Hip Hop Singers

A hip hop singer may be involved in the production of a genre of music that is mainly concerned with the use of rhythmical intoning of certain selected rhymed couplets in harmony with a persistent beat. This genre of music is considered to be very popular with the younger generation and is thus mainly associated with urban youth culture. Hip-hop and rap music originated during the 1970’s as a kind of street music form and culture mainly among African-American communities living in South Bronx area of New York City. The main elements that can be seen in this genre of music include poverty, violence and graffiti art. In the 20th and the 21st century hip-ho- and rap music became one of the most celebrated and immensely popular genres of music, especially among the youth in various countries from across the world. With the advancement in technology and the development of mass media technologies, adding to the impact of globalization, hip-hop and rap music is a universal phenomenon. Read on for more information about some of the world's most famous hip-hop singers.

 1 Miley Cyrus

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Birthdate: November 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Miley Cyrus, the American singer-songwriter and actress, is known for her wide range in music, spanning from pop and country pop to hip hop. The portrayal of the title character of television series, Hannah Montana, made her a teen idol. Her personal life has often sparked controversy, especially when she came out as pansexual and talked about use of cannabis.

 2 Gwen Stefani

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Fashion Designer, Actress
Birthdate: October 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

The co-founder of the popular band No Doubt, Gwen Stefani is a famous singer, songwriter, and record producer. One of the most decorated singer-songwriters, Stefani was ranked 13th in VH1's list of 100 Greatest Women in Music in 2012. Having sold over 30 million albums worldwide, she is also one of the most successful female artists.

 3 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.

 4 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.

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 5 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.

 6 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.

 7 Mac Miller

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Famous As: American Rapper, Singer
Birthdate: January 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: September 7, 2018

Before his death at the age of 26, Mac Miller had a major impact as a rapper and songwriter. Blue Slide Park, his studio album, became the first independently distributed maiden album since 1995 to top the US Billboard 200. His personal life was marred by depression, substance abuse, and legal issues. He died of drug overdose.

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 8 Brian Austin Green

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Actor, rapper, and producer Brian Austin Green began his career as a young boy in the mid-1980s. He started by taking up small roles in TV shows before establishing himself with the success of the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210. He then ventured into films as well. He supports many charitable endeavours, including the Omaze "Fight4theAmazon" campaign.

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 9 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.

 10 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. 

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 11 Dr. Dre

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Famous As: American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Rapper, record producer, and audio engineer, Dr. Dre, is the founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. He is credited with the popularization of  West Coast G-funk, a sub-genre of hip hop. After establishing himself in the music industry, he promoted the careers of many other rappers, including 2Pac and Snoop Dogg.

 12 Bobby Brown

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: February 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Grammy-winning singer and New Edition member Bobby Brown was a pioneer of the new jack swing, a combination of R&B and hip-hop, and shot to fame with the album Don't Be Cruel and the hit My Prerogative. His marriage to Whitney Houston was plagued with domestic strife and drug issues. 
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 13 Nora Lum

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 14 Yungblud

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Famous As: Singer Songwriter
Birthdate: August 5, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
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 15 Donnie Wahlberg

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Donnie Wahlberg is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. Popularly known as the bad boy of New Kids on the Block band, Wahlberg faced up to 20 years in prison after he was charged with arson for setting The Seelbach Hilton on fire. The charge was later reduced and eventually dropped after he agreed to appear in public-service videos.

 16 Playboi Carti

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 13, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Mumble rapper Playboi Carti previously performed with Ethereal, using the pseudonym "Sir Cartier." He soared to fame with the Billboard Hot 100-charting tracks Woke Up Like and Magnolia. Described by GQ as the "leader of a youth style," he is known for his signature gothic fashion and quirky personality.

 17 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.

 18 RM

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 12, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: South Korean
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 19 Iggy Azalea

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian
Rapper Iggy Azalea is known for her viral and chart-topping tracks Pu$$y, Two Times, and Fancy. A high-school dropout, she had worked illegally in Miami, before she hit the jackpot with her Billboard-topping debut album, The New Classic. She was the first non-American female rapper to top the Billboard chart.

 20 Gucci Mane

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Famous As: Hip Hop Singer
Birthdate: February 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Hip-hop and trap sensation Gucci Mane has made waves with tracks such as Gucci Time and Wasted. The “avatar of East Atlanta,” he has had multiple brushes with the law. He owns a label and has also written an autobiography. He has also promoted the Gucci Cruise 2020 Campaign.
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 21 21 Savage

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Famous As: Hip-hop artist
Birthdate: October 22, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

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.

 22 Jack Harlow

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 13, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 23 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.

 24 Lil Baby

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Hip-hop and trap artist Lil Baby gained game with his 2017 mixtape Perfect Timing, named in honor of his newfound life after serving a 2-year sentence for possession of marijuana. His debut album, Harder Than Ever, was platinum-certified, while his second album, My Turn, topped the Billboard 200.
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 25 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 Bebe Rexha

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Bebe Rexha is an American singer-songwriter. As a songwriter, Rexha has contributed to the success of songs recorded by artists like Eminem, Nick Jonas, and Selena Gomez. Her debut album Expectations did well in the US. Having described her sexual orientation as fluid, Rexha serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ+ community; she is also a supporter of the community.  

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 27 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.

 28 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 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.

 30 Kiari Cephus

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Famous As: Hip Hop Star
Birthdate: December 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 31 Mary J. Blige

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Mary J. Blige is a popular singer-songwriter and actress. Having sold 80 million records worldwide, she is one of the best-selling female artists of all time. Referred to as the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary is credited with influencing the fusion of R&B and hip hop. She often gets featured in lists like The 100 Greatest Women in Music.

 32 J. Cole

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Famous As: Rapper, Record Producer, Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: January 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German, American

German born American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer J. Cole is considered one of the most respected and influential rappers of his generation. Interested in music from a young age, he decided to become a singer when he was just 12. His debut mixtape was a hit, and he went on to release many other successful mixtapes and albums.

 33 Kelly Rowland

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Four-time Grammy-winning artist Kelly Rowland was part of the R&B group Destiny’s Child, along with Beyoncé. Kelly has also had a successful solo career and has starred in films such as Freddy vs. Jason. She has been a judge on The X Factor and a coach on The Voice

 34 Christina Milian

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Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Christina Milian is best known for her hit tracks A.M. to P.M. and Say I. Fans have also loved her performances in the movie Love Don't Cost a Thing, as Vanessa in Grandfathered, and as Christine Parks in The Oath. She co-owns Viva Diva Wines and a food truck business.

 35 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.

 36 Yung Miami

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 11, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 37 Jackson Wang

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Chinese, Hong Konger

Hong Kong rapper, singer, and dancer Jackson Wang gained international popularity as a member of the South Korean boy group Got7. Born into a family with a rich legacy in sports, he played multiple sports as a teenager before he began his entertainment career. He is the recipient of many BreakTudo Awards.

 38 Ashanti

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 13, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Ashanti is an American singer, record producer, songwriter, model, and actress. A talented musician, Ashanti became the first woman to occupy the number one and number two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Also known for her humanitarian work, Ashanti works tirelessly towards several causes, including raising awareness about issues pertaining to domestic violence.

 39 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.

 40 Bow Wow

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

 41 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.

 42 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.

 43 NF (Nathan John Feuerstein)

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 30, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 44 Method Man

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Famous As: Hip Hop Artist
Birthdate: March 2, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Method Man is part of the hip-hop duo Method Man & Redman and Wu-Tang Clan. His collaborative single with Mary J. Blige, I'll Be There for You, won a Grammy. He has also appeared on the show Method & Red, in HBO series such as Oz, and in several films.

 45 Steve-O

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian, British, American

British-born American comedian and TV personality, Steve-O, gained international fame with his performance stunts in the TV series Jackass. Following a nomadic childhood, he graduated from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and began his career as a clown. He eventually started appearing on TV shows and became popular.

 46 Diljit Dosanjh

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

 47 Nelly Furtado

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Birthdate: December 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian

Nelly Furtado is a Portuguese-Canadian record producer and singer-songwriter. Known for her constant reinvention and musical versatility, Furtado is one of the most successful musical artists from Canada, having sold more than 40 million records. Her work has also inspired fellow musicians like Dua Lipa and Bridgit Mendler. Also a philanthropist, Furtado is a member of Artists Against Racism charity.

 48 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.

 49 Nate Dogg

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: March 15, 2011

 50 Marques Houston

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