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Das EFX - 49% 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

AZ - 44% match to Smif-N-Wessun

Genres: Urban & Rap
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Large Professor - 42% match to Smif-N-Wessun

Genres: Urban & Rap
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EPMD - 41% match to Smif-N-Wessun

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Erick Sermon (25 November 1968, Bayshore, Long Island, New York City, New York, USA) and Parrish Smith (b. 13 May 1968, Brentwood, Long Island, New York, USA) are two rappers who did much to revitalize a flagging rap scene with an early outburst of controlled creative energy, Unfinished Business. Taking samples from rock sources such as Steve Miller, as well as underground d Read more

Masta Ace - 41% 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

Redman - 41% 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

Gang Starr - 40% 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

Lords Of The Underground - 40% 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 - 40% 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

Big L - 37% match to Smif-N-Wessun

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Lamont Coleman, 30 May 1974, New York City, New York, USA, d. 15 February 1999, Harlem, New York City, New York, USA. This highly respected Harlem-based MC had his life cut tragically short just when it appeared his legendary underground status was about to translate into the mainstream. Coleman first came to the attention of the rap world in the early 90s as part of Harlem& Read more

Mobb Deep - 37% 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

Showbiz & A.G. - 36% match to Smif-N-Wessun

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s
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These Bronx, New York, USA-based compatriots of Diamond D were forced to make their mark in hip-hop by establishing their own independent label, Showbiz Records, to house 1991’s self-titled debut EP. It immediately created a buzz, leading them into a major label deal. AG had previously worked freestyle battles with Lord Finesse in high school, who introduced him to Showbiz Read more

Big Daddy Kane - 35% match to Smif-N-Wessun

Genres: Urban & Rap 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

Keith Murray - 35% 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

Naughty By Nature - 35% match to Smif-N-Wessun

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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The New Jersey, USA-based trio of MC Treach (Anthony Criss, 27 December 1970, East Orange, New Jersey, USA), Vinnie (b. Vincent Brown, 17 September 1970, East Orange, New Jersey, USA) and DJ Kay Gee (b. Keir Gist, 15 September 1969, East Orange, New Jersey, USA) utilized the funkier rather than darker aspects of gangsta hip-hop. Heavily influenced by the patronage of Queen L Read more


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