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"A.D.H.D" is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar, taken from his debut studio album, Section.80 (2011).
Herbert Anthony Stevens IV (born February 23, 1987), better known by his stage name Ab-Soul, is an American hip hop recording artist from Carson, California.
Antoine McColister (born May 11, 1988), better known by his stage name Ace Hood, is an American rapper.
Adam Noah Levine (born March 18, 1979) is an American singer and songwriter.
Aftermath Entertainment is an American record label founded by hip hop producer and rapper Dr. Dre.
Aja Lena Brown (born April 17, 1982) is an American politician who currently serves as Mayor of Compton, California.
An album is a collection of audio recordings issued as a single item on CD, record, audio tape or another medium.
Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American singer-songwriter.
"All My Life (In the Ghetto)" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Jay Rock, released October 16, 2008, as his commercial debut single and the lead single from his debut studio album, Follow Me Home (2011).
"All the Stars" is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar and American singer-songwriter SZA.
AllMusic (previously known as All Music Guide or AMG) is an online music guide.
"Alright" is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar, taken from his third album To Pimp a Butterfly (2015).
Amazon.com, Inc., doing business as Amazon, is an American electronic commerce and cloud computing company based in Seattle, Washington that was founded by Jeff Bezos on July 5, 1994.
Anna Wise is an American singer, who has independently released music as a member of bands Sonnymoon and Built To Fade.
Rakim Mayers (born October 3, 1988), better known by his stage name ASAP Rocky (stylized as A$AP Rocky), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor.
In sound recording and reproduction, audio mixing is the process of combining multitrack recordings into a final mono, stereo or surround sound product.
Bobby Ray Simmons Jr. (born November 15, 1988), known professionally as B.o.B, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from Decatur, Georgia.
"Backseat Freestyle" is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar.
"Bad Blood" is a song by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, from her fifth studio album 1989 (2014).
Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017.
Battle rap (also known as rap battlingEdwards, Paul, 2009, p. 25.) is a type of rapping that includes bragging, insults and boasting content.
Black Entertainment Television (BET, stylised as BET★) is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the BET Networks division of Viacom.
The BET Hip Hop Awards are an annual awards show, airing on BET, showcasing hip hop performers, producers and music video directors.
Justin Scott (born August 26, 1986), better known by his stage name Big K.R.I.T. (a backronym for King Remembered in Time), is an American rapper and record producer.
Sean Michael Leonard Anderson (born March 25, 1988), known professionally as Big Sean, is an American rapper.
Bilal Sayeed Oliver (born August 23, 1979), better known mononymously as Bilal, is an American singer-songwriter, musician and producer.
Billboard (styled as billboard) is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries.
The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States.
The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine.
Bryan Christopher Williams (born February 15, 1969), known by his stage name Birdman (also known as Baby), is an American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur.
"Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" (edited for radio as "Trick, Don't Kill My Vibe" or simply "Don't Kill My Vibe"), is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar, from his major-label debut studio album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (2012).
Rufus Arthur Johnson (born July 5, 1976), better known by his stage name Bizarre, is an American rapper, best known for his work with the Detroit-based hip hop group D12.
Black Hippy is an American hip hop supergroup.
Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.
The soundtrack for the 2018 American superhero film Black Panther, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and produced by Marvel Studios, consists of an original score composed by Ludwig Göransson and original songs produced by Kendrick Lamar.
★ (pronounced Blackstar) is the 25th and final studio album by the English musician David Bowie.
The Bloods, also known as (OBF) Original Blood Family, are a primarily African-American street gang founded in Los Angeles, California.
Trevor George Smith Jr. (born May 20, 1972), better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American rapper, record producer, record executive and actor.
The California Democratic Party is the state branch of the United States Democratic Party in the state of California.
"California Love" is a hip hop song by 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman.
The California State Senate is the upper house of the California State Legislature.
California's 35th State Senate district is one of 40 California State Senate districts.
A cameo role or cameo appearance (often shortened to just cameo) is a brief appearance or voice part of a known person in a work of the performing arts, typically unnamed or appearing as themselves.
Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae.
Carson is a city in Los Angeles County, California.
"Cartoon and Cereal" is a song by American rapper and songwriter Kendrick Lamar, released for digital download on February 14, 2012.
Barry Adrian Reese (born July 7, 1982), better known by his stage name Cassidy, is an American hip hop recording artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Centennial High School is a public high school in Compton, California, part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
Charles Eddie-Lee Hamilton, Jr. (born November 10, 1987), is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from Harlem, New York City, New York.
Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the third most populous city in the United States, after New York City and Los Angeles.
A Christian is a person who follows or adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
The Club Paradise Tour was the second headlining tour by Canadian recording artist, Drake.
Colin Munroe is a Canadian singer-songwriter and record producer originally from North Gower, Ontario.
Complex is an American New York-based media platform for youth culture which was founded as a bi-monthly magazine by fashion designer Marc (Ecko) Milecofsky.
Compton Unified School District is a school district headquartered in Compton, California, United States.
Compton is a city in southern Los Angeles County, California, United States, situated south of downtown Los Angeles.
A concept album is an album in which its tracks hold a larger purpose or meaning collectively than they do individually.
"Control" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Big Sean, featuring fellow American rappers Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica.
Crime in Los Angeles has varied throughout time, reaching a peak between the 1970s and 1990s.
Cydel Young (born September 15, 1985), better known by his stage name CyHi the Prynce, is an American rapper and songwriter from Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Damn (stylized as DAMN.) is the fourth studio album by American rapper Kendrick Lamar.
Dana Canedy is a journalist and administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes.
Daniel Dewan Sewell (born March 16, 1981), known professionally as Danny Brown, is an American rapper.
David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer-songwriter and actor.
A demo (from "demonstration") is a song or group of songs recorded for limited circulation or reference use rather than for general public release.
Digi+Phonics is an American hip hop production team, composed of California-based record producers Tae Beast, Sounwave, Dave Free and Willie B. They currently serve as the main in-house producers for Carson-based record label, Top Dawg Entertainment.
A diss track or diss song is a song intended to disrespect people.
Divine inspiration is the concept of a supernatural force, typically a deity, causing a person or people to experience a creative desire.
Earl Simmons (born December 18, 1970), known professionally as DMX, is an American rapper and actor.
Andre Romelle Young (born February 18, 1965), better known by his stage name Dr.
Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986) is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, and entrepreneur.
Eric Lynn Wright (September 7, 1964March 26, 1995), better known by his stage name Eazy-E, was an American rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. Wright is affectionately called "The Godfather of Gangsta rap".
Edward James Kendrick (December 17, 1939 – October 5, 1992), best known by the stage name Eddie Kendricks, was an American singer and songwriter.
Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, and actor.
"For Free? (Interlude)" is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar.
Forbes is an American business magazine.
"Fuckin' Problems" (edited version titled as "F**kin' Problems", and "Problems") is a song by American rappers ASAP Rocky, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar and Canadian rapper Drake.
Funk is a music genre that originated in African American communities in the mid-1960s when African American musicians created a rhythmic, danceable new form of music through a mixture of soul music, jazz, and rhythm and blues (R&B).
Fuse is an American digital cable and satellite television channel dedicated largely to music that first launched in 1994.
Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn (born November 20, 1983), known professionally as Future, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer.
Gangsta rap or Gangster rap is a style of hip hop characterized by themes and lyrics that generally emphasize the "gangsta" lifestyle.
Genius (formerly Rap Genius) is an American digital media company.
A ghostwriter is hired to write literary or journalistic works, speeches, or other texts that are officially credited to another person as the author.
Leonard D. Harris, better known by his stage name GLC, is an American rapper from Chicago, Illinois.
God Is Gangsta is a music video published by American rapper Kendrick Lamar, consisting of the songs "U" and "For Sale?" from his 2015 studio album To Pimp a Butterfly, which lyrically discusses the issues of race, mental health and institutional discrimination.
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (stylized as good kid, m.A.A.d city) is the second studio album by American rapper Kendrick Lamar.
GQ (formerly Gentlemen's Quarterly) is an international monthly men's magazine based in New York City and founded in 1931.
A Grammy Award (stylized as GRAMMY, originally called Gramophone Award), or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievement in the music industry.
The Grammy Award for Album of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales, chart position, or critical reception." Album of the Year is the most prestigious award category at the Grammys having been presented since 1959.
The Grammy Award for Best New Artist has been awarded since 1959.
The Grammy Award for Best Rap Album is an award presented to recording artists for quality albums with rapping at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards.
The Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance is an honor presented to recording artists for quality rap performances.
The Grammy Award for Best Rap Song is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for quality songs in the rap music genre.
The Grammy Award for Record of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to sales or chart position." The Record of the Year award is one of the four most prestigious categories at the awards (alongside Best New Artist, Song of the Year and Album of the Year) presented annually since the 1st Grammy Awards in 1959.
Throughout the history of the Grammy Awards, many significant records have been set.
In show business, a guest appearance is the participation of an outsider performer (such as a musician or actor) in an event such as a music record or concert, show, etc., when the performer does not belong to the regular cast, band or other performing group.
Richard Morales Jr. (born July 18, 1979), better known by his stage name Gunplay, is an American hip hop recording artist from Carol City, Florida.
"HiiiPower" (also stylised as "HiiiPoWeR") is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar.
Hip hop music, also called hip-hopMerriam-Webster Dictionary entry on hip-hop, retrieved from: A subculture especially of inner-city black youths who are typically devotees of rap music; the stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rap; also rap together with this music.
Hip hop production is the creation of hip hop music in a recording studio.
HipHopDX is an online magazine of hip hop music criticism and news.
Honorific nicknames in popular music are terms used, most often in the media or by fans, to indicate the significance of an artist, and are often religious, familial, or (most frequently) royal and aristocratic titles, used metaphorically.
The Hot Boys (often styled as Hot Boy$) is an American Hip Hop group formed in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1997.
"Humble" (stylized as "HUMBLE.") is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar.
"I" (stylized as “i”) (also known as "I Love Myself") is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar.
O'Shea Jackson Sr. (born June 15, 1969), known professionally as Ice Cube, is an American rapper, writer and actor.
Imagine Dragons is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, consisting of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, lead guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman.
Independent music (often referred to as indie music or indie) is music produced independently from commercial record labels or their subsidiaries, a process that may include an autonomous, do-it-yourself approach to recording and publishing.
An independent record label (or indie label) is a record label that operates without the funding of or outside major record labels.
An Internet leak occurs when a party's confidential information is released to the public on the Internet.
Interscope Records is an American major record label.
Isadore Hall III (born December 10, 1971) is an American politician and a former member of the California State Senate.
Isaiah Rashad McClain (born May 16, 1991), is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from Chattanooga, Tennessee.
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is the debut studio album by American rapper DMX.
"It's On Again" is a song by American recording artist Alicia Keys, featuring American rapper Kendrick Lamar.
Jermaine Lamarr Cole (born January 28, 1985) is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer.
Juan Rusty Brito (born May 28, 1984) better known by his stage name J.R. Writer, is a Dominican American rapper and freestyle champion.
James Blake Litherland (born 26 September 1988) is an English singer, songwriter, musician and record producer from London.
Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress.
Timothy Elpadaro Thedford (born September 19, 1976), known professionally as Jay Electronica, is an American rapper and record producer from New Orleans.
Johnny Reed McKinzie, Jr., (born March 31, 1985), better known by his stage name Jay Rock, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer from Watts, California.
Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969) known professionally as Jay-Z (stylized JAY-Z), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and entrepreneur.
Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime.
Jay Wayne Jenkins (born September 28, 1977), better known by his stage name Jeezy (formerly Young Jeezy), is an American rapper.
Joseph Anthony Budden II (born August 31, 1980) is an American rapper, songwriter and broadcaster.
Joell Christopher Ortiz (born July 6, 1980) is an American rapper and a member of the group Slaughterhouse.
Kanye Omari West (born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and fashion designer.
Kendrick Lamar is the eponymous debut extended play (EP) by American rapper Kendrick Lamar, released as a free digital download on December 31, 2009, by Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE).
"King Kunta" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Kendrick Lamar, taken from his third album, To Pimp a Butterfly (2015).
Louis King Johnson, Jr. (born December 27, 1987), better known by his stage name King Louie, is an American rapper from Chicago, Illinois.
"King's Dead" is a song by American rappers Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar and Future with British singer James Blake from the soundtrack album of the Marvel Studios superhero film Black Panther and Jay Rock's third studio album Redemption. It was released by Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records on January 11, 2018 as both the soundtrack's second single and as the lead single from Redemption. The song is Jay Rock's first single to chart on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100.
KPWR (105.9 FM, Power 106) is a commercial radio station in Los Angeles, California, broadcasting to the Greater Los Angeles area on an analog signal and in HD Radio.
Ricardo Emmanuel Brown (born November 23, 1972), better known by his stage name Kurupt, is an American rapper, actor and former Executive Vice President of Death Row Records.
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.
Last Call with Carson Daly is an American late night television program hosted by Carson Daly and broadcast on NBC.
Late Show with David Letterman is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman on CBS, the first iteration of the ''Late Show'' franchise.
Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. (born September 27, 1982), known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper.
This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazine's weekly pop singles chart(s).
This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard's Rhythmic chart.
American rapper Kendrick Lamar has won 109 awards from 261 nominations, including 12 Grammy Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, and the ASCAP Vanguard Award for his work as a composer.
This is a list of hip hop musicians.
This is a list of Keys to the City awarded in the United States.
This is a list of notable people from the U.S. state of California.
The LP (from "long playing" or "long play") is an analog sound storage medium, a vinyl record format characterized by a speed of rpm, a 12- or 10-inch (30 or 25 cm) diameter, and use of the "microgroove" groove specification.
Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (born February 16, 1982), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur.
"M.A.A.D City" (stylized "m.A.A.d city") is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar, from his second studio album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (2012).
Malcolm James McCormick (born January 19, 1992), best known by his stage name Mac Miller, is an American rapper, singer and record producer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Colson Baker (born April 22, 1990), known professionally as MGK or Machine Gun Kelly, is an American rapper, singer and actor from Cleveland, Ohio.
Jermaine Anthony Preyan (born July 28, 1982), better known by his stage name Mack Maine, is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Benjamin Hammond "Ben" Haggerty (born June 19, 1983), known by his stage name Macklemore, and formerly Professor Macklemore, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter, from Seattle, Washington.
Otis Jackson Jr. (born October 24, 1973), known professionally as Madlib, is an American DJ, music producer, multi-instrumentalist, and rapper.
Marcellus Vernon Wiley Sr. (born November 30, 1974) is a retired American football defensive end who played 10 seasons in the National Football League for four different teams.
Marvel Studios, LLC (originally known as Marvel Films from 1993 to 1996) is an American motion picture studio based at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California and is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, itself a wholly owned division of The Walt Disney Company, with film producer Kevin Feige serving as president.
A mashup (also mesh, mash up, mash-up, blend, bootleg and bastard pop/rock) is a creative work, usually in a form of a song, created by blending two or more pre-recorded songs, usually by overlaying the vocal track of one song seamlessly over the instrumental track of another.
Robert Rihmeek Williams (born May 6, 1987), known professionally as Meek Mill, is an American rapper and songwriter.
Clifford Smith (born April 1, 1971), better known by his stage name Method Man, is an American rapper, producer, and actor.
Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer.
Mark Williams (born July 13, 1982), better known by his stage name Mickey Factz, is an American hip hop recording artist from the Bronx borough of New York City, New York.
Microsoft Corporation (abbreviated as MS) is an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Redmond, Washington.
Thomas Wlodarczyk (born March 4, 1974), better known Miilkbone, is an American rapper and songwriter.
Michael Len Williams II (born March 23, 1989), known professionally as Mike Will Made It (often stylized as Mike WiLL Made-It) or simply Mike Will, is an American record producer and songwriter.
Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926September 28, 1991) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer.
Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) is an American businessman and politician who served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and was the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election.
The term "mixtape" (alternatively spelled mix-tape or mix tape) is used to describe various manners in which music is distributed.
Mobb Deep was an American hip hop music duo from Queens, New York.
"Money Trees" is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar, taken from his major label debut studio album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (2012).
Yasiin Bey (born Dante Terrell Smith; December 11, 1973), best known by his stage name Mos Def, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, and activist.
MTV (originally an initialism of Music Television) is an American cable and satellite television channel owned by Viacom Media Networks (a division of Viacom) and headquartered in New York City.
MTV News is the news production division of MTV.
The MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video is one of four original general awards that have been handed out every year since the very first MTV Video Music Awards in 1984.
The MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year is the most prestigious competitive-award and final award handed out at the annual MTV Video Music Awards.
A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions.
In the United States, California is commonly associated with the film, music, and arts industries; there are numerous world-famous Californian musicians.
Music recording certification is a system of certifying that a music recording has shipped, sold, or streamed a certain number of units.
My Brother's Keeper Challenge is a public-private partnership of the United States Federal Government to promote intervention by civic leaders in the lives of young men of color to address their unique challenges and to promote racial justice.
Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones (born September 14, 1973), better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper, record producer, actor and entrepreneur.
The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American English language commercial broadcast television network that is a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast.
"New Freezer" is a song by American rapper Rich the Kid featuring Kendrick Lamar, released as the lead single to Rich the Kid's debut album The World Is Yours.
Nicholas Aaron Young (born June 1, 1985), nicknamed "Swaggy P", is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
A nickname is a substitute for the proper name of a familiar person, place, or thing, for affection or ridicule.
Nosaj Thing (born Jason Chung) is an American record producer based in Los Angeles, California.
An opening act, warm-up act, or supporting act is an entertainment act (musical, comedic, or otherwise), that performs at a concert before the featured act, or "headliner".
Overly Dedicated (stylized as O(verly) D(edicated)) is the fifth mixtape by American rapper Kendrick Lamar, released on September 14, 2010, via Top Dawg Entertainment.
Shamele Mackie (born March 5, 1978), better known by his stage name Papoose, is an American rapper and songwriter.
Parliament-Funkadelic (abbreviated as P-Funk) is an American funk music collective of rotating musicians headed by George Clinton, primarily consisting of the individual bands Parliament and Funkadelic, both active since the 1960s.
Pharrell Lanscilo Williams (born April 5, 1973) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer.
Pitchfork is an American online magazine launched in 1995 by Ryan Schreiber, based in Chicago, Illinois and owned by Condé Nast.
"Poetic Justice" is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar, from his major-label debut studio album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (2012).
"Pray for Me" is a song by Canadian singer The Weeknd and American rapper Kendrick Lamar from the soundtrack album of the Marvel Studios superhero film Black Panther.
Premier Christian Radio is a British Christian radio station, part of Premier (a Christian communications organisation) which is in turn wholly owned by the charity Premier Christian Media Trust.
Albert Johnson (November 2, 1974 – June 20, 2017), better known by his stage name Prodigy, was an American rapper who was one half of the hip hop duo Mobb Deep with Havoc.
The Pulitzer Prize for Music is one of the seven American Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Letters, Drama, and Music.
Terrence LeVarr Thornton (born May 13, 1977), better known by his stage name Pusha-T, is an American rapper and record executive.
"R.I.C.O." is a song by American hip hop recording artist Meek Mill, released as the third single from his second studio album Dreams Worth More Than Money, on June 29, 2015.
Racism is the belief in the superiority of one race over another, which often results in discrimination and prejudice towards people based on their race or ethnicity.
"Radioactive" is a song by American rock band Imagine Dragons for their major-label debut EP Continued Silence and later on their debut studio album, Night Visions (2012), as the opening track.
William Michael Griffin Jr., better known by his stage name Rakim (born January 28, 1968), is an American rapper.
Rapping (or rhyming, spitting, emceeing, MCing) is a musical form of vocal delivery that incorporates "rhyme, rhythmic speech, and street vernacular", which is performed or chanted in a variety of ways, usually over a backbeat or musical accompaniment.
A record label, or record company, is a brand or trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos.
A recording contract (commonly called a record contract or record deal) is a legal agreement between a record label and a recording artist (or group), where the artist makes a record (or series of records) for the label to sell and promote.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a trade organization that represents the recording industry in the United States.
In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets.
Reebok is a global athletic footwear and apparel company, operating as a subsidiary of German sportsgiant Adidas since 2005.
Dimitri Leslie Roger (born July 13, 1992), known professionally as Rich the Kid, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, record executive and actor.
Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born 20 February 1988) is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman.
Rolling Stone is an American monthly magazine that focuses on popular culture.
Robert Fitzgerald Diggs (born July 5, 1969), better known by his stage name RZA, is an American rapper, record producer, musician, actor, filmmaker and author.
Saturday Night Live (SNL) is an American late-night live television variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol.
Quincy Matthew Hanley (born October 26, 1986), better known by his stage name Schoolboy Q (often stylized ScHoolboy Q), is an American hip hop recording artist from South Central Los Angeles, California.
Elijah Blue Molina (born October 15, 1987), better known by his stage name Scoop DeVille, is an American record producer, rapper and DJ.
Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969), also known by his stage names Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy, Diddy, Love and Brother Love is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur.
Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States.
Section 8 of the Housing Act of 1937, often called Section 8, as repeatedly amended, authorizes the payment of rental housing assistance to private landlords on behalf of approximately 4.8 million low-income households, as of 2008, in the United States.
Section.80 is the debut studio album by American rapper Kendrick Lamar.
The Sinner's Prayer (also called the Consecration Prayer and Salvation Prayer) is an evangelical Christian term referring to any prayer of repentance, prayed by individuals who feel convicted of the presence of sin in their lives and have the desire to form or renew a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
An SNL Digital Short is one in a series of comedic and often musical video shorts created for NBC's Saturday Night Live.
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. (born October 20, 1971), known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, television personality and actor.
A snub, cut or slight is a refusal to recognise an acquaintance by ignoring them, avoiding them or pretending not to know them.
Soul music (often referred to simply as soul) is a popular music genre that originated in the African American community in the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform based in Berlin, Germany that enables its users to upload, promote, and share their originally-created audio.
South Los Angeles is a region in southern Los Angeles County, California lying to south of downtown Los Angeles, California.
Southern hip hop, also known as Southern rap, South Coast hip hop, or Dirty South, is a blanket term for a regional genre of American hip hop music that emerged in the Southern United States, especially in Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, Memphis, and Miami—the five of which constitute the "Southern Network" in rap music.
Spoken word is a performance art that is word based.
Spotify Technology SA is a Swedish entertainment company founded by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon.
A stage name is a pseudonym used by performers and entertainers, such as actors, comedians, singers and musicians.
Kyle Myricks (born October 30, 1982), better known by his stage name Stalley, is an American rapper from Massillon, Ohio.
The State of the Union Address is an annual message presented by the President of the United States to a joint session of the United States Congress, except in the first year of a new president's term.
Stereogum is a daily Internet publication that focuses on music news, song premieres, and irreverent commentary.
Street crime is a loose term for any criminal offense in a public place.
A supergroup is a music group whose members have successful solo careers or are part of other groups or well known in other musical professions.
"Swimming Pools (Drank)" is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar.
Solána Imani Rowe (born November 8, 1990), known professionally as SZA is an American R&B singer and songwriter.
Take Care is the second studio album by Canadian rapper Drake.
Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter.
Aaron Dontez Yates (born November 8, 1971), better known as Tech N9ne (pronounced "Tech Nine"), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur.
Terrace Jamahl Martin (born December 28, 1978) is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor from Los Angeles, California.
Tha Carter III is the sixth studio album by American rapper Lil Wayne, released on June 10, 2008, by Cash Money and Universal Motown.
Tha Dogg Pound is an American hip hop duo formed in 1992, made up of West Coast rappers Kurupt and Daz Dillinger (formerly Dat Nigga Daz).
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (also released as The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro in some markets) is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man.
The Black Wall Street Records was a record label founded by Jayceon "Game" Taylor and his half-brother George "Big Fase 100" Taylor III.
"The Blacker the Berry" is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar.
The Boston Globe (sometimes abbreviated as The Globe) is an American daily newspaper founded and based in Boston, Massachusetts, since its creation by Charles H. Taylor in 1872.
The Christian Post is an American nondenominational, Evangelical Christian newspaper.
The Colbert Report is an American late-night talk and news satire television program hosted by Stephen Colbert that aired four days a week on Comedy Central from October 17, 2005 to December 18, 2014 for 1,447 episodes.
The Damn Tour (stylized as The DAMN. Tour) is a concert tour by American rapper and songwriter Kendrick Lamar, in support of his fourth studio album, Damn (2017).
The Fader (stylized as The FADER) is a NYC-based music magazine launched in 1999 by Rob Stone and Jon Cohen, covering music, style and culture.
Jayceon Terrell Taylor (born November 29, 1979), better known by his stage name The Game (or simply Game), is an American rapper and actor.
The Guardian is a British daily newspaper.
"The Heart Part 4" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Kendrick Lamar.
The Hollywood Reporter (THR) is a multi-platform American digital and print magazine founded in 1930 and focusing on the Hollywood film industry, television, and entertainment industries, as well as Hollywood's intersection with fashion, finance, law, technology, lifestyle, and politics.
The Independent is a British online newspaper.
The Lonely Island is an American comedy trio, formed by Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone in Berkeley, California in 2001.
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is the eighth studio album by American rapper Eminem, released on November 5, 2013 by Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records, and Interscope Records.
The New York Times (sometimes abbreviated as The NYT or The Times) is an American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership.
Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), known professionally as The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, or simply Biggie, was an American rapper.
The R.E.D. Album is the fourth studio album by American rapper Game.
"The Recipe" is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar.
The Recording Academy (formerly the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences or NARAS) is a U.S. organization of musicians, producers, recording engineers, and other recording professionals.
The Temptations are an American vocal group who released a series of successful singles and albums with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jimmy Fallon, on NBC.
The Verge is an American technology news and media network operated by Vox Media.
Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (born 16 February 1990), known by his stage name The Weeknd (pronounced as the weekend), is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer.
The Wonder Years is the fourth studio album by producer 9th Wonder.
The Yeezus Tour was a concert tour by American rapper Kanye West in support of West's sixth solo studio album, Yeezus (2013).
"These Walls" is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar.
Stephen Lee Bruner (born October 19, 1984), better known by his stage name Thundercat, is an American multi-genre bass guitarist, record producer, singer and songwriter from Los Angeles, California.
Tical is the debut studio album by American rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member Method Man.
Time is an American weekly news magazine and news website published in New York City.
Time 100 (often written in all-caps as TIME 100) is an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world assembled by the American news magazine Time.
To Pimp a Butterfly is the third studio album by American rapper Kendrick Lamar.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is a third-person tactical shooter video game developed and published by Ubisoft for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows.
Anthony Edward Visconti (born April 24, 1944) is an American record producer, musician and singer.
In the music industry, the top 40 is the current, 40 most-popular songs in a particular genre.
Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) is an American independent record label founded in 2004, by CEO Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith.
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums is a chart published by Billboard magazine that ranks R&B and hip hop albums based on sales in the United States and is compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
Jacques Webster (born April 30, 1991), known professionally as Travis Scott (formerly stylized as Travi$ Scott), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer.
Tupac Amaru Shakur (born Lesane Parish Crooks; June 16, 1971September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names Tupac, 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper and actor.
Tyler Gregory Okonma (born March 6, 1991), better known as Tyler, the Creator, is an American rapper, record producer, and music video director.
U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin formed in 1976.
The United States presidential election of 2012 was the 57th quadrennial American presidential election.
"Untitled 03 | 05.28.2013.", (stylized "untitled 03 | 05.28.2013."), titled "Untitled 1" before its official release, is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar, featured on his compilation album, Untitled Unmastered.
"Untitled 08 | 09.06.2014." (stylized untitled 08 | 09.06.2014.), titled "Untitled 2" before its official release, is a jazz rap song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar, featured on his compilation album, untitled unmastered..
Untitled Unmastered (stylized as untitled unmastered.) is a compilation album by American rapper Kendrick Lamar.
USA Today is an internationally distributed American daily, middle-market newspaper that serves as the flagship publication of its owner, the Gannett Company.
Variety is a weekly American entertainment trade magazine and website owned by Penske Media Corporation.
Vashtie Kola (often stylized as Va$htie) is an American music video director, filmmaker, artist, designer, creative consultant and disc jockey.
Verse–chorus form is a musical form common in popular music, used in blues and rock and roll since the 1950s, and predominant in rock music since the 1960s.
Olubowale Victor Akintimehin (born September 21, 1984), better known by his stage name Wale, is an American recording artist, record producer and actor.
Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., is an American music publishing company and a division of the Warner Music Group.
Welfare is a government support for the citizens and residents of society.
West Coast hip hop is a hip hop music regional genre that encompasses any artists or music that originate in the West Coast region of the United States.
West Los Angeles is a residential and commercial neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles, California.
William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 (baptised)—23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as both the greatest writer in the English language, and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.
Windows Phone (WP) is a family of discontinued mobile operating systems developed by Microsoft for smartphones as the replacement successor to Windows Mobile and Zune.
Wu-Tang Clan is an American hip hop group from Staten Island, New York City, originally composed of East Coast rappers RZA, GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Killa.
WUSL (98.9 FM), is a mainstream urban radio station, owned by iHeartMedia and licensed to Philadelphia.
Wyldfyer is an American music producer initially known for his production for his promo album (from Jay-Z), The Black Album: Classik.
XXL is an American hip hop magazine, published by Townsquare Media, founded in 1997.
William Joseph Crawford, known by his stage name Ya Boy, is an American rapper from the Fillmore District of San Francisco, California.
Yeezus is the sixth studio album by American rapper Kanye West.
Michael Wayne Atha (born December 30, 1979), better known as Yelawolf, is an American rapper from Gadsden, Alabama.
"YOLO" is a song written and recorded by American comedy hip hop group The Lonely Island with American pop rock singer Adam Levine and hip hop recording artist Kendrick Lamar for The Lonely Island's third studio album The Wack Album.
106 & Park was an American hip hop and R&B music video show, set up in a countdown format, that was broadcast Monday to Friday at 6/5c on BET (7:00 pm on BET International).
Tauheed Epps (born September 12, 1977), known professionally as 2 Chainz (formerly Tity Boi), is an American rapper.
The 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards was held on October 15, 2013 at Atlanta Civic Center in the ATL.
The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards were held on August 30, 2015.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards presentation was held on January 26, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 8, 2015, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards was held on February 15, 2016, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on January 28, 2018.
Patrick Denard Douthit (born January 15, 1975), better known as 9th Wonder, is a hip hop record producer, record executive, DJ, lecturer, and rapper from Midway, North Carolina, U.S. He began his career as the main producer for the group Little Brother in Durham, North Carolina, and has also worked with Mary J. Blige, Jean Grae, Wale, Jay-Z, Murs, Drake, Buckshot, Chris Brown, Destiny's Child, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Ludacris, Mac Miller, David Banner, Lecrae, Jill Scott, Big Boi, Rapsody, and Anderson.Paak.
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