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Common - 100% match to The Roots

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Lonnie Rashied Lynn Jnr., 13 March 1972, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Originally recording under the expanded pseudonym Common Sense, Lynn is one of the more enlightened contemporary rappers, proffering a heady mix of verbiage and syncopated hip-hop rhythms. He made his debut in 1992 with Can I Borrow A Dollar?, a series of tracts on consumer identity with the occasional lapse in Read more

Mos Def - 85% match to The Roots

Genres: Urban & Rap
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Talib Kweli - 77% match to The Roots

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Talib Kweli Greene, 3 October 1975, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. One of the leading alternative rap artists of his generation, Kweli has amassed a body of work that stands alongside the Afrocentric rappers that inspired him as a teenager. As the son of two professors Kweli was always going to eschew the street thuggery of many of his contemporaries, and his musica Read more

De La Soul - 69% match to The Roots

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul Urban & Rap Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Hailing from Long Island, New York, USA, De La Soul was formed by Posdnous (Kelvin Mercer, 17 August 1969, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA), Trugoy the Dove (b. David Jude Joliceur, 21 September 1968, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA), and Pasemaster Mace (b. Vincent Lamont Mason Jnr., 27 March 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA) who were contemporari Read more

John Legend - 68% match to The Roots

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 2000s
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John Stephens, 28 December 1978, Springfield, Ohio, USA. Neo-soul singer-songwriter and pianist John Stephens spent a number of years behind the scenes, performing in small jazz clubs and hiring out his talents to other artists as a session player. Raised in Philadelphia, Stephens played piano for his local church and then studied English at the University of Pennsylvania. A Read more

The Pharcyde - 67% match to The Roots

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This spaced-out rap crew originally comprised Imani Wilcox, Bootie Brown (Romye Robinson), Slim Kid (b. Tré Hardson) and Fat Lip (b. Derrick Stewart). Based in Los Angeles, California, USA, their goofy, fast-talking style defied the early 90s rash of gangsta vinyl from that area with a dogma-deflating blend of cool, loopy rhythms and cultural lyrics. Hardson, Robinson Read more

Gang Starr - 66% match to The Roots

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

Nas - 65% match to The Roots

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones, 14 September 1973, Long Island, New York, USA. From the tough Queensbridge housing projects which brought the world Marley Marl, MC Shan and Intelligent Hoodlum, Nas made his name as a highly skilled rapper with the double whammy of 1994’s Illmatic and 1996’s It Was Written, albums whose music was crafted with a degree of subtlety and fore Read more

Nasty Nas - 65% match to The Roots

Genres: Urban & Rap
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Little Brother - 63% match to The Roots

Genres: Urban & Rap
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Outkast - 62% match to The Roots

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This hip-hop duo comprises Dre aka André 3000 (André Benjamin, 27 May 1975, Georgia, USA) and Big Boi (b. Antwan André Patton, 1 February 1975, Savannah, Georgia, USA), who first met while studying at Atlanta’s Tri-City high school. The duo signed a recording contract with L.A. And Babyface’s LaFace imprint prior to graduation, and immediately Read more

A Tribe Called Quest - 60% match to The Roots

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This US male rap outfit originally comprised Q-Tip (Jonathan Davis, 10 April 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA), DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad (b. 11 August 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA), Jarobi and Phife Dog (b. Malik Taylor, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA). They formed at school in Manhattan, New York, where they started out as part of the Nati Read more

Pharoahe Monch - 58% match to The Roots

Genres: Urban & Rap
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Redman - 57% match to The Roots

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

Slum Village - 56% match to The Roots

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Originating from the Conant Gardens section of Detroit, Michigan, USA, the rap outfit Slum Village first came together during the mid-90s. The group originally comprised rhymers Muhammed Baatin and T-3, plus producer J Dilla aka Jay Dee (James Yancey, 7 February 1974, USA, d. 10 February 2006, Los Angeles, California, USA). The latter had previously worked with Pharcyde, A T Read more


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