Gained fame as a cast member on the reality series Love & Hip Hop: New York. She is a hip hop recording artist known for singles such as "Bodak Yellow" and "Foreva." Also a social media star, she has earned more than 29 million Instagram followers on her iamcardib account.
XXXTentacion was an American rapper known for his raw and daring style of music. He was musically inclined from childhood, but disliked following notes and patterns. As a child, he was influenced by the works of rappers such as Tupac Shakur and bands like Papa Roach. XXXTentacion gained popularity by releasing snippets and full versions of his songs on SoundCloud. He had worked in collaboration with rapper Ski Mask the Slump Rap and released several albums through their music group ˜Members Only'. His style of music did not follow any beat or notes and was known to be aggressive with a heavy mix of distorted beats. He adopted the name ˜XXXTentacion' that stands for ˜Unknown Temptation'.
Nicki Minaj is a popular rap artist in the US who shot to fame within a short span of time. The talented vocalist and songwriter has established herself as an award-winning singer, rapper, hip-hop artist, television host, and icon of female empowerment. Her unique voice (which often makes use of various accents), and vigorous, fast-flow rap style have made her popular both as a solo artist and as a featured cameo voice on other albums. In addition to her music, Minaj is also widely known for bold, loud fashion statements, including brightly colored makeup, outrageous hair styles, and unconventional costumes. She has overcome many obstacles along her path to stardom, having been born outside the United States, moving with her family to New York at a young age, enduring an abusive and drug-addicted father, and paying her dues by working several odd jobs before finally finding recognition as a major artist. While her hasty temper has caused friction and drama with other celebrities (including Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey), fans love her fierce, in-your-face persona. In less than ten years, she has gone from a social media hopeful to successful multi-media mogul, including multiple recording projects, TV hosting, and even a Super Bowl appearance. With no signs of slowing down, Nicki Minaj continues to wow audiences with her chart-topping numbers
Matthew David Morris, popularly known as MattyBRaps or simply MattyB, is a 14 years old American child artist. Most famous for his rapping skills, he is also a successful singer, songwriter, actor and dancer. He has an impressive online presence with large following on his YouTube channel, Facebook page, and Instagram and Twitter profiles. He has not only covered popular songs by famous artists like Willow Smith, Ke$ha, Rihanna and Justin Bieber, he has also released a number of original songs, complementing all his music releases with professional quality music videos. In 2014, he collaborated with James Maslow in his original song "Never Too Young" and with Maddi Jane in "Love Somebody". He has made guest appearances on a number of television shows including ˜The Wendy Williams Show', ˜Entertainment Tonight', ˜Today', <a title='Dr. Phil' href='/famous/dr-phil-mcgraw.htm'>Dr. Phil</a>', ˜The Queen Latifah Show' and ˜Dance Moms'. As an actor, he has worked on the reality TV series MattyB's World and many short films including Moment and Live for Today by MattyBraps. In 2013, Billboard ranked him 19th on their "21 Under 21" list.
Born Aubrey Drake Graham, he first gained fame for his role as basketball player Jimmy Brooks on the TV series Degrassi, then went on to become a rap phenomenon after his album Thank Me Later went platinum in 2010. His second album Take Care won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and was certified quadruple platinum.
Lil Pump is a famous American rapper and music producer who is best known for his hit single ˜Gucci Gang.' Born into a Mexican family in Miami, Florida, Lil Pump grew up in a troublesome neighborhood. Although he was academically good, he was more interested in rap music. He was inspired by Chie Keef and a few other rappers and started rapping freestyle at the age of 15. Soon, he embarked on a music career with his best friend, Smokepurpp. The producers decided that Lil would freestyle over a rap beat that Smokepurpp had produced. The track thus produced was titled ˜Lil Pump,' and it debuted in 2016 on ˜SoundCloud.' The early success led Lil and his friend to produce several more songs. Soon, they became internet sensations. He released the single ˜Gucci Gang' in August 2017. The song became his first mainstream commercial success. The self-titled album was released later that year and was a major success. Following this, he announced that his next album, ˜Harverd Dropout, was supposed to be released in 2018.
Eminem was born in Missouri, but his formative years were influenced by his life in the neighbourhood of Detroit. Having developed a passion for rapping, at a young age of fourteen, he began by attending local open-mic competitions with friends Mike Ruby and Proof. As he grew up, he formed a group of rappers called 'D12', which became quite popular with audiences. Soon, he caught the attention of famous record producer, Dr. Dre, and the two formed a long-lasting professional relationship. With Dre's assistance he released successful albums like 'The Slim Shady LP', and 'The Marshall Mathers LP'. His albums have all been roaring hits, making him one of the biggest sensations in the rap industry. Most of this rapper's songs are based on his personal struggles with his family members and in his career. This is considered by many as the USP of his albums, making them close to his fans' hearts. He has often run into trouble with lawmakers, sometimes due to violence, on other occasions because of substance abuse. However, what remains most controversial is the kind of lyrics he uses in his songs. He is known for his explicit use of words, often sending out aggressive signals. Yet, this famous rap artiste has managed to win the hearts of critics and followers alike, bagging fifteen 'Grammy Awards' for his songs
Kanye Omari West was raised in the middle-class background of the Chicago city by his highly educated mother Donda West. He had a knack for creativity and poetry from a very young age. He started rapping from the age of 7 and soon confessed to his mother that he wanted to take recording music more formally. When he was 20, he decided to drop out of college and pursue music professionally. His mother supported him in his endeavors. He started as a small time producer until he met Jay-Z and produced his ˜The Blueprint' for him. Since that time West started getting recognition and he worked with talented people like Ludacris, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, etc. But West's main aspiration was to become a rapper and it was not until the year 2002 that he was given his first opportunity to record his solo album. From then onwards there was no looking back fort West and he gave to the entertainment industry best hip-hop music in the form of ˜The College Dropout, ˜Late Registration', ˜Graduation', ˜My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy', etc. His music has always been appreciated by music critics for its innovation and the risk that West takes with its creativity. He has always been in the news, whether it is for the numerous awards he has won or for the controversies that he has caused over the years.
NBA YoungBoy is an American rapper who first came to limelight in 2016 as one of the promising stars of the current generation. Immensely talented, Gaulden took to rapping and recording early in his life. Inspired by local artist, he came up with his debut album in 2015, at the age of 16. He soon followed it with release of ˜Mind of a Menace' trilogy. Just when everything seemed to be perfectly in sync, destiny brought a major jolt in life as he was arrested on suspicion of first degree attempted murder and his surging career took a dip. However, not taking it slow, YoungBoy did not put a stop to his music career and instead got himself deeply involved in it. The uncertainty behind the future of his burgeoning career was overruled by the release of his hit singles while in prison. ˜Win or Lose' was a major hit and made him an overnight sensation. Some of his later hits include ˜Untouchables', ˜No Smoke' and ˜Outside Today', each of which charted at different positions on Billboard Hot 100.
Notable for his digitally released projects Hellboy and Live Forever, he was a rapper whose lyrics leaned toward the somber topics of depression and addiction. In 2016 he collaborated with Lil Tracy to form the GOTHBOICLIQUE.
Lil Uzi Vert is an American rapper and songwriter who is best known for his chart-bursting single ˜Bad and Boujee' that peaked at the number 1 position on the US Billboard Hot 100. Born as Symere Woods, Uzi's venture into rapping began when he was in high school. Inspired by one of his friends, he took up rapping and ever since then, has solidified his spot as a natural entertainer. Such has been his fan following that he was tagged by media houses as one of the names to watch out for in the upcoming years, in 2016. His signature rapid delivery has been long praised and admired. Also the fact that he draws inspiration from not just a single source makes his music different. Uzi's non conformity to Philadelphia's long-held reputation for shotgun-mouthed, battle-ready MCs is a major plus point for him. Unlike other rappers, Uzi's style is a mix of nasal vocal tone and melody. His rapping does not seem forced or the fact that he is trying to make a name for himself in a cypher by stuffing inordinate amount of syllables into a bar. Though Uzi's musical journey began early, he gained fame when he came up with his third mixtape ˜Luv Is Rage'. He followed its success with his later mixtapes ˜Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World' and ˜The Perfect Luv Tape' both of which were released in 2016. Currently, he is one of the singing talents to watch out for in the music industry.
Post Malone, born as Austin Richard Post, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, and record producer. One of the emerging new talents in the hip-hop industry, he is best known for his debut track "White Iverson", a song that peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was later certified quadruple platinum by RIAA. He is also known for his single "Rockstar" that rose to #1 on the same chart and cemented his position as an upcoming singing star. Born in Syracuse, New York, Malone began playing the guitar at the age of 14 and then went on to create his first mixtape titled ˜Young and After Them Riches' during his high school years. Since his breakthrough hit single, Malone has worked with many prominent rappers including Young Thug, Kanye West and 50 Cent. Malone's music has been referred to as a "melting pot of the grunge, country, R&B and hip-hop. The young singer cities Bob Dylan as his inspiration and calls him "a god" and "a genius" when it comes to music. He is a fan of former President John F. Kennedy and has even got a tattoo of him on one of his arms. According to Malone, Kennedy has been the only president to speak out against corruption.
Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., better known by his stage name Lil Wayne, is a famous American hip hop recording artist who has achieved several feats in the field including winning the prestigious Grammy Award. Starting off as a pro at the age of nine with ˜Cash Money Records', Wayne became part of the American teenage hip-hop duo, ˜The B.G.'z' along with rapper Lil' Doogie. After a couple of years, he joined American hip hop group ˜Hot Boys' along with Young Turk, Juvenile and Lil' Doogie, who is now known as B.G. Eventually, the group's fame zoomed with its single ˜Bling Bling' and platinum-selling album ˜Guerrilla Warfare'. He came out with his solo debut album during that time titled ˜Tha Block Is Hot' which received a platinum certification from ˜Recording Industry Association of America' (RIAA). This was followed by a series of other hit and popular albums by the hip hop sensation that not only earned him international fame but also cemented his position among the notable international hip hop artists. He became one of the all-time best selling music artists with a global sale of over 100 million records. His most remarkable and successful album ˜Tha Carter III' sold more than one million copies in the US in its first-week and won him the ˜Grammy Award' for ˜Best Rap Album'. Lil Wayne founded his own record label ˜Young Money Entertainment'.
Tupac Shakur, better known by his stage name 2Pac, was a highly successful rapper and actor known for his violent and shocking lyrics that earned him many fans as well as critics. Born into a family notorious for their brushes with law, he had no contact with his biological father until he was an adult. Violence was nothing new to the youngster whose mother was imprisoned while pregnant with him. It is no surprise that his music was replete with references to ghettos, street violence, sex, gangs and other social problems he faced while growing up. At the beginning of his career he worked for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground as a roadie and backup dancer. Eventually the talented young man released his solo debut ˜2Pacalypse Now' which generated considerable controversy due to the violent nature of its lyrics and became very popular primarily due to this very reason. Even though professionally he was becoming successful, his life became entangled in violence and he had frequent rifts with the police. In addition to his music career, he had also acted in some films. He was a voracious reader and a big fan of Shakespeare. His blooming career was cut short by his brutal death in a drive-by shooting.
Fetty Wap is an American singer and rapper who became a household name across the United States after the success of his hit single ˜Trap Queen'. The song went on to be played millions of times on the music sharing platform ˜SoundCloud'. He was really passionate about rapping and singing since a very young age. His single ˜Trap Queen' alone took Fetty Wap to great heights and earned him more than a dozen nominations, including the prestigious ˜Grammy'. He hasn't been in the music scene for too long, yet Fetty Wap's contribution to music has been recognized by the jury of several awards. He has also joined hands with several other musicians such as French Montana for a couple of mixtapes. He also worked on a single with the popular girl band ˜Fifth Harmony', a favourite among many teens. Recently, Fetty Wap claimed that a game dedicated to him would be released.
Lil Xan is the stage name of Diego Leanos, who is an American rapper, singer and songwriter of Mexican descent. He was born and raised in Redlands, California, US. Xan struggled with poverty in his childhood and later dropped out of high school. After remaining unemployed for a number of years, he earned money by cleaning streets, pedaling drugs etc. He tried to make a career in photography but after his camera was stolen, he turned to rapping. He released his songs on social platforms, such as ˜SoundCloud' and ˜YouTube' and soon earned a decent fan following. His track ˜Betrayed' became a huge success and he rose to prominence. He was addicted to the prescription drug ˜Xanax' for two years, and interestingly took on his professional name ˜Lil Xan' (derived from the drug name) during that period. After a number of health complications, he quit the addiction. Along with a number of tracks on ˜SoundCloud,' he has a mixtape ˜CITGO' and a studio album ˜Total Xanarchy' to his credit.
Calvin Broadus, famously known by his stage name ˜Snoop Dogg', is an American rapper and actor who became one of the best-known figures in gangsta rap during the 1990s. Although he has received much recognition as a singer, Snoop has also appeared in numerous films and television dramas throughout his career. Born in the United States, he enjoyed singing and rapping from a young age but was jailed several times as a teenager in cases of drug possession before he decided to pursue a career in hip-hop seriously. Eventually, his talent was spotted by the famed producer-rapper Dr. Dre, and Snoop's debut album ˜Doggystyle' was released which introduced him to the world of music. With singles such as Who Am I (What's My Name)? and Gin and Juice, he became famous for his laid-back rapping style and his name became synonymous with gangster rap of the 1990s. Over the years, he has continued his success with numerous hit albums such as ˜The Doggyfather', ˜No Limit Top Dogg', ˜R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece' and ˜Doggumentary'. In his illustrious career, Snoop has also appeared in numerous movies and has been a frequent guest on television shows. Throughout his life, he has also been accused of several criminal activities but was later acquitted of all the charges. An exemplary artist, his music and trouble with the law have kept him in the headlines ever since the beginning of his career
American rapper and entrepreneur, Shawn Corey Carter, better known by his stage name Jay-Z, is one of the biggest names in ˜Rap' and in the genre of hip-hop. He is not only one of the most successful rappers but also a successful entrepreneur, who owns an entertainment company named ˜Roc Nation'. His albums have approximately sold over 50 million copies globally and he has received a number of awards. Many of his albums have time and again charted popular countdowns including the famous ˜Billboard 200'. His large catalog of music speaks volumes about his hard-work and ruthless, aspiring quality. As an entrepreneur, he owns the 40/40 Club, Def Jam Records, Roc Nation Sports, Roc-A-Fella and he is also a qualified NBA sports representative. Recently, Jay-Z was ranked as one of the most successful artists of the millennium and was also placed next to the likes of iconic rappers including 50 Cent, Nelly and Eminem. Most of his works reflect bits and pieces of his troubled, drug-ridden childhood. Despite coming from a very run-of-the-mill background, Jay-Z is a millionaire artist today and continues to mesmerize fans with his enchanting records. Work aside, he has been extremely reserved about his private life and also managed to keep his relationship with singer/actress Beyonce Knowles under wraps. He is currently married to her and the couple has a daughter.
Travis Scott is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Born as Jacques Webster, he gained limelight in 2012 when he signed his first major label-deal with Epic Records. Not looking back, he ended the year on a high note by inking a deal with <a title='Kanye West' href='/famous/kanye-west.htm'>Kanye West</a>'s GOOD Music's, VERY GOOD Beats. To mark his association, he was seen in the label's 2012 compilation ˜Cruel Summer'. In April 2013, Scott signed a record deal with T.I.'s Grand Hustle imprint as well. Same year, he made his big debut on the music scene with his first full length mixtape ˜Owl Pharaoh'. Scott's journey as a rapper and singer zoomed further as he followed it with a second mixtape ˜Days Before Rodeo', in August 2014. However it was the single ˜Antidote' from his album ˜Rodeo' that catapulted his career to a glorious future. The single not just became a big hit, but was his first to reach the top 20 of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Scott's career has been soaring high since then and his second album ˜Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight' and a collaborative album ˜Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho' have faired extremely well.
Kodak Black, or Bill K. Kapri, is a controversial American rapper, best known for his singles ˜Roll in Peace,' ˜Tunnel Vision,' and ˜No Flockin.' Born and raised in Florida, he belonged to a family with Haitian roots. Since he was a teenager, he wanted to become a rapper and worked hard toward his goal. He expanded his vocabulary and spent a lot of time in recording studios. However, his shady locality dragged him into all kinds of petty crime. While in school, he got into a lot of fights and was apprehended several times for breaking and entering into houses. At the age of 12, he started taking his music career seriously and joined a group named ˜Brutal Youngnz.' He later worked with another group named ˜The Kolyons.' In 2013, he released his first mixtape, ˜Project Baby,' and then released ˜Heart of the Projects' and ˜Institution.' Drake once shared a video of him dancing to Kodak's song ˜Skrt,' which brought Kodak immense fame. In 2017, he released his debut studio album, ˜Painting Pictures,' which reached the third spot on the ˜Billboard 200' chart.
Rapper and songwriter also known as Rap Monster or RM for short who is a member of the hip hop group Bangtan Boys aka BTS. He has been honored at the 2013 Golden Disk and MelOn Music Awards and at the 2014 Gaon Chart K-Pop and Seoul Music Awards.
Lil Yacthy, is a rapper, singer and a songwriter, best known for his single ˜One Night'. His actual name is Miles Parks McCollum and he is also known as King Boat, Lil Boat and Nautica Boat Boy. He rose to fame with his two mixtapes ˜Summer Songs 2' and ˜Lil Boat'. However this wasn't his first stint as a singer. His initial recognition came in August 2015 for his singles ˜One Night' and ˜Minnesota'. Both these were part of his debut EP (Extended Play) called ˜Summer Songs'. Currently he has music labels like ˜Capital Records', ˜Quality Control Music' and ˜Motown Records' under his belt. Yachty has worked with prominent rappers like ˜D.R.A.M' and ˜Chance the Rapper' among many others. Yachty also sells his own merchandise over his official website. Apart from this, the website also provides snippets of his private life and updates on upcoming performances, concerts and tours of Yachty. A lot of updates about Yachty's music and his regular life can be sourced from his own social media pages or through this website.
Trippie Redd, born Michael Lamar White IV, is an American rapper and singer. He is best known for his chart-topping singles ˜Love Scars' and ˜Dark Knight Dummo.' He was born and raised amidst harsh conditions and grew up without a father. His father was in prison at the time of his birth, and he was raised by a single mother. He grew up listening to the contemporary rap music that his mother played in their house. He started taking music seriously in 2014 and recorded two songs at the age of 15. However, he later deleted them after a bad response. He graduated high school and moved to Atlanta to start a career in music. He started his career working alongside established artists such as Lil Wop and released his debut mixtape in 2017. In 2018, he released his debut album, ˜Life's a Trip.' Although the album was not received well by critics, it did well commercially. It debuted at number four on the ˜Billboard 200' chart and sold 72 thousand copies in the first week itself.
Better known by his stage name Offset, he is a member of the hip hop trio Migos. They rose to prominence following the release of their 2013 viral hit single "Versace."