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Cee-Lo Green Among the most active artists in the music industry is Atlanta-native Cee-Lo Green. Often referred to as CeeLo for short, the thirty-nine-year-old singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, and actor was an original member of the Atlanta hip-hop group Goodie Mob, is one half of the R&B duo Gnarls Barkley, and has had a highly successful solo career. Goodie Mob has released five albums, and after a hiatus, the group released their most recent album “Age Against the Machine” in August 2013. Along with producer Danger Mouse, CeeLo formed Gnarls Barkley. The duo has released two albums and two EP’s. Their 2006 debut album “St. Elsewhere” certified platinum and featured the hit single “Crazy” that ultimately won a Grammy Award and certified 2x platinum. CeeLo has released four solo studio-albums. His 2010 album “The Lady Killer” featured the single “Fuck You” that went on to win him another Grammy Award. Since beginning his career in 1991, Cee-Lo has collaborated with many notable artists including OutKast, TLC, Santana, Ludacris, T.I., Pharrell, Tech N9ne, Bun B, Snoop Dogg, The Pussycat Dolls, Eva Mendes, Trick Daddy, Royce da 5’9, Kelis, Nas, Estelle, Asher Roth, Slaughterhouse, Diddy, Bruno Mars, Kid Cudi, Common, Rick Ross, Twista, and countless others. In October 2012, a woman accused Cee-Lo of sexual assault, and after a long investigation the rape charge was dropped, though the artist still faced a felony charge of furnishing a controlled substance. In terms of his upcoming music, he is working on a fifth album titled “Girl Power”, but no details have been revealed about the project. He also announced that Gnarls Barkley would reunite in 2014. Though no specifics are known yet, there is a good chance that Cee-Lo will drop at least one project in 2014.
Chamillionaire Rapper and entrepreneur Chamillionaire is known by many for his single “Ridin’” that won a Grammy in 2007. Over the course of his sixteen year career, the Houston native has collaborated with a wide range of artists that includes childhood friend Paul Wall, Kelis, Ludacris, Slim Thug, Big K.R.I.T., Ciara, Three 6 Mafia, Twista, Nipsey Hussle, Mannie Fresh, Jibbs, Lil’ Flip, Bobby V, Trick Daddy, Lil Wayne, UGK, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Killer Mike, and Rockie Fresh, among others. Chamillionaire is also among hip-hop’s most business-savvy artists. He is the CEO of Chamillitary Entertainment, the record label that he has released much of his music on. This past February, Chamillionaire released Elevate, a seven-track, featureless EP that he stated would be one of many EP’s that he would drop in anticipation for his third studio-album ‘Poison’. Expect it to drop sometime during 2014.
Charles Hamilton For those unaware, Charles Hamilton is a musician, producer, songwriter, lyricist, psycho and hippie born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, who currently divides his time between Harlem, New York City and the state of California.
Chase N. Cashe Hailing from New Orleans, Chase N. Cashe brings a unique style to hip-hop. His debut album, Gumbeaux, got the name from his favorite food, gumbo, because gumbo is a mix of many ingredients, just like his music. After Gumbeaux he released a mixtape, The Heir Up There, with DJ Drama and landed a spot on Drake’s “Club Paradise” tour with ASAP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar. He doubles as both rapper and producer.
Chaz French Born in the Nation’s Capital and raised in Maryland, those who know Chaz French best have described him as a survivor, as he lived through both a near-death car accident and homelessness. He’s persevered through life’s trials, and has been blessed with a daughter. This, coupled with his support of his crew Gallery Family, has allowed him to flourish as a rapper in the DMV area. He’s prepping a debut mixtape, Happy Belated, due out in the summer of 2014.
Chevy Woods Woods started out as Wiz Khalifa’s hypeman while on tour and had his first noted appearance on Wiz Khalifa’s single, “Taylor Gang”. He’s released a myriad of mixtapes, from The Corner’s Correspondent to Gangland 2. He has collaborated with artists such as Juicy J, Trinidad James and French Montana and has shared stages with the likes of ASAP MOB, Joey Badass and Pro Era.
Chiddy Bang Most people know Chiddy Bang as the amiable, backpacker-friendly hip-hop duo from Philly, although as of 2013 we will now know of Chiddy Bang as a solo act. Chidera Anamege, known as Chiddy, will be stepping up as the sole artist behind Chiddy Bang while Noah Beresin, known as Xaphoon Jones, will be stepping out of Chiddy Bang to focus on his love of producing. Of course, Chiddy was the sole emcee anyhow, with Xaphoon Jones being the man behind the beats. Chiddy Bang is known for its bubbly, appeasing light sound, often sampling indie-pop/rock staples, such as Passion Pit and MGMT, making them an absolute mainstay on college campuses across both the US and UK. After a string of successful mixtapes and EP’s, Chiddy Bang released their first album, Breakfast, through Regal Recordings in 2012. While Chiddy Bang is entering a new phase as Chiddy’s solo act, Xaphoon (Noah) will still be active in the role of production. Chiddy Bang’s latest mixtape is called Baggage Claim.
Chief Keef Hate him or love him, Chief Keef is currently one of the most popping artists in the rap game, having developed an extensive, cult-like following amongst the younger generation.
Childish Gambino Childish Gambino (AKA Donald Glover, AKA Troy from Community) is one of the most divisive figures in contemporary hip-hop. Although he has an extensive and devout cult following, he has yet to be fully embraced by the rap blogosphere (much to the chagrin of said fan base).
Chingy Originally the protégé of Ludacris on his Disturbing Tha Peace label, Chingy began to develop an expansive fanbase in the early 2000’s, following his gig as the opening act for Nelly. Upon the release of his 2003 single, “Right Thurr,” which received ubiquitous radio play, the St. Louis rapper enjoyed intense popularity, aided and abetted by television and film roles, and saw two of his records (Jackpot and Powerballin’) gain the elusive platinum status. During this time, Chingy worked with several prominent artists, such as Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Janet Jackson, and Nate Dogg. Unfortunately a fiscal dispute with his label saw an estrangement form between him and his former mentor, Ludacris. Although after a somewhat brief foray with Capitol, Chingy returned to his original label, DTP. His latest album, “No Risk, No Reward” has seen several delays, but he managed to release an EP, called “Chingology.” In 2013, Chingy collaborated with Lucy Liu on a single entitled, “Watch the World.”
Chinx Continuing Queen’s legacy of breeding hip-hop artists is Chinx Drugz. The name may sound odd, but the member of French Montana’s Coke Boys group has been a consistent name in the rap game for the last few years. He dropped his first mixtape in 2009 and has since released ten other tapes as well as his 2013 EP “I’ll Take It From Here”.
Choo Jackson For those unfamiliar, Choo Jackson is an emerging emcee/producer and former ID Labs employee born in Vero Beach, Florida and raised in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He currently drops bombs via Mac Miller’s independent imprint REMember Music, as well as ForeverKool.
Chris Brown Love him or hate him, Chris Brown is widely considered to be one of, if not the most talented contemporary male R&B artist currently working.
Chris Webby Chris Webby, a talented freestyler and rapper, has gained a reputation for his clever stoner raps and party anthems chock full of pop culture references. He first gained a reputation as a talented freestyler, performing at frat parties at Hostra University. However, following an attempted robbery he saw himself getting kicked out of college (as well as serving a week in jail) and began focusing on music full-time. He has released seven mixtapes, working with an array of talented artists such as Mac Miller (whom he often drawn comparison), Kid Ink and Prodigy. Founder of his own record label, Homegrown Music, Chris Webby has released seven mixtapes through his label, and gained distribution via eOne Music for his latest EP, also titled Homegrown Music. His seventh mixtape was hosted by the famed DJ Drama and his upcoming album will be called Chemically Imbalanced, to be released in early 2014.
Chrisette Michele Chrisette Michele is a songstress/pianist who operates within the genres of R&B, Jazz, Soul and Hip-Hop Soul, who’s collaborated with some the biggest names in the game. Throughout her career, the Patchogue, New York native has released four studio albums and two mixtapes, and worked with Nas, Eve, Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Ghostface Killah, Iman Shumpert, The Game, Ruben Studdard, Eric Benet, Raheem DeVaughn, Sunni Patterson, Jay Z, The Roots, Drake, Rick Ross, Robert Glasper Experiment, Musiq Soulchild, Ne-Yo, will.i.am and more, and continues to put in work. Most recently, she recovered from a ruptured appendix, completed the “Woman To Woman” tour and released her latest album Better (which is nominated for a Best R&B Album GRAMMY at the 56th Annual GRAMMYs). Oh yeah, she won a Best Urban/Alternative Performance GRAMMY in 2009 for her single “Be OK”.
Chrishan Chrishan is an R&B singer, producer, performer and writer born, raised and BASED in Toledo, Ohio (he also tends to spend time in Minnetonka, Minnesota). He was born into an incredibly musical family, including but not limited to the celebrated soul group The Dotsons, for which his father, Chris Dotson, was the lead singer (alongside Tim Dotson, Jay Rush and Chester “Lyfe Jennings” Dotson). Since stepping foot in the game in 2008, he’s collaborated with the likes of Royal Star, J Watts, Soundsick and many more. The last we heard of him was the January 2014 demo “Used 2 Be”. Having received praise from countless publications in recent years, his chances are looking good. Stay tuned for updates on his career, y’all.
Chuck Inglish As one half of The Cool Kids, along side Sir Michael Rocks, Chuck Inglish has had success as a duo as well as solo. He has collaborated with Chance the Rapper, Action Bronson, BJ the Chicago Kid, Ab-Soul, Mac Miller, Freddie Gibbs, Chip tha Ripper, Bun B, and Asher Roth, amongst others. His solo album Convertibles reached the 24 spot on the US R&B chart. He’s known for a bass-heavy production style.
Ciara Ciara is a model, actress and singer/songwriter from Austin, Texas. After getting her start with the girl group Hearsay, she rose to recognition after the success of her 2004 debut solo album Goodies, which has sold more than 5 million copies internationally to date. Throughout her career, she’s released five studio albums and an EP, having collaborated with Jazze Pha, Missy Elliot, Ludacris, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, Yo Gotti, Pitbull, T-Pain, Diddy, Big Boi, Scar, 112, T.I., Fantasia, ATL, Petey Pablo, Chamillionaire, 50 Cent, Lil Jon, Young Jeezy, Chris Brown, 2 Chainz, Tyga, Lil Twist, Mindless Behavior, Janet Jackson, Busta Rhymes, Fabolous, Fatman Scoop, Bow Wow, Field Mob, Tiffany Evans, Sarah Connor, Enrique Iglesias and more, and has been awarded a GRAMMY, three MOBO Awards, three BET awards and three MTV Music Video Awards. Most recently, she released a new self-titled album and got engaged to Future, whose latest child she’s currently carrying. Stay tuned.
CJ Fly A founding member of Pro Era, CJ Fly has been steadily rising as one of the standout stars of his lyrically dexterous crew. On Pro Era’s classic mixtape PEEP: The Aprocalypse (2012), CJ shined bright with show-stealing verses on songs like “Wreckord Out” and “Last Cypher.” With the release of his debut mixtape Thee Way Eye See It in 2013, the Brooklyn-bred MC became the people’s champ and the critical favorite. Since then, the Rap Game Tarentino has kept fans sustained with combustible singles like “Run 2” and “Verboten”. Pro Era diehards are knocking the door down for his upcoming follow-up Flytrap, and who can blame them?
Clams Casino Among the most respected hip-hop producers in the game today is New Jersey-native Clams Casino. He became widely known after producing several tracks on A$AP Rocky’s debut mixtape “Live. Love. ASAP”. Since beginning his career in 2006, Clams Casino has dropped three instrumental mixtapes, two EP’s, and has produced tracks for numerous big-time artists. He has collaborated with the likes of A$AP Rocky, Big K.R.I.T., Havoc, Lil B, Mac Miller, Mikky Ecko, The Weeknd, JJ Doom, as well as several others. He produced a track called “Crystals” for the hit video game Grand Theft Auto V in 2013. In December 2013 he dropped the third installment of his “Instrumentals Mixtape” series. He has not announced plans for an upcoming project, but Schoolboy Q confirmed that Clams Casino will be on his highly-anticipated album “Oxymoron” that will drop on February 25th, 2014.
Cocaine 80s Cocaine 80s is a hip-hop collective, eight-member group featuring founder No I.D., Common, Jhené Aiko, and James Fauntleroy. They joined forces in 2011 and have since released four projects, the most recent of which being “The Flower of Life” in 2013.
Coley Confidence is not something lacking with buzzing Philly rapper Coley.  Not only an artist, but also CEO of Revel Music Group, Coley rose up from a broken home to graduating from Georgetown University in only 3 years (paying his own tuition by “hustling”) to working on Wall Street to starting Revel with Joe “The Butcher” Nicolo, founder of Ruffhouse Records. After signing their first artist to a major label deal, Coley used the money to launch his project independently. After meeting Bun B through mutual friends, the two linked up for his next single “Alley Oop” recently performing it together at Allen Iverson’s retirement party in Philadelphia. This dude knows how to hustle.
Collie Buddz For those unfamiliar, Collie Buddz is Bermudan vocalist who dabbles in reggae, reggae fusion, soca and dancehall music. Since stepping foot in the game in 2006, he’s released two studio albums and three mixtapes, having collaborated with the likes of Paul Wall, Big Show, Beyonce, Kid Cudi, Filip Filipi, Machel Montano, Roache, Lil Flip, Busta Rhymes, Young Buck, Tony Yayo, Louie Mohammed, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Akon, New Kingston, Sugar Ray, Zion I, SOJA, Joey Bada$$ and many more. The last we heard of Collie Buddz was a June 2013 remix of “Light It Up” from KE. Stay tuned for updates on his career, y’all. (For more information, hit up colliebuddz.com.)
Common When Kanye West won his first Grammy Award in 2005, he followed in the footsteps of fellow Chicago native Common. Common is a staple of not only Chicago hip-hop, but all of hip-hop, and is among the most successful artists of the recent decade. He has released nine studio-albums, the first of which was in 1992. Over the course of more than twenty years, Common has collaborated with a wide range of artists including his longtime producer No I.D., Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, De La Soul, Q-Tip, Canibus, Black Thought, J Dilla, DJ Premier, Kid Cudi, Erykah Badu, Dead Prez, John Mayer, John Legend, wil.I.am, Pharrell, Nas, Black star, Mary J. Blige, and Big Sean, along with many others. In early January, Common announced that his tenth studio-album will be titled ‘Nobody Smiling’ and will be produced by No I.D. It is expected to feature new artists from Chicago. A release date has not been announced, but expect it to drop in 2014.
Consequence Known best as a former label mate of Kanye West and the other GOOD Music artists, Queens-native Consequence first came onto the rap scene when he appeared on A Tribe Called Quest’s “Beats, Rhymes, and Life” album in 1996. Consequence was signed to GOOD Music by West in 2005, and remained with the label until leaving in 2011 – a move that was highly-publicized and reported to have come under bad terms. Over the course of his career, Consequence has released one studio-album, “Don’t Quit Your Day Job!” in 2007 along with more than ten mixtapes – the most recent of which dropped in 2013. He has collaborated with many notable artists and producers including A Tribe Called Quest, Kanye West, Rhymefest, John Legend, Diddy, The LOX, Common, Big Sean, Havoc, DJ Khaled, Talib Kweli, Statik Selektah, AZ, Beyoncé, and several others. In 2013, Consequence was in the headlines following a fight with Joe Budden, who Consequence allegedly assaulted, after which Budden retaliated. The feud has not ended, but Budden stated in an interview that he does not want issues with anyone, unless Consequence was to provoke him. In terms of upcoming music, Consequence has been working on his second studio-album “Start Your Own Business”, and though he has not announced any details about the project, expect it to drop in 2014.
Cory Gunz The son of rapper Peter Gunz, from the duo Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz, Cory was born and raised in the Bronx. When he was 14 years old he was signed to Casablanca Recordings and Def Jam Recordings by Tommy Mottola and has been circulating the mixtape scene since 2005. In 2011, he was featured on Lil Wayne’s single “6 Foot 7 Foot”. That year he also starred in MTV’s “Son of a Gun”, which was a reality show based around his journey to being signed to Young Money. In 2013, Cory released his mixtape, Datz WTF I’m Talkn’ Bout, which was presented by After Platinum and YMCMB.
Cory Jreamz For those unfamiliar, Cory Jreamz, AKA The Black Marlon Brando, is an emerging poet, emcee, director and screenwriter hailing from the southern rap mecca that is Houston, Texas. That being said, he’s of a considerably different sensibility than the forefathers who defined that scene, influenced by the disparate likes of Brian Eno, Ernest Hemingway, David Lynch, Tim Hecker, Maya Angelou, Jonathan Ive, Marina Abramovic, Woody Allen, Chief Keef, Crystal Castles, Edgar Allan Poe and Nas.
Curren$y For those unfamiliar, Curren$y is an emcee and marijuana advocate out of New Orleans, Louisiana. He got started in 2002 after signing with Master P’s No Limit Records as a part of the 504 Boyz collective.
CyHi The Prynce A gifted storyteller, in line with the tradition of great southern Rap, CyHi the Prynce first came onto the scene in 2010 when he was signed on Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint. Hailing from a small town outside of Atlanta, Georgia, CyHi had a strict upbringing from his baptist parents who would not allow him to listen to Hip-Hop growing up. Apparently making up for lost time, CyHi has since dropped five mixtapes, featuring collaborations with 2 Chainz, Childish Gambino, and Yelawulf among others, while keeping up with his talented G.O.O.D. Music contemporaries, appearing on the the lablel’s compilation album, “Cruel Summer”, in addition to popping up on Kanye’s seminal “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” He also has worked with the best producers in the game, appearing on tracks produced by Just Blaze, No ID, and Kanye himself. In 2013, CyHi dropped his latest mixtape, “Ivy League Kickback,” and shows no sign of slowing down, having just completed two separate tours, even hinting at a new G.O.O.D. music compilation. He is still currently working on his debut album, which will be called, “The Hardway Musical.”
Cypher Clique Cypher Clique began as an eight-member crew in Dover, Delaware in 2007. After two years of steady grinding (during which time they released a staggering nine mixtapes), five members left the group due to hate within the Dover scene, leaving only members Relay, Mic Anthony and D-Major to pick up the pieces, which they most certainly did (releasing three more mixtapes in the first four months after the split). Their first official project was the 2009 mixtape The Mattress (hosted by DJ Stupac), which was followed by June 23rd and The Show (2011). Since stepping foot in the rap game, they’ve opened for Mac Miller, Meek Mill, Tayyib Ali, Roscoe Dash, Wale, Diggy Simmons, A$AP Rocky, Action Bronson, Pac Div and more, and continue to put much work in. Most recently, they released their mixtape The City (2013), which featured production from DMTR, D-Major, Tribe Beats, Alesmurf, Suddah SPK, Amazing Prophet, Lexi Banks, Arlanzo, Talkin2Wallz, J. Edwards and Louis Fader. Stay tuned.