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Chingy - 100% match to Nelly

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Howard Bailey Jnr., 9 March 1979, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. This US rapper burst into the mainstream charts in summer 2003 with the anthemic ‘Right Thurr’, a catchy slice of southern hip-hop that briefly threatened to unseat the reigning king of pop rap, Nelly. Chingy first began rapping in the early 90s, and before long had established a reputation on St. Louis Read more

T.I. - 70% match to Nelly

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Clifford Joseph Harris Jnr., 25 September 1980, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Rapper T.I. was one of countless up-and-coming artists to emerge from the south of the USA during the early twenty-first century. T.I. was first exposed to hip-hop at the age of seven, and by the time he was 11 he had decided to pursue a career in rap seriously (originally as T.I.P.). A few problems with Read more

Bow Wow - 69% match to Nelly

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s
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Ludacris - 66% match to Nelly

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Christopher Brian Bridges, 11 September 1977, Champaign, Illinois, USA. One of the new wave of southern hip-hop artists to emerge at the turn of the new millennium, Bridges began rapping at an early age. He joined a Chicago, Illinois-based crew at the age of 12, before moving to Atlanta and rapping his way through high school. He landed a production job with the city’s Read more

Usher - 63% match to Nelly

Genres: Dance R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Usher Raymond IV, 14 October 1978, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. Originally drawn from LaFace Records’ seemingly inexhaustible wellspring of young R&B acts in the mid-90s, Usher is one of the few who can boast of real star quality and staying power. Indeed, after the release of his self-titled debut in 1994, there seemed to be a danger that he would become better kno Read more

Chris Brown - 55% match to Nelly

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 2000s
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Christopher Maurice Brown, 5 May 1989, Tappahannock, Virginia, USA. This precociously talented R&B singer was still only 16 when his debut single ‘Run It!’ climbed to the top of the mainstream chart in late 2005. Brown’s smooth vocals, clean-cut good looks and dancing ability immediately led many media commentators to herald Brown as the new Usher.

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T-Pain - 54% match to Nelly

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Faheem Najm, 30 June 1985, Tallahassee, Florida, USA. This former rapper turned singer-songwriter/producer enjoyed US success at the end of 2005 with the R&B/pop hit ‘I’m Sprung’. Najm began making music in his bedroom studio while still living with his parents, before graduating to live performance with the Florida-based rap outfit Nappy Headz. The quinte Read more

Ying Yang Twins - 54% match to Nelly

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Formed in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the Ying Yang Twins comprises friends Kaine (Eric Jackson, 16 December 1978, USA) and D-Roc (b. D’Angelo Holmes, 13 February 1979, USA). The duo first came together in 1996, after a mutual acquaintance introduced them. They quickly realized that their rhyming styles complimented each other perfectly, but the only problem was that D-Roc w Read more

Akon - 53% match to Nelly

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Aliaune Thiam, 14 October 1981, Dakar, Senegal. The son of jazz percussionist Mor Thiam, Akon spent his early years in the west African country of Senegal before his family returned to the USA and settled in New Jersey. His parents relocated to Atlanta while he was still at high school, leaving the youngster to make the most of his freedom by running into trouble with the la Read more

Chamillionaire - 51% match to Nelly

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Hakeem Seriki, 28 November 1979, Houston, Texas, USA. This southern rapper’s remarkable rise to the top of the US charts in 2006 paid testament to the potency of the Houston-based mixtape scene, with Chamillionaire the latest in a line of emcees from the city to cross from the underground to the mainstream. His fluid delivery and verbal dexterity marked Chamillionaire o Read more

Ashanti - 46% match to Nelly

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 2000s
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Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas, 13 October 1980, Glen Cove, New York, USA. For urban R&B singer Ashanti it has been a case of third time lucky. Her honey-toned voice and striking looks landed her a recording contract with Jive Records at the age of 14, then again with Epic Records at 17, but neither of those deals came to fruition. It was when she was noticed by Murder Inc. m Read more

Eve - 46% match to Nelly

Genres: Urban & Rap
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Sean Kingston - 44% match to Nelly

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
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Kisean Anderson, 3 February 1990, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. This Florida-based US rapper was raised in Miami from the age of six, although the influence of his Caribbean roots is readily evident in his music. Kingston’s troubled upbringing resulted in a custodial sentence for breaking-and-entering at the age of 11, by which time his mother and sister had already l Read more

50 Cent - 43% match to Nelly

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Lil Jon - 43% match to Nelly

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Originating from Atlanta, Georgia, US party rap trio Lil Jon And The East Side Boyz became mainstays in the mainstream charts during the early years of the twenty-first century, both as a solo act and more frequently as guests on other artist’s recordings. The crew’s main man is Lil Jon (Jonathan Smith, 1971, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA), a club DJ who initially m Read more


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