Trae the Truth .
Frazier Thompson III, better known by his stage name Trae, is an American rapper from Houston, Texas. With his cousin Z-Ro, he is a part of the underground rap collective Screwed Up Click. Trae and Z-Ro, along with Trae's other cousin Dougie D, are the founding members of the group Guerilla Maab.

Trae first gained exposure on the Houston rap scene in 1998,[citation needed] when he made his rapping debut with a guest appearance on Z-Ro's album Look What You Did to Me. In 2003, he began his solo career with the album Losing Com ...
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Kid Cudi .
Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi (born January 30, 1984 in Shaker Heights, Ohio), also known as Kid Cudi, is an American hip-hop artist who first gained attention after the release of his debut mixtape A Kid Named Cudi.

Kid Cudi released his first mixtape, A Kid Named Cudi, in collaboration with New York street wear brand 10.Deep as a free download. The mixtape features a guest appearance from DC rapper Wale and caught the attention of Kanye West which spawned his signing to the GOOD Music Label.

In early September 2008, he performe ...
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Z-Ro .
Joseph W. McVey, better known by his stage name Z-Ro, is an American rapper and producer. He has built a reputation as a southern rapper, though this has not developed into widespread popularity outside of the southern United States. The New York Times has called him "one of America's most underrated rappers".

His 2006 album I'm Still Livin' was released while Z-Ro was imprisoned for drug possession, to positive reviews. It was called "a great album... powerful" but "relentlessly bleak" by T ...
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Gym Class Heroes .
Gym Class Heroes are an American band from Geneva, New York. The group formed when Travis "Schleprok" McCoy met drummer Matt McGinley and decided to make a band. After the addition of guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo and bassist Eric Roberts, they were signed to Decaydance Records, on which they released the gold-selling album As Cruel as School Children. Since that release, the band's single "Cupid's Chokehold" reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Clothes Off!!" peaked at #5 on the UK Singles Chart ...
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Juelz Santana .
LaRon Louis James (born on February 18, 1982) better known by his stage name Juelz Santana, is an American rapper, producer and occasional actor. He came to fame following his appearances on Cam'ron's 2002 singles, "Oh Boy" and "Hey Ma". Juelz Santana is also credited for coining the phrase "No Homo".

James was born in Harlem, New York to an Dominican mother and African American father. He began rapping at the age of twelve and was originally signed to Priority Records as one half of the duo cal ...
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NeYo .
Shaffer Chimere Smith (born October 18, 1979), better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American pop and R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, and occasional rapper. Since his debut, Ne-Yo has amassed seven top ten songs on the Billboard Hot 100 and two number-one albums on the Billboard 200. Ne-Yo has also amassed a catalog of chart-topping songs that he has written for other artists.

Ne-Yo broke into the recording industry as a songwriter, penning the hit as "Let Me Love You" for singer Mario. The single ...
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T-Pain .
Faheem Rasheed Najm (born September 30, 1984), better known by his stage name T-Pain, is an American hip hop and R&B singer-songwriter and producer. He began his career as a rapper in the group Nappy Headz. In 2005, his debut album Rappa Ternt Sanga was released and spawned the hits "I'm Sprung" and "I'm N Luv". Since the release of that album, T-Pain has produced numerous hits of his and numerous other rappers and R&B singers. T-Pain has also had over 10 top ten singles on Billboard Hot 100.

T-Pai ...
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Pimp C .
Chad Butler (December 29, 1973 – December 4, 2007), better known by his stage name Pimp C, was an American rapper. He was part of the "Dirty South"-style rap group UGK.

On August 15, 2006, Pimp C appeared on BET's "Rap City." He was interviewed and gave his thoughts on multiple topics, including his current album, Pimpalation, and beefs in the music industry. He also stressed that rappers need to unionize in order to keep from being used by record companies, a point he has stressed in previous interviews.
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E40 .
Earl Stevens (born November 15, 1967) best known by his stage name E-40, is a Bay Area rapper, part of the Bay Area rap group The Click and founder of Bay Area hip-hop record label Sick Wid It Records. After the release of The Click's first album Down and Dirty, E-40's local solo debut was released.

E-40 worked almost exclusively with Bay Area rappers until 1997, when he and cousin B-Legit released Southwest Riders, a compilation featuring prominent Bay Area and Southern artists. The album's aim was to bridge the gap bet ...
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Lyfe Jennings .
Lyfe Jennings (born Chester Jennings in Toledo, Ohio on June 3, 1973) is a platinum-selling American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist. He plays the guitar, bass, and piano which he integrates into his music. The New York Times referred to him as a "socially minded R&B singer."

Lyfe started his musical career as a young boy in a church in Toledo, OH. His love for music led him to join a group that included two of his cousins and his older brother. After splitting, Lyfe continued his ...
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