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Nelly - 59% 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 - 51% match to Will Smith

Genres: Dance Urban & Rap
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Ja Rule - 47% match to Will Smith

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap Urban & Rap
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Kris Kross - 47% 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

LL Cool J - 47% match to Will Smith

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

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Urban & Rap Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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Montell Jordan - 45% 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

Salt 'N Pepa - 45% 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

Coolio - 44% 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

Vanilla Ice - 43% match to Will Smith

Genres: Pop / Rock Urban & Rap Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Robert Van Winkle, 31 October 1968, Miami Lakes, Florida, USA. Controversial white rapper who borrowed liberally from M.C. Hammer’s blueprint for commercial success, and scored a UK/US number 1 with ‘Ice Ice Baby’ (15 million worldwide sales). Just as Hammer utilized easily recognisable rock/pop classics to underpin his rhymes, Ice used the same technique in r Read more

Mase - 40% match to Will Smith

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Mason Durrell Betha, 27 August 1978, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. By the time rapper Ma$e launched his solo career, he was already an A-list celebrity among hip-hop fans by dint of appearances on gold and platinum singles by Puff Daddy (‘Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down’), Brian McKnight (‘You Should Hold Me’), 112 (‘Only You’) and Notorious B.I.G Read more

Naughty By Nature - 40% match to Will Smith

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

Chingy - 39% match to Will Smith

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Howard Bailey Jnr., 9 March 1979, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. This US rapper burst into the mainstream charts in summer 2003 with the anthemic ‘Right Thurr’, a catchy slice of southern hip-hop that briefly threatened to unseat the reigning king of pop rap, Nelly. Chingy first began rapping in the early 90s, and before long had established a reputation on St. Louis Read more

Flo Rida - 39% match to Will Smith

Genres: Urban & Rap
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The Sugarhill Gang - 39% match to Will Smith

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Funk Music Videos & Concerts Urban & Rap Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Englewood, New Jersey, USA troupe, whose ‘Rapper’s Delight’ was hip-hop’s breakthrough single and paved the way for the mainstream success of rap music in the 80s. They gave the music an identity and a calling card in the first line of the song: ‘A hip-hop, The hi-be, To the hi-be, The hip-hip-hop, You don’t stop rockin’. Master G (Guy O Read more


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