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     Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), popularly known as Biggie Smalls (after a gangster in the 1975 film Let’s Do It Again),[1] Big Poppa, Frank White (from the film King of New York), and his primary stage name, The Notorious B.I.G., was an American rapper.
     One of the best to ever grip a mic, Biggie’s Bed-Stuy crime tales, player lifestyle, and untimely death made him a legend. His 1994 debut, “Ready To Die,” featured the classic hits “Juicy,” “Big Poppa,” and “One More Chance.” Biggie was murdered in 1997. His posthumous LPs include “Life After Death” and “Born Again.” Biggie helped make stars out of Lil’ Kim, Jay-Z, Ma$e, the Lox, and Puff Daddy. He called himself Frank White after Christopher Walken’s character in the film “King Of New York.”
     Born in Brooklyn, New York, Biggie grew up during the peak years of the 1980s’ crack epidemic and started dealing drugs at an early age. When Biggie debuted with the 1994 record Ready to Die, he was a central figure in the East Coast and increased New York’s viability at a time when hip hop was mostly dominated by West Coast artists.[2] The following year, Biggie led his childhood friends to chart success through his protégé group, Junior M.A.F.I.A.

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Sting

     Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, CBE (born October 2, 1951), universally known by his stage name Sting, is an Academy Award-nominated sixteen time Grammy-winning English musician from Wallsend in North Tyneside. Prior to starting his solo career, he was the principal songwriter, lead singer and bass guitar player of the rock band The Police. As a solo musician and member of The Police, Sting has sold over 45 million records, and received over sixteen Grammy Awards for his work, receiving his first Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1981, and receiving an Oscar nomination for best song.
     Former lead singer for the Police, Sting embarked on a hugely successful solo career in 1985. He also acts in movies. The ex-Police man seems quite happy with his place as the grand old man of Adult Contemporary. Sting made his acting debut in 1979 as ‘Ace Face,’ the mod bell boy in the cult classic “Quadrophenia.” Sting gave strong performances in the movies Brimstone & Treacle and Stormy Monday. Though Sting was once a new wave superstar, today he counts light rockers Elton John and Billy Joel amongst his good friends.

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R. Kelly

     Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967) better known by his stage name R. Kelly, is an American R&B and pop singer, songwriter and record producer. Debuting in 1992 with the group Public Announcement, Kelly left the group within a year for a successful solo career starting with the album, 12 Play (1993). Since then, Kelly has been known for a collection of hit singles including “Bump N’ Grind”, “I Believe I Can Fly”, “Ignition” and the urban hip-hopera “Trapped in the Closet”.
     A successful R&B vocalist, producer and songwriter, R. Kelly has sold more than 20 million albums. Hip-hop beats work with Kelly’s contemporary R&B, but some classic soul influences are heard in his voice and delivery. Such artists as Toni Braxton, Notorious B.I.G., Maxwell and Michael Jackson have solicited R. Kelly’s music-making talents. R. Kelly’s full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly. He was once married to the R&B chanteuse Aaliyah. In 1997, Kelly signed a contract to play professional basketball for the USBL Atlantic City Seagulls.
     On June 6, 2002, Kelly was indicted on 21 counts of having sexual intercourse with a minor. The charges, which were later reduced to soliciting a minor for child pornography, stemmed from a video tape allegedly showing Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl. To date, Kelly still faces 14 of the original charges. After a six-year delay, the trial officially began jury selection on May 9, 2008, and officially started on May 20 with opening statements from the prosecution and defense. After two weeks, the prosecution’s case wrapped on June 3 while the defense’s wrapped up more than a week later on June 9. The prosecution will call two rebuttal witnesses tomorrow while closing statements will take place on June 12.

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Eminem 

     Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known by his stage name Eminem, is an Oscar and multiple Grammy Award winning American rapper, record producer, and actor. Having sold over seventy million albums worldwide, Eminem is one of the highest-selling rappers of all time. Eminem was discovered by rapper and producer Dr. Dre. Dr. Dre later signed Eminem to his record label, Aftermath Entertainment.
     An immensely popular rapper from Detroit, Eminem has amassed multiplatinum success and an enormous global fanbase. Eminem’s independently released “Infinite” tape dropped in 1996. On the D-12 “Devil’s Night” album, Em calls out Fred Durst and DJ Lethal on the hidden track “Girls.” Eminem has also hurled dis rhymes at Christina Aguiliera, Everlast, and Dilated Peoples. As a ridiculously sad publicity stunt, Eminem’s mom recorded a song lashing out at him with no-name rappers ID-X.
     Eminem is praised for his “verbal energy” and high quality of lyricism. However, he is often infamous for the controversy surrounding many of these lyrics. With the success of his highly acclaimed music, and its subsequent nomination for multiple Grammy awards including Album of the Year, critics such as GLAAD denounced his lyrics as homophobic and misogynist, while others claimed that it promoted violence.

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Jay-Z

     Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), better known by his stage name Jay-Z, is an American rapper and former CEO of Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records. In addition, he co-owns The 40/40 Club and the New Jersey Nets NBA team. He is one of the most financially successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs in America. Jay-Z is one of the most successful examples of the growing power of hip-hop. He has sold over 26 million units in the USA and 50 million copies worldwide.  His critically acclaimed album The Blueprint was written in only two days. After announcing his retirement from recording music in 2003, he returned in late 2006 with the album Kingdom Come which sold 680,000 copies in its first week, Jay-Z’s highest-selling album in a one-week period. The New York Times announced that Jay-Z is on the verge of a partnership with Live Nation for $150 million — among the most expensive contracts ever awarded to a musician. As of 2007, Jay-Z is worth an estimated US$940 million, regaining his position as the richest hip hop artist in the world, which was held in 2006 by Sean “Diddy” Combs.
     One of the most popular and respected emcees in the game, Jay-Z has amassed a startling amount of multiplatinum hits. After several years of successful hustling, Jay-Z released his classic debut album, “Reasonable Doubt,” in 1996. Jay-Z got his start in the rap game rhyming alongside longtime friend Big Jaz. Although Jay-Z retired in 2003, he continued making guest appearances and returned in 2006 with “Kingdom Come.” Jay-Z owns a minority stake in the NBA’s New Jersey Nets.

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