Famous Black Hip Hop Singers

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Nicki Minaj
(Trinidadian-born Hip-Hop Artist)

Nicki Minaj
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Birthdate: December 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

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.

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The Notorious B.I.G.
(One of the Greatest Rappers of All Time)

The Notorious B.I.G.
15
Birthdate: May 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, 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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Jay-Z
(Most Influential Hip-hop Artists in History)

Jay-Z
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Birthdate: December 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Jay-Z is an American rapper and songwriter and is one of the world's best-selling music artists. His debut album Reasonable Doubt was hugely successful in 1996 and since then he has gone on to release many more acclaimed and successful albums. He has been charged with assaulting a record executive and was given a three-year probation sentence in January 2000.

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Tupac Shakur
( 100 Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone)

Tupac Shakur
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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.

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Drake
(One of the Best-Selling Music Artists With the Most Top 10 Singles on the Billboard Hot 100)

Drake
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Birthdate: October 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Drake soared to fame with his performance as Jimmy Brooks in the series Degrassi: The Next Generation. He then became a rap sensation with his platinum album Thank Me Later and his Grammy-winning quadruple platinum album Take Care. His track In My Feelings went viral with the global Kiki Challenge.

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21 Savage
(Rapper)

21 Savage
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Birthdate: October 22, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newham, London, England

An influential rapper, 21 Savage's Guns Down, Paintballs Up movement, which he reportedly started to reduce gun violence, gave rise to many incidents involving paintball guns. Also a philanthropist, Savage created the 21 Savage Bank Account Campaign to help kids learn how to make and save money. In 2018, he donated $10,000 to fund an anti-bullying campaign in school.

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Akon
(Solo R&B and Hip-Hop Artist to Hold Both No.1 & No.2 Position at Billboard Hot 100 Simultaneously Twice)

Akon
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Birthdate: April 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Akon is one of the most successful R&B, hip hop and rap singers in the world. His albums Trouble, Konvicted, Freedom, El Negreeto and Akonda have many chartbusters songs. He has also founded record labels Akonik Label Group, KonLive Distribution and Konvict Mizik. He courted controversy in 2007 for an onstage act involving simulated sex with a 15-year-old girl.

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Kid Cudi
(Rapper who Rose to Fame with His Debut Mixtape 'A Kid Named Cudi')

Kid Cudi
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Birthdate: January 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Grammy-winning rapper Kid Cudi first came into public consciousness with his mixtape that made Kanye West sign him to his label. Kid delivered a double-platinum debut album, formed the band WZRD, and sold 16 million records in the U.S. He has also dabbled in acting and now owns a label.

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Megan Thee Stallion
( The Second Female Rapper to Win Best New Artist (Grammy))

Megan Thee Stallion
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Birthdate: February 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States

An American rapper, singer, and songwriter, Megan Thee Stallion began rapping while she was still in her teens and used digital media platforms to promote her work. Her talent was appreciated by both fans and record labels and she eventually became the first female rapper to be signed by the American record label 300 Entertainment.

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NLE Choppa
(Rapper)

NLE Choppa
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Birthdate: November 1, 2002
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

NLE Choppa is one of the youngest male rappers to make a name for himself in the American rapping scene. Also a well-known Internet personality, NLE Choppa has posted several videos on his YouTube channel Awakened Choppa, inspiring many of his followers to fall back on spirituality and veganism.

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T-Pain
(Rapper who Popularized Auto-Tune pitch Correction Effect)

T-Pain
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Birthdate: September 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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.

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Joyner Luca
(Known for Remixing Popular Hip Hop Songs)

Joyner Luca
4
Birthdate: August 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Joyner Lucas, previously known as “Future Joyner,” soared to fame with the tracks Lucky You and I'm Not Racist, and earned a Grammy nomination each, with them. He is also known for the popular track Ross Capicchioni and for his infamous feud with Canadian artist Tory Lanez. 

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Sean Paul
(Rapper)

Sean Paul
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Birthdate: January 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

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.

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Remy Ma
(Rapper, Songwriter)

Remy Ma
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Birthdate: May 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Castle Hill, New York, United States

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Lil’ Kim
(Rapper)

Lil’ Kim
4
Birthdate: July 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York, United States
Kimberly Denise Jones, better known as Lil' Kim, rose from the streets of Brooklyn and became one of VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music. She shared a Grammy for her collaborative track Lady Marmalade. Her songs talk about female desires. She has also inspired many with her risky fashion sense. 

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Big L
(Rapper)

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

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Waka Flocka Flame
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Birthdate: May 31, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame rose to fame with the release of his single O Let's Do It in 2009. His debut album released the following year, peaked at number six on the US Billboard 200. He is a member of the group 1017 Brick Squad.  He is involved in mental health advocacy and charitable endeavors.

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Keenon Jackson
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Birthdate: March 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Compton, California, United States

Keenon Jackson is an American actor and rapper whose 2013 single My Nigga, for which he collaborated with Rich Homie Quan and Young Jeezy, won the 2014 BET Hip Hop Award for Best Collabo, Duo or Group. One of the most controversial rappers of the current generation, Keenon Jackson was arrested in 2020 on robbery charges and was detained for arraignment.

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Azealia Banks
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Birthdate: May 31, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States

Azealia Banks is an American rapper, actress, singer, and songwriter. After releasing music through the social networking service Myspace, Banks signed to XL Recordings. After a brief association with Polydor Records and Interscope, Banks founded her own label, Chaos & Glory Recordings. Over the years, her outspoken views on sensitive subjects like race have attracted criticism, controversy, and media scrutiny.

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Tech N9ne
(Rapper)

Tech N9ne
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Birthdate: November 8, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Rapper Aaron Dontez Yates, better known as Tech N9ne, formed the record label Strange Music with Travis O'Guin. His stage name was inspired by a TEC-9 semi-automatic handgun gifted to him by rapper Black Walt. His music has been featured in video games, TV shows, and films.

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Lil TJAY
(Rapper)

Lil TJAY
3
Birthdate: April 30, 2001
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States

Tione Jayden Merritt, better known as Lil Tjay, soared to fame with his Billboard Hot 100-charting tracks Brothers and F.N. He initially gained prominence on SoundCloud. He is also known as the Bronx Justin Bieber. Fans love his signature use of the auto-tune feature in his songs. 

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Jidenna
(Known for The Singles 'Classic Man' and 'Yoga')

Jidenna
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Birthdate: May 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, United States

Jidenna is a Nigerian-American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Interested in music from an early age, he co-founded the rap group Black Spadez when he was in high school. As a young man, he worked full-time as a teacher before becoming a popular rapper. He is also a founding member of the social club Fear & Fancy

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Wyclef Jean
(Rapper)

Wyclef Jean
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Birthdate: October 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti

Wyclef Jean is a Haitian musician, actor, and rapper. This Grammy Award-winning musician garnered national attention when his efforts to raise relief funds to aid the victims of the 2010 Haitian earthquake through his charitable organization Yéle Haiti were questioned as reports suggested that Jean retained the money for his own benefit. The organization has been the subject of controversy.

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Joey Badass
(Rapper)

Joey Badass
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Birthdate: January 20, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

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Vince Staples
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Birthdate: July 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Compton, California, United States

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Coi Leray
(Rapper whose music video for 'Huddy' was viewed more than half a million times on YouTube)

Coi Leray
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Birthdate: May 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Slick Rick
(Rapper Best Known as a Member of the 'Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh' Crew)

Slick Rick
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Birthdate: January 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mitcham, London, England

Slick Rick is an English-American record producer and rapper. He gained national recognition in the mid-1980s when he joined Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew. One of the most-sampled artists of all time, Rick’s songs have been interpolated by artists like Eminem. Rick was ranked 15th in the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time list by The Source.

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Mýa
(Singer-Songwriter)

Mýa
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Birthdate: October 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Singer Mýa initially gained fame with Teen Summit and then released hit singles such as Case of the Ex. She earned her first Grammy for the recreation of the 1975 hit Lady Marmalade, with Pink, Lil' Kim, and Christina Aguilera. She has also appeared in film such as Chicago.

Ski Mask the Slump God
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Birthdate: April 18, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

Stokeley Clevon Goulbourne, popularly known by his stage name Ski Mask the Slump God, is an American rapper. He is credited with co-founding a hip hop collective called Members Only. A controversial figure, Goulbourne has been on the wrong side of the law on a couple of occasions. In 2016, he was arrested for robbery and driving without a license.

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Denzel Curry
(Rapper)

Denzel Curry
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Birthdate: February 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Carol City, Florida, United States

Rapper Denzel Curry initially gained fame as part of the hip-hop collective Raider Klan. He then released Billboard-charting projects such as Ta13oo. He was also featured on Lil Ugly Mane's Twistin and Dillon Cooper's Eyes of the World. He has also worked with artists such as Ghostemane and ZillaKami.

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Sheck Wes
(Rapper Best Known for His 2017 Hit 'Mo Bamba')

Sheck Wes
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Birthdate: September 10, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Rapper Sheck Wes is best known for his hit Mo Bamba. He has signed with the labels of Kanye West and Travis Scott and also modeled for Birkenstock. In late 2020, he joined the French basketball club Paris Basketball, which competes in the LNB Pro B.

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JT
(Singer)

JT
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Birthdate: December 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Liberty City, Miami, Florida, United States

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Dave East
(Rapper Famous For His Eighth Mixtape 'Black Rose')

Dave East
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Birthdate: June 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: East Harlem, New York, United States

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Lupe Fiasco
(Rapper)

Lupe Fiasco
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Birthdate: February 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Lil Tecca
(Rapper)

Lil Tecca
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Birthdate: August 26, 2002
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

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A$AP Ferg
(Rapper)

A$AP Ferg
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Birthdate: October 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

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DaniLeigh
(Singer, Songwriter)

DaniLeigh
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Birthdate: December 20, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

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C-Murder
(Rapper)

C-Murder
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Birthdate: March 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Grandmaster Flash
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Birthdate: January 1, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Barbados, British West Indies [now Barbados]

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D'Angelo
(Singer-songwriter)

D'Angelo
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Birthdate: February 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States

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KRS-One
(Rapper, Musician, Actor, Songwriter, Singer)

KRS-One
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Birthdate: August 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States

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Rico Nasty
(Rapper)

Rico Nasty
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Birthdate: May 7, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Rico Nasty is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Renowned for her punk aesthetic and unique delivery, Nasty achieved popularity in 2018 when she released singles, such as Poppin and Smack a Bitch. Over the years, Rico Nasty has been serving as an inspiration for contemporary artists like ppcocaine and Flo Milli.

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Wizkid
(Singer-songwriter)

Wizkid
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Birthdate: July 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Surulere, Lagos

Nigerian singer Wizkid soared to fame with chart-busting tracks such as Holla at Your Boy. A performer who has revolutionized the Afrobeats genre, Wizkid supported Nigeria’s End SARS protests against police brutality, on social media. In 2011, he was part of a paternity scandal but denied having fathered a child.

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Marques Houston
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Birthdate: August 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

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Anderson Paak
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Birthdate: February 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oxnard, California, U.S.

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Aloe Blacc
(Singer-songwriter best known for his singles "I Need a Dollar", "The Man",)

Aloe Blacc
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Birthdate: January 7, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Laguna Hills, California, United States

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Tinie Tempah
(Rapper Known for Number-one Singles, 'Pass Out' and 'Written in the Stars')

Tinie Tempah
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Birthdate: November 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Plumstead, London, England

Tinie Tempah is a British television presenter and rapper. He is credited with creating a company named Disturbing London which operates mainly as a record label. Over the course of his career, Tinie Tempah has won many prestigious awards, such as Brit Awards, MOBO Awards, and Urban Music Awards.

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6lack
(Rapper)

6lack
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Birthdate: June 24, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

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Fleur East
(Singer-songwriter)

Fleur East
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Birthdate: October 29, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Walthamstow, London

Fleur East is an English rapper, singer, and songwriter. She is best known for her participation in the popular reality television music competition The X Factor where she finished second in 2014. She then went on to release her debut studio album Love, Sax and Flashbacks which peaked at number 12 on the Scottish Albums Chart.

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J Hus
(Rapper, Singer)

J Hus
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Birthdate: May 26, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stratford, London

J Hus is a singer, rapper, and songwriter. He is credited with pioneering Afrobashment, a genre that became popular during the mid-2010s. He achieved international recognition in 2015 when he released the song Dem Boy Paigon. Apart from being a popular musician, J Hus is also a controversial figure; he was arrested in 2018 for carrying a knife in public.