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Nelly - 58% match to Will Smith

Genres: Spoken Word Urban & Rap Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Cornell Haynes Jnr., 2 November 1974, Austin, Texas, USA. Haynes had an itinerant childhood, moving to Spain at one point before ending up in the ghettos of St. Louis, Missouri. A talented baseball player, Haynes opted instead to form the St. Lunatics rap crew with high school friends Kyjuan (b. Robert Cleveland), City Spud (b. Lavell Webb), Big Lee (b. Ali Jones), Murphy Le Read more

Diddy - 48% match to Will Smith

Genres: Dance Urban & Rap
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Ja Rule - 48% match to Will Smith

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap Urban & Rap
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LL Cool J - 48% match to Will Smith

Genres: Urban & Rap Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Kris Kross - 46% match to Will Smith

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Two youths from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, who topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for eight weeks with ‘Jump’, a song anchored by the bassline to the Jackson Five’s ‘I Want You Back’. Chris ‘Mack Daddy’ Kelly (1 May 1978, USA) and Chris ‘Daddy Mack’ Smith (b. 10 January 1979, USA) were both just 13 years old when they scored w Read more

Kriss Kross - 46% match to Will Smith

Genres: Urban & Rap Urban & Rap
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Salt 'N Pepa - 44% match to Will Smith

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Salt (Cheryl James, 8 March 1964, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA) and Pepa (b. Sandra Denton, 9 November 1969, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies) grew up in the Queens district of New York City. They became telephone sales girls and envisioned a career in nursing until fellow colleague and part-time producer Hurby ‘Luv Bug’ Azor stepped in. He asked them to ra Read more

MC Hammer - 43% match to Will Smith

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Urban & Rap Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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Montell Jordan - 43% match to Will Smith

Genres: Christian & Gospel Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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3 December 1968, Los Angeles, California, USA. Montell Jordan made a huge impact in both the US and UK charts in 1995 with the runaway success of his Def Jam Records’ single ‘This Is How We Do It’. Utilising a sample from Slick Rick, this celebration of life in South Central, Los Angeles, struck a chord with both hip-hop fans and modern R&B audiences. With Read more

Sir Mix-A-Lot - 43% match to Will Smith

Genres: Urban & Rap Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Anthony Ray, 12 August 1963, USA. Seattle based MC and producer Sir Mix-A-Lot broke with ‘Posse On Broadway’, a statement of intent released on his own label in 1986, which went on to sell over a million copies. Further crossover success arrived with rap’s second great rock/rap coalition: a cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘Iron Man’, performed in conju Read more

Black Eyed Peas - 41% match to Will Smith

Genres: Music Theme R&B / Soul Spoken Word Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This Los Angeles, California, USA-based multi-ethnic rap crew joined artists such as Black Star, Jurassic 5 and the Roots at the forefront of the cultural and musical renaissance in hip-hop at the end of the twentieth century. The manifesto of Will.I.Am (William James Adams Jnr., 15 March 1975, Los Angeles, California, USA), Apl.de.Ap (b. Allen Pineda, 28 November 1974, Pamp Read more

Blackstreet - 41% match to Will Smith

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Among the most highly rated of the new generation of urban R&B bands, BLACKstreet is the brainchild of gifted musician and producer Teddy Riley (Edward Theodore Riley, New York City, New York, USA). The band, formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, originally comprised songwriters Riley and Chauncey Hannibal (b. New Jersey, USA), with Levi Little and Dave Hollister as ad Read more

Coolio - 41% match to Will Smith

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Artis Ivey, 1 August 1963, Compton, Los Angeles, California, USA. Boasting a long, though infrequently recorded, career in hip-hop, rapper Coolio’s career finally took off after attending rehabilitation classes in an attempt to kick his cocaine habit. Coolio started making music again with WC And The MADD Circle, contributing to their 1991 release, Ain’t A Damn Tha Read more

Sisqo - 41% match to Will Smith

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Mark Andrews, 9 November 1978, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. This distinctive silver-haired singer established his performing credentials as a founding member of highly successful urban R&B quartet Dru Hill, who enjoyed transatlantic hits in the late 90s with singles such as ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ and ‘These Are The Times’. The four members of Dru Hill s Read more

The Black Eyed Peas - 41% match to Will Smith

Genres: Dance Urban & Rap
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