Category:Hip hop activists
Pages in category "Hip hop activists"
The following 52 pages are in this category, out of 52 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 52 pages are in this category, out of 52 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 in Los Angeles, California. 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, at five. But video games for sure. Five… What was that, Nintendo? Sega. Sonic the Hedgehog. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on TV. But I know on, I really, really liked Michael Jackson, like we all did. Newborn babies loved Michael Jackson." Stevens was a pretty vivid day. I caught a rare virus called Steven-Johnson Syndrome. And Stevens was very life-changing for me. Stevens hindered my skin configuration.Ab-Soul – Ab-Soul performing in Brooklyn in 2015
2. Brother Ali – Ali spent his early childhood moving throughout the Midwestern United States. He attended Robbinsdale Cooper High School in New Hope, Minnesota. Ali began rapping at age eight, in the midst of traveling from place to place with his family. He followed Imam Warith Deen Mohammed. Ali has often explained that, from an early age, he felt "most at home amongst African Americans." On August 2007, Brother Ali appeared on The Late Late Show and performed his single "Uncle Sam Goddamn" from The Undisputed Truth. On October 2007, he appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and performed "Take Me Home" from The Undisputed Truth. On December 2009 he appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and was featured with late night band The Roots. On July 2013, Brother Ali appeared on the Maximum Fun podcast Judge John Hodgman as an "Expert Witness". His music frequently addresses his role as a father, parent, husband. He remarried in 2006. 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, hair. Brother Ali often makes fun of the media's constant urge to mention his condition in the first lines of newspaper articles. Ali is also legally blind, caused by his albinism.Brother 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 culture. Born to Barbadian immigrants, Bambaataa grew up with an activist mother and uncle. As a child, he was witnessed debates between his uncle regarding the conflicting ideologies in the movement. He was exposed to his mother's eclectic collection. Bambaataa was a member of the Black Spades. 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. He was not afraid to cross turfs to forge relationships with other gang members, with other gangs. As a result, the Spades became the biggest gang in terms of both turf. After Bambaataa won an contest that earned a trip to Africa, his worldview shifted. 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 create one in his own neighborhood. He told people that his name was Zulu for "affectionate leader." Bambaataa formed The "Bronx River Organization" as an alternative to the Black Spades.Afrika 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 an extensive background in abstract hop, his more recent music has extensively incorporated blues, country, rock, folk and avant-garde influences. 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 program on CBC Radio 3's web radio station. Terfry was raised in Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia, a rural community 40 km north of Halifax. Fascinated by hop, the young Terfry taught himself how to rap, DJ, later, to produce records. In 1990, Terfry self-produced his first song, "The Rhyme Has To Be Good," which later received airplay on the Halifax college station. His musical influences include MC Shan, David Lynch, Kool Keith. Using 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, Uncle Climax. Where I come from, it's common when a boy is named for the father to refer to the son as ` Buck'. I don't know when it started. It might be a'out-in-the-country' thing. Up I knew lots of sons who were referred to as ` Buck'.Buck 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. Chali is known for quick delivery rapping style. As a young boy, Stewart moved to South Central Los Angeles, the base of Jurassic 5 since the group's inception in 1993. Chali was raised by a practicing Muslim, who raised him in the Islamic faith. His name is a reference to Charlie the Tuna, the deep-voiced animated mascot of StarKist Tuna. Cut Chemist became friends in high school. Together with Mark 7even, they were part of a seven-man group called Unity Committee. They were, along with another three-person troupe called the Rebels of Rhythm, routinely chosen as the crowd's favourite performers. They teamed to record a 12" single, "Unified Rebelution", in 1995. The Rebels of Rhythm were Daakir; the men banded together to form Jurassic 5. In 2006, the Jurassic 5 group split up altogether in 2007. Along with salsa, theirs have been influenced by reggae and soul music; he is also a fan of house music. Was a founding member of Jurassic 5, which boasted in the song "Improvise" that the four MCs sounded like one. An official mix tape, was compiled and released October 25, 2004. "the would-be first single from Fish Outta Water, appeared in January 2006.Chali 2na – Chali 2na
6. Chance the Rapper – Chancelor Johnathan Bennett, known professionally as Chance the Rapper, is an American hip hop recording artist from the West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, he began to gain recognition following the release of Acid Rap. They released the widely lauded Surf in May 2015. In May 2016, Bennett released the mixtape Coloring Book to critical acclaim. This is Bennett's third mixtape, which has received three Grammy nominations, including Best Rap Album. Coloring Book was the streaming-only album to ever receive a Grammy nomination. Chance the Rapper grew up on Chicago's South Side. Taylor Bennett, is also a Chicago rapper. Ken Williams-Bennett, was an aide to former Chicago mayor Harold Washington and worked for then-Senator Barack Obama. Williams-Bennett, now a deputy chief of staff to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, dreamed that his son might one day hold office. In his year at Jones College Prep High School, Chance formed the hip-hop duo Instrumentality with a friend. Many of Chance's earliest performances took place at Harold Washington Library in Chicago. At Jones College Prep High School, some of his teachers ridiculed his aspirations to become a musician. In December 2011, he released a song publicly announced his 10 Day project. In February 2012, Bennett was highlighted as one of Complex magazine's "10 New Chicago Rappers to Watch Out For."Chance the Rapper – Chance The Rapper performing live in 2013.
7. Rosa Clemente – Rosa Alicia Clemente is a United States community organizer, independent journalist, hip-hop activist. She was the vice presidential running mate of 2008 Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election. Clemente was raised in South Bronx, New York. She is a graduate of the University of Albany and Cornell University. She is currently a doctoral student in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies of University of Massachusetts Amherst. While a student at SUNY Albany, she was Director of Multicultural Affairs for the Student Association. Clemente has written for Clamor Magazine, The Ave. magazine, The Black World Today, numerous websites. She has been the subject of articles in the Village Voice, The New York Times, The Source magazines. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Democracy Now! and Street Soldiers. In 1995, she developed Know Thy Self Productions, a full-service speakers bureau, 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 at their annual convention. Clemente and McKinney appeared at a number of events in Denver, Colorado, the site of the 2008 Democratic National Convention.Rosa 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's first major-label album, Like Water for Chocolate, received widespread critical acclaim and tremendous commercial success. His first Grammy Award was in 2003, winning Best R&B Song for "Love of My Life", with Erykah Badu. Its popularity was matched by May 2005's Be, 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", from his July 2007 album Finding Forever. 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 man's efforts to improve the lives of children in Uganda through hip-hop/b-boy culture. He starred as Elam Ferguson on the AMC western television series Hell on Wheels. Common was born on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. He was raised in the Calumet Heights neighborhood. He is the son of educator Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines and former ABA basketball player turned youth counselor Lonnie Lynn. They divorced when he was six years old, resulting in his father's moving to Denver, Colorado. 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 and Big Daddy Kane. Common attended Florida A&M University for two years under a scholarship and majored in business administration.Common (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, entrepreneur. He rose to fame following the success of his debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. Fiasco also performs under his real name. As an entrepreneur, he is the executive officer of 1st & 15th Entertainment. Raised in Chicago, Jaco developed an interest after initially disliking the genre for its use of vulgarity and misogyny. After adopting recording songs in his father's basement, 19-year-old Fiasco joined a group called Da Pak. Fiasco soon met rapper Jay-Z who helped him sign a record deal with Atlantic Records. In September 2006, Fiasco released Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor on the label, which received three Grammy nominations. He released Lupe Fiasco's The Cool, in December 2007. The lead single "Superstar" became his top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Tetsuo & Youth, was released in January 2015. In addition to music, he has pursued other business ventures, including fashion. He runs two clothing lines, Trilly & Truly; he has designed sneakers for Reebok. He is also noted for his anti-establishment views, which he has expressed in his music. He was born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco on February 1982 in Chicago, Illinois.Lupe Fiasco – Lupe Fiasco in 2012
10. GRITS – Grits is a food made from corn, ground into a coarse meal and then boiled. Hominy grits is a type of grits made from hominy, corn, treated with an alkali in a process called nixtamalization. Grits are usually served with other flavorings as a dish, usually savory. It is popular in the Southern United States. It may also be found as an entrée when made with shrimp. Grits is similar to other thick maize-based porridges from around the world such as polenta. The word "grits" may be treated as either plural; historically, in the American South it was always singular. It derives from the Old English word "grytt," meaning coarse meal. Grits have their origin in American corn preparation. Traditionally, the hominy for grits was ground on a mill. The ground hominy is then passed through the finer sifted material used as grit meal, the coarser as grits. The miller keeping a portion as his fee. The state of Georgia declared grits its prepared food in 2002. Given enough of it, the inhabitants of Earth would have nothing to fight about. A man full of is a man of peace."GRITS – 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 Turkish rappers. Also he is first rapper in Turkey. Before turning to music he was a 36 Boys member and imprisoned for burglary, bank robbery and wounding. Hakan started his professional 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 artist. So far, Hakan released "Son Mohakan" released in January.Killa 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, Hopsin had founded his own record label, Funk Volume, in 2009. Hopsin would then go on to found Undercover Prodigy, in 2016. Hopsin is well known for his use of white colored eye contacts in music videos, interviews. Marcus Hopson was raised in the Panorama City neighborhood of Los Angeles. Hopsin attended James Monroe High School, where he was placed into educational classes. He has been an avid skateboarder since the age of twelve, as many of his music videos feature him skateboarding. While starting his career, he decided to sport colored eye contacts while performing in his music videos. Hopsin stated that he used the contacts to differentiate himself from other African American rappers with the cliché appearance. Hopsin credits Eminem as the rapper that initially got him interested into hip music. He even began recording his debut album as early as 2004. Hopsin was originally hailed as one of the driving forces behind attempting to bring Ruthless Records back to previous glory. Hopsin's lead single from his album "Pans in the Kitchen" was released on May 27, 2008. The album was set to feature no collaborations with other artists. However Gazing at the Moonlight was not released until October 27, 2009, with little to no promotion.Hopsin – Hopsin in May 2013
13. Hostyle Gospel – Hostyle Gospel is an American Christian hip hop group from Champaign, Illinois. Its members include Demetrius Morton, Fontaine Pizza. Hostyle Gospel is best known for their Christian rap style. Hostyle Gospel was formed from a central Illinois group known as Elite M.O.C.. It only had two members: Raynard Glass and Demetrius Morton. However, Fontaine Pizza joined the band in 2005. It also has other members who work on music production, graphic design, website management. In 2013, Hostyle Gospel hosted the Family Rock Jam Session for the Community of Champaign/Urbana. The event was the first Christian hip performance for an educational program in a Champaign community. After the success of the Family Rock Jam Session, the group made their first radio appearance with their single Break. On October 11, Hostyle Gospel performed at Flavor Fest Urban Leadership Conference 2014 in Tampa, Florida. To date, Hostyle Gospel has worked with many of the top names in the Christian industry. The group is also being mentored by Christian rap legend Fred Lynch from the Christian hip hop group P.I.D.. The song addressed the importance of Freedom, Liberty, Justice and human rights for Americans. The group also released a single entitled "Clap" which debuted on June 8, 2016.Hostyle 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 and actor. 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.: Original Gangster. Body Count released its self-titled album in 1992. Ice-T encountered controversy over his track "Killer", perceived to glamorize killing police officers. Ice-T asked to be released with Warner Bros.. Records, Home Invasion, was released later in February 1993 through Priority Records. Ice-T released two more albums in the late 1990s. Since 2000, he has portrayed NYPD Detective Odafin Tutuola on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. On August 2006 the fourth Body Count album Murder 4 Hire was released, followed by Manslaughter on June 10, 2014. Son of Solomon and Alice Marrow, was born in Newark, New Jersey. Alice was Creole. For decades, Solomon worked at the Rapistan Conveyor Company. When Marrow was a child, his family moved to New Jersey. His mother died of a attack when he was in third grade.Ice-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 rapper and urban activist. Most of his lyrics focus on controversial issues in global politics. His lyrics are largely commentary on issues such as politics, socialism, class struggle, poverty, religion, government, institutional racism. He claimed in an interview to have sold close to a combined total of 200,000 copies of his first three official releases. Coronel is Peruvian and was born in a military hospital in Lima. He is of mostly Amerindian descent, although also has Spanish, French and African ancestry. 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. He attended Hunter College High School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He also battled but lost to Posta Boy in 106 & Park's 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, highlighting artists that are not signed to a record label. 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 only rapper in history to have a "Hip Hop Quotable" while being unsigned. He released his second album Revolutionary Vol. 2 in 2003.Immortal 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. Killer Mike is the founder of Grind Time Official Records, which he launched through the SMC and Fontana Distribution. Killer Mike has since released five full-length albums as a artist. In December 2008, Mike confirmed he signed to Atlanta-based rapper T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records. In 2012, he released R.A.P. Music, produced entirely by American rapper-producer El-P. In 2013, the two subsequently formed a duo, branding themselves Run the Jewels. The two released their self-titled debut in June of that year. He is also known as a political activist, focusing on subjects including social equality, police brutality, systemic racism. He has been featured in the films 20 Funerals, ATL. In 1995, he briefly attended Morehouse College, where he met The Beat Bullies and eventually Big Boi of OutKast. Killer Mike was also featured on other tracks that year, including "Poppin' Tags" from Jay-Z's The Blueprint 2. He released Monster, in 2003. The album's lead single was "Akshon", which featured OutKast on guest vocals. A remix of "Akshon" was included on the soundtrack of EA Sports' game Madden NFL 2004.Killer Mike – Killer Mike performing in 2014.
17. K'naan – Keinan Abdi Warsame better known by his stage name K'naan, is a Somali Canadian poet, rapper, singer, songwriter, instrumentalist. He rose with the success of his single "Wavin' Flag", chosen as Coca-Cola's promotional anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Besides hip-hop, K'naan's sound is influenced by elements of Somali music, world music. He is also involved in philanthropic initiatives. K'naan was born in Mogadishu, situated in the southeastern Banaadir province of Somalia. K'naan's family was from an artistic background. His aunt Magool was a renowned singer. Keynaan, means "traveller" in the Afro-Asiatic Somali language. K'naan spent his childhood in Mogadishu. Abdi, had left earlier when he was still a boy to work as a taxi driver in New York City. K'naan's early years were idyllic and enveloped with his aunt Magool often singing to him. This changed following the start of the civil war, when at the age of 12, three of his friends were shot by an older adolescent gunman. The general escalation in violence prompted his mother to seek a visa so that the family could rejoin his father in New York. At the age of 13, two siblings, older brother Liban and younger sister Sagal, subsequently moved to the United States. They stayed before relocating to Toronto, Canada, where K'naan's dad had settled.K'naan – K'naan in 2010
18. KRS-One – Lawrence Parker, better known by his stage names KRS-One, 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, which he formed with DJ Scott La Rock in the mid 1980s. 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 Violence Movement, after the death of Scott La Rock. Lawrence Parker was born in New York in 1965. By the time he met counselor Scott Sterling, he was also writing graffiti as KRS-One. Together he and Sterling, a.k.a. DJ Scott La Rock eventually created Boogie Down Productions, releasing their debut album, Criminal Minded, in 1987. Still, KRS-One "dissed" the song with the BDP record "South Bronx." BDP's "The Bridge Is Over." Many conceded he had won the battle. Parker and Sterling decided 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. They then decided to call themselves "Boogie Down Productions".KRS-One – KRS-One
19. Talib Kweli – Talib Kweli Greene is an American hip hop recording artist, entrepreneur, social activist. He is the son of professional educators. In 2011, Kweli founded Javotti Media, self-defined as "a platform for independent thinkers and doers." Kweli earned recognition early on through his work with fellow Brooklyn artist, Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, when they formed the group Black Star. Kweli's career continued with solo success including collaborations with famed producers Kanye West, Just Blaze, Pharrell Williams. Kweli is known to support artists on the rise, such as J. Cole, Jay Electronica, Kendrick Lamar, NIKO IS. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Kweli grew up in a household in Park Slope. Kweli was a student at Cheshire Academy, a boarding school in Connecticut. He was previously a student at Brooklyn Technical High School before being academically dismissed. He later studied experimental theater at New York University. Kweli made his rapping debut in 1996, with featured five appearances on Doom, an album by Cincinnati, Ohio group Mood. Shortly afterwards, upon returning to New York, he reconnected with Mos Def and formed Black Star. Kweli brought along Hi-Tek to produce their only album, 1998's Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star. The album, released amidst a late'90s renaissance of Afrocentric hop, was immediately achieved modest success. Kweli and Hi-Tek continued their Reflection Eternal partnership on the 2000 album Train of Thought, likewise met with critical acclaim, but modest sales.Talib Kweli – Talib Kweli performing at the 2012 Ilosaarirock festival
20. Lecrae – Lecrae Devaughn Moore, mononymously known as Lecrae, is an American Christian hip hop artist, songwriter, record producer and actor. Lecrae is the co-founder and president of the non-profit organization ReachLife Ministries. Lecrae produced much of his earlier material along with early Reach Records releases. Lecrae, in reference to his label as a Christian rapper, has stated that his music is just hop, though it reflects his Christian faith. In May 2016, he signed in a joint deal between his label and Columbia. He debuted through Reach Records. Rebel, released in 2008, became the first Christian hip hop album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel chart. On May 2012, he released his first mixtape, Church Clothes, hosted by DJ Don Cannon. Considered his breakthrough into mainstream hop, the mixtape was downloaded over 100,000 times in less than 48 hours. He released Anomaly, on September 9, 2014. Lecrae's filmography includes a role in a brief role as Dr. Malmquist in the comedy film Believe Me. Lecrae has also written about racial tension and injustice in the United States. Raised by his single mother in Southern Houston, Texas, Lecrae moved often early in life, living in San Diego, Denver, Dallas. Lecrae said it "wasn't for me." He never met his father, who ended up becoming a addict.Lecrae – Lecrae (left) and Akon (right) at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards
21. Lowkey – Kareem Dennis, better known by his stage name Lowkey, is an English rapper, political activist of Iraqi descent. Lowkey first became known through a series of mixtapes he released before he was 18, before taking a hiatus from the business. Lowkey released his second solo album Soundtrack independently on 16 October 2011. Lowkey is known for his controversial lyricism on real life issues. Kareem Dennis was born to an Iraqi mother and an English father. From the age of twelve Lowkey soon began using his own accent. Lowkey began attending the open mic sessions which took place on Carnaby Street, Central London. The first part of his mixtape Key to the Game, was released independently in 2003. Within a half Lowkey had released a second and third volume, all of which gained critical acclaim from UK hip hop circles. Though stalled by artistic endeavours, Dear Listener was eventually released in January 2009. Lowkey bookended the year with highlights from the entire Key To The Game series and Dear Listener. This was released digitally through iTunes. The single, "Long Live Palestine" was digitally released on 9 March 2009. "Long Live Palestine" was packaged with Part 1 and the instrumental. The single received statements of support from Benjamin Zephiniah.Lowkey – Lowkey performing in Bristol, 21 September 2009
22. Macklemore – Ben Haggerty, known by his stage name Macklemore and formerly Professor Mack Lemore, is an American hip hop recording artist from Kent, Washington. His name originated from his childhood; it was the name of his made-up superhero. Since 2000, Macklemore has independently released one mixtape, four albums. Macklemore has significantly collaborated as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Ryan Lewis's single "Thrift Shop" reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 2013. Macklemore and Lewis released their debut album The Heist on October 9, 2012, which charted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200. The pair won four Grammy Awards including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. This Unruly Mess I've Made was released on February 26, 2016. Haggerty was born to Julie Schott. Haggerty was raised with his brother Tim in Kent, Washington. His ethnicity is primarily Irish. Haggerty was six years old when hop first came into his life by way of Digital Underground. According to a YouTube interview with Macklemore, Macklemore listened to "parental advisory" music from the radio when he was an underage youth. He was 15 when he started writing lyrics. At Garfield High School, other students started a hip-hop group called Elevated Elements and released an album with them in 2000 called "Progress".Macklemore – Macklemore performing in Toronto during The Heist Tour in November 2012.
23. DJ Maj – DJ Maj has released several mixtapes, well as three solo albums: BoogiRoot, Speckled Goats and Speckled Goats II. His friends gave the name "DJ Magic" after watching him play on turntables. He later changed his name to "DJ Maj" to reflect that, as a Christian, he did not want to be associated with magic. He in 1999, released his debut mixtape album: Wax Museum: the Mixtape. The success of this album led to him collaborating with his debut album in 2005, BoogiRoot. In 2002, Maj moved to the center of Nashville, Tennessee. He started a radio show to raise awareness of urban music. In 2007, Maj released Speckled Goats II, a low-cost album with proceeds donated to hunger relief in third-world countries. In 2009, Maj produced the Gotee Hip Hope Hits Compilation. He has also done work for Christian T-Bone. He is included in the listing of the Diverse City Band crew, the list of people who perform with tobyMac in concerts. He was also the DJ who made the cuts on!Hero. Official websiteDJ Maj – DJ Maj in 2012
24. Mos Def – Mos Def subsequently released their eponymous debut album in 1998. He was featured on the roster of Rawkus Records and in 1999 released his solo debut, Black on Both Sides. His debut was followed by The New Danger, The Ecstatic. The editors at About.com listed him on their "50 greatest MC's of our time" list. Prior to his career in music, he first entered public life as a actor, having played roles in television movies, sitcoms, theater. Mos Def is also known as the host of Def Poetry Jam, which aired on HBO between 2007. He has been vocal on several political causes, including police brutality, the idea of American exceptionalism, the state of African Americans. Dante Terrell Smith Bey was born in the son of Sheron Smith and Abdul Rahman. The eldest of step-children, Mos Def was raised by his mother in Brooklyn, while his father lived in New Jersey. At 19, Mos Def took the Muslim declaration of faith. Mos Def is close friends with Kamaal Ibn John Fareed of the rap group A Tribe Called Quest. He attended middle school at Philippa Schuyler Middle School 383 in Bushwick, Brooklyn where he picked up his love for acting. In Mos Def witnessed his then five year old younger brother Ilias Bey get hit by a car. Bey, who later adopted the alias DCQ, was described as "my first partner in Hip Hop". He began his rap career in 1994, forming the rap group UTD along with younger brother DCQ and younger sister Ces.Mos Def – Mos Def performing at the 2012 Ilosaarirock festival
25. Nas – Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas /ˈnɑːz/, is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer, actor and entrepreneur. The son of Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums and has sold over 25 million records worldwide. He is currently signed to Mass Appeal Records. His musical career began as featured artist on Main Source's "Live at the Barbeque". From 2001 to 2005, Nas was involved in a highly publicized feud with rapper Jay Z. Nas signed to Def Jam in 2006. In 2010, he released a collaboration album with reggae artist Damian Marley, donating all royalties to charities active in Africa. His eleventh 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 on their list of "The Greatest MCs of All Time". In 2012, The Source ranked number two on their list of the "Top 50 Lyricists of All Time". In 2013, Nas was ranked fourth on MTV's "Hottest MCs in the Game" list. Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones was born September 1973, in Brooklyn, New York. Olu Dara, is a jazz and blues musician, from Mississippi. Fannie Ann Jones, was a Postal Service worker from North Carolina. He has a brother named Jabari Fret, best known as "Jungle", a member of the hip hop group Bravehearts.Nas – 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, Danielle Kimmey. They moved with their mother to Nashville, where DeLise was offered a teaching position at Fisk University. Her sisters initially sang back-up for their mother, a classical pianist. In 1994, they released Lovin' the Day. The single off the album was a remake of the Bill Withers 1978 single "Lovely Day" and was a Christian Contemporary Music hit. Their second album, in 1996, More Than You Know, catapulted the sisters into the CCM spotlight. The acclaimed No Turning Back, was released in 1999. Released in their fourth and best-selling Gotee album, This Is Your Life, entered the Billboard 200, peaking at No. 178. The album was also nominated for a Stellar Award. Another two years went by before the up-tempo Love, Peace & Happiness was released. The album was nominated in the Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album category. In June 2006, the group announced that they would disband after the release of their greatest hits album titled The Hits. Allmusic entryOut 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 of 2014". City Pages named Southside Looking In one of "The Best Minnesota Rap Albums of 2014". After their recent altercations. The Mexacan magazine Me Hace Ruido named one of their "Artists to Follow in 2016". 2011 saw Manny playing other hip hop shows around town. April 2014 Manny released his Mike the Martyr produced Southside Looking In project online, followed by a party in June. Manny was featured on Eminem's Shade 45 channel aired on Sirius XM. Manny Phesto played a sold out date at Fabrica De Arte Cubano in Havana, Cuba in October 2015. Manny Phesto markets himself creatively. Manny's sign appeared in yards throughout the twin cities. Manny began gathering "endorsement photos" from artists including Slug of Atmosphere, Immortal Technique, Mystikal, Rittz, Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson, others. A couple of which were highlighted by XXL. Manny has also adopted a Metro Transit Shelter in Minneapolis. Social Capital EP Southside Looking In www.mannyphesto.com Manny Phesto on Facebook Manny Phesto on Rap Genius www.HiGHMiNDSTour.com Manny Phesto on DiscogsManny Phesto – Manny Phesto in Minneapolis, Minnesota
29. Chris Rolle – Chris Rolle, also known as "Kazi", is a community activist, rapper, founder of a record company. Beginning as a teen, he has been involved in New York City's Art Start program. In 1999, he founded the Hip Hop Project. He is a subject in The Hip Hop Project, produced by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah. Since June 2004, he has been a member of Art Start's Board of Trustees. He is a motivational speaker in the African American community. He is co-CEO of One + One Records and a hip hop performer. He was born in Bahamas; since 1990 he has lived in Brooklyn, New York City, United States. In 1994, while in high school, Rolle began an involvement as a student in the Media Works Project. He graduated from the New York City Public Repertory Company where he won the Playwrights Competition. Since June 2004, he has been a member of Art Start's Board of Trustees. According to Cassandra Lizaire, the project "has been encouraging young minds towards meaningful and positive musical messages ever since." He was a subject of The Hip Hop Project in which Queen Latifah and Bruce Willis were the Executive Producers. It was shown at the Brooklyn Museum of Art during "VH1 Hip Hop Honors Week" in 2006. The film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival.Chris Rolle – Chris "Kazi" Rolle, 2007
30. 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, MC Magic. When Pérez was a child, his grandmother said that he always had a serious look on his face. It was for that reason she gave the nickname, Serio, which in Spanish means serious. Serio claims he started writing and rapping when he was a teenager. He made his professional debut in 2005. In 2006, Serio released Nightmares Turned Into Reality. His single, "I Got To Have You" gained rotation throughout the United States. In 2008, Serio released the single, “Serio Controla” from his then upcoming second album, N.T.I.R. Part 2 The Revenge of Serio, subsequently released in 2009. His track, "In L.A." included a guest appearance by Kid Frost. In 2011, 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, Mr. Midget Loco. 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.Serio (rapper) – Serio at his 2010 photo shoot for Gansterism Part 3 album.
31. 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 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 medical lab technologist; his father as a machinist. He attended the École Gabriel-Dumont. In 2007, Shad was released his second album, The Old Prince. In 2008, that album was a short-list nominee for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize. The album was also nominated for two MuchMusic Video Awards. Shad released TSOL, in 2010. 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. Not for one second. He's massive. He's massive in the States, he's massive in Canada.". In June 2013, Shad released a collaborative EP with Skratch Bastid entitled The Spring Up. Flying Colours, was released on October 15, 2013.Shad (rapper) – Shad
32. Tupac Shakur – Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an African-American rapper, record producer, actor, poet. As of 2007, Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time. On April 7, 2017, Shakur will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in his first year eligibility. Shakur began his career as a roadie, backup dancer, MC for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground, eventually branching off as a solo artist. The themes of most of Shakur's songs revolved around the violence and hardship in inner cities, racism, other social problems. Both of his parents and several other people in his family were members of the Black Panther Party, whose ideals were reflected in his songs. On September 7, 1996, Shakur was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was taken to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, where he died six days later. Shakur was born on June 16, 1971, in the East Harlem section of Manhattan in New York City. His birth name was Lesane Parish Crooks, but in 1972, he was renamed after the last Incan emperor. He was named after Túpac Amaru II, the 18th-century Peruvian revolutionary, executed after leading an indigenous uprising against Spanish rule. Shakur was of African-American descent. Shakur lived from an early age with people who were involved with the Black Liberation Army and convicted of serious criminal offenses and who were imprisoned. His godfather, Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt, a high-ranking Black Panther, was convicted of murdering a school teacher during a 1968 robbery, although his sentence was later overturned.Tupac Shakur – Tupac Shakur
33. Snoop Dogg – Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper and actor from Long Beach, California. He has since sold over twenty-three million albums in the United States and thirty-five million albums worldwide. In 1994 Snoop released a soundtrack on Death Row Records for the short film Murder Was The Case, starring himself. His second album Tha Doggfather, also debuted at number one on both charts with "Snoop's Upside Ya Head", as the lead single. The album was certified double platinum in 1997. After leaving Death Row Records, Snoop signed with No Limit Records, where he recorded his next three albums. Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told, No Limit Top Dogg, Tha Last Meal. Snoop then signed with Priority/Capitol/EMI Records in 2002, where he released Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss. He then signed with Geffen Records in 2004 for his next three albums R&G: The Masterpiece, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, Ego Trippin'. Malice'n Wonderland, Doggumentary, were released on Priority. Snoop Dogg has starred in motion pictures and hosted several television shows, including Doggy Fizzle Televizzle, Snoop Dogg's Father Hood, Dogg After Dark. He also coaches a youth football 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 a reggae album, Reincarnated, a documentary film of the same name, of his Jamaican experience, in early 2013.Snoop Dogg – Snoop Dogg performing in Toronto, Ontario in August 2012
34. T.I. – Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. better known by his stage names T.I. and Tip, is an American rapper and actor from Atlanta, Georgia. He signed his major-label record deal with Arista Records subsidiary, LaFace Records. In 2001, T.I. formed the Southern group Pimp Squad Click, alongside his longtime friends and fellow Atlanta-based rappers. T.I. is perhaps best known as one of the artists who popularized Gucci Mane. T.I. has released nine studio albums, with seven of them reaching the top five of the US Billboard 200 chart. He began to gain major recognition on fellow Atlanta-based rapper Bone Crusher's hit single, "Never Scared". He earned more prominence with the release of Trap Muzik, which includes the Top 40 hits, "Rubber Band Man" and "Let's Get Away". The next year, T.I. appeared on Destiny's Child's international hit, "Soldier", alongside Lil Wayne. In 2013, T.I. was featured alongside Pharrell Williams, which peaked on several major music charts. 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 Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. T.I. has served two terms in a federal bid for a U.S. federal weapons charge. While serving 11 months in prison, he released his seventh studio album, No Mercy.T.I. – T.I. performing in September 2012.
35. Kanye West – Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, entrepreneur. Music. He went on to pursue a variety of different styles on subsequent albums Late Registration, Graduation, 808s & Heartbreak. West released his abrasive sixth album, Yeezus, to further critical praise in 2013. His seventh album, The Life of Pablo, was released in 2016. Outside of music have received significant attention. He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct in public settings. He is the head of the creative DONDA. His 2014 marriage to television personality Kim Kardashian has also been subject to widespread media coverage. Three of his albums have been included and ranked on Rolling Stone's 2012 update of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. He has also been included in a number of Forbes annual lists. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015. West was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents divorced when he was three years old. After the divorce, he and his mother moved to Chicago, Illinois.Kanye West – West performing at Lollapalooza in 2011
36. Lennox Yearwood – Lennox Yearwood, Jr. is a minister and community activist, also an influential member of political hip hop. Yearwood was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1969. 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 issued an honorary doctorate from Saint Paul University in May 2011. He also served as an officer and chaplain. Yearwood was a co-creator of the 2004 campaign "Die" with Sean Combs. He served for P. Diddy's Citizen Change where he provided a 50-state strategy for engaging the hip hop generation in community-building dialogues. During the 2004 Presidential election, Yearwood, 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, Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007 on April 26, 2007. The concert featured several other hip hop artists. The ACLU were partners in the event. Since its founding, the Hip Hop Caucus has field teams in 48 cities across 30 states. In 2010, the Hip Hop Caucus revived the "Respect My Vote!"Lennox Yearwood – Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr