HOT Artists

Tupac Shakur

Despite his short career, Tupac Shakur is one of the best-selling music artists in the world, having sold over 75 million albums. Shakur got his start as a roadie and MC with Digital Underground, and eventually started his own projects. Tupac is known for themes of violence and hardships in his...
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Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani is a singer, writer and fashion designer, known best for leading the Grammy winning band No Doubt. In 2004, Stefani released her solo debut, earning her 5 Grammy nominations and multi-platinum status. She’s also credited as the first artist to sell one million downloads of her single "...
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LL Cool J

James Smith – better known as LL Cool J – has been a hip hop success since the mid-80s. LL’s music is diverse – from hard hitting rap like "Mama Said Knock You Out" to smooth R&B ballads like "Hey Lover" – which is why he’s often considered a hip hop pioneer. Along with his 13 studio albums, LL...
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Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige is one of the most diverse women in music, with 10 studio albums and over 150 guest appearances on others’ records. She’s produces, acts and occasionally even raps. However, her unique hip hop soul sound makes her special, and her voice shines especially on her album My Life , which...
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50 Cent

With the help of Eminem and Dr. Dre, 50 Cent became one of the world's highest selling rappers with just his first two records. Curtis Jackson grew up in Queens, New York, and adopted the name 50 Cent as a metaphor for a life change after being released from prison. With that change, he focused on...
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Lauryn Hill

Born in New Jersey, Lauryn Hill got her start in the spotlight on TV’s As The World Turns and in Sister Act 2 with Whoopi Goldberg, where she showed off her vocal talents. In high school, she was asked to join a band that would become The Fugees, who would see much success with their album The...
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Kanye West

While Kanye West wanted to be a rapper, he started his career as a producer at the encouragement of record execs. After releasing his debut album in 2004, it was clear West was born to be the MC in the spotlight. On top of rapper, producer and musician, he can now add film director and fashion...
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Dr. Dre

Known as one of the founders of the West Coast G-Funk rap style, Dr. Dre ’s had decades of success thanks to his role as a rapper, producer and record label exec. His group NWA is one of the most influential rap groups of all time, and he’s credited with launching the careers of Snoop Dogg, Eminem...
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Ginuwine

Thanks to help from Jodeci, Missy Elliott and Timbaland, Ginuwine was one of the most prominent R&B artists of the 90s and early 2000s. His single "Pony" propelled his debut album Ginuwine… the Bachelor to platinum status after it came out in 1996. The singer remains active in his songwriting...
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R. Kelly

R. Kelly began performing in the late 80s, with his 1993 solo debut 12 Play bringing him to prominence in the R&B scene. Among his hit singles is "I Believe I Can Fly," which earned him 3 Grammys. Kelly has released 10 albums, selling over 50 million worldwide, leading Billboard to name him the...
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