The next rapper I'm going to talk about is Nicki Minaj. At the start of her career, she was rapping with a group called "The Hoodstars" they consisted of Lou$tar, Scaff Breezy, and 7even up. They made the theme song "Don't Mess With" for the WWE wrestling star Victoria. She was featured on "The Come Up Volume 11." In 2007, she released her first mixtape "Playtime Is Over" with Dirty Money Records. She the released her second mixtape "Sucka Free" and then she won "Female Artists of the Year" at the 2008 Underground Music Awards. In 2009, she released "Beam Me Up Scotty" which is her third mixtape. This mixtape gained positive coverage on MTV and BET, and at the same time she appeared on XXL Magazine. In 2009, Nicki then signed a record deal with Young Money Entertainment, along with distribution from Universal Motown Records. Her album "Pink Friday" was released in 2010. Some of Nicki Minaj's songs are "Starships" "Super Bass" "Pound The Alarm" "Beez In The Trap" "Turn Me On" "High School" "Moment For Life" "Fly" "Stupid Hoe" "Roman's Revenge" and "Marilyn Monroe." Nicki Minaj also was one of the host/ hostess on American Idol.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The next rapper I'm going to talk about is The Notorious B.I.G. His real name is Christopher George Latore Wallace, but he is also known as Biggie Smalls, and The King Of New York. He released his album "Ready To Die" in 1994. His other album was called "Life After Death" and it was released in 1997. "Life After Death" was certified Diamond in 2000. After his releasing of "Ready To Die," he instantly became big in the East Coast Hip-Hop scene. The East Coast wasn't big in the in Hip-Hop, it was mainly West Coast that was big in Hip-Hop and Rap. In 1992, "Uptown Records A&R" heard his Demo Tape and immediately signed him. He got fired from "Uptown" and went off to create his own record company and signed Sean Combs to "Bad Boy Records." In 93' Biggie's girlfriend gave birth to his daughter T'yanna. He continued to sell drugs to help support his daughter. Later in 93' he made a remix with Mary J. Blige on her song "Real Love." The song peaked at number 7 on "Billboards Hot 100." His album "Ready To Die" was released in 94' and ranked at number 13 on "Billboards Top 200" and certified Platinum 4 times. Biggie had a rap group called "Junior M.A.F.I.A." which included rappers Lil Kim, Biggie, and Lil Cease. They released their album "Conspiracy" in 1995. Biggie was involved in the feud between West Coast vs East Coast that also included Tupac. Biggie died on March 9th, 1997 while he was working on his second studio album "Life After Death." He died in a drive by shooting in LA. The album was released 16 days after his death and rose to number one on U.S. album charts.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The next rapper I'm going to talk about it Drake. Drake is originally from Toronto, Ontario. He started getting recognition for being Jimmy Brooks on the T.V. show Degrassi: The Next Generation. Drake also played the voice of the mammoth Ethan on the movie Ice Age: Continental Drift. He got signed to Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment in 2009. He also is signed with OVOXO. Some of Drake's hit songs are "Best I Ever Had," "Successful," "Over," "Find Your Love," "Headlines," "Take Care," "Make Me Proud," " Started From The Bottom," and "Hold One Were Going Home." In 2006, he self released his first mixtape "Room For Improvement." Some of his other albums are, his EP "So Far Gone," "Thank Me Later," "Take Care," and "Nothing Was The Same." The album "Nothing Was The Same" ranked number one on billboard 200 selling 658,00 in it's first week of release. He has sold over 5 million albums worldwide. He has more number one singles than any other artists on Billboards "Hot Rap Songs" with twelve number one singles. He is has more than any rapper with ten number one singles for Billboard's "Hot R&B/ Hip-Hop Songs chart. Drake has 6 BET Awards, 3 Juno Awards, and 1 Grammy Award. In 2012, he was ranked number 2 on MTV's Hottest MC's in the Game. Drake is one of two artists to hold the Billboard's charts top 3 spots. He has also written songs for other artists like Alicia Keys, Jamie Foxx and Trey Songs. He was influenced by Kanye West, Jay-Z, Aaliyah, and Lil Wayne.