Famous Black Lyricists & Songwriters

1Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 29 August 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: 25 June 2009

The King of Pop and an international superstar, Michael Jackson was a musical entertainer whose work – both with Jackson 5 and solo – won accolades and hearts worldwide. Equally popular were his unique dance moves that created sensation and shaped future dance styles. Amongst the most successful entertainers of all time, Jackson was later accused of child molestation.  

2The Weeknd

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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 16 February 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian

One of the most successful Canadian recording artists, singer-songwriter, the Weeknd, holds several chart records and has won numerous awards, including three Grammy Awards. Despite a difficult childhood marred by drug abuse and violence, he persevered and worked hard to emerge as a beloved music star. He is actively involved in philanthropy.

3Jimi Hendrix

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Famous As: Singer & Musician
Birthday: 27 November 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: 18 September 1970

One of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. As his career progressed, he became the first musician to use stereophonic phasing effects in recordings. Rolling Stone ranked him as the greatest guitarist and the sixth greatest artist of all time. He died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 27.

4Brandy Norwood

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Actor, Record producer
Birthday: 11 February 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

The singer of chartbuster songs like The Boy Is Mine, I Wanna be Down and Sittin' Up in My Room, Brandy Norwood is known for her raspy and husky voice. Most of her songs are about love, relationships and heartache. She was involved in a car accident in 2006, leading to multiple lawsuits, which were eventually settled out of court.

5Michaela Coel

Michaela Coel
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Famous As: Actress
Birthday: 01 October 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Ghanaian, British

6Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthday: 20 November 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

7Saweetie

Saweetie
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Famous As: Rapper, Songwriter
Birthday: 02 July 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Saweetie is an American rapper gained recognition when she posted her debut single Icy Grl on SoundCloud. Subsequently, the video of the song broke the internet as it went on to gather 100 million views on YouTube. She was then signed by Warner Records, which increased her popularity. She is also signed to Artistry Worldwide, her manager Max Gousse's record label.

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8Akon

Akon
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 16 April 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

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.

9Master P

Master P
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 29 April 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

10DaBaby

DaBaby
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 22 December 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.

11Nina Simone

Nina Simone
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer
Birthday: 21 February 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: 21 April 2003

12Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 28 October 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

13Sean Combs

Sean Combs
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 04 November 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

14Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 18 March 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

15Ciara

Ciara
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 25 October 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

16Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 05 April 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

17Anderson Paak

Anderson Paak
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 08 February 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

18Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 26 February 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

19Roddy Ricch

Roddy Ricch
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 22 October 1998
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

20Marques Houston

Marques Houston
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 04 August 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

21Mel B

Mel B
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 29 May 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

22Lizzo

Lizzo
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 27 April 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

23Donna Summer

Donna Summer
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthday: 31 December 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: 17 May 2012

24Kandi Burruss

Kandi Burruss
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthday: 17 May 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

25Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa
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Famous As: Rapper & Songwriter
Birthday: 08 September 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

26André 3000

André 3000
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 27 May 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

27Busta Rhymes

Busta Rhymes
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 20 May 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

28Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia Erivo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthday: 08 January 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

29Lil Mosey

Lil Mosey
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 26 January 2002
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

30Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthday: 28 May 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

31T-Pain

T-Pain
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 30 September 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

32Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 01 July 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

33Berry Gordy

Berry Gordy
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Famous As: Record Executive
Birthday: 28 November 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

34Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthday: 20 August 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: 10 August 2008

35Faith Evans

Faith Evans
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Famous As: American singer
Birthday: 10 June 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

36Teyana Taylor

Teyana Taylor
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 10 December 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

37Polo G

Polo G
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 06 January 1999
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

38CeeLo Green

CeeLo Green
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 30 May 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

392 Chainz

2 Chainz
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 12 September 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

40Teddy Pendergrass

Teddy Pendergrass
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 26 March 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: 13 January 2010

41Macy Gray

Macy Gray
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthday: 06 September 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

42Billy Ocean

Billy Ocean
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Famous As: Recording Artist
Birthday: 21 January 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Trinidadian, British

43Michael Kiwanuka

Michael Kiwanuka
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthday: 03 May 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

44Jill Scott

Jill Scott
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthday: 04 April 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

45Eve

Eve
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 10 November 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

46Sean Kingston

Sean Kingston
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthday: 03 February 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Jamaican

47Tech N9ne

Tech N9ne
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 08 November 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

48Fela Kuti

Fela Kuti
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Famous As: Multi-instrumentalist
Birthday: 15 October 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: 02 August 1997

49Wizkid

Wizkid
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthday: 16 July 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Nigerian

50Mýa

Mýa
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthday: 10 October 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American