Rappers – The A-Z 5

Rappers – The A-Z  (Dom Kennedy – Flume)

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)



Dom KennedyDom Kennedy has forged a name for himself in Hip-Hop, via a string of well-received mixtapes leading to a couple of albums released on his own label. With an entrepeneurial spirit, Dom Kennedy has implanted his own brand of straight-forward lyricism over smart, distinctly west-coast production. He began releasing mixtapes in ’08, receiving substantial cred’ in the L.A. underground with his 2010 mix, “From the Westside with Love.” The L.A. rapper has since worked with Ty Dolla Sign, Skeme, and Nipsey Hustle. His acclaim was such that Interscope tried to sign him, but Dom, true to his indie roots, chose to remain independent. 2013 saw the release of his second album, “Get Home Safely,” featuring collaborations with Krondon and TeeFLii, with production largely done by The Futuristiks and DJ Khalil.
Don CannonBorn in Philly but born again in Atlanta, DJ Don Cannon is a hip hop vet. With a catalog ferocious, the Don is respected on the streets like Corleone’s piece. There isn’t a single star from the last 20 years that hasn’t blessed one of his instrumentals. Back in the days of Mixtape Weezy, Don’s notorious “Cannon” beat was passed around like the neighborhood bicycle. And he’s been putting out bangers, shaping the culture ever since.
Don TripDon Trip was launched into the game when his song “Letter to My Son” went viral on youtube. Superstar CeeLo Green discovered his track and decided to lay down a slick hook and blow the song up. He was named an XXL Freshmen in 2012, however he hasn’t found much success since then.
Dorrough MusicDurrough Music, or simply Durrough, is a texan rapper signed with E1 Music. He gained popularity on the internet helping him break out into the mainstream, aided by his single, “Ice Cream Paint Job,” was a hit and prompted his career to follow. With E1 Music, he released “Durrough Music,” which featured other rappers, such as Lil’ Flip and Slim Thug. Embracing a disncint southern style, Durrough followed up his 2009 debut with his sophmore effort, “Get Big,” working with the likes of Ray J and Slim Thug. Around this time, Durrough began releasing a stream of mixtapes, with DJ Drama handling a majority of the production. In 2013, Durrough Music released his latest mixtape, entitled, “Shut The City Down.”
Doughboyz CashoutDoughboyz Cashout is a hip-hop supergroup from Detroit that formed in 2006. The groups’ members are rappers Payroll, HBK, Chaz Bling, Roc, Crispy Quis, Clay, Bmo Maine, and Doughboy Dre. They have dropped several projects including the “We Run the City” mixtape series. In 2012 they reeased three projects, one of which was the “Free Roc” album.
Dr. DreDr. Dre needs no introduction. Despite the perpetual delay of his borderline mythical album Detox, he legacy and influence in the rap game will resound until the genre’s extinction. He’s a pioneer and forefather who brought G-gunk and/or gangster rap to international attention in the late 80s and early 90s, and again at the end of the 20th century. Throughout his prolific 30-year career, the founder/CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics has collaborated with his NWA group mates Ice Cube, Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren, as well as Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Jay Z, T.I., The Game, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Jay Z, 50 Cent, Timbaland, Missy Elliot, Justin Timberlake, D’Angelo, Rakim, Nate Dogg, Xzibit, Devin The Dude, Nine Inch Nails, Kurupt, Nas and countless others. Most recently, he signed Jon Connor to Aftermath, claimed he doesn’t listen to his music after it drops and has been dealing with alleged mistress woes. Also, he’s currently preparing to launch his new Beats Music streaming service with Jimmy Iovine. Stay tuned.
DreezyKeeping it real since she came in the game, Dreezy is the next big ting outta Chi-City. Illinois’s finest, the rapper/singer born Seandrea Sledge came up on Chicago’s Southside, getting all eyes on her after bodying Nicki Minaj’s “Chiraq” beat in 2014. That freestyle led to a huge co-sign from Common Sense, and a deal with Interscope. Although Dreezy’s hype plateaued after releasing her debut EP From Now On, the young spitter hasn’t sweat it one bit. Her latest single “We Gon Ride,” released in June 2016, features living legend Gucci Mane, a move that will bring Dreezy to a whole new crowd.
Drumma BoyDrumma Boy is a rapper, writer, producer, composer and entrepreneur from Memphis with an impressive résumé. Raised by parents with a strong educational and music background, Drumma Boy is trained in classical music and was bound for college from the getgo. However, before he could graduate from the University of Memphis, his music career was already flourishing. He has worked with a long list of artists including Scarface, Bun B, Outkast, Trick Daddy, Slim Thug, Pastor Troy, Killer Mike, Young Buck, Young Jeezy, Gorilla Zoe, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Rocko, Yo Gotti, Master P, August Alsina, Juicy J, Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Ciara, Wiz Khalfa, Wale, Fabolous, Chris Brown, Drake. and many, many more.
DUBBFor those unfamiliar, DUBB is an emerging emcee out of Athens Park, South Central Los Angeles, California.
DukeBankroll Mafia’s secret weapon is ready for the spotlight. Although little is known about Young Thug-affiliate Duke, the people already know they fuck with him. With features from 21 Savage, Lil Durk, and Anthony Hamilton (of all people), Duke released his debut mixtape Uber to much hype in May 2016. With friends in very high places, Duke stunts hard on his Instagram, taking pics in private jets and sold-out shows with some of rap’s biggest stars. Coming out of the overactive scene of Atlanta ain’t easy, but Duke is proving himself a standout. After playing the side on Young Thug tracks for too long, the world is ready to see what Duke can do on his own. Uberman on deck.
Duru Tha KingDuru Tha King is a rising emcee from Charlotte, North Carolina closely affiliated with Deniro Farrar’s burgeoning Cult Rap movement. Those of you who followed Deniro’s work throughout 2013 should remember his contribution to the cut “Social Status” as well as their collaborative singles “Dontrezz” and “Smoked Out”, the latter of which also featured Magic Tha Don. Duru describes his childhood as relatively normal but rough. Because of his mother’s addiction to drugs, he was raised by his grandmother, who instilled in him the importance of hard work through her ability to provide for him. Hip-hop became an outlet for Duru at a young age, and a means of escaping inner city life. The last we heard of him were the January 2014 singles “Planet High” (produced by Chased Davis) and “Salt Burn” (produced by Fameless). Also, he and Farrar opened for Nipsey Hussle during the Charlotte, North Carolina stop on his 2013-2014 Crenshaw Tour (26/01/2013). Duru’s currently working on his debut EP INDoor Plus, which is slated to drop in early 2014. The cycle of hate in his native Charlotte has inspired him to seriously pursue his goal of becoming successful in the rap game. Don’t sleep on this young lord.
Dusty McFlyMotown’s musical revival is on the horizon and Dusty McFly embodies the spirit of Detroit’s artistic youth movement. Hip Hop artist, Dusty McFly exemplifies and innovates an aspect of Detroit popular culture that the world has not yet seen. His debut album Buffies and Benihana’s will bring listeners on a raw journey throughout the Motor City. Reminiscent of vintage E-40 and Snoop Dogg, Dusty has become an integral part of Detroit’s unique language pioneering catch phrases such as, “I’m out here!” “Scums,” “Fleez” etc. Raised by his mother and grandmother who gave him the nickname “Dusty” because of his light brown hair, the 22 year old artist learned what it means to be a man in the city. Driven by his love for Detroit, Dusty’s artistry stays true to its roots. Buffies and Benihana’s (B&B) tells the story of a young man influenced by Detroit’s up and coming youth, spirit of hustle, women and the never ending grind toward success. B&B is told from two perspectives of Dusty’s life. Dusty states, “The Buffies part of Buffies and Benihana’s is like a story of the coming up of the youth here in the city of Detroit, from going through poverty, selling dope, going to jail, coming up in a single parent homes, basically, the life that I’ve seen.” He goes on, “The Benihana’s part is the young, wild, flashy, rich style, flamboyant Detroit d-boy.” Dusty McFly’s music is an unapologetic reflection of the harsh realities that exist in Detroit, Michigan and other disenfranchised communities across the country. Dusty McFly’s music is a soundtrack to the city; it’s a celebration for those who were fortunate enough to overcome the social ills of their immediate environment, and a cry from the youth who have succumbed to it. Dusty McFly’s music is about making audiences aware of this lifestyle and reality. “Detroit everything,” serves as Dusty’s message and standard for his music. Dusty states, “I’m all about bringing the city back so just listening to me will get the unfamiliar people aware of our lifestyle. I make music to raise awareness of the environment in which we live in. He goes on, “Detroit has hustlers, entrepreneurs, and educated individuals. We can succeed anywhere. No one outside of Detroit knows that or understands us. I want the industry and people to know that we are capable of any and everything we choose to do. My music embodies that and more.” Dusty McFly’s style is also a direct reflection of his dedication to his city. Dusty appeared on the music scene displaying his loyalty to his beloved city of Detroit with subtle salutes to its culture i.e. turning the Detroit Red Wing logo into a medallion on his gold necklace. The glamorization of Cartier frames in the city of Detroit has become an intricate of its culture. Dusty reflects the street style of Detroit by making a vintage pair of Buffalo Cartier glasses (otherwise known as “buffies”) a part of his daily uniform. Detroit has welcomed and returned Dusty’s love with a major amount of support. Since the springtime release of Dusty’s debut single, “I’m Out Here” there has been an abundance of requests at both major hip hop radio stations in Detroit. Dusty’s Hot 102.7 Detroit Summer Jamz 14 performance solidified the bond between Dusty and his city. He states he is ready to return next year with more to give. The industry has not yet experienced the infamous street style of Detroit hustlers such as Sho Boat and entrepreneurs like Street Lord Juan. To date there has not been a mainstream artist from Detroit that accurately and successfully articulates the Detroit hustler lifestyle. Dusty McFly innovates and broadcasts that for an audience far beyond Detroit’s city limits. He lyrically embodies the feeling of frustration and enthusiasm of this up and coming generation of young hustlers. Dusty McFly has dedicated all of his time, efforts, and energy into making his dream a reality. He has aligned himself with the seasoned entertainment industry veterans in C.O.I.N. Handlers LLC as his management company to ensure his chances of success. Together they are diligently working to make history for the city of Detroit, and guaranteeing Dusty as a contender in the big league. Their collective faith in God, discipline, diligence, and hard work is sure to make Dusty McFly next up from Detroit, Michigan.
dvsnAs OVO Sound slowly becomes the Roc-A-Fella of R&B, panty-dripping duo dvsn have established themselves as the secret weapons of this superhuman crew. Comprised of Daniel Daley on the microphone and Paul Jeffries (AKA Nineteen85) behind the boards, dvsn (pronounced division) was properly situated for massive success after their introduction to the world on OVO Sound radio in September 2015. Following that premiere, the Toronto-based duo released their debut EP Sept. 5thto rave reviews from PBR&B heads and Sammy Simpletons alike. Aubrey Graham gave the group their next big look when he featured them on “Faithful” with Pimp C, a standout track off Drizzy’s unavoidable album Views. Math never sounded so good.
E-40E-40 has been a staple of Bay Area rap since the early 90’s. The highly influential artist was among the first rappers on the west coast to sign to a major label, in this case – Jive – along with Spice 1, Ant Banks, and Short 1. He founded The Click, with his family: B-Legit, D-Shot, and Sugar-T. He also founded Sick Wid It, his own label. Not that he wasn’t an active solo artist; he released five albums throughout the nineties and has released a prolific amount since. Indeed, in 2012, he released his latest project, “The Block Brochure,” which spanned a staggering six volumes and featured artists such as Juicy J, 2-Chainz, Twista, T-Pain, French Montana, Chris Brown, Problem, and Rick Ross. Of course, considering his flamboyant style and entrepreneurship inspired an entire generation of rappers, it is no wonder that so many artists are clamoring to work with him.
Earl SweatshirtEarl Sweatshirt became famous for his music before anyone was sure who he was, or more specifically, where he was. A core member of the Odd Future Wolf Gang collective, Earl was conspicuously absent when Odd Future first began to gain notoriety. It was puzzling because he was referenced by other Odd Future members constantly, although always through the same mystic (catch) phrase, “Free Earl.” And his rapping ability was the most technically accomplished of his gang, as evidenced by the dense, clever wordplay and effortless flow of his verses (as well as his lurid subject matter). All his fans knew him by was his first mixtape, “Earl,” which featured his OFWGKTA compatriots, Tyler the Creator, Hodgy Beats, and Left Brain. As the youngest member of Odd Future, Earl was, of course, eventually found when he came home from a boarding school for at-risk youths in Samoa upon turning eighteen (his whereabouts were discovered by Complex magazine months prior). As of his return, Earl released his debut album, “Doris,” to critical acclaim, featuring his own production and appearances from Tyler, Frank Ocean, and RZA.
EarthGangFor those unfamiliar, EarthGang are an emerging hip-hop duo consisting of members Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot, who were both born and raised Atlanta, Georgia. They’ve been a part of the “New Atlanta” scene for quite some time now, and are not to be slept on. Stay tuned for updates on their career, and hit up earthgang.net for more details.
Elephant ManElephant Man is a Jamaican dancehall artist who entered the music scene in the late 90’s. The reggae-style artist has released eight studio-albums over the course of his career; the most recent of which was his 2011 project “Dance & Sweep”. Two of his albums have topped the Reggae charts. The former Bad Boy Records signee has collaborated with several notable artists and producers since beginning his career including Chris Brown, Rihanna, Wyclef Jean, Diddy, Swizz Beats, Shaggy, Kat DeLuna, Yung Joc, Busta Rhymes, Lil’ Jon, Fatman Scoop, Kardinal Offishall, Janet Jackson, R. Kelly, Ying Yang Twins, David Banner, and numerous others. In 2012, Elephant Man was arrested in Jamaica after being accused of rape by a 31-year-old woman. In late 2013, his court appearance was pushed back after his case files went missing. He plans to release a project called “Out of Control”, but there is no timetable for a release as he deals with legal issues.
Eric BellingerEric Bellinger is a singer and songwriter from Los Angeles who, despite his young age, has written for artists Chris Brown, Chipmunk, Greyson Chance, Cali Swag District, and Selena Gomez & The Scene. As the grandson of Jackson 5 songwriter Bobby Day, Bellinger has been singing his entire life. His debut album Cuffing Season, dropped on July 7th, 2015.
Erick SermonNew York-native Erick Sermon is hip-hop artist and producer who, in addition to being a successful solo artist, is one half of the group EPMD and a member of the rap supergroup Def Squad. Sermon began his music career in 1986 when he and Parrish Smith (PMD) founded EPMD. The duo has released four studio-albums, and the first five of them certified Gold in the US. Sermon has also released six solo albums – the most recent of which was his 2004 project “Chilltown, New York”. Known more for his production (he is considered among the great hip-hop producers of all time) than rapping, Sermon has collaborated with many notable artists including 50 Cent, Eminem, Akon, AZ, Blackstreet, Busta Rhymes, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Black Eyes Peas, LL Cool J, Method Man, Redman, Raekwon, Xzibit, Warren G, Too Short, and even former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal. Sermon suffered a heart attack in 2011 but recovered. He released a mixtape in 2012 called “Breath of Fresh Air”. Since the tape, the hip-hop veteran of more than 20 years has not announced any plans for an upcoming project.
Erykah BaduMonarch. Muse. Icon.
Ester DeanFor those unfamiliar, Ester Dean, also known as Cynthia Rozay, is an Oklahoman singer, emcee, songwriter and producer perhaps best known for her 2009 single “Drop It Low”, which features Chris Brown and was co-written by Mary J. Blige. Since stepping foot in the game in 2006, she’s collaborated with and / or written for the likes of Polow Da Don, Missy Elliot, Nicki Minaj, Jazze Pha, Diddy, Trey Songz, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Stargate, The Pussycat Dolls, Rihanna, Soulja Boy, Eminem and many more. The last we heard of Ester was a February 2013 remix of Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” single, alternately titled “Bam Bam Bam!!!”. She’s currently working on her debut studio album, tentatively titled Story Never Told. Stay tuned for updates on her career, y’all, and hit up esterdean.com for more details.
EveEve requires little introduction. Despite an intermittent career, she remains one of the most respected female lyricists to ever do it, and continues to put work in much work to this day. Throughout her prolific sixteen-year run, the former Ruff Ryder and GRAMMY-award-winner has released four studio albums (having sold more than eight million of them internationally) and collaborated with the likes of Dr. Dre, Missy Elliot, DMX, Gwen Stefani, Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys, Pusha T, Miss Kitty, Gabe Saporta, Juicy J and many more. Most recently, she released a new album titled Lip Lock and toured in support of it, and is currently working a new project which may or may not drop in 2014. Stay tuned for updates on her career.
FabolousDespite a career perpetually on the cusp of mainstream recognition (outside of rap, at least), Fabolous remains one of the most respected New Yory City spitters in the game, having put out six studio albums, eight mixtapes and an EP of solid work throughout his prolific 15-year career which has resulted in a devout cult following.
Faith EvansAside from being the widow of hip-hop legend Christopher Wallace, Faith Evans is considered one of the greatest female hip-hop/R&B artists to ever pick up a microphone. She began her music career in 1993 and first entered the mainstream stage when she became the first female artist to sign with Diddy’s Bad Boy Records. She has released seven studio-albums and all five reached the top five on the US R&B charts – three of them certified platinum in the US. She has collaborated with several notable artists and producers including Mary J. Blige, Diddy, Havoc, Carl Thomas, The Neptunes, Missy Elliot, The Notorious B.I.G., A Tribe Called Quest, Whitney Houston, DMX, Clipse, Scarface, Twista, Robin Thicke, Capone-N-Noreaga, Jadakiss, and many others. In January 2014, Evans announced plans to drop her eighth studio-album “Incomparable” later this year. Stay posted for details on a release date and tracklist.
FashawnFashawn’s debut album, Boy Meets World, dropped in 2009. They album was very successful critically and landed him a spot on the XXL Freshman roster of 2010. He has since signed to Nas’ label, Mass Appeal Records and has worked alongside the legendary rapper and others including J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, Evidence, Murs, Aloe Blacc, The Alchemist, Ghostface Killah, and Talib Kweli. He most recently dropped his second studio album, The Ecology, on February 24th, 2015.
Fat TrelHe may not be on everyone’s radar yet, but Fat Trel is well on his way. Raised in Washington D.C, the rapper has an East Coast meets Southern sound that he’s been cultivating from an early age. In 2010, Trel was discovered and signed to the Board of Administration label by Wale. While the partnership didn’t last, it was during this time that he recorded his first mixtape “No Secrets.” In 2012, he released another mixtape “Nightmare on E Street,” with production from Big K.R.I.T, Lex Luger, and Kane Beatz. The mixtape raised him to a new level of success, and more recently in 2013, Trel signed with Wale, Rick Ross, and Maybach Music Group. There are definitely more projects on the horizon for this DMV rapper.
FenixFenix is a 24 year old rising artist from Jersey. He started writing music as an early teen and is widely recognized for having a unique style with complex lyricism. His musical inspiration is mainly driven by the death of his 7 year old sister. At a young age, Fenix and his family were involved in a 3-car accident caused by a DUI driver and his sister passed away in the hospital the following night. The man responsible for the accident committed suicide shortly after. This tragic event paved the way for Fenix to grow as an artist, as he utilized the power of music to express himself on his life experiences. “I’m a strong believer in fate and destiny. I think every one is put on this Earth for a reason” he states. “I wasn’t sure of my purpose in this world until I started recording music and putting my life in words for the world to hear. It allowed me to open up and express myself in ways that I previously struggled. That’s when recording music became more of a way of life for me, rather than a hobby”. With success in mind, Fenix attended college in Central, NJ and received his Bachelors degree in Business. He was the highest ranked Bachelors Degree recipient (#1) at his University and graduated with honors. Simultaneously, Fenix continued to record over 200 songs and has won various online music contests. “I want people to press play on one of my songs and never look back”, he says. “I know many people go through similar trials and tribulations in life with no way out. Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a relationship issue, or something similar, I want to help because I’ve experienced it all”. He continues, “Nothing inspires me more than someone reaching out to me saying that I’ve made a difference for them”. Fenix is anxious for the world to hear his story. Youtube: http:///www.youtube.com/djfountain12 Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/TheRealFenix Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DJ_Fountain Instagram & Vine: @DJ_Fountain
FergieIt wasn’t always Fergalicous for Fergie. Prior to joining the Black Eyed Peas, Fergie was partying hard and became addicted to crystal meth. She kicked the habit in 2002, and told TIME Magazine that the drug “was the hardest boyfriend I ever had to break up with.”Fergie joined the Black Eyed Peas and released her first album, “Elephunk,” with the group in 2003. The album features many of their most popular songs including; “Where Is The Love?,” “Hey Mama,” and “Let’s Get It Started.” Their second album, “Monkey Business,” dropped in 2005 and made it to #2 on the Billboard 200. “Don’t Phunk With My Heart,” won a Grammy Award for best rap performance, and “My Humps” won the Grammy for best pop performance.  Fergie released her first solo album, “The Dutchess,” in 2006 and it included; “London Bridge,” “Glamorous,” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” In 2009, she released another album with the Black Eyed Peas called “The E.N.D,” which featured the songs; “Boom Boom Pow,” “I Gotta Feeling,” “Imma Be” and “Meet Me Halfway.” Fergie’s second studio album is expected to be released by Interscope Records in late 2014.
Flo RidaFlorida is a state that attracts tourists from all around the globe every year. Flo Rida, however, is among the most successful hip-hop artists in recent memory, and, shockingly enough, he hails from Carol City, Florida! His hit songs “Low” and “Right Round” both set digital sales records upon being released in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Flo Rida has released four studio-albums which have featured several other hit tracks. Since beginning his career in 2006, he has collaborated with artists such as T-Pain, Timbaland, will.I.am, Kesha, Pleasure P, Nelly Furtado, Ne-Yo, Three 6 Mafia, Sean Kingston, Akon, Future, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, DJ Felli Fel, Kevin Rudolf, David Guetta, Taio Cruz, Waka Flocka Flame, Rick Ross, Far East Movement, Lady Gaga, and Lil Wayne, among other notable hip-hop and R&B artists. In August 2013, Flo Rida was involved in an online beef with Diplo who took to Twitter to accuse Flo Rida of releasing a video similar to his. Flo Rida took the situation lightly, remarking that he is happy to gain new fans who had not heard of him prior to Diplo’s accusations. Flo Rida announced that his fifth studio-album ‘The Perfect 10’ will be released in 2014.
FlumeThere’s nothing sexier than wylin out in slow motion, and there’s no producer more adept at inspiring that than Australia’s own Flume. Self-trained as an electronica samurai from the age of thirteen, the downtempo producer born Harley Streten has been tearing down walls online and on the festival circuit like no one else can. After his debut self-titled EP catapulted him to stardom in 2012, Flume released Lockjaw, his collaborative EP with hood hero Chet Faker the following year. In May 2016, Flume came back heavy with his proper solo follow-up Skin, with features from some of hip-hop’s newest and truest, such as Vic Mensa, Allan Kingdom, and Vince Staples. Currently in the top 50 most followed Soundcloud artists on the planet, Flume is in good shape to drill his musical vision further and further into the core of our consciousness in the years to come.