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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...

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...

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...

Public Enemy

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...Public Enemy is an American hip-hop group and a key influence on the genres of hip-hop and rap in the late 1980s and 1990s. The group is known for their strong sociopolitical lyrics, particularly engaging with issues of African American...

Geto Boys

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...Within the gangsta rap vogue of the 1990s, the Geto Boys stand in a special cohort. From Houston, Texas, the group was originally formed as the Ghetto Boys in 1986 and released one album, 1988’s Making Trouble, before breaking up...

J Dilla

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...While J Dilla’s productive career may have been short, it had a fundamental impact on hip-hop from the 1990s onward. Born James Yancey in 1974 in Detroit, Michigan, Dilla began his career under the name of Jay Dee. His parents, both...

Terry Lewis

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...Best known for his production work with partner Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis revolutionized popular R & B through the 1980s and 1990s. Born in Nebraska in 1956, Lewis attended college in Minneapolis, where he met Jimmy Jam and formed Flyte Time...
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...New Kids on the Block had several hits and became one of the most popular acts in the late 1980s and early 1990s pop milieu. The group was formed in the 1980s by Maurice Starr in Boston, Massachusetts. Starr had previously championed New...