Black Star arose from the underground movement of the late 1990s, which was in large part due to Rawkus Records, an independent record label stationed in New York City.
Antonio Hardy better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is a Grammy Award-winning American rapper who started his career in 1986 as a member of the rap group the Juice Crew.
Christopher George Latore Wallace, popularly known as Biggie Smalls (after a fictional gangster in the 1975 film Let’s Do It Again), Frank White (from the 1990 film King of New York), Big Poppa, and his primary stage name, The Notorious B.I.G., was an American rapper raised in Brooklyn, New York…
De La Soul is an alternative hip hop group formed in 1987 in Long Island, NY.
A Tribe Called Quest is an alternative hip-hop group, formed in 1988. The group is composed of rapper/producer Q-Tip (Kamal Fareed), rapper Phife Dawg (Malik Taylor), and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad. A fourth member, rapper Jarobi White, left the group after their first album but appears to have rejoined the group since 2006.
Y Society is a Hip-Hop duo comprised of producer Damu The Fudgemunk from Washington, D.C. and underground veteran Insight from Boston, MA.
Daniel Dumile is an underground hip hop artist who has taken on several stage names in his career, most notably MF DOOM, where the “MF” stands for metal face, and for tracks he has produced, metal fingers.
Mobb Deep is a hip-hop duo that consists of Havoc and Prodigy. The group is perhaps best known for their dark, hardcore delivery as shown on the classic single “Shook Ones Pt. II.”