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.

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 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 Jay-Z

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

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.

 4 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.

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 5 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.

 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 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.

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 8 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.

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 9 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.

 10 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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 11 Lali Espósito

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Argentinian

Argentine actor-singer Lali Espósito initially soared to fame as a child actor with the telenovela Rincón de Luz and then played a lead role in the teen series Casi Angeles. She is best known for her gold-certified album Brava. She supports abortion rights and is also associated with children’s charities.

 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.

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 13 Beyonce Knowles

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 14 Rick Ross

Rick Ross
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Famous As: Rapper, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 28, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Named the "Hottest MC in the Game" in 2012 by MTV, Rick Ross soared to fame with his first single, Hustlin. He launched the label Maybach Music Group and once owned several Wingstop restaurant outlets. He is also known for his feuds and legal issues with other artists.
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 15 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.

 16 Bow Wow

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Rapper Bow Wow, earlier known as "Lil Bow Wow,” was discovered by Snoop Dogg. He is best known for songs such as Bow Wow (That's My Name). He has also appeared in movies such as Like Mike and All About the Benjamins, and in series such as Entourage.

 17 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.

 18 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.
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 19 Fetty Wap

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Famous As: Rapper, Singer
Birthdate: June 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Rapper Willie Junior Maxwell II, better known as Fetty Wap, rose to fame with his Billboard-charting and two-time Grammy-nominated debut track Trap Queen. He often wears the Haitian flag. He has often found himself in the midst of lawsuits for offenses ranging from copyright infringement to assault.

 20 Machine Gun Kelly

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 22, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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 21 Ja Rule

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Birthdate: February 29, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Rapper/hip-hop artist Ja Rule is best known for his collaborative tracks with artists such as Jennifer Lopez and Ashanti. He has delivered a platinum-selling debut album and released two Billboard-topping albums. He has launched a clothing line and a liquor brand, too, and has had multiple brushes with the law. 

 22 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.

 23 Nora Lum

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Nora Lum, or Awkwafina, soared to fame with the song My Vag, which became a YouTube hit. She then delivered her album Yellow Ranger and appeared in the series Girl Code. With The Farewell, she became the first Asian woman to win a Golden Globe for the lead female.

 24 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.

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 25 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.

 26 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.

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 27 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

 28 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.

 29 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.

 30 Tyler, The Creator

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 6, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 31 will.i.am

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Famous As: Rapper, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Rapper and music producer William James Adams Jr., better known as “will.i.am,” is a founding member of the Black Eyed Peas. He went solo later and released tracks such as the NBA Live theme Go! The seven-time Grammy-winning artist also wrote Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign theme Yes We Can.

 32 Nate Dogg

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

 33 Kiari Cephus

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Famous As: Hip Hop Star
Birthdate: December 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Grammy-nominated artist Kiari Cephus, better known as Offset, is part of the hip-hop group Migos, which has delivered hits such as Versace. He has also invested in the e-sports brand FaZe Clan. Offset has also been in the news for reportedly cheating on his wife Cardi B.

 34 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.  

 35 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.

 36 Jayceon Terrell Taylor

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Birthdate: November 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 37 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.

 38 Park Chanyeol

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: South Korean
South Korean entertainer Park Chan-yeol, also known as Chanyeol, gained fame as part of the South Korean-Chinese boy group Exo, which has delivered hits such as Mama. He has also starred in series such as Secret Queen Makers and Missing 9, and films such as So I Married an Anti-fan

 39 Jennifer Lopez

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Famous As: Singer, Actress, Dancer
Birthdate: July 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Jennifer Lopez established herself as the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood after starring in films such as Out of Sight, The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan and Shall We Dance’. She is also an accomplished dancer and commercially very successful singer. She helped propel the Latin pop movement in American music. She is also a fashion designer and a businesswoman.

 40 Fat Joe

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: August 19, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Fat Joe is best known for his hit tracks such as Lean Back and his collaborations with stars such as Jennifer Lopez and Ashanti. He began his career as part of Diggin' in the Crates Crew and then went solo. He later launched his own label and hosted a podcast.

 41 NF (Nathan John Feuerstein)

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 30, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Rapper Nathan John Feuerstein, or NF (stylized as ИF), gained fame in the niche genre of Christian hip-hop. His albums Perception and The Search both charted on the Billboard 200. His single Let You Down was certified triple-platinum. His style has been influenced by the music of Eminem.

 42 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.

 43 Waka Flocka Flame

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Famous As: Singer, Rapper
Birthdate: May 31, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

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.

 44 Kirshnik Ball

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Famous As: Rapper/Singer
Birthdate: June 18, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Kirshnik Ball, better known by his stage name Takeoff, is an American singer-songwriter and rapper. He is known for forming the hip hop trio Migos along with Offset and Quavo. Over the years, Kirshnik Ball has achieved success as part of the Migos. He stirred controversy in 2017 when he refused to use an overhead storage bin in an airplane.

 45 RM

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

 46 Soulja Boy

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Soulja Boy is best known for his Billboard Hot 100-topping track Crank That. Named to the 2010 Forbes list of Hip-Hop Cash Kings, he revolutionized the art of promoting music through social media, especially through YouTube. He is part of a deal with the World Poker Fund.

 47 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.

 48 Sean Kingston

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Jamaican
Jamaican-American singer and rapper Kisean Paul Anderson, better known as “Sean Kingston,” is best known for his chart-topping tracks Beautiful Girls and Eenie Meenie. He has campaigned for PETA and the non-profit Do Something. He launched the Professional Rapper Boxing League in 2020 and guest-starred in Black Dynamite.

 49 Yolandi

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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: December 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: South African
South African rapper Anri du Toit, better known as Yolandi Visser, performs as part of the rap-rave group Die Antwoord, which has released hits such as Enter the Ninja. She has also starred in films such as Chappie. She is known for her signature blonde hair and outrageous fashion sense.

 50 Ashnikko

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 19, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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