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Eminem – Jay-Z – The Notorious Big – 2Pac – 50 cent – Snoop Dogg –

Top 10 best rappers


Levi Van Den Houte

Foreword Since the birth of hip-hop, male rappers have been bringing their unique viewpoint to the art of rhyme. Today, we're shining some long overdue light on their important contributions to rap. We're proud to present our list of the 10 finest male rappers, from the smoking-hot hard bodies to the true lyrical innovators.


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EMINEM


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1 EMINEM Background information Birth name

Marshall Bruce Mathers III

Also known as

Eminem, slim shady

Born

October 17, 1972 (Age 40)

Origine

Detroit, Michigan, United States

Genres

Hip hop

Occupations

Rapper, record producer, songwriter, actor

Years active

1992-present

Labels

Shady, Aftermath, Interscope (current)

Website

Eminem.com

Introduction Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known by his stage name Eminem and by his alter ego Slim Shady, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter and actor. In addition to his solo career, Eminem is a member of his group D12, as well as one half of the hip hop duo Bad Meets Evil, alongside Royce da 5'9". Eminem is one of the world's best-selling music artists and is the best-selling artist of the 2000s. He has been listed and ranked as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines, including Rolling Stone magazine which ranked him 82nd on its list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The same magazine declared him The King of Hip Hop. Including his work with D12 and Bad Meets Evil, Eminem has achieved ten number-one albums on the Billboard 200. As a solo artist, he has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. In the United States, he has sold 49 million albums and 42 million tracks. After releasing his independent debut album Infinite in 1996, Eminem rose to mainstream popularity in 1999 with the release of his major-label debut album The Slim Shady LP. This was followed by another studio release in 2004 titled Encore. Eminem then went on hiatus after touring in 2005. He released his first album in five years titled Relapse, on May 15, 2009. In 2010, Eminem released his seventh studio album Recovery. Recovery was an international success and was named the bestselling album of 2010 worldwide, joining The Eminem Show, which was the best seller of 2002. Eminem won Grammy Awards for both Relapse and Recovery, giving him a total of 13 Grammys in his career, making up its best-selling rap album artist of all-time. Eminem is


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currently working on his eighth studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 set to be released on November 5, 2013.

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Personal life Family Eminem has been the subject of much scrutiny, both as a rapper and in his personal life. He was married twice to Scott, whom he met in high school. He first met Kimberly she was 13 while he was standing on a table with his shirt J's "I'm Bad. Kimberly had run away from her home as a teenager, along They moved in with Marshall and his mother when he was Marshall began their on-and-off relationship in 1989, and 1999. In 2000, they filed for divorce shortly after Kim's second conviction. The couple first divorced in 2001 but remarried Their second divorce was finalized in December of the same agreeing to share custody of their daughter, Hailie Jade December 25, 1995).

Kimberly Anne when he was 15 and off rapping LL Cool with her sister Dawn. 15. Kim and were married in

drunk driving in January 2006. year, with the couple Scott (born

In early 2010, Mathers responded publicly to tabloid reports of his pending reunion with Kim with a firm denial. Eminem has adopted two other daughters: Alaina "Lainie" Mathers, the child of Kimberley Scott's sister, who has been referenced by name in some songs including "Mockingbird", "Airplanes Part II" and "Going Through Changes"; and Whitney, Scott's child from a previous relationship. Whitney is mentioned in the song "Deja Vu" as well as "Going Through Changes". Mathers is also the legal guardian of his younger half-brother, Nathan who has been mentioned in "Cleanin' Out My Closet" and "My Mom".


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Proof’s death On April 11, 2006, Eminem’s best friend and fellow D12 member, Proof1, was killed by gunshot wounds to the head and chest at the CCC Club by club bouncer Mario Etheridge on 8 Mile Road in Detroit, Michigan after fatally shooting Keith Bender, Jr. On April 19, 2006, Eminem, D12, 50 Cent, and thousands of others attended Proof's funeral at The Fellowship Chapel, Detroit. Eminem made two songs about Proof's death on his album Recovery titled "Going Through Changes" and "You're Never Over", and mentions him in songs on Relapse and Recovery ("Deja Vu", "Beautiful", and "Cinderella Man").

Other ventures D-12 •,

an initialism for The Dirty Dozen 2, is an American hip hop group from Detroit, Michigan. D12 has had chart-topping albums in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. D12 was formed in 1996, and achieved mainstream success after Eminem rose to international fame. D12 released the album Devil's Night in 2001 and D12 World in 2004, spawning numerous hits such as "Fight Music", "Purple Pills", "My Band", "How Come" and "Shit on You" throughout that period. Since 2006, Eminem's hiatus and the death of the member Proof resulted in them being less active in subsequent years.

Acting career 8 8 Mile is a 2002 American hiphop drama film written by Scott Silver, directed by Curtis Hanson, and starring Eminem, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy,Taryn Manning, and Kim Basinger. 1 DeShaun Dupree Holton: October 2, 1973 – April 11, 2006 2 Eminem, Proof, Mr.Porter, bizarre, swifty, kuniva

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The film is an account of a young white rapper named Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. (Eminem) living in inner city Detroit, Michigan set in 1995, and his attempt to launch a rap career in a genre dominated by African Americans. Filmed mostly on location in Detroit and its surrounding areas, the film was a critical and financial success. Eminem won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Lose Yourself," the song which was iconic to this film.

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JAY-Z


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Jay-Z Background information Birth name

Shawn Corey Carter

Also known as

Jay-Z

Born

December 4, 1969 (age 43)

Origin

Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.

Genres

Hip hop

Occupations

Rapper, record producer, entrepreneur

Years active

1988-present

Labels

Def Jam, Roc-A-Fella

Website

Lifeandtimes.com

Introduction Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), known by his stage name JayZ (sometimes styled JAY Z), is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is one of the most financially successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs in America. In 2012, Forbes estimated Carter's net worth at nearly $500 million. He has sold approximately 50 million albums worldwide, while receiving 17 Grammy Awards for his musical work, and numerous additional nominations. Consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers of all time, he was ranked number one by MTV in their list of The Greatest MCs of All-Time in 2006. Three of his albums, Reasonable Doubt (1996), The Blueprint (2001), and The Black Album (2003), are considered landmarks in the genre with all of them featured in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. As an entrepreneur and investor, Jay-Z co-owns the 40/40 Club, and is the cocreator of the clothing line Rocawear. He is the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, and the founder of Roc Nation. He also founded the sports agency Roc Nation Sports and is a certified NBA and MLB sports agent. As an artist, he holds the record for most number one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200 with 13. Jay-Z also has had four number ones on the Billboard Hot 100, one as lead artist. On December 11, 2009, Jay-Z was


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ranked as the tenth-most successful artist of the 2000s by Billboard as well as the fifth top solo male artist and fourth top rapper behind Eminem, Nelly, and 50 Cent. He was also ranked the 88th greatest artist of all time by Rolling Stone. Jay-Z married American R&B singer BeyoncĂŠ Knowles in 2008. They have a daughter named Blue Ivy Carter, born January 7, 2012.

Early life Shawn Carter is originally from Marcy Houses, a housing project in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. He and his three siblings were raised by their mother, Gloria Carter, after their father abandoned the family. He claims in his lyrics that in 1982, at the age of 12, he shot his older brother in the shoulder for stealing his jewelry. Carter attended Eli Whitney High School in Brooklyn, along with future 2 1 rapper AZ, until it was closed down. After that he attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in Downtown Brooklyn, with fellow future rappers The Notorious B.I.G.(1) and Busta Rhymes(2), and Trenton Central High School in Trenton, New Jersey, but did not graduate. In his music he refers to having been involved in selling crack cocaine. He has also said he had been shot at three times during this time in his life.

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THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. The Notorious B.I.G. Background information Birth name

Christopher George Latore Wallace

Also known as

Biggie Smalls, Biggie, B.I.G. , Big Poppa, Frank White

Born

May 21, 1972 New York City, New York, U.S.

Died

March 9, 1997 (aged 24) Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Genres

Hip hop

Occupations

Rapper

Years active

1992-1997

Labels

Uptown Records, Bad Boy

Website

www.myspace.com/notoriousbig

Introduction Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), best known as The Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls, was an American rapper. Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. When he released his debut album Ready to Die in 1994, he became a central figure in the East Coast hip hop scene and increased New York's visibility in the genre at a time when West Coast hip hop was dominant in the mainstream. The


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following year, Wallace led his childhood friends to chart success through his protĂŠgĂŠ group, Junior M.A.F.I.A. While recording his second album, Wallace was heavily involved in the growing East Coast/West Coast hip hop feud. On March 9, 1997, Wallace was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. His double-disc set Life After Death, released 16 days later, rose to No. 1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified Diamond in 2000, one of the few hip hop albums to receive this certification. Wallace was noted for his "loose, easy flow", dark semi-autobiographical lyrics and storytelling abilities. Two more albums have been released since his death. He has certified sales of 17 million units in the United States.


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Early life orn in St. Mary's Hospital on May 21, 1972, Wallace grew up in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, New York City on 226 St. James Place near the border of Bedford-Stuyvesant. He was the only child of Voletta Wallace, a Jamaican preschool teacher, and George Latore, a welder and smalltime Jamaican politician. His father left the family when Wallace was two years old, and his mother worked two jobs while raising him. At the Queen of All Saints Middle School, Wallace excelled in class, winning several awards as an English student. He was nicknamed "Big" because of his overweight size by age 10. At the age of 12, he began selling illegal drugs. His mother, often away at work, did not know of her son's drug sales until Wallace was an adult.

Wallace began rapping when he was a teenager. He entertained people on the streets and performed with local groups the Old Gold Brothers and the Techniques. After being released from jail, Wallace made a demo tape under the name Biggie Smalls, a reference to a character in the 1975 film Let's Do It Again as well as his stature; he stood at 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) and weighed as much as 300 to 380 pounds (140– 170 kg) according to differing accounts. The tape was reportedly made with no serious intent of getting a recording deal, but was promoted by New York-based DJ Mister Cee, who had previously worked with Big Daddy Kane, and was heard by the editor of The Source. In 1993, Wallace gained exposure on a remix to Mary J. Blige's single "Real Love", under the pseudonym The Notorious B.I.G.

He recorded under this name for the remainder of his career, after finding the original moniker "Biggie Smalls" was already in use. "Real Love" peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was followed by a remix of Blige's "What's the 411?". He continued this success, to a lesser extent, on remixes with Neneh Cherry ("Buddy X") and reggae artist Super Cat ("Dolly My Baby", also featuring Combs) in 1993. In April 1993, his solo track, "Party and Bullshit", appeared on the Who's the Man? soundtrack. In July 1994, he appeared alongside LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes on a remix to label mate Craig Mack's "Flava in Ya Ear", reaching No. 9 on the Hot 100.


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2Pac


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2Pac Background information

2PAC Statue Georgia USA


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Introduction Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1997 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli, was an American rapper and actor.

Shakur has sold over 75 million albums worldwide as of 2010, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. MTV ranked him at number two on their list of The Greatest MCs of All Time and Rolling Stone named him the 86th Greatest Artist of All Time. His double disc album All Eyez on Me is one of the bestselling hip hop albums of all time. Shakur began his career as a roadie, backup dancer, and MC for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground, eventually branching off as a solo artist. The themes of most of Shakur's songs revolved around the violence and hardship in inner cities, racism and other social problems. Both of his parents and several other of his family were members of the Black Panther Party, whose ideals were reflected in his songs. During the

latter part of his career,

Shakur was

a vocal participant in the

so-

called East Coast–West

Coast hip hop

rivalry, becoming involved

in conflicts with other rappers, producers and record-label staff members, most notably The Notorious B.I.G. and his label Bad Boy Records. On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was taken to the Southern Nevada University Medical Center, where he died six days later. Album


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2Pac hologram live performance


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Dr. Dre


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Dr. Dre Background information 

Birth name:

→ Andre Romelle Young

Born:

→ February 18, 1965 (age 48) → Compton, California, U.S.

Origin:

→ Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Occupations:

→ Record producer, rapper, entrepreneur

Years active:

→ 1984 - present

Labels:

→ Aftermath, Interscope

Website:

→ Drdre.com

Introduction Andre Romelle Young (born February 18, 1965), known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American record producer, rapper and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. Dre was previously the co-owner and artist of Death Row Records. He has produced albums for and overseen the careers of many rappers, including Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Xzibit, 50 Cent, The Game and more recently Kendrick Lamar. He is credited as a key figure in the popularization of West Coast G-funk, a style of rap music characterized as synthesizer-based with slow, heavy beats. In 2011, Dr. Dre was ranked as the third richest figure in the American hip hop scene by Forbes with a net worth of $250 million. Dre began his career as a member of the World Class Wreckin' Cru and later found fame with the influential gangsta rap group N.W.A with Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella, which popularized the use of explicit lyrics in rap to detail the violence of street life. His 1992 solo debut The Chronic, released under Death Row Records, led him to become one of the bestselling American performing artists of 1993 and to win a Grammy Award for the single "Let Me Ride". That same year he produced Death Row label mate Snoop Dogg's quadruple platinum debut Doggystyle. In 1996, he left Death Row to establish his own label, Aftermath Entertainment. He produced a compilation album titled Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath in 1996, and released a solo album titled 2001 in 1999, for which he won the Grammy producer's award. During the 2000s, he focused on production for other artists, while occasionally contributing vocals to songs. Dr. Dre signed Eminem and 50 Cent to his record label in 1998 and 2003 respectively, while contributing production on their albums. Dr. Dre has also had acting roles in movies such as Set It Off, The Wash and Training Day. Rolling Stone ranked Dre at 56 on their list of "100 Greatest Artists of All-Time".


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Discovered artist by Dr. Dre Snoop Dogg

50 Cent

Eminem

Game

Xzibit

Kendrick Lamar


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50 Cent


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50 Cent Background information 1) Birth name  Curtis James Jackson III 2) Born •

July 6, 1975 (age 38)

3) Origin South Jamaica, Queens, New York, U.S.

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4) Occupations 

Rapper, actor, entrepreneur, investor

5) Years active •

1996 - present

6) Labels o

Aftermath, Shady, G-Unit, Interscope

7) Website 

50cent.com

Introduction Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, investor, and actor. He rose to fame with the release of his albums Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003) and The Massacre (2005). His album Get Rich or Die Tryin' has been certified eight times platinum by the RIAA.


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Snoop Dogg


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Snoop Dogg Background information Birth name

Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.

Also known as

Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoop Lion

Born

October 20, 1971 (Age 41)

Origin

Eastside, Long Beach, California, U.S.

Genres

Hip hop, g-funk, reggae

Occupations

Rapper, singer-songwriter, actor

Years active

1992-present

Labels

Death Row Records

Website

snooplion.com

Introduction

Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. (born October 20, 1971), known by his stage names Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoop Dogg, and more recently Snoop Lion, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, and actor. Snoop has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. His music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre. He collaborated on Dre's solo debut The Chronic, and on the theme song to the feature film Deep Cover. Snoop's debut album, Doggystyle, was released in 1993 under Death Row Records, debuting at No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. 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 "What's My Name" and "Gin & Juice". In 1994, Snoop released a soundtrack on Death Row Records for the short film ‘Murder Was The Case’, starring himself. His second album Tha Doggfather (1996), also debuted at No. 1 on both charts with "Snoop's Upside Ya Head" as the lead single. The album was certified double platinum in 1997.


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The Game The game Introduction Jayceon Terrell Taylor (born November 29, 1979), better known by his stage name The Game or simply Game, is an American rapper and actor. Game is best known as a rapper in the West Coast hip hop scene, and for being one of Dr. Dre's most notable protĂŠgĂŠs. Born in Los Angeles, California, he released his first mix tape You Know What It Is Vol. 1 in 2002, and landed a record deal with the independent label Get Low Recordz owned by JT the Bigga Figga. Game's mix tape reached the hands of Sean Combs, founder of Bad Boy Records, who originally was on the verge of signing him to his label. Five months later, he was discovered by Dr. Dre who listened to the mix tape and signed him to his Aftermath Entertainment label in 2003. He rose to fame in 2005 with the success of his debut album "The Documentary" (2005) and "Doctor's Advocate" (2006). The Recording Industry Association of America certified his album "The Documentary" double platinum in March 2005 and it has sold over five million copies worldwide.


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Background information

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Birth Name: ........................................Jaceon Terrell Taylor

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Born:............................................... November 29, 1979 (age 33)

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Origin: ...............................................Compton, California, U.S.

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Occupations: ..............................................Rapper, actor

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Years active: ..............................................2002 - present

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Labels: ................................................. Aftermath, Interscope


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Albums The Documentary

Doctor’s Advocate

LAX

Jezus Piece

The R.E. D. Albu m


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Kanye West


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