Born Calvin Broadus, Jr in Long Beach, California, Snoop Dog has gone by several nicknames in the hip hop industry, including Snoop Doggy Dogg and Snoop Lion. He got his nickname Snoopy from his mother and stepfather, who thought he looked like the cartoon character as a child. He grew up in the Baptist church and sang in the church choir when he was a child. However, by the time he reached sixth grade, he was teaching himself how to […]
Named after a South American revolutionary leader, Tupac Shakur lived a short, albeit brilliant life that saw him rise to significant prominence in pop culture and hip hop music. The son of parents who were both heavily involved in the Black Panther movement, Shakur’s life was influenced by anti-government and anti-system rhetoric, much of which was violent and confrontational. As he rose to prominence in the world of hip hop music, he used these same messages to help shape his […]
Born Christopher Wallace in Brooklyn in 1972, The Notorious B.I.G. has left a legacy in hip hop music that performers today strive for and envy. As a student in Brooklyn’s public school system, he excelled in English and received numerous awards for being a gifted and focused student. However, by age 12 he was selling illegal drugs on the street, avoiding his own mother’s suspicions until he was an adult and charged with cocaine possession.
Despite selling drugs and neglecting his […]
Arguably the longest living hip hop band, the Beastie Boys was formed in New York City in 1981. Its three main members at one time were Mike D, or Michael Diamond, Adam Yauch, also known as MC, and Ad-Rock, whose given name is Adam Horovitz. In its earliest days, the Beastie Boys was a hardcore punk band. However, it met with its greatest success when it switched to the hip hop genre in 1984.
The Beastie Boys net worth today stands […]
With six albums to his professional credit, Nelly stands out as one of the most recognizable names in hip hop music today. He was born in Austin, Texas in 1974 where his father served in the Army. After his parents’ divorce when he was seven, Nelly, born Cornell Haynes, Jr., moved to the St. Louis area with his mother. It was while he was in high school in St. Louis that he formed his first musical group, St. Lunatics, and […]
Ludacris stands out as one of the few hip hop stars who has a college education to his credit. In fact, he studied music management at Georgia State University, experience that undoubtedly has helped him build a lucrative career in the music industry and also helped him build a Ludacris net worth that stands at $25 million. After college, he worked as a radio DJ in Atlanta. It was through his deejaying career that he came into contact with established […]
Ice Cube, born O’Shea Jackson in South Central Los Angeles in 1969, stands out as one of the leading rap stars who have successfully crossed over into acting. His interest in becoming a rap artist began while he was still in high school. In fact, he composed raps in his keyboarding class, perfecting a skill that would help launch him to the stardom he enjoys today. He has an Ice Cube net worth of $140 million, making him a one […]
Dr. Dre is a mainstay fixture in the world of hip hop and rap music. A noted perfectionist, he has a work ethic that makes just about every act signed to his label a guaranteed success. Born in 1965 in Compton, California and given the name Andre Romelle Young, Dr. Dre’s work ethic arguably did not come from his tenure in the area’s public school system. Instead, he worked his way up from the bottom of the music industry to […]