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Ja Rule - 100% match to Nelly

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
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Chingy - 71% 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

Usher - 68% 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

Ludacris - 65% 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

T.I. - 60% 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

Akon - 59% match to Nelly

Genres: R&B / Soul
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

Ying Yang Twins - 59% 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

Diddy - 56% match to Nelly

Genres: Dance Urban & Rap
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Flo Rida - 56% match to Nelly

Genres: Urban & Rap
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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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Juvenile - 53% match to Nelly

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Terius Gray, 26 March 1975, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. This highly talented New Orleans, Louisiana, USA-based rapper earned his name from a youth spent on the streets. He originally made his mark on the southern underground scene in the early 90s as part of the trio 3Grand, before signing a short-term solo recording contract with Warlock Records, who released 1995’s B Read more

50 Cent - 48% match to Nelly

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Mase - 48% match to Nelly

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Mason Durrell Betha, 27 August 1978, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. By the time rapper Ma$e launched his solo career, he was already an A-list celebrity among hip-hop fans by dint of appearances on gold and platinum singles by Puff Daddy (‘Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down’), Brian McKnight (‘You Should Hold Me’), 112 (‘Only You’) and Notorious B.I.G Read more

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - 46% match to Nelly

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

Jermaine Dupri - 46% match to Nelly

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Jermaine Dupri Mauldin, 23 September 1972, Asheville, North Carolina, USA. Dupri has established a reputation as one of the leading contemporary US producers. He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where his father, Michael Mauldin, acted as road manager for local groups. His father’s connections led to breakdancing slots for artists such as Diana Ross and Cameo. He also perfo Read more


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