Posts Tagged ‘Black Rappers’
Born As: Aliaune Badara Akon Thiam
Birth date/place: April 16, 1977 in St. Louis, MO
Claim to Fame: The release of his first solo “Locked Up”
Akon first became known when he released his single “Locked Up.” This came on his debut album, Trouble. He hasn’t stoped since. He won a Grammy Award nomination with his single “Smack That”. Akon keeps busy with over 30 Billboard Hot 100 songs. He is the first solo artist to hold the number one and number two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice. Akon also has two record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution.
Born As: Alvin Nathaniel Joiner
Birthdate/ place: September 18, 1974 in Detroit, MI
Claim to Fame: His single “X” from his album Restless
Since his debut album At the Speed of Life released in 1996, Xzibit has released a new album every two years. His long list of film roles and TV appearances includes: “Jamal” in The Breaks, “Mike” in 8 Mile, “Dwayne ’10 Large’ Jackman” in CSI: Miami, Agent Mosley Drummy” in the X-Files: I Want to Believe and “Danny” in Fact & Furious.
Born As: Tyrese Darnell Gibson
Birth date/place: December 30, 1978 in Watts, Los Angeles, Ca
Handsome and versatile, Tyrese is a singer-songwrite, rapper, screen writer, producer and former model. His screen debut was in the role of “Joseph ‘Jody’ Summers in the 2001 film Baby Boy and his debut album, Tyrese was released in 1998 and went platinum in March of 1999. His next two albums, 2000 Watts
and I Wanna Go There went Gold.
Tyrese has appeared in several films since his debut film. He was “USAF Tech Sergeant Epps: in Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Name: Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em
Born As: DeAndre Ramone Way
Birth date/ Place: July 28, 1990 in Chicago, IL
Soulja Boy’s smash hit Crank That (Soulja Boy) was self-published on the Internet. It became a #1 hit in the U.S. In March, 2007 he recorded his hit song and released his first independent album Unsigned & Still Major: Da Album Before da Album. Crank That appeared on the HBO series Entourage which caused it to rise to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot RingMasters. Soulja Boy’s major label debut was the album Souljaboytellem.com.
Although his music has been banned from some school dances due to sexual, violent content, Soulja Boy maintain that his goal is to make “upbeat, party-themed music that avoids the negative, violent image that he sees in most hip-hop”.
Born As: Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones
Birth date/place: September 14, 1973 in Queensbridge, New York City
Claim to Fame: Debut album, IIImatic
Nas’ debut album, IIImatic, released in 1994, was acclaimed a bestseller and became a classic. His second album, It Was Written was released in the summer of 1996. Two of the singles from the album, “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)” and became immediate hits. Nas released seven more solo albums from 1999-2008 and four compilation albums from 1997-2007. The studio album, Distant Relatives, was recorded with reggae artist Damian Marley and is scheduled to be released in June of 2009.
Name: The Game
Norn As: Jayceon Terrell Taylor
Birth date/ place: November 29, 1979 in Los Angeles, CA
The Game’s major label album debut was The Documentary. Two hit songs came from the album. One was “How We Do”, and the second, “Hate It or Love It” received two Grammy nominations. The album hit number one on the Billboard 200 and was 2005s best- selling album in the U.S. His second album, Doctor’s Advocate, also debuted as number one and sold more than 358,000 in its first week. The Game claimed his third album, LAX, would be his last. However, he has recorded another album, The Red Album, to be released in late 2009.
The Game has done the voice of “B Dup” in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and himself in another video game, Def Jam: Icon. Although his acting career is limited he has the starring role of “G” in the 2008 movie Belly 2: Millionaire Boyz Club.
Name: Kanye West
Born As: Kanye Omari West
Birth date/place: June 8, 1977 in Chicago. IL
Claim to Fame: His multiplatinum debut album, College Dropout which was
nominated for 10 Grammy Awards.
Producer, rapper, musician and singer, West began his career in 2000 with his hugely successful debut album, College Dropout. He came out with his second album Late Registration in 2005, his third album Graduation in 2007, and his fourth album 808s & Heartbreak in 2008. His first three albums have received numerous awards, and critical acclaim. 808s & Heartbreak made his third consecutive #1 album in the U.S..
Name: 50 Cent
Born As: Curtis James Jackson III
Birth date/place: July 6, 1975 Queens, NY
Claim to Fame: For 2003 album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and 2005s The Massacre
Going from drug dealing at age 12 to a #1 rank on the Forbes.com Hip-Hop Cash Kings in 2008, 50 Cent has led a very diverse life. He adopted the name “50 Cent” symbol for “change”.
His albums under the Interscope label, Get Rich or Die Trying and The Massacre, together, sold over twenty-one million copies taking them to multi-platinum success. In 2003 Interscope allowed 50 Cent to have his own label, G-Unit Records.
Although 50 Cent’s rap career has been tremendously successful his personal life has been filled with violence and tragedy. His mother was murdered when he was 8 years old. He was shot nine time in 2000, allegedly, by Darryl Baum a bodyguard to Mike Tyson. He has been in many feuds over the years with other rappers.
50 Cent portrayed himself in the 2003 documentary 50 Cent: The New Breed and starred in the film version of Get Rich or Die Tryin’ a loosely based, semi-autobiographical film account of his life.
Born As: Cornell Haynes, Jr
Birth date/place: November 2, 1974 in St. Louis, MO
Nelly’s major debut album, Country Grammar, released in 2000, has sold over 9 million copies in the U. S. His next release, Nellyville, debuted number 1 on Billboard charts and remained in that spot for 4 weeks. It was nominated for a Grammy as “Album of the Year” in 2003. In 2004, Nelly released two albums, Sweat and Suit, later combining hits from both albums into one CD.
Brass Knuckles, released in 2008 is the first of Nelly’s albums not to be certified platinum.In addition to his 5 studio albums, he produced a remix album of all his hits. The album is titled: Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention and was released in 2003 and a 2009 compilation album, The Best of Nelly. His film credits include his film debut in 2001 in the film Snipes and in the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard starring Adam Sandleras “Paul Crewe” and Chris Rock as “Crewes cell neighbor “Caretaker”. The original film debuted in 1974 and starred Burt Reynolds as “Crewes and James Hampton as “Caretaker”. Reynolds played conman “Nate Scarborough” in the 2005 film.