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Tupac Shakur
Tupac Amaru Shakur, popularly known by his stage name 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor. He is considered by many as one of the most significant rappers of all time.
50 Cent
Curtis James Jackson III, known professionally as 50 Cent, is an American rapper, actor, producer, and entrepreneur. Born in the South Jamaica neighborhood of the borough of Queens, Jackson began selling drugs at age twelve during the 1980s crack epidemic.
A Tribe Called Quest
A Tribe Called Quest was an American hip hop group formed in St. Albans, Queens, New York in 1985, originally composed of rapper and main producer Q-Tip, rapper Phife Dawg, DJ and co-producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and rapper Jarobi White, who left the group amicably in 1991.
Traveling the Stars: Action Bronson and Friends Watch Ancient Aliens
Traveling the Stars: Action Bronson and Friends Watch Ancient Aliens is a comedy-documentary series hosted by American rapper Action Bronson. It was produced by Viceland and aired in 2016. On June 4, 2019, the series was revived and renewed for a second season which premiered on August 5, 2019.
Afrika Bambaataa
Afrika Bambaataa is an American disc jockey, rapper, songwriter and producer from the South Bronx, New York. He is notable for releasing a series of genre-defining electro tracks in the 1980s that influenced the development of hip hop culture.
André 3000
André Lauren Benjamin, better known by his stage name André 3000, is an American rapper and actor best known for being a part of hip hop duo Outkast alongside fellow rapper Big Boi.
Arrested Development
A$AP Rocky
Rakim Athelaston Mayers, known professionally as ASAP Rocky, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, model, actor, and music video director. He is a member of the hip hop collective A$AP Mob, from which he adopted his moniker. Rocky released his debut mixtape after moving to New York from Philadelphia. Live. Love. A$AP, in 2011 to critical acclaim.
Asia Argento
Asia Argento is an Italian actress and director. The daughter of filmmaker Dario Argento, she had roles in the films XXX, Land of the Dead and Marie Antoinette.
Big Boi
Antwan André Patton, better known by his stage name Big Boi, is an American rapper, songwriter, actor and record producer, best known for being a member of American hip hop duo Outkast, alongside André 3000.
Big Daddy Kane
Antonio Hardy, better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is a Grammy Award-winning American rapper and actor who started his career in 1986 as a member of the rap collective the Juice Crew.
The Big L
Big Pun
Christopher Lee Rios, better known by his stage name Big Pun, was an American rapper. Emerging from the underground hip hop scene in The Bronx borough of New York City in the early 1990s, he came to prominence during the latter half of the decade for his work with Fat Joe and the Terror Squad.
Black Thought
Tariq Luqmaan Trotter, better known as Black Thought, is an American rapper and the lead MC of the Philadelphia-based hip hop group the Roots, which he co-founded with drummer Questlove.
Blue
Blue is one of the three primary colours of pigments in painting and traditional colour theory, as well as in the RGB colour model. It lies between violet and green on the spectrum of visible light. The eye perceives blue when observing light with a dominant wavelength between approximately 450 and 495 nanometres. Most blues contain a slight mixture of other colours; azure contains some green, while ultramarine contains some violet. The clear daytime sky and the deep sea appear blue because of an optical effect known as Rayleigh scattering. An optical effect called Tyndall scattering explains blue eyes. Distant objects appear more blue because of another optical effect called aerial perspective. Blue has been an important colour in art and decoration since ancient times.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony is an American rap group consisting of rappers Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone, and Flesh-n-Bone. The group was signed to Ruthless Records in late 1993, when they debuted with their EP Creepin on ah Come Up. The EP included their breakout hit single "Thuggish Ruggish Bone". In 1995, the group released its second album, E. 1999 Eternal, which included hits "1st of tha Month" and "East 1999". Their hit song "Tha Crossroads", a tribute to then-recently deceased Eazy-E, won a Grammy Award in 1997. The Art of War, the group's third album, was also released in 1997.
Penny Bun
Boletus edulis is a basidiomycete fungus, and the type species of the genus Boletus. Widely distributed in the Northern Hemisphere across Europe, Asia, and North America, it does not occur naturally in the Southern Hemisphere, although it has been introduced to southern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil.
Busta Rhymes
Trevor George Smith Jr., known professionally as Busta Rhymes, is an American rapper, musician, singer, record producer, record executive, and actor.
Cam'ron
Cameron Ezike Giles, better known by his stage name Cam'ron, is an American rapper, record executive, and actor from East Harlem, New York.
Cassidy Erin Gifford
Cassidy Erin Gifford is an American actress. She is the daughter of former American football player Frank Gifford and American television host Kathie Lee Gifford.
Donald Glover
Donald McKinley Glover Jr. is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, director, musician, artist and DJ. He performs music under the stage name Childish Gambino and as a DJ under the name mcDJ.
Chuck D
Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, known professionally as Chuck D, is an American rapper, author, and producer. As the leader of the rap group Public Enemy, which he co-founded in 1985 with Flavor Flav, Chuck D helped create politically and socially conscious hip hop music in the mid-1980s.
Eurasian teal
The Eurasian teal, common teal, or Eurasian green-winged teal is a common and widespread duck which breeds in temperate Eurosiberia and migrates south in winter.
Crooked I
Dominick Antron Wickliffe, better known by his stage name Crooked I or Kxng Crooked, is an American rapper from Long Beach, California.
Louis Freese, known by his stage name B-Real, is an American rapper and actor. He is one of two lead rappers in the hip hop group Cypress Hill, and was one of the frontmen of rap rock group Prophets of Rage.
Da Brat
Shawntae Harris, better known by her stage name Da Brat, is an American rapper and actress from Chicago, Illinois. Beginning her career in 1992, her debut album Funkdafied sold one million copies, making her the first female solo rap act to receive a platinum certification, and the second overall female rap act after Salt-N-Pepa.
Danny Brown
Das EFX
Sean Combs
Sean John Combs, also known by the stage names Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Puffy, or Diddy, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, record executive, and actor.
Digable Planets
Will Smith
Willard Carroll Smith Jr. is an American actor and rapper. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards. In the late 1980s, Smith achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince.
DJ Quik
DJ
David Marvin Blake, better known by his stage name DJ Quik, is an American rapper, songwriter, DJ and record producer. According to Quik himself, his stage name reflects his ability to produce records in a short period of time.
Beats Electronics
Beats Electronics LLC is a subsidiary of Apple Inc. that produces audio products. Headquartered in Culver City, California, the company was founded by music producer and rapper Dr. Dre and Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine. The subsidiary's product line is primarily focused on headphones and speakers.
Count Dracula is the title character of Bram Stoker's 1897 gothic horror novel Dracula. He is considered to be both the prototypical and the archetypal vampire in subsequent works of fiction.
Earl Tywone Stevens, better known by his stage name E-40, is an American rapper and actor. He is a founding member of the rap group The Click, and the founder of Sick Wid It Records.
Earl Sweatshirt
Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, known as Earl Sweatshirt, is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer from Los Angeles, California.
Eric Lynn Wright, known professionally as Eazy-E, was an American rapper and rap mogul who propelled West Coast rap and gangsta rap by leading the group N.W.A and its label, Ruthless Records, pushing the boundaries of lyrical content.
Dr. Dre
Andre Romelle Young, known professionally as Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, record executive, actor, and audio engineer.
New Year's Eve
In the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Eve, the last day of the year, is on 31 December. In many countries, New Year's Eve is celebrated at evening parties, where many people dance, eat, drink, and watch or light fireworks.
Thong Song
Gang Starr
Gang Starr is an American hip hop duo, consisting of MC Guru and DJ/producer DJ Premier. Some of their top hits include "Mass Appeal", "Take It Personal" and "Above The Clouds".
Geto Boys
The Geto Boys is an American hip hop group from Houston, Texas formed in 1986. The Geto Boys enjoyed success in the 1990s with the group's classic lineup consisting of Bushwick Bill, Scarface and Willie D, earning several certified albums and hit singles, including "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" which reached No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs and #23 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Ghostface Killah
Dennis Coles, better known by his stage name Ghostface Killah, is an American rapper, songwriter and actor and member of the Wu-Tang Clan.
Big Gipp
Cameron Gipp, better known by his stage name Big Gipp is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He is best known for his work as a founding member of Goodie Mob, with whom he has gone on to release five studio albums.
Gucci Mane
Radric Delantic Davis, known professionally as Gucci Mane, is an American rapper. He helped pioneer the hip hop subgenre of trap music alongside fellow Atlanta-based rappers T.I. and Young Jeezy, particularly in the 2000s and 2010s.
Diana Matheson
Diana Beverly Matheson is a Canadian international soccer player. She represents Canada on the Canada women's national soccer team and currently plays for Utah Royals FC in the National Women's Soccer League.
Ice Cube
O'Shea Jackson, known professionally by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, actor, producer, director and writer. Ice Cube initially gained recognition in 1986 as a member of the hip hop group N.W.A., which gained commercial success prior to disbanding around the time N.W.A formed.
Tracy Lauren Marrow, better known by his stage name Ice-T, is an American musician, rapper, songwriter, actor, record producer, and author.
Joe Cole
Joseph John Cole is an English football coach and former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder or winger in the Premier League, Ligue 1, League One and United Soccer League.
Shawn Corey Carter, known professionally as Jay-Z, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, and businessman.
I Don’t Even Care (Robert Glasper / Macy Gray / Jean Grae)
Jay Wayne Jenkins, known professionally as Jeezy, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor. Signed to Def Jam Recordings since 2004, his major label debut Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 was released the following year and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, selling 172,000 copies in its first week and was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Joey Bada$$
Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott, known by his stage name Joey Badass, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor.
Kanye West
Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and fashion designer. West is among the most critically acclaimed musicians of the 21st century, with his music having spanned a broad range of styles, incorporating an eclectic range of influences including hip hop, soul, baroque pop, electro, indie rock, synth-pop, industrial, and gospel.
Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and singer. He is regarded by many critics and contemporaries as one of the most important and influential hip hop artists of his generation, and as one of the greatest rappers and lyricists of all time.
Kid 'n Play
Kid 'n Play is an American hip-hop duo from New York City that was popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The duo was composed of Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin working alongside their DJ, Mark "DJ Wiz" Eastmond.
Kid Cudi
Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, better known by his stage name Kid Cudi, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor from Cleveland, Ohio.
Trigger Warning with Killer Mike
Trigger Warning with Killer Mike is an American documentary web television series on Netflix. The six-episode first season was released on January 18, 2019.
KRS-One
Lawrence "Kris" Parker, better known by his stage names KRS-One, and Teacha, is an American rapper and occasional producer from The Bronx, New York.
"Hip Hop Nutcracker featuring Kurtis Blow" @ NJPAC
Lauryn Noelle Hill is an American singer, songwriter and rapper, known for being a member of Fugees, and for her solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won many awards and broke several sales records.
Kim Jong-un is a North Korean politician who has been the supreme leader of North Korea since 2011 and chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea since 2012.
Lil Wayne
Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record executive, entrepreneur, and actor.
Monkey D. Luffy
Monkey D. "Straw Hat" Luffy is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the One Piece manga series, created by Eiichiro Oda.
LL Cool J
James Todd Smith, known professionally as LL Cool J, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, author, and entrepreneur from Queens, New York.
Ludacris
Christopher Brian Bridges, known professionally as Ludacris, is an American rapper and actor. Ludacris is the founder of the Disturbing tha Peace record label. Ludacris has won Screen Actors Guild, Critic's Choice, MTV, and 3 Grammy Awards.
Lupe Fiasco
Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and activist. He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. He also performs as the frontman of rock band Japanese Cartoon under his real name. As an entrepreneur, Fiasco is the chief executive officer of 1st and 15th Entertainment.
Macklemore
Benjamin Hammond Haggerty, known by his stage name Macklemore, is an American rapper and songwriter from Seattle, Washington. He has collaborated with producer Ryan Lewis as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
MC Lyte
Lana Michelle Moorer, known professionally as MC Lyte, is an American rapper who first gained fame in the late 1980s, becoming the first solo female rapper to release a full album with 1988's critically acclaimed Lyte as a Rock.
Method Man
Clifford Smith Jr., better known by his stage name Method Man, is an American rapper, record producer and actor. He is known as a member of the East Coast hip hop collective Wu-Tang Clan. He is also one half of the hip hop duo Method Man & Redman. He took his stage name from the 1979 film Method Man.
MF DOOM
Daniel Dumile, better known by several stage names, most notably MF Doom, is a British rapper, songwriter, and record producer raised in Long Island, New York.
Missy Elliott
Melissa "Missy" Arnette Elliott is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and philanthropist. She embarked on her music career with all-female R&B group Sista in the early-mid 1990s and later became a member of the Swing Mob collective along with childhood friend and longtime collaborator Timbaland, with whom she worked on projects for Aaliyah, 702, Total, and SWV.
Kejuan Waliek Muchita, better known by his stage name Havoc, is an American rapper and record producer. He was one half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep with Prodigy.
Stephen Colbert
Stephen Tyrone Colbert is an American comedian, writer, producer, actor and television host. He is best known for hosting the satirical Comedy Central program The Colbert Report from 2005 to 2014 and the CBS talk program The Late Show with Stephen Colbert beginning in September 2015.
Ice Cube
O'Shea Jackson, known professionally by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, actor, producer, director and writer. Ice Cube initially gained recognition in 1986 as a member of the hip hop group N.W.A., which gained commercial success prior to disbanding around the time N.W.A formed.
National Audubon Society
The National Audubon Society is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to conservation. Located in the United States and incorporated in 1905, Audubon is one of the oldest of such organizations in the world and uses science, education and grassroots advocacy to advance its conservation mission.
Natalie Katherine Neidhart-Wilson is a Canadian-American professional wrestler and columnist currently signed to WWE under the ring name Natalya, performing on the Raw brand.
The Notorious B.I.G.
Christopher George Latore Wallace, widely known by his stage name The Notorious B.I.G., or, more commonly among the familiar, Biggie Smalls or simply Biggie, was an American rapper, in the New York and gangsta rap traditions, who ranks among the greatest rappers ever.
OutKast
Outkast is an American hip hop duo formed in 1992 in East Point, Georgia, composed of Atlanta-based rappers André "André 3000" Benjamin and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton.
Pharoahe Monch
Troy Donald Jamerson, better known by his stage name Pharoahe Monch, is an American rapper from South Jamaica, Queens, New York. He is known for his complex lyrics, intricate delivery, and internal and multisyllabic rhyme schemes.
Planet Asia
Jason Green, better known as Planet Asia, is a rapper from Fresno, California. He is prominent for being one half of the now reunited hip-hop duo the Cali Agents and is currently a member of the groups Gold Chain Military and Durag Dynasty.
Terrence LeVarr Thornton, better known by his stage name Pusha T, is an American rapper, songwriter and record executive. He initially gained major recognition as half of hip hop duo Clipse, alongside his brother and fellow rapper No Malice, with whom he founded Re-Up Records.
Kamaal Ibn John Fareed, better known by his stage name Q-Tip, is an American rapper, record producer, singer, actor and DJ. Nicknamed The Abstract, he is noted for his innovative jazz-influenced style of hip hop production and his philosophical, esoteric and introspective lyrical themes.
Queen Latifah
Dana Elaine Owens, known professionally as Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and producer. Born in Newark, New Jersey, she signed with Tommy Boy Records in 1989 and released her debut album All Hail the Queen on November 28, 1989, featuring the hit single "Ladies First".
William Michael Griffin Jr., better known by his stage name Rakim, is an American rapper. One half of golden age hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential and most skilled MCs of all time. Eric B.
Ultra Seven is a Japanese tokusatsu science fiction television series created by Eiji Tsuburaya. Ultra Seven is the third installment in the Ultra Series and was produced by Tsuburaya Productions and aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System from October 1, 1967 to September 8, 1968.
"Freeway" Rick Ross
Ricky Donnell "Freeway Rick" Ross is an American author and former drug trafficker best known for the drug empire he established in Los Angeles, California, in the early to mid 1980s.
Royce da 5'9"
Ryan Daniel Montgomery, known professionally as Royce da 5'9", is an American rapper and songwriter. He is best known for his longtime association with Eminem as well as his solo career, recording primarily with producers Carlos "6 July" Broady and DJ Premier, as well as ghostwriting for the likes of Diddy and Dr.
Run-D.M.C.
Run-DMC was an American hip hop group from Hollis, Queens, New York, founded in 1983 by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, and Jason Mizell.
Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, better known by his stage name RZA, is an American rapper, record producer, musician, actor, and director. He is the de facto leader of the Wu-Tang Clan. He has produced almost all of Wu-Tang Clan's albums, as well as many Wu-Tang solo and affiliate projects. He is a cousin of two other original Wu-Tang Clan members: GZA and Ol' Dirty Bastard.
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, abbreviated as HCMC, also known by its former name Saigon, is the most populous city in Vietnam with a population of 9 million as of 2019.
Salt-N-Pepa
Salt-N-Pepa is an American hip-hop girl group formed in 1985. Group members included Salt, Pepa, and DJ Spinderella. They were signed to Next Plateau Records and released their single "Push It" in 1987, which hit number one in three countries and became a top 10 or top 20 hit in various countries.
Al Capone
Alphonse Gabriel Capone, sometimes known by the nickname "Scarface", was an American gangster and businessman who attained notoriety during the Prohibition era as the co-founder and boss of the Chicago Outfit.
ScHoolboy Q
Schoolly D
Jesse Bonds Weaver Jr., better known by the stage name Schoolly D, is an American rapper from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Richard Nixon
Richard Milhous Nixon was an American politician who served as the 37th president of the United States from 1969 until 1974. The only president to resign the office, he previously served as the 36th vice president from 1953 to 1961, and as a representative and senator from California.
Smif-N-Wessun
Smif-N-Wessun is an East Coast hip hop duo consisting of members Tek and Steele. Smif-N-Wessun comprise one quarter of the Brownsville, Brooklyn supergroup Boot Camp Clik, with Buckshot, Heltah Skeltah and O.G.C.
Snoop Dogg
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, media personality, entrepreneur, and actor. His music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr.
Snoop Dogg
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, media personality, entrepreneur, and actor. His music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr.
Space Shuttle program
The Space Shuttle program was the fourth human spaceflight program carried out by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which accomplished routine transportation for Earth-to-orbit crew and cargo from 1981 to 2011.
Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., known professionally as T.I. and Tip, is an American rapper, singer, actor, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, record executive, and author.
Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli Greene is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and activist. Kweli earned recognition early on through his collaboration with fellow Brooklyn rapper Mos Def, when they formed the group Black Star.
Tech N9ne
Aaron Dontez Yates, better known by his stage name Tech N9ne, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. In 1999, he and business partner Travis O'Guin founded the record label Strange Music. He has sold over two million albums and has had his music featured in film, television, and video games. In 2009, he won the Left Field Woodie award at the mtvU Woodie Awards.
Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys were an American hip hop group from New York City formed in 1978. The group was composed of Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "MCA" Yauch and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz.
Cold Crush Brothers
The Cold Crush Brothers are an American hip hop group that formed in 1978 in the Bronx, New York City, New York. They were especially known for their memorable routines which included harmonies, melodies and stage-stomping performances.
Gary Doherty
Gary Michael Thomas Doherty is a retired Irish professional footballer. He played as a defender, having previously also played as a centre forward, and gained international honours for the Republic of Ireland.
Fugees
Fugees was an American hip hop group who rose to fame in the mid-1990s. Their repertoire included elements of hip hop, soul and Caribbean music, particularly reggae.
Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde is the debut album of American hip hop group The Pharcyde, released on November 24, 1992 through Delicious Vinyl Records and EastWest Records.
Koreni is the second novel of Serbian author Dobrica Ćosić. The novel was published in 1954. Its literary genre is epics. It is also a psychological novel.
The Sugarhill Gang
The Sugarhill Gang is an American hip hop trio. Their 1979 hit "Rapper's Delight" was the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
Treacherous Three
The Treacherous Three was a pioneering hip hop group that was formed in 1978 and consisted of DJ Easy Lee, Kool Moe Dee, L.A. Sunshine, Special K and Spoonie Gee, with occasional contributions from DJ Dano B, DJ Reggie Reg and DJ Crazy Eddie.
Tyler, the Creator
Tyler Gregory Okonma, better known as Tyler, the Creator, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, designer and music video director.
Bernard James Freeman, known professionally as Bun B, is an American rapper and actor. He is best known as one half of the southern rap duo UGK, a group he formed in 1987 alongside Pimp C.
Wu-Tang Clan
Wu-Tang Clan is an American hip hop group and collective formed in the New York City borough of Staten Island in 1992, originally composed of rapper-producer RZA and rappers GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Killa.
Mos Def
Yasiin Bey, better known by his stage name Mos Def, is an American rapper, singer, actor, and activist. Best known for his music, Bey began his hip hop career in 1994, alongside his siblings in the short-lived rap group Urban Thermo Dynamics, after which he appeared on albums by Da Bush Babees and De La Soul.
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