Marcelo D2 (born Marcelo Maldonado Gomes Peixoto, November 5, 1967, in Rio De Janeiro) is a Brazilian rapper . Very acclaimed by young people, he is known for his unique style of rapping, which blends in the traditional Brazilian samba. Marcelo D2 started his carrer as the lead singer of the band Planet Hemp, and now follows a solo career since 1998, but claiming that "I haven't given in yet, only joined a foe I can't beat".
Michael Franti is a gifted and much-heralded spoken word artist and political activist from San Francisco, CA. As leader of the politically and socially-charged group Spearhead, Franti is at the forefront of hip-hop's renaissance, expanding the music's boundaries as he draws on funk and soul-driven beats. Through his music and poetry, Franti tackles a range of issues--the criminal justice system, corporatization of our daily lives, AIDS, gay rights, homelessness, the death penalty, drug addiction and suicide.
Orelsan is the stage name of Aurélien Cotentin (born August 1, 1982), a French hip hop and rap artist. English speaking media have reported on a controversy involving his work being censored due to protests from feminists. Orelsan has been called the "French Eminem" because of his lyrics.
Alter ego of rapper Daniel Dumile. Other alter egos include MF DOOM, Metal Fingers and King Geedorah. The name Viktor Vaughn comes from Victor Von Doom, the real name of Fantastic Four arch-enemy Dr. Doom. Doom stated, in the song 'Doom on Vik': "Vik is more cutting edge, whatever the new stuff is or these new MC's are doing. But he still appreciates the old school art of rhyming. So there's still a level of sincerity to Viktors stuff, but it's still younger and newer, you know what I'm saying? And he rhymes over whatever beat, it don't matter.
Several artists go by the name Royal Flush. 1. Royal Flush (born Rudy Govantes) is an American East Coast rapper from Flushing, New York. He is a friend of Mic Geronimo and appeared on many songs with him. His 1997 debut album Ghetto Millionaire is considered a classic, and featured production from Buckwild, L.E.S., Da Beatminerz and a verse from Noreaga. His second album Street Boss was released in 2005, to mixed reviews.
1987 Ruby Kid born. 2001 Ruby Kid start listening to hip-hop, most of it rubbish. 2001 Ruby Kid start writing raps but is shit. 2002 Ruby Kid become revolutionary socialist, engage in class-struggle agitation etc. 2003 Ruby Kid start listening to good hip-hop. 2007 Ruby Kid record first tracks and have first gigs. 2008 Ruby Kid play gigs in London, Sheffield, Nottingham. June 2008 Ruby Kid support (an absent) Wiley in front of around 400 people at Plug, Sheffield. September 2008 Ruby Kid support (a present) Wiley in front of around 800 people at Plug, Sheffield.
Akir is an African- American rapper who is known for the political message in his songs. His single "Politricks" exposes political efforts to thwart minorities political voices. Akir was featured on Immortal Technique's Revolutionary Vol. 2 & in the Source's "Unsigned Hype" in January 2005. In March 2006 he released his debut album Legacy. Akir first entered the hip-hop scene as an on-air personality with WNMH 97.9 (Mass.) from 1994 to 1996.
Three gutter punks (and an elusive old author) from west london bring hip-hop back down to earth, and to its socio-political roots spitting it back out using live instruments and a scratch dj.
In the end times we live in emcees Madam Blahvatski and danDNA are the new Shuttle and Redgrave, if you appreciate poetry, or Paxman and Wark if your point of reference is late night TV.
The subject matters of their tracks are taken from such diverse topics as evolution, psychology and the occult, which are all pasted together referencing other sub-cultures such as psychedelic folk and punk rock...