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Big Daddy Kane - 34% match to The 45 King

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

Biz Markie - 26% match to The 45 King

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
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The Beatnuts - 25% match to The 45 King

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This Latino hip-hop crew from New York established their name in the late 80s with remix credits for Prime Minister Pete Nice, Naughty By Nature, Da Lench Mob and Cypress Hill, and also produced Chi-Ali, Da Youngsta’s and Fat Joe. Originally comprising Psycho Les (Lester Fernandez) and Junkyard JuJu (b. Jerry Tineo), lyricist Fashion (b. Berntony Smalls) was added when Read more

Ultramagnetic MC's - 25% match to The 45 King

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Bronx, New York, USA-based four-piece rap troupe incorporated the best traditions of jazz and funk in their polished, rhythmic style. Having worked with Boogie Down Productions’ KRS-One among many others, the Ultramagnetic MC’s earned their reputation at the forefront of rap, pioneering the use of the sampler in hip-hop. They comprised Maurice Smith (aka Moe Love Read more

Kurtis Blow - 22% match to The 45 King

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Kurt Walker, 9 August 1959, Harlem, New York, USA. A producer and rap pioneer who had one of the genre’s earliest hits with ‘Christmas Rappin’ in 1979, written for him by J.B. Ford and Billboard journalist Robert Ford Jnr. Blow had previously studied vocal performance at the High School Of Music and Art at the City College of New York. Afterwards, he began wor Read more

Main Source - 22% match to The 45 King

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 Sheep - 21% match to The 45 King

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
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Rap duo comprising Andre ‘Dres’ Titus (Sanford, North Carolina, USA) and William ‘Mista Lawnge’ McLean (b. 11 December 1970, Sanford, North Carolina, USA), who are based in the Bronx, New York, though they actually met in North Carolina in 1983. Titus’ father, an army officer, was stationed there, while McLean’s mother had relocated to the state Read more

Sadat X - 20% match to The 45 King

Genres: Urban & Rap
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Derrick Murphy, 29 December 1968, New Rochelle, New York, USA. Sadat X initially rose to prominence as a member of Brand Nubian, one of the most politicized and controversial rap acts of the 90s. Having worked on three high-impact albums with that group, All For One, In God We Trust and Everything Is Everything, he elected to turn solo in the mid-90s. His debut record for RC Read more

Large Professor - 19% match to The 45 King

Genres: Urban & Rap
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Mantronix - 19% match to The 45 King

Genres: Dance Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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DJ Kurtis Mantronik (Curtis Khaleel, 4 September 1965, Jamaica, West Indies, moving to Canada at age seven, then New York as a teenager) was the creative force behind these New York-based hip-hop innovators, a multi-instrumental talent whose knowledge of electronics was central to the band’s sound. That sound, electro in its purest form as suggested by the band’s n Read more

Jeru The Damaja - 18% match to The 45 King

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

Marley Marl - 18% match to The 45 King

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Marlon Williams, 30 September 1962, Queens, New York, USA. Widely revered for his considerable production skills, notably for his cousin MC Shan, Big Daddy Kane, Masta Ace, Roxanne Shanté and Biz Markie, Marl’s work is inhabited by a spirit of accessible, old school gusto. He has been widely congratulated for his innovative sampling techniques, using the SP1200 o Read more

Boogie Down Productions - 16% match to The 45 King

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Bronx, New York-based rap duo comprised DJ Scott LaRock (Scott Sterling, d. 27 August 1987, South Bronx, New York City, New York, USA) and rapper KRS-One (b. Lawrence Krisna Parker, 20 August 1965, New York, USA). KRS-One (aka KRS-1) is an acronym for Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone, and ‘edutainment’ remained a central theme in the work of Boogi Read more

Heavy D & The Boyz - 16% match to The 45 King

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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MC Lyte - 15% match to The 45 King

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lana Moorer, 11 October 1970, Queens, New York City, New York, USA, but raised in Brooklyn. The daughter of First Priority boss Nat Robinson, and sister to the Audio Two brothers, Lyte began her career in fine style with the 45 ‘I Cram To Understand U (Sam)’, released when she was still a teenager. The story told of personal deceit in a relationship, the narrator u Read more


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