Famous Black Hip Hop Singers

 1 Kanye West

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Famous As: Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer
Birthdate: June 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Creative from a very young age, Kanye West dreamed of becoming a rapper since very early in his life. He became an award winning American rapper whose creativity in music is widely appreciated by critics. However, his outspoken views, comments and behaviour have quite often landed him controversies.

 2 Tupac Shakur

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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.

 3 Rihanna

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Barbadian

For anyone who has a penchant for music, Rihanna needs no introduction. Born as Robyn Rihanna Fenty, Rihanna is one of the most influential names in the music and fashion industry. Her effortless singing, catchy tunes and inimitable dance moves have won her eight Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards and two BRIT Awards.

 4 Nicki Minaj

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Trinidadian, American

Amongst the most influential female rap artists of all time and one of the bestselling artists, Nicki Minaj came to limelight after her collaborations with Dirty Money Record and Young Money Entertainment. With subsequent release of her four albums, Minaj firmly established herself as a chart-topping artist. The Queen of Rap has also dabbled in acting and ventured into business.

 5 Lil Wayne

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Famous As: Hip-hop artist
Birthdate: September 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Rapper, singer and songwriter, Lil Wayne, is said to be an influential hip hop artists of his generation. Initially he was a flagship artist of Cash Money Records and then went solo. His albums are hugely popular and he has sold more than 120 million records worldwide. He has served an eight-month jail sentence for criminal possession of a weapon.

 6 The Notorious B.I.G.

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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. 

 7 DaBaby

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 22, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

American rapper and songwriter DaBaby gained critical acclaim and commercial success with his debut album Baby on Baby. Later, his two other albums Kirk and Blame It on Baby became huge successes and made him one of the biggest rappers in the US. Earlier his single Light Show and Baby Talk series of mixtape attracted quite a lot of attention.

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 8 Eazy-E

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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.

 9 Lizzo

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Three-time Grammy-winning rap and hip-hop sensation Lizzo is also a queer and body-positivity icon. She began singing with groups such as The Chalice and Grrrl Prty, and graced the Billboard 200 with the album Cuz I Love You. Time’s 2019 Entertainer of the Year, Lizzo is also a talented flute-player.

 10 Queen Latifah

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Queen Latifah is an American musician and actress whose song U.N.I.T.Y. played a major role in raising awareness about women's rights worldwide. Dubbed Queen of Jazz-Rap, Latifah has influenced several soul, R&B, and hip-hop artists like Remy Ma, Lil' Kim, Ivy Queen, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, and Eve among other artists. As an actress, Latifah has won several prestigious awards.

 11 Tory Lanez

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian, American

Rapper, singer and songwriter, Tory Lanez’s debut studio album I Told You topped the charts in 2016. His subsequent albums, Memories Don't Die, Love Me Now, Chixtape 5 and Daystar were successful too. He was arrested once for violence and possessing a weapon. He has also been accused of shooting and wounding another rap artist, a charge Tory has denied.

 12 LL Cool J

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Famous As: Rapper, Actor
Birthdate: January 14, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

LL Cool J is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and record producer. Such is his popularity that LL Cool J was named on VH1's list of 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time in 2010. In 2017, he became the first rapper to be awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. Over the years, Cool J has had a profound influence on hip-hop.

 13 Trippie Redd

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 18, 1999
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Rapper, singer, and songwriter, Trippie Redd, became an overnight sensation in 2017 with the release of his debut mixtape, A Love Letter to You. Many of his singles reached the Billboard Hot 100, further cementing his popularity. He has a troubled personal life and has been involved in numerous feuds and legal issues.

 14 Chance the Rapper

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Chance the Rapper is best known for his Billboard-charting mixtape Coloring Book, which was the first streaming-only album to earn a Grammy. An avid social activist in Chicago, he owns the non-profit SocialWorks. He is known for his signature style of wearing a cap with the number "3" on it.

 15 Bow Wow

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 16 Toni Braxton

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Famous As: American R&B Singer-songwriter & Musician
Birthdate: October 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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.

 17 Roddy Ricch

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 22, 1998
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Trap sensation Roddy Ricch is best known for his mixtape Feed Tha Streets II, which featured the Billboard Hot 100-charting track Die Young. Nipsey Hussle's track Racks in the Middle, featuring Ricch, got him a Grammy Award. Fans also loved Ricch's Hot 100-topping single The Box from his debut album.

 18 Teyana Taylor

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

R&B and hip-hop singer Teyana Taylor gained fame with MTV's My Super Sweet 16. She signed with Kanye West’s label and also appeared on the reality show Teyana and Iman, with her husband, NBA player Iman Shumpert. In December 2020, she announced her retirement from music through Instagram.

 19 Marques Houston

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 20 will.i.am

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Famous As: Rapper, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 21 CeeLo Green

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 22 Polo G

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 6, 1999
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Polo G is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record executive. Polo G, who became famous for his Chicago drill sound, gradually adopted a more melodic style. Renowned for his vivid storytelling, Polo G's lyrics often reflect on subjects, such as mental health and racism. In 2020, he announced the launch of ODA Records, his own record label.

 23 Faith Evans

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Famous As: American singer
Birthdate: June 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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.

 24 Anderson Paak

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 25 T-Pain

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Faheem Rasheed Najm, better known as T-Pain, shot to fame with the US Billboard 200-topping album Epiphany. The two-time Grammy-winning artist is known for his signature use of the auto-tune effect. He has delivered hit singles such as I'm on a Boat and has played minor roles in several films.

 26 MC Hammer

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Famous As: Hip-Hop Artist
Birthdate: March 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Rap legend MC Hammer, a pioneer of the pop-rap genre, became the first hip-hop artist to earn the “diamond” status. He is also known for his chartbusting tracks such as U Can't Touch This and his signature "Hammer pants." He later became a preacher and hosted his own reality show.

 27 Sean Kingston

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Jamaican

 28 Big L

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 30, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 15, 1999

 29 Keri Hilson

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Actor
Birthdate: December 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 30 D'Angelo

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 31 Saul Williams

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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Poet
Birthdate: February 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 32 6lack

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 24, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 33 DJ Screw

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Famous As: Hip-hop DJ
Birthdate: July 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: November 16, 2000

 34 Danger Mouse

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 29, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 35 Aminé

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 18, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Ethiopian, American

 36 Fredro Starr

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 37 Lil Bibby

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 18, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 38 Tierra Whack

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: August 11, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 39 Angel Haze

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 40 Chuck D

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: August 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 41 Jody Watley

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 42 Vince Staples

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 43 Fleur East

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 29, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 44 Tinie Tempah

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 45 Boots Riley

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 46 Grandmaster Flash

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 1, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Barbadian, American

 47 Kevin Abstract

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 16, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 48 Comethazine

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 6, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 49 Rodney Jerkins

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Famous As: Record producer
Birthdate: July 29, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 50 JID

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 31, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American