Mike has been featured in the films 20 Funerals, Idlewild and ATL. In 1995, Killer Mike briefly attended Morehouse College, where he met producers The Beat Bullies and he was also featured on several other tracks that year, including Poppin Tags from Jay-Zs The Blueprint 2. Killer Mike released his album, Monster, in 2003. The albums lead single was Akshon, which featured OutKast on guest vocals, a remix of Akshon was included on the soundtrack of EA Sports video game Madden NFL2004. The albums second single was A. D. I. D. A. S, featuring Big Boi and Sleepy Brown, which peaked at #60 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is Killer Mikes highest charting single to date as a lead artist, following the release of his own material, he appeared on Flip Flop Rock and Bust on the Speakerboxx half of OutKasts Speakerboxxx/The Love Below double album. He also appeared on Southern Takeover with Pastor Troy on Chamillionaires CD The Sound of Revenge, Killer Mike appeared alongside T. I. on the song Never Scared by Bone Crusher in his album AttenCHUN. It peaked at #26 on the Hot 100, becoming Mikes second top 40 hit, the song was also used on the Madden NFL2004 game soundtrack and by the Atlanta Braves for their 2003 season. What was to be his second album, Ghetto Extraordinary, had its release pushed back several times due to disputes between Big Boi and Sony Records. Originally recorded in 2005, the album was eventually self-released as a mixtape in 2008. Killer Mikes second official album, I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind, was released on his own Grind Time Official label in 2006, according to an article published in the June 2007 issue of XXL, Killer Mike addressed why he left the Purple Ribbon roster. He stated that he felt as if Purple Ribbon was the equivalent to the Clippers, while he wanted to join the LakersKiller Mike – Killer Mike performing in 2014.
17. KRS-One – Lawrence Parker, better known by his stage names KRS-One, and Teacha, is an American rapper and occasional producer from The Bronx, New York City, New York. KRS-One rose to prominence as part of the group Boogie Down Productions, following the release of the groups debut album, Criminal Minded, La Rock was shot dead, but KRS-One continued the group, effectively as a solo project. He began releasing records under his own name in 1993, KRS-One is politically active, having started the Stop the Violence Movement, after the death of Scott La Rock. Lawrence Parker was born in The Bronx, New York in 1965, by the time he met youth counselor Scott Sterling, he was also writing graffiti as KRS-One. DJ Scott La Rock, created Boogie Down Productions, releasing their album, Criminal Minded. KRS-One began his career as one third of the hip hop group Boogie Down Productions, or BDP. After being rejected by radio DJs Mr. Magic and Marley Marl, still, KRS-One dissed the song with the BDP record South Bronx. Next, a round of volleys would ensue with Shans Kill That Noise. KRS-One, demonstrating his nickname The Blastmaster, gave a performance against MC Shan. Many believe this live performance to be the first MC battle where rappers attack each other, Parker and Sterling decided to form a rap group together, initially calling themselves Scott La Rock and the Celebrity Three. That was short-lived, however, as the two peripheral members quit, leaving Parker and Sterling and they then decided to call themselves Boogie Down Productions. Success is the Word, a 12-inch single produced by David Kenneth Eng and Kenny Beck, was released on indie Fresh/Sleeping Bag Records, Boogie Down Productions released their debut album Criminal Minded in 1987. The album, whose cover pictured BDP draped in ammunition and brandishing guns, is credited with setting the template for the burgeoning genres of hardcore. Scott La Rock was killed in a shooting later that year, following the fatal shooting of Scott La Rock in 1987, KRS was determined to continue Boogie Down Productions through the tragedy, releasing the album By All Means Necessary in 1988. He was joined by beatboxer D-Nice, rapper Ramona Ms. Melodie Parker, KRS-One was the primary initiator behind the H. E. A. L. Compilation and the Stop the Violence Movement, for the latter he would attract many prominent emcees to appear on the 12-inch single Self Destruction, after five largely solo albums under the name Boogie Down Productions, KRS-One decided to set out on his own. On his first solo album, 1993s Return of the Boom Bap, Parker worked together with producers DJ Premier, Kid Capri and Showbiz and his second album, 1995s KRS-One, featured Channel Live on Free Mumia, a song in which they criticize Black Civil Rights Activist C. Other prominent guest stars on KRS-One included Mad Lion, Busta Rhymes, Das EFX, in 1991, KRS-One appeared on the alternative rock group R. E. M. s single Radio Song, which appeared on the bands album Out of Time, released the same yearKRS-One – KRS-One
18. Talib Kweli – Talib Kweli Greene is an American hip hop recording artist, entrepreneur, and social activist. He is the son of professional educators, in 2011, Kweli founded Javotti Media, which is 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, Kwelis career continued with solo success including collaborations with famed producers Kanye West, Just Blaze, and Pharrell Williams. Kweli is known to artists on the rise, such as J. Cole, Jay Electronica, Kendrick Lamar. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Kweli grew up in a household in Park Slope and his mother, Brenda Greene, is an English professor at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York and his father an administrator at Adelphi University. His younger brother, Jamal Greene, is a professor of Constitutional Law at Columbia Law School, a graduate of Yale Law School, and former clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court. As a youth, he was drawn to Afrocentric rappers, such as De La Soul, 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 and he later studied experimental theater at New York University. Kweli made his debut in 1996, with featured five appearances on Doom. In Cincinnati, Kweli also met DJ Hi-Tek and the two collaborated on a few well received underground recordings as Reflection Eternal, including Fortified Live, shortly afterwards, upon returning to New York, he reconnected with Mos Def and formed Black Star. Kweli brought along Hi-Tek to produce their album, 1998s Mos Def. The album, released amidst a late 90s renaissance of conscious, Afrocentric hip hop, was hailed by critics. Kweli and Hi-Tek continued their Reflection Eternal partnership on the 2000 album Train of Thought, which was met with critical acclaim. The album was recorded at Electric Lady Studios, Hip Hop for Respect was organized by Mos Def and Kweli to speak out against police brutality, specifically, the case of Amadou Diallo. The project released one EP for Rawkus Entertainment, on February 4,1999, Amadou Diallo was shot 41 times by four police officers while reaching into his pocket for his wallet. The project aimed to assemble 41 emcees to represent the 41 shots fired, producers included DJ Khalil Mr. Khaliyl, Organized Noize, and 88-Keys. In 2001, Kweli and Mos Def, contributed to the Red Hot + Indigo compilation album created by the Red Hot Organization, the compilation was a tribute to Duke Ellington, that raised money for various charities devoted to increasing AIDS awareness and fighting the disease. Black Star collaborated with fellow artists John Patton and Ron Carter to record Money Jungle, in 2002, Kweli contributed to the critically acclaimed Red Hot + Riot, a compilation CD created by the Red Hot Organization in tribute to the music and work of Nigerian musician Fela KutiTalib Kweli – Talib Kweli performing at the 2012 Ilosaarirock festival
19. Lecrae – Lecrae Devaughn Moore, mononymously known as Lecrae, is an American Christian hip hop artist, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is the president, co-owner and co-founder of the independent record label Reach Records, and the co-founder and president of the non-profit organization ReachLife Ministries. To date, he has released seven albums and three mixtapes as a solo artist, and has released three studio albums, a remix album, and one EP as the leader of the hip hop group 116 Clique. He produced much of his material along with other early Reach Records releases. Lecrae, in reference to his label as a Christian rapper, has stated that his music is just hip hop, in May 2016, Lecrae signed to Columbia Records in a joint deal between his label and Columbia. Lecrae debuted with Real Talk in 2004 through Reach Records and his third solo album, Rebel, released in 2008, became the first Christian hip hop album to reach No.1 on the Billboard Gospel chart. On May 10,2012, Lecrae released his first mixtape, Church Clothes, considered his breakthrough into mainstream hip hop, the mixtape was downloaded over 100,000 times in less than 48 hours. His sixth studio album, Gravity, came out on September 4,2012, Lecrae released his seventh album, Anomaly, on September 9,2014. It debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 with 88,587 copies sold through the first week, Lecraes filmography includes a role in the television film A Cross to Bear and a brief role as Dr. Malmquist in the comedy film Believe Me. He has also presented on and written about racial tension and injustice in the United States, born and raised by his single mother in Southern Houston, Texas, Lecrae moved often early in life, living in San Diego, Denver, and Dallas. He has stated that he would go to church with his Christian grandmother, Lecrae never met his father, who ended up becoming a drug addict. Experiencing abuse and neglect during his childhood, Lecrae used his ability to rap as a source of significance, according to Lecrae, his grandmother would not allow him to watch rap music videos on television, but he would sneak in late at night. It was in these videos that Lecrae found individuals to look up to, Lecrae states that there were no Martin Luther Kings or Malcolm Xs, they had all passed away so I had Tupac. After being shown a gun by his uncle, Lecrae began looking up to gangsters, Lecrae remembers taking a BB gun and standing in the street pointing it to a car, frightening the female driver, simply for fun. At 11 years old, he started writing music for a rhythm and his first track, written for a neighborhood crush, emulated the style of Tupac, Outkast, and A Tribe Called Quest. At the age of 16, he started taking drugs, fighting, was arrested in high school for stealing, Lecrae tried pretty much every drug there was to try except for heroin and crack cocaine. According to CNN, he became a dealer and used the Bible that his grandmother gave him as a good luck charm. After being arrested for possession, the officer saw the BibleLecrae – Lecrae (left) and Akon (right) at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards
20. Lowkey – Kareem Dennis, better known by his stage name Lowkey, is an English rapper, and political activist of Iraqi descent. He first became known through a series of mixtapes he released before he was 18 and he released his second solo album Soundtrack to the Struggle independently on 16 October 2011. He is known for his controversial lyricism on real life issues, kareem Dennis was born in London to an Iraqi mother and an English father. From the age of twelve he began to rap, initially imitating American rappers and he began attending the open mic sessions which took place at the Deal Real record shop on Carnaby Street, Central London. The first part of his mixtape series Key to the Game, was released independently in 2003, within a year and a half he had released a second and third volume, all of which gained critical acclaim from UK hip hop circles. Though stalled by other artistic endeavours, Dear Listener was eventually released in January 2009 and he bookended the year with another release, Uncensored, with highlights from the entire Key To The Game series and Dear Listener. This was released digitally in December through iTunes, after touring with Immortal Technique the two made a single, Voices of the Voiceless which was released in September 2009 after a one-minute preview was officially released on YouTube. The second single, Long Live Palestine was digitally released on 9 March 2009, Long Live Palestine was packaged in an EP with Part 1 and the instrumental. The single received statements of support from Tony Benn and Benjamin Zephiniah and it was also admired by the Respect politician George Galloway who described the song as a classic and Lowkey as an outstanding figure. Soundtrack to the Struggle was released on 16 October 2011, the album entered the UK Albums Chart on 23 October at number 57 – becoming Lowkeys first entry on the national charts. In the UK Download Chart, Soundtrack to the Struggle peaked higher than its UK Albums Chart position – at number 14, and in the UK R&B Chart, the album received its highest OCC position, number 6. In the UK Indie Chart, the peaked at number 9. On 17 April 2012, Lowkey officially put his career on hiatus. He said that months of contemplation, he has decided to step away from music. With this, he announced that he would deactivate his Facebook page, on 26 July 2016, various sources shared an image on social media relating to Lowkeys return to the music scene with new single Ahmed. On 29 July 2016, Lowkey released a video for the single, in addition, a seven-day tour across the UK in September 2016 was announced. On September 3,2016, “Children of Diaspora”, the single track since Lowkey’s return, was released. The track addresses issues of racism and xenophobia, and mentions victims of brutality in the U. KLowkey – Lowkey performing in Bristol, 21 September 2009
21. M-1 (rapper) – Mutulu Olugbala, better known by his stage name M-1 is an American rapper, activist and author from Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for his work as one half of the Political hip hop duo Dead Prez with stic. man, m-1s first solo album Confidential credited to Dead Prez Presents M-1 was released on March 21,2006 through Sotti/Koch Records. Following Confidential M-1 worked on the album Cant Sell Dope Forever by Dead Prez & Outlawz, M-1 is also featured in the UK documentary, Guilty or Innocent of Using the N Word. M-1 is also a political activist for many black and left-wing causes, in July 2009, M-1 accompanied the Viva Palestina convoy, delivering humanitarian supplies to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. In 2010, M-1 was featured on Palestinian British rapper Shadia Mansours single Al Kufiyyeh 3arabeyyeh, stori James and Knaan M-1 on Myspace M-1 at the Internet Movie Database M-1 on TwitterM-1 (rapper) – M-1
22. Macklemore – Benjamin Hammond Haggerty, known by his stage name Macklemore and formerly Professor Mack Lemore, is an American hip hop recording artist from Kent, Washington. His stage name originated from his childhood, it was the name of his made-up superhero, since 2000, he has independently released one mixtape, three EPs, and four albums. He has significantly collaborated with producer Ryan Lewis as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Macklemore and Ryan Lewiss single Thrift Shop reached number one on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 in 2013. Recordss radio promotion department to push his singles, Macklemore and Lewis released their debut studio album The Heist on October 9,2012, which charted at number 2 on the U. S. Billboard 200. The pair won four Grammy Awards at the 2014 ceremony, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and their second album, This Unruly Mess Ive Made, was released on February 26,2016. Haggerty was born to Bill Haggerty and Julie Schott, Haggerty is one of two boys and was raised with his brother Tim in Kent, Washington. His ethnicity is almost entirely Irish, Haggerty was six years old when hip hop first came into his life by way of Digital Underground. According to a YouTube interview with Macklemore, he listened to parental advisory music from the radio when he was an underage youth, Macklemore was 15 when he started writing lyrics. At Garfield High School, Macklemore and other students started a group called Elevated Elements. He earned a degree from The Evergreen State College in 2009. Macklemore recorded an EP titled Open Your Eyes in 2000 under the name Professor Macklemore, Macklemore first met Ryan Lewis in 2006. Lewis spent a few years working on Macklemores promotion as a photographer and they would soon become good friends. Lewis would go on to produce for Macklemore, the two eventually working full-time as a title-credited duo and he appeared as a featured artist on The Physics song Good in 2009. In 2008,2009, and 2011, Macklemore performed at Bumbershoot, in 2009 he released the The Unplanned Mixtape. The latter would reach No.7 on the iTunes Hip Hop chart, Macklemores debut single The Town was released from The Unplanned Mixtape and later remixed by Sabzi of the Blue Scholars. In 2009, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis formalized the collaboration as a duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and they released the EP The VS. EP. They also released Irish Celebration in December 2009 in anticipation of the release of The Vs. EP, in March 2010, the duo released Stay At Home Dad, a track that didnt quite make Vs. In October 2010, they created the VS. Redux EP, Macklemore used his experience with substance abuse to create the mixtapes song Otherside, which samples the Red Hot Chili Peppers song of the same titleMacklemore – Macklemore performing in Toronto during The Heist Tour in November 2012.
23. DJ Maj – Michael Joseph Mike Allen, professionally known as DJ Maj, is a Christian music DJ, contributing to Gospel music albums released by tobyMac, GRITS, Ill Harmonics, Carman, dc Talk, and the Newsboys. DJ Maj has released mixtapes, as well as three solo albums, BoogiRoot, Speckled Goats and Speckled Goats II. His friends gave him the name DJ Magic after watching him play on turntables, Mike only learned to deejay because his friend who was a DJ moved away from Louisiana so he felt he had to learn it all for himself. He later changed his name to DJ Maj to reflect that, as a Christian and he continued to DJ as a way of paying his way through technical college and soon perfected the art, using it as a means of bringing holy hip-hop to the mainstream audience. He signed a contract with Gotee Records and in 1999, released his debut mixtape album, Wax Museum. The success of this led to him collaborating with several Christian music stars in his following mixtapes and his debut album in 2005. In 2002, Maj moved to the center of Christian Music, Nashville and he started a radio show to raise awareness of Christian urban music. In 2007, Maj released his album, Speckled Goats II. In 2009, Maj produced the Gotee Hip Hope Hits Compilation and he has also done work for Christian rapper T-Bone. He is included in the listing of the Diverse City Band crew and he was also the DJ who made the cuts on. HeroDJ Maj – DJ Maj in 2012
24. Mos Def – Yasiin Bey, best known by his stage name Mos Def, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor and activist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. He subsequently formed the duo Black Star, alongside fellow Brooklyn-based rapper Talib Kweli and 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, True Magic, the editors at About. com listed him as the 14th greatest emcee of all time on their 50 greatest MCs of our time list. Prior to his career in music, Mos Def first entered public life as a actor, having played roles in television movies, sitcoms. He is also known as the host of Def Poetry Jam, Mos Def has been vocal on several social and political causes, including police brutality, the idea of American exceptionalism, and the state of African Americans. Dante Terrell Smith Bey was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the eldest of 12 children and step-children, he was raised by his mother in Brooklyn, while his father lived in New Jersey. At 19, he took his shahada, the Muslim declaration of faith and he is close friends with fellow Muslim rappers Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Kamaal Ibn John Fareed of the rap group A Tribe Called Quest. Mos Def attended middle school at Philippa Schuyler Middle School 383 in Bushwick, after returning from filming You Take the Kids in Los Angeles, and getting into a relationship with an older girl, Mos Def dropped out of high school during sophomore year. In a particularly traumatic childhood experience, 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 by Smith as my first partner in Hip Hop. Mos Def began his rap career in 1994, forming the rap group UTD along with younger brother DCQ. In 2004, they released the album Manifest Destiny, their first, the album features a compilation of previously unreleased and re-released tracks recorded during the original UTD run. In 1996, Mos Def emerged as a solo artist and worked with De La Soul and Da Bush Babees, before he released his own first single, Mos Def signed with Rawkus Records and formed the rap group Black Star with Talib Kweli. The duo released an album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star, mostly produced by Hi-Tek, the album featured the singles Respiration and Definition, which both reached in the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Mos Def released his debut album Black on Both Sides in October 1999. The single Ms. Fat Booty charted, while the album reached #25 on the Billboard 200, around this time he also contributed to the Scritti Politti album Anomie & Bonhomie. In January 2002 Rawkus Records was taken over by Geffen Records and it included contributions by Shuggie Otis and Bernie Worrell, Doug Wimbish, and Will Calhoun as the Black Jack Johnson Band. The album reached #5 on the Billboard 200, making it the most successful for the artist to date, the single Sex, Love & Money charted, and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Mos Defs final solo album for Geffen Records, titled True Magic, was released in 2006, the song Crime & Medicine is a remake of GZAs 1995 single Liquid SwordsMos Def – Mos Def performing at the 2012 Ilosaarirock festival
25. Nas – Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas /ˈnɑːz/, is an American rapper, record producer, actor and entrepreneur. The son of jazz musician Olu Dara, Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums and has sold over 25 million records worldwide. He is also an entrepreneur through his own label, he serves as associate publisher of Mass Appeal magazine and is the owner of a Fila sneaker store. He is currently signed to Mass Appeal Records and his musical career began in 1991 as featured artist on Main Sources Live at the Barbeque. His debut album Illmatic received universal acclaim from critics and the hip hop community and is frequently ranked as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. Nas follow-up It Was Written debuted at one on the Billboard 200, stayed on top for four consecutive weeks. From 2001 to 2005, Nas was involved in a publicized feud with rapper Jay Z. Nas signed to Def Jam in 2006. In 2010, he released Distant Relatives, an album with reggae artist Damian Marley. His eleventh studio album, Life Is Good was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, Nas is often named as one of the greatest hip hop artists. MTV ranked him at number 5 on their list of The Greatest MCs of All Time, in 2012, The Source ranked him number two on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time. In 2013, Nas was ranked fourth on MTVs Hottest MCs in the Game list. About. com ranked him first on their list of the 50 Greatest MCs of All Time in 2014, nasir bin Olu Dara Jones was born September 14,1973, in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Olu Dara, is a jazz and blues musician and his mother, Fannie Ann Jones, was a Postal Service worker from North Carolina. He has one sibling, a brother named Jabari Fret who is best known as Jungle and his father took his name Olu Dara from the Yoruba people. His African DNA indicates he has roots in countries with high Yoruba populations Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Ghana – as well as Mali, the Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Congo, and Senegal. His matrilineal DNA haplogroup is of African origin, found among the Yoruba and he also found that his Y-DNA traces directly back to Scandinavia, through which he is a descendant of the Vikings. As a young child, Nas and his family relocated to the Queensbridge Houses in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens and his neighbor, Willy Ill Will Graham, influenced Nass interest in hip hop by playing him records. His parents divorced in 1985, and he dropped out of school after the eighth grade and he educated himself about African culture through the Five Percent Nation and the Nuwaubian NationNas – Nas performing in Paris in 2014.
26. Out of Eden – Out of Eden was an American Gospel music group often identified with R&B and contemporary Christian music. It featured sisters Lisa Kimmey, Andrea Kimmey-Baca, and Danielle Kimmey, the group was active from 1994 to 2006, producing seven albums through Gotee Records and receiving Urban Album of the Year and Urban Song of the Year at the Dove Awards of 2003. The band consisted of three sisters Lisa Kimmey, Andrea Kimmey-Baca, and Danielle Kimmey, all born in Richmond, when the girls were young, their parents divorced and they moved with their mother to Nashville, where DeLise was offered a teaching position at Fisk University. Danielle and her sisters initially sang back-up for their mother, who was a classical pianist, in 1994, they released their debut Lovin the Day. The first single off the album was a remake of the Bill Withers 1978 single Lovely Day and was a Christian Contemporary Music hit and their second album, in 1996, More Than You Know, was even more successful and catapulted the sisters into the CCM spotlight. Their third album, the acclaimed No Turning Back, was released in 1999, released in 2002, their fourth and best-selling Gotee album, This Is Your Life, entered the Billboard 200, peaking at No.178. The album tied for Urban Album of the Year at the Dove Awards of 2003, with a song from the album, the album was also nominated for a Stellar Award. Another two years went by before the up-tempo album Love, Peace & Happiness was released and this album was nominated for Dove Awards in the Urban Gospel Album of the Year category and Urban Gospel Song of the Year category for the song Soldiers. In early 2005, Out of Eden presented an a cappella version of an old hymn at a Focus on the Family chapel service, receiving a standing ovation. Struck by the response to the hymn and the power of the lyrics, they decided to explore a new side of their musical talents, the album was nominated for a 2006 Grammy award in the Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album category. In June 2006, the announced that they would disband after the release of their greatest hits album titled The HitsOut of Eden – Out of Eden
27. 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 amongst the Best MN Hip-Hop Releases of 2014, city Pages named his debut album Southside Looking In one of The Best Minnesota Rap Albums of 2014. 89. 3FM The Current awarded it their Album of the Year title XXL magazine also recently jokingly credited him with getting Action Bronson, the Mexican magazine Me Hace Ruido named him one of their Artists to Follow in 2016. In 2010, Manny Phesto and a few friends began performing locally at demonstrations, benefit concerts, and small shows at parties and venues such as Acadia Café,2011 saw Manny curating his own events at local Italian restaurant Italianis and playing other hip hop shows around town. The festival, Hip Hop Harambee ran two consecutive years 2012,2013 and featured local and national recording artists, dancers, visual artists, producers, and DJs including, Big K. R. I. T. Talib Kweli, Devin The Dude, Shabazz Palaces, Gritty Committee, Mike the Martyr, Axel Foley, Metasota, DJ Frank Castle, april 2014 Manny released his Mike the Martyr produced Southside Looking In project online, followed by a release party in June. In May 2015 Manny Phesto was featured on the bill of the 8th annual Soundset Music Festival which was named the Best Hip Hop Festival Around by MTV, Manny was featured on Sway Calloways Sway in the Morning show on Eminems Shade 45 channel aired on Sirius XM. Manny was named one of NoMute, Manny Phesto played a sold out date at Fabrica De Arte Cubano in Havana, Cuba with the US Cuba Artist Exchange in October 2015. Hes scheduled to return to Cuba for the 14th annual Festival Cuerda Viva March 12–13 and is returning to Hawaii on the Intra Island Music Tour in June. He has worked with the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign as a community organizer and was an endorser of its directors 2012 bid for Vice President on the Green Party ticket. During the 2014 midterm election he launched his Manny Phesto for Minnesota campaign in which he was running as a candidate for any ballot position where his fans felt he was needed. Mannys yard sign appeared in throughout the twin cities. Manny created more signs and began gathering endorsement photos from artists including Slug of Atmosphere, Immortal Technique, Mystikal, Rittz, Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson, a couple of which were highlighted in this article by XXL. Manny has also adopted a Metro Transit bus 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
28. Chris Rolle – Chris Rolle, also known as Kazi, is a community activist, rapper, and founder of a record company. Beginning as a teen, he has involved in New York Citys Art Start program. In 1999, he founded the Hip Hop Project and he is a subject in the film, The Hip Hop Project, which was produced by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah. Since June 2004, he has been a member of Art Starts Board of Trustees and he is a motivational speaker on mens issues in the African American community. He is founder and co-CEO of One+One Records and a hip hop performer and he was born in Nassau, Bahamas, since 1990 he has lived in Brooklyn, New York City, United States. In 1994, while in school, Rolle began an involvement with Art Start as a student in the Media Works Project. He graduated in 1996 from the New York City Public Repertory Company, since June 2004, he has been a member of Art Starts Board of Trustees. Rolle founded the Hip Hop Project in 1999, with Art Starts support, according to Cassandra Lizaire, the project has been encouraging impressionable young minds towards meaningful and positive musical messages ever since. He was a subject of the film, The Hip Hop Project in which Queen Latifah and it was filmed between 2001 and 2005, and was shown at the Brooklyn Museum of Art during VH1 Hip Hop Honors Week in 2006. The film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival and he was with the project until September 2003. He was succeeded in his role at Art Start by one of his own students and he was director, actor, and writer for Tomorrows Future theatre company, his work there included the play A Brooklyn Story. He founded One+One Records in September 2003, one of his good friends Nasir Jones, aka Nas, an American rapper who helped Rolles establish a career as the rapper, Kazi. His awards include a Governors Citation, and the CBS Fulfilling the Dream Award for his play, official site Chris Rolle at the Internet Movie Database, accessed online 17 April 2007Chris Rolle – Chris "Kazi" Rolle, 2007
29. Serio (rapper) – Jonathán Pérez, better known as Serio, is a Mexican American rap artist from Los Angeles, California, United States. He has worked with other rap artists such as Kid Frost, Lighter Shade of Brown, Proper Dos. When Pérez was a child, his grandmother said that he always had a look on his face. It was for that reason she gave him the nickname, Serio, Serio claims he loved rap since childhood and started writing and rapping when he was a teenager. He made his debut as a rap artist in 2005. In 2006, Serio released his first album, Nightmares Turned Into Reality and his single, I Got To Have You gained rotation on radio stations throughout the United States. In 2008, Serio released the single, “Serio Controla” from his upcoming second album. Part 2 The Revenge of Serio, subsequently released in 2009 and this time, his track, In L. A. included a guest appearance by Kid Frost. In 2011, his album, Gansterism Part 3, was released featuring MC Magic on two tracks, Serio Come Back and I’ll Never Forget. Also featured on the album are Lighter Shade of Brown, Conejo, also in 2011, Pérez trademarked his pseudonym. In 2012, Serio released another single Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Mexican featuring Proper Dos and Conejo. The song challenged the new SB1070 law that was passed in the state of Arizona, as well as anyone that might be bias towards Mexicans, since many politicians seem to be tough on immigration. Serios message in song is that it is time for La Raza to stand up and tell all people that we should be treated fairly. On February 13,2013, Serio released his fourth album, also included on the album, the hit club song Sexy Ladies. The song has been getting played in clubs across the country already. Serio has had a deal of success with his independent label. To date, his label has released four albums and three DVDs, selling over a quarter-of-a-million units worldwide. In addition he continues to work with his peers in Chicano Rap,2006, Nightmares Turned Into Reality 2009, N. T. I. R.0 Unported License, but not under the GFDLSerio (rapper) – Serio at his 2010 photo shoot for Gansterism Part 3 album.
30. Shad (rapper) – Shadrach Kabango, better known by his stage name Shad or Shad K. is a Canadian alternative hip hop recording artist and broadcaster. He was named as the new host of the CBC Radio One program q in March 2015, born in Kenya, of Rwandan parents, Shad was raised in London, Ontario. His mother worked in a London hospital as a lab technologist. He attended the École secondaire Gabriel-Dumont, in 2007, Shad was signed by Black Box Recordings for a three-album deal and released his second album, The Old Prince. In 2008, that received a Juno Award nomination for Rap Recording of the Year. The album was nominated for two MuchMusic Video Awards. Shad released his album, TSOL, in 2010. TSOL was a short-list nominee for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize, received a nomination for a 2011 MuchMusic Video Award, on beating out Canadian compatriot Drake for the Juno, Shad said in an interview, I did not think for a second that I would win. Hes massive in the States, hes massive in Canada, in June 2013, Shad released a collaborative EP with Skratch Bastid entitled The Spring Up. Shads fourth album, Flying Colours, was released on October 15,2013 and this album was nominated for a Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year in 2014, and was also a short-list nominee for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize. In 2016, he released the pop-rock album Adult Contempt under the pseudonym Your Boy Tony Braxton, in the same year he collaborated with Tanya Tagaq on Centre, a track on her album Retribution. In March 2015, it was announced that Shad would replace Jian Ghomeshi as host of CBC Radio Ones Q, in August 2016, the CBC announced that he would be replaced by Tom Power. The CBC said it was in negotiations for Shad to continue with the CBC as host of a different program, in the four-part documentary series Hip-Hop Evolution, Shad interviewed multiple noted hip-hop and rap artists to explore the origins of this music genre. This documentary was featured in 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, fresh, Whodini, Warp 9, The Fat Boys, DJ Hollywood, Spoonie Gee, The Sugarhill Gang, and, of course Russell Simmons. The series went on to some of the most influential artists of the genre, without whom its current form would not exist, such as Public Enemy, Beastie Boys. Reviews promoting the streaming Netflix series appeared in The Fader and on the Team Backpack website among others, Shad is bilingual, speaking English and French. He holds a degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a masters degree in liberal studies from Simon Fraser University.2 from Plateau Vision k-os - Spraying My Pen from Black on Blonde Mr. JShad (rapper) – Shad
31. Tupac Shakur – Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac, Makaveli or just Pac, was an American rapper, record producer, actor, activist and poet. As of 2007, Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide and his double disc albums All Eyez on Me and his Greatest Hits are among the best-selling albums in the United States. He has been listed and ranked as one of the greatest artists of all time by publications, including Rolling Stone. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time, on April 7,2017, Shakur was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Shakur began his career as a roadie, backup dancer, and MC for the hip hop group Digital Underground. The themes of most of Shakurs songs revolved around the violence and hardship in inner cities, racism, and other social problems. Both of his parents and several people in his family were members of the Black Panther Party, whose ideals were reflected in his songs. I. G. On September 7,1996, Shakur was fatally shot in a shooting at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane in Las Vegas. He was taken to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, Shakur was born on June 16,1971, in the East Harlem section of Manhattan in New York City. His mother Afeni Shakur and his father Billy Garland were active members of the Black Panther Party in New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Lesane was born a month after his mother was acquitted of more than 150 charges of Conspiracy against the United States government, Many people in Shakurs life were involved with the Black Liberation Army, some were convicted of serious criminal offenses and imprisoned, including his mother. His godfather, Elmer Geronimo Pratt, a high-ranking Black Panther, was convicted of murdering a school teacher during a 1968 robbery and his stepfather, Mutulu, spent four years at large on the FBIs Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list beginning in 1982. Mutulu was wanted for having helped his sister Assata Shakur, Tupacs godmother and she had been imprisoned since 1977 for killing a state trooper in 1973. She lived as a fugitive for years before gaining asylum in Cuba in 1985. Mutulu was caught in 1986, tried and convicted, and imprisoned for the robbery of a Brinks armored truck in two police officers and a guard were killed. Shakur had a stepbrother, Mopreme Komani Shakur, and a half-sister, Sekyiwa. His stepbrother Mopreme performed in many of his recordings, in 1986, his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland. After completing his year at Paul Laurence Dunbar High SchoolTupac Shakur – Tupac Shakur
32. Snoop Dogg – Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper and actor from Long Beach, California. His music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre of N. W. A and he has since sold over twenty-three million albums in the United States and thirty-five million albums worldwide. Snoops debut album, Doggystyle, was released in 1993 under Death Row Records, Selling almost a million copies in the first week of its release, Doggystyle became certified 4× platinum in 1994 and spawned several hit singles, including Whats My Name. and Gin & Juice. In 1994 Snoop released a soundtrack on Death Row Records for the short film Murder Was The Case and his second album Tha Doggfather, also debuted at number one on both charts with Snoops Upside Ya Head, as the lead single. The album was certified platinum in 1997. After leaving Death Row Records, Snoop signed with No Limit Records, Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told, No Limit Top Dogg, and Tha Last Meal. Snoop then signed with Priority/Capitol/EMI Records in 2002, where he released Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss and he then signed with Geffen Records in 2004 for his next three albums R&G, The Masterpiece, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, and Ego Trippin. Malice n Wonderland, and Doggumentary, were released on Priority, Snoop Dogg has starred in motion pictures and hosted several television shows, including Doggy Fizzle Televizzle, Snoop Doggs Father Hood, and Dogg After Dark. He also coaches a youth league and high school football team. In September 2009, Snoop was hired by EMI as the chairman of a reactivated Priority Records, in 2012, after a trip to Jamaica, Snoop announced a conversion to the Rastafari movement and a new alias, Snoop Lion. Under the new moniker, he released an album, Reincarnated. His fourteenth solo album, Coolaid, was released in July 2016. Snoop Dogg holds the distinction of having seventeen Grammy nominations without a win. Snoop Dogg was born Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. in Long Beach, California and he was named after his stepfather, Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Sr. His father, Vernell Varnado, was a Vietnam veteran, singer, as a boy, his parents nicknamed him Snoopy because of his appearance, but they usually addressed him as Calvin at home. His mother and stepfather divorced in 1975, when he was very young, Broadus began singing and playing piano at the Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church. In sixth grade, he began rapping, as a teenager, Snoop Dogg frequently ran into trouble with the law. He was a member of the Rollin 20 Crips gang in the Eastside of Long Beach, shortly after graduating from high school, he was arrested for possession of cocaine, and for the following three years, was frequently in and out of prisonSnoop Dogg – Snoop Dogg performing in Toronto, Ontario in August 2012
33. T.I. – Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. better known by his stage names T. I. and Tip, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor from Atlanta, Georgia. He signed his first major-label record deal in 1999, with Arista Records subsidiary, in 2001, T. I. formed the Southern hip hop group Pimp Squad Click, alongside his longtime friends and fellow Atlanta-based rappers. Upon being released from Arista, T. I. signed to Atlantic Records and subsequently became the executive officer of his own label imprint, Grand Hustle Records. T. I. is also perhaps best known as one of the artists who popularized the hip hop subgenre trap music, along with Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane. T. I. has released nine albums, with seven of them reaching the top five of the US Billboard 200 chart. Throughout his career, T. I. has also released several successful singles, including Bring Em Out, Whatever You Like, Live Your Life, Dead and Gone, Ball. He began to gain recognition in 2003, following his first high-profile feature, on fellow Atlanta-based rapper Bone Crushers hit single. He earned more prominence with the release of Trap Muzik, which includes the Top 40 hits, Rubber Band Man, the next year, T. I. appeared on Destinys Childs international hit, Soldier, alongside Lil Wayne. His subsequent albums, King and T. I. vs. T. I. P. generated high record sales and were supported by singles, such as What You Know and Big Shit Poppin. In 2013, T. I. was featured on Robin Thickes hit single Blurred Lines, alongside Pharrell Williams, in November 2013, T. I. announced that he had signed with Columbia Records, after his 10-year contract with Atlantic came to an end. He released his Columbia Records debut, Paperwork, in October 2014, in February 2016, T. I. announced he signed a distribution deal with Roc Nation, to release his tenth album. T. I. has won three Grammy Awards, namely Best Rap Solo Performance, Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. T. I. has served two terms in county jail, twice for probation violations and a federal prison bid for a U. S. federal weapons charge, while serving 11 months in prison, he released his seventh studio album, No Mercy. T. I. has also had an acting career, starring in the films ATL, Takers, Get Hard, Identity Thief. He is also an author, having written two novels Power & Beauty and Trouble & Triumph, both of which were released to moderate success. T. I. has also starred in the American reality television series T. I. s Road to Redemption, in 2009, Billboard ranked him as the 27th Artist of the 2000s decade. Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. was born on September 25,1980, in Atlanta, Georgia and he was raised by his grandparents in Atlantas Center Hill neighborhood just off Bankhead Highway. His father resided in New York City, and he would go there to visitT.I. – T.I. performing in September 2012.
34. Kanye West – Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. Intent on pursuing a career as a rapper, West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to widespread critical and commercial success. He went on to pursue a variety of different styles on subsequent albums Late Registration, Graduation, and 808s & Heartbreak. In 2010, he released his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy to rave reviews from critics, West released his abrasive sixth album, Yeezus, to further critical praise in 2013. His seventh album, The Life of Pablo, was released in 2016, Wests outspoken views and life outside of music have received significant mainstream attention. He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct at award shows, on social media and he is the founder and head of the creative content company DONDA. His 2014 marriage to television personality Kim Kardashian has also been subject to media coverage. He has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all time, three of his albums have been included and ranked on Rolling Stones 2012 update of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. He has also 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. His father, Ray West, is a former Black Panther and was one of the first black photojournalists at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Ray West was later a Christian counselor, and in 2006, opened the Good Water Store and Café in Lexington Park, Maryland with startup capital from his son. West, was a professor of English at Clark Atlanta University, West was raised in a middle-class background, attending Polaris High School in suburban Oak Lawn, Illinois after living in Chicago. At the age of 10, West moved with his mother to Nanjing, China, according to his mother, West was the only foreigner in his class, but settled in well and quickly picked up the language, although he has since forgotten most of it. When asked about his grades in school, West replied, I got As. West demonstrated an affinity for the arts at an early age and his mother recalled that she first took notice of Wests passion for drawing and music when he was in the third grade. Growing up in Chicago, West became deeply involved in its hip hop scene and he started rapping in the third grade and began making musical compositions in the seventh grade, eventually selling them to other artistsKanye West – West performing at Lollapalooza in 2011
35. Lennox Yearwood – Lennox Yearwood, Jr. is a minister and community activist who is also an influential member of political hip hop. Yearwood currently serves as President of the Hip Hop Caucus, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers young people to participate in elections, policymaking. Yearwood has led or been involved in a number of campaigns to engage young voters. Yearwood was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1969 and he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of the District of Columbia in 1998 and received a M. Div. degree from Howard University in May 2002. Yearwood was the Student Government President at both schools and was issued an honorary doctorate from Saint Paul University in May 2011 and he also served in the U. S. Air Force Reserve as an officer and chaplain. Yearwood was a co-creator of the 2004 campaign Vote or Die with Sean Combs and he was the Political and Grassroots Director for Russell Simmons Hip Hop Summit in 2003 and 2004, and functioned as Senior Consultant to Jay Zs Voice Your Choice campaign. He served as a Senior Consultant for P. Diddys Citizen Change, during the 2004 Presidential election, Yearwood, Russell Simmons, and Jonathan Lewis created the Hip Hop Team Vote Bus Tour. Yearwood is also the founder of Hip Hop Voices, a project of Voices for Working Families, Yearwood and others protested the United States Senate passage of the U. S. Troop Readiness, Veterans Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act,2007 on April 26,2007, the concert featured Dead Prez and several other hip hop artists. Amnesty International and the ACLU were partners in the event, Yearwood is the president and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, founded September 11,2004, on the premise that the hip hop generation is uniquely qualified to address human-rights for the 21st century. Since its founding, the Hip Hop Caucus has developed a database of approximately 700,000 members and has teams in 48 cities across 30 states. The campaign successfully registered voters in 12 states and executed a 20 city Bus Tour to Get Out the Vote the month before the 2008 presidential election, in 2010, Yearwood and the Hip Hop Caucus revived the Respect My Vote. Campaign to engage new and young voters in the mid-term elections, events, rallies and roundtables were held in each city to educate audiences on the costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and to motivate young people to take action and have their voices heard. Yearwood was arrested by Capitol Hill police outside of a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee on September 10,2007, and charged with disorderly conduct and assault on a police officer. Kimberly Schneider, spokeswoman for the Capitol Police, Yearwood was stopped from entering the room after attempting to cut in front of people waiting to get in. What he tried to do was jump to the front of the line and he was told he couldnt do that, Schneider said. And he pretty much charged at the officers to get past them into the room, in a press release from the Hip Hop Caucus, Yearwood said that he was prevented from entering the hearing because he was wearing a button that said I love the people of Iraq. In the press release he called his arrest an example of democracy while black, UPI reports that the video being circulated on the Internet does not seem to show an assaultLennox Yearwood – Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr