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Whodini - 80% match to Mantronix

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

Schoolly D - 77% match to Mantronix

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Jesse B. Weaver Jnr., Baltimore, Philadelphia, USA. Posturing street rapper who, together with his DJ Code Money (b. Lance Allen, USA), was an early pioneer of gangsta rap, a format that featured an abundance of violence and vendettas, and the glorification of the MC’s personal armoury. Allied to the usual sexual declamation, it was a limited world view but a partially Read more

Man Parrish - 61% match to Mantronix

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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One of the earliest hip-hop acts who broke through in 1983 with ‘Hip Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop)’. His only other UK hit was ‘Boogie Down (Bronx)’ in 1985. However, his biggest slice of success came in 1987 through a joint venture with Man 2 Man, ‘Male Stripper’. After heavy exposure in gay clubs, it rose to number 4 in the UK. Read more

Afrika Bambaataa - 60% match to Mantronix

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Kevin Donovan, 10 April 1960, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. His name deriving from that of a nineteenth-century Zulu chief, translating as ‘Chief Affection’, Bambaataa was the founding father of New York’s Zulu Nation. The name was inspired by the movie Zulu, starring Michael Caine, and the code of honour and bravery of its black participants. A loo Read more

MC Shan - 56% match to Mantronix

Genres: Urban & Rap
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Ultramagnetic MC's - 56% match to Mantronix

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Bronx, New York, USA-based four-piece rap troupe incorporated the best traditions of jazz and funk in their polished, rhythmic style. Having worked with Boogie Down Productions’ KRS-One among many others, the Ultramagnetic MC’s earned their reputation at the forefront of rap, pioneering the use of the sampler in hip-hop. They comprised Maurice Smith (aka Moe Love Read more

Eric B. & Rakim - 48% match to Mantronix

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

Kurtis Blow - 47% match to Mantronix

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Kurt Walker, 9 August 1959, Harlem, New York, USA. A producer and rap pioneer who had one of the genre’s earliest hits with ‘Christmas Rappin’ in 1979, written for him by J.B. Ford and Billboard journalist Robert Ford Jnr. Blow had previously studied vocal performance at the High School Of Music and Art at the City College of New York. Afterwards, he began wor Read more

Boogie Down Productions - 46% match to Mantronix

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

EPMD - 45% match to Mantronix

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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LL Cool J - 42% match to Mantronix

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The Sugarhill Gang - 41% match to Mantronix

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Funk Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Englewood, New Jersey, USA troupe, whose ‘Rapper’s Delight’ was hip-hop’s breakthrough single and paved the way for the mainstream success of rap music in the 80s. They gave the music an identity and a calling card in the first line of the song: ‘A hip-hop, The hi-be, To the hi-be, The hip-hip-hop, You don’t stop rockin’. Master G (Guy O Read more

Big Daddy Kane - 39% match to Mantronix

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

Grandmaster Flash - 39% match to Mantronix

Genres: Dance Disco Electronic & Ambient Funk R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s
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Kool Moe Dee - 39% match to Mantronix

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


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