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The Rose That Grew From Concrete
THE ROSE THAT GREW FROM CONCRETE is a posthumous album based on the poetry/writings of Tupac Amaru Shakur , released in 2000. This album features a large cast of celebrities reading Shakur's poetry and writing, much in the spirit of a traditional spoken word album. It has sold 262,672 copies in the United States as of 2011
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Slimkid3
TREVANT "TRE" HARDSON best known by his stage name SLIMKID3 (SLIM KID TRE; sometimes stylized as SLIMKID3), is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from Los Angeles, California . He is a founding member of The Pharcyde
The Pharcyde
. CONTENTS * 1 Career * 2 Discography * 2.1 Albums * 2.2 EPs * 2.3 Singles * 2.4 Guest appearances * 2.5 Productions * 3 References * 4 External links CAREERTre Hardson began his career in the entertainment industry as a dancer and choreographer under the moniker Two for Two with his two high school friends Bootie Brown and Imani . Two for Two made numerous appearances in music videos, but had its most notable exposure with a short stint on the television show In Living Color
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Pharcyde
THE PHARCYDE (/ˈfɑːrsaɪd/ ) is an American alternative hip hop group, formed in 1989, from South Central Los Angeles
Los Angeles
. The original four members of the group are Imani (Emandu Wilcox), Slimkid3
Slimkid3
(Trevant Hardson), Bootie Brown (Romye Robinson), and Fatlip (Derrick Stewart). DJ Mark Luv was the group's first disc jockey (DJ), followed by producer J-Swift and then J Dilla . The group is perhaps best known for the hit singles "Drop ", "Passin\' Me By " and "Runnin\' ", as well as their first album, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde (1992). The group continues to tour and record, both collaboratively and in solo projects—the most recent being Hardson's collaborative EP with the award-winning DJ Nu-Mark (of Jurassic 5 ) released in 2014 on Delicious Vinyl
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Q-Tip (rapper)
KAMAAL IBN JOHN FAREED (born JONATHAN WILLIAM DAVIS; April 10, 1970), better known by his stage name Q-TIP, is an American rapper, singer, actor, record producer and DJ. He embarked on his music career as part of the critically acclaimed East Coast hip hop
East Coast hip hop
group A Tribe Called Quest . John Bush of AllMusic called him "the best rapper/producer in hip-hop history," while editors of About.com
About.com
placed him #17 on their list of the Top 25 Hip-Hop Producers, as well as placing him #38 on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time. In 2012, The Source ranked him #20 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time
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Quincy Jones
QUINCY DELIGHT JONES, JR. (born March 14, 1933), also known as "Q", is an American record producer, actor, conductor, arranger , composer, musician, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, magazine founder, entertainment company executive, and humanitarian. His career spans six decades in the entertainment industry and a record 79 Grammy Award
Grammy Award
nominations, and 28 Grammys, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991. He is best known for the role of himself in Yakety Yak, Take it Back , Trash Talk
Talk
, and Fantasia 2000
Fantasia 2000
. Jones came to prominence in the 1950s as a jazz arranger and conductor, before moving on to work prolifically in pop music and film scores
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Outlawz
OUTLAWZ (formerly known as OUTLAW IMMORTALZ and DRAMACYDAL) is an American hip hop group founded by Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur
in late 1995 after Shakur's release from prison. Collectively, they were best known for their association with Shakur. CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 Original members * 1.2 Other members * 2 Later years * 3 Discography * 3.1 Studio albums * 3.2 Collaboration albums * 3.3 DVDs * 3.4 Mixtapes * 3.5 Digital albums * 3.6 Other albums * 4 References * 5 External links HISTORY This section DOES NOT CITE ANY SOURCES . Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources . Unsourced material may be challenged and removed
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Nikki Giovanni
YOLANDE CORNELIA "NIKKI" GIOVANNI, JR. (born June 7, 1943) is an American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. One of the world's most well-known African-American poets, her work includes poetry anthologies, poetry recordings, and nonfiction essays, and covers topics ranging from race and social issues to children's literature. She has won numerous awards, including the Langston Hughes Medal , the NAACP Image Award . She has been nominated for a Grammy Award , for her album The Nikki Giovanni
Nikki Giovanni
Poetry Collection. Additionally, she has recently been named as one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 "Living Legends" (29). Giovanni gained initial fame in the late 1960s as one of the foremost authors of the Black Arts Movement
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Jasmine Guy
JASMINE GUY (born March 10, 1962 ) is an American actress , director , singer and dancer . She is best known for her starring role as Whitley Marion Gilbert–Wayne on The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
spinoff NBC
NBC
comedy sitcom A Different World
A Different World
(1987–1993), in which she won four consecutive NAACP
NAACP
Image Awards from 1990 through 1993 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role
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Joseph Simmons
JOSEPH WARD SIMMONS (born November 14, 1964), known by the stage name RUN, REV. RUN or DJ RUN, is one of the founding members of the influential hip hop group Run–D.M.C. He is also a practicing minister , known as REVEREND RUN. He found new popularity in 2005 with his family's MTV
MTV
reality show Run\'s House . CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 4 Discography * 4.1 Solo * 4.2 With Run-D.M.C. * 5 References * 6 External links EARLY LIFESimmons was born November 14, 1964 in Hollis, Queens
Queens
, New York . He is the younger brother of artist Danny Simmons and Russell Simmons
Russell Simmons
, the co-founder of Def Jam
Def Jam
Records . CAREERBefore Run–D.M.C., Simmons was the lead vocalist in the hip-hop group named "The Force." He founded Run-D.M.C
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Danny Glover
DANNY LEBERN GLOVER (born July 22, 1946) is an American actor, film director , and political activist . He is well known for his leading role as Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon
film series , The Color Purple (1985), To Sleep with Anger (1990), Predator 2
Predator 2
(1990), and Angels in the Outfield (1994). He also has prominent supporting roles in Silverado (1985), Witness (1985), Saw (2004), Shooter (2007), 2012 (2009), Death at a Funeral (2010), Beyond the Lights (2014), and Dirty Grandpa (2016). He has appeared in many other movies, television shows, and theatrical productions, and is an active supporter of various humanitarian and political causes
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Mac Mall
MAC MALL (born JAMAL ROCKER in Vallejo, California ) is a West Coast rapper who became known in the early 1990s as one of the local artists putting the Bay Area on the hip hop map. Mac Mall was signed to Young Black Brotha Records. One of Mac Mall's first singles was a song called "Ghetto Theme", which had a music video directed by Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur
in 1994. He was also longtime friends with Mac Dre , who was his mentor early on in his career. He is also cousins to E-40
E-40
, B-Legit and Sway Calloway . CONTENTS * 1 Career * 2 Discography * 2.1 Studio albums * 2.2 Singles & EPs * 3 External links * 4 References CAREERIn 1993, Mac Mall released his debut album Illegal Business? on Young Black Brotha Records . Entirely produced by Khayree Shaheed, the album featured Ray Luv , Mac Dre and The Mac
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Russell Simmons
RUSSELL WENDELL SIMMONS (born October 4, 1957) is an American entrepreneur , producer and author . The Chairman and CEO of Rush Communications, he cofounded the hip-hop music label Def Jam Recordings and created the clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and Tantris. Simmons had a net-worth estimate of $340 million in 2011. CONTENTS * 1 Early life and education * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 3.1 Marriage * 3.2 Activism * 3.3 Beliefs * 4 Bibliography * 5 References * 6 External links EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATIONSimmons was born and raised in Queens
Queens
, New York . His father is a public school administrator and his mother is a New York City park administrator. His brothers are painter Daniel Simmons, Jr. , and Rev Run of Run-DMC
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Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
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 . The name of the chart was changed from Top R&B Albums
Albums
in 1999. The chart debuted in the magazine as Hot R from 1969-1978 they were identified as Soul charts. The US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Albums
tracks the albums of quiet storm , urban contemporary , soul music , R"> * Whitburn, Joel (2000). Top R&B Albums: 1965-1998. Record Research. ISBN 978-0-89820-134-5 * "Billboard R&B Charts Get Updated Names". Billboard
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QD3
QUINCY DELIGHT JONES III (born 23 December 1968) (also known as QDIII, QD3 and SNOOPY) is a Swedish-American music producer, film producer, and author. He was a jury member of Swedish Idol 2016 . CONTENTS * 1 Family * 2 Business ventures * 3 Discography * 3.1 Solo albums * 4 Bibliography * 5 Films and documentaries * 6 References * 7 External links FAMILYQuincy Delight Jones III was born in Wimbledon , London
London
, the son of Swedish model Ulla Andersson and her American husband Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones
Jr , a musician and music producer. He grew up in Sweden with his older sister Martina after their parents legally separated. The two have five American half-sisters by their father's two other marriages and relationships in the United States, including the actresses Kidada and Rashida Jones
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Sikiru Adepoju
SIKIRU ADEPOJU is a percussionist and recording artist from Nigeria
Nigeria
, primarily in the genres of traditional African music and world music . He plays a variety of instruments and styles. CONTENTS * 1 Background * 2 Musical career * 3 Discography * 4 Filmography * 5 Awards * 6 References * 7 External links BACKGROUNDA master of the talking drum , Adepoju comes from a musical family from Eruwa in western Nigeria. He and his brothers Saminu and Lasisi were taught drumming very early by their father, Chief Ayanleke Adepoju, whose very name, Ayan, means "descended from drummers." While still in his teens, Sikiru toured with and recorded several albums with the Inter-Reformers Band, the band of one of the pioneers of Afro-beat, Nigerian Juju artist Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey . MUSICAL CAREERIn 1985, Adepoju came to America to play with O. J
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Billboard 200
The BILLBOARD 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States
United States
. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones ", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart is based mostly on sales (both at retail and digital ) of albums in the United States. The weekly sales period was originally Monday to Sunday when Nielsen started tracking sales in 1991, but since July 2015, tracking week begins on Friday (to coincide with the Global Release Date of the music industry ) and ends on Thursday. A new chart is published the following Tuesday with an issue post-dated to the Saturday of the following week. The chart's streaming schedule is also tracked from Friday to Thursday
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