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Main Source - 68% match to O.c.

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s
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There has been much swapping and shifting in the constantly evolving line-ups of the rap band Main Source, formed in Toronto, Canada, but based in New York. The original MCs were K-Cut and Sir Scratch, though Large Professor (Paul Mitchell) excused himself after their first album, which included choice cuts like ‘Just A Friendly Game Of Baseball’. Professor would g Read more

Black Moon - 60% match to O.c.

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Brooklyn-based rappers, whose entrance on the New York scene was rewarded with sales of over 200, 000 of their debut cut, ‘Who Got Da Props?’. Black Moon, who comprise 5ft Excellerator, DJ Evil Dee (Eward Dewgarde) and Buckshot (b. Kenyatta Blake), signed with Nervous Records’ offshoot, Wreck, despite stern competition, in 1991 (there were certainly offers on Read more

Smif-N-Wessun - 60% match to O.c.

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

Jeru The Damaja - 48% match to O.c.

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

Cormega - 44% match to O.c.

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Cory McKay, Queensbridge, New York City, New York, USA. During the 90s, it seemed as if it was mandatory for rappers to have an arch rival that they battled with in the press and on record - Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, the Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac, and especially Nas and Cormega. Like the other aforementioned rivalries, Nas and Cormega were originally allies, as they grew up as fri Read more

J-Live - 42% match to O.c.

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Jean-Jacques Cadet, 1976, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Hip-hop artist J-Live is probably better equipped at rhymes and raps than the average performer as he is a former junior high school English teacher. He began rapping at the age of 12, eventually attending college and interning at Rawshack Records simultaneously. Paying the bills with his aforementioned teaching job, J-Live Read more

Masta Ace - 42% match to O.c.

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

Roc Marciano - 42% match to O.c.

Genres: Urban & Rap
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Big Daddy Kane - 40% match to O.c.

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

Torae - 39% match to O.c.

Genres: Urban & Rap
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Das EFX - 38% match to O.c.

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Das EFX was formed by Drayz (Andre Weston, 9 September 1970, New Jersey, USA) and Skoob (b. Willie Hines, 27 November 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA; Skoob is ‘books’ spelled backwards), two easy-natured rappers whose success story was of the genuine rags to riches variety. As college friends who had met during English classes, they entered a rap cont Read more

Keith Murray - 38% match to O.c.

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

AZ - 36% match to O.c.

Genres: Urban & Rap
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Pete Rock - 36% match to O.c.

Genres: Funk Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Peter Phillips, 21 June 1970, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. One of rap music’s most respected producers, Mount Vernon, New York, USA-based Pete Rock was introduced to the world via Marley Marl’s WBLS show in 1989. He has since gone on to work with everyone from forerunners Heavy D (his cousin), Slick Rick, EPMD and Run-DMC (including their first single, Read more

Marco Polo - 35% match to O.c.

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
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