Curtis James Jackson III, known as 50 Cent, was born on July 6, 1975, in the borough of Queens in New York City. After an early life of crime, drugs and violence, he turned to a career as a rapper. He was promoted by hip-hop legends Dr. Dre and Eminem, and he became a star with his debut release, Get Rich or Die Tryin', in 2003. He is considered one of the major figures in early 21st century "gangsta" rap.
Barrel Brothers is the collaborative studio album by American hip hop artists Skyzoo and Torae. The album was released on May 27, 2014, via Skyzoo's imprint First Generation Rich, Inc., Torae's imprint Internal Affairs Ent., and Loyalty Digital Corp., in conjunction with Empire Distribution. The album features guest appearances from Blu, Sean Price, Sha Stimuli, Livin Proof, and Guilty Simpson. Production was provided by DJ Premier, Illmind, Black Milk, Jahlil Beats, Oh No, and AntMan Wonder amongst others. The album was preceded by the single "Blue Yankee Fitted".
Great rhymes plus great beats equals great music! This is the formula and creed that these four emcees have chosen to live by. The Hip Hop world has long been looking for a breath of fresh air. Well Hip Hop needs to look no further. That breath of fresh air is here and it comes in the form of the brand new Super Group named EMC!
EMC is comprised of four spectacular lyricists: the Midwest phenom “Stricklin”, the widely respected Lyricist Lounge duo “Punchline & Wordsworth”, and the legendary Brooklyn bred Juice Crew member “Masta Ace.” What makes this group so special is that it was basically formed at the request of the fans. Having toured extensively with Ace since 2001, Strick, Punch, and Words all became very close and realized how natural it became to be on stage together. The fans recognized this chemistry as well and often asked if there was a group album planned in the future. Well ask no more! EMC is here and ready to take Hip Hop to places it has never been before.
Mobb Deep is an American hip hop duo that consists of Havoc and Prodigy. The duo is "one of the most critically acclaimed hardcore East Coast Hip-Hop groups." The group is best known for its dark, hardcore delivery as exemplified by the single "Shook Ones Pt. II." Mobb Deep has become one of the most successful rap duos in hip hop, having sold over three million records.
Two of their albums have been critically acclaimed, The Infamous and Hell on Earth, both of which are considered to be classics among avid Hip-Hop listeners and general fans. They are partially credited for the resurgence of East Coast rap in the early to mid-1990s. The group briefly disbanded in 2012 after a feud broke out between its members, but that has since been resolved and they have reunited for a 20th anniversary tour and new self-titled album. Their eighth studio album The Infamous Mobb Deep was released on April 1, 2014.