Flo Rida (/floʊ ˈraɪdə/, floh RY-də), is an American rapper and singer. His 2007 breakout single “Low” was number one for 10 weeks in the United States and broke the record for digital download sales at the time of its release.
Flo Rida’s debut studio album, 2008’s Mail on Sunday, reached number four in the US. The album was succeeded by R.O.O.T.S., the next year. His subsequent albums, 2010’s Only One Flo (Part 1) and 2012’s Wild Ones, also charted on the US Billboard 200 chart. Flo Rida has sold over 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists. His catalog includes the international hit singles “Right Round”, “Club Can’t Handle Me”, “Good Feeling”, “Wild Ones”, “Whistle”, “I Cry”, “G.D.F.R.” and “My House”.
Jeffrey Atkins better known by his stage name Ja Rule was born in Hollis Queens, NY. He debuted in 1999 with Venni Vetti Vecci and its lead single “Holla Holla”. During the 2000s, Ja Rule was signed to Murder Inc., formerly known as The Inc. and led by Irv Gotti. From 1999 to 2005, Ja Rule had multiple hits that made the top 20 of the U.S. BillboardHot 100 chart, including “Between Me and You” (featuring Christina Milian), “I’m Real (Murder Remix)” and “Ain’t It Funny” (both with Jennifer Lopez)—which both topped the Hot 100—the number 1 hit “Always on Time” (featuring Ashanti), “Mesmerize” (featuring Ashanti), and “Wonderful” (featuring R. Kelly and Ashanti). Rule has been nominated for two American Music Awards and four Grammy Awards with respective collaborators Lil’ Mo, Vita, Ashanti and Case.
Fat Joe, is an American rapper from New York City. He began his music career as a member of hip hop group Diggin’ in the Crates Crew (D.I.T.C.), then forged a solo career and set up his own label, Terror Squad, to which he signed Big Pun, Remy Ma, Tony Sunshine, Cuban Link, Armageddon, Prospect, Triple Seis, and a then-unknown DJ Khaled, as well as discover producers Cool & Dre.
Fat Joe has appeared in several films, including Scary Movie 3 and Happy Feet, as well as Spike Lee’s Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It. In 2018 he began hosting a podcast on Tidal, Coca Vision, where he discusses music, friendships, and pop culture with various guests. His album Family Ties was released in December 2019.
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony is an American hip hop group composed of rappers Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone, and Flesh-n-Bone. The group was signed to fellow American rapper Eazy-E‘s Ruthless Records in late 1993, when they debuted with their EP Creepin on ah Come Up. The EP included their breakout hit single “Thuggish Ruggish Bone”. In 1995, the group released its second album E. 1999 Eternal, which included hits “1st of tha Month” and “East 1999”. Their hit song “Tha Crossroads”, a tribute to then-recently deceased mentor Eazy-E, won a Grammy Award in 1997.
The second R&B artist to sign with Def Jam Recordings, Montell Jordan yielded one of 1995’s biggest hits with his debut single, “This Is How We Do It.” The L.A. native had begun singing in talent shows and church choirs as a boy, eventually graduating to nightclubs while pursuing an education at Pepperdine University. Following his college graduation, Jordan spent seven years looking for a record deal, which he finally secured after meeting Paul Stewart, the president of PMP Records. Jordan and Stewart flew to New York, where Jordan sang for Russell Simmons and was promptly signed to a contract.
For his debut album, Jordan heavily sampled the music of B.B. King (the first artist to do so) and channeled a positive outlook of South Central L.A. in his lyrics, attempting to balance the negativity emanating from most SoCal gangsta rap. Jordan was rewarded with a massive number one smash, the party anthem “This Is How We Do It,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks and sold over one million copies. The accompanying album went platinum as a result. More… followed in 1996, and although it failed to match the success of its predecessor, the record still became a minor hit in its own right, peaking within the Top 20 of the R&B charts and going gold in the process. 1998’s Let’s Ride and 1999’s Get It On…Tonite were similarly successful, with the title tracks of both albums faring well as radio singles.
Atlanta’s party rap duo Ying Yang Twins scored a hit with the single “Whistle While You Twurk,” which received nationwide airplay on urban and crossover radio stations. Their full-length debut album, Thug Walkin’, appeared later in 2000. Alley…Return of the Ying Yang Twins from 2002 sold well down South, but it was the duo’s 2003 team-up with Lil Jon — “the King of Crunk” — that brought them nationwide success. The party anthem “Salt Shaker” was a massive club and radio hit and soon had the TVT label chasing the duo to sign. They did, and their first album for the label, Me & My Brother, yielded two more crunk hits, “What’s Happnin!” and “Naggin’.” The same year the duo appeared on Britney Spears’ album In the Zone and her television special of the same name. In 2004, TVT released the remix-filled My Brother & Me with a bonus DVD of the group’s videos. USA (United State of Atlanta) appeared in the summer of 2005 as its single “Wait (The Whisper Song)” was dominating urban radio. Chemically Imbalanced followed in 2006.
Paul Wall has been one of the pillars of Texas mixtape community since 1999, with his talents earning him a major deal with Swishahouse Records’ 2004 joint venture with Atlantic Records. Wall’s 2005 release of his major album The People’s Champ debuted on Billboard’s TOP 200 at the #1 spot and swiftly achieved platinum status. And in 2007, he received a GRAMMY Nomination for Best Rap Performance as a Duo or Group for his feature on the song GRILLZ with Nelly and Jermaine Dupri. Today, the rapper, DJ and entrepreneur, is one of Texas’s most successful independent musicians.
The avid entrepreneur in Paul today began in 1998, when he first partnered with the now world-famous jeweler Johnny Dang, to sell custom gold grillz. Throughout the years they two have built up an iconic clientele of celebrities worldwide, still selling over 100 grillz per day out of their lavish Houston jewelry store.
Don’t call it a comeback because Grammy Award-winning artist Murphy Lee has been rocking audiences worldwide for years but prepare to witness the next phase as he reemerges with his latest album, “2nd Time Around.” Also known as Murphderrty, Mr. Wintertime, and Granpa Gametight, no matter what you call him, his rep for delivering phenomenal flows and manipulative metaphors is the same. St. Lunatic fans can expect nothing less from the lyrical professor but be advised Da SkoolBoy has graduated and is dropping knowledge through music, film, and philanthropy these days.
Ashton Martin differs from your average DJ in his ability to turn each performance into an epic party. Having grown up in the industry and begun his music education at a young age, Ashton Martin captures crowds with an immense music repertoire and high voltage performances. Quick-mixing effortlessly between musical genres has become a trademark quality, a rare skillset that guarantees crowd excitement.