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Keri Lynn Hilson (born on December 5, 1982) is an American R&B recording artist and songwriter. Born and raised in Decatur, Georgia, Hilson made herself a name as a songwriter, penning tracks for several artists in the mid-2000s as part of the five-person production/songwriting team known as The Clutch. In 2006, she signed a recording contract with Timbaland’s label, Mosley Music.

Hilson released her debut studio album, In a Perfect World… in March 2009, which peaked within the top five of the Billboard 200 albums chart and featured the hit singles “Knock You Down” and “Turnin Me On”. The album reached number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and was eventually certified gold.[1] Hilson earned two Grammy Award nominations for the album including Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Knock You Down”, which features Kanye West and Ne-Yo. A reissue of the album, included previously unreleased songs such as “I Like”. The song became Hilson’s first number one hit in Germany and certified platinum there. As a prominent guest vocalist in both the contemporary R&B and hip hop genres, Hilson has been featured on over a dozen singles by other artists, including the number-one hit single “The Way I Are” with Timbaland.

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After several pushbacks, Hilson’s debut album In a Perfect World… was released in March 2009.[7] According to the singer, the title of the album is her way of “saying nothing in the world is perfect and no person in it is, either. None of us are exempt from certain hardships and heartbreaks and we all have something about our lives that we’d change if only we could – be it body image, financial status, love life…[8] It was really important for me to write songs that women can relate to from real situations. I didn’t want to do an album that painted myself as perfect because no matter how things look, no one is.[9] I called it that with the ellipses – dot dot dot – because it’s an incomplete statement. I wanted to talk about how nobody’s exempted from the realities of life and all those things.”[10] It was executively produced by Timbaland and Polow da Don. In a Perfect World… debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 and at number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with first week sales of approximately 94,000 copies,[11] and earned generally favorable reviews from music critics who noted it a “seductive debut CD full of slick, radio-friendly cuts.”[12] and was eventaully certified gold by the RIAA.[13]

“Energy” was released as the album’s lead single on May 20, 2008. It reached a peak of number seventy-eight on the US Billboard Hot 100,[1] number twenty-one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart,[1] and achieved minor success in the UK.[14] The song became a success in New Zealand, where it reached a peak of number two and gained a gold accreditation there.[15] In October 2008 Hilson collaborated with fellow singer Chris Brown on a song titled “Superhuman”, which reached the top twenty in Ireland and New Zealand.[16] “Return the Favor” which features Timbaland was released as the album’s second single. It peaked within the top twenty in the UK,[17] Ireland,[18] and Belgium.[19] “Turnin Me On” which featured Lil Wayne became Hilson’s first top twenty hit as a solo artist on the Billboard Hot 100, where it reached number fifteen on the chart.[1] The song reached number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, becoming Hilson’s first top five hit on the chart.[1]

“Knock You Down”, a collaboration with Kanye West and Ne-Yo, was released as the album’s fourth single. The song has proven to be Hilson’s most successful worldwide single to date. It peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 for three non-consecutive weeks and topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[1] It additionally appeared the in top ten of five other countries and certified platinum in New Zealand[20] and gold in Australia. The song received a nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 52nd Grammy Awards. A reissue of the album, included previously unreleased songs such as “I Like”. The song was used for the German film Zweiohrküken[21] and became Hilson’s first number one hit in Germany[22] which certified platinum there.[23] Meanwhile Hilson continued appearing on single releases by several artists throughout 2009 including Plies’ single “Medicine”, Fabolous’ “Everything, Everyday, Everywhere,” Nas’ “Hero” and Sean Paul’s “Hold My Hand”.

In January 2010 Hilson guest featured on Akon’s charity single “Oh Africa”. She was also part of the extended A-list of musical artists during the recording session of “We Are the World 25 for Haiti”. Hilson also made guest features on other singles including “Million Dollar Girl” by Trina and T.I’s “Got Your Back”. In April 2010 it was revealed she was the new face of Avon, replacing singer Jennifer Hudson.[24]

Her second studio album No Boys Allowed was released on December 21, 2010. Hilson explained that, “No Boys Allowed is a deeply personal project designed to bring women to their feet. The provocative title, is not what you may think. It’s not about excluding men. It’s more about women understanding that there comes a time in your life when you want a man. A real man. A grown up. Not a boy. And that’s not a bad thing. I write from a female perspective, but I’m also telling men what women are really thinking and feeling about them.”[25] The album debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200 with 102,000 copies sold. Though it sold 8,000 copies more than her debut album, In a Perfect World…, it failed to match that album’s debut chart position of number four.[26]

“Breaking Point”, produced by Timbaland was released as the album’s lead single in the United States on September 7, 2010. It reached a peak of number forty-four on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[27] “Pretty Girl Rock” was released as the second single on October 12, 2010.[28] It has reached a current peak of number ten on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart[29] and peaked at number thirty-one on the US Billboard Hot 100.[30] The music video for the song has received critical acclaim and praise for its homage to musical icons of the past such as Josephine Baker, Dorothy Dandridge,The Andrew Sisters, Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Janet Jackson and TLC. Hilson appears as each singer in a well-known scene from the era depicted.

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Ne-Yo Biography:

Ne-Yo emerged into the recording industry as member of the Las Vegas-based quartet Envy. After the group disbanded in 2000, Ne-Yo was signed to Columbia Records, but, after recording his first album, was dropped from the label before he could even release it. American singer Marques Houston happened to hear one of Ne-Yo’s tracks, “That Girl”, which was supposed to be the latter’s debut single off his then-unreleased album. Houston rerecorded “That Girl” and released it as a single to his 2003 album MH. The release of the song led to Ne-Yo being recognized as a top songwriter.

For the next two years, Ne-Yo continued writing songs, some of which have not been officially released. He contributed songs to American singer Teedra Moses’s 2004 album Complex Simplicity, Christina Milian’s It’s About Time, and the American boy band Youngstown, though all of which failed to give Ne-Yo much attention from the mainstream. Ne-Yo has also contributed songs to American singer Mary J. Blige, B2K, Faith Evans and Musiq, among others.

Ne-Yo broke into the music industry after “Let Me Love You”, a song he wrote for American singer Mario, reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and later stayed on the top spot for nine weeks. After the successful release, Tina Davis, former A&R representative for Def Jam Recordings, arranged an informal meeting with label head L.A. Reid. Originally, Ne-Yo was not seeking a new contract, but, after he had performed for them, he was signed by American hip hop artist Jay-Z, then-CEO of Def Jam.

“Ne-Yo” was coined by a producer Ne-Yo once worked with, Big D Evans, because Evans claimed that Ne-Yo sees music as Neo sees the matrix. As a joke, Evans started calling him Ne-Yo until everybody was accustomed to it.

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In early 2006, Ne-Yo released his debut album, In My Own Words, through Def Jam. Boosted by its popular second single, “So Sick”, the album debuted at number one on Billboard 200, selling over 301,000 copies in the first week. During the same week, the single had reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Later singles released were “When You’re Mad” and “Sexy Love”, which peaked at number 15 and number 7, respective. The album has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for a shipment of over one million units.

His sophomore album, Because of You, was released on May 1, 2007, and, fueled by its lead single, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 251,000 copies in the United States; the feat gave Ne-Yo his second number-one album. The first single from the platinum-selling album was the title track, which peaked at the number-two spot. Despite the success of “Because of You”, later singles released charted lower and were unable to reach the Top 20. The album has been certified platinum by RIAA for a shipment of over one million units. In December 2007, Ne-Yo and the Goo Goo Dolls performed at a fund-raising concert for the then presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama.

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Ne-Yo’s third album, Year of the Gentleman, was released internationally on August 5, 2008. Speaking to noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul, Ne-Yo explained the thinking behind its title: “To me ‘Year Of The Gentleman’ is all about a persona, a swag and a charm. I made an assessment of the music business. And, in my personal opinion, the essence of the gentleman is absent right now. Everybody kinda looks the same, everybody’s kinda doing the same thing, everybody’s kinda rude and full of themselves. Whereas a gentleman is calm, courteous, kind, charming… So that title basically represents me trying to lead by example, and showing these cats what it is to be a gentleman in this business still.”

The album sold 250,000 copies in its first week in the United States, debuting on the Billboard 200 at number two. Reviews for the album were positive: in one of which, Caryn Ganz of Rolling Stone magazine wrote that Year of the Gentleman is “actually a superb concept album about what a great boyfriend he [Ne-Yo] can be”.

The first two singles, “Closer” and “Miss Independent”, have peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album and Album of the Year at the 2009 Grammy Awards, “Closer” for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, and “Miss Independent” for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song.Year of the Gentleman has been certified platinum by RIAA for a shipment of more than one million copies.The third single, “Mad”, peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

On September 2, 2009, Ne-Yo released greatest hits album Ne-Yo: The Collection in Japan. The album was also released with a limited edition CD+DVD edition complete with the music videos of singles. It debuted at number four on Japan Oricon weekly albums chart, selling 55,625 copies in the first week.

Ne-Yo will release his fourth studio album, Libra Scale, on 27th October 2010 in Japan. The first single, “Beautiful Monster”, premiered on May 25, 2010 and was released as a digital download on June 8, 2010 and reached number 1 on UK singles chart. Speaking of Libra Scale, Ne-Yo stated: “The album is based upon this short story which basically follows these three characters who are forced to choose between money-power-and-fame versus love. Which in turn is why I’ve called it ‘Libra Scale’. You know, its whole concept is based on that question of morality – that, if you weight it all out on a libra scale, which one of those two options would you choose?”

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Eminem Biography:

Eminem had been born Marshall Bruce Eminem III on October 17, 1972 in Saint Joseph, Missouri, the one and only kid of Deborah Nelson Mathers-Briggs and Marshall Bruce Eminem, Jr. Eminem is of Scottish,English, German, Swiss, as well as Polish ancestry. His dad deserted the household when Eminem had been eighteen months old, and eminem had been brought up solely by his mom in poverty. By the age of twelve, Eminem along with his mom had relocated between numerous towns and cities in Missouri (including Saint Joseph, Savannah, and Kansas City) before they settled in Warren, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.

Right after obtaining a copy of the Beastie Boys record Licensed to Ill as a teenager, Eminem became fascinated in hip hop. Eminem at age 14 under the pseudonym “M&M” and then becoming a member of the group called “Bassmint Productions” and then launched their very own very first EP, Steppin’ Onto The Scene. They will later changed their name to “Soul Intent” and about 1995 they launched their first single called “Fuckin’ Backstabber” under the record label Mashin’ Duck Records. Even though Eminem had been enrolled at Lincoln High School in Warren, Eminem often participated in freestyle battles at the now defunct Osborn High School on Detroit’s east side. Despite a well documented challenge succeeding in a predominantly African American industry, Eminem gained the acceptance of underground hip hop followers. Right after repeating the ninth grade twice due to truancy and near failing grades, Eminem dropped out of high school at age seventeen. In 1991, Mathers’ maternal uncle, Ronald “Ronnie” Nelson, committed suicide via shotgun wound to the head. Eminem had been very close to his uncle, and had been devastated at his death; today, eminem sports a tattoo reading “Ronnie R.I.P.” on his upper left arm.

 

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Along with the release of The Slim Shady EP, Eminem had been accused of imitating the style and topic matter of underground rap artist Cage. Jimmy Iovine, CEO of Interscope Records, asked for a demo tape of Eminem’s following Eminem placed 2nd at the 1997 Rap Olympics. Lyrics of Eminem had also won Wake Up Show’s Freestyle Performer Of The Year prize helping him obtain a record deal. Lovine played the recording for record producer Dr. Dre, founder of Aftermath Entertainment. The two started recording tracks for Eminem’s new upcoming major-label debut The Slim Shady LP, and Eminem prepared a guest performance on the record Devil Without a Cause by Kid Rock. Hip-hop journal The Source featured Eminem in its “Unsigned Hype” column in March 1998. According to Billboard Magazine, at this particular point in his life Eminem had “realized his musical ambitions were the only way to escape his unhappy life”. Right after being signed to Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records in 1998, Eminem launched his first major studio record, The Slim Shady LP, greatly based on the production by Dr. Dre, one year later in 1999. Billboard praised the record as “light years ahead of the material eminem had been writing beforehand”. It went on to be one of the most popular cds of 1999, going triple platinum by the end of the year. Along with the album’s popularity came controversy surrounding many of the album’s lyrics. In “’97 Bonnie and Clyde”, Eminem describes a trip along with his infant daughter, disposing of his wife’s body. Another song, “Guilty Conscience”, ends along with his encouraging a man to murder his wife and her lover. “Guilty Conscience” marked the beginning of the friendship and musical bond that Dr. Dre and Eminem would share. The two label-mates would later collaborate on a line of hit songs, including “Forgot About Dre” and “What’s the Difference” from Dr. Dre’s record 2001, “Bitch Please II” from The Marshall Eminem LP, “Say What You Say” from The Eminem Show, “Encore/Curtains Down” from Encore and “Old Time’s Sake” and “Crack a Bottle” from Relapse. Dr. Dre would go on to make at least one guest appearance on all of Eminem’s studio cds under the label Aftermath. The record has now been certified 4 times platinum by the RIAA.

 

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The Marshall Mathers LP had been launched in May 2000. It went on to sell 1.76 million copies in its first week, busting the records set by Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle as the fastest-selling hip hop record and Britney Spears’ …Baby One More Time as the fastest selling solo record in Usa history. Eminem’s new single launched from the record, “The Real Slim Shady”, had been a achievement and created some conflict by insulting celebrities and making dubious statements about them; Eminem’s insane lyrics states, among other things, that Christina Aguilera performed oral sex on Fred Durst and Carson Daly. In his 2nd single, “The Way I Am”, Eminem reveals to his fans the difficulties from his record company to top “My Name Is” and sell more records. Even though Eminem had parodied shock rocker Marilyn Manson in the video “My Name Is”, the artists are apparently on good terms. Eminem and Marilyn Manson performed a remix of the song “The Way I Am” together in concert. In the 3rd single, “Stan” (which samples Dido’s “Thank You”), Eminem attempts to deal along with his new-found fame, taking on the persona of a deranged fan who kills himself and his pregnant girlfriend, mirroring “’97 Bonnie & Clyde” on The Slim Shady LP. In the music video of “Stan”, Eminem had been shown writing along with his left hand, ending the fan discussion over his dominant hand. Q magazine named “Stan” the 3rd most significant rap song of all time, and the song came tenth in a very similar survey conducted by Top 40-Charts.com. The song has since become highly commended and had been ranked 290th in Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Finest Songs of All Time” list. In July 2000, Eminem became the first white person to be featured on the cover of The Source magazine. This record has been certified 9x platinum by the RIAA. Eminem performed along with Elton John at the 43rd Grammy Awards ceremony in 2001 the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), an organization that perceived Eminem’s lyrics to be homophobic, condemned the openly gay John’s decision to perform along with Eminem. Entertainment Weekly put it on its end of the decade, “best-of” list, saying, “It had been the hug heard ’round the world. Eminem, under fire for homophobic lyrics, shared the stage along with a gay icon for a performance of “Stan” that would certainly have been unforgettable in any context. On February 21, the day of the ceremony, GLAAD held a demonstration outside the Staples Center, the venue where the Grammy ceremony had been held. Music tours that Eminem participated in for 2001 included the Up In Smoke Tour along with rappers Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, and Ice Cube and Family Values Tour along with the band Limp Bizkit.

 

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Eminem’s 3rd major record, The Eminem Show, had been launched in summer 2002 and proved to be another hit for the rapper reaching number one on the charts and selling well over 1 million copies in its first week of release. It featured the single “Without Me”, in which eminem makes derogatory comments about boy bands, Limp Bizkit, Moby, and Lynne Cheney, among others. The Eminem Show has been certified 8x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The record reflected on the impact of his rise to fame, his relationship along with his wife and daughter, and his status in the hip-hop community. Eminem also addresses the charges Eminem faced over assaulting a bouncer Eminem saw kissing his wife in 2000. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic felt that while there had been clear anger present on several tracks, this record had been considerably less inflammatory than The Marshall Eminem LP. However, L. Brent Bozell III, who previously criticized The Marshall Eminem LP for perceived misogynistic lyrics in the record, noted The Eminem Show for its extensive use of obscene language, giving Eminem the nickname “Eminef” for the bowdlerization of motherfucker, an obscenity prevalent in the record.

 

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The Media Research Center claims that on December 8, 2003, the Usa Secret Service admitted it had been “looking into” allegations that Eminem had threatened the President of the Usa. The lyrics in question: “Fuck money/I don’t rap for dead presidents/I’d rather see the president dead/It’s never been said, but I set precedents …” The song in question, “We As Americans”, wound up on a bonus CD accompanying the record.In 2004, Eminem launched his fourth major record, Encore. The record had been another chart-topper, as it had been driven by the single “Just Lose It”, notable for being disrespectful towards Michael Jackson. On October 12, 2004, a week after the release of “Just Lose It”, Eminem’s first single off Encore, Michael Jackson called into the Los Angeles-based Steve Harvey radio show to report his displeasure along with the video, which parodies Jackson’s child molestation trial, plastic surgery, and an incident in which Jackson’s hair caught on fire while filming a Pepsi commercial in 1984. The lyrics to “Just Lose It” refer to Jackson’s legal troubles, however Eminem does state in his song “… and that’s not a stab at Michael/That’s just a metaphor/I’m just psycho….” All of Jackson’s supporters and friends spoke out about the video, including Stevie Wonder, who called the video “kicking a man while he’s down” and “bullshit”, and Steve Harvey, who declared, “Eminem has lost his ghetto pass. We want the pass back.” In the video, Eminem parodied Pee Wee Herman, MC Hammer, and “Blond Ambition”-era Madonna.Regarding Jackson’s demonstration, “Weird Al” Yankovic, who parodied the lyrics on Eminem’s song “Lose Yourself” on a track titled “Couch Potato” on his 2003 record Poodle Hat, told the Chicago Sun-Times, “Last year, Eminem forced me to halt production on the video for my “Lose Yourself” parody because eminem somehow thought that it would be harmful to his image or career. So the irony of this situation along with Michael is not lost on me.” Black Entertainment Television had been the first channel to stop airing the video. MTV, however, announced it would continue airing the video. The Source, through its CEO Raymond “Benzino” Scott, wanted not only the video to be pulled, but the song off the record, and a public apology to Jackson from Eminem. In 2007 Jackson and Sony bought Famous Music LLC from Viacom. This deal gave him the rights to songs by Eminem, Shakira and Beck, among others. Despite the comedic theme of the lead single, Encore had its fair share of serious subject matter, including the anti-war track “Mosh”. On October 25, 2004, a week before the 2004 US Presidential election, Eminem launched the video for “Mosh” on the Internet. The song featured a very strong anti-Bush message, along with lyrics such as “fuck Bush” and “this weapon of mass destruction that we call our president”. The video features Eminem gathering up an army of people, including rapper Lloyd Banks, presented as victims of the Bush administration and leading them to the White House. However, once the army breaks in, it is revealed that they are there to simply register to vote, and the video ends along with the words “VOTE Tuesday November 2” on the screen. After Bush had been re-elected, the video’s ending had been changed to Eminem and the protesters invading while Bush had been giving a speech.

 

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In 2005, some industry insiders speculated that Eminem had been considering ending his rapping career after six years and several multi-platinum cds. Speculation began in early 2005 about a double-disc record to be launched late that year, rumored to be titled The Funeral. The record later manifested itself as a greatest hits record under the name Curtain Call: The Hits in December. In July 2005, the Detroit Free Press broke news of a potential final bow for Eminem as a solo performer, quoting members of his inside circle who said that eminem will begin to fully embrace the role of producer and label executive. On the same day of the release of the compilation record, Eminem denied that eminem had been retiring on Detroit-based WKQI’s “Mojo in the Morning” radio show, but implied that eminem would at least be taking a break as an artist, saying “I’m at a point in my life right now where I feel like I don’t know where my career is going … This is the reason that we called it ‘Curtain Call’, because this could be the final thing. We don’t know.”In 2005, Eminem had been a subject of Bernard Goldberg’s book, 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America; eminem ranked No. 58. Goldberg cited a 2001 column by Bob Herbert of The New York Times claiming, “In Eminem’s world, all women are whores and Eminem is eager to rape and murder them.” Goldberg cited Eminem’s song “No One’s Iller” from The Slim Shady EP as an example of misogyny in his music. In summer 2005, Eminem embarked on his first US concert run in three years, the Anger Management 3 Tour, featuring 50 Cent, G-Unit, Lil’ Jon, D12, Obie Trice, The Alchemist, and others. In August 2005, Eminem canceled the European leg of the tour and subsequently announced that Eminem had entered drug rehabilitation for treatment for a “dependency on sleep medication”.Curtain Call: The Hits had been launched on December 6, 2005, under Aftermath Entertainment. In its first week it sold nearly 441,000 copies in the US and had been Eminem’s fourth straight No. 1 record on the Billboard Hot 200. The record has been certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.

 

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In September 2007, Eminem called into New York radio station Hot 97 during an interview along with 50 Cent and said Eminem had been “in limbo” and “debating” about when and if Eminem would release another record. Eminem said, “I’m always working I’m always in the studio. It feels good right now, the energy of the label. For a while, I didn’t want to go back to the studio … I went through some personal things. I’m coming out of those personal things and it feels good.”

Eminem made an appearance on his Sirius channel Shade 45 in September 2008 in which Eminem said, “Right now I’m kinda just concentrating on my own stuff, for right now and just banging out tracks and producing a lot of stuff. You know, the more I keep producing the better it seems like I get ’cause I just start knowing stuff.”[69] It had been around this time that Interscope finally confirmed the existence of a new Eminem record,along with Spring 2009 later being stated as the period span in which the record is due.In December 2008, Eminem gave more details on the record, which Eminem recently reported had been being titled Relapse. Eminem said, “Me and Dre are back in the lab like the old days, man. Dre will end up producing the majority of the tracks on ‘Relapse’. We are up to our old mischievous ways … let’s just leave it at that.”

 

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On March 5, 2009, Eminem reported in a press release that Eminem would be releasing two new cds that year. Eminem Relapse, the first album, had been launched on May 19, while “We Made You”, the first official single and its music video, were launched on April 7. While Relapse didn’t manage to sell as well as Eminem’s previous efforts, it had been still a commercial success that received some critical acclaim, while also re-establishing his presence in the hip hop world. Relapse had been named one of the top cds of 2009. Relapse has sold more than five million copies worldwide. During the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, Sacha Baron Cohen descended upon the audience wearing an angel’s costume and landed on top of Eminem along with his buttocks facing towards Eminem’s face, resulting in Eminem storming out of the awards ceremony in disgust. Three days later, Eminem stated it had been a staged act that they had planned together. On October 30, Eminem performed at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans as a headliner in his first full performance in 2009. The performance included several songs from Relapse, as well as many of Eminem’s older hits and an appearance by D12. On November 19, Eminem announced on his website that Relapse: Refill would be launched on December 21. The record had been a re-release of the Relapse record along with seven bonus tracks, including “Forever” and “Taking My Ball”. In a statement Eminem described the forthcoming CD.“I want to deliver more material for the fans this year like I originally planned … Hopefully these tracks on The Refill will tide the fans over until we put out Relapse 2 next year … I got back in along with Dre and then a few more producers, including Just Blaze, and went in a completely different direction which made me start from scratch. The new tracks started to sound very different than the tracks I originally intended to be on Relapse 2, but I still want the other stuff to be heard. ”

 

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On April 13, 2010, Eminem tweeted, “There is no Relapse 2”, to his followers. When Eminem tweeted this, people started to believe that Eminem had been not releasing an record at all, but it simply meant that the record title would be changed to Recovery. Eminem confirmed his new album release date will be in 2010 this by tweeting the album name, “RECOVERY”, along with a link to his website. Eminem said, “I had originally planned for Relapse 2 to come out last year. But as I kept recording and working along with new producers, the idea of a sequel to Relapse started to make less and less sense to me, and I wanted to make a completely new record. The music on Recovery came out very different from Relapse, and I think it deserves its own title.” His seventh studio record, Recovery, had been launched on June 21. In the US, Recovery sold 741,000 in its first week to land atop the Billboard 200. Eminem’s lyrics on Not Afraid launched the debuted single to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, followed by a second single, “Love the Way You Lie,” which debuted at number 2 and then rose. Despite some criticism towards its consistency, Recovery received positive reviews from most music critics. As of September 29, 2010 (2010 -09-29), the record had sold 2.7 million copies in the US.Eminem appeared at the 2010 BET Awards,performing “Airplanes Part II” along with B.o.B and “Not Afraid”. Eminem also performed at the Activison E3 concert. In June 2010, Eminem and Jay-Z announced the dates they would perform together in a pair of concerts in Detroit and New York. The event had been dubbed The Home & Home Tour. The first two concerts rapidly sold out, prompting the scheduling of an additional show at each venue.Eminem opened the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010, by performing “Not Afraid” and “Love the Way You Lie”, along with Rihanna performing the chorus. Eminem and Rihanna collaborated once again to make “Love the Way You Lie, Part II”, the sequel to their hit single “Love the Way You Lie”. Rihanna is the lead singer, as opposed to Eminem being the main singer in the original “Love the Way You Lie”. The song is said to be from the female perspective. Nicki Minaj has said that she has collaborated with rapper Eminem on a song titled “Roman’s Revenge” that is expected to appear on her Pink Friday album.The song references Minaj’s alter-ego Roman Zolanski and will feature Eminem’s alter-ego Slim Shady. A new Alex da Kid and Eminem collaboration was to be released before Christmas, but none was.

 

 

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E-40, is an American rapper, business owner, and financier from Vallejo, California. He is a founding member of the rap team The Click, and the founder of Sick Wid It Records. He has released over ten cds, showed up on various movie soundtracks, and has additionally done guest looks on a host of other rap cds. Originally an underground artist, his 1995 solo album In a Major Way establisheded him approximately a broader audience. Starting in 1998, he started teaming up with additional mainstream rappers beyond the Bay Area. He increased to even higher mainstream popularity in 2006 with his solitary “Tell Me When to Go” which was produced by Lil Jon.

1990– 1999.
E-40 made his rap debut in 1990, with the EP Let’s Side as a member of The Click. The EP was co-produced by Mike Mosley and Al Eaton and was launched on Sick Wid It Records, an independent tag founded by E-40. In 1992 they released second album, Down and Dirty, and in 1993 E-40 made his solo cd debut. Federal, a nine-track LP/14-track CD created by Studio Ton and released by Sick Wid’ It Records in association with SMG (Solar Music Group), a local distributor. After a skill show at Grambling State University, the emcee and his coz B-Legit chose to try a job in rap. Together, and with his sibling Suga-T, they released their 1993 mainstream radio attacked Captain Save a Hoe. They moved back to Vallejo and teamed up with D-Shot, E-40’s sibling, to form the group MVP or Most Valuable Players. E-40’s  gospel vocalizing uncle (Saint Charles) helped them put out the record.Suga-T was then included to the group to develop The Click. Synonymous with Bay Area rap, E-40 garnered a regional following, and at some point a national one, with his luxuriant raps, while his entrepreneurial spirit, embodied by his homegrown record tag, Sick Wid’ It Records, did a lot to grow a flourishing rap scene to the eastern of San Francisco Bay, in neighborhoods such as Oakland and his indigenous Vallejo. Together with Too Short, Spice 1, and Ant Banks, E-40 was among the initial West Coast rappers to sign a major-label bargain, penning an offer with Jive Records in 1994, after years of releasing music separately. Thus, six added solo cds were to follow, beginning with In a Major Way in 1995 along with remastered versions of E-40’s  independent Sick Wid It recordings from previous years. In a Major Way was regionally favored, with visitor areas by such rappers as Tupac Shakur and Mac Mall, as well as his kid Droop-E. Although having a huge following within West Coast, E-40 did not have a huge mainstream audience, so simply two of his songs released under Jive Records, “1-Luv” showcasing Levitti and “Things’ll Never Change” featuring Bo-Roc, charted on the Billboard Hot 100. He had actually been functioning almost solely with rappers from the Bay Area until 1997, when he launched the dual disc collection Southwest Riders showcasing specifically rap acts from the Bay Area and the south. His partnership with southerly rappers continued in 1998, when he was offered guest looks on albums by Southern rap artists, including Lost by Eightball, and MP Da Last Don by Master P.

2000– 2010.
In 2003, E-40 started organizing E-Feezy Radio, an once a week program San Francisco hip-hop radio terminal KMEL that showcased Bay Area hip jump. KMEL regularly transmitted the program up until 2008. After completing a deal with Jive Records he authorized with Lil Jon’s BME Recordings and Warner Bros. Records. After the finalizing, he appeared on Lil Jon’s solitary “Snap Yo Fingers”, likewise including Sean P of YoungBloodz, which ended up being a favorite reaching the leading 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. After that, his single “Tell Me When To Go”, featuring Oakland rapper Keak Da Sneak, came to be preferred throughout the United States, and E-40 showed up on MTV’s Direct Effect and BET’s 106 & Park. Publicity for E-40 was accomplished through the MTV special My Block: The Bay. He later launched “U And Dat” in April 2006, featuring T-Pain and Kandi Girl and generated by Lil Jon. His cd My Ghetto Report Card debuted at # 1 on the Top R&B / Hip-Hop Albums graph and # 3 on the Billboard Hot 200 on March 14, 2006. Released through Sick Wid It/BME/Warner Bros. Records, the cd was produced by Lil Jon, Rick Rock, and E-40’s  boy, Droop-E. He was additionally included on DJ Shadow’s brand-new album The Outsider, on a track called Dat’s My Part. In 2006, he also appeared on Tech N9ne’s Everready: The Religion CD on a track entitled Jellysickle. In that very same year, he provided a verse to the main remix of It’s Okay (One Blood) by fellow West coast rap artist The Game along with 24 various other famous MCs. In 2008, E-40’s  new album The Ball Street Journal emerged, with “Wake it Up” including Akon as the lead single. “Got Rich Twice” including Turf Talk adhered to. The album peaked at # 42 on the Billboard 200. In 2009, 40 was featured on the track “Santana DVX” on the cd Incredibad from the funny group The Lonely Island. E-40 is specified in the credit ratings as one of the authors. In the song, E-40 assumes the identity of Carlos Santana and raps regarding his personalized brand name of shimmering white wine.
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E-40 was also included on the tune “Kush Is My Cologne” (together with Bun B & Devin The Dude) on Gucci Mane’s 2009 album The State verse Radric Davis. On March 30, 2010, E-40 released two cds called Revenue Retrievin’: Day Shift and Revenue Retrievin’: Night Shift. Both consist of visitor appearances from Too Short, Snoop Dogg, Gucci Mane, Bobby V a lot more. They debuted at numbers 47 & 49 respectively on the 200. The initial single from the Day Shift cd is “Bitch” showcasing Too Short. On March 29, 2011, E-40 released two cds called Revenue Retrievin’: Overtime Shift and Revenue Retrievin’: Graveyard Shift. They feature guest areas from Lil Jon, Bun B, Slim Thug, Tech N9ne & more. They both entered upon the 200 plan at #’s 42 & 40. In November 2010, E-40 and Too Short announced that they would release two joint cd in Summer 2012 entitled History: Mob Music and History: Function Music. E-40 additionally executed at the Gathering of the Juggalos.

2011– present.
In 2012, E-40 released three solo cds: The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil collection 1, 2, and 3, and will certainly launch a cooperation album with Too Short. The very first solitary from the second Block Brochure cd is “Function” showcasing YG, Iamsu! & Problem. It came to a head at # 21 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles graph, # 62 on the Hot R&B / Hip-Hop Songs plan, and # 22 on the Rap Songs graph, becoming his most effective solitary in years. The volumes feature Juicy J, 2 Chainz, Tech N9ne, Snoop Dogg, Twista, Kendrick Lamar, Too Short, Brotha Lynch, Andre Nickatina, & T-Pain as guests. They each debuted at #’s 58, 59 & 72 on the Billboard 200, respectively, and the three-way album box established that consists of all 3 Block Brochure quantities debuted at # 44. Record: Function Music debuted at # 63 on the 200, while Mob debuted at # 72. He made a cameo look in the video for Young Jeezy’s track “R.I.P.” including 2 Chainz in March 2013, and was additionally showcased on the song’s official “G-Mix” likewise featuring Snoop Dogg and Too Short. It was uncovered that the 4th, 5th and 6th editions of The Block Brochure would be released specifically one year after the launch date of the initial 3 quantities. Nonetheless, there is no validated launch date for the 3 cds, yet the art work for all three quantities and the three-way cd box set was released on June 12. On May 21, he launched the first single from the 3 albums, “Ripped” including Lil Jon. On July 18, he premiered the 2nd single “All My Niggaz” including Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q. The song was launched to iTunes on August 20, 2013. On August 26, the video for “Off the Block” including Stressmatic and J. Banks was launched and confirmed to be on the album. On Facebook E-40 has actually announced that his new cds, The Block Brochure Parts 4, 5, 6 will be launched on 12/10/13.

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Over the last a number of years, Flo Rida has managed a rather nice method. Not simply has the Florida-born rapper end up being a plan component many thanks to the smash hit singles “Low (task. T-Pain),” “Right Round,” “Club Can’t Handle Me,” and his newest chart-topping hits, “Good Feeling” and “Wild Ones (accomplishment. Sia),” he’s also broken down obstacles by unifying millions of supporters of pop, hip-hop, and club music all over the world and developing himself as a worldwide, genre-busting superstar while doing so. Flo Rida brings his encounters traveling the world to his fourth album, Wild Ones.

“Over the last few years, I’ve been almost everywhere– Africa, Japan, Greece, South America, Russia, the Middle East, Australia, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, and all over the United States and Europe,” Flo says. “You call it, I went there. I reached go to the most effective clubs and the most extreme celebrations and that truly affected this album. With this cd, I certainly really feel like I need to reveal individuals that I’m the life of the party.” Songs like the “Good Feeling” and “Let It Roll” are addicting, upbeat event jams. His latest solitary, “Whistle,” opens with an acoustic guitar and infectious whistle chime, currently showing to be the track of the summer. Jennifer Lopez adds her sultry vocals to the club-ready “Sweet Spot,” and Redfoo of LMFAO helps remain the event going on the bonus track “Run.” “On each album I attempt to reveal a great deal of versatility, however whenever it’s going to obtain bigger and larger, due to the fact that there’s no chance I can provide my followers the exact same aged thing.”.

Wild Ones, is an envelope-pushing collection of party-friendly anthems that showcases Flo Rida’s signature stop-and-go flow, melodic sensation, enormous hooks, and billion-dollar beats, as well as his clever lyricism. “I such as to sit down and develop a tune initially, prior to I also apply the lyrics,” he states. “Because when you’re developing a track, you must end up being an instrument, not just rap over a beat. For me to link with a track, it has to be passionate.”.

To take advantage of that passionate ambiance, Flo Rida collaborated with a host of A-list songwriters and manufacturers, featuring Dr. Luke, Goonrock, Sia, Rico Love, DJ Frank E, Axwell, The Futuristics and SoFly and Nuis. “I’m really particular about which I collaborate with,” Flo Rida says. “They do not need to be a huge name, however I need to seem like they’re bringing something that’s outside the box.”.

He could be bordered by celebrity energy, yet Flo Rida confirms that he is distinctive on Wild Ones. Born Tramar Dillard, Flo Rida was raised by a single mama in Miami’s rugged neighborhood of Carol City. “Growing up in the tasks, you never knew when you ‘d have to set on the pavement due to the fact that they’re firing or the police swat team is on the roof covering,” he says. “My mother instilled in us that you could possibly be from the ghetto, yet you do not need to be of it. Considering that when it boiled down to doing specific things, I decided to be a leader and do even more positive points.”.

Music assisted Flo Rida remain on the straight road. His daddy was a skilled musician which urged his kid to share himself with music. Growing up, Flo Rida was subjected to all type of music, thanks in huge component to his sis, a few of whom formed a neighborhood gospel group. When he was a young adult, Flo Rida found regional success rapping with a group called the Groundhoggz. At 18, he ended up being the buzz man for Fresh Kid Ice from 2 Live Crew. At some point, Flo Rida caught the interest of DeVante Swing, previously of renowned R&B group Jodeci and spent a few years in Los Angeles collaborating with him. Incapable to land a document bargain, Flo Rida returned the home of Miami and in late 2006 hooked up with Poe Boy Entertainment and its CEO, Elric “E-Class” Prince. Months later, Flo Rida inked a bargain with Atlantic Records.

Released in March 2008, Flo Rida’s debut cd Mail on Sunday generated three songs featuring “Low,” which spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went on to come to be one of the most successful electronic singles of the past years. The T-Pain-featured cut, now over 6x-platinum, appeared on the soundtrack to the movie Step Up 2: The Streets and was just one of the most heavily revolved rap songs of 2008. Flo Rida received individuals’s Choice Award for “Favorite Hip-Hop Song” and an MTV Africa Music Award for “MTV Base Request.” He additionally scored his very first two Grammy nominations for “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” and “Best Rap Song.” Mail on Sunday went gold in Australia and Canada and established Flo Rida as one of the most extremely versatile MCs to hold the mic. The worldwide embrace was the culmination of years creating his abilities and credibility on the underground circuit.

In March 2009, Flo Rida launched his second album R.O.O.T.S. (an acronym for “Route of Overcoming the Struggle”), which debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 and was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Rap Album.” Flo Rida as soon as again made history with the cd’s very first solitary “Right Round,” which to date stays the highest-selling one-week electronic single ever with additional in comparison to 636,000 downloads offered its debut week. Furthermore, “Right Round” is the fastest-selling electronic solitary ever before, with one million downloads marketed in merely 2 weeks.

In June 2010, Flo Rida scored his fourth Top 10 U.S. single with “Club Can’t Handle Me” (likewise included on the soundtrack to the movie Step Up 3D) and provided supporters a taste of just what’s to follow on third studio cd, Only One Flo (Part 1). The David Guetta-produced worldwide anthem, “Club Can’t Handle Me,” is almost 3x-platinum. Only One Flo (Part 1) additionally highlighted international smash hits “Turn Around (5, 4, 3, 2, 1) and “Who Dat Girl (task. Akon).”.

Flo Rida is promptly moving toward an exceptional 60 million singles marketed worldwide. “Wild Ones (feat. Sia)” marks the superstar’s 6th successive RIAA platinum accredited solitary as well as his 5th leading 5 appeal the extensive Billboard “Hot 100” plan.

As for his magnificent success, Flo Rida states, “If you have a desire and stay favorable, there’s no means you can lose. The fact that I’ve come from where I’ve come from and been able to take a trip the world is merely insane. I keep in mind viewing a whole family members pertained to my show. They had a child in a stroller, a four-year-old lady, and a seven-year aged child. That blew me away that they gave me their time, so I wish to give individuals my time.” Therefore, Flo Rida has actually made Big Dreams For Kids Foundation and the Florida Youth Football League (FYFL), two charitable organizations devoted to improving the lives of inner-city, impoverished youth through education and learning, group sporting activities, household enrichment and assistance. Flo also founded his own label, International Music Group (IMG).

“It’s something to me for me to be effective with music, but with the best message and having the capacity to link with people, I understood I can do something purposeful that gives individuals hope,” Flo Rida says. “When I was increasing up, celebrities would come via the projects where I lived, and hearing them discuss exactly how they had come to be solvent made an influence on me. I’ve wanted to return and speak to youngsters and let them know exactly what happened in my life, the means a few of these folks carried out me. I really feel like it’s my obligation to place a smile on individuals’s faces, whether it’s via my charity or with my music, and that’s exactly what I consistently plan to be doing.”.

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Born in Long Beach, California native Calvin Broadus had an undeniable talent for rapping and hip-hop since the beginning of his MC career. Arguably one of the most famous and notorious entertainers from the West Coast, rapper Snoop Dogg has been reaching audiences for decades. Book Snoop Dogg for the combination of old school lyrics and collaboration of modern beats. A protégé of Dr. Dre, it is no surprise that Snoop Dogg has been a famous MC for years.

Snoop Dogg experienced immediate fame from quadruple platinum album Doggystyle released in 1993. The album included super hits “Gin & Juice” and “What’s My Name.” Thanks to Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg was able to garner mass amounts of exposure early in his career. After the success of his album, Snoop Dogg opened Doggy Style Records, Inc. a recording company.

In the late 1990s, Snoop Dogg released his second hit album, The Doggfather. Book Snoop Dogg for his original gangsta lyrics and famous hits. His next two albums, The Doggfather, No Top Limit Topp Dogg and The Last Meal both sold over one million copies each. In his 2002 album Paid tha Cost to be da Bo$$ also sold well over one million copies and collaborated with Pharrell. Snoop Dogg has not lost any stride in his fame since the early 90s.

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Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. (born September 27, 1982), known by his stage name Lil Wayne, is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1991, at the age of nine, Lil Wayne joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label, and half of the duo, The B.G.’z, with fellow New Orleans-based rapper B.G.. In 1996, Lil Wayne joined Southern hip hop group Hot Boys, which also included rappers Juvenile, B.G., and Young Turk. Hot Boys debuted with Get It How U Live! that same year. Lil Wayne gained most of his success with the group’s major selling album Guerrilla Warfare (1999).

Lil Wayne’s debut studio album, Tha Block Is Hot (1999), was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His next albums, Lights Out (2000) and 500 Degreez (2002), were certified gold. He reached higher popularity with Tha Carter (2004), which included the single “Go D.J.”, also appearing on Destiny’s Child’s top ten single “Soldier” that year. The album was followed by Tha Carter II (2005) and several mixtapes and collaborations throughout 2006 and 2007. Tha Carter III (2008) became Lil Wayne’s most successful album to date, with first-week sales of over 1 million copies in the United States. It included the number-one single “Lollipop”, as well as “A Milli” and “Got Money”, and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.

Lil Wayne’s debut rock album, Rebirth (2010), was certified gold despite a generally negative critical response. In March 2010, Lil Wayne began serving an 8-month prison sentence in New York after being convicted of criminal possession of a weapon stemming from an incident in July 2007. I Am Not a Human Being (2010) was released during his prison sentence. His ninth album and first since his release, Tha Carter IV (2011), sold 964,000 copies in its first week of availability in the U.S. It featured “6 Foot 7 Foot”, “How to Love”, and “She Will”. On September 27, 2012, Lil Wayne passed Elvis Presley as the male with the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with 109 songs.

Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. was born on September 27, 1982, and grew up in the Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana.He was born when his mother, a cook, was 19 years old. His parents divorced when he was 2, and his father permanently abandoned the family. Although Lil Wayne and Birdman have a father-son relationship and Birdman calls Carter his son, Lil Wayne’s biological father and namesake (Dwayne Carter) is still alive. Lil Wayne has also spoken about his deceased stepfather, Rabbit, who he has said he considers his real father. Carter has a tattoo dedicated to Rabbit, who was murdered before Carter became a star.Carter enrolled in the gifted program of Lafayette Elementary School and in the drama club of Eleanor McMain Secondary School.Lil Wayne attended McMain in the early 1990s for two years. He moved to the Marion Abramson Senior High School.

In a CBS interview with Katie Couric, Wayne described why he goes by the name of “Wayne” instead of his given name, Dwayne. Carter explained, “I dropped the D because I’m a junior and my father is living and he’s not in my life and he’s never been in my life. So I don’t want to be Dwayne, I’d rather be Wayne”. Couric asked Wayne if his father knew of this and Wayne replied with a smile, “He knows now.”

He wrote his first rap song at age eight. In the summer of 1991, he met Bryan Williams, rapper and owner of Cash Money Records. Carter recorded freestyle raps on Williams’s answering machine, leading him to mentor the young Carter and include him in Cash Money-distributed songs. He also recorded his first ever collaboration album True Story with rapper B.G.. At the time, Carter was 11, and B.G. was 14, and was billed as “The B.G.’z”. When he was 12, he played the part of the Tin Man in his middle school drama club’s production of The Wiz.At age 12, he accidentally shot himself with a 9 mm handgun, and off-duty police officer Robert Hoobler drove him to the hospital. At McMain Magnet School, Carter was an honor student, but he dropped out at the age of 14 to focus on a musical career.


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Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, investor, and actor from New York City, New York. He rose to fame with the release of his albums Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003) and The Massacre (2005). His major-label debut Get Rich or Die Tryin’, has been certified eight times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). 50 Cent also gained prominence with East Coast hip hop group G-Unit, of which he is the de facto leader of.

Born in the South Jamaica neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, Jackson began drug dealing at the age of twelve during the 1980s crack epidemic. After leaving drug dealing to pursue a rap career, he was shot at and struck by nine bullets during an incident in 2000. After releasing his album Guess Who’s Back? in 2002, Jackson was discovered by rapper Eminem and signed to Interscope Records. With the help of Eminem and Dr. Dre, who produced his first major commercial successes, Jackson became one of the world’s highest selling rappers. In 2003, he founded the record label G-Unit Records, which signed several successful rappers such as Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, and Tony Yayo.

Throughout his music career, Jackson has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and won several awards, including a Grammy Award, 13 Billboard Music Awards, six World Music Awards, three American Music Awards and four BET Awards. He has also pursued an acting career, appearing in the semi-autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Tryin’ in 2005, the Iraq War film Home of the Brave in 2006, and Righteous Kill in 2008. 50 Cent was ranked as the sixth-best artist of the 2000s by Billboard magazine. The magazine also ranked him as the fourth top male artist and as the third top rapper behind Eminem and Nelly. Billboard magazine also ranked him as the sixth best and most successful Hot 100 Artist of the 2000s and as the number one rap artist of the 2000s. Billboard ranked his album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ as the twelfth best album of the 2000s and his album The Massacre as the 37th best album of the 2000s. 50 Cent is currently working on his fifth studio album, Street King Immortal, which is to be released in 2014.

 

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