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E-40
Earl Stevens (born November 15, 1967)[1] better known by his stage name E-40, is an American rapper. He is a founding member of the rap group The Click, and the founder of Sick Wid It Records. He has released twenty-seven studio albums to date, appeared on numerous movie soundtracks, and has also done guest appearances on a host of other rap albums. Initially an underground artist, his 1995 solo album In a Major Way
In a Major Way
opened him up to a wider audience. Beginning in 1998, he began collaborating with more mainstream rappers outside the Bay Area
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MTV
MTV
MTV
(originally an initialism of Music Television) is an American cable and satellite television channel owned by Viacom
Viacom
Media Networks (a division of Viacom) and headquartered in New York City. Launched on August 1, 1981,[2] the channel originally aired music videos as guided by television personalities known as "video jockeys" (VJs).[3] At first, MTV's main target demographic was young adults, but today it is primarily teenagers, particularly high school and college students. MTV
MTV
has toned down its music video programming significantly in recent years, and its programming now consists mainly of original reality, comedy and drama programming and some off-network syndicated programs and films, with limited music video programming in off-peak time periods. It has also become involved in promoting left-wing political issues and progressive social causes
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Extended Play
An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP.[1][2][3] EPs generally do not contain as many tracks as albums, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album.[3] An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP,[4] but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well. Ricardo Baca
Ricardo Baca
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Underground Music
Underground music
Underground music
comprises musical genres beyond mainstream culture. Any song that is not being legally commercialized is considered underground. Underground music
Underground music
may tend to express common ideas, such as high regard for sincerity and intimacy, freedom of creative expression as opposed to the highly formulaic composition of commercial music, and appreciation of artistic individuality as opposed to conformity to current mainstream trends
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Spice 1
Robert Green, Jr. (born July 2, 1967), better known by his stage name Spice 1, is an American rapper from Hayward, California.[2] He began releasing albums in 1992 and was ranked number 56 in The Source magazine's Top 115 Hip-Hop Artists from 1988 to 2003.Contents1 Career1.1 Jive Records
Jive Records
(1991–99) 1.2 Independent artist (2000–present)2 Personal life 3 Discography3.1 Studio albums 3.2 Collaborative albums4 References 5 External linksCareer[edit] Jive Records
Jive Records
(1991–99)[edit] Green said in an interview that his stage name is an acronym for "sex, pistols, indo, cash and entertainment".[3] He was first discovered by rapper Too Short
Too Short
and was part of "The Dangerous Crew", in 1988 along with a few other rappers known as Goldy, Rappin 4-Tay, Rappin' Ron-N-Ant Diddley Dog, Father Dom, Ant Banks, Danger Zone, and a few more
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Tupac Shakur
Tupac
Tupac
Amaru Shakur (/ˈtuːpɑːk ʃəˈkʊər/ TOO-pahk shə-KOOR;[1] born Lesane Parish Crooks; June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper and actor.[2] Shakur sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.[3] His double-disc albums All Eyez on Me
All Eyez on Me

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Stage Name
A stage name is a pseudonym used by performers and entertainers, such as actors, comedians, singers and musicians. Such titles are adopted for a wide variety of reasons and may be similar or nearly identical to an individual's birth name. In some situations, a performer will eventually adopt his or her title as a legal name, although this is often not the case.Contents1 Motivation to use a stage name1.1 Family connection 1.2 Guild and association rules 1.3 Involuntary name changes 1.4 Ethnicity 1.5 Ease of use 1.6 Relevance to image 1.7 Euphony and ease of remembrance 1.8 Musical use2 See also 3 ReferencesMotivation to use a stage name[edit] A performer will often take a stage name because his/her real name is considered unattractive, dull, or unintentionally amusing, is difficult to pronounce or spell, has been used by another notable individual, or projects an undesired image
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West Coast Of The United States
The West Coast or Pacific Coast is the coastline along which the contiguous Western United States
Western United States
meets the North Pacific Ocean. As a region, this term most often refers to the coastal states of California, Oregon
Oregon
and Washington. More specifically, it refers to an area defined on the east by the Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada
Nevada
and Mojave Desert, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. The U.S
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Bo-Roc
The Dove Shack is a G-funk
G-funk
group from Long Beach. Consisting of C-Knight, Bo-Roc and 2Scoops, the group made their debut with the song "This Is the Shack" on Warren G's album Regulate...G Funk Era. Under the same name they released their first album in 1995 with the substantial hit single "Summertime in the LBC" featuring Arnita Porter
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Billboard Hot 100
The Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for singles, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales (physical and digital), radio play, and online streaming. The weekly sales period was originally Monday to Sunday, when Nielsen started tracking sales in 1991, but was changed to Friday to Thursday in July 2015. Radio airplay, which, unlike sales figures and streaming data, is readily available on a real-time basis, and is tracked on a Monday to Sunday cycle (previously Wednesday to Tuesday).[1] A new chart is compiled and officially released to the public by Billboard on Tuesdays. The first number one song of the Hot 100 was "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson, on August 4, 1958
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8Ball & MJG
8Ball & MJG is an American hip hop duo from Memphis, Tennessee. The two rappers met at Ridgeway Middle School (Memphis, Tennessee)
Ridgeway Middle School (Memphis, Tennessee)
in 1984
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T-Pain
Faheem Rashad Najm (born September 30, 1985),[1] better known by his stage name T-Pain, is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, and record producer. His debut album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, was released in 2005. In 2007, T-Pain
T-Pain
released his second album Epiphany, which reached number one on the US Billboard 200
Billboard 200
chart. His third album, Thr33 Ringz, was released in 2008. T-Pain
T-Pain
has also released a string of hit singles, including "I'm Sprung", "I'm 'n Luv (Wit a Stripper)", "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')", "Bartender", "Can't Believe It", "5 O'Clock" and more. T-Pain
T-Pain
has earned two Grammy Awards, alongside artists Kanye West
Kanye West
and Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
respectively. T-Pain
T-Pain
is the founder of the record label imprint Nappy Boy Entertainment, established in 2005
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Mac Dre
Andre Louis Hicks (July 5, 1970 – November 1, 2004), better known by his stage name Mac Dre, was an American rapper and record producer, founder of Thizz Entertainment
Thizz Entertainment
record label
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San Francisco
 CaliforniaCSA San Jose–San Francisco–OaklandMetro San Francisco–Oakland–HaywardMission June 29, 1776[1]Incorporated April 15, 1850[2]Founded by José Joaquín Moraga Francisco PalóuNamed for St
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Warner Bros. Records
Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Records Inc. is an American major record label established in 1958 as the foundation label of the present-day Warner Music Group (WMG), and now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of that corporation. Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Records was established on March 19, 1958, as the recorded-music division of the American film studio Warner Bros.. For most of its early existence it was one of a group of labels owned and operated by larger parent corporations. The sequence of companies that controlled Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
and its allied labels evolved through a convoluted series of corporate mergers and acquisitions from the early 1960s to the early 2000s
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Caroline Distribution
Caroline Distribution, founded in 1983, has become one of the U.S. music industry’s largest third party distribution companies for the independent music sector. Caroline became part of EMI
EMI
when EMI acquired Virgin in the early 1990s
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