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G-Unit
G-Unit
G-Unit
(short for Guerilla Unit)[1] is an American hip hop group originating from South Jamaica, Queens, New York, formed by longtime friends and East Coast rappers 50 Cent, Tony Yayo
Tony Yayo
and Lloyd Banks. The group released their debut album Beg for Mercy, in 2003, which went on to sell over 2,000,000 copies in the US and was certified Double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album, which followed the critical and commercial success of 50 Cent's major-label debut Get Rich or Die Tryin', served as a platform for Lloyd Banks, Young Buck
Young Buck
and Tony Yayo
Tony Yayo
to release their respective solo debut albums; The Hunger for More
The Hunger for More
(2004), Straight Outta Cashville (2004) and Thoughts of a Predicate Felon
Thoughts of a Predicate Felon
(2005)
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Scott Storch
Scott Spencer Storch (born December 16, 1973) is an American record producer.[1][2]Contents1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 ReferencesEarly life[edit] Storch was born in Long Island, New York.[1][2] He was raised in South Florida and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[3][4] His mother, Joyce Yolanda Storch, was a singer signed to Philadelphia's Cameo-Parkway Records under the stage name Joyce Carol, and is of Lithuanian Jewish heritage.[5] His father, Phil Storch, was a court reporter.[6] His uncle, Jeremy Storch, was a founder of soul-rock band The Vagrants
The Vagrants
and wrote songs recorded by Dave Mason
Dave Mason
and Eddie Money.[5] Storch's parents divorced in 1983.[5] Storch attended elementary school in Sunrise and middle school in Davie, Florida
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Hip Hop Production
Hip hop
Hip hop
production is the creation of hip hop music in a recording studio. While the term encompasses all aspects of hip hop music creation, including recording the rapping of an MC, a turntablist or DJ providing a beat, playing samples and "scratching" using record players, and the creation of a rhythmic backing track, using a drum machine or sequencer, it is most commonly used to refer to recording the instrumental, non-lyrical and non-vocal aspects of hip hop. Hip hop
Hip hop
producers are the instrumentalists and creative directors involved in guiding a recording session, which can range from a single song to a major album. Although 1970s-era hip hop focused on turntables and a DJ mixer, in the 2010s, hip hop production uses a range of digital samplers, sequencers, drum machines, and synthesizers
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Jimmy Iovine
James Iovine (/ˈaɪ.əviːn/; ˈjovine; born March 11, 1953)[1] is a record producer best known as the co-founder of Interscope Records.[2] In 2006, Iovine teamed with Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
to found Beats Electronics (formerly known as Beats by Dr. Dre), a company which produces audio products and operated a now defunct music streaming service
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Guest Appearance
In show business, a guest appearance is the participation of an outsider performer (such as a musician or actor) in an event such as a music record or concert, show, etc., when the performer does not belong to the regular cast, band or other performing group. In music, such an outside performer is often referred to as a guest artist.[1] In performance art, the terms guest role or guest star are also common, the latter term specifically indicating the guest appearance of a celebrity. The latter is often also credited as "special guest star" or "special musical guest star" by some production companies. In pop music, guest appearances are often described with the words featuring, with, or and
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Recording Industry Association Of America
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a trade organization that represents the recording industry in the United States
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RIAA Certification
In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets.[1] Other countries have similar awards (see music recording sales certification). Certification is not automatic; for an award to be made, the record label must request certification.[2] The audit is conducted against net shipments after returns (most often an artist's royalty statement is used), which includes albums sold directly to retailers and one-stops, direct-to-consumer sales (music clubs and mail order) and other outlets.Contents1 Description and qualifications 2 List of certifications2.1 Records2.1.1 Multi-disc 2.1.2 Spanish2.2 Singles 2.3 Video Longform3 Records 4 Artists with the most album certifications 5 Artists with the most single certifications 6 RIAA Diamond certifications6.1 RIAA Diamante certifications7 See also 8 External lin
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Rapper
Rapping
Rapping
(or rhyming, spitting,[1] emceeing,[2] MCing[2][3]) is a musical form of vocal delivery that incorporates "rhyme, rhythmic speech, and street vernacular",[4] which is performed or chanted in a variety of ways, usually over a backbeat or musical accompaniment.[4] The components of rap include "content" (what is being said), "flow" (rhythm, rhyme), and "delivery" (cadence, tone).[5] Rap differs from spoken-word poetry in that rap is usually performed in time to an instrumental track.[6] Rap is often associated with, and is a primary ingredient of hip-hop music, but the origins of the phenomenon predate hip-hop culture
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East Coast Hip Hop
East Coast hip hop
East Coast hip hop
is a regional subgenre of hip hop music that originated in New York City
New York City
during the 1970s. Hip hop
Hip hop
is recognized to have originated and evolved first in The Bronx, New York;[1] East Coast hip hop only became a distinct subgenre after artists from other regions of the United States emerged with different styles
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New York (state)
New York is a state in the northeastern United States. New York was one of the original thirteen colonies that formed the United States. With an estimated 19.85 million residents in 2017,[4] it is the fourth most populous state. To differentiate from its city with the same name, it is sometimes called New York State. The state's most populous city, New York City
New York City
makes up over 40% of the state's population. Two-thirds of the state's population lives in the New York metropolitan area, and nearly 40% lives on Long Island.[9] The state and city were both named for the 17th-century Duke of York, the future King James II of England
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DJ Drama
Tyree Cinque Simmons (born April 22, 1978),[1] professionally known as DJ Drama, is an American disc jockey (DJ) and record executive from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He initially gained recognition as the official DJ for Atlanta-based rapper T.I.
T.I.
He is perhaps best known for hosting several mixtapes, most notably his successful Gangsta Grillz series. He is also known for doing the Dedication series with New Orleans-bred rapper Lil Wayne, with the New York Times
New York Times
calling Dedication 2
Dedication 2
one of the "10 best recordings of 2006".[2] DJ Drama
DJ Drama
along with DJ Sense, founded Aphilliates Music Group, in 2003. The Aphilliates Music Group signed a joint venture deal with Asylum Records in 2006
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Snoop Dogg
Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. (born October 20, 1971), known professionally as Snoop Dogg,[note 1] is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, television personality, and actor. His music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre, and as a result he was featured on Dre's solo debut, "Deep Cover", and then on Dr. Dre's solo debut album, The Chronic. He has since sold over 23 million albums in the United States and 35 million albums worldwide.[2][3][4] Snoop's debut album, Doggystyle, produced by Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
and released in 1993 through Death Row
Death Row
Records, debuted at number one on both the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
and Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Selling almost a million copies in the first week of its release, Doggystyle became certified 4× platinum in 1994 and spawned several hit singles, including "What's My Name?" and "Gin & Juice"
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Hip Hop Music
Hip hop
Hip hop
music, also called hip-hop[3][4] or rap music,[4][5][6] is a music genre developed in the United States
United States
by inner-city African Americans in the 1970s which consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted.[4] It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, break dancing, and graffiti writing.[7][8][9] Other elements include sampling beats or bass lines from records (or synthesized beats and sounds), and rhythmic beatboxing
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Def Jam
Def Jam Recordings
Def Jam Recordings
is an American record label focused predominantly on hip hop and urban music, owned by Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group
(UMG). In the UK, the label takes on the name Def Jam UK and is operated through Virgin EMI Records, while in Japan, it is known as Def Jam Japan, operating through Universal Music Japan. The label distributes releases of various record labels, including Kanye West's GOOD Music,[1][2] and ARTium Recordings, headed by Def Jam's former executive vice president, No I.D.
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DJ Kay Slay
Keith Grayson (born August 14, 1966), professionally known as DJ Kay Slay, is an American hip hop disc jockey (DJ) from New York City. He was referred to by The New York Times as "Hip Hop's One-Man Ministry of Insults".[1] Kay Slay goes by several monikers, namely The Drama King, Dezzy Dez and Slap Your Favorite DJ. He has released four studio albums, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 2, The Champions: North Meets South (with Greg Street) and More Than Just a DJ.Contents1 Early life 2 Career2.1 2003–2009: Streetsweeper series 2.2 2010–present: More Than Just a DJ and Rhyme or Die3 Discography3.1 Studio albums 3.2 Collaborative albums 3.3 Mixtapes4 Singles4.1 As lead artist5 References 6 External linksEarly life[edit] Keith Grayson was born August 14, 1966 in New York City, New York. Grayson was originally a prominent graffiti artist., having been featured in the 1983 hip hop documentary, Style Wars. One of Grayson's better known tags was "Dez"
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Eminem
Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem
Eminem
(often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, and actor. Eminem
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