Born Marshall Mathers in the Kansas City suburb St. Joseph, Eminem spent his childhood between Missouri and Michigan, settling in Detroit by his teens. At the age of 14, he began rapping with a high-school friend, the two adopting the names "Manix" and "M&M," which soon morphed into Eminem. Under this name, Mathers entered battle rapping, a struggle dramatized in the fictionalized "8 Mile". Initially, the predominantly African-American audience didn't embrace Eminem, but soon his skills gained him a reputation, and he was recruited to join several rap groups.
With the aid of Eminem and Dr. Dre, Jackson became one of the world's best selling rappers and rose to prominence with East Coast hip hop group G-Unit. In 2003 he founded G-Unit Records, signing his G-Unit associates Young Buck, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo. Jackson had similar commercial and critical success with his second album, The Massacre, which was released in 2005. He released his fifth studio album, Animal Ambition, in 2014 and is working on his sixth studio album: Street King Immortal, scheduled for release in 2015.
Dre began his career as a member of the World Class Wreckin' Cru and later found fame with the influential gangsta rap group N.W.A with Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella, which popularized the use of explicit lyrics in rap to detail the violence of street life. His 1992 solo debut The Chronic, released under Death Row Records, led him to become one of the best-selling American performing artists of 1993 and to win a Grammy Award for the single "Let Me Ride".
The duo broke up after a feud between Royce and the members of Eminem's group D12. The feud ended when Proof, a D12 member and Eminem's best friend—as well as a friend of Royce's—was murdered in April 2006. After Royce's super-group Slaughterhouse signed to the Eminem-founded label Shady Records, a reunion of Bad Meets Evil followed with the extended play Hell: The Sequel, which reached number one on the US Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America and the Australian Recording Industry Association.
Born in Champaign, Illinois, Ludacris moved to Atlanta, Georgia at age nine, where he began rapping. After a brief stint as a disc jockey, he released his first album Incognegro in 1999 followed by Back for the First Time in 2000, which contained the singles "Southern Hospitality" and "What's Your Fantasy". In 2001, he released Word of Mouf, followed by Chicken-n-Beer in 2003. He took a more serious approach with his next three albums, The Red Light District, Release Therapy, and Theater of the Mind. His latest record, Battle of the Sexes, was released in 2010.
Shakur began his career as a roadie, backup dancer, and MC for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground, eventually branching off as a solo artist. The themes of most of Shakur's songs revolved around the violence and hardship in inner cities, racism and other social problems. Both of his parents and several other of his family were members of the Black Panther Party, whose ideals were reflected in his songs.
During Tony Yayo's imprisonment, the group recruited Tennessee-based rapper Young Buck, who was featured throughout the Beg for Mercy album. In late 2004, California-based rapper The Game was also added to the group, a proposition made by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, to promote the Aftermath/Interscope newcomer. However, due to The Game's "disloyalty" in the eyes of 50 Cent, he was soon removed from the group.
Nate Dogg died in 2011 in Long Beach, California, from complications of multiple strokes.
Jackson (born June 15, 1969) better known by his stage name, Ice Cube,
is an American rapper, actor and film director. Regarded as one of the
greatest hip hop artists, he began his career as a founding member of
the famously controversial rap group N.W.A., and later launched a
successful solo career in music and cinema. In 1992, he married Kim
Jackson, with whom he has four children . Later, in 1992, he converted
to Islam. From the mid-1990s onwards, Cube focused on acting, and his
musical output has slowed down considerably. He remains one of the most
visible West Coast rappers, having helped originate gangsta rap. He is
particularly well-known for his incendiary raps on political and racial
topics, particularly the treatment of blacks in the United States. Ice
Cube was born as O'Shea Jackson to Doris Benjamin, a hospital clerk,
and Andrew Jackson, a machinist and grounds keeper, both of whom came
from the South and later worked at UCLA. He was raised in South Central
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From the "First Sunday" Production Notes As head of the production company Cube Vision, ICE CUBE (Durell Washington) has written, produced, and starred in the cult hit Friday and its successful sequels, Next Friday and Friday After Next. Cube Vision was also responsible for The Players Club, in which Cube made his directorial debut. He also starred in and executive produced the back-to-back box office hits Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back in Business. In Are We Done Yet?, Cube again starred as Nick Persons, a role he created in Revolution Studios' sleeper-hit family comedy Are We There Yet?, which he also produced through Cube Vision. His other film credits include the critically acclaimed Three Kings, opposite George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg, Trespass and Higher Learning. Cube made his feature film debut in John Singleton’s classic Boyz n the Hood. Cube continues to be one of the most recognized hip-hop artists in the recording industry. His thriving music career includes the double-platinum success of Volumes 1 and 2 of his double album, “War and Peace.” As a solo artist, Cube has recorded such hit albums as “Lethal Injection,” “Bootlegs B-Sides,” “The Predator,” and “Amerikkka’s Most Wanted.” His collaborative effort with Mack-10 and WC formed the group Westside Connection, whose second album, “Terrorist Threats,” was released in December 2003 and marks the follow-up effort to their 1996 double-platinum seller, “Bow Down.” A collection of Ice Cube’s greatest hits, featuring two new songs, was released by Priority Records in December 2001.
Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. When he released his debut album Ready to Die in 1994, he became a central figure in the East Coast hip hop scene and increased New York's visibility in the genre at a time when West Coast hip hop was dominant in the mainstream. The following year, Wallace led his childhood friends to chart success through his protégé group, Junior M.A.F.I.A. While recording his second album, Wallace was heavily involved in the growing East Coast/West Coast hip hop feud.
On March 9, 1997, Wallace was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. His double-disc set Life After Death, released 16 days later, rose to No. 1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified Diamond in 2000, one of the few hip hop albums to receive this certification. Wallace was noted for his "loose, easy flow", dark semi-autobiographical lyrics and storytelling abilities. Two more albums have been released since his death. He has certified sales of 17 million units in the United States.
About.com included him on its list of the 50 Greatest MCs of Our Time, while Steve Huey of AllMusic called him one of the best and most prolific rappers of the 1990s. In 2012, The Source placed him on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time. MTV has called him "one of hip-hop's greatest visual artists."
Busta Rhymes was both a member of Leaders of the New School and a founding member of the record label Conglomerate and production crew The Conglomerate. In November 2011, Busta Rhymes signed a deal with Cash Money Records. He has so far released eight studio albums, with the first being the 1995 platinum-selling album The Coming.