Famous Black Rappers

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 1 XXXTentacion

XXXTentacion
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 23, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: June 18, 2018

A rapper and singer, XXXTentacion, gained fame with the success of the song, Look at Me, and release of albums like 17 and ?. In his personal life, he faced multiple legal issues from the beginning. He was shot dead at the young age of 20. XXXTentacion had a cult following among the youth owing to his depression and alienation thematic driven music.

 2 Tupac Shakur

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 Juice WRLD

Juice WRLD
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 2, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 8, 2019
Rapper Juice Wrld is best remembered for his tracks Lucid Dreams and All Girls Are the Same. He was also part of the collective Internet Money. He died due to a drug-induced seizure at the age of 21. His posthumous album Legends Never Die topped the Billboard 200 chart.

 4 Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg
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Famous As: Rapper, Songwriter, Record Producer
Birthdate: October 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Snoop Dogg is a famous American rapper whose life is a perfect example of rags-to-riches story. As a child, he did various odd jobs to help his family make ends meet. He started rapping as a young boy to distract himself from his unstable family life. He ran into trouble with the law as a teenager. However, once he released his debut album, there was no looking back.

 

 5 Drake

Drake
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

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.

 6 Travis Scott

Travis Scott
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Travis Scott is a highly successful rapper, singer and songwriter. In 2016, his second albun, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight became his first number one album on the Billboard 200. It was followed by his album, Astroworld, which received widespread critical praise. His music is a fusion of fusion of traditional, hip hop, lo-fi and ambient.

 7 DaBaby

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 Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 9, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 9 Lil Uzi Vert

Lil Uzi Vert
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 31, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Lil Uzi Vert is an American rapper whose music is defined by dark subject matters, which complements his androgynous fashion, eccentric hairstyles, facial piercings, and face tattoos. Lil Uzi Vert has often courted controversy by saying phrases associated with Satanism and adding satanic imagery to his Instagram account. He has also been accused of worshipping Satan.

 10 Chance the Rapper

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.

 11 Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: August 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: March 31, 2019

Nipsey Hussle was an American rapper who left behind quite a legacy when he was fatally shot at the age of 33. His death was met with a strong artistic response as more than 50 murals dedicated to him were painted in Los Angeles alone within a few months after his death. As a rapper and activist, Hussle influenced several youngsters.

 12 YNW Melly

YNW Melly
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 1, 1999
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

YNW Melly is an American rapper whose song Murder on My Mind became a huge hit, especially after Melly was charged with double-murder. In 2019, he pleaded not guilty and is currently awaiting trial. If proven guilty, he could face life imprisonment or even capital punishment. Apart from the double-murder charges, he is a suspect in the 2017 murder of a sheriff's deputy.

 13 Tyga

Tyga
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Tyga is a singer-songwriter, rapper, television personality, and actor. Although Tyga had a promising start to his music career, he faced a setback when he had to endure a long period of negative reviews and poor sales. He was also troubled by a series of legal issues. Despite his struggles, Tyga proved his mettle by releasing his hit album Legendary.

 14 Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa
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Famous As: Rapper & Songwriter
Birthdate: September 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Rapper Wiz Khalifa shot to fame with his Billboard-topping track Black and Yellow. His single See You Again was part of the soundtrack of Furious 7 and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks. The Grammy-nominated artist is a supporter of cannabis usage and a martial arts enthusiast.

 15 NBA YoungBoy

NBA YoungBoy
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 20, 1999
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

NBA YoungBoy is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. He garnered a cult following between 2015 and 2017, during which he released eight successful, independent mixtapes. Rated highly among America's most controversial rappers, NBA YoungBoy has been arrested on a couple of occasions for charges, including attempted first degree murder.

 16 The Notorious B.I.G.

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. 

 17 Kodak Black

Kodak Black
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Kodak Black is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. He gained recognition after releasing hit albums, such as Painting Pictures and Dying to Live. A well-known philanthropist, Kodak Black announced in 2018 that he was in the process of building a school in Haiti. Over the years, he has also donated money for various charitable causes.

 18 50 Cent

50 cent
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 6, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

From selling drugs and getting arrested in his teens to becoming one of the world’s best-selling rappers, Curtis James Jackson III’s journey has been an interesting one. Better known by his stage name 50 Cent, his albums have sold in millions. However, despite being one of the richest celebrities, he filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015 due to financial troubles.

 19 Roddy Ricch

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.

 20 Trippie Redd

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.

 21 Lil Wayne

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.

 22 Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Nicholas Cannon is a comedian, rapper and television host. The Nick Cannon Show, America's Got Talent and The Masked Singer are some of his popular TV shows. He has also acted in films like Drumline, Love Don't Cost a Thing and Roll Bounce. Cannon has been accused of making racist and anti-Semitic remarks. He has called White people ‘savages’.

 23 NLE Choppa

NLE Choppa
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 1, 2002
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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.

 24 Saweetie

Saweetie
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Famous As: Rapper, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 2, 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.

 25 Lizzo

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.

 26 Nicki Minaj

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.

 27 2 Chainz

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

2 Chainz is an American rapper, media personality, songwriter, and basketball player. One-half of the now-defunct hip hop duo Playaz Circle, 2 Chainz is credited with founding The Real University, his own independent record label. Also an entrepreneur, 2 Chainz owns Dabbing Sweaters, his own line of sweaters, and CEO Millionaires, a line of hoodies.

 28 Tory Lanez

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.

 29 Queen Latifah

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.

 30 Teyana Taylor

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.

 31 Akon

Akon
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 16, 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.

 32 Bryson Tiller

Bryson Tiller
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Bryson Tiller is an American rapper and singer-songwriter. After achieving success with his debut single Don't, Tiller went on to sign a deal with RCA Records and then came up with his debut album Trapsoul, which peaked at the eighth position on the Billboard 200 chart. Since then, he hasn’t looked back and has performed alongside the likes of Rihanna.

 33 A Boogie wit da Hoodie

A Boogie wit da Hoodie
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: 1995 AD
Nationality: American

Rapper, singer, and songwriter, Julius Dubose, better known as “A Boogie wit da Hoodie,” gained massive fame for his studio album, Hoodie SZN, which topped the Billboard 200 chart. He releases most of his music under his own imprint label Highbridge. He often collaborates with fellow rapper Don Q. He is the winner of two ASCAP awards.

 34 Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 5, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Rapper-singer Pharrell Williams began his career with The Neptunes, the record-production duo he had formed with Chad Hugo. He was also part of the band N.E.R.D., as its lead vocalist. He is known for his Academy Award-nominated song Happy from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack and his 13 Grammy wins.

 35 Tay-K 47

Tay-K 47
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 16, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Rapper Tay-K is best known for his Billboard-charting and platinum-certified track The Race. The same day the song was released, U.S. marshals arrested him on murder charges in New Jersey. He was convicted in the case involving the death of Ethan Walker and was later indicted for another murder.

 36 Lil Mosey

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

Lil Mosey is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. Known for his melodic flow of music, Mosey has released singles, such as Blueberry Faygo, which featured on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number eight. The song has been certified platinum in the US and Australia and 4× platinum in Canada.

 37 Polo G

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.

 38 Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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

 39 Gunna

Gunna
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Gunna is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. On May 22, 2020, Gunna released his second album Wunna, which debuted at number one position on the Billboard 200 chart. Like many other rappers, Gunna has had his share of controversies; he was arrested in 2018 for possession of marijuana and was released the next day on a bond of $2,500.

 40 Eazy-E

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.

 41 Busta Rhymes

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

 42 Eve

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

 43 Ski Mask the Slump God

Ski Mask the Slump God
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 18, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

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.

 44 Stefflon Don

Stefflon Don
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

Stefflon Don is a singer-songwriter and rapper. Don's journey from working as a hairdresser and cake decorator to becoming a popular musician has been quite inspiring. In 2018, she was featured on the cover page of the final print edition of NME. Also a philanthropist, Don helped rapper Shocka by providing him money for his mother's cancer treatment in Nigeria.

 45 Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Famous rapper and singer, Lauryn Hill, is widely regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time and a pioneer in the Neo soul genre. The artist whose album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill won five Grammy Awards, is an inspiration for numerous singers and rappers. Earlier, she gained recognition as member of Fugees, an award-winning hip hop group.

 46 Nas

Nas
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Widely considered one of the greatest rappers ever, Nas has seven platinum and multi-platinum albums under his belt in the US. In 2006, he was ranked fifth on MTV's The Greatest MCs of All Time list. In 2012, he was ranked second on the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time list published by The Source. He is also an entrepreneur.

 47 Lil Tecca

Lil Tecca
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: August 26, 2002
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 48 YBN Nahmir

YBN Nahmir
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 18, 1999
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 49 JT

JT
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 50 Sheck Wes

Sheck Wes
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 10, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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.