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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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Rha Goddess
RHA GODDESS is a hip-hop artist and playwright who coined the term "floetry" and independently released a solo album, Soulah Vibe, in 2000. Rha Goddess has collaborated with artists like Zulu Nation, The Last Poets, and Chuck D . She began writing poems and journals when her mother died of stomach cancer in 1995; her death was followed by the deaths of a family friend, an uncle, and two young men from her community. She was a collaborating artist in Rhythmicity during the Humana Festival of New American Plays ' 2002–2003 season. Her play Low debuted in Actors Theatre of Louisville in March 2006. CONTENTS * 1 Floetry * 2 Soulah Vibe * 3 Low * 4 References FLOETRYRha Goddess coined the term "floetry" to define her style. Floetry, as defined by Rha Goddess, is a blend of rhythm, poetry, hip-hop and politics. The actual term has been spread throughout the hip-hop community
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Russell Simmons
RUSSELL WENDELL SIMMONS (born October 4, 1957) is an American entrepreneur , producer , and author . The chair 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's net worth was estimated at $340 million in 2011. CONTENTS * 1 Early life and education * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 3.1 Marriage * 3.2 Beliefs * 4 Social activism * 5 Sexual misconduct and assault allegations * 5.1 Background * 5.2 Accusers * 5.2.1 Sexual harassment or assault * 5.2.2 Rape * 5.3 Parody video * 5.4 Repercussions of allegations * 6 Bibliography * 7 References * 8 External links EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATIONSimmons was born and raised in Queens, New York
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
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4th Avenue Jones
4TH AVENUE JONES (originally 4TH AVENUE JONES\' and sometimes credited as 4TH AVE. JONES\') was an American alternative hip hop band based in Los Angeles, California. The band was conceived by Ahmad Ali Lewis, popularly known as Ahmad . The band's name comes from the popular idiom "Keeping up with the Joneses " and the street in South Central Los Angeles where they began their rehearsals. CONTENTS* 1 Musical career * 1.1 The Interscope years * 1.2 After Interscope * 2 Discography * 2.1 Albums * 2.2 Singles * 3 References * 4 External links MUSICAL CAREERTHE INTERSCOPE YEARSAfter the success of his 1994 platinum single "Back in the Day" as an 18-year-old, Ahmad became frustrated by the corporate politics choking the industry and the "plastic junk" being forced on the masses, and decided to abandon his solo career and form his own label, Lookalive Records
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K-Ci & JoJo
K-CI & JOJO is an American R&B duo, consisting of brothers CEDRIC "K-CI" HAILEY (born September 2, 1969 ) and JOEL "JOJO" HAILEY (born June 10, 1972 ). Natives of Monroe, North Carolina , they are also the lead singers of the chart-topping R&B group Jodeci with the DeGrate brothers—Donald (better known as DeVante Swing ) and Dalvin
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Malcolm-Jamal Warner
MALCOLM-JAMAL WARNER (born August 18, 1970) is an American actor, musician, director, producer, writer and consultant. He is best known for his roles as Theodore Huxtable on the long-running NBC
NBC
sitcom The Cosby Show and as Malcolm McGee on the UPN
UPN
sitcom Malcolm & Eddie . He also starred as Dr. Alex Reed in the sitcom Reed Between the Lines . CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 4 Filmography * 4.1 Film * 4.2 Television * 5 Discography * 6 Awards and nominations * 7 Books * 8 References * 9 External links EARLY LIFEWarner was born in Jersey City, New Jersey
Jersey City, New Jersey
. He was raised by his divorced mother, Pamela, who served as his manager. He was named after Malcolm X
Malcolm X
and jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal
Ahmad Jamal

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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 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 , 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. Illegal Business? moved over 200,000 units independently, a major feat for an independent artist and record label
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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 , and 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 . In 1968, Jones and his songwriting partner Bob Russell became the first African Americans to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song , their "The Eyes of Love" for the Universal Pictures film Banning
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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 are best known for their association with Tupac 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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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 . 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 . The original four members of the group are Imani (Emandu Wilcox), 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 group A Tribe Called Quest . John Bush of AllMusic called him "the best rapper/producer in hip-hop history," while editors of 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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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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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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Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z...
STRICTLY 4 MY N.I.G.G.A.Z... is the second studio album by rapper Tupac Shakur , released by T.N.T. Recordings, Interscope Records and EastWest Records America on February 16, 1993. The rights now belong to Amaru Entertainment . N.I.G.G.A.Z. in the title is an acronym for ("Never Ign'ant Getting Goals Accomplished'); the "Z" in the title makes it a plural. Similar to his debut, 2Pacalypse Now , the album contains many tracks emphasizing 2Pac's political and social views. The original album was going to be named "Troublesome 21" and released in September 1992, but it was scrapped. Debuting at number 24 on the Billboard 200 , this album saw more commercial success than its predecessor, and there are many noticeable differences in production. While Tupac's first effort included a more underground or indie-rap-oriented sound, this album was considered his "breakout" album
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2Pacalypse Now
2PACALYPSE NOW is the debut studio album by American rapper 2Pac . It was released on November 12, 1991, by Interscope Records and EastWest Records America . Less polished than his later works, 2Pacalypse Now is 2Pac's commentary on contemporary social issues facing American society such as: racism , police brutality , poverty , black on black crime , and teenage pregnancy , some issues giving a lyrical glimpse into the world of a young black man on the urban streets of the United States . It featured three singles; "Brenda\'s Got a Baby ", "Trapped ", and "If My Homie Calls ". 2Pacalypse Now was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). On MTV 's Greatest Rappers of All Time list, 2Pacalypse Now was listed as one of 2Pac's "certified classic" albums, along with Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... , Me Against the World , All Eyez On Me , and The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
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