Category:Rappers from Chicago
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The following 94 pages are in this category, out of 94 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Chicago hip hop – The hip hop scene in Chicago, Illinois has produced many artists of various styles. Chicago hop artists have never coalesced around an easily defined style or sound. At the same time, other Chicago artists embraced West Coast production, with its synth-driven instrumentation. Harmanis is a Greek producer born and raised in Chicago. He is identified as a Greek rap legend. Crucial Conflict is a Chicago hip group best known for its 1996 single "Hay" and "Scummy". The members of Crucial Conflict are Coldhard, Wildstyle, Kilo, Never. They frequently collaborate with Die and Twista. They recently finished their album Crucon, with their newest single, "Barn Fire". Crucial Conflict, with the help of Do or Die, made the Chicago community more visible. With fast-paced raps, the band was compared to Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, with whom they later ended up feuding. When the smash hit "Hay" was released, it improved the sales of The Final Tic. Crucial Conflict has also recorded tracks for movie soundtracks such as Def Jam's How to Be a Player, Rhyme & Reason, Thicker Than Water. They also made a brief appearance in the 1998 Hype Williams movie Belly, which starred DMX and Nas. Common's success as an underground rapper in the nineties was the first time that significant attention was paid as a separate entity.Chicago hip hop – a flyer created by Sharkula
2. Add-2 – Andre DiJuan Daniels, better known by his stage name Add-2, sometimes stylized as Add 2, is an American rapper from Chicago, Illinois. He first gained popularity after the release of A Tale of Two's City: Volume 2. In 2009, his single "Luxury" was featured on MtvU's top 5 freshman and Vh1 respectively. "Luxury" is part of Add-2's third mixtape, "Tale of Two's City Vol. 3: The Rise & Fall." Add-2 has also worked with Grammy award winning producer 9th Wonder along with Kendrick Lamar, The Roots and Gerald Walker.Add-2 – Add-2 Performing at The Shrine in Chicago, IL (2012)
3. Lil Bibby – Brandon George Dickinson, better known by his stage name Lil Bibby, is an American hip hop recording artist from Chicago, Illinois. He released his debut mixtape in 2013, titled Free Crack. He released the follow-up mixtape Free Crack 2 on August 2014. Free Crack 3 was released on November 27, 2015. In 2013, Lil Bibby released his official debut mixtape, titled Free Crack. The title to the mixtape was inspired by Kanye West's track, called "Crack Music", featured from his second album Late Registration. Describing the fact that both Bibby and West are from Chicago, Illinois. He cited Drake and Jadakiss, as two of his favorite rappers. Vice stated that Bibby's first mixtape were cleared from both of these rappers. DJ Scream hosted this mixtape. The tape combines a imposing voice, along with a solid delivery and flow. The tracks are hard-hitting from Bibby. The most that stands out far as the beats from the mixtape was a track, called "Whole Crew". The music videos were released for tracks such as "How We Move" featuring King L, "Change", "Water" and "Tired of Talkin'". The article complimented Bibby, stating that he had what it takes to be a major artist, due to his maturity and his rapping ability.Lil Bibby – Bibby performing in 2014
4. 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
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. DeLundon – DeLundon, also known as D-Lo, the D.L.O. and Hollywood Nicky is a hip hop recording artist, record producer and owner/founder of DeLu3.0LLC. DeLundon released a full-length album called The Demonstration in 2007. DeLundon will release a new album late 2010 via Tunecore. Styled as the arch villain of hop. DeLundon expresses Intrigue with the duality of good in evil; he lyrically weaves these themes in his music with a distinct delivery. As a producer he describes his music out of body. His style is equivalent to a 2012 version of Phil Spector. Fusing them together to create a hip-hop wall of sound. In early 2012 DeLundon teamed up with Chicago producer Angelbeatz, to form the hip hop group, the corresponding music group: Angelbeatz/DeLu3.0. In Black and White - 2004 The Demonstration - 2007 DeLundon - 2011 Baker's Street w/Angelbeatz-2012 Convert or Die w/Angelbeatz- 2013DeLundon – DeLundon at Howard University in 2007
8. Brandun DeShay – Brandun DeShay, stylized as brandUn DeShay, is an American rapper and producer. He has produced for all six of his releases. DeShay has produced for rappers such as Curren$y, Dom Kennedy, Mac Miller, Action Bronson, Chance The Rapper, Danny Brown. His official music video, "Why You Got ta Zodiac Like That" has been in rotation on mtvU. From late 2008 to mid 2010, DeShay was a member of the hop collective Odd Future. In an interview with MTV UK, DeShay said that Yasutaka Nakata's music inspired him. He also stated that N.E.R.D, Kanye West, MF DOOM, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Wayne were some of his influences initially. All Day DeShay: AM The Super D3Shay Volume: One! for the Money Volume: Two! for the Show Your Favorite! MixTape Volume: Three! to Get Ready Your Favorite! MixTape 2 goldUn Child goldUn Child 2 Official website Brandun DeShay on Twitter Brandun DeShay on FacebookBrandun DeShay – DeShay performing at MePhi in AZ in 2010
9. Open Mike Eagle – Michael W. Eagle II, better known by his stage name Open Mike Eagle, is an American alternative hip hop artist. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, he is now based in California, where he is a member of the hip hop collective Project Blowed. He is also a member of Swim Team. Mike lived with his grandparents until he was 13 at which point he moved in with his mother. He went on to Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he majored in psychology. There he became good friends after being his resident adviser. He quickly moved to Los Angeles to live with his dad. He began working for AmeriCorps before getting a job at a non-profit halfway house. As he continued to work odd jobs, Mike rapped before discovering Project Blowed and then creating Thirsty Fish. In 2010, Open Mike Eagle released Unapologetic Art Rap, on Mush Records. The album features Nocando, Busdriver, Serengeti. Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes, was released on Hellfyre Club in 2011. It features vocal contributions from MC Paul Barman. In 2012, Open Mike Eagle released 4nml Hsptl, on Fake Four Inc..Open Mike Eagle – Open Mike Eagle after performing at DOOMTREE Zoo in Saint Paul
10. 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
11. Rockie Fresh – In 2009, Rockie began recording his debut mixtape Rockie's Modern Life in a small studio Chicago, IL. During the recording process, he met Andrew Gertler, who became his manager. They followed it up with another mixtape, The Otherside, recorded at Studio 11 in December 2010. Rockie's music has since toured with. He was also featured on Good Charlotte's The Madden Brothers: Before The Fame according to Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines. In 2012, Rockie released his mixtape Driving 88, which led to his signing on July 12 via Atlantic Records. After his signing, he released his fifth mixtape and Maybach Music Group project ` Electric Highway'. It features guest appreances from Rick Ross, Nipsey Hussle, Curren $ y and others. Production is handled by The Gift, Boi-1da, others. He has also since appeared amongst other Maybach Music Group collaborations and remixes. On April 2013, Rockie Fresh released a seven-track project in celebration of his birthday, aptly titled ` The Birthday Tape'. Featuring vocal appreances from his MMG members Gunplay. Thereafter, he announced an endorsement deal with shoe & apparel brand PUMA. Compilation album Self Made Vol. 3 from MMG got released on September 16, 2013. Rockie Fresh made appreances on the Best Buy deluxe edition.Rockie Fresh – Rockie Fresh performing in January 2014
12. Chuck Inglish – His album Convertibles was released on April 8, 2014. Ingersoll attended Notre Dame High School in Michigan where he played football and basketball. He met Sir Michael Rocks in 2005 when Reed found a beat on MySpace that Ingersoll had produced. The two eventually ended up recording for two hours. They were inspired by golden age hip hop and artists like LL Cool J and Eric B. & Rakim. It was eventually booked by Josh Young of Flosstradamus for a DJ performance. Recordings. They also received an offer from the DJ A-Trak to sign to his Fool's Gold Records label, which they did, but only for one single. Eventually, The Cool Kids signed to another independent label. Ingersoll has been the producer for tracks released thus far, but both work in production. The duo uses music program Reason from Propellerhead Software to produce their music. In 2007, they also performed at the 2008 Rock the Bells hip hop festival. The group also appeared at the Laneway Festival. The group also appeared in April 2009.Chuck Inglish – Chuck Inglish (left) performing with Sir Michael Rocks in July 2008
13. Jahzel – Not to be confused with UK rapper Jahzel, also known as Solid Rock Jahzel is an American hip hop emcee, producer, songwriter. Though Jahzel incorporates genres such as music, Prefix Mag has described his sound as "clearly rooted in East Coast production and wordplay." His lyrics frequently have also incorporated various local genres. He has performed at festivals such as A3C. According to HipHopDX, Jahzel has also ghostwritten a number of Top 40 hits for mainstream acts. Since releasing his debut mixtape The Arrival in 2010, other releases include First Class, Jet Lag In God's Image. He has The Wake Up, with an announced release date for January 19, 2015. The BlackKeyCollective have a six-part online reality show series hosted by HipHopDX that showcases the creation of The Wake Up. Jahzel was born in Chicago, Illinois. Despite this he had a strict upbringing, stating in an interview "when I was younger I didn’t listen to a lot of music. We didn’t have the money to buy CD’s. If you were on the radio I heard you." He bought his first CD as a teenager, Jay-Z’s Vol. 2... 2... Hard Knock Life," with Jahzel explaining that type of style influenced me." After high school he attended college, minoring in computer science, before beginning to focus on music full-time.Jahzel – Jahzel
14. JaMiss – Janelle Daríce Dudley, better known by her stage name JaMiss, is an American rapper, songwriter and actress. JaMiss is from the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. JaMiss was raised in Chicago, Illinois. Her father was a painter/artist. JaMiss studied at Columbia College Chicago where she earned her Bachelor's in Theatre, graduating with a 3.5 GPA. JaMiss started rapping after always working with close friend and rapper GLC and The Go Getters. Also highly influenced by Tupac, Jay-Z, Kanye West, MC Lyte and Lauryn Hill. JaMiss initially rapped before going solo. She continued making a name for herself in the industry throughout Chicago. They crowned JaMiss "The Deal Makers First Lady". This mixtape had production by Tony Baines and Bj out of Chicago. She released Even The Odds Vol. 2 in 2009, hosted by DJ VDub and DJ Kid Scratch and featured artist Drew Sidora and GLC. JaMiss was appeared as a dancer in his videos "Workout Plan" and "Slow Jamz". JaMiss was also featured on Carmelo Anthony "Become Legendary" mixtape. The mixape also includes The Truth, Sega and Ripley.JaMiss – JaMiss at the Arpa Film Festival in Hollywood
15. Mick Jenkins (rapper) – Jayson Mick Jenkins, better known as Mick Jenkins, is an American hip hop recording artist signed to Cinematic Music Group. The Healing Component was released on September 23, 2016. On January 2012, Mick released his first official mixtape, The Mickstape. In August 2012, he then released his second mixtape, titled The Pursuit of HappyNess: The Story of Mickalascage. During 2012, Mick joined the YCA, poetry collective. The two then collaborated on the track, called Heaux, featured on Saba's mixtape GETCOMFORTable. Jenkins is a member of a hip-hop group, called Free Nation. Other members include Maine The Saint. Free Nation is "a hip group that promotes creative thought without accepting narrow views imposed by the powers that be". In April 2013, Mick released a mixtape, titled Trees & Truths. The tape quickly became a local favorite, featuring acid jazz-influenced production, his lacerating lyricism. The single held various underlying messages and subtle notions. Martyrs praise Jenkins for his musical talent and intricate lyricism. Mick on August 12 released his project The Water to critical acclaim. Considered by many to be Jenkins' project, The Water is centered on the idea of comparing water to life's truths.Mick Jenkins (rapper) – Jenkins performing in August 2015
16. Chief Keef – Keith Cozart, better known by his stage name Chief Keef, is an American rapper and record producer from Chicago, Illinois. Under house arrest Keef's music videos were met with acclaim from local high school students. His increasing popularity led to him being the subject of a brief war among labels. Ultimately, he later signed with 1017 Brick Squad. He also became the CEO of Glory Boyz Entertainment, which later developed into Glo Gang. His album Finally Rich was released on December 18, 2012. Since becoming famous, he has continued to experience legal issues. Despite being dropped in late 2014, he continued self-releasing mixtapes through his Glo Gang label. Although Keef had originally planned Bang 3 to be released as his second album, a then-track from "Nobody", developed into its own project. He released Nobody as a full-length album in December 2014, while continuing to delay the often-pushed back Bang 3. Chief Keef is named after his deceased uncle. Keef grew up on the city's South Side. Keef began using his mother's karaoke machine and blank tapes to record his music. During his childhood, he attended the Banner School, a therapeutic day school. He dropped out of Dyett High School at age 15.Chief Keef – Kanye West, a fellow Chicagoan, discovered Chief Keef, and has since remixed his songs and collaborated with Keef
17. The Legendary Traxster – The Legendary Traxster is an American songwriter, rapper and record producer. A native of Chicago, he Ludacris. He is the owner of CWAL Records. The Legendary Traxster is Grammy Nominated American Songwriter/Producer. He produced the Certified song, "My Chick Bad" by Ludacris featuring Nicki Minaj on the album "Battle Of The Sexes". Traxster’s production on “My Chick Bad” helped land Ludacris a #1 album on the Billboard 200. The single went on to be the winner of two ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards" in the Rap and R&B / Hip Hop category. Traxster produced ten songs on this project. Traxster, also has extended his hand of service by participating in the ASCAP SCORES program. The Legendary Traxster will lead a songwriting classes with kids at Chalmers Elementary, Chicago, IL. on December 1 and 8, 2010. Traxster and the students will then go to CRC Studios, Chicago, IL. on December 14, 2010 to record the song. The Legendary Traxster said: "It is a privilege to be in a position to give back to my community. I like to believe my love for music saved my life having seen so many of my childhood friends victim to the streets. Through the SCORES program I hope to inspire someone to avoid becoming another tragedy of the inner city." Picture This is notable for introducing Twista to the mainstream, particularly on the album's blazing centerpiece "Po Pimp".The Legendary Traxster
18. Ludacris – Christopher Brian "Chris" Bridges, better known by his stage name Ludacris, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor from Atlanta, Georgia. Alongside Chaka Zulu, he is the co-founder of Disturbing tha Peace, an imprint distributed by Def Jam Recordings. Throughout his career, he has won Screen Actors Guild, Critic's Choice, Grammy Awards. Born in Champaign, Illinois, he moved at age nine where he began rapping. In 2001, Ludacris released Word of Mouf, followed by The Red Light District in 2004. Ludacris took a more serious approach with his next two albums, Theater of the Mind. Battle of the Sexes, was released in 2010 and featured the tone of his previous albums. Ludaversal was released on March 2015. He was born as Christopher Brian Bridges in the only child of Roberta Shields and Wayne Brian Bridges. Ludacris then attended Centreville High School for one year. Ludacris attended Banneker High School in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated in 1995. From 1998 to 1999, Ludacris studied management at Georgia State University. He also has some English and Native American ancestry. Ludacris is a distant cousin of late comedian Richard Pryor. Bridges joined an amateur rap group three years later.Ludacris – Ludacris at Midtown 2012
19. MC Chris – Christopher Brendan Ward, better known by the stage name MC Chris, is an American nerdcore rapper, voice actor, writer, improvisational comedian. He has released five albums, three EPs, a tenth anniversary edition of his recordings with The Lee Majors. Ward was born in Libertyville, Illinois. He attended the School of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He voiced a character on the episode "Brakstreet". In October 2004, he announced his resignation on his blog to focus on his recording career. Ward originally performed with The Lee Majors. He has lashed out for focusing more on the nerdcore scene than his music, as well as the nerdcore community as a whole. It just wasn't true. I have absolutely no problem with the label now." He self-releases with no label. After receiving criticism from fans for the incident, Ward apologized in an online video. The fan complained on Reddit that he was humiliated by the experience.MC Chris – mc chris flipping the bird in April 2007
20. Naledge – Jabari Miles Evans, better known by his stage name Naledge, is an American rapper and one half of the hip-hop group Kidz in the Hall. Evans grew up in the South Side neighborhood of Chicago. At Penn, Naledge became a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. While attending college he met a hip-hop producer now known as Double-O. The two formed the hip-hop group Kidz in the Hall. They were among the first artists to support Obama in their music. The song features a sample from The Main Ingredient's version of the same name. In November 2007, Kidz in the Hall were officially signed to an independent label started by founding members of the Boot Camp Clik. Their song "Blackout" was featured on the soundtrack of Madden'09. The album was declared the most "commercially viable" album the group received an XL rating in XXL Magazine. Naledge is also planning to come out with a solo album in the near future. He was quoted by rap Hiphopdx, "My solo album is still in the process of being put together. I’ve been busy with shows, but I have some tracks in the works," says the rising MC. "I got beats from 9th Wonder, Black Milk, Double-O, Just Blaze. Just Blaze has been my ‘yes man,’ okaying tracks for the album."Naledge – TwentySomething Promo Image, 2010
21. No I.D. – Ernest Dion Wilson, professionally known as No I.D. is an American hip hop and R&B music producer from Chicago, Illinois. Wilson is also a disc jockey, rapper, having released an album in 1997, titled Accept Your Own and Be Yourself, under Relativity Records. He is perhaps best known for his early work with Chicago-based rapper Common. Wilson, who has served as a musical mentor such as Kanye West, is considered "The Godfather of Chicago hip hop". Although he would resign from that position, he stayed contracted as an in-house producer. In June 2011, Wilson announced he formed the supergroup 80s, alongside Common and several other artists. In August 2011, Wilson became the Executive Vice President of A&R for Def Jam Recordings. He subsequently launched ARTium Recordings. He is currently the Executive Vice President and Head of Creative at Def Jam Recordings. In 1996, Wilson released an album under the pseudonym No I.D. titled Be Yourself. No I.D. is a half-palindrome of his birth name, Dion. He also released a beat tape, titled Invisible Beats. In Wilson's early career he was working as a co-producer for Jermaine Dupri. Wilson also introduced Chicago-based rapper Kanye West to hip production, inviting him to his sessions with Common, when West was only beginning. West cites Wilson as his mentor on "Last Call," the outro to his highly acclaimed debut album The College Dropout.No I.D. – No I.D. in March 2008.
22. R.O.E. – Roosevelt Sledge, Jr. better known by his stage name R.O.E. is an American rapper from Chicago, Illinois. He first gained popularity after the release of A Backpacker Named R.O.E.. In 2011, his single "I Won" was featured on independent radio stations. R.O.E. Later shot a video for the single. The video earned R.O.E. A feature on mtvU. His latest single, "The Sun Will Shine", hit the ` net in mid-2013, setting up the release of his second EP, To Happiness. To Happiness, R.O.E. has toured around the U.S. with his band, The Soulvillians. He has released several projects including, Long Way From Home. The Chicago native now resides in Brooklyn, where he's recording his album for release in 2017. A Backpacker Named R.O.E. To Happiness Live From Chicago An Intimate Evening With Long Way From HomeR.O.E. – R.O.E.
23. Sir Michael Rocks – Antoine Reed, is an American rapper better known by his stage name Sir Michael Rocks or Mikey Rocks. The Cool Kids released their album When Fish Ride Bicycles in 2011, which features production by The Neptunes and artists such as Ghostface Killah. The album peaked at No. 9 on Top Rap Albums. In April 2014 he contributed to the Chuck Inglish album Convertibles. Antoine "Mikey Rocks" Reed was raised in the Chicago suburb of Matteson, Illinois. Despite an interest in sports, graphic art, he has stated that even at age ten he knew he would go into hip hop. "I never had a backup plan or plan B. I’ve always known that this was what I was supposed to be doing. Far as time goes, I've put all my time into it." He attended Walter Payton College Prep in Chicago, IL. Beyond music he had an early interest in zoology, stating he would specializing in mammal studies if not rapping. He began producing under the moniker Sir Michael Rocks, also going by Mikey Rocks. In mid-2005 Rocks was mostly doing some rapping as well. He soon founded The Cool Kids, when Rocks was still sixteen. He met co-founder Evan "Chuck Inglish" Ingersoll on Myspace in 2005, after Rocks found a beat that Ingersoll had produced.Sir Michael Rocks – Sir Michael Rocks
24. Gil Scott-Heron – His own term for himself was "bluesologist", which he defined as "a scientist, concerned with the origin of the blues". Scott-Heron remained active until his death, in 2010 released his first new album in 16 years, entitled I'm New Here. A memoir he had been working on for years up to the time of his death, The Last Holiday, was published posthumously in January 2012. His recording work received much critical acclaim, especially one of his best-known compositions "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised". Gil Scott-Heron received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. During the museum's opening ceremonies, the Sylvan Theater on the monument grounds was temporarily named the Gil Scott-Heron stage. Gil Scott-Heron was born in Chicago, Illinois. His mother, Bobbie Scott-Heron, was an opera singer who performed with the New York Oratorio Society. Gil's parents separated in his early childhood and he was sent to live with his maternal grandmother, Lillie Scott, in Jackson, Tennessee. When Scott-Heron was 12 years old, his grandmother died and he returned to live with his mother in the Bronx, New York City. As one of five black students at the prestigious school, Scott-Heron was faced with alienation and a significant socioeconomic gap. And said,'Same way as you. Y'all can't afford no limousine. How do you feel?'" This type of intractable boldness would become a hallmark of Scott-Heron's later recordings.Gil Scott-Heron – Scott-Heron performing at WOMAD in Bristol, 1986
25. Skee-Lo – Antoine Roundtree, better known as Skee-Lo, is an American rapper. He is best known for his 1995 song, "I Wish", which became a Top 40 hit in several countries. Skee-Lo moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1980s when he began producing his own music. His first hit single was titled "I Wish." His album of the same title was released shortly thereafter, earning him two Grammy nominations for both the album and single. In 1996, Skee-Lo became a VJ for The Grind. "Top of the Stairs", was featured in the ending credits as well as the soundtrack to the 1995 film Money Train. Skee-Lo also recorded a cover of the Schoolhouse Rock! Song "The Tale of Mr. Morton", which taught structure. The song appears on Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks. He also co-wrote "I'll Be Your Everything" by band Youngstown. The song is featured on the Inspector Gadget soundtrack. Fresh Ideas, was released via iTunes on November 13, 2012. It appeared in stores July 2013.Skee-Lo – Skee-Lo Performing at the 2010 Seattle Hempfest
26. Soulja Boy – DeAndre Cortez Way, known professionally as Soulja Boy Tell'Em, or simply Soulja Boy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor and entrepreneur. In September 2007, his debut single "That" peaked on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The single later became a number-one hit in the United States starting in September 2007. On August 17, Way was listed for earning $ million for that year. Way has released one independent album: his debut studio Souljaboytellem.com was certified platinum by the RIAA. The DeAndre Way sold only 100,000 copies. Way was moved at the age of six, where he became interested in rap music. At age 14, he moved to Batesville, Mississippi, with his father, who provided a recording studio for Way to explore his musical ambitions. In November 2005, Way posted his songs on the website SoundClick. Following positive reviews on the site, he established accounts on YouTube and Myspace. By the end of May 2007, "Crank That" had received its first airplay and Way met with Mr. Collipark to sign a deal with Interscope Records. The album was reportedly recorded using just the demo version of FL Studio. For the 50th Grammy Awards, Way lost to T-Pain's "Good Life". Souljaboytellem.com received a favorable review from Allmusic, but received mainly negative reviews from other sources such as Entertainment Weekly. Several reviewers credited Soulja Boy with spearheading a new trend in hip-hop, while speculating he would likely be a one-hit wonder.Soulja Boy – Soulja Boy at YouTube Live in November 2008, doing his signature dance.
27. TooSmooth – William Alexander McClam, known by his stage name TooSmooth, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, entrepreneur. Recording Industry Association of America and National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences member. He graduated high school a year early to study at Full Sail University. TooSmooth released September 11, 2011 a week later his song was played on Globegig Radio an Independent UK station. The first TooSmooth was played outside the USA. Smooth's first album The Come Up Vol.1 Was released December 2011. William is also a National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences member granting the privilege to vote and attend the Grammy Awards each year. Later that year after building a professional relationship with Warner Bros. TooSmooth Was Invited out to Paramount Pictures for the same pitching opportunities.TooSmooth – TooSmooth at Lights Out Entertainment photo shoot
28. Twista – Carl Terrell Mitchell, better known by his stage name Twista, is an American rapper from Chicago, Illinois. His 2004 Kamikaze reached the top of the US Billboard 200 album chart, after the success of the Billboard Hot 100 # 1 single "Slow Jamz". In 1992, Mitchell released his first album called Runnin' Off under the name Tung Twista. This led with Atlantic Records, which released Adrenaline Rush in 1997. Twista had by then dropped the "Tung" from his name. Adrenaline Rush became Twista's first album, as it peaked at # 77 on the Billboard Hot 200. The album also spawned a Billboard Hot 100 hit in "Get Wet" produced by The Legendary Traxster, which peaked at # 96. In 1998 Twista teamed with other Chicago area rappers to form the Speedknot Mobstaz. They released their first album, Mobstability produced entirely in 1998. Twista then formed his own Legit Ballin' label, which released two compilation albums: Legit Ballin' in 1999 and Legit Ballin' Vol. 2: Street Scriptures in 2001. The label later released Respect The Game, Vol. 3 in 2002 and Volume 4: Tha Truth in 2006. In 2000, Twista collaborated with Ruff Ryders and Drag-On on the Ruff Ryders: Ryde or Die Vol. 2 album, on the track "Twisted Heat." Beginning in 2002, Twista began recording his Kamikaze with rappers like Kanye West and Ludacris. Kamikaze debuted at the top spot of the American Billboard 200 album chart. Its first single "Slow Jamz", became a number-one hit in the US.Twista – Twista at WGCI radio station in Chicago, 2010
29. Vic Mensa – Victor Kwesi Mensah, better known by his stage name Vic Mensa, is a Grammy-nominated American rapper from Chicago, Illinois. He was a member of the group Kids These Days, which broke up in May 2013. He released his solo mixtape Innanetape. Mensa is also founder of the collective Savemoney which includes frequent collaborator Chance the Rapper. His debut single "Down on My Luck" was released by Virgin EMI. His mother is white American. Vic grew up in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. He while a freshman, met Chancellor Bennett as a passerby. When announcing a tour for 2015, Mensa said that he has plans to collaborate sometimes in the near future. On September 2013, it was announced, that Mensa would be joining J. Cole and Wale on the What Dreams May Come Tour. Following the end of the tour, he toured Europe with Danny Brown, for the beginning of February 2014 and ending March 8, 2014. To cap off his rise to stardom, Mensa was chosen to be for the Freshman Class of 2014. On May 2014, his first official single "Down on My Luck" was serviced to urban contemporary radio in the United Kingdom. On the same day, the video for the song was released. "Down on My Luck" was then released for digital download in international markets by Virgin EMI Records.Vic Mensa – Vic Mensa Live in 2014
30. Gerald Walker – Gerald Joshua Walker better known by his stage name Gerald Walker is an American hip-hop musician, music director, entrepreneur and author. He is the founder and CEO at a Time Music. In 2015, Walker announced a music and literary deal with INgrooves. He is also a correspondent and social commentator for The Root. In 2010, Walker released On Your Side a mixtape with longtime producer Cardo. On Your Side gained online recognition which led to releases such as The Other Half of Letting Go and Believers Never Die. He has toured and worked with various notable rappers including Rockie Fresh, Yelawolf and Bun B. Releasing over a dozen mixtapes on September 22, 2015, Walker released his debut double-album Target. Target introduced his new eight member vocal ensemble, The Family. Gerald Walker grew up in Bellwood and Matteson. When he was five years old, Walker's parents separated; this event would consequently his music. Walker took classes at Columbia College Chicago during the summer. He moved to Chicago to pursue television networking with other emerging artist within the city's music scene. In September 2009 Walker released his debut mixtape, Evening Out With Your Girlfriend, in collaboration with popular rap-based websites, 2dopeboyz.com & illRoots. In 2010 Gerald Walker released his second mixtape, I Remember When This All Meant Something... as a free download on his Virb page.Gerald Walker – Gerald Walker performing at Warehouse Live in Houston, in 2011.
31. 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
32. Young Dolph – Adolph Thornton, Jr. better known by his stage name Young Dolph, is an American rapper. In February 2016, Dolph released King of Memphis, which peaked at number 49 on the Billboard 200 chart. He was featured on O.T. Genasis' hit single "Cut It", which peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. Adolph Thornton, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois. His family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, when he was 2 years old. He has two brothers. Young Dolph at AllMusicYoung Dolph – Brick Squad Monopoly
33. Yung Berg – Christian Ward, better known as his stage name Yung Berg, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Chicago. His first single was "Lady", which features R&B singer Junior released in April 2007. Yung Berg had been previously signed as Iceberg. He is featured on the Exit Wounds soundtrack. He then signed to Epic Records. His album Look What You Made Me was released on 2008 In 2001, he was signed to DMX's Bloodline Records. He made his debut on the song "Dog 4 Life" as Iceberg. However, his parents sent him in 2001. He moved after finishing school in 2003. In 2005, Yung Berg worked for Disturbing tha Peace member and Chicago rapper Shawnna. He founded his Yung Boss imprint and production team Yung Bosses. Berg's six-track EP Almost Famous: The Sexy Lady EP was released in July 2007. Also in 2007 he made a cameo in the video of singer Kat DeLuna's debut single "Whine Up". "Sexy Lady" peaked on the Billboard 100. In 2008, Berg released a collaboration with singer Ray J, then his debut album Look What You Made Me.Yung Berg – Yung Berg in Chicago, 2008.