Since its emergence in the 1980s, rap and hip-hop music has grown from an underground form of expression into a mainstream genre where artists of all backgrounds shed light on their lives through rhythm and poetry. The musical innovations of pioneering rappers, such as Run DMC, LL Cool J, Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Eminem and Queen Latifah, helped spark the fire for rap to grow into the hot genre that it is today. Browse through a collection of famous rappers who have influenced the hip-hop scene.
Rapper Rick Ross has reportedly been hospitalized, with a machine working for his heart and lungs, after being found unresponsive at home. His condition could be pneumonia-related; Ross has a long history of suffering from seizures. Snoop Dogg and Missy Elliot called for prayers.
Kendrick Lamar makes a special appearance as a homeless man in “Power,” which stars and is also executive produced by 50 Cent. Last month Lamar was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ music branch for his work on the Black Panther soundtrack.
After Duane "Keffe D" Davis, the uncle of the prime suspect in Tupac Shakur's murder, confessed to TV that a person in his car fired the shots that killed Tupac. A change.org petition is demanding Los Vegas police considerer new arrest warrants in the rapper’s 1996 murder.
‘Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G.’ is the first biography to be authorized by his estate and is the most personal and revealing documentary about the late Christopher Wallace that anyone has ever seen. Watch the full-length ‘Biography Presents’ documentary online at A&E.