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Krayzie Bone is an American rapper and is a former member of the rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Krayzie Bone recorded his solo debut, Thug Mentality 1999, in 1998. The album was released as a double disc set, featuring a large selection of guest appearances, including Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, The Marley Brothers, Mariah Carey, Big Pun, Three 6 Mafia, E-40, 8 Ball & MJG, Kurupt, Naughty By Nature and Snoop Dogg. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA.
In 2001, Krayzie released Thug On Da Line. The album didn't do as well as his previous release, and was criticized for its frequent guest appearances from fellow Thugline members by a few hardcore fans. However his album received plenty of positive reviews from music critics and went gold. Amazon.com went as far as labeling it one of the best albums of 2001.
In 2006 Krayzie Bone was featured in a song "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire. "Ridin'" was awarded "Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group" at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. It was also nominated for Best Rap Song. It became number one in December on the Piczo Chart 3 months after its physical release. The song also topped the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart when it was released there.
The song ranked #3 on Rolling Stone's "100 Best Songs of 2006" and #91 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop". It was the best selling ringtone in 2006, with 3.2 million sales, certified by the RIAA as the first multi-platinum Mastertone artist in history. It was also awarded the last Best Rap Video at the MTV Video Music Awards, which was awarded in 2006.
Torae is an American rapper from the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, New York.
Torae gained recognition by collaborating with DJ Premier and Marco Polo. He and Polo went on to receive critical acclaim for their collaborative LP entitled Double Barrel. In 2007, Hip Hop DX featured him in their DXNext underground Hip Hop series. In the same year, he was named Chairman's Choice in XXL. In addition to Polo and Premier, Torae has worked with producers Eric G., Black Milk, and Khrysis. Torae has collaborated frequently with fellow Brooklyn MCs Skyzoo and Sha Stimuli. He has also worked with Tash of The Alkaholiks, Teflon, Chaundon, Sean Price, Masta Ace, Wale (rapper), Nefew and Talib Kweli.
He released his first studio album, For The Record, produced by 9th Wonder and DJ Premier, on November 8, 2011.
Skyzoo (born Gregory Skyler Taylor, December 24, 1982, Crown Heights, Brooklyn) is a New York hip hop emcee. Born Gregory Skyler Taylor in 1982 in Crown Heights, he grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant. He was nicknamed Skyzoo by his parents after the Skyy disco song (his middle name is Skyler). He began rapping at the age of nine and went on to work with producers Jay Dee and 9th Wonder, releasing several mixtapes in the hope of securing a record deal. He lost to Jin on BET's 106 & Park freestyle contest, but went on to have tracks used as both the theme to ESPN's Whiplash TV and the soundtrack to a Guinness advert, and set up his own Custom Made Entertainment company. He has also had a long association with North Carolina rap crew the Justus League, whom he was introduced to via his friend Chaundon, and who he describes as his "second family". Jay Dee's death in 2006 prompted Skyzoo to pay tribute with the song "Sky's Last Donut". He worked with 9th Wonder on his debut album, Present Cloud 9: The 3 Day High, which reportedly took only three days to record. He also contributed to three tracks on the Hall of Justus album Soldiers of Fortune.
He released the critically acclaimed Corner Store Classic mixtape in 2007, and released a remixed version, including some new material, as a digital download album in 2008. Corner Store Classic was rated 'XL' (4/5) by XXL Magazine. In 2007, he stated that he had a second album ready, called The Salvation, but was waiting for a major record deal before releasing it. It was released in September 2009 courtesy Duck Down Records.
Ruste Juxx is the latest of the talented MC's to come out of the Duck Down Records Camp. Hailing from Brooklyn (Bucktown USA) Ruste Juxx first appeared on the scene making guest appearances on Heltah Skeltah's Magnum Force (1998) as he kicked verses on two of Heltah Skeltah's songs and immediately created an underground buzz. A "battle" rapper by nature, Ruste mixes fluid flows with clear precise lyrics.
Joshua Hood, better known as J-Hood is a rapper formerly of D-Block, but now of On Da Grind Ent. and Koch Records. He is known for his diss record against Mims, "One Hit Wonderman." After signing with D-Block Records in 2001, J-Hood was featured on various songs by D-Block and was on different Ruff Ryders' songs. They would give J-Hood a distribution deal with Universal Records. Despite this, J-Hood still found himself releasing mixtapes instead of studio albums as they saw various pushbacks during his tenure at D-Block/Universal. In the month October during 2007, J-Hood asked to be released from D-Block Records, saying he wanted to do something for himself. He quickly founded his own label, On Da Grind Ent., and secured a distribution deal with Koch Records. He would then announce plans to release his debut album, The Rebirth, through On Da Grind and Koch. The album featured one single, "One Hit Wonderman." The song is noted because it is a blatant diss to fellow New York emcee, Mims. On the song he criticizes Mims for "Like This" not being as big as "This Is Why I'm Hot," and for Mims only making commercial music. J-Hood would go on a United Kingdom tour to promote the album throughout the late summer and fall of 2007, and finally released his debut album on November 6, 2007. The album has gained him comparisons to his mentor, DMX, and some critics say that J-Hood could be the future of hip hop. His album was noted because it featured no guest appearances and disses to D-Block. The album was praised for its hardcore lyrics, but panned for its mediocre production. The Rebirth did not see much commercial success. A month after his debut release, Koch Records convinced J-Hood to release another album due to him recording so much music. On December 4, 2007, J-Hood released his second album, The Hood Is Back. His second album featured two singles, "Put Ya Hands Up," and "Ooh Baby." Since forming an alliance with 50 Cent and G-Unit, J-Hood has moved his On Da Grind camp to an exclusive deal with Interscope Records. His third album will be released in August 2008, it is currently untitled, but will feature production from Sha Money XL, Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Akon, Cool & Dre, among others.
better known by his stage name Ace Hood, is an American rapper. He is signed to DJ Khaled's label We the Best Music Group and Def Jam Recordings. His song "Top of the World" was also featured in the basketball simulation game, NBA 2K10. Ace Hood was born in Port St. Lucie, Florida, on May 11, 1988 and was raised by his mother and younger cousin Ty Barton, Jr. in Deerfield Beach, part of Broward County. He attended Deerfield Beach High School. Following a football injury in the 10th grade, and after realizing he wouldn't be able to go pro, the Broward County native began to seriously consider rapping as a career. So Hood teamed up with a local group called Dollaz & Dealz and released a single titled "M.O.E." in 2006. He also began promoting himself via open mic events and talent shows around town.
Bruce Falson, better known by his stage name Blood Raw, is an American rapper from Panama City, Florida. He was also part of the rap-group U.S.D.A., before he left Corporate Thugz Entertainment in 2010.
His debut album, My Life: The True Testimony, peaked at number five on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, also reaching number 29 on the Billboard 200.
Rashad & Confidence
After putting out Beneficence's critically acclaimed "Sidewalk Science" album earlier this year, Ill Adrenaline Records is back to hit the hip-hop world with another throwback-sounding and classic release.
Rashad & Confidence, two longtime students of the game, finally drop their long-awaited debut album "The Element of Surprise". This up-and-coming MC/producer duo, hailing from Brooklyn and Philly, merged to create a record with a timeless sound reminiscent of hip-hop's golden era but with a fresh, updated feel. With no guest appearances or other producers involved, Rashad & Confidence embody the sound real hip-hop heads yearn to hear, going back to the times of Gang Starr and Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth.
The soulful hitting and sample-based boom bap beats courtesy of Confidence capture the pure essence of classic hip-hop production while Rashad's deep and conscious lyrics slice through each track with topics ranging from various life issues to relationships or just raw lyrical display.
Keno MC (Orleans, France)
Des influences qui en disent long sur la musique de Keno MC : sincère, authentique et ambitieuse :
Influencé par des rappeurs comme Saigon, Termanology, Styles P ou Skyzoo, Keno retrouve dans leur musique cette énergie d’entreprise, de sincérité et de travail bien fait. Rappeur depuis ses débuts, Keno MC est aussi passé par la production instrumentale, l’animation de shows radio et l’organisation d’évènements. Des étapes qui sont à l’origine de son style : rien que la vérité, sur fond de punchlines et métaphores. Une chose est sûre, le rap de Keno MC a sa propre identité.
Spontané, original et professionnel, il représente la nouvelle génération de rappeurs :
Aujourd’hui, Keno MC représente cette nouvelle génération de rappeurs qui donnent de l’importance au flow, à l’image véhiculée, mais aussi au message et à la gestion du business sur tous les fronts. Il vit le rap avec ses tripes, comme un œil sur la vie, comme une porte ouverte sur la réussite, et réconcilie l’authenticité artistique avec la société de consommation qui l’inspire.
Big Kuntry King
Sean Marrett also known as Big Kuntry King is an American southern rapper from Atlanta, Georgia who's signed to Grand Hustle Records. He is also a member of P$C, Pimp Squad Click a rap group. A protégé of T.I. and a member of the crew PSC, Atlanta rapper Big Kuntry King began his quest for hip-hop stardom by selling mixtapes out of the trunk of his car. After a guest spot on T.I.'s 2001 album, I'm Serious, King made numerous other guest appearances before joining PC for the album 25 to Life, released in 2005. In 2008 he began his solo career with the album My Turn to Eat, released by the major-label affiliate Atlantic. His debut album My Turn to Eat was released September 30, 2008.
David Darnell Brown (born March 15, 1981), also known as Young Buck, is an American Southern rapper. Buck is a former member of the New York City Hip-Hop group G-Unit, also a former artist of G-Unit Records as of Nov 26, 2011. He currently resides as president of his own record label "Cashville Records."
Chaundon is an American hip hop artist from, South Bronx, New York City, who is part of Little Brother's Justus League collective. In 2008 he released his debut album "Carnage" and since has become an internet sensation with his website (chaundon.com) and his independent music show (The IMO Show), as well as his internet blog show "Nignorance". Chaundon released his 2nd album "No Excuses" on October 26, 2010.
Cameron Jibril Thomaz (born September 8, 1987), better known by the stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper. He released his debut album, Show and Prove, in 2006, and signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2007. His eurodance-influenced single, "Say Yeah", received urban radio airplay, charting on the Rhythmic Top 40 and Hot Rap Tracks charts in 2008. Khalifa parted with Warner Bros. and released his second album, Deal or No Deal, in November 2009. He released the mixtape Kush and Orange Juice as a free download in April 2010; he then signed with Atlantic Records. He is also well known for his debut single for Atlantic, "Black and Yellow", which peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. His debut album for the label, Rolling Papers, was released on March 29, 2011.
Evidence (born December 10, 1976 in Los Angeles, California), is an American hip hop artist, producer, and member of the rap group Dilated Peoples. Evidence is a native of Venice, Los Angeles and was born to an Italian father and a Russian-American mother. Before becoming a rapper and producer, Evidence was a graffiti artist.
With production from The Alchemist, Sid Roams (producers Joey Chavez and Travis "Bravo" Graham), Jake One, DJ Babu, DJ Khalil, Slug (rapper), and Evidence himself, the album The Weatherman LP was released March 20, 2007.On July 17, 2009 it was announced that Evidence has signed a deal with Minneapolis based hip-hop label Rhymesayers Entertainment with a YouTube video showing Evidence signing the contract to release his new album Cats & Dogs, which was released in 2011.
Evidence's second studio album Cats & Dogs was released on September 27, 2011. The album charted at number 64 on the Billboard 200, making it Evidence's first album to appear on the chart. An album sampler mixed by DJ Babu has been released as well. The album won 2011 HHUG Best Album of the Year award.In an emotional interview on Conspiracy Worldwide Radio, Evidence discussed his 2011 projects, including the status of Dilated Peoples, a future DJ Premier collaboration and citing the problems he had with the internet releasing his music before he does.