Famous 20th Century Hip Hop Singers

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 1 Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 13, 1996

Tupac Amaru Shakur, popularly known as 2Pac or Makaveli, is considered as one of the greatest American rappers of all time. Talent and trouble went hand in hand in Shakur’s journey to fame; the higher Shakur rose in his iconic status, the deeper he became entangled in gang violence and an infamous rivalry, which sadly led to his untimely demise.

 2 The Notorious B.I.G.

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Famous As: Rapper, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 9, 1997

The Notorious B.I.G. was a rapper and songwriter and is considered one of the best ever. His debut album Ready to Die in 1994 was critically acclaimed. He was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in September 1996. His album Life After Death was released two weeks after his death. 

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 3 Eazy-E

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Compton, California
Died: March 26, 1995

Widely regarded as the godfather of gangsta rap, Eazy-E was a rapper and record producer. He played a major role in popularizing gangsta rap and West Coast rap by forming N.W.A, which is considered one of the most influential and greatest hip hop groups of all time. Eazy-E died at the age of 30 after being diagnosed with AIDS.

 4 Aaliyah

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: August 25, 2001

Aaliyah was an American singer, actress and model, who became famous when her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number sold three million copies in the US. Her subsequent albums also sold in millions and won her numerous accolades. She also acted in some films. She tragically died in an airplane crash in the Bahamas, at the age of 22.

 5 Tyler, The Creator

Tyler, The Creator.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 6, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ladera Heights, California, United States

 6 Rick Ross

Rick Ross.
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Famous As: Rapper, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 28, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Coahoma County, Mississippi
Named the "Hottest MC in the Game" in 2012 by MTV, Rick Ross soared to fame with his first single, Hustlin. He launched the label Maybach Music Group and once owned several Wingstop restaurant outlets. He is also known for his feuds and legal issues with other artists.

 7 Toni Braxton

Toni Braxton.
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Famous As: American R&B Singer-songwriter & Musician
Birthdate: October 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Severn
Soul and R&B sensation Toni Braxton initially performed with her sisters in The Braxtons. She won three of her seven Grammys with her debut album. Known for her Billboard-charters such as Un-break My Heart, she also collaborated with Babyface, competed in Dancing with the Stars, and produced Braxton Family Values.
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 8 Ja Rule

Ja Rule.
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Birthdate: February 29, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City
Rapper/hip-hop artist Ja Rule is best known for his collaborative tracks with artists such as Jennifer Lopez and Ashanti. He has delivered a platinum-selling debut album and released two Billboard-topping albums. He has launched a clothing line and a liquor brand, too, and has had multiple brushes with the law. 

 9 Soulja Boy

Soulja Boy.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago
Soulja Boy is best known for his Billboard Hot 100-topping track Crank That. Named to the 2010 Forbes list of Hip-Hop Cash Kings, he revolutionized the art of promoting music through social media, especially through YouTube. He is part of a deal with the World Poker Fund.

 10 Fetty Wap

Fetty Wap.
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Famous As: Rapper, Singer
Birthdate: June 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
Rapper Willie Junior Maxwell II, better known as Fetty Wap, rose to fame with his Billboard-charting and two-time Grammy-nominated debut track Trap Queen. He often wears the Haitian flag. He has often found himself in the midst of lawsuits for offenses ranging from copyright infringement to assault.

 11 Big L

Big L
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 30, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 15, 1999

 12 Sean Paul

Sean Paul.
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Famous As: Jamaican hip-hop artist
Birthdate: January 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Sean Paul is a Jamaican recording artist and producer, widely considered one of dancehall's most prolific artists. He is best known for his singles, Temperature and Get Busy. Most of his albums have received Grammy nominations under the Best Reggae Album category.

 13 Faith Evans

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Famous As: American singer
Birthdate: June 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lakeland
R&B and hip-hop artist Faith Evans is the first female artist to sign with Sean Combs’s label. She was married to rapper The Notorious B.I.G., who was killed in a shooting. Evans later won a Grammy for the song I'll Be Missing You, released in memory of her late husband.

 14 Nelly Furtado

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Birthdate: December 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Victoria

Nelly Furtado is a Portuguese-Canadian record producer and singer-songwriter. Known for her constant reinvention and musical versatility, Furtado is one of the most successful musical artists from Canada, having sold more than 40 million records. Her work has also inspired fellow musicians like Dua Lipa and Bridgit Mendler. Also a philanthropist, Furtado is a member of Artists Against Racism charity.

 15 August Alsina

August Alsina.
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: September 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

A singer-songwriter whose music generally falls into the Alternative R&B category, August Alsina is a young man who is applauded not just for his musical talents but also for his zest for life. He suffers from an autoimmune disease that attacks his liver, and he is constantly fighting to live a normal life.

 16 Bradley Nowell

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belmont Shore, Long Beach, California
Died: May 25, 1996
Bradley Nowell is best remembered as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the punk band Sublime. His dalmatian, Lou Dog, was the band’s mascot and often appeared on stage with the band. Nowell died of a heroin overdose, at 28, at a hotel in San Francisco, while touring with Sublime. 

 17 Big Pun

Big Pun.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: February 7, 2000

Big Pun was an American songwriter and rapper. Well-known for his heavy use of alliteration and exceptional breath control, Pun was also widely regarded as one of the best MCs ever. He struggled with weight issues and obesity throughout his life, which eventually led to his death caused by respiratory failure and a heart attack at the age of 28.

 18 TobyMac

TobyMac.
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Famous As: Hip-hop Artist
Birthdate: October 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fairfax

 19 The-Dream

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Famous As: singer-songwriter, entrepreneur, record producer
Birthdate: June 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta

 20 Dee Dee Ramone

Dee Dee Ramone.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fort Lee, Virginia, United States
Died: June 5, 2002

Douglas Glenn Colvin, or Dee Dee Ramone, was a co-founder, bassist, and singer of the punk rock band The Ramones. He had also written some of the band’s hits such as Wart Hog and Rockaway Beach. He had a lifelong struggle with heroin addiction and died of a drug overdose.

 21 DJ Screw

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Famous As: Hip-hop DJ
Birthdate: July 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Smithville, Texas, United States
Died: November 16, 2000

 22 Teddy Riley

Teddy Riley
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 8, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 23 Mac Dre

Mac Dre
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Famous As: Musician, Rapper
Birthdate: July 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oakland
Died: November 1, 2004

 24 Project Pat

Project Pat
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: February 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

 25 Big Lurch

Big Lurch
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Famous As: Rapper, Singer
Birthdate: September 15, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fort Worth

 26 Hussein Fatal

Hussein Fatal
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Famous As: Rapper, Musician
Birthdate: April 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montclair, New Jersey
Died: July 11, 2015

 27 Saul Williams

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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Poet
Birthdate: February 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Newburgh, New York, USA

 28 Joe C.

Joe C.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Taylor, Michigan, USA
Died: November 16, 2000

 29 Jazzy B

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nawanshahr, Punjab

Known as the Crown Prince of Bhangra, Jazzy B is an Indo-Canadian singer and songwriter, who has been releasing numerous albums, singles, soundtracks and duo collaborations since late 1990s.  Winner of several Brit Asia TV Music Awards and PTC Punjabi Music Awards, he has also appeared in several films, mostly as himself, and owns his own clothing, B Jazzy.

 30 Tinchy Stryder

Tinchy Stryder.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 14, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Accra

Ghanaian-British rapper Kwasi Esono Danquah III is better known as Tinchy Stryder, "Tinchy" being an indication of his short frame and "Stryder" indicating a game he played as a child. Famous for his album Star in the Hood, he also owns an apparel range of the same name.

 31 X-Raided

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 30, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Waco

 32 Bad Azz

Bad Azz
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Famous As: rapper, singer
Birthdate: November 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hawaiian Gardens

 33 Michi Beck

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany