• Christopher Lee Rios

    AKA: Big Pun

    Nov 10, 1971 - Feb 7, 2000 
    Despite the time of his career, Pun was considered one of the greatest emcees in Hip Hop. Discovered by Fat Joe,Big Pun was featured on the album Jealous Ones Envy in 1995. Puns critically acclaimed album Capitol Punishment came out in 98, establishing him as the first solo Latino artist to go platinum. Big Pun during his career worked with best friend Cuban Link on the Beat Nuts hit record Off The Books, as well as artists KRS One, Kool G Rap, Black Thought, Noreaga  and several others. He continues to inspire and was given the great honor in 2021 of having a street in the Bronx renamed Big Pun Plaza. 

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Malik Abdul Basit

    AKA: Malik B

    Nov 14, 1972 - July 29, 2020

    Founding Member of the Roots

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • James Adarrly Tap Junior

    AKA: Soulja Slim 

    Sept 9, 1977 - Nov 26, 2003

    An emcee from New Orleans

    Hit record "Slow Motion"

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Roderick Anthony Burton

    AKA: Dolla

    Nov 25,1987 - May 18, 2009

    Dolla started in 2000 as an emcee from Chicago with Da Raskalz Cru. In 07 he signed a solo deal with Akons Konvict Music label.

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Deshawn Dupree

    AKA: Proof

    Oct 2, 1973 - April 11, 2006

    Emcee / Actor

    Member of D12 and other groups,
    Worked as Eminem's hypeman

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Anthony Peaks

    AKA: Apache

    Dec 26, 1964 - Jan 22, 2010

    Hit record "Gangsta B***h".

    Featured artist on albums by Queen Latifah, Naughty by Nature, Fat Joe

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • John Hawkins

    AKA: Big Hawk

    Nov 15, 1969 - May 1, 2006

    Emcee and Founding member of "The Screwed Up Click" with the late DJ Screw

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Robert Keith Wiggins

    AKA: Cowboy

    Sept 20, 1960 - Sept 8, 1989

    Cowboy is credited with pioneering the call and response style of getting the audience involved. He joined Grand Master Flash And The Furious 5 in the mid 70s. The group was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 and they just received a lifetime achievement award in 2021 from the Grammys.  

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Adam Yauch

    AKA: MCA

    Aug 5, 1964 - May 4, 2012

    Emcee, bass player, filmmaker and a founding member of the hip hop group Beastie Boys.  He directed many of Beastie Boys' music videos, often under the pseudonym Nathaniel Hörnblowér.  Yauch created Oscilloscope Laboratories and directed, produced and distributed several films.  He organized the Tibetan Freedom concert and founded the Milarepa Fund, a nonprofit organization devoted to Tibetan independence. 

    Submitted by: Steven Blum

  • Keith Elam

    AKA: Guru

    July 17, 1961 - April 29, 2010

    Born in Roxbury MA, Guru was an emcee, producer and actor who moved to Brooklyn, where he met DJ Premier. They formed the group Gangstarr. Their first 3 albums were critically acclaimed, leading to  collaborations with Nice n Smooth, Inspecktah Deck, Donald Byrd, Chaka Kahn, Roy Ayers and many more artists. 

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Ricky Dunigan

    AKA: Lord Infamous

    Nov 17, 1973 - Dec 20, 2013

    Founding member from Memphis of the group Three 6 Mafia. He helped father the style of emceeing called horror core. 

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Darryl Mason

    AKA: Dota Rock 

    Sept 15, 1961- Feb 4, 2015

    He was one of Bronx first emcees. Started rhyming with the Mighty Force, then the Cold Crush Brothers and wound up joining the Fantastic 5 in the late 70s with DJ Grand Wizzard Theodore and Kevie Kev Rockwell. He was featured in Hip Hop's first movie Wild Style in the classic basketball game/rhyme battle with their chief rivals The Cold Crush Brothers. 

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Eric Breed

    AKA: MC Breed  

    June 12, 1971 - Nov 22, 2008

    He was an emcee from Flint Michigan. Breed had 2 hit records Ain’t No Future In Your Frontin and Gotta Get Mine featuring 2pac. He also worked with Doctor Dre, Ice Cube and Pimp C. 

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Steve Williams

    AKA: Stezo

    March 10, 1968 - April 29, 2020

    Born in New Haven CT, Stezo originally was a dancer for EPMD. He was featured in their video You Gots To Chill. Stezo was inspired and became an emcee and producer. He had 2 hit records To The Max and Its My Turn. 

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Andre Hicks

    AKA: Mac Dre

    July 5,1970 - Nov 1, 2004

    He was born in the Bay Area and was instrumental in the emergence of hyphy, which was a cultural movement in the San Fran/Oakland area. Mac's music very much was relatable to his life in the streets. 

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Christopher Won

    AKA: Fresh Kid Ice

    May 29, 1964 - July 13, 2017

    Credited as the first Asian American emcee and co founder of the group 2 Live Crew.  He was born in Trinidad and Tobago. Fresh moved to Brooklyn at 12 years old. He enlisted in the Air Force in California , where he met Vee and Mr Mixx. They formed 2 Live Crew and their first few singles attracted the attention of Luke. He eventually joined the group and all of them moved to Miami. Their single Me So Horny made them a controversial but well known platinum selling group.

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Charles Nelson

    AKA: Mercury 

    Dec 19, 1964 - March 9, 1995

    He was an original member of the Force MDs, who came from Staten Island. They were one of the first groups to sing and rhyme on their songs. Their top 10 hit Tender Love was featured in the movie Krush Groove. 

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Bruce Washington

    AKA: Hussein Fatal

    April 3, 1973 - July 10, 2015

    He was a good friend of Tupac’s, who formed a group called The Outlawz. Fatal made his debut on Pac's album All Eyez On Me. 

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Chris Kelly

    AKA: Mac Daddy 

    Aug 11, 1978 - May 1, 2013

    He was one half of the group Kriss Kross. They were discovered and produced in Atlanta by Jermaine Dupri. They had a hit record called Jump, which made them the youngest group to go platinum at the age of 12 years old. 

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Russell Jones

    AKA: Ol' Dirty Bastard  

    Nov 15, 1968 - Nov 13, 2004

    ODB was one of the founding members of Wutang Clan with his cousin Rza. Russell was from Fort Greene Brooklyn, while most of the crew were from Staten Island. ODB became the second member to start a solo career with the album Return To The 36 Chambers. He quickly gained intrigue from his comical yet unstable rhyme style.. Half singing mixed in with half rhyming. One of the most interesting collaborations ever was with ODB rhyming on Mariah Carey’s song Fantasy. 

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Eric Wright

    AKA: Easy E   

    Sept 7, 1964 - March 26, 1995

    Easy E was a songwriter, producer and entrepreneur from Compton who helped propel West Coast rap. With his group NWA , pushed lyrical content with their controversial album Straight Outta Compton in 1988. Their videos were banned from MTV and very few radio station played their music. However, Easy E and his groups album was certified platinum in less than a year. Easy E signed the group Bone Thugs and Harmony from Cleveland to his Ruthless Records label. Due to the legacy of NWA first album , a movie with the same name came out about 5 years ago! To this day it’s still a critically acclaimed that continues ton inspire many. 

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Dwight Myers

    AKA: Heavy D   

    May 24, 1967 - Nov 8, 2011

    Born in the country of Jamaica, Heavy D moved to Mount Vernon at a young age. He was the first artist to be signed to Uptown Records. Heavy was one of the first emcees to combine fun, love and socially conscious lyrics in his music. He was featured on both Michael and Janet Jackson’s songs and Heavy D worked with his cousin Pete Rock, Teddy Riley, Q Tip and many others. He wrote the theme song for the show In Living Colour as well as discovered singers Monifah and Soul For Real. Heavy D also produced several songs on Soul For Reals album and was also given the position of President of Uptown Records. 

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Rudolph Johnson

    AKA: Lil Marlo 

    May 1, 1990 - July 11, 2020

    He was an emcee from Atlanta who released his first mixtape The Wire in 2017. His music created a buzz that allowed him to perform all over the country and he released music videos from the you tube channel he created. 

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Dominick Newton

    AKA: The Jacka

    Aug 12, 1977 - Feb 2, 2015

    He was an emcee from the Bay Area who was part of the group Mob Figaz in the late 90s. After awhile, The Jacka left and his solo album Tear Gas in 2009 emphasized how difficult life can be. He also focused on morality. The Jacka’s music definitely impacted many in the Bay Area. 

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Dinitry Behrmann

    AKA: Scientifik

    July 24, 1972 - June 4, 1998

    He grew up in Lawrence MA, 30 miles from Boston and in 1990 had an epic battle with Ed OG. Ed was an up and coming emcee as well. After the battle they supported each other when Ed’s album dropped in 1991 and Scientifiks in 94. Ed OG in fact produced the album Criminal for Scientifik. His lyricism impressed many fans in Boston and caught the ear of Diamond D. Diamond produced the track Boston. 

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Malcolm McCormick

    AKA: Mac Miller 

    Jan 19, 1992 - Sept 7, 2018

    Mac Miller was an emcee, song writer, and producer from Pittsburg PA. At 14 years old, he made a name for himself in the freestyle game. In 2010 Mac attracted national attention with his K.I.D.S mix tape. 2 years later he moved to LA and produced the album Macadelic. His next couple albums revealed his problems with substance abuse which really connected him to his growing fan base. Mac Miller had a wide array of friends in the music business and worked with John Mayer, Thunder cat, School Bit Q and many others. 

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • LaToya Rogers

    AKA: MC Trouble  

    July 30, 1970 - June 4,1991

    She was from LA and was the first female emcee to be signed to Motown. MC Trouble was an actress and producer. She had a hit record in 1990 called I Wanna Make You Mine with r and b group The Good Girls. Trouble owned a production called Rogers Connection. She produced all her songs on the album Gotta Get A Grip.

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd

  • Tahliq Rogers

    AKA: Freaky Tah 

    May 14, 1971 - March 28, 1999

    Freaky Tah was an emcee, hype man and promoter. He was a member of The Lost Boyz in Southside Queens in the mid 90s. Tah was featured on their first album Legal Drug Money in 1996. The album went gold and was followed up by Love Peace And Nappiness. 

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Boyd