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Black Moon - 100% match to Smif-N-Wessun

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

Jeru The Damaja - 44% match to Smif-N-Wessun

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

Das EFX - 39% match to Smif-N-Wessun

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

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Lords Of The Underground - 37% match to Smif-N-Wessun

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

Main Source - 36% match to Smif-N-Wessun

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

Pete Rock - 34% match to Smif-N-Wessun

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

Keith Murray - 30% match to Smif-N-Wessun

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

Tha Alkaholiks - 30% match to Smif-N-Wessun

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This US rap crew specialize in fun, funky tunes. The line-up comprises J-Ro (James Robinson, Los Angeles, California, USA), Tash (b. Rico Smith, Ohio, USA) and DJ E-Swift (b. Eric Brooks, Ohio, USA). Despite raised eyebrows over their name and gaudy stage performances, Tha Alkaholiks have become popular proponents of ‘party rap’. J-Ro had intended to become a rappe Read more

Mobb Deep - 29% match to Smif-N-Wessun

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This rap duo, comprising Havoc (Kejuan Muchita, 21 May 1974, Queensbridge, New York, USA) and Prodigy (b. Albert Johnson, 2 November 1974, Queensbridge, New York, USA), made a colossal impact in 1995 with their hardcore hip-hop single ‘Shook Ones Part II’. Compared in the music press to the experience of hearing Schoolly D for the first time, it saw the New York-ba Read more

Cormega - 28% match to Smif-N-Wessun

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

Redman - 28% match to Smif-N-Wessun

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Reginald Noble, 17 April 1970, Newark, New Jersey, USA. Inventive and witty US rapper whose 1992 debut Whut? Thee Album broke into the US Top 50, although it failed to get a UK release until much later in the year. Enshrining the new ethos of cannabis as the drug of choice (‘How To Roll A Blunt’), there was also room for the traditional braggadocio (‘A Day Of Read more

Masta Ace - 27% match to Smif-N-Wessun

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

Big Daddy Kane - 25% match to Smif-N-Wessun

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

Gang Starr - 24% match to Smif-N-Wessun

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Arguably hip-hop’s most literate, challenging act on both musical and lyrical fronts, Gang Starr comprises Guru Keith E (Keith Elam, 17 July 1966, Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA; vocals/lyrics) and DJ Premier (b. Christopher Martin, 21 March 1966, Houston, Texas, USA; music). Guru (Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal) was born the son of a Boston municipal and superior court Read more

Killah Priest - 24% match to Smif-N-Wessun

Genres: Urban & Rap
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Walter Reed, 16 August 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville, Reed was inspired by neighbourhood rappers such as future Wu-Tang Clan member GZA and Onyx’s Suavé. Despite building up a formidable reputation of his own, Reed embarked on an educational sabbatical during which he immersed himse Read more


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