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DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The Fresh Prince, aka Will Smith (Willard Christopher Smith Jnr., 25 September 1968, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) is now just as famous for his acting career, which started when he played the streetwise tough suffering culture shock when transplanted into the affluent Beverley Hills household of television series The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. However, this was initially v Read more

Will Smith - 100% match to DJ Jazzy Jeff

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Willard Christopher Smith Jnr., 25 September 1968, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Rap music’s most successful crossover artist, Smith started his career as one half of DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince. Although it was lightweight in comparison with the threatening ‘street’ style of Public Enemy and N.W.A. , the duo’s inoffensive, bubblegum rap made th Read more

LL Cool J - 69% match to DJ Jazzy Jeff

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Digital Underground - 59% match to DJ Jazzy Jeff

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This rap crew was among the genre’s most faithful advocates of the style of funk created by the likes of Parliament and Funkadelic. The unit was formed in the mid-80s in Oakland, California by Shock-G (Gregory E. Jacobs, 25 August 1963, USA; keyboards/vocals) and Chopmaster J (samples/percussion). Other key members included DJ Fuze (b. David Elliot, 8 October 1970, Syra Read more

Biz Markie - 55% match to DJ Jazzy Jeff

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
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Heavy D & The Boyz - 53% match to DJ Jazzy Jeff

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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Young M.C. - 52% match to DJ Jazzy Jeff

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Marvin Young, 10 May 1967, London, England, but raised in Queens, New York City. Young went to college in California, earning a degree in economics from the University Of South California, where he also wrote material for Tone-Loc (including co-writing credits on his massive hits ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘Funky Cold Medina’). His solo work was similarly within th Read more

Kris Kross - 51% match to DJ Jazzy Jeff

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Two youths from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, who topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for eight weeks with ‘Jump’, a song anchored by the bassline to the Jackson Five’s ‘I Want You Back’. Chris ‘Mack Daddy’ Kelly (1 May 1978, USA) and Chris ‘Daddy Mack’ Smith (b. 10 January 1979, USA) were both just 13 years old when they scored w Read more

Kriss Kross - 51% match to DJ Jazzy Jeff

Genres: Urban & Rap
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Naughty By Nature - 51% match to DJ Jazzy Jeff

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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The New Jersey, USA-based trio of MC Treach (Anthony Criss, 27 December 1970, East Orange, New Jersey, USA), Vinnie (b. Vincent Brown, 17 September 1970, East Orange, New Jersey, USA) and DJ Kay Gee (b. Keir Gist, 15 September 1969, East Orange, New Jersey, USA) utilized the funkier rather than darker aspects of gangsta hip-hop. Heavily influenced by the patronage of Queen L Read more

Big Daddy Kane - 50% match to DJ Jazzy Jeff

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Antonio M. Hardy, 10 September 1968, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Self-styled ‘black gentleman vampire’, whose KANE moniker is an acronym for King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal. Kane followed his cousin into hip-hop by rapping in front of a beatbox for his first shows on Long Island, New York. Aided by his DJ Mr Cee, he has released several albums of laconic, fully reali Read more

Boogie Down Productions - 50% match to DJ Jazzy Jeff

Genres: Instrumental Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Bronx, New York-based rap duo comprised DJ Scott LaRock (Scott Sterling, d. 27 August 1987, South Bronx, New York City, New York, USA) and rapper KRS-One (b. Lawrence Krisna Parker, 20 August 1965, New York, USA). KRS-One (aka KRS-1) is an acronym for Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone, and ‘edutainment’ remained a central theme in the work of Boogi Read more

Eric B. & Rakim - 50% match to DJ Jazzy Jeff

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Queens, New York, USA-based rap duo comprised Eric Barrier (Elmhurst, New York, USA) and William ‘Rakim’ Griffin (b. William Griffin Jnr., Long Island, New York, USA), using additional musicians such as Sefton the Terminator and Chad Jackson as required. Rakim was the lyricist, Eric B the DJ, or, as Rakim himself put it in ‘I Ain’t No Joke’:  Read more

Salt 'N Pepa - 50% match to DJ Jazzy Jeff

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Salt (Cheryl James, 8 March 1964, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA) and Pepa (b. Sandra Denton, 9 November 1969, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies) grew up in the Queens district of New York City. They became telephone sales girls and envisioned a career in nursing until fellow colleague and part-time producer Hurby ‘Luv Bug’ Azor stepped in. He asked them to ra Read more

Sir Mix-A-Lot - 50% match to DJ Jazzy Jeff

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Anthony Ray, 12 August 1963, USA. Seattle based MC and producer Sir Mix-A-Lot broke with ‘Posse On Broadway’, a statement of intent released on his own label in 1986, which went on to sell over a million copies. Further crossover success arrived with rap’s second great rock/rap coalition: a cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘Iron Man’, performed in conju Read more


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