Top 5 Hip Hop Artists Of All Time
We love everything about hip-hop – the lyrics, the skimpy clothes, the expensive jewellery, the cars and all the glamour. All this wouldn’t have been possible without the larger than life hip-hop artists who have rocked the hip-hop scene. Let’s look at the top 5 hip-hop artists of all time.
What many of us don't know is that Akon was born and raised in musical surroundings. This multi talented hip-hop artist grossed over $21 million in 2010 and has been nominated for a Grammy award 6 times. He also won the 2007 American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist, 2007 Billboard Music Awards for Artist of the year and 4 other awards at the 2007 World Music Awards. 'Lonely', 'Belly Dancer', 'Pot of Gold', 'I Wanna Love You', 'Don't matter' and 'Sexy Bitch' are some of his chart busting tracks that have been on our minds since years!
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2. 50 Cent
50 Cent's debut album, 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin' sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. Do we need to say more? 50 Cent went through a troubled childhood as he began dealing drugs when he was only 12. As life went on, music took over and out came 'In da club' which was the hit single in his debut album. We've all seen his massive home in MTV Cribs, haven't we? Yes, this hip-hop star likes to live life king-size. And why wouldn't he, after all the fame and name that he's got?
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Labelled as 'one of the most financially successful' hip-hop artist of all time, Jay-Z's net worth is more than $450 million. Also labelled as the 'master of flow', Jay-Z's ability to enhance the tracks with the flow of music and wordplay is unmatched in the industry. If 13 Grammy awards and numerous chart topping releases weren't enough, Jay-Z is also a very successful entrepreneur with his own line of clothing and part-ownership of sports clubs.
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Marshall Bruce Mathers, or Eminem as we know him is probably one of the first non-black rapper to be on the top hip-hop artists of all time list. His debut album 'The Slim Shady LP' won him a Grammy Award for the Best Rap Album and catapulted him to massive fame. However we note that Eminem has had many feuds and battles with other artists in the music industry including Everlast, Limp Bizkit, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey. We don't think that's cool but there is no denying the massive success that this rapper has got with his music, controversial lyrics and an attitude that is ground-breaking.
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Usher has been voted one of the sexiest men alive by Glamour magazine. We definitely agree, don't we ladies? Being one of the best selling artists in history, Usher has sold over 65 million copies of his album worldwide. We call Usher a true artist because he besides from churning sexy tunes, he is also a dancer and an actor. His music, his style, his dancing and his six-packs, we love it all!
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These top 5 hip-hop artists have shaped the way we listen to music. Future hip-hop artist will be drawing inspiration from these mega superstars. And we have no problems with that if the future hip-hop stars are as sexy as Akon and Usher, do we ladies?