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.
Born in Harlem in 1991, Azealia Banks grew up in a self-described abusive household. When she was two years old, her father died from pancreatic cancer. His death left Azealia’s mother so distraught that she became emotionally and physically abusive to both Banks and Banks’ older sister. Both girls endured years of physical torment until the older sister moved out of the household. Shortly after her sister left, Banks followed and moved in with her sibling, turning her life around […]
Angel Haze, born Raeen Roes Wilson in 1991, grew up in Detroit in a religious household. In fact, she has gone on record as saying that her family belonged to what she has called a cult, a religious organization called Greater Apostolic Faith. She reported that the cult told her and other members what to wear, what to eat, and with whom to associate, among other restrictions. After the group targeted her mother, she and her family moved to Brooklyn, […]
MC Lyte, whose birth name is Lana Moorer, is hailed as one of the leading hip hop feminists in the world of music today. She came onto the music scene in the 1980s at a time when women had few female hip hop stars to look up to and model themselves after personally and professionally. She has a long and widely respected career in music and acting alike. Today she has an MC Lyte net worth that stands at $8 […]
Lauryn Hill grew up in a musically gifted family in South Orange, New Jersey. Her father sung in local nightclubs, and Hill has stated in interviews that her house was always full of music during her childhood. This musical influence contributed to her own talent, which became obvious by the time she was in middle school. When she was in middle school, she was invited to sing the national anthem before one of her school’s games. Her rendition became a […]
Born Inga Marchand in 1978, Foxy Brown grew up in Brooklyn and became a signed performer to Def Jam Records by the time she was 17 years old. Her father left the family while she was very young to pursue his own recording career. However, she has enjoyed a level of success arguably unmet by her father, as she has three records to her credit and is also labeled as an actress and model. Unfortunately, her career has also been […]
Born in Barbados in 1988, Rihanna moved to the U.S. at the age of 16 to pursue her musical career. She was invited to perform for Jay-Z, who was then the CEO of Def Jam Records. Rapper Jay-Z signed her to the label, and she soon was recording her own albums, the first of which was Music of the Sun. From this debut album songs like “Pon de Replay” and “A Girl Like Me” were […]