Famous 20th Century Rappers

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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.

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

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 J. Cole

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Famous As: Rapper, Record Producer, Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: January 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

German born American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer J. Cole is considered one of the most respected and influential rappers of his generation. Interested in music from a young age, he decided to become a singer when he was just 12. His debut mixtape was a hit, and he went on to release many other successful mixtapes and albums.

 5 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.

 6 Young Thug

Young Thug.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: August 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Rapper, singer, and songwriter, Young Thug, is considered to be one of the most influential rappers of his generation. Famous for his eccentric vocal style, he has inspired many others in the music industry. His debut studio album peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 and earned him international fame.

 7 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
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 8 Pitbull

Pitbull.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Miami
Rapper Pitbull is best known for his chartbusting songs I Know You Want Me and Timber. He also sang the 2014 FIFA World Cup theme, We Are One (Ole Ola). The winner of 35 Billboard Latin Music Awards, he has also collaborated with artists such as Jennifer Lopez.

 9 Bobby Shmurda

Bobby Shmurda.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: August 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

Bobby Shmurda is one of the most popular American rappers to serve a prison sentence. After releasing his debut EP, he was arrested on charges of conspiracy to murder, reckless endangerment, and weapons possession. Initially sentenced to seven years in prison, his term was later reduced to five years. In 2017, he claimed that he was writing music in prison.

 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 Lisa Lopes

Lisa Lopes.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: April 25, 2002

Lisa Lopes, popularly known as “Left Eye,” was a member of the Grammy-winning hip-hop/R&B girl band TLC. Apart from rapping and singing, she also co-wrote songs and managed the band’s outfits, album titles, and artworks. Lopes died in a car accident in Honduras, leaving behind her incomplete second solo album.

 12 Ghostface Killah

Ghostface Killah
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Famous As: Musician, Rapper, Singer
Birthdate: May 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City

 13 Nelly

Nelly.
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Famous As: Rapper, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States

Grammy-winning hip-hop/rap artist Nelly began his career with St. Lunatics. He became a household name after the release of his debut solo album, Country Grammar, in 2000. He ranked third on Billboard’s list of the Top Artist of the Decade and has sold 21 million albums in the U.S.

 14 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.

 15 Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Portsmouth
Four-time Grammy-winning rapper Missy Elliott, known for her chartbusting tracks such as Get Ur Freak On, was ranked fifth on Billboard’s 100 Greatest Music Video Artists of All Time list. She was initially part of the R&B group Sista and then collaborated with Timbaland in the collective Swing Mob

 16 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.

 17 Lil Durk

Lil Durk.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Lil Durk is an American singer-songwriter and rapper. He is credited with founding a rap collective and record label called Only the Family (OTF). Over the years, Lil Durk has faced many legal issues, including his arrest for unlawfully carrying a weapon. He has also been involved in feuds with other rappers, such as Tyga, The Game, and Tay600.

 18 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

 19 Raekwon

Raekwon
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York, U.S.

 20 CeeLo Green

CeeLo Green.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 30, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S
Five-time Grammy-winning artist CeeLo Green is best known for his hit tracks Crazy and Fuck You/Forget You. He initially gained fame with the hip-hop band Goodie Mob and then turned solo. He has also appeared as a judge on The Voice and voiced Murray in the animated film Hotel Transylvania.

 21 Jadakiss

Jadakiss
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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter, Rapper, Singer
Birthdate: May 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yonkers

 22 Birdman

Birdman.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: February 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana
Rapper Birdman, also known as Baby, co-founded Cash Money Records and later merged it with his protegé Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment, to form YMCMB. Birdman also formed the hip-hop duo Big Tymers and the supergroup Rich Gang. He previously owned an oil business and launched a clothing line.

 23 Trey Songz

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Petersburg
Grammy-nominated rapper Tremaine Aldon Neverson, better known as Trey Songz, soared to fame with his chartbusting tracks such as Can't Help but Wait and Say Aah. His hit track Bottoms Up featured rapper Nicki Minaj. He has also appeared in movies such as Blood Brother and Texas Chainsaw 3D.

 24 Mike Shinoda

Mike Shinoda.
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Famous As: Musician, Record Producer & Artist
Birthdate: February 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Agoura Hills, California, U.S.
Mike Shinoda, founding member, vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter of the rock band Linkin Park, was also part of the hip-hop project Fort Minor. A graphic designer too, he has displayed his artwork and designed his band’s album covers. He released an EP expressing his emotions after Chester Bennington's death.

 25 MC Ren

MC Ren
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Famous As: Musician, Actor, Rapper, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Compton

 26 Swizz Beatz

Swizz Beatz
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Famous As: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Painter, Rapper, Singer, Businessperson, Songwriter
Birthdate: September 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City

 27 The D.O.C.

The D.O.C.
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Famous As: Musician, Rapper, Singer
Birthdate: June 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dallas

 28 Remy Ma

Remy Ma.
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Famous As: Rapper, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 29 Metta World Peace

Metta World Peace
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Famous As: Basketball player, Rapper, Actor
Birthdate: November 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Queensbridge

 30 Romeo Miller

Romeo Miller.
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Famous As: Rapper, Model, Actor
Birthdate: August 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States[

Romeo Miller soared to fame with the single My Baby and his Billboard 200-charting album Lil' Romeo. He also worked on the soundtrack of the movie God's Gift. In 2007, he accepted a basketball scholarship from the USC Trojans. He had his own show and has starred in films, too.

 31 Craig David

Craig David
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Famous As: British singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Southampton

 32 Abbie Cornish

Abbie Cornish.
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Famous As: Actress, Rapper
Birthdate: August 7, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lochinvar, New South Wales

Australian actress and rapper, Abbie Cornish is best known for her role in the film Bright Star. She developed a fascination for acting early in her life and began her career when she was a teenager. At the beginning of her acting career, she also ventured into music. She is an ambassador for the Australian animal rights group, Voiceless.

 33 Killer Mike

Killer Mike
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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter, Rapper, Singer
Birthdate: April 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Atlanta

 34 Dej Loaf

Dej Loaf.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 8, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 35 Lil Jon

Lil Jon.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Grammy-winning rapper and DJ Jonathan H. Smith, better known as Lil Jon, previously performed as the frontman of the group Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz. He is considered a pioneer of crunk, a hip-hop sub-genre, and has scored Billboard-charting hits such as Cyclone, Yeah!, and Goodies

 36 David Faustino

David Faustino
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 37 Mike D

Mike D
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Famous As: Rapper, Record producer, Singer
Birthdate: November 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City

 38 Yo Yo Honey Singh

Yo Yo Honey Singh
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Famous As: Rapper, Actor, Singer, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: March 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jalandhar

Yo Yo Honey Singh is an Indian rapper, music producer, pop singer, composer, actor, and lyricist. He is currently one of the most successful and highest-paid musical artists in the music industry in India. He has received several prestigious awards including an MTV VMAI Award, MTV EMA Award, UK Asian Music Award, BritAsia TV Music Award, and Zee Cine Award.

 39 Jay Electronica

Jay Electronica
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Famous As: Musician, Rapper, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: September 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Orleans

 40 Scott Storch

Scott Storch
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Famous As: Record producer, Rapper, Singer, Pianist, Composer
Birthdate: December 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Halifax

 41 Joe Budden

Joe Budden
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Famous As: Rapper, Musician, Singer
Birthdate: August 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City

 42 Yelawolf

Yelawolf
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Famous As: Rapper, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gadsden

 43 TobyMac

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

 44 Foxy Brown

Foxy Brown
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Famous As: Musician, Rapper, Singer
Birthdate: September 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: United States

 45 Jeremih

Jeremih
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, Record producer, Rapper, Singer
Birthdate: July 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago

 46 Heavy D

Heavy D
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Famous As: Actor, Musician, Rapper, Television actor, Record producer, Composer, Film score composer
Birthdate: May 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mandeville
Died: November 8, 2011

 47 Joseph Simmons

Joseph Simmons
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Famous As: Rapper, Singer, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: November 14, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Queens

 48 Jay Sean

Jay Sean
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Beatboxing
Birthdate: March 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hounslow

 49 Ronnie DeVoe

Ronnie DeVoe.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 17, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Roxbury, Boston

 50 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.