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...Known professionally as the “Chief Commander,” Ebenezer Obey’s career trajectory mixed innovative musical performance with traditional music and lyrics and song structure. Obey was born in the Nigerian state of Ogun in 1943 to Egba-Yoruba...

E.T. Mensah

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...Dubbed the “King of Highlife,” horn player and vocalist E. T. Mensah nurtured the form in the 1940s and 1950s. Born in 1919 in the Gold Coast, now Ghana, Mensah learned to play flute while at the Accra Government School. He went on to play...
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...Originally designed as a punk band, the hip-hop output of the Beastie Boys through the 1990s exhibited an intentionally artistic mode of using samples in the construction of music. In 1979, Michael “Mike D.” Diamond formed the Beastie Boys...

DC Talk

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...DC Talk is a Christian rap and rock trio, consisting of Michael Tait (b. May 18, 1966), Kevin Max Smith (b. August 17, 1967), and Toby McKeehan (b. October 22, 1964). The trio is named the most popular overtly Christian act of all time...
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...The satirical and theatrical representation of political concepts in the music of the Dead Kennedys situated them apart from many of their 1970s and 1980s punk contemporaries. In 1978, Jello Biafra, East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride, 6025...

Snoop Dogg

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...Snoop Dogg is a prolific American rapper and hip-hop artist and producer, but he has also expanded his career into producing and starring in films as well as making occasional appearances on TV. He is known for frequently collaborating...
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...As poster children for the excesses of rock and roll in the 1980s and 1990s, Guns N’ Roses became symbols of their era for both critics and fans. The band formed in 1985 after Axl Rose’s outfit, Hollywood Rose, incorporated members...

Ice-T

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...One of hip-hop’s most controversial and outspoken figures, Ice-T was born Tracy Lauren Marrow in Newark, New Jersey in 1958. After his mother and father died of heart attacks when Marrow was aged eight and twelve respectively, he...

Kanye West

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...Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, producer, and entrepreneur. Throughout his career, West’s music has spanned different styles and genres. West has been responsible for cultural developments in hip-hop and pop music...

Buck Owens

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...As the first major star to come out of the country music scene of Bakersfield, California, Buck Owens introduced the city’s unique sound to the nation and paved the way for the myriad artists who followed in his wake. Owens was born...