50 Cent bio

50 Cent bio
50 Cent

Born Curtis James Jackson III on July 6, 1975, and raised in Southside Jamaica, Queens, New York City, 50 Cent grew up in a broken home. His hustler mother passed away when he was only eight, and his father departed soon after, leaving his grandmother to parent him.

As a teen, he followed the lead of his mother and began hustling. The crack trade proved lucrative for 50 Cent, until he eventually encountered the law and got arrested repeatedly in 1994. It was around this point in time that he traded crime for hip-hop.

His break came in 1996 when he met Run-D.M.C.‘s Jam Master Jay, who gave him a tape of beats and asked him to rap over it. Impressed by what he heard, Jay signed the aspiring rapper to his JMJ Records label. Not much resulted from the deal though and 50 Cent affiliated himself with Trackmasters, a commercially successful New York-based production duo known for their work with such artists as Nas and Jay-Z.

Though he would later struggle with the nature of his fame as well as market expectations, 50 Cent endured substantial obstacles throughout his young yet remarkably dramatic life before becoming the most discussed figure in rap, if not pop music in general, around 2003.

Following an unsuccessful late ’90s run at mainstream success (foiled by an attempt on his life in 2000) and a successful run on the New York mixtape circuit (driven by his early-2000s bout with Ja Rule), Eminem signed 50 Cent to a seven-figure contract in 2002 and helmed his quick rise toward crossover success in 2003.

He reveled in his oft-told past, he called out wannabe gangstas, and he made headlines. He even looked like the ideal East Coast hardcore rapper: big-framed with oft-showcased biceps, abs, and tattoos as well as his trademark bulletproof vest, pistol, and iced crucifix. But all-importantly, 50 Cent may have fit the mold of a prototypical hardcore rapper, but he could also craft a catchy hook.

As a result, his music crossed over to the pop market, appealing to both those who liked his roughneck posturing and rags-to-riches story as well as those who liked his knack for churning out naughty sing-along club tracks. And too, 50 Cent didn’t forget about his posse. He helped his G-Unit crew grow into a successful franchise, spawning platinum-selling solo albums for his group members, lucrative licensing deals for the brand name, and sell-out arena tours to promote the franchise internationally.

50 Cent faced a formidable backlash particularly among hip-hop purists for his third album (Curtis, 2007). His turn toward crossover pop-rap and thus away from street-level credibility.left them disheartened.

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In January 2014 50 Cent said he planned to release “Animal Ambition” in the first quarter of the year, followed by “Street King Immortal”. On February 20 he left Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope, signing with Caroline Records and Capitol Records.

He cites Boogie Down Productions, Big Daddy Kane, The Juice Crew, EPMD and KRS-One as his rapping influences, while citing LL Cool J as an inspiration behind his writing of 21 Questions. 50 Cent also states that he drew influences from Nas, Rakim and The Notorious B.I.G. while working on “Animal Ambition”.

During his career 50 Cent has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and won several awards, including a Grammy Award, thirteen (13) Billboard Music Awards, six (6) World Music Awards, three (3) American Music Awards and four (4) BET Awards. He has pursued an acting career, appearing in the semi-autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005), the Iraq War film Home of the Brave (2006) and Righteous Kill (2008).

50 Cent was ranked the sixth-best artist of the 2000s, the third-best rapper (behind Eminem and Nelly).

Rolling Stone considers Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and In Da Club to be in their lists of “100 Best albums of the 2000s” and “100 Best songs of the 2000s” at numbers 37 and 13 respectively.

Amerie bio

Amerie bio

American pop sensation, songwriter, R&B singer, record producer and actress, Amerie Mi Marie Rogersin was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on January 12, 1980 to a Korean artist mother, Mi Suk and an African-American father, Charles who was a career military man. She studied dance from an early age and also performed in talent contests.

After graduating from high school, her family moved to Virginia while she began to attend Georgetown University, from which she later graduated with a degree in English and Fine Arts. It was while living in Washington D.C. that she met producer Rich Harrison and began developing some demos with him. This relationship later bore a deal with Rise Entertainment and, later on, Columbia. In the first quarter of 2002, Rise/Columbia released Amerie’s debut single, ‘Why Don’t We Fall in Love’. The song went ahead to reach the Top 20 of the R&B/hip-hop chart and the Billboard Hot 100. In July, her debut album “All I Have” followed.

Her sophomore album “Touch” was released in April 2005. It yielded “1 Thing”, her biggest single till date and peaked at number five (5) on the Billboard album chart while earning her two (2) Grammy nominations as well as international recognition.

“Because I Love It”, her third album, followed in May 2007 and achieved little international success albeit it was her strongest and most variegated work so far. It reached the Top 20 in the U.K., and never had a U.S. release. She was dropped from Columbia and signed to Def Jam the following year. She released her fourth album “In Love & War” in November 2009.

She revamped and changed the spelling of her performing name to Ameriie, and released the singles “What I Want” and “Mustang” in 2014 and 2015 respectively. On May 20, 2016, Ameriie independently released an EP, titled “Drive”.

Rihanna bio

Rihanna bio

Rihanna is one of the youngest acts to appear on our data base, and it is often an exacting situation to believe that at such a young age she has scored fourteen (14) no. 1 singles on the billboard hot 100 and sold more than 54 million albums and 210 million tracks worldwide. Net worth US $230 million  (est. 2017)

Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian singer and songwriter and entertainer born in Saint Michael on February 20, 1988 and raised in Bridgetown. Her rise to fame commenced with a 2003 momentous meeting with music producer Evan Rogers -who was vacationing in Barbados at the time- (and subsequently Carl Sturken) and an impromptu impressive performance that ensued. The demos that she made with the duo incited the interest of the then president of Def Jam Recordings, rapper and hip hop producer Jay-Z. An audition was held, Rihanna was signed on instantly.. and thus came raining the hits.

“Music of the Sun”, her debut album, was released in the summer of 2005; it’s lead single ‘Pon De Repaly’ which bodaciously fused urban pop with Caribbean rhythms, was simply uncontainable and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album begot another hit, ”If It’s Lovin’ That You Want” which also graced the Top 40.

In 2006 came the sophomore album “A Girl Like Me”, a colossal success which spawned two Top Ten hits- “Break It Off” (which features Jamaican dancehall sensation Sean Paul) and “Unfaithful”- and “S.O.S.”

“Good Girl Gone Bad”, Rihanna’s most defining album came in 2007. A blue-chip dance-pop album raking in collaborations with maestros like Jay-Z, Timbaland, Ne-Yo and StarGate; and also established her as a sex symbol. The album’s lead single ‘Umbrella’ brought international career success as well as a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (shared with Jay-Z). Other singles ‘Take a Bow’ and ‘Disturbia’ further cemented her status a a pop icon.

2009 saw the release of ‘Rated R’ with singles ‘Rude Boy’ which topped the Hot 100 and also the controversial ‘Russian Roulette.

ihanna’s fifth studio album, “Loud”, followed in November 2010. It’s lead-off single ‘Only Girl (In the World)’, produced by StarGate as well as ‘What’s My Name?’ and ‘S&M’ all topped the Billboard Hot 100. The album also featured the single ‘We Found Love’ with Calvin Harris and peaked at number three.

Released in 2012, “Unapologetic”, Rihanna’s seventh studio album, produced her 18th Top Ten single- ‘Diamonds’ and went ahead to become her first number one album. It also housed other Top Ten numbers, ‘Stay’ and ‘Jump’.

Her 2016 eighth studio album “Anti” and its lead single “Work” reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Hot 100.

With sales exceeding 200 million records worldwide, Rihanna is one of the best-selling artists of all time and is tied with Michael Jackson for the ‘most chart-toppers in Billboard chart history’ for her feature on Eminem’s ‘The Monster’. Rihanna has won twelve (12) Billboard Music Awards, eight (8) Grammy Awards, eight (8) American Music Awards, two (2) BRIT Awards, as well as the Inaugural Icon Award at the American Music Awards 2013. Rihanna has also been ranked by Forbes as the fourth most powerful celebrity of 2012, and was named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” that same year.

Akon bio

Akon bio

Born in St. Louis – Missouri, singer, songwriter, and producer Aliaune Thiam (professionally known as Akon) grew up in Senegal before he and his family (including his father, jazz percussionist Mor Thiam) returned to the United States and settled in New Jersey when he was seven. There he discovered hip-hop for the first time, as well as crime. He was eventually jailed for 3 years but he used the time to work on his musical ideas. Upon release, Akon began writing and recording tracks in a home studio. The tapes found their way to SRC/Universal, which eventually released “Trouble“, Akon’s debut LP, in June 2004. The success of the album’s lead single “Locked Up,” a Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 hit, made Akon a star and desired collaborator. After appearing on Young Jeezy’s “Soul Survivor,” his number of guest appearances seemed to multiply each month.

Konvicted“, his second album, was released in November 2006. Soon enough, two of the album’s singles, “I Wanna Love You” and “Smack That,” made their way to the upper regions of the Billboard charts. A significant stylistic shift occurred with “Freedom”, his third album. The December 2008 release avoided the rugged hip-hop/R&B hybrid of his earlier work and courted a broader audience with a dance-oriented Euro-pop sound.

He is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice. Akon has had four (4) songs certified as 3× platinum, three (3) songs certified as 2× platinum, more than ten (10) songs certified as 1× platinum and more than ten (10) songs certified as gold in digital sales. Akon has sung songs in other languages including Tamil, Hindi, and Spanish. He was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the #1 selling artist for master ringtones in the world.

Forbes ranked Akon 80th (Power Rank) in “Forbes Celebrity 100” in 2010 and 5th in “40 Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa” list, in 2011. Billboard ranked Akon No. 6 on the list of Top Digital Songs Artists of the decade.

TLC bio

 TLC bio

Having sold over 71 million records worldwide, TLC is the best-selling American female R&B group of all time, riding a blend of pop, hip-hop, and urban soul to superstardom during the ’90s.

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, rapper; Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas managed to appeal equally to pop and R&B audiences, blending catchy hooks and bouncy funk with a playful, confident attitude. TLC was formed in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1991, when Watkins and Lopes decided to split off from another group; and subsequently, they met Thomas, locally based producer Dallas Austin, and singer, songwriter, and producer Pebbles, who became their manager. They quickly scored a record deal with L.A. Reid and in 1992 issued their new jack-styled debut album, “Ooooooohhh…On the TLC Tip”. The video for the sexy, aggressive lead single, “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg,” established their quirky, colorful fashion sense. They became well known for their chaotic personal lives, which swung a pendulum through winds of arson, rehab, bankruptcy, serious illness, high-profile romances, and countless intra-group altercations.

After their star-making second album, “CrazySexyCool”, TLC fell into disarray, taking over four years to record the follow-up, “Fanmail”. Even so, they returned more popular than ever, and the hits kept coming. Tragedy struck in early 2002, when Lopes was killed in a car accident in Honduras. As all three members of TLC are considered irreplaceable by the other members, and each of them having contributed equally to the group; following Lopes’ death, instead of replacing her, the remaining members chose to carry on as a duo. In 2017, they are set to release their final album as TLC.

VH1 ranked TLC as the greatest female group, placing them at number 12 on the list of 100 Greatest Women in Music. Billboard magazine ranked TLC as one of the greatest musical trios, as well as the seventh most successful act of the 1990s. The group’s accolades include five (5) career Grammy Awards, five (5) MTV Video Music Awards and five (5) Soul Train Music Awards.

Ashanti bio

Ashanti bio

Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas (simply known as Ashanti), an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actress, blasted into the urban music scene in 2002, topping the charts with multiple singles at once. She quickly became a sensation, gracing the covers of magazines and dominating urban radio. Ashanti built her reputation with duets, where she would complement an already popular rapper –> Ja Rule (“Always on Time“, “Mesmerize“), Fat Joe (“What’s Luv?“), the Notorious B.I.G. (“Unfoolish“) <– contrasting the tough-guy male perspective with her own.

It didn’t take the young vocalist long to make a name for herself though: her debut album topped the Billboard album chart just as her debut solo single, “Foolish,” was topping the Hot 100 chart. Ashanti also wrote and sang background on Jennifer Lopez‘s “Ain’t It Funny (Murder Remix)”, which reached number one on Billboard Hot 100 and was also in the top 10 chart at the same time as her other features.

Later that year, she was acclaimed as the “Princess Of Hip-Hop & R&B” by her label and capped off her successful debut by winning eight Billboard awards and two American Music Awards. Ashanti cites Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Tupac Shakur, Mary J. Blige, Ella Fitzgerald, Smokey Robinson, Donna Summer and Blue Magic as her musical influences. She is currently working on her own publishing company titled “Written Entertainment”.

Tupac Shakur bio

Tupac Shakur bio

Tupac Shakur

Hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur was embroiled in a feud between East Coast and West Coast rappers and was murdered in a drive-by shooting in 1996, leaving behind an influential musical legacy at the age of 25.

Who Was Tupac Shakur?

Tupac Shakur was a sensitive, precociously talented yet troubled soul who came to embrace the 1990s gangsta-rap aesthetic and paid the ultimate price — he was gunned down in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996, and died six days later. His murder has never been solved. He began his music career as a rebel with a cause — to articulate the travails and injustices endured by many African-Americans, often from a male point of view. His skill in doing so made him a spokesperson not just for his own generation, but for subsequent ones who continue to face the same struggle for equality. In death, he became an icon symbolizing noble struggle, though in life his biggest battle was sometimes with himself. As fate drove him towards the nihilism of gangsta rap, and into the arms of the controversial Death Row Records impresario Suge Knight, the boundaries between Shakur’s art and his life became increasingly blurred — with tragic consequences.

Child of Black Panther Parents

Tupac began life as Lesane Parish Crooks in Harlem, New York, on June 16, 1971. His mother, Alice Faye Williams, was the daugher of a North Carolina maid and a high-school dropout who changed her name to Afeni Shakur after becoming actively involved with the Black Panther Party; she also renamed young Lesane Parish as Tupac Amaru, after an 18th-century Peruvian revolutionary who was killed by the Spanish. She had become pregnant with her son in 1970 while on bail after being charged with conspiring to set off a race war — Afeni was acquitted the following year after successfully defending herself in court, displaying a gift for oration that her son would inherit. Tupac’s father, Billy Garland, was also a Panther but lost contact with Afeni when Tupac was five — the rapper would not see his father again until he was 23. “I thought my father was dead all my life,” he told the writer Kevin Powell during an interview with Vibe magazine in 1996. “I felt I needed a daddy to show me the ropes and I didn’t have one.”

From Drug Dealer to Promising Hip Hop Artist

Afeni gave birth to a daughter, Sekiya, two years after Tupac. It was from Sekiya’s father, another Panther called Mutulu Shakur, that the rapper took his surname — though Mutulu did not stick around either. A single mother of two children, Afeni struggled for money and they moved homes often, sometimes staying in shelters. They moved to Baltimore, and Tupac enrolled at the prestigious Baltimore School for the Arts, at which he felt “the freest I ever felt.” But their neighborhood was riven by crime, so the family moved again, this time to Marin City in California, which turned out to be a “mean little ghetto” according to Robert Sam Anison’s comprehensive posthumous feature on Tupac for Vanity Fair in 1997. It was in Marin City that Afeni succumbed to crack addiction — a drug her son, Tupac, would sell on the same streets as his mother bought her supply.

But Tupac’s love for hip hop would steer him away from a life of crime (for a while at least). At 17, in the spring of 1989, he met an older white woman, Leila Steinberg, in a park, and they struck up a conversation about Winnie Mandela. Steinberg would later recall “a young man with fan-like eyelashes, overflowing charisma, and the most infectious laugh.” By the time they met, Tupac was obsessively writing poetry (“The world moves fast and it would rather pass u by / than 2 stop and c what makes you cry,” is one verse from around that time and would eventually be published in the 2000 book The Rose that Grew from Concrete). He convinced Steinberg, who had no music-industry experience, to become his manager.

From Tupac to 2Pac

Steinberg was eventually able to get Tupac in front of music manager Atron Gregory, who secured a gig for him in 1990 as a roadie and dancer for the hip hop group Digital Underground. He soon stepped up to the mic, making his recording debut in 1991 on Same Song, which soundtracked the Dan Aykroyd comedy Nothing but Trouble. He also appeared on Digital Underground’s album Sons of the P in October that year. The band’s manager, Gregory, took over from Steinberg and landed Tupac a deal with Interscope Records — and a month after Sons of the P hit the stores came 2Pacalypse Now, Tupac’s debut album as a solo artist (for which he spelt his name 2Pac).

Although his first album did not yield any hits, it sold a respectable 500,000 copies and established Tupac as an uncompromising social commentator on songs such as “Brenda’s Got a Baby” — which narrates an underaged mother’s fall into destitution — and “Soulja’s Story,” which controversially spoke of “blasting” a police officer and “droppin’ the cop.” The song was cited as a motivation for a real-life cop killing by a teenage car thief called Ronald Ray Howard, and was condemned by the then-U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle. “There is absolutely no reason for a record like this to be published,” Quayle said. “It has no place in our society.” With those words, Shakur’s notoriety was guaranteed.

Tupac would often complain that he was misunderstood. “Everything in life is not all beautiful,” he told the investigative journalist Chuck Phillips. “There is lots of killing and drugs. To me a perfect album talks about the hard stuff and the fun and caring stuff . . . The thing that bothers me is that it seems like a lot of the sensitive stuff I write just goes unnoticed.”

Legal Drama and Serving Jail Time

There would soon be more controversy in August 1992 when Tupac was attacked by jealous youths in Marin City and drew his pistol but dropped it in the melee. Someone picked it up, the gun fired, and a six-year-old bystander, Qa’id Walker-Teal, fell down dead. Tupac was not charged for Walker-Teal’s death, though was reportedly inconsolable. (In 1995, Walker-Teal’s family brought a civil case against Shakur, but settled out of court after an unnamed record company — thought to have been Death Row — offered compensation of between $300,000-$500,000.) Tupac did go to jail for 15 days in 1994 for assaulting the director Allen Hughes, who had fired him from the set of the movie Menace II Society for being disruptive.

And things looked even worse for the rapper after an incident in Atlanta in October 1993 when he shot and wounded two white off-duty cops — one in the abdomen and one in the buttocks — after an altercation. But the charges were dropped after it emerged in court that the policemen had been drinking, had initiated the incident, and that one of the officers had threatened Tupac with a stolen gun. The case perfectly illustrated the misrepresentation of African-American males, and the attitude of some police towards them, which Tupac had been talking about in his music — what was portrayed as gun-toting “gangster” behavior by a lawless individual turned out to be an act of self-defense by a young man in fear of his life.

All the while, Tupac’s star continued to rise. His second album, Strictly 4 My Niggaz, dropped in February 1993 — and continued in the same socially conscious vein as his debut. On the gold-certified single “Keep Ya Head Up,” he empathized with “my sisters on the welfare,” encouraging them to “please don’t cry, dry your eyes, never let up.” The video featured a cameo from his good friend, actress Jada Pinkett-Smith. The album also featured contributions from Tupac’s stepbrother, Mopreme, who became a member of the hip hop group Thug Life, which Tupac started and which released the album Thug Life: Volume 1 in 1994. Despite the incident with director Allen Hughes, Tupac continued his acting career — starring alongside Janet Jackson in 1993’s Poetic Justice and Mickey Rourke in 1996’s Bullet.

Tupac vs. Biggie Smalls (aka The Notorious B.I.G.)

Before Tupac could release his third album, there was more trouble. In November 1994, he was shot multiple times in the lobby of a Manhattan recording studio, Quad, by two young black men. Tupac believed his rap rival Biggie Smalls was behind the shooting, for which nobody has ever been charged (Smalls always denied he knew anything; in 2011 Dexter Isaac, a New York prisoner serving a life sentence for an unrelated crime, claimed he was paid to steal from Shakur by the artist manager and mogul James “Henchman” Rosemond, and had shot the rapper during the robbery).

Months later, in February 1995, Tupac was sentenced to between one and half and four and a half years of jail time for sexually abusing a female fan. The case related to an incident that had taken place in Tupac’s suite in the Parker Meridien hotel in New York, in November 1993. In spite of the sentence, Tupac maintained that he had not raped the girl, but confessed to the Vibe magazine journalist Kevin Powell that he could have prevented others who were present in the suite at the time from doing so. “I had a job [to protect her],” he said, expressing his sorrow, “and I never showed up.”

Tupac’s ‘Me Against the World,’ Signing on with Death Row

When Tupac’s third album came out on March 14, 1995, he was still in jail. Its title, Me Against the World, could not have been more apt. It reached No. 1 in the Billboard 200 chart and is considered by many to be his magnum opus — “by and large a work of pain, anger and burning desperation” wrote Cheo H. Coker at Rolling Stone. But there was vulnerability, too — lead single, “Dear Mama,” was a tear-jerking tribute to his mother, Afeni.

While Tupac was in prison he was visited by Suge Knight, the notorious label boss of Death Row records. Knight offered to post the $1.3 million dollar bail Tupac needed to be released pending his appeal. The condition was that Tupac sign on to Death Row. Tupac duly signed and was released from the high-security Dannemora facility in New York in October 1995.

Tupac’s debut for Death Row — the double-length album All Eyez on Me — came out just months later, in February 1996. With his new hip hop group Outlawz debuting on the album, All Eyes on Me was an unapologetic celebration of the thug lifestyle, eschewing socially conscious lyrics in favour of gangsta-funk hedonism and menace. Dr Dre, who had pioneered g-funk with NWA, produced the album’s first single, “California Love” — which went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and remains Tupac’s best-known song. The third single from the album, “How Do You Want It,” also reached No. 1. Within two months of its release, All Eyez on Me had been certified five-times double-platinum. It would eventually become diamond certified.

At the same time as he was glorifying an outlaw lifestyle for Death Row, Tupac was financing an at-risk youth center, bankrolling South Central sports teams, setting up a telephone help line for young people with problems — all noted in Robert Sam Anson’s Vanity Fair article, published after Tupac’s death. But when he was still alive, the wider world seemed most enthralled with Tupac in the role of the bad man. And Tupac kept playing to the gallery. In June 1996 he released a diss track, “Hit ‘Em Up,” aimed at Biggie Smalls and his label boss at Bad Boy Records, Sean “Puffy” Combs — ratcheting up the tension between East and West Coast rap, in what was fast becoming hip hop’s most famous — and ugliest — beef.

Violent Death in Vegas

Things came to a head on September 7, 1996 when Tupac was shot again. This time he would not survive. He was in Vegas with Knight to watch a Mike Tyson fight at the MGM Grand hotel. There was a scuffle after the bout between a member of the Crips gang and Tupac. Knight, who was involved with the rival Bloods gang, and members of his entourage also piled in. Later, as a car that Tupac was sharing with Knight stopped at a red light, a man emerged from another car and fired 13 shots, hitting Tupac in the hand, pelvis and chest. He died at the hospital six days later. His girlfriend Kidada — daughter of Quincy Jones — and his mother Afeni were both with him in his final days. He left no children.

Tupac’s body was cremated and members of his old band Outlawz made the controversial claim that they had smoked some of his ashes in honor of him. As for the rest of the rapper’s remains, his mother announced she would scatter her son’s ashes in Soweto, South Africa — the “birthplace of his ancestors” — on the 10th anniversary of his murder. However, she later changed the date to June 16, 1997 (Tupac’s 26th birthday as well as the anniversary of the 1976 Soweto uprising), citing personal reasons.

Tupac’s murder has never been solved; conspiracy theories have raged ever since. (And so has the ugly profiteering — the BMW in which Tupac was riding when he was fatally shot went on sale in February 2017 on the memorabilia site Moments in Time, priced at $1.5 million.) On March 9, 1997, six months after Tupac died, Biggie Smalls was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. His murder has never been solved, either.

Posthumous Albums & Musical Legacy

Tupac’s fifth album — Don Killuminati: The Seven Day Theory — was released just eight weeks after his death. It would also reach No. 1. It was the first of six posthumous studio albums, up to and including Pac’s Life in 2006 — two more than Tupac managed when he was alive. He has sold more than 75 million albums to date.

On April 7, 2017 Tupac Shakur received one of music’s highest honors by being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A worthy inclusion for a rapper held by many to have been the greatest of all time.

A biopic, All Eyez on Me, directed by Benny Boom and starring Demetrius Shipp Jr., was released in 2017.

B2K bio

B2K bio

B2K are team of four and they names and stay names are as followed below


Raz-B (DeMario Thornton)

Lil Fizz (Dreux Frederic)

J-Boog (Jarell Houston)

Omarion (Omari Grandberry)

Despite being formed in 1998 by American record producer Chris Stokes, urban boy band B2K was active for only a short period of time (2001-2004); and enjoyed a lot of success, including the number one single “Bump, Bump, Bump”, and was the platform from which group member Omarion launched his solo career.

B2K’s debut single, “Uh Huh,” was released in late 2001, and their debut album, “B2K“, followed in 2002, spawning an additional two singles, “Gots ta Be” and “Why I Love You.” Two of the three singles (“Uh Huh,” “Gots ta Be”) charted Top 40, propelling the album to number two and gold sales status. B2K’s second (2nd) album, “Pandemonium!” (2002), built upon that success, ultimately going platinum and spawning the chart-topping single “Bump, Bump, Bump.” In January 2004 B2K appeared in the film “You Got Served” and also appeared on the film’s soundtrack. Around this same time, Stokes announced the group’s breakup, claiming internal disagreements for the split. Omarion meanwhile mounted a very popular solo career, debuting at number one with O (2005).

9ice bio

9ice bio

9ice bio

9ice a.k.a Alexander Abolore Adegbola Adigun Alapomeji Ajifolajifaola, on 17 January 1980 is a Nigerian musician. He is a south-westerner from Ogbomoso in Oyo State but he grew up in the district of Bariga in Lagos.

9ice won the award for Best Hip Hop Artist at the MTV Africa Music Awards in 2008, Future Awards, Nigerian Entertainment Awards Best Act 2008, Nigerian Entertainment Awards Most Indigenous Act 2007, Nigerian Music Awards Best Act 2008, MOBO Best African Act 2008, MTV Base Best Hip-hop Act 2008, LTv/Eko Fm Awards, Hiphop World Awards Best Vocal Performance Male 2008, Hiphop World Awards Revelation of The Year 2008,  Hiphop World Awards Best Album 2009, Hiphop World Awards Best Act 2009, Hiphop World Awards Artiste of the Year – 2009, Hiphop World Awards Best Song 2009, Dynamix Awards Most Promising act 2007,  Gbedu Awards 2008, Dynamix Awards Best Song of The Year 2008, City People’s Award 2009

However, At the third edition of the Hip Hop World Awards held in Nigeria, 9ice a.k.a Alexander Abolore Adegbola Adigun Alapomeji Ajifolajifaola won the Revelation of the Year award and Best Male Vocal Performer. A month later at the first SoundCity Music Video Awards, he was nominated in the category of Best New Artist. 9ice’s biggest single is titled “Gongo Aso”. He is the founder of Alapomeji Records.

In 2014, 9ice revealed that he was going to contest for a political office in his native Ogbomosho in Oyo state. He joined the All Progressive Congress (APC) and declared his interest to contest for a seat at the Federal House of Representatives. He lost out during the primaries. 9ice was named as a Special Adviser to the Oyo state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

Early life

9ice a.k.a Alexander Abolore Adegbola Adigun Alapomeji Ajifolajifaola attended Abule Okuta Primary School and CMS Grammar School and dropped out of his law course at the Lagos State University to concentrate on music. He grew up in a polygamous home of five wives and nine children. His parents found about his singing career a year after it started around 2000. Before then, 9ice wrote his own songs, beginning at age 14. As a big fan of Pasuma Wonder the juju singer, he kick-started his singing career with Fuji music. He derives his inspiration from his environment, and music from the likes of Ebenezer Obey, King Sunny Adé, Tatalo Alamu, the late Alhaji Ayinla Omowura, and the late Alhaji Haruna Ishola.

Then after recording his first demo, 9ice joined the group Mysterious Boys, with whom he did a couple of tracks before going on to form his own, now defunct, group, Abinibi. Having recorded his first demo, titled Risi De Alagbaja, in 1996, and his first solo song, “Little Money” in 2000, 9ice had to wait until 2005 before gaining recognition in the Nigerian music market.

The first major break for 9ice came from his first single, “Little Money”. Soon after this, he did collaborations with different Nigerian artists that prompted the release of another hit single, “Ganja Man”. Id.Cabasa produced this single, which was released with other songs in March 2006. The reggae tone and playful style of the song made it an instant hit. 9ice later founded his own record company and released all other albums under that label, Alapomeji Records.


  • Certificate (2007)
  • Gongo Aso (2008)
  • Tradition (2009)
  • Certificate and Tradition reloaded (2010)
  • Bashorun Gaa/Versus (2011)
  • CNN/GRA (2014)


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