Rapper and lead vocalist of C+C Music Factory Frederick Brandon “Freedom Williams” Williams born February 13, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York.
Happy birthday to Italian rapper and member of the groups Gemelli Diversi and Spaghetti Funk, Emanuele “Thema” Busnaghi born February 13, 1972 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy.
Producer, rapper, entrepreneur, CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics, member of the group N.W.A. and former co-owner of Death Row Records, Andre “Dr. Dre” Romelle Young born February 18, 1965 in Compton, California.
Rapper, actor and member of the Diplomats, LaRon Louis “Juelz Santana” James born February 18, 1982 in Harlem, New York.
Rapper and former Roc-A-Fella emcee Dwight “Beanie Sigel” Grant born March 6, 1974 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Rapper, singer, record producer, co-founder of Capitol Hill Music, lead singer of the hip-hop/R&B group Big Black Lincoln and member of Redman’s Gilla House collective, Karl Amani “Saukrates” Wailoo born March 6, 1978 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Late singer, musician, record producer, record label executive, founder/CEO of Sugar Hill Records, Sylvia Vanderpool-Robinson born March 6, 1936 in New York, New York. She is credited as the driving force behind “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang and “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
Rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, voice actor, actor, DJ, record producer, philanthropist and member of The Black Eyed Peas, William “will.i.am” Adams born March 15, 1975 in Los Angeles, California.
Rapper, dancer, entrepreneur, spokesman and actor Stanley Kirk “MC Hammer” Burrell born March 30, 1962 in Oakland, California.
Record executive, songwriter, producer, member of Dungeon Family group P.A. and owner of label Ghet-O-Vision Entertainment responsible for signing The YoungBloodZ and T.I., Kawan “KP” Prather born March 30, 1973 in Atlanta, Georgia.
DJ, the father of hip-hop music and the creator of the breakbeat technique, Clive “Kool Herc” Campbell born April 16, 1955 in Kingston, Jamaica.
Rapper, songwriter, and producer Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam born April 16, 1973 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Rapper and member of The Flipmode Squad William A. “Spliff Star” Lewis born April 16, 1975 in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York.
Emcee, DJ, record producer, actor and member of the group Def Squad, Reginald “Redman” Noble born April 17, 1970 in Newark, New Jersey.
Rapper and former member of the Hit Squad Kevin “K-Solo” Madison born April 17, 1968 in The Bronx, New York.
The Godfather of Hip-Hop and Universal Zulu Nation founder Kevin “Afrika Bambaataa” Donovan born April 17, 1957 in the South Bronx, New York.
DJ, producer and co-founder of The Affiliates Music Group, Tyree Cinque “DJ Drama” Simmons born April 22, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Emcee and member of the group Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics, Opio Lindsey born April 22, 1974 in Oakland, California.
Songwriter, producer, co-founder of LaFace Records, Grammy Award winner, CEO of Hitco Music Publishing, former CEO of Island Def Jam Music Group and former The X Factor judge, Antonio M. “L.A.” Reid born June 7, 1956 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has helped the careers of Kanye West, Young Jeezy, OutKast and Goodie Mob.
Emcee and member of Stereo MC’s, Robert Charles “Rob B” Birch born June 11, 1961 in Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, England.
DJ, producer, member of Stereo MCs and co-founder of Gee Street Records Nick “The Head” Hallam born June 11, 1960 in Nottingham, England. Gee Street was responsible for releasing Jungle Brothers,Richie Rich, Outlaw Posse, PM Dawn, Gravediggaz, Doug E. Fresh, RZA and Tragedy Khadafi.
Rapper, accomplished actor and member of the group Groove B. Chill, Daryl “Chill” Mitchell born July 16, 1965 in The Bronx, New York.
Film director, producer, and actor Warrington W. Hudlin, Jr. born July 16, 1952 in East St. Louis, Illinois. Warrington and his younger brother Reginald produced the classic hip-hop film House Party.
Emcee and member of hip-hop duo Gang Starr, Keith Edward “Guru” Elam born July 17, 1961 in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
DJ and half of the hip-hop duo P.M. Dawn, Jarrett “J.C. the Eternal” Cordes born July 17, 1971 in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Rapper, musician, film director, human rights activist, organizer of the Tibetan Freedom Concert and founding member of the Beastie Boys, Adam Nathaniel “MCA” aka “Nathanial Hörnblowér” Yauch born August 5, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York.
Rapper, producer and the first rapper to be signed to a major label, Kurt “Kurtis Blow” Walker born August 9, 1959 in The Bronx, New York.
Rapper, actor and member of the Westside Connection Dedrick “Mack 10” Rolison born August 9, 1971 in Inglewood, California.
Emcee and member of the groups Low Profile, WC and the Maad Circle and West Connection, William Loshawn “WC” Calhoun, Jr. born August 9, 1970 in Houston, Texas.
Late rapper, producer and CEO of Klock Work Entertainment, Johnny Lee “Johnny J” Jackson born August 28, 1969 in Juárez, Mexico. He produced songs on Tupac Shakur’s albums All Eyez on Me and Me Against the World, as well as the single Knockin’ Boots for rapper Candy Man.
Femcee and member of the Juice Crew, Lolita Shanté “Roxanne Shanté” Gooden born November 9, 1969 in Queens, New York.
Emcee, 1/3 of the Geto Boys and Houston hip-hop pioneer, Brad Terrence “Scarface” Jordan born November 9, 1970 in Houston, Texas.
Emcee and member of the group the Lox, Sean Divine “Sheek Louch” Jacobs born November 9, 1976 in Brooklyn, New York.
Late rapper and original member of the Screwed Up Click, Patrick Lamark “Fat Pat” Hawkins born on December 4, 1970 in Houston Texas.
Emcee, businessman and Roc-A-Fella records founder Shawn Corey “Jay Z” Carter born December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York.
Emcee and Juice Crew member Duval “Masta Ace” Clear on December 4, 1966 in Brooklyn, new York.
DJ, producer and founding member of the group N.W.A. Antoine “DJ Yella” Carraby born December 11, 1967 in Compton, California.
Actor and emcee Dante Terrell “Mos Def” aka “Yasiin Bey” Smith born December 11, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York.