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1. Rapper – The components of rapping include content, flow, and delivery. Rap differs from spoken-word poetry in that rap is performed in time to a beat. Rapping is often associated with and an ingredient of hip-hop music. Rapping is also used in Kwaito music, a genre originated in Johannesburg, South Africa. Another form of rap that predates hip hop was boxer Muhammad Alis rhythmic poetry used to taunt his opponents in the 1960s and 1970s, rapping can be delivered over a beat, typically provided by a DJ, turntablist or Beatboxer, or without accompaniment. Stylistically, rap occupies an area between speech, prose, poetry, and singing. The word, as used to describe quick speech or repartee, the word had been used in British English since the 16th century. It was part of the African American dialect of English in the 1960s meaning to converse, today, the terms rap and rapping are so closely associated with hip-hop music that many writers use the terms interchangeably. The English verb rap has various meanings, such as to strike, especially with a quick, smart, or light blow, as well to utter sharply or vigorously, to rap out a command. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary gives a date of 1541 for the first recorded use of the word with the meaning to utter sharply, vigorously and it is these meanings from which the musical form of rapping derives, and this definition may be from a shortening of repartee. A rapper refers to a performer who raps, by the late 1960s, when Hubert G. Brown changed his name to H. Rap was used to describe talking on records as early as 1971, on Isaac Hayes album Black Moses with track names such as Ikes Rap, Ikes Rap II, Ikes Rap III, Hayes husky-voiced sexy spoken raps became key components in his signature sound. Del the Funky Homosapien similarly states that rap was used to refer to talking in a manner in the early 1970s. Back then what rapping meant, basically, was you trying to convey something—youre trying to convince somebody, thats what rapping is, its in the way you talk. Rapping can be traced back to its African roots, centuries before hip-hop music existed, the griots of West Africa were delivering stories rhythmically, over drums and sparse instrumentation. Such connections have been acknowledged by modern artists, modern day griots, spoken word artists, mainstream news sources. Grammy-winning blues musician/historian Elijah Wald and others have argued that the blues were being rapped as early as the 1920s, Wald went so far as to call hip hop the living blues. A notable recorded example of rapping in blues music was the 1950 song Gotta Let You Go by Joe Hill Louis, not just jazz music and lyrics but also jazz poetry
2. Atlanta, Georgia – Atlanta is the capital of and the most populous city in the U. S. state of Georgia, with an estimated 2015 population of 463,878. Atlanta is the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5,710,795 people, Atlanta is the county seat of Fulton County, and a small portion of the city extends eastward into DeKalb County. In 1837, Atlanta was founded at the intersection of two lines, and the city rose from the ashes of the American Civil War to become a national center of commerce. Atlantas economy is considered diverse, with dominant sectors that include logistics, professional and business services, media operations, Atlanta has topographic features that include rolling hills and dense tree coverage. Revitalization of Atlantas neighborhoods, initially spurred by the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, has intensified in the 21st century, altering the demographics, politics. Prior to the arrival of European settlers in north Georgia, Creek Indians inhabited the area, standing Peachtree, a Creek village located where Peachtree Creek flows into the Chattahoochee River, was the closest Indian settlement to what is now Atlanta. As part of the removal of Native Americans from northern Georgia from 1802 to 1825, the Creek ceded the area in 1821. In 1836, the Georgia General Assembly voted to build the Western, the initial route was to run southward from Chattanooga to a terminus east of the Chattahoochee River, which would then be linked to Savannah. After engineers surveyed various possible locations for the terminus, the zero milepost was driven into the ground in what is now Five Points. A year later, the area around the milepost had developed into a settlement, first known as Terminus, and later as Thrasherville after a merchant who built homes. By 1842, the town had six buildings and 30 residents and was renamed Marthasville to honor the Governors daughter, later, J. Edgar Thomson, Chief Engineer of the Georgia Railroad, suggested the town be renamed Atlantica-Pacifica, which was shortened to Atlanta. The residents approved, and the town was incorporated as Atlanta on December 29,1847, by 1860, Atlantas population had grown to 9,554. During the American Civil War, the nexus of multiple railroads in Atlanta made the city a hub for the distribution of military supplies, in 1864, the Union Army moved southward following the capture of Chattanooga and began its invasion of north Georgia. On the next day, Mayor James Calhoun surrendered Atlanta to the Union Army, on November 11,1864, Sherman prepared for the Union Armys March to the Sea by ordering Atlanta to be burned to the ground, sparing only the citys churches and hospitals. After the Civil War ended in 1865, Atlanta was gradually rebuilt, due to the citys superior rail transportation network, the state capital was moved from Milledgeville to Atlanta in 1868. In the 1880 Census, Atlanta surpassed Savannah as Georgias largest city, by 1885, the founding of the Georgia School of Technology and the citys black colleges had established Atlanta as a center for higher education. In 1895, Atlanta hosted the Cotton States and International Exposition, during the first decades of the 20th century, Atlanta experienced a period of unprecedented growth. In three decades time, Atlantas population tripled as the city expanded to include nearby streetcar suburbs
3. 2 Chainz – Tauheed Epps, known professionally as 2 Chainz, is a Grammy award-winning American rapper from College Park, Georgia. He initially gained recognition for being one-half of the Southern hip hop duo Playaz Circle, alongside his friend and fellow rapper. They are perhaps best known for being signed to fellow Georgia-based rapper Ludacris Disturbing tha Peace label, in February 2012, Epps signed a solo record deal with Def Jam Records, an imprint of Universal Music Group. The following August, he released his studio album Based on a T. R. U. II, Me Time was released on September 11,2013 and it was supported by the singles Feds Watching and Used 2. 2 Chainz was born Tauheed Epps in College Park, Georgia and he attended North Clayton High School, where he played basketball and graduated second in his class. While in high school, he dealt marijuana and was arrested for cocaine possession when he was 15 years old. He later attended Alabama State University on a scholarship, and played on its team for the 1996–97 season. Theres a lot of stuff on there, to the point that every time I try to fix one thing, something else comes out. In fact, he attended Alabama State for his freshman year only, I got into some trouble, went somewhere else, and came back. But I graduated, and that’s that, Epps formed the hip hop duo Playaz Circle in College Park, Georgia in 1997, with his high school friend Earl Conyers, while Epps adopted Tity Boi as his moniker. After taking interest in Playaz Circle, Ludacris began to record songs with the group. Ludacris soon became one of the rappers in the Southern United States. After hearing of their situation, Ludacris requested of Epps that the duo join his newly formed record label Disturbing Tha Peace, Epps agreed to sign, although Conyers did not officially join the label until his mother regained her health, a year after the initial signing. Their debut album Supply & Demand, was released on October 30,2007, the lead single and their debut single, Duffle Bag Boy, became an urban hit single. The song features Lil Wayne, and was performed by the duo at the BET Hip Hop Awards, the duo released their second studio album Flight 360, The Takeoff, on September 29,2009. In January 2010, Playaz Circle filmed a video for their single Big Dawg featuring Lil Wayne. Shortly afterwards, Epps left Disturbing tha Peace, a move he claimed was taken in order to advance his career, although Ludacris was initially reluctant to allow Epps to leave the label, he eventually accepted the decision
4. Akon – Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, better known as Akon, is a Senegalese-American singer, rapper, songwriter, businessman, record producer and actor. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of Locked Up and he has since founded two successful record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution. He is the first solo artist to hold both the one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice. Akon has had four songs certified as 3× platinum, three songs certified as 2× platinum, more than ten songs certified as 1× platinum and more than ten songs certified as gold in digital sales, Akon has sung songs in other languages including Tamil, Hindi, and Spanish. He was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the #1 selling artist for master ringtones in the world, Akon often provides vocals as a featured artist and is currently credited with over 300 guest appearances and more than 35 Billboard Hot 100 songs. He has worked with performers such as Michael Jackson, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Whitney Houston, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. He has had five Grammy Awards nominations and has produced songs for such as Lady Gaga, Colby ODonis, Kardinal Offishall, Leona Lewis. Forbes ranked Akon 80th in Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2010 and 5th in 40 Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa list, Billboard ranked Akon No.6 on the list of Top Digital Songs Artists of the decade. Akon was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and spent much of his childhood in the West African country Senegal, the child of a dancer mother and a percussionist father, Mor Thiam, Akon learned to play five instruments, including drums, guitar and djembe. At age 7, he moved with his family to Union City, New Jersey, growing up in New Jersey, Akon had difficulties getting along with other children. When he and his brother reached high school, his parents left them on their own in Jersey City and moved the rest of the family to Atlanta. In regards to his date, Akon is very protective of it. However, legal documents released by The Smoking Gun list his date of birth as April 16,1973, Akons alleged three years in jail saw him begin to recognize his music abilities and develop an appreciation for his musical background. The songs Akon recorded with Stephens were brought to the attention of Universals imprint SRC Records, in an interview with HitQuarters SRC A&R Jerome Foster said, What caught my attention right away was Lonely, and I said, this kid is official – this is a huge record. Foster and SRC CEO Steve Rifkind immediately boarded a plane to Atlanta to meet the young artist. Akon knew of Fosters work as producer Knobody and so there was a mutual respect for one another, Akon increased his exposure further by collaborating with overseas artists, including New Zealands rapper Savage and hip-hop producer P-Money, performing choruses as a featured vocalist. Akons solo debut album, Trouble was released on June 29,2004 and it spawned the singles Locked Up and Lonely, Belly Dancer, Pot Of Gold, and Ghetto. Locked Up reached 8th position in the U. S. Ghetto became a radio hit when it was remixed by DJ Green Lantern to include verses from rappers 2Pac and The Notorious B. I. G
5. B.o.B – Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr. better known by his stage name B. o. B, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from Decatur, Georgia. In 2006, B. o. B was discovered by Brian Richardson, who introduced him to TJ Chapman. After hearing his music, Jonsin signed B. o. B to his Rebel Rock Entertainment imprint, two years later, Jonsin and B. o. B signed a joint venture deal, with Atlantic Records and American rapper T. I. s Grand Hustle Records. B. o. B quickly rose to fame after his debut single Nothin on You. He would later release his third single Airplanes, which topped several major music charts. His fifth single Magic, became his third top 10 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, B. o. Bs debut studio album The Adventures of Bobby Ray, which was preceded by two extended plays and several mixtapes, was released in April 2010. The album reached number one on the US Billboard 200 and was eventually certified 2x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2016, B. o. B was named the ninth Hottest MC in the Game of 2010 by MTV, on their annual list. B. o. B released his studio album Strange Clouds. The album spawned six singles, four of which charted well internationally. The albums eponymous single became his fourth top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The singles So Good, Both of Us and Out of My Mind, followed behind, the album itself debuted at number five on the Billboard 200. His third album Underground Luxury, was released in December 2013, in August 2015, B. o. B unexpectedly released a new project Psycadelik Thoughtz, via digital distribution, with little-to-no promotion. In January 2016, B. o. B incited widespread ridicule for claiming that the earth is flat, B. o. B was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He played the trumpet in his band from elementary school through high school. Although his parents wanted him to continue his education, B. o. B decided in sixth grade that he wanted to pursue a music career. His father, a pastor, disapproved of his sons choices, until he realized B. o. B was using music as a form of therapy, B. o. B later reflected on his experience, saying, Theyve always supported me. They got my first keyboard to make beats on and they helped me out getting equipment here and there, but it was kind of hard for them to really understand what I was really trying to accomplish. B. o. B attended Columbia High School in Decatur, Georgia, where he played the trumpet in the school band, until he landed a record deal and decided to drop out of school in the ninth grade
6. Jarren Benton – Jarren Giovanni Benton is an American rapper from Decatur, Georgia. In early 2012, he signed to rapper Hopsins independent record label Funk Volume, a year later, on June 11,2013 he released his debut studio album My Grandmas Basement, which received positive critical reviews and debuted at number 152 on the Billboard 200. On January 4,2016, Jarren Benton posted a prank on Instagram, saying that he dropped his current label, Funk Volume, for a label no longer in existence entitled No Limits. Fans and news outlets alike took the prank seriously, and spread the joke as truth on the internet because they refused to find solid evidence, both Funk Volume and Jarren Benton have disproved truth to the prank in the same night. However, it has officially confirmed the Funk Volume label has split up. The album originally was scheduled to be released on July 15th, from his early youth, Benton aspired to be a rapper. He told XXL, I started trying to rap pretty young, I got a little name for myself, but it was kind of hard in Atlanta, just due to the type of music that comes from there, which is you know, typical down south shit. On August 5,2009 Jarren Benton released his first official mixtape titled, Jarren Benton, The Mixtape, on January 25,2011 Benton released a collaboration mixtape with producer SMKA. The mixtape titled Huffing Glue With Hasslehoff was supported by the lead single Get a Load of Me and he soon begun to gain attention after the release of his song Skitzo, which has received over 3 million hits on YouTube. American underground rapper Hopsin would watch the video, and passed it on to Funk Volume CEO Dame Ritter, Ritter would contact Benton a few months later and then in May 2012, Hopsin and Ritter signed Jarren Benton to their Funk Volume record label. His first project on Funk Volume, a mixtape titled Freebasing with Kevin Bacon would be released on June 28,2012, the mixtape featured guest appearances from Dizzy Wright, Rittz, Freeway, Gangsta Boo, Jon Connor, and Planet VI among others. In late 2012 he toured internationally with Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, SwizZz and DJ Hoppa for two-months, which included 54 shows in 60 days in the United States, Europe and he explained his mindset going into his debut album saying, This album has a different vibe. It’s a lot more personal stuff so people can learn who Jarren is and he also said it will feature a more refined production sound that translates more to his ambitions of being a household name. On June 11,2013 Jarren Benton would release his studio album My Grandmas Basement on Funk Volume. The album featured guest appearances by Dizzy Wright, Hopsin, R. A, the Rugged Man, Vinnie Paz and SwizZz. My Grandmas Basement debuted and peaked at number 152 on the Billboard 200 and he released music videos for multiple songs including Go Off, Life In the Jungle and We On among others. The Rugged Man released the remix to his song Underground Hitz featuring Hopsin, from August 1–August 19,2013 Benton toured the United States on the Grandmas Basement Tour, his first solo headlining tour. Then, Benton went on The Life And Times Tour with Strange Music rapper Rittz and Atlantic Records rapper Snow Tha Product, Benton also featured on Hopsins third studio album Knock Madness, on the song Whos There with Funk Volume label mate Dizzy Wright
7. Big Boi – His work in the duo has produced six studio albums. Big Bois solo debut Sir Lucious Left Foot, The Son of Chico Dusty was released in July 2010 to respectable sales, in 2012, he released his second solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Patton was born and spent the first half of his childhood in Savannah, Georgia, eventually he decided to pursue his interest in music at Tri-Cities High School, a visual and performing arts Magnet school. He had a strong interest in hip hop music, and met André3000 Benjamin while attending Tri Cities High School in the early-1990s, the two eventually joined forces as Outkast and signed with LaFace Records. Patton has often used his lyrics to criticize the problems that plague both the African American community and the world, an example is 2003s War, a scathing attack on the Bush administration and the War on Terror. Another example is 2008s Sumthins Gotta Give with Mary J. Blige talking about the state of America, after four increasingly successful albums as a duo, the members of Outkast chose to make two solo albums, and release them as a double album under the Outkast name. André3000 released The Love Below and Big Boi Speakerboxxx, the two albums were packaged together as Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2003. Speakerboxxx featured a similar to Outkasts previous efforts, while The Love Below explored more offbeat territory. One song from album was released in September 2003 as a single. Pattons choice was the single The Way You Move, featuring Sleepy Brown and it was originally supported by urban radio, but then crossed over to pop charts and became almost as big a pop hit as Benjamins Hey Ya. The Way You Move supplanted Hey Ya. as the #1 song on the US pop charts, the second single from Big Bois side of the album was Ghetto Musick, which featured both members of Outkast and a sample from Patti LaBelles Love, Need and Want You. In 2005, Big Boi released an album, Got Purp. Vol 2, in conjunction with the Purple Ribbon All-Stars on November 22 through Purple Ribbon Records, the first single from the album was Kryptonite, which reached 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. Patton was also featured on the song International Players Anthem, the first single from UGKs album Underground Kingz, in 2007, after the sixth album under the Outkast name, Idlewild, Big Boi announced plans to release a full-fledged solo album. While he had released a solo album in Speakerboxxx, it still was technically under the Outkast name. The album was to be titled Sir Lucious Left Foot, The Son of Chico Dusty, the albums first promotional single, Royal Flush, was released in 2007, and featured Raekwon and André3000. The first official single was Shutterbugg featuring Cutty and the second Follow Us featuring Vonnegutt, the album was released internationally on July 5. Guest artists include alternative urban songstress Janelle Monáe, Big Bois own new group Vonnegutt, Sir Lucious Left Foot, The Son of Chico Dusty received general acclaim from most music critics, earning praise for its inventive sound, varied musical style, and Big Bois lyricism
8. Big Gipp – Big Gipp is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He is best known as a member of Goodie Mob, and has released one solo album and been part of several collaborations. Big Gipp, who is a Southern rapper, hails from the hotbed of the genre, Atlanta, Gipp is known for his slow, drawn-out rapping dialect with political and street-life themed lyrics. The public first heard him rap on OutKasts first album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, on the song Git Up and he later rose to prominence as one-fourth of the Dungeon Family-affiliated group Goodie Mob along with Cee-Lo, T-Mo, and Khujo. The group released four albums to critical and commercial success, after a brief stint away from Goodie Mob, he rejoined the group along with Cee-Lo to reconstruct the once estranged quartet. They are currently in the planning to release a new album. Big Gipp has released a collaborative effort with one of St. Lunaticss, a single and accompanying music video were released on July 31,2007. 2003 Mutant Mindframe 2007 Kinfolk Shine Like Gold with Cee Lo Green Big Gipp gained radio airplay when he was featured in Nellys hit song Grillz with Jermaine Dupri, Paul Wall, and Ali. He has collaborated individually with artists including OutKast,8 Ball & MJG, Mack 10, devin the Dude, Too Short, Kokane, Ludacris, C-Murder, Jagged Edge, Bubba Sparxxx, and Lil Jon
9. Eshon Burgundy – Anton Eshon Hairston who goes by the stage name Eshon Burgundy, is an American Christian hip hop musician. His first album, Blood Rushing to My Head, released in 2012 with Salvation Armie Music Group and he released his second album, 2015s The Fear of God, with Humble Beast Records. This was a Billboard chart breakthrough release, Eshon Burgundy was born, Anton Eshon Hairston, in Abington, Pennsylvania, He was raised by his mother Rochelle in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was raised in an environment of constantly moving from residence-to-residence across Philadelphia after his mother was in a relationship with a boyfriend at the time. They eventually settled in a complex, Passyunk Homes. This would lead him to become the responsible oldest sibling in his family, Eshon was shot three times when he was 15 years old, coming within minutes of dying. This was the impetus for him to dedicate the next five years of his life to being involved in the hip hop community in his hometown of Philadelphia. God put up roadblocks to his success, when he signed two record deals with drug kingpins around 2000 that went nowhere. He welcomed Jesus Christ as his lord and savior in 2001. He started making hip hop music that would try to reach the lost in his hometown, until he relocated to Jacksonville and his professional music career got started in 2007, when he was featured along with poet Black Ice on Dj Jazzy Jeffs Return Of The Magnificent album. The song was entitled Run that back, Eshon Burgundy released his debut album Blood Rushing to My Head with Salvation Armie Music Group on July 24,2012. His second album, The Fear of God, was released by Humble Beast Records on March 3,2015, just shy of his thirty-fifth birthday. This was his Billboard chart breakthrough album, with it charting at No.15 on the Christian Albums, No.20 on the Rap Albums, No.25 on the Independent Albums, and on the Heatseekers Albums at No.4. Eshon Burgundy resides just outside Atlanta, Georgia, in the community of Hampton, with his wife, Zara, and their three children
10. Cyhi the Prynce – Cydel Young, better known by his stage name Cyhi the Prynce, is an American hip hop recording artist from Stone Mountain, Georgia. In 2009, Young signed his first major-label contract with Konvict Muzik, in 2010, he signed with Kanye Wests GOOD Music label imprint. He was released from his Def Jam contract in August 2015, growing up in Georgia, Young played various sports including football, basketball, and track and field, in addition to singing in school choirs and participating in school plays and dances. He was raised Baptist by strict parents, who didnt allow him to listen to hip hop music as a youth, however, Young cites his parents methods as a foundation upon which he could build himself in character, especially growing up in the area that he was. In 2009, Young signed a contract with Akons Konvict Muzik label imprint. Young first gained attention in 2010 when he received a co-sign from fellow American rapper. Young reports that American singer Beyoncé, a friend of West and this culminated in Youngs inclusion on Wests weekly free music giveaway GOOD Fridays, and his fifth studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Young recorded his second mixtape, Royal Flush II, with producer CPK, League, No I. D. and Kanye West, as well as DJ Toomp, The Alchemist and Just Blaze. Young released his mixtape, Jack of All Trades, later in 2011. Young appeared on GOOD Musics compilation album Cruel Summer, released September 18,2012, on January 29,2013 he released his fifth mixtape, Ivy League, Kick Back. The tape features guest appearances from 2 Chainz, B. o. B, Travis Porter, Yelawolf, Childish Gambino, Trae Tha Truth, despite not being featured on Kanye Wests Yeezus album, Young has writing credits on all but one of the albums songs. CyHi is continuing to prepare his debut studio album Hardway Musical for release, as of August 2015, CyHis album had yet to receive a release date. Frustrated with his situation and having dropped from Def Jam Recordings, he released a diss track called Elephant In The Room. Music, its owner Kanye West, Pusha T and Teyana Taylor, CyHi would later clarify that the track was not in fact a diss. Rather it was similar to the insults that Eminem would inflict on Dr. Dre. An upcoming album to be titled L. I. O. N. was announced amid this increase in media attention, Music imprints logo, further indicating that CyHi was still with the label, and on good terms. No Dope On Sundays Reverbnation. com Nanci O Is Hip Hop Interview With CyHi The Prynce
11. Dolla (rapper) – Roderick Anthony Burton II, better known by his stage name Dolla, was an American hip hop recording artist from Atlanta, Georgia. Burton embarked on his career in 2000, with hip hop group Da Razkalz Cru. The group quickly disbanded, and Burton went on to work as a model for the Sean John clothing line, in 2007, Burton signed to Akons Konvict Muzik label. Burton released three singles from 2007 to 2009, the first, his commercial debut single Who the Fuck is That. Featuring Akon and T-Pain, charted on the Billboard Hot 100, on May 18,2009, Burton was shot to death at the valet stand of the Beverly Center shopping mall in Los Angeles, and Aubrey Berry was arrested for his murder. Berry was acquitted on all charges, Burton was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 25,1987 and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Burton had a brother, but his twin brother died at birth. When Burton was five, he and his sister witnessed their father committing suicide by shooting himself and he formed a rap group, Da Razkalz Cru, going by the name Bucklyte with Scrapp Deleon then known as Scrappy and SAS. They would later make up The Gang with a rapper named Streetz and they signed with Elektra Records in 2003 and released the single So Fly. So Fly did not bring the success that was desired and the group was dropped from the soon after. Under the stage name Dolla, Burton signed to Akons Konvict Muzik label in May 2007 and his song Feelin Myself was featured on the Step Up in 2006 and was a bite of the Mac Dre song of the same name. He made his debut with the single Who the Fuck Is That, which was his highest chart appearance, reaching #82 on the Billboard Hot 100, the edited version substituted the profanity with heck. He followed his debut single up with a promo single Im Fucked Up in the summer of 2008. A third single, entitled Make a Toast, featuring Julian and it has peaked at #101 on the Billboard R&B chart. The song Make a Toast was released again with the feature of Lil Wayne and his final appearance was in Ciaras video for her single Never Ever. After recording a song called So Fly with fellow rapper, T. I, a video was released on YouTube with the artists together a week before his death. On October 20,2008, he was arrested in Atlanta on weapons charges, Burton flew to Los Angeles to record the rest of his debut album, and he was shot on May 18,2009, at approximately 3,10 pm by 23-year-old Aubrey Louis Berry. Burton was with Scrapp Deleon and friend DJ Shabbazz when the incident occurred and he was pronounced dead at the hospital
12. Drumma Boy – Christopher James Gholson, better known by his stage name Drumma Boy, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, composer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Born in Memphis, Tennessee and raised in Cordova, Tennessee and his father holds an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the Catholic University of America. His father is also an emeritus of the Memphis Woodwind Quintet and his paternal grandfather was a high school principal and has a high school named after him Washington D. C. The rest of his family including grandmothers and aunts were also musicians. Drumma Boy says he had a recorder in his hand at age 3 and his father was instrumental in teaching him about traditional classical music yet it was his mother that introduced him to Curtis Mayfield and 1970s oldies rhythm and blues. A classical musically trained musician, Gholson began the practicing E-flat clarinet by the age of six, at the age of six, Gholson began taking piano lessons. Gholson started making hip hop beats at the age of 12 and he also produced an entire album at the age of 14 in his hometown. During high school, Gholson played basketball heavily from ninth grade to grade and was offered several athletic scholarships. As an amateur producer during his school days, he began charging $200 for each beat that he made. Gholson attended the University of Memphis as a Music Business major, Gholson also attended college to satisfy his fathers belief that a college degree was a ticket to a solid and stable career. Following his fathers advice and by his year, Drumma Boy established a name for himself and was quickly becoming the most sought-after producers in his home state of Tennessee. Gholson matriculated at the University of Memphis as a business major in 2001. Gholson spent much of his time outside of classes on the keyboard. In between attending classes, he would shop his homemade beats to local Memphis rappers such as Gangsta Boo, as well as travel to Texas to work on projects for Scarface. Though Gholson earned good grades, he was kicked out in 2004 due to his music career. The cash flow from his production company was so strong that Gholson pulled $20,000 per month where he eventually realized that he had no reason to stay in college. His father later became upset and embarrassed about him being kicked out and told Gholson that hip hop production was a career path. His father challenged him to earn $100,000 within 12 months to prove his independence, Drumma Boy later accepted the challenge, in October 2013, Drumma Boy conducted a halftime show during the 2013-2014 season opening of his hometown NBA team, the Memphis Grizzlies
13. Jermaine Dupri – Jermaine Dupri Mauldin, known as Jermaine Dupri or JD, is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer, songwriter and rapper. He was born in Asheville, NC and was raised in Atlanta, Jermaine Dupri Mauldin was born on September 23,1972, son of Tina and Michael Mauldin, a Columbia Records executive. Durpris promising musical career began before he was ten years old. His father, also an Atlanta talent manager, had coordinated a Diana Ross show in 1982, to the delight of concert-goers, Dupri managed to get on-stage, Dupri got his start as a dancer for the hip hop group Whodini when he was twelve. He made an appearance in their video for the song Freaks Come Out At Night. He began performing around the country, appearing with Herbie Hancock and Cameo before he opened the New York Fresh Festival, in 1990, he produced his first act- the female hip hop trio Silk Tymes Leather. He later formed the teen duo Kris Kross after meeting the boys at a mall in 1991. The groups first album, Totally Krossed Out, was released in 1992 and went multi-platinum due to their singles Jump and he established his own record label called So So Def Recordings in 1993. Shortly after, he discovered female R&B group Xscape at a festival in Atlanta and their first album, Hummin Comin at Cha, went platinum. During the same year, on Yo, MTV Raps he met Da Brat through Kris Kross, signed her to his label So So Def Recordings, and released her debut Funkdafied which went platinum. So So Def Recordings entered into a partnership with Columbia Records in 1993. In 1995, he collaborated with Mariah Carey for the first time on the one hit single Always Be My Baby. He contributed to Lil Kims 1996 album, Hard Core on the track Not Tonight, in 1997 Jermaine Dupri co-wrote and produced several tracks on Ushers second album, My Way. The lead single, You Make Me Wanna, reached number-one on the Rhythmic Top 40, the follow up single Nice & Slow went to number-one on the Billboard 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and the last single, My Way peaked at number-two on Billboard 100. All three singles have been certified Platinum by Recording Industry Association of America, in 1998, Jermaine Dupri was involved in the release of Destinys Childs eponymous debut album. Dupri renewed the focus on his own career and released The Party Continues. Also that year he met Lil Bow Wow and signed him to So So Def Recordings, the two would later part ways but continued to collaborate on later projects. The deal with Columbia was terminated in 2002 and in 2003 Dupri switched to Arista Records, Jermaine worked on Mariah Careys Christmas album, Merry Christmas II You, as well as with Weezer and Lil Wayne on the song Cant Stop Partying
14. Future (rapper) – Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, known professionally as Future, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Wilburn first became involved in music as part of the Dungeon Family collective, where he was nicknamed the Future. After amassing a series of mixtapes between 2010 and 2011, Future signed a record label deal with Epic Records and A1 Recordings. He subsequently released his album, Pluto, in April 2012 to positive reviews. Futures second album, Honest, was released in April 2014, between late 2014 and early 2015, he released a trio of mixtapes, Monster, Beast Mode, and 56 Nights. His next releases, DS2, What a Time to Be Alive, EVOL, FUTURE, the latter two made him the first artist to debut to two albums consecutively at the top of that chart. Future has also released several singles certified gold or higher by the RIAA, including Turn On the Lights, Move That Dope, Fuck Up Some Commas, Where Ya At, Jumpman, nayvadius DeMun Wilburn was born on November 20,1983 in Atlanta, Georgia. He began using his name while performing as one of the members of the musical collective The Dungeon Family. His first cousin, record producer and Dungeon Family member Rico Wade, encouraged him to sharpen his writing skills, Future voices his praise of Wades musical influence and instruction, calling him the mastermind behind his sound. He soon came under the wing of Atlantas own Rocko who signed him to his label A-1 Recordings, since then his work ethic has driven him to his success. From 2010 to early 2011, Future released a series of mixtapes including 1000, Dirty Sprite, the latter included the single Tony Montana, in reference to the Scarface film. During that time, Future was also partnering with a fellow rapper Gucci Mane on their collaborative album Free Bricks, and co-wrote YCs single Racks. Future signed a label recording contract with Epic Records fellow American rapper Rockos A1 Recordings, in September 2011, days before the release of his next mixtape. The mixtape was described by XXL magazine as ranging from simple and it would almost feel antiquated if Future werent amassing hits, or if he werent bringing some subtle new dimensions to the micro-genre. Though Future had told MTV that Streetz Calling would be his final mixtape prior to the release of his studio album, another mixtape. In December 2011, Future was featured on the cover of Issue #77 of The FADER, before his album being released in April 2012. Future was selected to the annual XXL Freshmen list in early 2012 and his debut album Pluto, originally planned for January, was eventually released on April 17. It included remixes of Tony Montana featuring Drake and Magic featuring T. I, according to Future, Magic was the first record T. I. jumped on when he came outta jail
15. Gorilla Zoe – Alonzo Mathis, better known by his stage name Gorilla Zoe is an American rapper. He is a former artist with Trustnobody Ent and he subsequently became a member of rap group Boyz N Da Hood. His solo debut album Welcome to the Zoo ghost written by Ernest Gibbs and his next two albums, Dont Feed Da Animals and King Kong were released in 2009 and 2011. In 2015, he released two mix tapes, Recovery and Raised in the Jungle, in 2006 He replaced Young Jeezy as a member of Boyz n da Hood. He first saw success in collaborations with Yung Jocs Coffee Shop and Bottle Poppin and he would then be signed as a solo artist for Block Entertainment & Bad Boy South. On June 19,2007 Gorilla Zoe released his first single Hood Figga it was a success peaking on the Billboard 100 at #38. His first solo album, Welcome to the Zoo, was released October 2007, peaking at #18 on the Billboard 200, #8 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and #3 on Top Rap Albums. In 2007 Gorilla Zoe was chosen for the 2008 XXL Freshmen cover along with rappers Saigon, Plies, Rich Boy, Joell Ortiz, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Boosie, Crooked I, on October 28,2008 Gorilla Zoe released His first single from his second album entitled Lost. Dont Feed da Animals topped the Billboard Top Rap Albums chart, on March 17,2009 Gorilla Zoes second solo album, Dont Feed da Animals, it sold 29,000 copies its first week peaking on the Billboard 200 at #8. The second single from the album was What It Is, featuring Rick Ross, and Kollosus, for the month of February 2010, Gorilla Zoe released a mixtape every day on the mixtape website DatPiff. com. Gorilla Zoe is currently working on a mixtape with Die-Verse Citys member Qu1k and he also released an EP named I Am Atlanta 3, it is currently available on iTunes. Allmusic rated the album three-and-a-half stars out of five, the song from the album, Whats Goin On, was released on December 14,2010, and peaked no.99 at the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart. 2007, Welcome to the Zoo 2009, Dont Feed da Animals 2011, King Kong 2015, Raised In The Jungle Official website
16. Jamie Grace – Jamie Grace Harper is an American contemporary Christian musician, singer, rapper, and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. In 2010, TobyMac found her songs on YouTube and signed her to his label Gotee Records for two albums and she released the song Hold Me in 2011 which landed her a nomination at the 2012 Grammys and won the 2012 Dove Award for New Artist of the Year. Grace was born Jamie Grace Harper and is the youngest daughter to James and she grew up singing and playing instruments in both church and at home with her older sister Morgan. She was home-schooled with her sister, Morgan Harper Nichols, on July 16,2006, she created a YouTube account and began posting videos of her songs online. In 2010 she was discovered by TobyMac and signed to his record label Gotee Records later that year, in August 2016, Jamie Grace and her sister, fellow artist Morgan Harper Nichols, announced her departure from Gotee Records. Graces debut EP, Hold Me, was released by the label on February 22,2011, Jamie Grace released the title track to the album at the same time and it was one of the most added singles to Christian Hit Radio stations. Her debut album, One Song at a Time, was released in stores September 20,2011 and her second EP, Christmas Together, was released November 29,2011. Grace was featured as a main artist and speaker in the Revolve Tour by Women of Faith alongside artists such as Britt Nicole, Group 1 Crew, and Hawk Nelson. On May 4,2011, Jesus Freak Hideout announced that Hold Me and her second studio album, Ready to Fly, produced by Christopher Stevens and David Garcia, was released January 28,2014. The first single was Beautiful Day, the second single available was Fighter, an inspiring song about those who have struggled but dont give up. She was a part of the Winter Jam Tour 2015 West Coast, in February 2017, Grace announced that her third album, The Happy Song, would be delayed to allow Grace to address issues around her mothers health. In a somewhat unusual style, Jamie Grace combines elements of hip hop, folk and she occasionally uses elements of guest vocalists, such as TobyMac in Hold Me and GabeReal from DiverseCity in One Song at a Time on Hold Me. Grace graduated from Point University with a degree in childrens ministry. She has Tourette syndrome and obsessive–compulsive disorder, in 2016, she was called up onto the stage at an Adele concert. She then sang a cover of I Cant Help Falling in Love With You — originally sung by Elvis —, — denotes releases that did not chart
17. CeeLo Green – Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, better known by his stage name CeeLo Green, is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor, and businessman. Green came to prominence as a member of the Southern hip hop group Goodie Mob and later as part of the soul duo Gnarls Barkley. Subsequently he embarked on a career, partially spurred by YouTube popularity. Internationally, Green is best known for his work, his most popular was Gnarls Barkleys 2006 worldwide hit Crazy. In the United States, Crazy reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and its parent album St. Elsewhere, was also a hit, peaked at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart and number 4 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart. Gnarls Barkleys second album, The Odd Couple, charted at number 12 on the Billboard 200, in 2010, Green took a hiatus from working with Danger Mouse, and released a solo single titled Fuck You. on August 19. The song became a single, with the radio-edit version Forget You, reaching the top spot in the UK. His next two singles, Its OK and Bright Lights Bigger City were also hits in Europe, from 2011 to 2014, Green was a judge and coach on American reality television singing competition The Voice, appearing on four of its seasons. In 2013, Green reunited with the rest of Goodie Mob, in 2011 he did a concert with Prince in Madison Square Garden. He worked as an actor in the animated feature Hotel Transylvania. Green has endorsed 7 Up, Duracell, M&M’s, and sake brand TY KU and his work has earned numerous awards and accolades, including five Grammy Awards, a BET Award, a Billboard Award, and a Brit Award. Green was born in Atlanta, Georgia and he graduated from high school at Riverside Military Academy, a boarding school for boys in Gainesville, Georgia. Both of his parents were ordained ministers, and he started his career in church. His father died when Green was two years old and his mother, Sheila J. Tyler-Callaway, a firefighter, was paralyzed in a car crash and died two years after the accident when Green was 18. At the time of his mothers death, Greens career with Goodie Mob had just begun taking off, Green also wrote about his mother in the song Guess Who from Goodie Mobs album Soul Food. Along with Big Gipp, T-Mo, and Khujo, Green was an member of the Atlanta hip hop group Goodie Mob. He is the youngest of the four, the Goodie Mob was a part of the Atlanta rap collective the Dungeon Family, which also included Outkast. Goodie Mob appeared on two tracks on OutKasts 1994 debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, with Green providing vocals for Call of da Wild and Git Up, Goodie Mob released their debut album, Soul Food, in 1995