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Talib Kweli - 91% match to Common

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Talib Kweli Greene, 3 October 1975, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. One of the leading alternative rap artists of his generation, Kweli has amassed a body of work that stands alongside the Afrocentric rappers that inspired him as a teenager. As the son of two professors Kweli was always going to eschew the street thuggery of many of his contemporaries, and his musica Read more

The Roots - 75% match to Common

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
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Nas - 73% match to Common

Genres: R&B / Soul Reggae Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones, 14 September 1973, Long Island, New York, USA. From the tough Queensbridge housing projects which brought the world Marley Marl, MC Shan and Intelligent Hoodlum, Nas made his name as a highly skilled rapper with the double whammy of 1994’s Illmatic and 1996’s It Was Written, albums whose music was crafted with a degree of subtlety and fore Read more

Mos Def - 69% match to Common

Genres: Urban & Rap
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Lupe Fiasco - 62% match to Common

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, 17 February 1982, Chicago, Illinois, USA. This Chicago-based rapper made his national breakthrough in 2006 after over five years on the sidelines, with a major factor in his success his friendship with the ubiquitous Kanye West.Rapping from an early age, he adopted his unusual stage moniker from a childhood nickname and made his Read more

Slum Village - 54% match to Common

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Originating from the Conant Gardens section of Detroit, Michigan, USA, the rap outfit Slum Village first came together during the mid-90s. The group originally comprised rhymers Muhammed Baatin and T-3, plus producer J Dilla aka Jay Dee (James Yancey, 7 February 1974, USA, d. 10 February 2006, Los Angeles, California, USA). The latter had previously worked with Pharcyde, A T Read more

Q-Tip - 50% match to Common

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Jonathan Davis, 10 April 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Q-Tip made his name as MC with late 80s/early 90s hip-hop pioneers A Tribe Called Quest, one of the finest acts to emerge from New York’s Native Tongues Posse. Their fluid jazz influenced grooves and Afrocentric, socially conscious lyrics helped up new possibilities in rap music, and was also highly Read more

A Tribe Called Quest - 48% match to Common

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This US male rap outfit originally comprised Q-Tip (Jonathan Davis, 10 April 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA), DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad (b. 11 August 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA), Jarobi and Phife Dog (b. Malik Taylor, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA). They formed at school in Manhattan, New York, where they started out as part of the Nati Read more

J Dilla - 46% match to Common

Genres: Urban & Rap
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Jay-Z - 46% match to Common

Genres: Heavy Metal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Shawn Corey Carter, 4 December 1969, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Raised in Brooklyn, Carter was a school friend of the Notorious B.I.G. He first started releasing records in the late 80s, part-financing his music by hustling. In 1990, he appeared on records by his close friend Jaz (‘The Originators’) and Original Flavor (‘Can I Get Open’), and Read more

Gang Starr - 42% match to Common

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Arguably hip-hop’s most literate, challenging act on both musical and lyrical fronts, Gang Starr comprises Guru Keith E (Keith Elam, 17 July 1966, Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA; vocals/lyrics) and DJ Premier (b. Christopher Martin, 21 March 1966, Houston, Texas, USA; music). Guru (Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal) was born the son of a Boston municipal and superior court Read more

D'Angelo - 41% match to Common

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Erykah Badu - 40% match to Common

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Erica Abi Wright, 26 February 1971, Dallas, Texas, USA. This uncompromising R&B performer has made rapid progress in her brief career to date. Initially signed to Kedar Entertainment, Badu effortlessly repeated the label’s blueprint for success that propelled D’Angelo to international stardom in the late 90s. Her 1997 debut album, Baduizm, was largely self-writ Read more

Outkast - 40% match to Common

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This hip-hop duo comprises Dre aka André 3000 (André Benjamin, 27 May 1975, Georgia, USA) and Big Boi (b. Antwan André Patton, 1 February 1975, Savannah, Georgia, USA), who first met while studying at Atlanta’s Tri-City high school. The duo signed a recording contract with L.A. And Babyface’s LaFace imprint prior to graduation, and immediately Read more

Masta Ace - 39% match to Common

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Duval Clear, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Raised in Brooklyn, Masta Ace became a hip-hop DJ in the 70s before adjusting to MC status by 1983. He won a rapping competition two years later which earned him studio time with producer Marley Marl, before a collegiate interlude followed. He contributed to the In Control Volume 1 set by Marl, and the latter’s label, Read more

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