Hip hop recording artist and actress Eve set her sights on making music in high school. Born in 1978 in Philadelphia, she began focusing on becoming a legitimate performer by forming her own hip hop groups and writing music well before she graduated from school. She also gained experience by joining her school’s choir and by allowing a manager to help guide her and her group mates during their earliest attempts to gain recognition in the industry. Her efforts paid […]
Born Katrina Taylor in Miama in 1978, Trina began writing rap rhymes while she was still in high school. In fact, it was during these early years that she captured Trick Daddy’s attention. The Miami-based rapper gave Trina her first start in the hip hop industry by inviting her to collaborate with him on his song “Nann Nigga.” This song became Trina’s first major success in recording and gave her a solid platform on which to build her current career.
Rapper Talib Kweli was born into an academic family in Brooklyn, New York. His mother is a professor at Medgar Evars College, and his father is an administrator at Adelphi University. He also has a brother who is a professor of Constitutional studies at Columbia Law School; this brother likewise acted as a clerk for John Paul Stevens, a Supreme Court associate justice. Given his family’s academic prowess, it may surprise many that he did not follow suit and become […]
Kobe Bryant was born in Philadelphia in 1978, the son of NBA player Joe Bryant. His parents named him Kobe after they saw a Kobe beef dish on a menu in Japan. In fact, when he was six, his family moved to Italy so his father could play basketball in Europe. Given how young he was at the time of the move, he quickly became trilingual, learning how to speak both Italian and Spanish before his family moved back to […]
South Korean rapper G-Dragon was born Kwon Ji Yong in 1988. He started singing professionally at the young age of five when he was made part of a group called Little Lula. This earliest foray into music did not last long when the group’s contract was abruptly ended. So traumatic was the break from the group that G-Dragon insisted that he would never perform again. However, while on a vacation with his family, G-Dragon was pursued by SM Entertainment, whose […]
Britney Spears got her start in show business early. As a child actor on the Mickey Mouse Show, she grew up in the music and acting industry and set her sights on becoming a permanent fixture herself when she got older. Her big break came in 1999 with the release of her debut album Baby One More Time. The title song from this album quickly rose to the number one spot on the Billboard charts and make Britney Spears a […]
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 […]
Born in 1968 as Antonio Hardy, Big Daddy Kane grew up in Brooklyn, New York and began his hip hop music career in 1984. Along with his friend Biz Markie, he joined the group Juice Crew and began writing his own lyrics and beats to his songs. The group was based out of Queens and headed by music producer Marley Mari. By 1987, Big Daddy Kane had signed with Cold Chillin’ Records and soon released a single called “Raw.” Despite […]