J. Cole rushed onto the scene in 2011, when his first album, Cole World: The Sideline Story debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts. The North Carolina rapper, who was the first signee to Jay-Zís label, Roc Nation, went on to get nominated for the Grammy for Best New Artist following his impressive debuy... more>>
Coming on the scene with a throwback style that betrayed his years, Pittsburgh-based rapper Mac Miller had just turned 18 when he spent 2010 making his name through mixtapes and video sharing websites. Born Malcolm McCormick, Miller first used the alias "Easy Mac," a name referenced on his debut mix...
Actress, singer, and dancer Ariana Grande is best known for portraying the character Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious. Born in 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida, Grande sang from a young age and by her teens had performed with several South Florida orchestral ensembles. She made her Broa... more>>
In one of the more unlikely crossover success stories, blonde Australian beauty Iggy Azalea (born Amethyst Amelia Kelly) segued from a high-profile modeling career to become a southern hip-hop star. Influenced in her childhood by Missy Elliott, TLC, and Tupac Shaqur, she moved to the states in 2006 ... more>>
MC and producer Kid Ink -- born Brian Todd Collins in Los Angeles, California, and formerly known as Rockstar -- rose steadily by releasing a series of four mixtapes during 2010 and 2011. XXL magazine was impressed enough to list Kid Ink beside the likes of Danny Brown and Macklemore in its Freshman... more>>
British R&B singer/songwriter Jay Sean is notable for being one of the first British-Asian crossover stars and also for his international popularity, including five consecutive Top 40 singles in America. Born Kamaljit Singh Jhooti on March 26, 1981, in the London borough of Hounslow, he began rappin... more>>
far east movement
Electronic pop-rap group Far East Movement made their major-label debut in 2010. Founded in 2003, the group was originally a trio comprised of high-school companions Kev Nish (born Kevin Nishimura), Prohgress (James Roh), and J-Splif, all of whom had grown up in downtown Los Angeles. DJ Virman joine... more>>