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Big Daddy Kane - 96% match to Marley Marl

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 Shan - 91% match to Marley Marl

Genres: Urban & Rap
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Boogie Down Productions - 78% match to Marley Marl

Genres: 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 - 71% match to Marley Marl

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
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Ultramagnetic MC's - 66% match to Marley Marl

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 - 65% match to Marley Marl

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

Jeru The Damaja - 61% match to Marley Marl

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Kendrick Jeru Davis, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. His stage name in full reading Jeru The Damaja: D Original Dirty Rotten Scoundrel. Jeru is a native New Yorker, whose name refers to the ‘first god’, son of Egyptian deities Osiris and Isis (his father was a Rastafarian). Having at one time earned a living changing tyres for Greyhound buses, he made his f Read more

Masta Ace - 61% match to Marley Marl

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

Kool Moe Dee - 60% match to Marley Marl

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

Rakim - 58% match to Marley Marl

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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William Michael Griffin Jnr., 28 January 1968, Wyandanch, Long Island, New York, USA. Between 1987 and 1992, Rakim released four influential albums in partnership with Eric B that have accorded him the status of one of rap’s greatest figureheads. His complex, cross-referencing lyrics and relaxed delivery style inspired a new generation of hip-hop artists in the 90s, inc Read more

Lords Of The Underground - 57% match to Marley Marl

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Based in Newark, New Jersey, USA, Lords Of The Underground came to prominence via tours with Cypress Hill and Funkdoobiest, with whom their music shares more than a passing acquaintance. The group first met at college where all the band members were majoring in radio communication. The frontmen are Doitall and Mr Funke (aka Mr Funky). The former also has acting interests, takin Read more

Smif-N-Wessun - 53% match to Marley Marl

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Brooklyn, New York, USA-based outfit, named after the famous gun-making duo, Smif N Wessun arrived as the second act on Nervous Records’ subsidiary, Wreck, in 1993. Rappers Tek and Steele first broke vinyl cover with two tracks, ‘Black Smif n Wessun’ and ‘U Da Man’, housed on Black Moon’s Enta Da Stage album. The association with the latter began w Read more

MC Lyte - 52% match to Marley Marl

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

Erick Sermon - 51% match to Marley Marl

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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25 November 1968, Bayshore, Long Island, New York City, New York, USA. Sermon did much to revitalise the rap scene in the late 80s as one half of EPMD, a partnership he formed with fellow rapper Parrish Smith. The duo’s aggressive, bass-heavy grooves and Sermon’s lazy, monotone delivery proved to be an important influence on the then nascent gangsta rap scene. Foll Read more

Keith Murray - 51% match to Marley Marl

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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13 September 1974, Central Islip, New York City, New York, USA. This US rapper made an immediate impact in 1994 after teaming up with producer Erick Sermon for the smooth Top 50 hit single, ‘The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World’. His long-playing debut for Jive Records followed later in the year. As well as his trademark tongue-twisting delivery, a throwback Read more


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