HOT Artists

Nelly

Nelly put the Midwest on the map for hip hop in 2001, with the release of his debut album Country Grammar . He’s since released 5 albums, won numerous Grammys, owns two clothing lines and has a blossoming acting career. Though he’s influenced by LL Cool J, Rakim, Run DMC and more, Nelly considers...
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Black Eyed Peas

The Black Eyed Peas ’ first record deal came from rapper Eazy-E – unique as a rap group because they performed with a live backing band. In 1999, they added Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson to branch out into their signature futuristic pop sound. This lineup as earned them many award nominations and wins,...
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Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson , the youngest of the Jackson family, started singing and acting at age 7. After numerous TV roles, she put out her first album in 1982, and hit real musical success in 1986 with the release of Control . Ms. Jackson went on to win Grammy awards for not only songs, but also music...
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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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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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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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Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown found fame as part of the group New Edition, and found breakout success after he released his second solo album Don’t Be Cruel , which launched the singles "My Prerogative" and "Every Little Step." While his follow up albums were good, none matched the success of Don’t Be Cruel . Brown’...
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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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