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1. Snoop Dogg – Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper and actor from Long Beach, California. His music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre of N. W. A and he has since sold over twenty-three million albums in the United States and thirty-five million albums worldwide. Snoops debut album, Doggystyle, was released in 1993 under Death Row Records, Selling almost a million copies in the first week of its release, Doggystyle became certified 4× platinum in 1994 and spawned several hit singles, including Whats My Name. and Gin & Juice. In 1994 Snoop released a soundtrack on Death Row Records for the short film Murder Was The Case and his second album Tha Doggfather, also debuted at number one on both charts with Snoops Upside Ya Head, as the lead single. The album was certified platinum in 1997. After leaving Death Row Records, Snoop signed with No Limit Records, Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told, No Limit Top Dogg, and Tha Last Meal. Snoop then signed with Priority/Capitol/EMI Records in 2002, where he released Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss and he then signed with Geffen Records in 2004 for his next three albums R&G, The Masterpiece, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, and Ego Trippin. Malice n Wonderland, and Doggumentary, were released on Priority, Snoop Dogg has starred in motion pictures and hosted several television shows, including Doggy Fizzle Televizzle, Snoop Doggs Father Hood, and Dogg After Dark. He also coaches a youth league and high school football team. In September 2009, Snoop was hired by EMI as the chairman of a reactivated Priority Records, in 2012, after a trip to Jamaica, Snoop announced a conversion to the Rastafari movement and a new alias, Snoop Lion. Under the new moniker, he released an album, Reincarnated. His fourteenth solo album, Coolaid, was released in July 2016. Snoop Dogg holds the distinction of having seventeen Grammy nominations without a win. Snoop Dogg was born Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. in Long Beach, California and he was named after his stepfather, Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Sr. His father, Vernell Varnado, was a Vietnam veteran, singer, as a boy, his parents nicknamed him Snoopy because of his appearance, but they usually addressed him as Calvin at home. His mother and stepfather divorced in 1975, when he was very young, Broadus began singing and playing piano at the Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church. In sixth grade, he began rapping, as a teenager, Snoop Dogg frequently ran into trouble with the law. He was a member of the Rollin 20 Crips gang in the Eastside of Long Beach, shortly after graduating from high school, he was arrested for possession of cocaine, and for the following three years, was frequently in and out of prison
2. Gentleman (musician) – Tilmann Otto, better known by his stage name Gentleman, is a German reggae musician. Gentleman lives in the Neubrück area of Cologne and he is the son of a Lutheran pastor. Gentleman has been travelling to Jamaica regularly since he was 18 years old and his career began with the collaboration of the band Freundeskreis which produced the song Tabula Rasa. After beginning his career as a deejay, he based his style to the form of the reggae genre like that of Bob Marley. He sings mainly in English or Jamaican Patois, with songs like Send a Prayer, Gentleman expresses his deep belief in God, without referring to a particular religion. His album, Confidence, climbed to number 1 on the German album charts in 2004, in 2005, Gentleman performed with Mamadee with the song Lass los representing North Rhine-Westphalia in the Bundesvision Song Contest 2005, placing 15th with 10 points. After ten years of making music under the label Four Music he moved to Universal in 2010. com
3. Damian Marley – Damian Robert Nesta Jr. Gong Marley is a Jamaican reggae artist. Damian is the youngest son of reggae musician Bob Marley, Damian was 2 years old when his father died, he is the only child born to Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World 1976. Damians nickname Junior Gong is derived from his fathers nickname of Tuff Gong, Damian has been performing since the age of 13. At age 13, he formed a group by the name of the Shephards. The group opened the 1992 Reggae Sunsplash festival, the band fell apart in the early 1990s and Damian started his solo career. With the backing of his fathers label, Tuff Gong, he released his 1996 debut album Mr. Marley which surprised many who were unaccustomed to hearing a Marley deejaying rather than singing, Marley released his second studio album Halfway Tree. The album was released on 11 September 2001 and received the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album and it was co-produced by Damian Marley and his brother Stephen Marley. Marley released his studio album Welcome to Jamrock which was released on 12 September 2005 in the United States and 13 September 2005 in the United Kingdom. The sold 86,000 copies in its first week of release, other notable singles from the album include The Master Has Come Back, Road to Zion featuring Nas, and Khaki Suit featuring Bounty Killer and Eek-A-Mouse. Damians half-brother, Stephen Marley, was a producer and co-writer of the successful song of the same name. The lyrics to the single Welcome to Jamrock, which was performed over a riddim produced by Sly and Robbie for Ini Kamoze some 20 years earlier, centred around poverty, politics and crime in Jamaica. While the single was controversial at home over its perceived negative viewpoint of the island, and still some of us dont want to hear and to look and say enough is enough. The single reached No.13 on the UK Singles Chart and it was also No.100 on the Top 100 Songs of the Decade listing by Rolling Stone. At the 2006 Grammy Awards, he won Best Reggae Album and he is the only Jamaican reggae artist in history to win two Grammy Awards on the same night. He is also the only reggae artist to win in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category at the Grammy Awards. At the 2009 Grammy Awards news of an album between Marley and Nas was announced, when Nas told MTV reporters Right now, Ill tell you first. We tryin to build schools in Africa with this one. Were tryin to show love and stuff with this album, all about really the hood and Africa also as well
4. Bruno Mars – Peter Gene Hernandez, known professionally as Bruno Mars, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, by a family of musicians, Mars began making music at a young age and he graduated from high school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a musical career. After being dropped by Motown Records, Mars signed a contract with Atlantic Records in 2009. In 2009, he co-founded the production team The Smeezingtons, responsible for the singles Nothin on You by B. o. B and he featured on the hooks for both singles, becoming recognized as a solo artist. His debut studio album Doo-Wops & Hooligans included the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles Just the Way You Are and Grenade and his second album, Unorthodox Jukebox, peaked at number one in the United States. The album spawned the international singles Locked Out of Heaven, When I Was Your Man, in 2014, Mars lent his vocals to Mark Ronsons Uptown Funk. In 2016, he released his studio album 24K Magic with the lead single of the same title released on October 7,2016. To date, he has sold over 100 million singles and albums combined worldwide, Mars has landed six number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 since his career launched in 2010, attaining his first five faster than any male artist since Elvis Presley. Mars has received awards and nominations, including five Grammy Awards. In December 2013, he ranked number one on the Forbes 30 under 30 list, Mars is known for his stage performances and retro showmanship. He is accompanied by his band, The Hooligans, who play a variety of such as electric guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, drums and horns. Mars performs in a range of musical styles. Peter Gene Hernandez was born on October 8,1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii to Peter Hernandez and Bernadette San Pedro Bayot and his father is of half Puerto Rican and half Ashkenazi Jewish descent, and is originally from Brooklyn, New York. His mother emigrated from the Philippines to Hawaii as a child, and was of Filipino and his parents met while performing in a show in which his mother was a hula dancer and his father played percussion. At the age of two, he was nicknamed Bruno by his father, because of his resemblance to professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino. Mars is one of six children and came from a family which exposed him to a diverse mix of genres including, reggae, rock, hip hop. His mother was both a singer and a dancer, and his father performed Little Richard rock and roll music, Mars uncle was an Elvis impersonator, and also encouraged three-year-old Mars to perform on stage. Mars performed songs by such as Michael Jackson, The Isley Brothers
5. Matisyahu – Matthew Paul Miller, known by his Hebrew and stage name Matisyahu, is a Jewish American reggae vocalist, beatboxer, and alternative rock musician. Known for blending Orthodox Jewish themes with reggae, rock and hip hop beatboxing sounds, since 2004, he has released four studio albums as well as two live albums, two remix CDs and two DVDs featuring live concerts. In addition, Matisyahu played the role of Tzadok in The Possession, through his career, Matisyahu has worked with Bill Laswell, reggae producers Sly & Robbie, and Kool Kojak. Matthew Paul Miller was born on June 30,1979, in West Chester and his family eventually settled in White Plains, New York. He was brought up a Reconstructionist Jew, and attended Hebrew school at Bet Am Shalom and he spent much of his childhood learning the tenets of Judaism, but by the time he was a teenager, Matisyahu began to rebel against his rigid upbringing. He started taking drugs and dropped out of White Plains Senior High School and he became a self-professed Phish-head, taking hallucinogens and following the rock band Phish on tour. In autumn 1995, Matisyahu attended a program at the Alexander Muss High School in Hod Hasharon. The program offers students first-hand exploration of Jewish heritage as a way of solidifying Jewish identity, after he finished Muss, he returned to New York, where he subsequently left high school after the first day of his senior year to travel throughout the US. A stint in a center in upstate New York followed. Miller then attended a wilderness trip in Oregon for teenagers. It was not necessarily for drug rehabilitation, but that was part of the reason I was out there and he finished high school at a wilderness program in Bend, Oregon. In Oregon, he identified himself as Matt, the Jewish rapper kid from New York, Matisyahu has contrasted this time in Oregon to his life in New York City. I was suddenly the token Jew and this was now my search for my own identity, and part of Judaism feeling more important and relevant to me. He returned to New York and started developing his reggae, spending hours in his room, around that same time, he says, he started to become more interested in Judaism, taking classes on Jewish spirituality at The New School. He approached Eli Cohen, a rabbi at New York University and he recounts that at the same time, he started praying, getting himself a prayer book and prayer shawl. He learned of the Carlebach Shul synagogue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City and it was then that he met NYUs Chabad rabbi, Dov Yonah Korn. From 2001 through July 2007, Matisyahu was affiliated with the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, however, as of July 17,2007, he told the Miami New Times in an interview that he no longer necessarily identifies with the Lubavitch movement. In the interview he stated that. the more Im learning about types of Jews
6. Misha B – Misha Amber Bryan, known by her stage name Misha B, is a British singer, songwriter and rapper. Born and raised in Greater Manchester, Misha B rose to notability as a semi-finalist on the eighth series of The X Factor. Several sources have noted her powerful vocals, in April 2012, Misha B released a free mixtape entitled Why Hello World, it contained a sample of her debut single Home Run, which charted at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart in July. Misha B released Do You Think of Me on 4 November 2012, autumn 2012, she supported American rapper Nicki Minaj on the United Kingdom leg of her Pink Friday, Reloaded Tour and was nominated as Best Newcomer at the MOBO Awards. In 2013, she released her second mixtape Knock Knock and her third single Heres to Everything which peaked at number 35 on the UK Singles Chart, Misha B is a joint patron of the UKs annual National Diversity Awards. Misha B was born Misha Amber Bryan on 10 February 1992, to Florence Bryan, from three months old Misha B and her elder sister were raised by their maternal aunt Lily. Misha B spoke of her upbringing, I will always look upon Lily as my mum, but I respect the fact she carried me for all those months, but when it comes to my mum Lil. shes a great role model in everything she does. Misha B was raised in the economically deprived Longsight, Hulme, as a teenager Misha B attended Trinity C. E. High School in Hulme, where she played football for the Manchester United under-16s and she started by writing poetry, moved on to rapping and then progressed to singing. Misha B began to take her vocals abilities more seriously aged fourteen - describing music as her only outlet, aged 18, in 2010 she joined a Vocal Artist course at the Manchester Music Base, at Trafford College in Manchester. There, she was coached by Leanne Brown, who as part of Sweet Female Attitude, had a hit in 2000 with Flowers, Misha B entered the Manchester open mic circuit aged eighteen, and performed as a busker outside Manchesters Arndale Centre to tackle her stage fright. Misha Bs breakthrough into the industry came in 2011, through her appearance on the eighth series of UK version of The X Factor. In her first audition, she sang Aretha Franklins cover of Respect, the Voice recounted her performance as being confident and show-stopping, and as a promising sign of Misha Bs future in the competition. Noted for her Lauryn Hill-like rap-singing style, she was mentored by American recording artist Kelly Rowland and finished fourth. A variety of sources including The Daily Telegraph, Digital Spy and bluesandsoul. com have regarded Misha B as one of the more gifted and exciting acts ever to have come out of a talent competition. BBC 1xtra noting her show-stopping performances, considered her to be one of the most credible artists to emerge from the show and a break from the traditional X Factor contestant. In a review of the series, The Daily Telegraph picked her performance of Rolling in the Deep as one of the highlights of the series, like a 21st century Grace Jones or an urban Lady Gaga, the teenager seemed like a proper pop star already. Bryan was involved in a controversy during the live show when Tulisa Contostavlos accused her of making mean comments
7. Rihanna – Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, she first entered the industry by recording demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers in 2003. She ultimately signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for its then-president. She assumed creative control for her studio album Good Girl Gone Bad. Its successful lead single Umbrella became a breakthrough in her career. After releasing four consecutive platinum albums, including the Grammy Award winner Unapologetic. Her eighth studio album Anti and its lead single Work reached number-one on the Billboard 200, with sales exceeding 230 million records worldwide, Rihanna is one of the best-selling artists of all time. Widely recognized for reinventing her style, she received the Fashion Icon lifetime achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2014. Forbes ranked Rihanna the fourth most powerful celebrity of 2012, and was named one of Times 100 Most Influential People in the World later that year, Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born on February 20,1988, in Saint Michael, Barbados. Her mother, Monica, is an accountant of African American background. Rihanna has two brothers, Rorrey and Rajad Fenty, and two half-sisters and a half-brother from her fathers side, each born to different mothers from his previous relationships. She grew up in a bungalow in Bridgetown and sold clothes with her father in a stall on the street. Rihannas childhood was affected by her fathers addiction to crack cocaine. As a child, she went through a lot of CT scans for the excruciating headaches she suffered, even thought it was a tumor, by the time she was fourteen, Rihanna’s parents had divorced and her health began to improve. Rihanna grew up listening to music and began singing at around the age of seven. She attended Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School and Combermere High School, Rihanna was an army cadet in a sub-military programme, the singer-songwriter Shontelle was her drill sergeant. Although she initially wanted to graduate high school, she chose to pursue a musical career instead. In 2003, Rihanna formed a trio with two of her classmates
8. Buju Banton – Buju Banton is a Jamaican dancehall, ragga, and reggae musician. Banton has recorded pop and dance songs, as well as dealing with sociopolitical topics. He released early dancehall singles in 1988 but came to prominence in 1992 with two albums, Stamina Daddy and Mr. Mention, which became the album in Jamaican history upon its release. Banton signed with major label Mercury Records and released Voice of Jamaica the following year, by the mid-1990s, Banton had converted to the Rastafari faith, and his music undertook a more spiritual tone. His 2010 album Before the Dawn won Best Reggae Album at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards, Buju Banton was born in Kingston, Jamaica in a poor neighborhood called Salt Lane. Buju is a given to chubby children that means breadfruit in the language of the Maroons in Jamaican and was given to him by his mother as a child. Banton is a Jamaican word that refers to someone who is a storyteller, and it was adopted by Myrie in tribute to the deejay Burro Banton. It was Burros rough gravelly vocals that Buju emulated and ultimately made his own, Bujus mother was a higgler, or street vendor, while his father worked as a labourer at a tile factory. He was the youngest of fifteen children born into a family that was descended from the Maroons of Jamaica. Banton has homes in Jamaica and Tamarac, Florida, as a youngster, Buju would often watch his favorite artists perform at outdoor shows and local dancehalls in Denham Town. At the age of 12, he picked up the microphone for himself and began toasting under the moniker of Gargamel, working with the Sweet Love and Rambo Mango sound systems. In 1986, he was introduced to producer Robert Ffrench by fellow deejay Clement Irie, and his first single, The Ruler was released not long afterwards in 1987. This led to recording sessions with such as Patrick Roberts, Bunny Lee, Winston Riley, and Digital B. In 1991, Buju joined Donovan Germains Penthouse Records label and began a partnership with producer Dave Kelly who later launched his own Madhouse Records label. Buju is one of the most popular musicians in Jamaican history, having major success in 1992, with Bogle and Love me Browning. Controversy erupted over Love Me Browning which spoke of Bantons penchant for light-skinned women, I love my car I love my bike I love my money and ting, some accused Banton of promoting a colonialist mindset and denigrating the beauty of dark skinned black women. In response, he released Love Black Woman which spoke of his love for dark-skinned beauties, Mi nuh Stop cry, fi all black women,1992 was an explosive year for Buju as he broke Bob Marleys record for the greatest number of number one singles in a year. Beginning with Woman fi Sex, Bujus gruff voice dominated the Jamaican airwaves for the duration of the year, Bantons debut album, Mr. Mention, includes his greatest hits from that year
9. Teacha Dee – Damion Darrel Warren, best known as Teacha Dee, is a Jamaican reggae singer and former educator. He is best known for his hit singles “Smoke and Fly”, “Reggae Souljahs” and he was a full-time employee for the Ministry of Education Youth and Culture in Jamaica when he recorded all three songs. His stage name was derived from the Jamaican creole for “teacher”, Warren was born on September 21,1980 in Westmoreland, Jamaica. He grew up in a district called Bath where he attended the Unity Primary School. Being successful in his Common Entrance Exams, he was rewarded a place at the prestigious Manning’s School from which he graduated in 1997 before relocating to Montego Bay to live with his mother, Warren then attended the Sam Sharpe Teachers College secondary programme to pursue his teaching career. In September 2000, Warren was employed by the Ministry of Education Youth and Culture to teach Mathematics, Integrated Science and Information Communication Technology. He worked at the Glendevon Primary and Junior High School located in Montego Bay, up until his resignation in May 2012, in May 2005, Teacha Dee began his professional recordings with The Mighty Powpow Productions a major German production label. He recorded Life Goes on which is a song sung in the melody of The Beatles hit. This song was released in 2006 as part of a compilation CD titled First Sight Riddim, however, life goes on was not published as Teacha Dee but as Damian Warren. This resulted in the song listed on many reggae database sites as belonging to a separate artiste. In late 2006, he recorded a song titled Them A Play for Dasvibes Productions and this was released on a riddim compilation called Gloria Riddim. The single was the first song on which he was recognized as Teacha Dee. All songs recorded after this date were released as Teacha Dee, in 2007, he recorded Smuggling Weed for Powpow Movements which became his first popular song within the European scene. However, his most successful song at that time was Smoke and this was recorded as a sound system dub on the Kingston Town instrumental made popular by an Italian reggae superstar Alberto Dascola aka Alborosie. This song quickly became a sound systems favorite and a hit within the reggae clubs. Early 2008, Teacha Dee recorded Blaming Game for Master J Productions and this was a record label based in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Blaming Game was the first single that was in circulation on the stations in Jamaica. Prior to this, his music was gaining a lot of attention outside of Jamaica without the knowledge of many Jamaicans, Teacha Dee also recorded Reggae Souljahs later that same year that quickly became a popular reggae anthem in Germany
10. Michael Franti – Michael Franti is an American rapper, musician, poet, spoken word artist and singer-songwriter. Michael Franti is known for having participated in musical projects, including the Beatnigs. He is also a supporter for a wide spectrum of peace and social justice issues. Michael Franti was born in Oakland, California and his mother, Mary Lofy, had Irish, German, and Belgian ancestry, and his father, Thomas Hopkins, was of African-American and Native American descent. However, his mother put him up for adoption because she was afraid that her racist family would not accept him. He was adopted by Carole Wisti and Charles Franti, a Finnish American couple in Oakland, Charles Franti was a professor in the department of epidemiology and preventive medicine of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and died in 2003. Michaels four adoptive siblings are named Rebecca, Sara, Dan, Michael spent his grade 9 school year at Highland Junior High School in Edmonton, Alberta. He then attended Davis Senior High School and graduated from the University of San Francisco, during his time at school there he met a priest who taught him how to tell a story on paper, and soon he was writing poetry. He purchased a bass at a shop and started creating music inspired by hip hop, punk. Franti also has four siblings, Thea, Thomas, Charles. Franti began his career in 1986 as part of the industrial punk/spoken word band The Beatnigs. While attending the University of San Francisco and living above KUSF he developed a fascination with music, the Beatnigs included dancer and percussionist Rono Tse, the band released a self-titled LP and an EP Television on Alternative Tentacles records. The records received some acclaim but little fame beyond the San Francisco Bay Area. The 1988 LP release The Beatnigs was recorded at Dancin Dog Studio in Emeryville, in addition to Michael Franti and Ron Tse, the band included Henry Flood on percussion, Andre Flores on keyboards, and Kevin Carnes on vocals. All of the members made multiple instrumental contributions, including industrial percussion. The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy wrote politically charged lyrics that railed against the injustices of the world, set to a fusion of industrial music and hip hop. Their first album, Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury, won plaudits for its social commentary and it is important to note that this album is one of Frantis remarkable works as an artist activist. The first song of the album Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury is Satanic Reverses and it satellite links, our United States of unconsciousness, apathetic therapeutic and extremely addictive
11. Elephant Man (musician) – Oneal Bryan, better known by his stage name Elephant Man, is a Jamaican dancehall recording artist. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he started out his career as a member of the Scare Dem Crew. His acoustic trademark is a light lisp, Bryan had his first international recognition when he and Puma settled a contract for using his single All Out for its Olympics commercial campaign in 2004. His song Willie Bounce appeared on several mixtapes in early 2006 and it used the first few bars from I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor. Willie Bounce has been described as one of Elephant Mans most recognizable songs, Bryan signed with New York-based label Bad Boy Records and released Lets Get Physical on 6 November 2007. The first single was called Five-O and featured Wyclef Jean, another track on the album featured Diddy and Busta Rhymes, and it was produced by Cipha Sounds and Solitair. Many of Elephant Mans songs are found on various Riddim Driven albums by VP Records and he performed on popular riddims such as Diwali, Coolie, Stepz, and Bubble Up. In 2009, Elephant Man released a cover of the song We Are The World in tribute to Michael Jackson and he also plays one of the following song Ooo La La La by Teena Marie. In 2013 he did a cover of Eminems song Berzerk, also he first appeared on BET Awards where he sang with Beenie Man. He was invited to sing on the album Free the Universe by Major Lazer, where he collaborated for the song Wind Up. On Jamaican Cribs, his house was featured, displaying its 20 rooms,1 bar,4 chefs,1 jacuzzi,1 shark,15 dogs,1 pool,6 rabbits and it was named one of the largest houses in Jamaica. Bryan has been criticised for his lyrics calling for violence against gay people, in 2003 British LGBT group OutRage. Called for the arrest and prosecution of several stars including Elephant Man, Bounty Killer. In 2004, he was dropped from the MOBO awards, since then pressure from his record company and agreement with gay rights groups to avoid songs with lyrics deemed to incite homophobic violence have allowed him to perform in the UK. In 2009, his appearance at Torontos Caribana festival was cancelled for similar reasons. A concert in Munich was cancelled in February 2015 after LGBT rights groups had asked the police to make sure he would not perform songs which call upon people to murder gays. In January 2012, Bryan was arrested and charged with the rape, in February 2016 the case was dropped due to the death of the complainant
12. Haha (entertainer) – Ha Dong-hoon, better known by his stage name Haha, is a South Korean singer and variety show host. He is best known for being in the sitcom, Nonstop and he has also hosted his own show, titled Ya Man TV on Mnet in 2015. Haha was born on August 20,1979 in Stuttgart, Germany and moved to Seoul and his parents are both Korean and he has an older sister, Ha Juri who is a pianist. Haha graduated from Daejin University, where he had obtained a degree in Drama. He later became a trainee for Seoul Records and debuted as a singer and rapper in 2001 with boy band, despite excessive promotion, Z-kiri failed to get popular and was quickly disbanded. In 2002, Haha became a co-host for the show, Whats Up YO. alongside MC Mong, the three later became known as the Whats Up Trio because of their strong friendship on-screen. Haha later joined the main cast of the season of Nonstop. He remained a part of the cast up until 2003 which managed to gain him recognition for his acting, Haha later became the producer and presenter for his own radio show with MC Mong, known as Haha and Mongs Journey in 2004 for SBS Power FM. After leaving Nonstop, Haha spent two years alongside singer Taw, to prepare and record his album titled, The Beautiful Rhyme Diary. The album was released on February 18,2005 alongside his debut single, Love Song and he eventually guested on X-man on May 22,2005 and became popular for his imitations of close friend, Kim Jong-kook. His sudden popularity spike allowed him to become a regular guest for X-man, thanks to his rising popularity, Haha was added to the cast of MBCs Infinite Challenge by December 2005 as the part of the programs format changes under new the PD of the program, Kim Tae-ho. Since December 2,2006, the program has received the highest ratings of prime-time lineups for Saturday evening, in his final episode before entering the service, Haha performed at a guerilla concert at Yeouido Park that was secretly organized by his fellow co-hosts. He also returned as a guest for the sixth and final season of Nonstop in 2006, in 2007, Haha released his second single, Youre My Destiny which took samples from the song Stand by Me by Ben E. King. The single managed to reach number one on the Gaon Chart, Haha later joined the show, Happy Shares Company as a co-host until February 2008. In February 2008, Haha temporarily left Infinite Challenge in order to serve his national service in the army, previous reports had stated that he had been attempting to evade his military service. However, these reports were confirmed to be false and Hahas service had only been postponed, during his service, he collaborated with a new group Davichi in their song Love and War. After 24 months of serving the military, on March 11,2010, after finishing his military service, Haha returned as a cast of Infinite Challenge following requests from his fellow co-hosts, Yoo Jae-suk and Noh Hong-chul. Since 2010, Haha is one of the co-hosts for SBS variety show, on December 30,2011, Haha received the award for Best Entertainer during the 2011 SBS Entertainment Awards for his work on Running Man