Naissance 18 septembre 1974, Detroit, É.-U. (33 ans) Pays d'origine États-Unis États-Unis Profession(s) Rappeur, Acteur, Animateur de télévision Genre(s) Rap Années actives 1995 - Présent Label(s) Loud, Sony, Open Bar, Koch Entourage Tha Alkaholiks, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Ras Kass, Saafir, Strong Arm Steady, Kurupt, Eminem, Defari
Né à Detroit, Alvin Nathaniel Joiner passe une enfance calme jusqu'au décès de sa mère. Son père se re-marie et déménage avec sa nouvelle famille au Nouveau-Mexique. À 13 ans il commence à écouter et écrire du rap, ce qui ne plaît pas a son père, autrefois Marine, et à sa stricte belle-mère, qui étaient tous les deux membres de la secte des Témoins de Jehovah. Entre 14 et 17 ans, il passera le majeur partie de son temps dans les rues de Albuquerque et aura des ennuis, ce qui engendrera son expulsion des lycées de Albuquerque. Plus tard, il partira vivre à Los Angeles, espérant faire carrière dans la musique.
Alvin Nathaniel Joiner a débuté sa carrière en tant que membre du Likwit Crew , un collectif dispersé de rappeurs de la West Coast, dans lequel font partie les Tha Alkaholiks, et King Tee. Après avoir réalisé une tournée avec eux en 1995, Loud Records lance le nouveau rappeur avec At The Speed Of Life en 1996. Avec cet album, Xzibit acquiert une grand notoriété dans le milieu de l'underground. En 1998, il sort un nouvel album, 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz, qui fait de lui un des talents les plus prometteurs, au dépit d'un succès commercial.
En 2000, Xzibit sortit l'album Restless, qui s'est vendu rien qu'aux États-Unis à plus de 1.5 million d'albums, produit par Dr. Dre, qui rencontra un succès planétaire grâce au tube X. En 2001, il participa à une grande tournée hip-hop aux USA nommée Up in Smoke Tour en compagnie d'autres rappeurs tels que Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem et Ice Cube entre autres.
En 2002, Xzibit revient avec Man Vs. Machine, dont le succès est moins bon que Restless, mais qui arrive à atteindre le disque d'Or. Il continua de collaborer avec ses amis les plus proches, essentiellement Ras Kass et Saafir, et il forma avec eux The Golden State Project qui est un collectif de rap. Sa fidélité à la West Coast et à ses partenaires lui fit gagner de plus en plus respect de par ses fans. Weapons of Mass Destruction suit deux ans plus tard et atteint lui aussi le disque d'Or. Il a aussi son propre label qu'il a crée en 1999 nommé Open Bar Entertainment
Xzibit participa à la chanson Stand Up dans l'album Dirty Diamonds de Alice Cooper. Le 7 juillet 2007 il participa à l'évènement Live Earth à Tokyo.
Télévision Xzibit a été d'autant plus connu en faisant office de présentateur de l'émission Pimp My Ride diffusée sur MTV. Xzibit a aussi participé à un épisode de Les Experts : Miami. Il participa à une parodie de Pimp my Ride sur le cartoon Adult Swim, The Boondocks. Xzibit a pour projet de mettre fin a sa carrière en 2013
Birth name: Shawn Corey Carter Also known as Jigga Jay Hova Born December 4, 1969 (1969-12-04) (age 38) Brooklyn, New York City Genre(s) Hip hop, hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, pop rap Occupation(s) Musician Songwriter Record executive CEO President Years active 1989 – present Label(s) Roc-A-Fella/IDJMG/Universal Associated acts Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel, Beyoncé Knowles, Kanye West, R. Kelly, Freeway, The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Young Jeezy Website Official site
Originally from Marcy Houses housing project in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City, Jay-Z was abandoned by his father Adnes Reeves when he was twelve years old. Jay-Z attended Eli Whitney High School in Brooklyn, along with rapper AZ, until it was closed down. After that he attended George Westinghouse Information Technology High School in Downtown Brooklyn, with fellow rappers The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes, and Trenton Central High School in Trenton, New Jersey, but did not graduate. He claims to have been caught up in selling drugs, to which he refers in his music.
According to his mother Gloria Carter, a young Jay-Z used to wake his siblings up at night banging out drum patterns on the kitchen table. Eventually, she bought him a boom box for his birthday and thus sparked his interest in music. He began freestyling, writing rhymes, and followed the music of many artists popular at the time. It is stated that he beat Busta Rhymes in a rap battle, but also has lost to DMX.
In his neighborhood, Carter was known as "Jazzy", a nickname that eventually developed into his stage name, "Jay-Z". The moniker is also a homage to his musical mentor Jaz-O (a.k.a. Jaz, Big Jaz) as well as to the J/Z subway lines that have a stop at Marcy Avenue in Brooklyn.
Jay-Z can be heard on several of Jaz-O's early recordings in the late 80s and early 90s, including "The Originators" and "Hawaiian Sophie". He also collaborated with Inglewood, California producer Three-1-Zero. His career had a jump start when he battled a rapper by the name of Zai. The battle caught the eye of many record labels, as Jay-Z was able to hold his own against Zai. He also made an appearance on a popular song by Big L, "Da Graveyard", and on Mic Geronimo's "Time to Build", which also featured early appearances by DMX Q-Man and Ja Rule and Shazim Hasan in 1995. His first official rap single was called "I Can't Get With That" which he also released a music video for.
Reasonable Doubt (1996)
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From the beginning of his commercial recording career, Jay-Z chose a route that many would consider untraditional. When no major label gave him a record deal, Jay-Z created Roc-A-Fella Records as his own independent label. After striking a deal with Priority to distribute his material, Jay-Z released his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt with beats from acclaimed producers such as DJ Premier and Clark Kent and a notable appearance by The Notorious B.I.G. Despite reaching only #23 on the Billboard 200, the album was a critical success.
In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 (1997)
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After reaching a new distribution deal with Def Jam in 1997, Jay-Z released his follow-up In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. Executive produced by Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, it sold better than his previous effort. Jay-Z later explained that the album was made during one of the worst periods of his life. He was reeling from the death of his close friend The Notorious B.I.G. The album's glossy production stood as a contrast to his first release, and some dedicated fans felt he had "sold out". However, the album did feature some beats from producers who had worked with him on Reasonable Doubt, namely DJ Premier and Ski. Jay-Z mentioned on the YES Network's "CenterStage with Michael Kay" show that if he could do one thing in his career over, it would be Vol. 1, claiming that "it [the cd] was this close to being a classic, but I put like, a few songs on there that ruined it." Example is that he was referring to "I Know What Girls Like" and "(Always Be My) Sunshine", both of which were produced by Bad Boy beatmakers and criticized as a commercialization of his sound. Like its predecessor, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 also earned Platinum status in the U.S.
Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life (1998)
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1998's Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life spawned the biggest hit of his career at the time, "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)". He also relied more on flow and brilliant wordplay, and he continued his penchant for mining beats from the popular producers of the day such as Swizz Beatz, an upstart in-house producer for Ruff Ryders, and Timbaland. Other producers tapped for beats include: DJ Premier, Erick Sermon, The 45 King, and Kid Capri. Charting hits from this album included "Can I Get A..." featuring Ja Rule and Amil and "Nigga What, Nigga Who" which featured Amil too. Vol. 2 would eventually become Jay-Z's most commercially successful album; it was certified 5x platinum in the United States and has to date sold over 8 million worldwide. The album went on to win a Grammy Award, although Jay-Z boycotted the ceremony protesting DMX's failure to garner a Grammy nomination.
Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter (1999)
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In 1999, Jay-Z released Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter. Despite continued criticism for his increasingly pop-oriented sound, the album proved to be successful and went platinum three times and sold over 5.6 million records worldwide. Through his lyricism, he was able to retain respect from some of his die-hard fans. Vol. 3 is remembered for its smash hit, "Big Pimpin'" (feat. UGK). By this time, Jay-Z was seen as a hip-hop figurehead both by hardcore fans and by the hip-hop industry due to his lyrics and his high album sales.
The Dynasty: Roc La Familia (2000)
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The subject of much criticism, praise, popularity, condemnation, and discussion, Jay-Z decided to begin developing other artists. Around 2000, he and Damon Dash signed various artists (including "Dynasty" members Amil, Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek) and began introducing them to the public. He next appeared on The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, which was intended as a compilation album to introduce these new artists, though the album had Jay-Z's name on it to strengthen market recognition and by extension, sales. This strategy worked to an extent - The Dynasty: Roc La Familia sold over 2 million units in the U.S. alone.
egan Birth name John Jackson Born November 18, 1977 (1977-11-18) (age 30) Origin Brooklyn, New York, United States Genre(s) Hip hop Years active 1998 – present
Father=Kool Moe Dee-former rap artist Label(s) Desert Storm, Street Family, Def Jam Associated acts DJ Clue, Lil' Mo, Mike Shorey, Red Cafe, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, T-Pain Website Official website
Born to an African American mother and Domincan father, John Jackson grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. He brapping at the age 12. Initially, he was not seriously into rapping. He would only rap to entertain his friends on the streets. When he was younger, Fabolous came into contact with future rap stars, The Notorious B.I.G., Lil Kim, and Jay-Z. After Fab got a little older, he began rapping under the moniker Fabolous Sport. When Memphis Bleek officially signed to Roc-A-Fella Records, Fabolous decided that it was time for him to start rapping seriously. He would call into DJ Clue's radio show in late 1998, he ended up freestyling for Clue, who would immediately sign him to his newly-formed Desert Storm Records. He would be featured on several DJ Clue mixtapes and mixtapes with Roc-A-Fella artists. This would earn Fabolous and Desert Storm a distribution deal with Elektra Records. In 2001, they began to promote Fabolous and his debut album, Ghetto Fabolous, first by placing him on the remix to popular label-mate, Lil Mo's "Superwoman (remix)." Fabolous would then become one of the best acts on Elektra and in hip hop gaining numerous comparisons to Jay-Z.
] Music career:
Before receiving mainstream popularity, Fabolous released a single in 1998 titled "If They Want It" under his moniker,"Fabolous Sport". It was released by Def Jam Recordings on the album DJ Clue? The Professional. It is also available on the DJ Kool Kid mixtape, Pound For Pound featuring Fabolous and Jadakiss. In 2000, he released a second single through Elektra Records titled "Gotta Be a Thug", which was put on DJ Clue Presents Backstage Mixtape (soundtrack). He was nominated for Grammy for his collaboration with Christina Milian for Dip It Low. He also brought in successful mainstream artists such as Rihanna, Ne-Yo & T-Pain.
Ghetto Fabolous (2001):
Fabolous was teamed with Nate Dogg to produce his first single "Can't Deny It". The song charted in the Billboard Hot 100, and the subsequent album, Ghetto Fabolous, achieved platinum certification. It reached number four on the Billboard 200 with 143,180 copies sold and had three singles which charted on Rhythmic Top 40 and Billboard Hot 100 charts. The first of those singles is "Can't Deny It" which is produced by Rick Rock and features a chorus by Nate Dogg that alters lyrics from Tupac Shakur's song "Ambitionz Az a Ridah". The other charting singles are "Young'n (Holla Back)", which is produced by The Neptunes and "Trade It All", which features vocals from Jagged Edge and is produced by DJ Clue and DURO.
Street Dreams (2003):
Jackson released his second album Street Dreams on March 4, 2003. Powered by a Just Blaze beat and guest vocals from Lil' Mo and Mike Shorey, "Can't Let You Go" reached number one on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart and number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Into You" with Tamia also reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100. Also released on Street Dreams was the club banger "It's My Party" and "Trade It All Pt. 2" which featured Jagged Edge as it did on the Ghetto Fabolous version, as well as Diddy.
Real Talk (2004):
Jackson's third album Real Talk was released on November 9, 2004. It debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 with 179,000 copies and had two charting singles, the lowest in his career. The two charting singles are his street anthem "Breathe" and "Baby," which features Mike Shorey, and shows his more sensitive side that he has showed on many songs in the past. His second single was not promoted until weeks after the album's release. "Tit 4 Tat" was his third single. Pharrell of The Neptunes produced it and did the hook. Fab feels that the single didn't hit it as big as it should have due to poor advertising. Making the music video for his fourth single, "Do the Damn Thing" cost Jackson $30,000. The song featured Young Jeezy, who became known to the public through the video. The same year, Fabolous was nominated for a Grammy Award for his collaboration on the "Dip It Low" remix by Christina Milian. In early 2006, Fabolous moved to Def Jam and left Atlantic Records who received Musiq in return.
From Nothin' to Somethin' (2007):
His fourth studio album, From Nothin' to Somethin, was released in June 2007. Fabolous took the number one spot on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums charts for the first time in his career and it debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 159,000 copies in its first week. It is his first album on Def Jam Records. The first single and video, "Diamonds", features Young Jeezy who also appeared on the Real Talk track "Do the Damn Thing". Lil Wayne is featured on the remix. The album was certified Gold in July 2007.
His second single was "Return of the Hustle" which featured Swizz Beatz. Unfortunately, "Return of the Hustle" never became as successful as his third single, "Make Me Better", which features fellow Def Jam artist Ne-Yo. The fourth single was "Baby Don't Go." Jermaine Dupri produced it and T-Pain sings the hook. However, in the more common radio and music video version of the song, Jermaine Dupri sings the hook.
Fabolous has been featured on several popular R&B artists' songs. He has also collaborated with South Korean singer Se7en in his American debut single "This is My Year" which has been leaked on Myspace and YouTube before the official release. He recently appeared on the remix and video version of singer The-Dream's debut single, "Shawty Is Da Sh*! (10)". He will also appears on the street anthem "New York Minute" by Mims, which also features Class The King.
According to Fabolous, Mase approached him in Philadelphia and commented on how he "appreciated" Fab as an artist. The two artists then shook hands and went their separate ways. But some time later, Mase quipped on his song "I Don't Know Officer": "I don't know why Loon and Fabby won't just say I'm their daddy", implying that both Fabolous and rapper Loon stole their laid back style from him. He made a diss track "Murda (We Don't Believe You)". Fabolous uses 50 Cent's hook from "Life's on the Line" saying: "Murda, I don't believe you / Murda, f*ck around and leave you / Murda, we don't believe you / Murda Murda, your life's on the line."
In the past, critics have compared Fabolous', Loon's and Mase's rhyme styles, noting similarities in flow and vocal cadence. But Fabolous has never revealed any animosity towards Mase until then.
Fabolous even rapped alongside Mase as Fabulous Sport on "That's The Way", a track on DJ Clue's 1998 studio release The Professional. Foxy Brown also appeared on the track.
The "beef" has however apparently been sqaushed. When asked about his next album, Mase stated that on his next release, there would be a track entitled "We Run It", which will also feature LL Cool J. Mase then apologized for his past comments in songs like "I Don't Know Officer".
Fabolous was raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. In January and March 2003, Fabolous was arrested for possessing an unlicensed gun in his car. His bodyguard later showed proof of ownership for the gun.
In an interview with XXL, Fabolous revealed that he has been in a long-term relationship that began in 2005.
Fabolous was shot in his right leg on the morning of October 17, 2006 in Manhattan. The police saw the rapper and three other men accompanying him rushing through a red light and found unlicensed, loaded guns in their car leading to their arrest. After they found the weapons, Fabolous was treated at a local hospital.
New York Police linked Fabolous to a crew of robbbers who targeted champion boxer Zab Judah twice. According to police reports, the Street Fam Crew is made up of 20 members, all former drug dealers from Fabolous' Brooklyn neighborhood. In 2006, three men tried to rob Judah as he stood next to his yellow Lamborghini on West 27th Street at 10th Avenue in New York City. The three rolled up in a minivan at about 5 AM, and hopped out. One pulled a black handgun on Judah and told him to put his jewelry on the hood of his car. Judah ran instead. The muggers followed in their van, but crashed into a tree a block away. All three scattered, but one was captured by a Homeland Security agent on his way to work, and another was grabbed by a nearby cab driver. "A bunch of idiots that didn't have no control over what they were doing; they messed with the wrong guy," said Judah.
Fabolous came forward to deny reports that he was involved. More lately, in the evening of November 22, 2007, a childhood friend—Shamel McKinney—was stabbed to death inside of a New York nightclub.
Fabolous denied Street Family crew's connection to any reported robberies. Police say that McKinney may have been stabbed after trying to steal jewelry off the neck of another clubgoer, Anthony Taylor (who has since the incident been arrested and has to face second-degree murder charges). The rapper further explained that despite reports, McKinney is not the type of person he has been made out to be, referring to the allegations that McKinney is part of a robbery crew connected to the rapper. Fabolous stated, "On Thanksgiving, I think I came out of the house one time - to go get eggnog. And there wasn't any eggnog at Club Duvet." 
Robert Sylvester Kelly, alias R. Kelly, est un chanteur de RnB originaire de Chicago aux États-Unis.
R. Kelly est né le 8 janvier 1967 dans les quartiers sud de Chicago. Son père l'abandonne très jeune et c'est sa mère qui l'élèvera. Au cours de ses années de lycée, il se découvre un don pour la musique, sur les conseils de sa mère et du professeur Barry Hankerson. Il apprend à jouer du piano. Il grandit dans le ghetto avec son meilleur ami J.P.
R. Kelly fonda avec ses amis un groupe de R&B, MGM. Le groupe remporta un concours national de jeunes talents organisé par l'émission « Big Break ». En 1991, le groupe rebaptisé Public anouncement passe sous contrat avec Jive Records. En 1992, le collectif sort leur premier opus, Born into the 90's, un concentré de New Jack, qui devient disque de platine. R. Kelly décide ensuite d'entamer une carrière solo.
Son premier album 12 play est disque de platine. En 1994, R. Kelly produit l'album d'une jeune artiste de rnb : Aaliyah.
R. Kelly interprète la B.O de Space Jam I believe I can fly. En 1998, il obtient trois Grammy awards. Il poursuivit dans la lancée des bandes originales de film avec le single « Gotham City » de Batman and Robin.
Il continue à produire des artistes comme Changing Faces, Sparkle, Kelly Price ou Wyclef Jean. R. Kelly se consacrera de nouveau à sa carrière personnelle et sort en 1998 un nouvel opus intitulé R.. Ce double album se vendra à plusieurs millions d'exemplaires.[réf. nécessaire] En 2000, T.P-2.com apparaît dans les bacs.
En 2002, dans le sillage de Fiesta, R. Kelly et Jay-Z enregistrent un album entier ensemble : The Best of Both Worlds.
En février 2002, le Chicago Sun-Times signale qu'une bande vidéo lui a été envoyé montrant R. Kelly ayant des rapports sexuels avec une mineure de 13 ans (qui est la nièce de la chanteuse Sparkle). Précédemment, le rappeur avait failli se marier avec une fille de 15 ans, Aaliyah, en 1994. En conséquence, plusieurs radios ont déprogrammé R. Kelly de leurs playlists, et des manifestations anti-Kelly se sont organisées à Chicago, faisant chuter sensiblement les ventes de The Best of Both Worlds pourtant entré directement n°2 la semaine de sa sortie aux États-Unis.[réf. nécessaire]
R. Kelly plaide non coupable et se défend avec une nouvelle chanson Heaven, I Need a Hug.
En février 2003, R. Kelly publie Chocolate Factory, et place avec ce disque son 3ème n°1 aux USA. Plus tard dans l'année, R. Kelly enregistre le single Soldier's Heart en hommage aux militaires américains présents en Irak. Il écrit et produit Bump, Bump, Bump (#1 US, #7 FR) pour les B2K ainsi que l'album Body Kiss des Isley Brothers, devenant le premier disque du groupe à entrer n°1 aux États-Unis. En 2004,il signe album double intitulé "Happy people/U saved me.l'album se place directement n°2 des ventes grâce aux singles "Happy people" et "U saved me".En 2005,il sort un nouvel album intitulé "TP-3.com Reloaded" dans lequel on le retrouve avec le rappeur The Game.