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  • Kendrick Lamar went by K-Dot from 2003 to 2009, but reverted back to his birth name for the sake of artistic intimacy
  • Kendrick Lamar is known for his progressive musical styles and socially conscious songwriting
  • Kendrick Lamar cites Tupac Shakur as his greatest musical influence
  • Notorious B.I.G, Jay-Z, Nas and Eminem are among Kendrick Lamar’s top five favorite rappers.
  • In high school, Kendrick Lamar was a straight-A student 



  • Popcaan is the only dancehall artist to win the MOBO Awards for two years in a row


  • Popcaan is  known as the “Unruly Boss” because of all the crazy music he has made over the years


  • Popcaan says that if he didn’t become a dancehall artist, he would have joined the military 
  • Popcaan’s close friend gave him his nickname 
  • Popcaan has a daughter named ‘Rihanna’ 



  • Ayra Starr’s real name is Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe
  • Ayra Starr chose the Arabic name, “Ayra,” meaning honorable and respected
  • At the age of 10, Ayra Starr sang in a high school choir and began writing songs with her brother
  • Ayra Starr  attended Les Cours Sonou University and received a BA degree in international relations and political science
  • Ayra Starr sings in English, Pidgin English and Yoruba




  • Chloe, together with her sister Halle Bailey won the Radio Disney’s The Next Big Thing in December 2012 


  • Chloe is signed to Beyonce’s management company, ‘Parkwood Entertainment’ 
  • When Chloe was 4 years old, she played little Beyoncé on the set of The Fighting Temptations
  • Chloe’s first paying job was for an ad for The Gap when she was 4 years old 
  • Beyonce is Chloe’s mentor 



  • Symere Bysil Woods is known professionally as Lil Uzi Vert
  • Lil Uzi Vert is ‘obsessed’ with Marilyn Manson and cites him as their  greatest inspiration
  • Lil Uzi Vert developed an interest in rapping after listening to Marilyn Manson and Kanye 808.
  • Lil Uzi Vert has a tongue tattoo of a cross 
  • Lil Uzi’s first studio album was released in August 2017 



  • Jeremy Biddle is known professionally as Yung Bleu and Bleu Vandross
  • Bleu is best known for his 2020 single “You’re Mines Still”, which peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 after it was remixed by Drake
  • Bleu is a 2x Grammy nominated artist 
  • Bleu has 5.7M monthly listeners on Spotify 
  • Bleu was born in Mobile, Alabama, U.S



  • Latto’s real name is Alyssa Michelle Stephens
  • Latto first appeared on the reality television series, The Rap Game in 2016
  • Latto started rapping at the age of 10 
  • Chloe is best known for being one half of the musical duo Chloe x Halle with her sister Halle Bailey
  • Chloe starred in the hit show ‘Grownish’ 



  • Ariana Grande first rose to fame as a young actress on the Nickelodeon show ‘Victorious’.
  • Ariana Grande was born in Boca Raton, Florida
  • All of Ariana Grande’s albums have gone platinum
  • Ariana Grande’s name is inspired by Princess Oriana from Felix the Cat
  • Ariana Grande’s fandom are known as Arianators



  • Pink’s real name is Alecia Beth Moore
  • Before breaking into the music industry, Pink used to work at McDonald’s 
  • In her downtime, Pink enjoys working in her garden 
  • Pink is a UNICEF ambassador
  • After dating for four years, Pink took matters into her own hands and promised to her now husband 



  • Thato Madonsela is better known by his stage name L-Tido
  • L Tido is a Hip Hop recording artist from Alexandra
  • L-Tido was raised by a single mother 
  • L-Tido is best known for being one of the few independent artists in the country to reach commercial success
  • L-Tido was an independent artist for 10 years before signing to a record label



  • Tobe Nwigwe’s full name is Tobechukwu Dubem “TobeNwigwe
  • Tobe Nwigwe’s name means ‘Praise God’ 
  • Tobe Nwigwe was a star linebacker at the University of North Texas. 
  • Tobe Nwigwe is a first-generation born in the U.S. to Nigerian parents
  • Tobe Nwigwe is a Best New Artist Nominee at 2023 Grammys 



  • Brent Faiyaz started creating music when he was 12 years old 
  • Brent Faiyaz  made his debut in 2014 by uploading his music which was ‘Black Child EP’ on SoundCloud
  • Brent Faiyaz’s debut single called ‘Allure’ was released by Faiyaz in 2015
  • Brent Faiyaz’s music style is referred to as grunge aesthetic
  • Brent Faiyaz has the word “sonder” tattooed over his right eyebrow — a reference to the group he fronts with frequent producers Dpat and Atu



  • AKA was a multi award winning South African artist
  • AKA’s real name is Kiernan Jarryd Forbes
  • AKA started making music professionally in 2011 
  • Besides rapping, AKA was a songwriter, music producer, and brilliant entrepreneur.
  • AKA’s first hit single was Victory Lap in 2010



  • Taylor Swift appeared on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in 2009
  • Although Taylor Swift writes all of her own music, she specifically wrote her entire Speak Now album all by herself
  • Taylor Swift is the first and only woman solo artist to win the Grammy for Album Of The Year three times for her solo albums
  • The very first song Taylor Swift ever wrote was called “Lucky You.” 
  • Taylor Swift’s fandom are called ‘Swifties’



  • AKA’s music career spans over 13 years 
  • AKA co-founded The I.V League that signed artists such as ProKid and JR 
  • AKA was the first South African rapper to win the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Award for Favorite South African Star 
  • AKA and his friends, Vice Versa and Greyhound, created the Entity hip-hop music group while they were still in high school  
  • AKA belonged to the Beam Group record label

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