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Stetsasonic - 100% match to Digital Underground

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Among rap’s elder statesmen with origins in 1981, Brooklyn’s Stetsasonic were hugely influential on a number of fronts. They were one of the few bands of their generation to promote the use of live instruments, and there was simply no hip-hop comparison to their onstage power. Via their ‘A.F.R.I.C.A.’ 45 (1985) they helped usher in a new wave of black consci Read more

Boogie Down Productions - 84% match to Digital Underground

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

Biz Markie - 83% match to Digital Underground

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
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Fat Boys - 75% match to Digital Underground

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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From the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA, the Fat Boys were originally known as the Disco 3, before deciding to trade in the appellation in exchange for something more gimmicky. The bulk of their material dealt with just that, emphasising their size, and did little to avert the widely held perception of them as a novelty act. The trio consisted of Darren ‘The Human Bea Read more

Kool Moe Dee - 75% match to Digital Underground

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Mohandas DeWese, 8 August 1962, Harlem, New York, USA. Once of original rap pioneers Treacherous Three, Kool Moe Dee carved a solo career bracing his old school style against the more urbane concerns of the new wave. He originally started rapping in his native Harlem by grabbing the mic at house parties, soon hooking up with his Treacherous colleagues L.A. Sunshine and Speci Read more

Ice-T - 74% match to Digital Underground

Genres: Funk Spoken Word Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Tracy Marrow, 16 February 1958, Newark, New Jersey, USA. One of the most outspoken rappers to emerge from the 80s west coast hip-hop scene, and one of the founding fathers of gangsta rap, Ice-T boasts (sometimes literally) a violent past in which he was shot twice - once while involved in an armed robbery. His name, fittingly, is taken from black exploitation author Iceberg Read more

Big Daddy Kane - 72% match to Digital Underground

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

MC Lyte - 72% match to Digital Underground

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lana Moorer, 11 October 1970, Queens, New York City, New York, USA, but raised in Brooklyn. The daughter of First Priority boss Nat Robinson, and sister to the Audio Two brothers, Lyte began her career in fine style with the 45 ‘I Cram To Understand U (Sam)’, released when she was still a teenager. The story told of personal deceit in a relationship, the narrator u Read more

Whodini - 69% match to Digital Underground

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Brooklyn, New York-based rappers who, from their formation in 1982, pioneered the commercial rap/rock crossover, while many also cite their earliest recordings as precursors to the ‘New Jack Swing’ movement. Whodini are rappers Jalil Hutchins (30 November 1963) and Ecstasy (b. John Fletcher, 7 June 1964), backed from 1986 by talented old school DJ, Grandmaster Dee Read more

Kid 'N Play - 61% match to Digital Underground

Genres: Comedy Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Among rap’s most innocuous outfits, Kid ‘N Play came to light in 1988 through an album that to date represents their best work; and typified their happy-go-lucky, cartoon style. So much so that the group was offered their own cartoon series, following their appearance in House Party (Kid ‘N Play’s Funhouse is a spin-off from the film, including actual dialog Read more

LL Cool J - 59% match to Digital Underground

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Black Sheep - 58% match to Digital Underground

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Rap duo comprising Andre ‘Dres’ Titus (Sanford, North Carolina, USA) and William ‘Mista Lawnge’ McLean (b. 11 December 1970, Sanford, North Carolina, USA), who are based in the Bronx, New York, though they actually met in North Carolina in 1983. Titus’ father, an army officer, was stationed there, while McLean’s mother had relocated to the state Read more

Naughty By Nature - 57% match to Digital Underground

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

Bell Biv Devoe - 56% match to Digital Underground

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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On their arrival on the music scene in 1989, this trio of former New Edition members, Ricky Bell (18 September 1967, Boston, Massachusetts, USA), Michael Bivins (b. 10 August 1968, Boston, Massachusetts, USA) and Ronnie DeVoe (b. 17 November 1967, Boston, Massachusetts, USA), heralded a new development in American urban music, infusing their hip-hop-inflected rhymes with a m Read more

The D.O.C. - 56% match to Digital Underground

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Tracy Lynne Curry, 10 June 1968, Dallas, Texas, USA. D.O.C. was once one of the world’s most promising rappers, before, shortly after the release of his 1988 debut, his career was cut short by a horrendous automobile accident that crushed his throat and left him unable to rap. Hanging out with Dr. Dre’s Dogg Pound posse, he had regained enough use of his voice to c Read more


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