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  • His real name is Rakim Athelaston Mayers 
  • He loves to listen to classical music when driving 
  • He is obsessed with the colour purple 
  • Asap and Rihanna have recently welcomed the birth of their first baby together 
  • He is known as a ‘Fashion Killa’ 



  • Kendrick grew up in Compton, California
  • He was a straight A student in school 
  • He watched Tupac and Dr Dre shoot a music video when he was a kid
  • His album, ‘DAMN’, was the first hip-hop album to win the Pulitzer Prize
  • Kendrick’s father was a member of the Gangster Disciples 



  • Nicki wrote her first rap when she was 12 
  • She was fired from her waitressing job 
  • In 2001, Nicki starred in a Broadway play titled ‘In Case You Forget’ 
  • She has been named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the world 
  • Nicki was the first female rapper to perform at Yankee Stadium in New York City,  New York



  • Although she is famously known as Megan Thee Stallion, her real name is Megan Jovon Ruth Pete
  • Her nickname stems from her height 
  • She began writing raps at the age of 16
  • Megan refers to her fans as ‘Hotties” 
  • Her mother was a rapper who went by the stage name ‘Holly-Wood’ 



  • Black Sherif’s real name is Mohammed Ismail Sherif Kwaku Frimpong 
  • His fans refer to him as Blacko
  • He has worked with International artists such as Tory Lanez
  • He has 1.3M monthly listeners on Spotify 
  • His music has been described as a mix of Afrobeats and U.K drill 



  • Although better known as Russ, his real name is Russel James Vitale
  • Russ made his first beat at the age of 14
  • He is a part of the rap group ‘Diemon  Crew’ 
  • He was inspired by his grandfather, who was a guitarist, to learn more about music at a young age 
  • He has two different eye colours due to an eye condition called heterochromia 



  • Burna Boy rose to prominence in the early part of the 2010s as one of Nigeria’s fastest-rising stars.
  • Although he is famously known as Burna Boy, his real name is Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu
  • He began making music when he was 10 years old
  • His latest album ‘Love, Damini’ became the highest charting Nigerian album in history 
  • Burna Boy has been nicknamed ‘African Giant’ 



  • He enjoys interior design
  • He is a big fan of basketball and admires Kyrie Irving and Jason Douglas.
  • Giveon says his mother, who appears on track one of his album ‘Take Time’,  used to make him sing at birthday parties when he was younger 
  • He rose to prominence with his collaboration with Drake on their 2020 single, “Chicago Freestyle”.
  • His baritone range is inspired by the work of Frank Sinatra and vocal jazz from the 60s and 70s.


  • The South African rapper’s real name is Ndlelenhle Nyuswa 
  • He is from Durban 
  • He started making music in 2011
  • He was discovered by South African rapper K.O 
  • He is the first artist signed to Skhanda World record label



  • Although he is famously known as Fireboy DML, his real name is Adedamola Adefolahan 
  • Fireboy DML is signed to YBNL Nation, a record label founded by Nigerian rapper Olamide. 
  • He has worked with famous international artists such as Ed Sheeran and Chris Brown
  • He has 9.6M monthly listeners on Spotify 
  • His music fuses Afrobeats, R&B and Soul



  • She rose to prominence by starring in the Disney Channel film Let It Shine and was featured on Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing from 2010 to 2011. 
  • Her mother, Jovanda Jones, was also a singer
  • Coco Jones has 523.1K monthly listeners. 
  • She is the new Hilary Banks in the Fresh Prince reboot, Bel-Air 
  • She has nearly 2 million Tiktok followers 



  • Pharrell was discovered at a high school talent show by producer Teddy Riley 
  • Together with his colleague Chad Hugo, he formed the hip hop and R&B production duo The Neptunes in the early 1990s
  • He loves the skateboard culture, and was even nicknamed ‘Skateboard P’ 
  • His grandmother was the person who encouraged him to start taking music seriously 
  • According to Pharrell, his best songs are written while in the shower or on the plane 



  • He was born in Soweto, Johannesburg
  • He began his career as a member of the South African hip-hop group, Teargas
  • He is also known as Skhanda Gawd 
  • He is the creator of the Skhanda sub-genre 
  • He is the co-founder of the conceptual record label, clothing and lifestyle brand Skhanda World 



  • He has 426k monthly listeners on Spotify 
  • He was only 13 years old when he started playing the piano in church 
  • Musa produced his first song when he was 14 years old 
  • He went to Damelin College to study sound engineering but dropped out in his second year, claiming that he had already taught himself all he needed to know.
  • He writes and records his own music

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