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.
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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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.
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Anuel AA is a Puerto Rican singer and rapper. Regarded as one of the founding fathers and a pioneer of Latin trap music, Anuel AA often incorporates topics like sex and crime in his lyrics. Also one of the most controversial rappers of his generation, Anuel AA has had several legal issues; his debut album was recorded while being incarcerated.
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Aaron Carter is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, actor, and record producer. Carter became popular among pre-teen and teenage audiences after having released his debut studio album at the age of nine. An openly bisexual musician, Aaron Carter serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ community.
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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.
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19 Riz Ahmed
Riz Ahmed is a British actor and rapper best known for his role in the film Nightcrawler. Born to a British Pakistani family in London, he studied acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He began his career in the 2000s. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Primetime Emmy Award.
Orlando Brown is an American actor, singer, and rapper. After starting his career as a child actor, Brown went on to establish himself in the entertainment industry. Unfortunately, his personal life, entangled with legal issues, has overshadowed his professional achievements so far. He has been arrested several times with various charges.
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Utkarsh Ambudkar is an American rapper, actor, and singer. Apart from releasing extended plays, such as The Gold Tusk and Members Only, Ambudkar has also played interesting roles on stage, in films, and in TV series. Owing to his Indian origin, Utkarsh Ambudkar has often played characters of Asian background.
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Misharron Jermeisha Allen, popularly known as Asian Doll, is an American rapper. After having endured a poverty-stricken early life, Doll managed to put her rapping skills to good use to earn money and fame. Her journey from being a naive rapper to becoming the first female artist to be signed to the popular 1017 Eskimo Records has been quite inspirational.
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Yang Hyun-suk is a South Korean rapper, music executive, record producer, and dancer. He is credited with founding one of South Korea's biggest record companies, YG Entertainment, for which he also serves as the chief executive officer. Yang Hyun-suk is best known for his association with the now-defunct music group, Seo Taiji and Boys.