Rappers – The A-Z 2

Rappers – The A-Z  (Belly – Cassie)

First (2Chainz – Beanie Man) <> Second (Belly – Cassie) <> Third (Cee-Lo Green – Cypher Clique) <> Fourth (D.R.A.M – Doe B) <> Fifth Dom Kennedy – Flume <> Sixth (FlyLo – J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League) <> Seventh (Ja Rule – Joe Budden)  <> Eighth (Joe Moses – Lil Reese) <> Ninth (Lil Scrappy – zHUNDRED)

BellyOnly Canada could produce a rapper as hard to define as Belly. A politically revolutionary pop writer, Belly was born in Jenin, Palestine, but moved with his family to Ottawa at a young age to escape the violence and poverty of his home country. Belly’s style of rapping can’t be pinned down, ranging from the riot-inciting teachings of Immortal Technique to the smooth woo talk of Fat Joe. After a few albums of domestic success in Canada, Belly found his breakthrough penning cuts for The Weeknd’s magnificent Beauty Behind The Madness. Rebellyus co-wrote six songs on Mr. Tesfaye’s album, including the super-smash number one single “The Hills.” Following this massive achievement, Belly signed with Roc Nation in the last quarter of 2015. In May 2016, Belly released his first project with the R.O.C entitled Another Day In Paradise. During his album’s promo run, Belly and The Weeknd cancelled their performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live to protest the appearance of a certain Islamophobic presidential candidate, an interesting move for two guys who aren’t even American.
Big LThe lyrical titan gone too soon, Big L would have been one of the biggest rappers in history if it weren’t for his premature death. Murdered in February 1999 at the age of 24, the rapper born Lamont Coleman only released one proper album before his death, 1995’s Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous. In just one album, Harlem`s own had already established himself as the untouchable king of punchlines, delivered in his unmistakably aggressive compound flow. Big L`s freestyles on The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show (in 1995 with Jay-Z,and in 1998 solo) have amassed major cult followings online and live on as the benchmark of the freestyle verse.
Big PunThe first Latino rapper with a platinum LP, Big Pun reigned in a time when the lyrically dexterous rose to the top. Cited consistently as one of hip-hop’s greatest writers ever, Pun’s use of internal multi-syllabic rhyming made him one of the toughest MCs in the history of microphones. Taken under the wing of Terror Squad boss Fat Joe, the union of these two rappers was artistically fruitful and aesthetically iconic (see: Fat Joe holding umbrella for Pun). Like Biggie Smalls before him, Big Pun only needed two proper studio albums (Capital Punishment and Yeeeah Baby) to make a groundbreaking impact on hip-hop culture. Weighing nearly 700 lbs. at the time of his death, Big Pun lived and died true to his name. Legend.
BirdmanBirdman needs little introduction. The southern mogul has been in the game since 1989, having co-founded Cash Money Records, which is one of the most successful urban labels out. Throughout his 25-year career, the former Big Tymer has taken Lil Wayne, Tyga, Mystikal, Nicki Minaj, The Game, Ace Hood, DJ Khaled, Jay Sean, Busta Rhymes, Kevin Rudolf and even Limp Bizkit under his wing (no pun intended). He’s also collaborated (in one way or another) with Meek Mill, Travis Scott, Diddy, Rick Ross, Wale, Future, T.I., Chris Brown, August Alsina, French Montana, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, DJ Drama, Fabolous, Jadakiss Young Jeezy, Yo Gotti and countless others. Most recently, he released YMCMB supergroup Rich Gang’s debut compilation, was called out by Turk for lack of support and clarified an alleged fallout with Drake, stating that the Toronto emcee was “family forever”. Oh yeah, last we checked, he was worth $125 million, having been identified by Forbes as the fifth highest-earning figure in hip-hop in 2013.
Bishop LamontBishop Lamont got his break after meeting Dr. Dre on the set of The Game’s music video for “Dreams.” According to Dr. Dre, besides Eminem, Bishop was the only artist who made him uncomfortable, in a good way. His edgy lyrics pushed the line that many rappers were afraid to cross, similar to Eminem. Bishop has worked with a plethora of rappers including Snoop Dogg, Warren G, DJ Khalil, Xzibit, 50 Cent, Pete Rock, and more.
Bishop NehruFew artists get as much recognition at such a young age as Bishop Nehru. He gained buzz by posting his works on online forums. When he was only 15 he was featured on WorldStarHipHop for his 8-bar freestyle over Mos Def’s hit “Mathematics.” He is currently signed to Nas’ Mass Appeal Records and has released several EP’s and mixtapes. Nas is the executive producer of Bishop’s forthcoming debut album.
Black HippyY’all already know what it is. Top Dawg Entertainment supergroup Black Hippy are by far the most promising rap clique to emerge in recent memory, consisting of lyrical heavyweights Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar. Most recently, they released what was arguably the best remix of Rocko’s 2013 single “U.O.E.N.O.”, were granted their own cypher at the 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards and headlined Power 106 LA’s 2013 Cali Christmas concert at the Honda centre in Anaheim, which featured a guest appearance from Diddy himself. Stay tuned for the further adventures of Black Hippy, but don’t count on an album any time soon – the individuals are much too busy with their respective solo efforts.
Black MilkBlack Milk is among the most notable rapper/producer combos in the hip-hop game today. The Detroit native began his music career in 2002, and three years later he released his first solo album Sound Of The City. To date, he has released five solo albums and several collaborative projects. He has produced tracks for scores of artists.
Blood MoneyBlood Money, AKA Mario Hess, was an emerging Chicagoan rapper and Glo Gang affiliate who was shot and killed in his hometown in the early hours of April 10th, 2014.
BluA staple of the underground, California rapper Blu has ears all around the world. Active in the rap game since 2003, the MC born Johnson Barnes got his first taste of mainstream shine with the release of Below The Heavens, his debut LP he released as a duo with producer Exile. Blu’s career got a big push forward when he was featured on XXL’s 2009 Freshman List, pictured on the magazine’s cover with Corey Gunz and Mickey Factz. Although Blu hasn’t found mainstream shine in the same way as some of his fellow freshmen, his cult following has increased with every release.
Blue Sky Black DeathProfile photo by Rickey Powell.
BoazBoaz got his start in the battle rap scene of Pittsburgh. He is lucky to make it out alive, let alone gain as much respect as a rapper as he has on the streets of Pittsburgh. According to Boaz himself, “Damn near everybody I did music with is in the penitentiary or dead,” he says. “Pittsburgh is one of those places where, if you can make it here, if you can be respected in these streets—you can do it anywhere. It’s that cutthroat.” He released his debut album Intuition in October 2014, before following it up with a mixtape, The Burghprint. He has also toured on the Under the Influence of Music Tour with Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, and Kendrick Lamar, followed by The Smoker’s Club Tour in 2013.
Bobby CreekwaterAlongside the scores of hip-hop greats to come from Atlanta is Bobby Creekwater. Known best as a former Shady Records signee and affiliate of Eminem, Bobby Creek began his music career in 2004. He has since released more than ten projects – albums, EPs, and mixtapes all included.
Bobby VBobby V, formerly known as Bobby Valentino, is a singer-songwriter from Jackson, Mississippi. Influenced by legendary artists Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye, among others, Bobby V decided to pursue a singing career. With his smooth voice he was able to achieve award-winning success. Since beginning his music career in 1996, he has released five studio albums, four mixtapes, and several other projects. His first three albums reached number one on the US R&B charts, the first of which, “Bobby Valentino” certified gold. Over the course of his career, Bobby V has collaborated with many notable artists, including Lil Wayne, Timbaland, Yung Joc, Plies, Nicki Minaj, Twista, K. Michelle, Ludacris, Chingy, Huey, Chamillionaire, Playaz Circle, Young Chris, Lil Boosie, Juvenile, Gucci Mane, Hurricane Chris, E-40, and OJ da Juiceman, and numerous others. In January 2013, he was carjacked at gunpoint in Atlanta. He gave up his Bentley with no fight and walked away unharmed. His car was found near a transportation center and one of the suspects was arrested soon after the incident. The singer dropped an EP titled “Peach Moon” in December 2013. Since then he has yet to announce any plans for an upcoming project.
Bodega BAMZBodega Bamz was raised in Harlem, New York. His free album Strictly 4 My P.A.P.I.Z. gained him significant buzz in 2012, with features from ASAP Ferg, Joell Ortiz, Aston Matthews, and Flatbush Zombies. Shortly after, he signed with Duck Down Music Inc. and released his debut album Sidewalk Exec in 2015.
Bone ThugsThe group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony makes up of the most valuable hiphop artists left from the 90’s. They quickly rose to fame after being signed to Ruthless Records by rapper Eazy-E. In 1993, the group released their EP “Creepin on ah Come Up,” which featured their breakout song “Thuggish Ruggish Bone.” They released their second album in 1995 called “E. 1999 Eternal,” and then “The Art of War” in 1997. Since then, they’ve released a few more albums with the most recent being “Uni-5: The World’s Enemy” in 2010 under their own label BTNH Worldwide. While the group is currently missing Layzie, who is focusing on his solo career, there is no telling what kind of reunion they have in store.
Boosie BadazzYou may have heard the phrase “Free Boosie” before. The words refer to Lil Boosie, a Baton Rouge native who is a household name in Southern hip-hop.
Bow WowShad Gregory Moss, aka Bow Wow, got an early start to his career at the ripe age of 6 years old in 1993. Snoop Dogg was impressed by his performance at a concert in Los Angeles and afterwards donned him the moniker “’Lil Bow Wow.” He has since had a decorated career as an actor, staring in “Like Mike,” “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” and “CSI: Cyber.” He has collaborated with many artists including Chris Brown, Jermaine Dupri, Lil Wayne, Omarion, Snoop Dogg, and Soulja Boy.
BrandyDespite a slightly turbulent career, Brandy is among the most respected female R&B vocalists to ever do it, also having delved in the realms of pop and soul. Since releasing her self-titled debut in 1994, the GRAMMY-award-winning Mississippi native has gone on to release an additional five studio albums and an EP, having collaborated with the likes of Monica, Wayne Morris, Boyz II Men, Tamia, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Mase, Diddy, Bow Wow, Kanye West, Chris Brown and many more throughout her twenty-year career. Most recently, she kicked off 2014 with a new joint titled “Cigarette”, a love track which may or may not concern her fiancee Ryan Press. Stay tuned for updates on her career. (Oh yeah, she also counts acting, television hosting, film production, modelling, dancing and rapping among her many talents, and has sold more than thirty million records to date, internationally.)
Bricc BabyBricc Baby, formerly known as Bricc Baby Shitro and MPA Shitro, has now solidified his name and is looking to further solidify his presence in the rap game. After giving us Son of a Bricc Lady and Nasty Dealer mixtapes, he’s keeping them coming with Nasty Dealer Pt. 2, due out in Summer 2015.
Brick SquadEven the most peripheral rap fan will have at least heard of Gucci Mane’s 1017 Brick Squad collective / imprint – either that or the oft-shouted “SQUAAAD!” ad-lib associated with it (popularized by estranged affiliate Waka Flocka Flame). Unfortunately, after months of disagreements from within the label in late 2013 (mostly between Gucci Mane and Waka), the collective’s spirit deteriorated. It all began with a tweet from Gucci that simply read: “Fuck bricksquad im. Sucka free. 1017”. This was apparently brought on by accusations that Gucci paid for rapper Young Vito’s lawyer fees during his trial for the murder of Brick Squad artist Slim Dunkin, of which he was eventually acquitted. Understandably, the Brick Squad Records CEO went on to seriously deny this claim, and a long exchange ensued on Twitter throughout the day. Waka and Gucci took shots at each other first, and were eventually joined by Waka’s cousin Frenchie (who took his side) and Wooh Da Kid, who took the opportunity to attack both Gucci and OJ Da Juiceman. Frenchie accused Gucci of stealing money from him that was owed after his signing with Brick Squad (via Warner). However, Gucci claimed the money had in fact been taken by his former manager, Debra Antney, who is both Waka’s mother and Frenchie’s aunt. Needless to say, this didn’t go over well. At this point, the future of Brick Squad is uncertain. Waka Flocka claims to own a stake in the label, as well as owning its subsidiary imprint Brick Squad Monopoly. Also, Chief Keef, Young Scooter, and Young Thug have all recently signed to Brick Squad 1017. Stay tuned for updates.
Bruno MarsWhy is a pop superstar like Bruno Mars a registered artist on HNHH, you ask? It’s simple – for better or worse, he’s collaborated with multiple rappers throughout his eight-year career, among them Pharrell, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Layzie Bone, T-Pain, Gucci Mane, Jay Z, Eminem, R. Kelly (he raps occasionally), Royce Da 5’9″, B.o.B, Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, Snoop Dogg and more. Dude also dabbles in reggae, soul, R&B, funk, jazz and blues, which may have something to do with it. Most recently, as far as our reportage goes, he was arrested for cocaine possession in Las Vegas in 2011, and angered Kanye West with his multiple wins at the 2013 MTV Music Video Awards. Also, the Honolulu, Hawaii native continues to irritate Tyler, The Creator to this day. Stay tuned.
Bun BBun B is most known for being one-half of the former Houston rap duo UGK. He was part of UGK from 1987-2009. Pimp C, Bun B’s rapping partner, was found dead in 2007. Following Pimp C’s death, UGK released their final album in 2009. It was Pimp C’s only posthumous album. UGK released six studio-albums along with two EPs. All six of the albums sold over 200,000 copies, and three of them certified gold. UGK collaborated with several artists including fellow Southern rap tandem OutKast, Jay-Z, Three 6 Mafia, T.I., Master P, Scarface, Ludacris, E-40, Talib Kweli, and Slim Thug, among others. Following the end of UGK, Bun B continued as a solo artist. His first two studio-albums were released in 2005 and 2008. He has dropped four studio-albums as well as seven mixtapes. Like his UGK releases, Bun B’s solo albums all sold well, and his first album ‘Trill’ certified gold. Throughout his solo career, he has collaborated with many artists including Jay-Z, Ying Yang Twins, Young Jeezy, Sean Kingston, Rick Ross, David Banner, Yo Gotti, Gucci Mane, T-Pain, Drake, 2 Chainz, E-40, Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Mike Jones, Talib Kweli, Lil Wayne, Method Man, and Big K.R.I.T., among others. He dropped his fourth album ‘Trill OG: The Epilogue’ in November 2013 and has not announced plans for his next project. He also launched a food blog YouGottaEatThis.com, so until he announces plans for more music, check out his awesome culinary website!
Ca$h OutCa$h Out is an emcee born in Columbus, Georgia and raised in Atlanta, which he represents to the fullest. Since stepping foot in the game in 2011 and being discovered / signed by Epic Records label head L.A. Reid, he’s released three mixtapes (It’s My Time, Keisha and Ya Feel Me), having collaborated with the likes of Fabolous, Young Jeezy, Wale, Roscoe Dash, Akon, Yo Gotti, Future and more. His debut single, 2012’s “Cashin’ Out”, has been remixed by Krayzie Bone, Da Brat, Bow Wow, C-Command, Chief Keef and many more. The last we heard of him was the January 2013 single “Mexico”, produced by DJ Montay. He’s currently working on his debut studio album, titled Patience, which is slated to drop in 2014. Stay tuned for updates, folks.
Ca$hisCa$his is a heavily tattooed and relatively elusive emcee born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and BASED in Irvnie, California. Those unfamiliar may remember him from the 2006 Shady Records compilation The Re-Up. Throughout his ten-year career in the limelight, he’s collaborated with the likes of Eminem, Stat Quo, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, The Renegadez, Crooked I, Bobby Creekwater and many more, having released two studio albums, three EPs and eleven mixtapes to date. The last we heard of him was an October 2013 freestyle over Game’s “Westside Story” instrumental on Soul Assassin Radio / Shade 45. He also released a new album in October 2013 titled The Country Hound 2, which included a considerable amount of production from Eminem. Stay tuned for the further adventures of the Rap King Of Orange County.
Cam’ron & VadoCam’ron & Vado, AKA Cameron Ezike Giles and Teeyon Winfree, are a popular Harlemite rap duo most active early in the second decade of the new century. The last we heard of them was the May 2012 single “Dadadoe”. Prior to that, they released their More Gunz, Less Butta album and were banned from Canada. They’ve parted ways, amicably, but stay tuned for updates on potential collaborative efforts in the future. DIPSET!
Cap 1For those unfamiliar, Cap 1 is a successful emcee who divides his time between Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles and operates under 2 Chainz’ imprint. Throughout his career, he’s released multiple projects and collaborated with the likes of Twista, Jazze Pha, Yung Berg, Bobby Valentino, Ludacris, Drake, Nicki Minaj and more. The last we heard of Cap 1 was his January 2014 mixtape Caviar Dreams, which featured production and guest features from Ty Dolla $ign, Ace Hood, OJ Da Juiceman, Jim Jones, Young Dolph, Verse Simmonds, Young Chop, Zaytoven, Will-A-Fool, FKi, League Of Starz and more. He also recently released a new studio album titled TRU 2 IT. Stay tuned for updates on his career, y’all, and hit up officialcap1.com for further information.
CardoFormer Taylor Gang member Cardo has produced for many notable artists. Most impressively, he produced “100” for The Game and Drake, “O.N.I.F.C.” by Wiz Khalifa, and “Seen It All” by Jeezy and Jay Z. He recently left Taylor Gang for Fools Gold Records and shows no signs of slowing down, earning production credits on Jay Rock’s “Vice City” off 90059, which features Black Hippy.
Cashmere CatYoung, Norwegian, and gifted, Cashmere Cat is the go-to producer for a crossover hit that will appeal to hip hop fans and EDM kids alike. In 2016 alone, Cashmere Cat has produced such net gains as A$AP Ferg’s “Yammy Gang,” Tory Lanez’s “LUV,” and Kanye West’s “Wolves.” Coming out of the international Battle DJ scene, the artist born Magnus August Høiberg was already well versed in competition when he got involved in the world of popular music. In 2012, after nearly a decade of releasing music, Mr. Cat got some major shine for his edit of “No Lie” by 2 Chainz. The remix led to an important relationship with hit-maker Benny Blanco, and a move to New York City from his native Scandinavia. Høiberg’s debut album is reportedly due out sometime in 2016. With production credits for artists as disparate as G-Eazy and Britney Spears, a beat from Cashmere Cat is on just about everybody’s Christmas wish list. Keep dreaming.
CassieCassie’s career began after meeting Ryan Leslie at the age of 16. The record producer signed her to his record label and they put out the smash hit “Me & U.” After hearing the song in a club, Diddy wanted in on Cassie. The rap mogul partnered his Bad Boy Records with Leslie’s NextSelection label and the two released Cassie’s self titled debut album. The singer/model has since worked with numerous artists including Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Akon, Lil Wayne, and more.