If you have grown up listening to Tupac, Eminem and Jay Z rap about Rolexes, Maybachs, ghetto, gangsters, and guns, then you will be hugely interested in exploring the lives of these impressive rosters of slick-tongued, sharp-witted emcees who are responsible for making hip-hop a transcending force in music today. Ever since its inception in the '70s, America has been the hotbed of hip-hop and rap. And while the previous generation of rappers were not as introspective, fashionable, and inventive as the new blood like Nas, Biggie or Kanye West, nevertheless they received top billing during their times for their pure lyricism, exceptional MC skills, head-turning persona, and braggadocio quotient. Many rappers have come and gone, but there are some hip-hop artistes whose legacies will live on for generations to come. Let us explore the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts on America's famous rap-gods, who broke new grounds and made the genre so excitingly mainstream, in the biographies below.