1500 or Nothin' 1500 or Nothin' is an American musical ensemble composed of record producers, songwriters, musicians and music videographers, formed in 2006, in Los Angeles, California.
6LACK Ricardo Valdez Valentine, better known by his stage name 6LACK, is an American singer, songwriter and rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He is best known for his single "PRBLMS", which was released in June 2016.
6lack Ricardo Valdez Valentine, better known by his stage name 6LACK, is an American singer, songwriter and rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He is best known for his single "PRBLMS", which was released in June 2016. In November of 2016, he was named by Rolling Stone as one of the 10 new artists to watch for.
88-Keys Charles Misodi Njapa, better known by his stage name 88-Keys, is an American record producer and rapper from New York City.
Abbey Lincoln Anna Marie Wooldridge, known by her stage name Abbey Lincoln, was an American jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actress, who wrote and performed her own compositions. She was a civil rights advocate and activist from the 1960s on.
A Boogie wit da Hoodie Artist Julius Dubose, better known by his stage name A Boogie wit da Hoodie, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from Highbridge, Bronx, New York City. He is signed to Highbridge the Label and Atlantic Records.
Ab-Soul Herbert Anthony Stevens IV, better known by his stage name Ab-Soul, is an American hip hop recording artist from Carson, California.
Adriana Evans Adriana Evans, is an American R&B soul singer-songwriter. She was born 1974 in San Francisco. Her debut album entitled Adriana Evans was released in 1997 and peaked at #33 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Ahmad (rapper) Ahmad Ali Lewis, simply known as Ahmad, is an American hip hop recording artist, songwriter, motivational speaker and author from Los Angeles, California. He is perhaps best known for the 1994 single "Back in the Day," a nostalgic song that became a fixture for nostalgia in hip-hop culture.
Akir Akir is an American hip hop recording artist, producer, songwriter activist and, teaching artist known for his complex lyrics and social-political content. His name is an acronym for "Always Keep It Real".
Akon Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, better known as Akon, is an American-born Senegalese singer, songwriter, businessman, record producer and actor. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of "Locked Up", the first single from his debut album Trouble.
Albert Daniels Albert Daniels, also known as Albe Back, often stylized ALBe. Back, is an actor, artist, producer, poet, and rapper.
Albert King Albert Nelson, known professionally as Albert King, was an American blues guitarist and singer whose playing influenced many other blues guitarists. One of the "Three Kings of the Blues Guitar", he is perhaps best known for the 1967 single "Born Under a Bad Sign".
Al B. Sure! Albert Joseph Brown III is a three-time Grammy-nominated American R&B record producer, radio host, recording artist and actor. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Leonia, New Jersey, and Mount Vernon, New York.
Al Cleveland Al Cleveland was an American songwriter for the Motown label. Among his most popular co-compositions are 1967's "I Second That Emotion" and 1969's "Baby, Baby Don't Cry" performed by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles and 1971's "What's Going On" performed by Marvin Gaye.
Alicia Keys Alicia Augello Cook, known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, pianist and actress. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia and then Arista Records.
Al McKay Al McKay is an American guitarist, songwriter, producer, and former member of the American funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, and a recipient of six Grammy Awards.
Amanda Seales Amanda Seales, formerly known by her stage name Amanda Diva, is an American comedian, actress, disc jockey, recording artist and radio personality. Aside from her solo career, she was also a touring member of the musical group Floetry.
Amerie Ameriie Mi Marie Rogers, known professionally as Amerie, is an American singer, songwriter, author, actress and record producer. She debuted in 2002 with her highly acclaimed debut album All I Have.
Amil (rapper) Amil Kahala Whitehead, more commonly known by her stage name Amil, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from New York City. She was prominent in the late 1990s as a Jay-Z protégé, most notably on the single "Can I Get A..." from the Rush Hour soundtrack.
Anderson Paak Brandon Paak Anderson, better known by his stage name Anderson Paak, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, drummer and record producer from Oxnard, California. He released his debut album, O.B.E. Vol. 1 in 2012, under the pseudonym Breezy Lovejoy.
André 3000 André Lauren Benjamin, better known by his stage name André 3000, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor, best known for being part of hip hop duo Outkast alongside fellow rapper Big Boi.
Anhayla Anhayla Rene Stanley, better known by her stage name Anhayla, is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. She is known for covering popular R&B and hip hop songs presented on her YouTube channel, Anhaylarene. Anhayla was endorsed by Crafter guitars in 2013.
Anita Baker Anita Denise Baker is a retired American singer-songwriter. Starting her career in the late 1970s with the funk band Chapter 8, Baker released her first solo album, The Songstress, in 1983.
Anna Gordy Gaye Anna Ruby Gaye was an American businesswoman, composer and songwriter. An elder sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy, she became a record executive in the mid-to-late 1950s distributing records released on Checker and Gone Records before forming the Anna label with Billy Davis and sister Gwen.
Anthony Hamilton (musician) Anthony Cornelius Hamilton is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer who rose to fame with his platinum-selling second studio album Comin' from Where I'm From, which featured the title track single "Comin' from Where I'm From" and the follow-up "Charlene".
Anthony Montgomery Anthony Dwayne Montgomery is an American film and television actor, as well as graphic novelist. He is best known for his portrayal of Ensign Travis Mayweather on the UPN science fiction television series Star Trek: Enterprise.
Antoinette (rapper) Antoinette is an American rapper from Bronx, New York, who released two albums, during the late 1980s and early 1990s. She made her first appearance on the producer Hurby Azor's 1987 compilation album, Hurby's Machine, with her song "I Got An Attitude".
Anye Elite Anye Elite is an American singer-songwriter, rapper and LGBT activist. He is best known for his contributions to Atlanta, Georgia's gay community.
Apani B Apani Smith, known professionally as Apani B. Fly, is an American hip hop emcee.
Archie Bell (singer) Archie Lee Bell is an African-American solo singer and former lead singer of Archie Bell & the Drells.
Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin is an American singer, songwriter and musician. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at the church of her father, minister C. L. Franklin's church.
Aretha Henry Aretha Lafayette Henry is an American singer-songwriter born in Jackson, Mississippi.
Arrow Benjamin Dean McIntosh, known professionally as Arrow Benjamin, is a British singer and songwriter. He is best known for collaborating with Naughty Boy and Beyoncé on the track "Runnin'". Benjamin also co-wrote and performed backing vocals on the song "Freedom" for Beyoncé's album Lemonade.
Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander was an American country songwriter and soul singer.
Arthur Jenkins (musician) Arthur Eugene Jenkins, Jr. was an American keyboardist, composer, arranger and percussionist who worked with many popular music icons such as John Lennon, Harry Belafonte, Bob Marley and Chaka Khan.
Art Stewart (producer) Art Stewart is a record producer, sound engineer, and composer who has worked on the Blue by Diana Ross. He was worked on recordings by Teena Marie which include her Wild and Peaceful album, which was released in 1979.
Ashford & Simpson Ashford & Simpson were a husband-and-wife songwriting-production team and recording artists: Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson.
Aubrey Ayala Aubrey Ayala, simply known as Aubrey, is a vocal artist from Philadelphia. She has two entries on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart. In 2001 she hit number one with "Stand Still". Her second hit came in 2003, when "Willing & Able" climbed to number 24.
Austin Brown Nathaniel Austin Brown is an American singer-songwriter. He is a member of the Jackson family and only son to singer Rebbie Jackson and her late husband Nathaniel Brown.
Avant (singer) Myron Lavell Avant, better known as Avant, is a multi platinum awarded American R&B singer and songwriter. He is best known for hits such as "Separated"; "My First Love", one version of which features KeKe Wyatt; and "Read Your Mind".
Azealia Banks Azealia Amanda Banks is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, and actress. Raised in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, Banks began releasing music through MySpace in 2008, eventually being signed to XL Recordings at age 17.
Babyface (musician) Kenneth Brian Edmonds, known professionally as Babyface, is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. He has written and produced over 26 number-one R&B hits throughout his career, and has won 11 Grammy Awards.
Bangladesh (record producer) Shondrae Crawford, better known by his stage names Bangladesh and Mr. Bangladesh, is an American record producer and rapper, who was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, and now lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
B.B. King Riley B. King, known professionally as B.B. King, was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. King introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that influenced many later electric blues guitarists.
Ben E. King Benjamin Earl King, known as Ben E. King, was an American soul and R&B singer and record producer.
Ben Tankard Ben Tankard is a 6'6" former professional basketball player and an American gospel, jazz keyboardist producer, author, recording artist, and songwriter with over 250 songs recorded, and 14 Stellar Awards, and 21 gold and platinum records earned in his career to date.
Bernard Fowler Bernard Fowler is an American musician. He has provided backing vocals for The Rolling Stones since 1988 and is featured on their studio recordings and live tours. and has been a featured guest vocalist on the majority of solo albums released by the members of that band.
Berry Gordy Berry Gordy III is an American record producer and songwriter. He is best known as the founder of the Motown record label and its subsidiaries, which was the highest-earning African-American business for decades.
Betty Carter Betty Carter was an American jazz singer known for her improvisational technique, scatting and other complex musical abilities that demonstrated her vocal talent and imaginative interpretation of lyrics and melodies.
Betty Davis Betty Davis is an American funk and soul singer. She is known as one of the most influential voices of the funk era and a performer who was known for her memorable live shows.
Bettye LaVette Bettye LaVette is an American soul singer-songwriter who made her first record at sixteen, but achieved only intermittent fame until 2005, with her album I've Got My Own Hell to Raise. Her eclectic musical style combines elements of soul, blues, rock and roll, funk, gospel, and country music.
B Howard Brandon Alexander Howard, also known as B. Howard, is an American singer, record producer and songwriter. He is the co-founder of the company and record label 6 Point Entertainment. His album Genesis was released through 6 Point Entertainment in 2010.
Big Kuntry King Sean Merrett, better known by his stage name Big Kuntry King, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He is perhaps best known as a member of Southern hip hop group Pimp $quad Click, along with longtime friend and fellow Atlanta-based rapper T.I..
Billie Holiday Eleanora Fagan, professionally known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz music and pop singing.
Billy Bland Billy Bland was an American R&B singer and songwriter.
BJ the Chicago Kid Bryan James Sledge, better known by his stage name BJ the Chicago Kid, is an American singer and songwriter from Chicago, Illinois. Sledge is best known for frequently collaborating with Top Dawg Entertainment recording artists Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar, and Jay Rock.
Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell was a Piedmont blues and ragtime singer and guitarist. He played with a fluid, syncopated fingerstyle guitar technique, common among many exponents of Piedmont blues. Unlike his contemporaries, he came to use twelve-string guitars exclusively.
Blu Cantrell Blu Cantrell is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter.
B.o.B Bobby Ray Simmons Jr., known professionally as B.o.B, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from Decatur, Georgia. In 2006, B.o.B was discovered by Brian Richardson, who then introduced him to TJ Chapman, who subsequently brought him to American record producer Jim Jonsin.
Bobby Hebb Robert Von "Bobby" Hebb was an American R&B/soul singer, musician, songwriter, recording artist, and performer known for his 1966 hit entitled "Sunny".
Bobby Womack Robert Dwayne Womack was an American singer, songwriter and record producer.
Bootsy Collins William Earl "Bootsy" Collins is an American musician and singer-songwriter.
Brandon Bell Brandon Bell, professionally known as Williedonut, is an American record producer and songwriter.
Brenda Lee Eager Brenda Lee Eager is an American soul singer, songwriter and musical theatre performer who has written and performed several hits, including "Ain't Understanding Mellow", "Close to You", and "Somebody's Somebody".
Brian Alexander Morgan Brian Alexander Morgan is a record producer that was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. He was discovered by Club Nouveau founding member Jay King, who got Morgan's group a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records in 1987.
Brian Jackson (musician) Brian Robert Jackson is an American keyboardist, flautist, singer, composer, and producer known for his collaborations with Gil Scott-Heron in the 1970s.
Brian McKnight Brian McKnight is an American R&B singer-songwriter, arranger, producer, and musician. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays eight instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet. He is one of the very few leggiero tenors in the pop genre.
Bridget Kelly Bridget Kelly, is an American singer and songwriter from New York City, New York.
Bronx Style Bob Bob Khaleel, better known by his stage name Bronx Style Bob, is an American hip hop recording artist from The Bronx borough of New York City, New York.
Bryan-Michael Cox Bryan-Michael Cox is an American record producer and songwriter who is notable for his extensive work with multiple platinum-selling artists including Usher, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, and Toni Braxton.
Bryson Tiller Bryson Djuan Tiller, is an American singer, songwriter and rapper. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, he started his career in 2011, releasing the debut mixtape titled Killer Instinct Vol.1.
Buddy Boy Hawkins Walter "Buddy Boy" Hawkins was an American country blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He recorded only 12 songs, between 1927 and 1929, but Paul Oliver opined that "Hawkins was a major figure in black country music".
Calvin "Joonie" Gary Calvin "Joonie" Gary, Jr., better known by his stage name JOONIE is an American singer, songwriter, arranger and musician, specializing in soul, R&B and popular music.
Candice Glover Candice Rickelle Glover is an American R&B singer and actress who won the twelfth season of American Idol. Glover is the first winner to have auditioned three times before being cast for the live shows. Her debut album Music Speaks was released on February 18, 2014.
Capital Steez Courtney Jamal Dewar, Jr., better known by his stage name Capital Steez, was an American hip hop artist from Brooklyn, New York. He was the co-founder of the Brooklyn-based rap collective Pro Era, along with longtime friend and record producer Powers Pleasant.
Cassidy (rapper) Barry Adrian Reese, better known by his stage name Cassidy, is an American hip hop recording artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
C. Ballin Chris "C. Ballin" Jackson is an American record producer, songwriter and recording engineer. Influenced by every genre from classical to pop, he was drawn to music with a lot of instrumentation from a very young age.
Cecil Augusta Cecil Augusta is an American Delta blues singer and guitarist.
Cecil Mack Cecil Mack was an African American composer, lyricist and music publisher.
Cecil Womack Cecil Dale Womack was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. He was one of the musical Womack brothers, and had success both as a songwriter and recording artist, notably with his wife Linda as Womack & Womack. In later years he took the name Zekuuba Zekkariyas.
Chaka Khan Chaka Khan is an American recording artist whose career has spanned five decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. Widely known as the Queen of Funk, Khan has won ten Grammys and has sold an estimated 70 million records worldwide.
Chance the Rapper Chancellor Johnathan Bennett, known professionally as Chance the Rapper, is an American recording artist, record producer, and philanthropist from the West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, he began to gain recognition following the release of his second mixtape, Acid Rap.
Chandra Davis Chandra Davis, a.k.a. London Charles and Deelishis, is an American model, and former reality show contestant. She is best known as the winner of VH1's hit reality TV show Flavor of Love 2.
Charles Albert Tindley Rev. Dr. Charles Albert Tindley was an American Methodist minister and gospel music composer.
Chef Tone Tony E. Scales, Jr, professionally known as Chef Tone, is an American songwriter and record producer. Chef found early success with his 2008 placement at Atlantic Records. Some of Chef's collaborating artists include Justin Bieber, Jamie Foxx, Trey Songz, and Flo Rida, among others.
Cheri Dennis Cheri Dennis, is an American R&B singer from Cleveland, Ohio.
Chris Brown Christopher Maurice Brown is an American rapper, songwriter, actor, and dancer. Born in 1989 in Tappahannock, Virginia, he was involved in his church choir and several local talent shows from a young age.
Chris Stylez Christopher Allen, better known by his stage name Chris Stylez, is a Canadian R&B recording artist, songwriter, and producer residing in New York City, New York.
Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson Berry was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music.
Chuck Harmony Charles T. Harmon, better known as Chuck Harmony, is an American music producer, musician, songwriter and entrepreneur, based in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a three-time Grammy Award nominee, and won a 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Song for Fantasia's "Bittersweet".
Chuck Inglish Evan Ingersoll, better known by his stage name Chuck Inglish, is an American rapper from Mount Clemens, Michigan and one half of the hip-hop duo The Cool Kids with Sir Michael Rocks. His debut album Convertibles was released on April 8, 2014.
Churchill Kohlman Churchill Kohlman was an African-American songwriter who wrote Johnnie Ray's 1951 hit, "Cry" while working in a Pittsburgh dry cleaning factory as the night watchman.
Clarence Carter Clarence George Carter is an American blues and soul singer, musician, songwriter and record producer. His most successful records included "Slip Away", "Back Door Santa", "Too Weak to Fight", "Patches", and "Strokin'".
Clarence Paul Clarence Otto Pauling, better known as Clarence Paul, was a songwriter and record producer for Detroit's Motown Records.
Claude Demetrius Claude Demetrius, also written Claude DeMetrius, was an African American songwriter. He was known for his Rockabilly songs, some of which were made famous by singers such as Elvis Presley.
Claude Kelly Claude Kelly is an American singer, songwriter and music producer.
Claudine Clark Claudine Clark is an American R&B musician, best known as the singer and composer of the 1962 hit, "Party Lights", which reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams was an American musician, singer, songwriter, dancer and actor.
Consequence (rapper) Dexter Raymond Mills, Jr., better known by his stage name Consequence, is an American hip hop recording artist from Queens, New York City, New York.
Conya Doss Conya Doss is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist and has been a major figure in independent music for over one decade. Conya is known as an innovator and is widely known for her eclectic work and light vocal range. She is known as The Queen of Indie Soul.
Craig Mack Craig Mack is an American rapper, who gained fame on Puff Daddy's Bad Boy Entertainment record label in the 1990s. Although his first single was released under the name MC EZ in 1988, he is best known for his 1994 hit single "Flava In Ya Ear", which was released under his real name.
C-Rayz Walz Waleed Shabazz, better known by his stage name C-Rayz Walz, is an American hip hop recording artist from The Bronx borough of New York City. Aside from his solo career he is also a member of the East Coast hip hop syndicate, Stronghold.
Cupid (singer) Bryson Bernard, better known by his stage name Cupid is a R&B singer born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. He has released four albums, and is best known for the single "Cupid Shuffle".
Curtis Reginald Lewis Curtis Reginald Lewis, American composer of popular songs, many of which have become jazz standards. He grew up in Chicago and came to New York City in the 1940s.
Curtiss King Dwan Howard, better known by his stage name Curtiss King is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer based out of the Inland Empire.
Cynthia Layne Cynthia Layne was an American jazz and neo soul singer. Layne performed around the world singing in many styles. She signed with Indianapolis jazz label Owl Studios in 2006. She worked with Rob Dixon and Reggie Bishop.
Dae Dae Marquavis Goolsby, better known by his stage name Dae Dae, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He is known for his debut single "Wat U Mean."
Dallas Blocker Dallas Blocker is an American vocalist, producer and songwriter best known for his work in R&B, hip hop and pop music.
Danielia Cotton Danielia Cotton is an American rock singer, songwriter and guitarist from Hopewell, New Jersey. Danielia comes from a musical family. She is the daughter of jazz vocalist Wenonah Brooks and the niece of jazz vocalists Jeannie Brooks and Carol Brooks-Meyners.
Danja (record producer) Floyd Nathaniel "Nate" Hills, professionally known as Danja, is an American record producer and songwriter from Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Danny Barker Daniel Moses Barker was an American jazz musician, vocalist, and author from New Orleans. He was a rhythm guitarist for various bands of the day, including Cab Calloway, Lucky Millinder and Benny Carter throughout the 1930s.
Danny Brown Daniel Dewan Sewell, better known by his stage name Danny Brown, is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. He is best known for his individuality, being described by MTV as "one of rap's most unique figures in recent memory".
Daphne Blunt Daphne Louise Blunt is an American actress, singer, web television presenter and fashion blogger. Blunt is known for her work on television shows such as The Young and the Restless, The Thundermans, Uncle Buck and Nickelodeon's The Dunes Club.
Dara Tucker Dara Tucker is an American jazz singer and composer. Tucker has released four studio albums; "All Right Now", "Soul Said Yes" "The Sun Season" and "Oklahoma Rain", as well as a limited-release, live performance album, "Dara Tucker Live" in 2013.
Darnell Bristol Darnell "Dee" Bristol is a member of The Deele and a songwriter who co-wrote The Deele's "Two Occasions." Years later, he would be credited as a co-writer of Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together", when Carey would be reusing portions of "Two Occasions."
Darren Lighty Darren Lighty is African-American record producer and songwriter.
Darryl Payne Darryl Raymond Payne is an American post-disco record producer and songwriter who worked on dance and urban hits of artists like Sharon Redd or Sinnamon, and also produced music mostly centered to SAM and Prelude Records.
Dave Bartholomew David Louis "Dave" Bartholomew is an American musician, bandleader, composer, arranger and record producer, prominent in the music of New Orleans throughout the second half of the 20th century.
Dazzie Dee Dazzie Dee is an American West Coast Hip hop rapper and record producer who has collaborated and affiliated with artists such as Suga Free, Mausberg, DJ Quik, Ice Cube, Shade Sheist, K-Dee, Kool G Rap, Coolio, Mixmaster Spade, Yo-Yo, Da Lench Mob, and many more.
Deborah Cooper Deborah Cooper is an American professional dance, music, singer, award-winning composer and entertainer, with several number one and top charting dance music and house music hits.
Deon Jackson Deon Jackson, was an American soul singer and songwriter.
Desiigner Sidney "Desiinger" Royel Selby III, better known by his stage name Desiigner, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, record executive and actor. He rose to prominence in 2016 after the release of his debut single "Panda", which reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
Desmond Williams Desmond Williams is an American electronica musician, as well as a record producer and was the chief sound engineer for the Eighteenth Street Lounge Music record label. Born in Jamaica and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, Williams has been known for his remixing and producing style.
Devin the Dude Devin Copeland, better known by his stage name Devin the Dude, is an American hip hop recording artist from Houston, Texas. He is perhaps best known for his unique rapping style, his long career signed to Rap-A-Lot Records, as well as his 2002 songs "Lacville '79" and "Doobie Ashtray".
Dionté BOOM Ervin Dionté Harris, better known by his stage name Dionté BOOM, is an American rapper-producer. He is currently based in Little Rock, and signed to Day By Day Entertainment.
Dionté Boom Ervin Dionté Harris, better known by his stage name Dionté BOOM, is an American rapper-producer. He is currently based in Little Rock, and signed to Day By Day Entertainment.
DJ Paul Paul Duane Beauregard, better known by his stage name DJ Paul, is an American rapper, record producer, DJ, songwriter and entrepreneur from Memphis, Tennessee. He is a founding member of hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia and the half-brother of the late rapper Lord Infamous.
Dom Kennedy Dominic Ross Hunn, better known by his stage name Dom Kennedy, is an American rapper from Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California. Since 2008, Kennedy has released 5 independent mixtapes, most notably his 2010 "critically acclaimed mixtape" From the Westside with Love.
Donald Glover Donald McKinley Glover is an American actor, writer, producer, director, comedian, rapper, singer, and songwriter. He performs as a stage artist under the stage name Childish Gambino, and as a disc jockey, he performs under the name mcDJ.
Donny Hathaway Donny Edward Hathaway was an American jazz, blues, soul and gospel singer, songwriter, arranger and pianist.
Dorothy Ashby Dorothy Jeanne Thompson, better known as Dorothy Ashby, was an American jazz harpist and composer. Ashby established the harp as an improvising jazz instrument, beyond earlier use as a novelty or background orchestral instrument, showing the harp could play bebop as adeptly as a saxophone.
Dorothy LaBostrie Dorothy LaBostrie, alternatively La Bostrie or Labostrie, later Dorothy LaBostrie Black, was an American songwriter, best known for co-writing Little Richard's 1955 hit "Tutti Frutti".
Drag-On Mel Jason Smalls, better known by his stage name Drag-On, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor from the Bronx borough of New York City.
Dreezy Seandrea Sledge, better known by her stage name Dreezy, is an American hip hop recording artist. Sledge was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, where she studied fine arts as a distraction from her home life. During this time she began dancing, writing, and singing.
Eddie Cooley Edward J. "Eddie" Cooley was an American R&B singer and songwriter, who co-wrote the much-recorded song "Fever". He also had a US pop hit in 1956 with "Priscilla", credited to Eddie Cooley and the Dimples.
Eddie Curtis Memphis Edward "Eddie" Curtis, Jr. was an American songwriter, born in Galveston, Texas.
Eddie Kendricks Edward James Kendrick, best known by the stage name Eddie Kendricks, was an American singer and songwriter. Noted for his distinctive falsetto singing style, Kendricks co-founded the Motown singing group The Temptations, and was one of their lead singers from 1960 until 1971.
Edwin Hawkins Edwin Reuben Hawkins is an American gospel musician, pianist, choir master, composer, and arranger. He is one of the originators of the urban contemporary gospel sound. He is probably best known for his arrangement of "Oh Happy Day", which was included on the Songs of the Century list.
EJay Day Earl "EJay" Day Jr. is an American singer and songwriter, who placed tenth during the first season of American Idol. Originally not chosen to advance into the voting rounds, Day was brought back to replace another contestant who had lied about his age.
El DeBarge Eldra Patrick "El" DeBarge is an American singer-songwriter, producer and musician. DeBarge was the focal point and primary lead singer of the family group DeBarge throughout the early to mid-1980s.
Elgie Stover Elgie Rousseau Stover was an American songwriter, composer, producer and background singer, most famous for his associations with uncle Harvey Fuqua and legendary Motown star Marvin Gaye, co-writing two of Gaye's songs from the singer's acclaimed 1971 album, What's Going On.
Ella Jenkins Ella Jenkins is an American folk singer and actress. Dubbed "The First Lady of the Children's Folk Song" by the Wisconsin State Journal, she has been a leading performer of children's music for fifty years.
Elle Royal Danielle Prendergast, better known by her stage name Elle Royal, is an independent Hip-Hop artist hailing from The Bronx, New York. Her breakthrough came in 2010 when her video "What Can I Say" went viral after WorldStarHipHop featured her as the "Female Artist of the Week".
Elle Varner Gabrielle Serene "Elle" Varner is an American Grammy-winner singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Born into a musical family in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Los Angeles, California, she studied at New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music.
Emily King Emily King is an American singer and songwriter. She started her career in 2004 and her debut album East Side Story was released three years later in August 2007. In December 2007, King was listed as a Grammy nominee for Best Contemporary R&B Album.
Eric Bellinger Eric Bellinger, Jr. is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer from Los Angeles.
Erykah Badu Erica "Erykah" Abi Wright, better known as Erykah Badu, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, disc jockey, activist, and actress.
Esquerita Eskew Reeder, Jr., usually known by the stage name Esquerita, and occasionally as S.Q. Reeder or The Magnificent Malochi, was an American R&B singer, songwriter and pianist, known for his frenetic performances. He has been credited with influencing rock and roll pioneer Little Richard.
Etta James Etta James was an American singer who performed in various genres, including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as "The Wallflower", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "Something's Got a Hold on Me", and "I'd Rather Go Blind".
Fabolous John David Jackson, better known by his stage name Fabolous, is an American rapper and hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York City.
Faith Evans Faith Renée Evans is an American singer-songwriter. Born in Lakeland, Florida and raised in New Jersey, Evans relocated to Los Angeles in 1993 for a career in the music business.
Fashawn Santiago Leyva, known by his stage name Fashawn, is an American hip hop recording artist from Fresno, California. He first gained major attention after releasing his debut album Boy Meets World in 2009, which was produced entirely by Exile.
Feloni Trish Best, known by her stage name Feloni, is an African-American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Her coming out as lesbian was featured on MTV's LOGO documentary show Coming Out Stories.
Fetty Wap Willie Maxwell II is an American rapper better known by his stage name Fetty Wap. He rose to prominence after his debut single "Trap Queen", reached number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 2015.
FKi 1st Trocon Roberts, professionally known as FKi 1st, 1st Down or simply 1st, is an American record producer and disc jockey from Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of the production and songwriting team FKi.
Focus... Bernard Edwards, Jr., professionally known as Focus..., is an American music producer from New York City, New York. He gained major recognition in the music industry when he signed with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment, in 2002.
Forest City Joe Joe Bennie Pugh, known as Forrest City Joe or Forest City Joe, was an American blues musician who is mainly remembered for his ability as a harmonica player.
Frankie Smith Franklyn Leon "Frankie" Smith is an American funk musician and R&B/soul songwriter. He is best known for his 1981 single "Double Dutch Bus".
Freddie Foxxx James Campbell, better known by his stage names Freddie Foxxx and Bumpy Knuckles, is an American rapper and music producer from Long Island, New York.
Freddie Gorman Freddie Gorman was an American musician and record producer, most famous as a singer, songwriter for the Motown label in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Freddie King Freddie King was an American blues guitarist and singer. He has been described as one of the "Three Kings" of electric blues guitar, along with Albert King and B.B. King. He was an influential guitarist with hits for Federal Records in the early 1960s.
Fred McFarlane Frederick Craig McFarlane was an American R&B songwriter, record producer, musician, and multi-instrumentalist. McFarlane's career as a songwriter and producer spanned more than 30 years.
Fredro Starr Fred Scruggs better known by his stage name Fredro Starr, is an American rapper and actor, best known as a member of hardcore hip hop group Onyx. He is from South Jamaica, Queens, New York.
Fred Sledge Smith Fred Sledge Smith, often credited as Fred Smith, was an American R&B songwriter and record producer, who worked in particular with The Olympics, Bob & Earl, Bill Cosby, and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band.
Gaelle Adisson Gaelle Adisson is an urban, deep house, and downtempo singer/songwriter/producer born in New Jersey.
Gene Chandler Gene Chandler nicknamed "The Duke of Earl" or simply "The Duke", is an American singer, songwriter, talent scout, music producer and record label executive.
GFMBryyce Grand Hustle Records, also known as Hustle Gang Music, is an Atlanta, Georgia-based record label, founded in 2001, by American hip hop recording artist T.I. and his business partner Jason Geter. Up until December 2012, the label was distributed by Atlantic Records.
Gift of Gab (rapper) Timothy Parker, better known by his stage name Gift of Gab, is an American rapper best known for performing in the Bay Area hip hop duo Blackalicious along with DJ Chief Xcel.
Ginuwine Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, better known by his stage name Ginuwine, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor.
Gio Washington Governor Washington, Jr., known by his stage name Gio Washington, is an American R&B and soul recording artist from Charles City, Virginia. He is perhaps best known as a singer-songwriter, who was once signed to T.I.'s Grand Hustle imprint, under the aegis of Atlantic Records.
Goapele Goapele Mohlabane, is an American soul and R&B singer-songwriter. Her name means to move forward in Setswana, a Southern African language.
Gwen Gordy Fuqua Gwendolyn Gordy Fuqua was an American businesswoman, songwriter and composer, most notably writing hit songs such as "Lonely Teardrops", "All I Could Do Was Cry" and "Distant Lover". She earned her full name after marrying Harvey Fuqua and kept the name after their divorce.
Gwen Guthrie Gwendolyn "Gwen" Guthrie was an American singer-songwriter and pianist, who also sang backing vocals for Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Peter Tosh, and Madonna, among others, and who wrote songs made famous by Ben E. King, Angela Bofill and Roberta Flack.
Halsey (singer) Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, known professionally as Halsey, is an American singer-songwriter. Her stage name is a reference to the Halsey Street station of the New York City Subway in Brooklyn, and an anagram of her first name.
Hell Rell Durrell Mohammad, better known by his stage name Hell Rell, is an American rap artist and member of rap group The Diplomats.
Herbie Hancock Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer and actor.
Herb Jeffries Herb Jeffries was an African-American actor of film and television and popular music and jazz singer-songwriter, known of his baritone voice. He was of African descent and Hollywood's first singing black cowboy.
Herb Lance Herbert J. Lance was an American jazz, blues and gospel singer, songwriter, record producer, recording studio owner and radio DJ. As well as recording several hits himself in the late 1940s, he co-wrote Ruth Brown's signature song, "Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean".
Holland-Dozier-Holland Holland–Dozier–Holland is a songwriting and production team made up of Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian and Eddie Holland. The trio wrote, arranged and produced many songs that helped define the Motown sound in the 1960s.
Homer Banks Homer Banks was an African-American songwriter, singer and record producer, best known for his songs for Stax Records in the 1960s and 1970s. Many of the songs he wrote have become contemporary classics.
Horace Ott Horace Ott is an American jazz and R&B composer, arranger, record producer, conductor and pianist.
Howard Hewett Howard Hewett, Jr. is an American singer–songwriter. Hewett is the former lead vocalist of the R&B/soul vocal group Shalamar.
Howlin' Wolf Chester Arthur Burnett, known as Howlin' Wolf, was a Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, originally from Mississippi. With a booming voice and looming physical presence, he is one of the best-known Chicago blues artists.
Illogic Jawhar Glass, better known by his stage name Illogic, is an American indie hip hop artist from Columbus, Ohio.
iLoveMakonnen Makonnen Sheran, better known by his stage name iLoveMakonnen, is an American rapper and singer from Atlanta, Georgia, who currently lives in Portland, Oregon. His rise to fame began in 2014, after Canadian rapper Drake released a remix to his song "Tuesday".
India Arie India Arie Simpson born, October 3, 1975, best known as India.Arie is an American singer-songwriter, actress, musician, and record producer. She has sold over 3.3 million records in the US and 10 million worldwide. She has won four Grammy Awards from her 21 nominations, including Best R&B Album.
Isaac Hayes Isaac Lee Hayes Jr. was an American singer-songwriter, actor, voice actor and producer.
Isaiah Rashad Isaiah Rashad McClain, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Rashad began taking rapping seriously in tenth grade, where he and his friends would record on laptops. He spent the next few years recording at local recording studios.
Ishmael Reed Ishmael Scott Reed is an American poet, novelist, essayist, songwriter, playwright, editor and publisher, who is known for his satirical works challenging American political culture.
Jackey Beavers Robert Lewis "Jackey" Beavers was an American rhythm and blues and gospel singer, songwriter, pastor and community activist. He recorded with Johnny Bristol as the duo Johnny and Jackey, and co-wrote "Someday We'll Be Together", later a no.1 hit for Diana Ross and the Supremes.
Jacquees Rodriquez Jacquees Broadnax, better known by his stage name Jacquees, is an American singer-songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia.
Jadakiss Jason Phillips, better known as Jadakiss, is an American rapper. He is a member of the group The LOX and the hip hop collective Ruff Ryders. Jadakiss is one of the three owners of the imprint known as D-Block Records. In early 2007, Jadakiss signed to Roc-a-Fella Records and Def Jam Records.
James Bracken James C. Bracken was an African-American songwriter and the co-founder and co-owner of Vee-Jay Records with his wife Vivian and her brother, Calvin Carter.
James Dean (songwriter) James Anthony Dean was an American songwriter. He was best known for his work at Motown Records in the 1960s, often in collaboration with William Weatherspoon with whom he co-wrote several hits including Jimmy Ruffin's "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted".
James Fauntleroy James Edward Fauntleroy II is an American singer, songwriter and record producer from Inglewood, California. Formerly a member of The Underdogs, Fauntleroy currently works with the production team The Y's and is the acting president of 1500 or Nothin'.
James Ingram James Edward Ingram is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist. He is a two-time Grammy Award-winner and a two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song.
James Worthy (record producer) James Allen Worthy, professionally known as James Worthy, is a hip hop record producer. Worthy has worked with artists in the music industry, including Fetty Wap, T-Pain, Truth Hurts, Robin S, and Bobby Brown.
Janet Jackson Janet Damita Jo Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.
Jay Rock Johnny Reed McKinzie, Jr., better known by his stage name Jay Rock, is an American hip hop recording artist from Watts, California.
Jaz-O Jonathan Burks, better known by his stage name Jaz-O, is an American rapper and record producer active in the late 1980s through the 1990s, best known for being the mentor of Jay-Z. Jaz is also known as the Originator and had a song called "The Originators" that featured a young Jay-Z in 1990.
J. Cole Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer. Raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Cole initially gained recognition as a rapper following the release of his debut mixtape, The Come Up, in early 2007.
Jean Grae Jean Grae, formerly known as What? What?, is an American hip hop recording artist, actress, and comedian from Brooklyn, New York City. She rose to prominence in the underground hip hop scene in New York City and has since built an international fanbase.
Jeff Jericho Jeff Jericho, is an American hip hop recording artist from Los Angeles, California. Jericho gained his interest in music at an early age and began performing at school talent shows during his high school years.
Jeffrey Bowen Jeffrey Bowen is a songwriter and record producer, notable for his work at both Motown Records and Holland-Dozier-Holland's Invictus and Hot Wax labels. He is best known for his work with the Detroit male vocal groups Chairmen of the Board and The Temptations.
Jeremiah Jae Jeremiah Jae is an American rapper and record producer from Los Angeles, California. First signed to the LA label Brainfeeder, in 2007, when the Ann Arbor based producer Samiyam passed on Jae's Lunch Special Part I to Flying Lotus.
Jeremih Jeremy Felton, better known by his mononym Jeremih, is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. In 2009, he signed a record deal with Def Jam Recordings. Jeremih's commercial debut single, "Birthday Sex", peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Jerry Peters Jerry Peters is an American songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, conductor and arranger. He is best known for writing the hit songs "Love Or Let Me Be Lonely" and "Going In Circles" by The Friends of Distinction.
Jessie Mae Robinson Jessie Mae Robinson was an African-American musician and songwriter, whose compositions included many R&B and pop hits of the 1940s and 1950s, including "Black Night", "I Went To Your Wedding", and "Let's Have a Party".
Jester Hairston Jester Joseph Hairston was an American composer, songwriter, arranger, choral conductor, and actor. He was regarded as a leading expert on Negro spirituals and choral music.
J-EyE J-EyE is an American record producer, songwriter, singer and rapper from Brooklyn, New York. J-EyE's stage name is derived from his belief that he represents everyone with a journey and the only way to accomplish those things is to work hard, stay focused and keep your "eye on your journey".
Jimi Hendrix James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter.
Jimmie Gordon Jimmie Gordon was an American Chicago blues pianist, singer, and songwriter. In the course of his career he accompanied Memphis Minnie, Bumble Bee Slim, and Big Bill Broonzy, amongst others.
Jimmy Castor James Walter Castor was an American funk, R&B, and soul musician. A multi-instrumentalist, he is credited with vocals, saxophone and composition. He is best known for songs such as "It's Just Begun", "Bertha Butt Boogie", and the biggest hit single, million-seller"Troglodyte".
J. J. Barnes James Jay "J. J." Barnes is an American R&B singer and songwriter.
Jo Armstead Josephine Armstead, often known as "Joshie" Jo Armstead, is an American soul singer and songwriter. She co-wrote Ray Charles' hits "Let's Go Get Stoned" and "I Don't Need No Doctor", among other songs written with Ashford & Simpson.
Joe Greene (American songwriter) Joseph Perkins Greene was an African-American songwriter, best known for "Across the Alley from the Alamo", "And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine", and "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'".
Joe (singer) Joseph Lewis Thomas, better known by his stage name, Joe, is an American singer, songwriter and record producer.
John Ellison John Ellison is an American/Canadian musician, best known for writing the song "Some Kind of Wonderful."
John Handcox John L. Handcox was a Great Depression-era tenant farmer and union advocate from Arkansas renowned for his politically charged songs and poetry. Handcox is noted for playing a "vital role in bettering the lives of sharecroppers and energizing labor union organizers and members."
John Lee Hooker John Lee Hooker was an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist. The son of a sharecropper, he rose to prominence performing an electric guitar-style adaptation of Delta blues. Hooker often incorporated other elements, including talking blues and early North Mississippi Hill country blues.
John Legend John Roger Stephens, known professionally as John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor.
John L. Nelson John Lewis Nelson, also known as his stage name Prince Rogers, was an American jazz musician and songwriter. He was the father of musicians Prince and Tyka Nelson and a credited co-writer on some of his son's songs.
Johnny Bristol John William "Johnny" Bristol was an American musician, most famous as a songwriter and record producer for the Motown label in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was a native of Morganton, North Carolina, about which he wrote an eponymous song.
Johnny Polygon John W. Armour, better known by his stage name Johnny Polygon, is an American hip hop recording artist from Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2008, Polygon met DJ Green Lantern, who eventually offered him a record deal with his label imprint, Invasion Music Group.
Johntá Austin Johntá Austin is an American singer-songwriter, arranger and rapper, who is signed to Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Recordings. He is commonly known for collaborating with producers Bryan-Michael Cox, Jermaine Dupri & The Production Team StarGate.
Joi Cardwell Joi Cardwell is an American singer-songwriter. Born and raised in New York City, New York, she performed in various singing competitions as a child and rose to fame in the early 1990s as guest vocalist for Lil Louis on the number 1 Dance singles "Club Lonely" and "Saved My Life".
Joyce Cobb Joyce Cobb is an American singer specializing in jazz and R&B. She is closely associated with traditional blues and jazz artists, most specifically being in the style and lineage of Memphis Minnie, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan.
JR Hutson JR Hutson is an American soul and R&B producer and songwriter, who has worked with artists including Jill Scott and Musiq Soulchild.
Juicy J Jordan Michael Houston, known professionally as Juicy J, is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer from Memphis, Tennessee. He is a founding member of the Southern hip hop group Three 6 Mafia, established in 1991.
Juvenile (rapper) Terius Gray, better known by his stage name Juvenile, is an American rapper and was a member of the former hip hop group The Hot Boys.
Kalenna Harper Kalenna Lashante Harper-Vick, mononymously known as Kalenna, is an American singer-songwriter, hit TV show personality and record producer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Kandi Burruss Kandi Leniece Burruss-Tucker is an American singer-songwriter, television personality, actress, record producer and business woman. She is a member of the group Xscape.
Katie Got Bandz Katie Got Bandz is an American rapper from Chicago, Illinois, often referenced as the "Queen" of drill music and most recognized for her song "Pop Out" featuring King L.
Kawan Prather Kawan "KP" Prather is an American record executive, songwriter, record producer and member of first generation Dungeon Family group P.A.. He started his career at LaFace Records and has worked with TLC, OutKast, Goodie Mob, Usher, John Legend, Pink, and Toni Braxton.
Kehlani Kehlani Ashley Parrish is an American singer, songwriter and dancer who is currently signed to Atlantic Records.
Kelela Kelela Mizanekristos, known mononymously as Kelela, is an American singer and songwriter. Her 2013 debut mixtape, Cut 4 Me, earned praise from music critics and contemporaries such as Solange Knowles and Björk, and was listed in various publications' year-end lists.
Kelis Kelis Rogers, better known mononymously as Kelis, is an American singer, songwriter and chef. Kelis achieved moderate international success with her 1999 debut album, Kaleidoscope, but left her label Virgin Records after its follow-up, Wanderland, received little sales attention and no U.S. release.
Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Duckworth is an American rapper and songwriter. Born and raised in Compton, California, he embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg Entertainment.
Keni Burke Kenneth M. "Keni" Burke is an American R&B, soul, funk, and jazz singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist who began his career as a member of the 1970s soul outfit, the Five Stairsteps.
Kenneth Stover Kenneth C. Stover was an American Motown songwriter, producer, and singer. He contributed background vocals on Marvin Gaye's 1971 album, What's Going On and wrote the first draft of Gaye's 1973 single "Let's Get It On".
Kenny Greene Kenny Greene was an American singer-songwriter who was also a member of the R&B group Intro.
Kenny Ortiz Kenneth "Kenny O" Ortiz is an American record executive, songwriter, record producer, and is currently the CEO of World Trade Entertainment.
Keri Hilson Keri Lynn Hilson is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born and raised in Decatur, Georgia, and spent most of her youth working with producer Anthony Dent, as a songwriter and background vocalist for several R&B and hip hop artists.
Kerry Brothers Jr. Kerry Brothers Jr. better known as "Krucial", "Krucial Keys" or, as Alicia Keys often refers to him, "K", is a multi-Grammy Award winning producer and an American songwriter, executive producer, record producer and artist.
Kerry Gordy Kerry Ashby Gordy is a music industry executive and a member of the Gordy family of Motown fame. He is the son of Motown records founder Berry Gordy, the half-brother of singer and rapper Redfoo along with Rhonda Ross, daughter of Motown legend Diana Ross.
Kevin Cossom Kevin Cossom is an American Rapper and Songwriter Bridge born in Miami and raised in Orlando, Florida. Cossom has written for a variety of artists including Keri Hilson, DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Beyoncé and Mary J. Blige, among others.
Key! Marquis Devone Whittaker, better known by his stage name Key!, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from Atlanta, Georgia. Aside from his solo career, Key! is a founding member of the hip hop collective Two-9.
Keyshia Cole Keyshia Cole is an American singer/songwriter, record producer, business woman, and television personality. She was born in Oakland, California. Her career began when she met MC Hammer at the age of 12, and later met rapper Tupac Shakur.
Kia Shine Nakia Shine Coleman, better known by his stage name Kia Shine, is an American Hip hop recording artist and producer from Memphis, Tennessee. He is perhaps best known for his commercial debut single "Krispy", which is also the lead single from his debut album Due Season.
Kid Cudi Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, better known by his stage name Kid Cudi, is an American recording artist and actor from Cleveland, Ohio. Cudi first gained major recognition following the release of his first official full-length project, a mixtape titled A Kid Named Cudi.
Kid Sister Melisa Young, better known by her stage name Kid Sister, is an American rapper based in Chicago, Illinois, known for her single "Pro Nails", which features Kanye West.
Killer Mike Michael Render, better known by his stage name Killer Mike, is an American rapper, actor, and activist. He is the founder of Grind Time Official Records, which he launched through the SMC and Fontana Distribution.
King Chip Charles Jawanzaa Worth, better known by his stage name King Chip, is an American hip hop recording artist from Cleveland, Ohio. He is perhaps best known for his collaborations with longtime friend and fellow Cleveland-bred rapper Kid Cudi.
King Oliver Joseph Nathan Oliver better known as King Oliver or Joe Oliver, was an American jazz cornet player and bandleader. He was particularly recognized for his playing style and his pioneering use of mutes in jazz.
Kirk Whalum Kirk Whalum is an American smooth jazz saxophonist and songwriter. He toured with Whitney Houston for more than seven years and soloed in her single "I Will Always Love You," the best-selling single by a female artist in music history.
Knoc-turn'al Royal Harbor, known by stage name Knoc-turn'al, is a songwriter and rapper.
Kobe (singer) Brian Honeycutt, best known by his stage name Kobe or Kobe Honeycutt, is an American R&B recording artist and songwriter from Chicago, Illinois. He is perhaps best known for his collaborations with American rapper Eminem, including 2010's "Talkin' 2 Myself", "Cinderella Man", and 2014's "Die Alone".
Kool G Rap Nathaniel Thomas Wilson, better known by his stage name Kool G Rap, is an American rapper from Corona, Queens. He began his career in the mid-1980s as one half of the group Kool G Rap & DJ Polo and as a member of the Juice Crew.
Kool Keith Keith Thornton, better known by his stage name Kool Keith, is an American rapper from The Bronx, New York known for his surreal, abstract and often profane or incomprehensible lyrics. Kool Keith has recorded prolifically both as a solo artist and in group collaborations.
Kool Moe Dee Mohandas Dewese, better known by his stage name Kool Moe Dee, is an American hip hop MC prominent in the late 1970s through the early 1990s. He was one of the first rappers to earn a Grammy Award and was the first rapper to perform at the Grammys.
Kris Stephens Kristina Marie "Kris" Stephens is an American singer and songwriter. Kris is from Temple Hills, Maryland. She has penned songs for artists such as Shakira, Pitbull, Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez, LeToya Luckett and Keyshia Cole.
KRS-One Lawrence "Kris" Parker, better known by his stage names KRS-One, and Teacha, is an American rapper and occasional producer from The Bronx, New York City, New York. KRS-One rose to prominence as part of the group Boogie Down Productions, which he formed with DJ Scott La Rock in the mid 1980s.
Kwanza Jones Kwanza Jones is an American dance / pop singer and songwriter. She was born in Los Angeles, California and started her singing career when she was in college at Princeton University. She is currently signed to the independent label "Innovation Entertainment".
Kydd (rapper) Randell "Kydd" Jones is an American hiphop/R&B artist from Austin, Texas.
Lady Crush Rochelle Ryndia Ray is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and music producer, better known as Lady Crush. She is recognized for being one of the youngest female rappers to be recorded on vinyl record towards the end of the Old-school hip-hop era.
Lamont Dozier Lamont Herbert Dozier is an American songwriter and record producer, born in Detroit, Michigan. Dozier has co-written and produced 14 US Billboard number 1 hits and 4 number ones in the UK.
L.A. Reid Antonio Marquis "L.A." Reid is an American music executive, three-time Grammy Award winner, musician, songwriter, record producer, author, philanthropist and former television music competition judge.
Larry Blackmon Lawrence Ernest Blackmon is the lead singer and founder frontman of the funk and R&B band, Cameo. Starting the band "East Coast", Blackmon and Tomi Jenkins formed the "New York City Players" as compliment to the Ohio Players.
LaShun Pace Tarrian LaShun Pace is an American gospel singer, Stellar Award winner, and evangelist.
La Toya Jackson La Toya Yvonne Jackson is an American singer and songwriter. Jackson is the fifth child of the Jackson family. Jackson maintained a career as a singer throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and returned to music in 2004 with her Billboard charting songs "Just Wanna Dance" and "Free the World".
Laura Love Laura Love is an American singer-songwriter and bass guitar player. Her style has been described as "Afro-Celtic" and has also been influenced by bluegrass.
Ledisi Ledisi Anibade Young is an American R&B and jazz recording artist, songwriter and actress. Her first name means "to bring forth" or "to come here" in Yoruba. Ledisi is known for her jazz influenced vocals. In 1995, Ledisi formed the group known as Anibade.
Leela James Leela James is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter.
Lenny Kravitz Leonard Albert "Lenny" Kravitz is an American singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. His "retro" style incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop, folk, and ballads.
Leonard Caston Jr. Leonard Caston Jr. is an American rhythm and blues songwriter, record producer, pianist and singer.
Leon Bridges Todd Michael "Leon" Bridges is an American gospel and soul singer and songwriter from Fort Worth, Texas. He is best known for his song "Coming Home", which received regular airplay and was also a Top 10 Most Viral Track on Spotify.
Leon Hendrix Leon Hendrix is the brother of late American rock guitarist and singer Jimi Hendrix. He is an artist, songwriter and guitarist who began playing the guitar later in life and has released several albums. He is best known for his original artwork. He is father of six and grandfather of four.
Leroy Hutson Leroy Hutson is an American soul and R&B singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and instrumentalist, best known as former lead singer of R&B vocal group The Impressions.
Lil' Fizz Dreux Pierre Frédéric, better known by his stage name Lil' Fizz, is an American rapper, record producer and television personality best known for being the youngest member and rapper of the R&B group, B2K. Formerly, he starred on the television show Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood.
Lil' Flip Wesley Eric Weston, Jr., better known by his stage name Lil' Flip, is an American rapper from Cloverland, Houston, Texas. He embarked on his musical career as a freestyle and battle rapper before earning a record deal with Suckafree Records in 1999.
Lil Green Lillian Green was an American blues singer and songwriter. She was among the leading female rhythm and blues singers of the 1940s, possessed with an ability to bring power to ordinary material and compose superior songs of her own.
Lil Mama Niatia Jessica Kirkland, better known by her stage name Lil Mama, is an American hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. A rapper, singer, songwriter, dancer and actress, Lil Mama was also a talent show judge for seven seasons on America's Best Dance Crew.
Lil' Mo Cynthia Karen Loving, best known by her stage name Lil' Mo, is an American R&B singer, radio personality, songwriter, and record producer. Her stage name is inspired by one of her close associates during her prostitution period.
Lil Uzi Vert Symere Woods, better known by his stage name Lil Uzi Vert, is an American hip hop recording artist. Based in Philadelphia, he gained recognition after releasing his debut single, "Money Longer", and several mixtapes, including Luv Is Rage, Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World, and The Perfect Luv Tape.
Lincoln Chase Lincoln R. Chase was an African-American songwriter and occasional recording artist. As a writer, his most notable songs were "Such a Night", "Jim Dandy", and several of Shirley Ellis' hits in the early 1960s including "The Name Game" and "The Clapping Song".
Linsey Alexander Linsey Alexander is a blues songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist. He has been a fixture in clubs on Chicago's North Side for nearly two decades and has played with numerous blues musicians, including Buddy Guy, A.C. Reed, Magic Slim, and B.B. King.
Lisa Lopes Lisa Nicole Lopes, better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American hip hop singer, rapper, actress, songwriter and producer. She rose to fame in the early 1990s as one-third of the girl group TLC, alongside Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas.
Lita Gaithers Lita Gaithers Owens is an African-American singer-songwriter, actress, and Tony Award-nominated co-author of the Broadway musical It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, which was nominated for 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1999.
Little Ann (singer) Little Ann was an American soul singer. Her recording career was short-lived but her work was 'rediscovered' shortly before her death.
Little Miss Cornshucks Little Miss Cornshucks was the stage name of Mildred Jorman. She was an American rhythm and blues and jazz singer and songwriter. In her stage show from the 1940s and early 1950s she portrayed herself as a simple farm girl. Her vocal style inspired later.
Little Richard Richard Wayne Penniman, known as Little Richard, is an American musician, singer, actor, comedian and songwriter.
LL Cool J James Todd Smith, better known by his stage name LL Cool J, is an American rapper, actor, author and entrepreneur from Queens, New York.
Lorraine Ellison Lorraine Ellison was an American soul singer known for her recording of the song "Stay with Me" in 1966.
Lucki Lucki Eck$, better known mononymously as Lucki, is an American rapper and record producer from Chicago, Illinois. He came to public attention in 2013, after receiving recognition for his debut project, Alternative Trap.
Luke James Luke James Boyd, better known as Luke James, is a two-time Grammy-nominated American singer-songwriter.
Luther Dixon Luther Dixon was an American songwriter, record producer, and singer. Dixon's songs achieved their greatest success in the 1950s and 1960s, and were recorded by Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Jackson 5, B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dusty Springfield, Jimmy Reed and others.
Lynn Davis (singer) Lynn Davis is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. She rose to prominence after joining The George Duke Band in 1977. During her time with the band, she sang lead vocals on their one of their biggest hits; "I Want You for Myself", "Party Down", and "Reach Out".
Macy Gray Macy Gray is an American R&B and soul singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actress, known for her distinctive raspy voice, and a singing style heavily influenced by Billie Holiday.
Maejor Brandon Green, better known by his stage name Maejor, is an American record producer, singer, rapper and songwriter from Detroit, Michigan.
Maestro (producer) Vaushaun Brooks, professionally known as Maestro is an American Grammy Award-winning hip hop record producer and songwriter. Maestro's trademark is a synthesized female voice saying "Maestro" at the beginning of his productions.
Majic Massey Majic Massey is an artist under SRC Records/Universal Motown In high school, Massey was winning enough talent shows to land a recording deal with Undeniable Records before he graduated. Despite a number of personal setbacks, Massey was determined to establish his recording career.
Mannie Fresh Byron Otto Thomas, better known by his stage name Mannie Fresh, is an American rapper, record producer and DJ who is best known for his work with Cash Money Records from 1993 to 2005 and one half of the hip hop duo Big Tymers.
Marc Gordon Marcus Melvin "Marc" Gordon was an American Grammy-winning record producer, songwriter and music executive, best known for his work with Hal Davis at Motown, and for his later involvement with The 5th Dimension.
Margie Joseph Margaret Marie "Margie" Joseph is an American R&B, soul and gospel singer. Her greatest success came in the 1970s with a duet with Blue Magic on "What's Come Over Me" and her versions of Paul McCartney's "My Love" and The Supremes' "Stop! In the Name of Love".
Mariah Carey Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. In 1990, she rose to fame with the release of "Vision of Love" from her eponymous debut album.
Mario Winans Mario Mendell Winans is an American R&B producer, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist best known for his 2004 song "I Don't Wanna Know", which reached number 2 in the United States and number 1 in the United Kingdom.
Marla Gibbs Marla Gibbs is an American actress, comedian, singer, writer and producer, whose career spans five decades.
Martha Redbone Martha Redbone is an American blues and soul singer of part Cherokee, Choctaw, European and African-American descent. She has won awards for her contemporary Native American music.
Marv Johnson Marv Earl Johnson was an American R&B and soul singer, notable for performing on the first record issued by Tamla Records, which later became Motown.
Marv Tarplin Marvin "Marv" Tarplin was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known as the guitarist for the Miracles from the 1950s through the early 1970s.
Mary J. Blige Mary Jane Blige is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, model, record producer and actress.
Master P Percy Robert Miller, known by his stage name Master P or his business name P. Miller is an American rapper, actor, businessman, investor, author, filmmaker, record producer, philanthropist, and former basketball player.
Maurice Starr Maurice Starr is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. Though trying his hand at a solo career, he's best known for his work creating songs and albums with pop and soul bands such as Con Funk Shun, New Edition, and the New Kids on the Block.
Maxx Kidd Maxx Kidd was an American record producer, music promoter, film producer, and impresario based in Washington, D.C. He is regarded as one of the most significant figures in shepherding the growth of go-go music.
Meechy Darko Dimitri Simms, better known by his stage name Meechy Darko, is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York. He is one of three of the hip hop trio Flatbush ZOMBiES, with whom he began his rapping career with his longtime friends, Erick Arc Elliott and Zombie Juice in 2010.
Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, actor, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he was one of the most popular entertainers in the world, and was the best-selling music artist at the time of his death.
Mickey Factz Mark Williams, better known by his stage name Mickey Factz, is an American hip hop recording artist from the Bronx borough of New York City, New York.
Mickey Guyton Candace Mycale "Mickey" Guyton is an American country music singer and songwriter. She is signed to Capitol Nashville, and has released her debut single, "Better Than You Left Me".
Missy Elliott Melissa Arnette Elliott, better known as Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, is an American rapper, dancer, and record producer.
Mitchelle'l Mitchelle'l Sium is an American singer and songwriter from Houston, Texas. He was discovered on Myspace.com and brought to Grand Hustle Records by General Manager, Hannah Kang. In 2008, Sium signed a record deal with Atlanta-based record label Grand Hustle Records, founded by American rapper T.I..
Montell Jordan Montell Du'Sean Barnett, known professionally as Montell Jordan, is an American singer, songwriter and record producer, best known for his 1995 single "This Is How We Do It". Jordan was the primary male solo artist on Def Jam's Def Soul imprint until leaving the label in 2003.
Mos Def Yasiin Bey, best known by his stage name Mos Def, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor and activist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York.
Mr. Porter Denaun Porter, also known by the stage names Mr. Porter and Kon Artis, is an American rapper and record producer. He was best known as a member of Detroit rap group D12, until his departure in 2012, to focus on his solo career as a producer and rapper.
Naia Kete Naia Jacqueline Kete is an American singer-songwriter and musician whose music spans numerous influences ranging from pop, reggae and soul.
Natalie Cole Natalie Maria Cole was an American singer, voice actress, songwriter, and actress. The daughter of Nat King Cole, she rose to musical success in the mid-1970s as an R&B artist with the hits "This Will Be", "Inseparable", and "Our Love".
Nate Dogg Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, better known by his stage name Nate Dogg, was an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor. He was known as one of the pioneers of West Coast hip hop.
Nat King Cole Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American singer who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. He was widely noted for his soft baritone voice, performing in big band and jazz genres, and was a major force in popular music for three decades.
N'Dea Davenport N'Dea Davenport, is an American born recording artist, songwriter, dancer, performer and producer, best known for her work as lead vocalist to the UK acid jazz/funk band, The Brand New Heavies and for her pioneering contributions to the genre of acid jazz.
Nedra Johnson Nedra Johnson is an American rhythm and blues and jazz singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She has performed internationally at jazz, blues, pride and women's music festivals as a solo artist, a tuba player, and vocalist.
Nickolas Ashford Nickolas Ashford was an American R&B singer and songwriter who formed the musical partnership Ashford & Simpson with his wife, Valerie Simpson.
Nikki Jean Nicholle Jean Leary, better known by her stage name Nikki Jean, is an American singer-songwriter and occasional actress from St. Paul, Minnesota. Aside from her solo career, Jean was once a part of the Philadelphia-based music group Nouveau Riche.
Nile Rodgers Nile Gregory Rodgers, Jr. is an American record producer, songwriter, musician, composer, arranger and guitarist. He is the lead guitarist and co-founding member with Bernard Edwards of the band Chic, which has been active since 1976 and was one of the most successful groups of the disco era.
Nine (rapper) Nine is the stage name of Derrick Keyes, an American rapper from The Bronx, New York City, New York.
Nipsey Hussle Ermias Asghedom, better known by his stage name Nipsey Hussle, is an American rapper from Los Angeles, California.
Nitty (musician) Frank Ross, better known by stage name Nitty, is an American hip hop recording artist from The Bronx, New York. He is perhaps best known for his debut single "Nasty Girl" and his pop rap style of hip hop, which he calls "playboy rap".
No I.D. Ernest Dion Wilson, professionally known as No I.D., is an American hip hop and R&B music producer from Chicago, Illinois. Wilson is also a disc jockey, music arranger and rapper, having released an album in 1997, titled Accept Your Own and Be Yourself, under Relativity Records.
N.O. Joe Joseph Johnson, known by his stage name N.O. Joe, is a musician, multi platinum Grammy/Emmy Nominated producer, songwriter, and artist. N.O. Joe was a pioneer of the Southern Hip Hop sound during the 1990s.
Norman Whitfield Norman Jesse Whitfield was an American songwriter and producer, best known for his work with Berry Gordy's Motown labels during the 1960s. He has been credited as one of the creators of the Motown Sound and as an instrumental figure in the development of the late-1960s subgenre of psychedelic soul.
Offset (rapper) Kiari Kendrell Cephus better known by his stage name Offset, is an American hip hop recording artist from Lawrenceville, Georgia. He is best known as a member of the southern hip hop trio Migos, alongside his family members Takeoff and Quavo.
OG Parker Joshua Isaih Parker, professionally known as OG Parker, is an American record producer from Atlanta. He is currently signed to Quality Control Music and has been with the label since 2014. OG Parker has produced for artists including Migos, Fetty Wap, K Camp, and YFN Lucci.
OJ da Juiceman Otis Williams, Jr., better known by his stage name OJ Da Juiceman, is an American rapper, actor and songwriter. OJ Da Juiceman is founder of vanity label 32 Entertainment.
Open Mike Eagle Michael W. Eagle II, better known by his stage name Open Mike Eagle, is an American alternative hip hop artist. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, he is now based in Los Angeles, California, where he is a member of the hip hop collective Project Blowed.
Oscar Washington Oscar Douglas Washington was an American songwriter, guitarist, school teacher and record label owner. He is credited as co-writer of the jazz and rhythm and blues classic "Night Train", and was also influential in the early career of Chuck Berry.
Otis Blackwell Otis Blackwell was an African-American songwriter, singer, and pianist, whose work significantly influenced rock and roll.
Ousala Aleem Ousala Aleem, also known as Prestley Snipes and FD, is a Platinum selling and Grammy Award Nominated songwriter, filmmaker, director, producer, entertainment manager, photographer, author and entrepreneur.
Patrick "J. Que" Smith Patrick "j.Que" Smith is a Grammy nominated Songwriter. He has contributed to songs from Justin Bieber,Usher, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Jesse McCartney Fantasia Barrino, Ciara, Avant, Chris Brown, Ariana Grande, The Gospellers, Omarion, EXO, BoA, ShiNEE, and NCT.
Patti LaBelle Patricia Louise Holt-Edwards, known professionally as Patti LaBelle, is an American singer, author, actress, and entrepreneur. LaBelle began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer and front woman of the vocal group, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles.
Paul Kyser Paul Kyser is a promoter, record label owner, song writer, producer and arranger. Along with Leon Stuckey he co-wrote "Just How Sweet Is Your Love" for Rhyze, which appears on the Boogie's Gonna Getcha: '80s New York Boogie compilation album.
Peggy Harley Peggy Harley, born into a musical family, is a recording artist/singer-songwriter/producer/composer and public speaker. She has worked with artists such as Mariah Carey, Kenny Loggins, Todd Terry and George Michael. She released a single called "It Will Never Happen Again".
Penny Ford Penny Ford is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, she rose to fame in the 1980s after signing a recording contract with Total Experience Records and releasing her debut solo album Pennye.
Percee P John Percy Simon, better known by his stage name Percee P, is a hip hop artist from The South Bronx, New York City, United States. Unkut described him as the "legendary lyricist of the subterranean".
Philip Bailey Philip Irvin Bailey is an American R&B, soul, gospel and funk singer, songwriter, percussionist and actor, best known as an original member, and one of the two lead singers of the band Earth, Wind & Fire.
Phillip Ingram Phillip Ingram is an American musician. He is perhaps best known as one of the founding members of the Motown Group "SWITCH" Ingram was raised in Akron, Ohio.
Phillip Mitchell Leroy Phillip Mitchell, often credited as Prince Phillip Mitchell, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, and record producer.
Polow da Don Jamal Fincher Jones, professionally known as Polow da Don, is an American record producer, songwriter and rapper. His cousin is Atlanta singer Monica.
Punch (rapper) Terrence Henderson, better known by his stage name Punch, is an American hip hop recording artist, record executive and record producer from Carson, California. He is best known for being the president of the independent record label Top Dawg Entertainment.
Pusha T Terrence LeVarr Thornton, better known by his stage name Pusha T, is an American rapper. He initially gained major recognition as half of hip hop duo Clipse, alongside his brother Gene "No Malice" Thornton, with whom he founded Re-Up Records.
Q-Tip (musician) Kamaal Ibn John Fareed, better known by his stage name Q-Tip, is an American rapper, singer, actor, record producer and DJ. He embarked on his music career as part of the critically acclaimed East Coast hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest.
Quavo Quavious Keyate Marshall, better known by his stage name Quavo, is an American hip hop recording artist from Lawrenceville, Georgia. He is best known as a member of the southern hip hop group Migos. The members of the Migos are all directly related.
Quincy (actor) Quincy Brown is an American actor, entrepreneur, and recording artist who performs under the mononym Quincy. He is best known for his debut starring role in the 2015 film Brotherly Love, and his music single "Friends First". More recently, he is a regular on the television musical drama Star.
Raheem DeVaughn Raheem DeVaughn is an American singer and songwriter. His debut album, The Love Experience, reached No. 46 on the US Billboard 200 album chart. It featured the singles "Guess Who Loves You More" and "You". His second album Love Behind the Melody was released in January 2008.
Rakim William Michael Griffin, better known by his stage name Rakim, is an American rapper. One half of golden age hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential and most skilled MCs of all time.
Randy Jackson (The Jacksons) Steven Randall "Randy" Jackson is an American singer-songwriter, musician and dancer. Jackson is best known as a former member of his family band, The Jacksons. Jackson was the youngest son and the second youngest Jackson sibling before his sister Janet Jackson was born.
Rasheeda Rasheeda Buckner-Frost, known professionally as Rasheeda, is an American rapper, fashion designer, television personality and businesswoman from Atlanta, Georgia. Rasheeda was a member of the teenage hip hop trio Da Kaperz until 2000 when she launched her solo career.
Ray Dalton Ray Dalton is a Grammy nominated American singer and songwriter based in Seattle, Washington. He began his career as a gospel and R&B singer.
Redfoo Stefan Kendal Gordy, better known by his stage name Redfoo, is an American rapper, dancer, record producer, DJ, singer and songwriter best known as part of the musical duo LMFAO. He formed the duo with his nephew Sky Blu in 2006 and they released two studio albums before going solo in 2013.
Redman (rapper) Reginald "Reggie" Noble, better known by his stage name Redman, is an American rapper, DJ, record producer, and actor. He rose to fame in the early 1990s as an artist on the Def Jam label.
Rhona Bennett Rhona Lynn Bennett, also known as Miss R&B, is an American singer, actress and model, best known for her recurring role as Nicole on The Jamie Foxx Show. She is currently a member of American contemporary R&B group En Vogue.
Rhonetta Johnson Rhonetta Johnson also known as Rhonetta is an American singer, rapper, and model most known for her appearance on season five of American Idol, in which she famously became irate after the judges chose not to pick her; calling out Paula Abdul and the other judges.
Ricco Barrino Kassim Vonricco Washington, best known by his stage name Ricco Barrino, is an American R&B recording artist and songwriter from High Point, North Carolina. He is also the brother of American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino and nephew of The Barrino Brothers.
Rich Harrison Rich Harrison is an American record producer and songwriter from Washington, D.C., specializing in R&B and hip hop music.
Rick James Rick James was an American musician and composer.
Rico Beats Ricardo LaMarre, better known as his stage name Rico Beats, is an American record producer and songwriter from Brooklyn, New York City. His most famous production credits are DJ Khaled's "Take That Off", Nicki Minaj's "Roman Reloaded", Soulja Boy's "Mean Mug" and Pusha T's "Exodus 23:1".
R. Kelly Robert Sylvester Kelly, known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Kelly began performing during the late 1980s and debuted in 1992 with the group Public Announcement.
Roberta Flack Roberta Cleopatra Flack is an American singer and musician.
Robert Johnson Robert Leroy Johnson was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians.
Robert "Kool" Bell Robert Earl "Kool" Bell, also known by his Muslim name Muhammad Bayyan, is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is the founding member of the jazz/R&B/soul/funk/disco band, Kool & the Gang.
Rob Stone (rapper) Jaylen Robinson, known professionally as Rob Stone, is an American rapper from San Diego, California. He is best known for his debut single, "Chill Bill" from his mixtape Straight Bummin.
Rockwell (musician) Kennedy William Gordy, better known by his stage name Rockwell, is an former American musician and singer-songwriter who was signed to the Motown label.
Ron Browz Rondell Turner, better known by his stage name Ron Browz, is an American recording artist and record producer from Harlem, New York. He initially gained major recognition after producing the Jay-Z diss track, "Ether" by Nas. Due to the notoriety of the song, Browz adopted the nickname "Ether Boy".
Ronnie Mack Ronald Augustus "Ronnie" Mack was an American songwriter, singer and talent manager who wrote "He's So Fine", a number one chart hit in 1963 for the Chiffons and the apparent inspiration for George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord".
Roscoe Dash Jeffery Lee Johnson Jr., better known by his stage names Roscoe Dash and Roscoe Dash 2.0, is an American hip hop recording artist from Little Rock, Arkansas.
Rose Marie McCoy Rose Marie McCoy was an African American songwriter, influential and prolific during the 1950s and 1960s. Her songs, co-written with others, were successfully recorded by Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole, Big Maybelle, and many others.
Roy Ayers Roy Ayers is an American funk, soul, and jazz composer and vibraphone player. Ayers began his career as a post-bop jazz artist, releasing several albums with Atlantic Records, before his tenure at Polydor Records beginning in the 1970s, during which he helped pioneer jazz-funk.
Royce da 5'9" Ryan Daniel Montgomery, better known by his stage name Royce da 5′9″, is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan.
Roy Lee Johnson Roy Lee Johnson is an American R&B and soul songwriter, singer and guitarist. He is best known for his composition "Mr. Moonlight", which has been covered by many artists, including The Beatles.
Roy "Royalty" Hamilton Roy Hamilton III is an American Pop and R&B songwriter, record producer, and musician. Collectively, these skills and abilities have helped to sell over 70 million albums worldwide. Hamilton is the author of the "Welcome To Modern Artist Development" eBook for emerging musical artists.
Ruben Wright Ruben Wright is a musician and former bandleader from Philadelphia. He had an R&B Top 30 hit with "I'm Walking Out On You". He is also a song writer. He also wrote regional hit "God Only Knows" for The Capris in 1954.
Rudolph Isley Rudolph Bernard "Rudy" Isley is an American singer-songwriter and is one of the founding members of The Isley Brothers.
Ryan Toby Ryan Toby is an American soul singer, songwriter, producer, and actor. He is known as the baritenor in the group City High. and is also best known for playing Wesley Glen Ahmal James in the 1993 film Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.
RZA Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, better known by his stage name RZA, is an American rapper, record producer, musician, actor, filmmaker and author. A prominent figure in hip hop, RZA is the de facto leader of the Wu-Tang Clan.
Sadat X Sadat X is an American rapper, best known as a member of Alternative hip hop group Brand Nubian. Originally known as Derek X, Sadat takes his name from former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat.
Safaree Samuels Safaree Lloyd Samuels is an American rapper, songwriter and television personality. Samuels started his musical career in the group The Hoodstars. After the group split, Samuels joined fellow rapper Nicki Minaj as a hype man. He later dated Minaj up until 2014.
Sam Dees Sam Dees is an American soul singer, songwriter and record producer. He has released several albums throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and the 1990s; as a composer, he has written hundreds of songs for many music artists.
Sasha Allen Sasha Sierra Allen is an American singer and actress. Born and raised in Harlem, New York, she began her career in the music industry as a backing vocalist for the likes of Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Leona Lewis, and Usher.
Sasha Go Hard Yaneisha Franklin, better known by her stage name Sasha Go Hard, is an American rapper from Chicago, Illinois.
Schoolboy Q Quincy Matthew Hanley, better known by his stage name Schoolboy Q, is an American rapper from South Central Los Angeles, California.
Sean Garrett Garrett Hamler, better known by his stage name Sean Garrett, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer. Garrett is responsible for a series of chart-topping compositions, most notably Usher's "Yeah!".
Shae Jones Shae Jones is an American R&B singer. She was discovered in the late 1990s by R&B star Montell Jordan, who liked the fact that her voice did not sound like other voices.
Shea Taylor Shea Taylor is a songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist based in New York City. He's established a successful songwriting partnership with Def Jam's R&B singer-songwriter phenom Ne-Yo, and has also worked with Rihanna, Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, and Wyclef Jean.
Shock G Gregory Jacobs, commonly known by his stage name Shock G is an American musician and rapper, known as the lead vocalist for the hip hop group Digital Underground.
Shwayze Shwayze is the stage name of Aaron Smith, an American rapper. His first single "Buzzin'" peaked at #46 on the Billboard Hot 100. His second single "Corona and Lime," reached #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and #3 in the US iTunes Store.
Silentó Ricky Lamar Hawk, better known by his stage name Silentó, is an American rapper. He is best known for his debut single "Watch Me", which reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100.
Sister Souljah Sister Souljah is an American author, activist, recording artist, and film producer. She gained prominence for Bill Clinton's criticism of her remarks about race in the United States during the 1992 presidential campaign.
Skip Scarborough Clarence Alexander "Skip" Scarborough was a songwriter, best known for romantic ballads.
Sky Blu (rapper) Skyler Austen Gordy, better known by his stage name Sky Blu, is an American rapper, singer, record producer, DJ and dancer best known as one half of the musical duo LMFAO, along with his uncle Redfoo. They have two albums together, 2009's Party Rock and 2011's Sorry for Party Rocking.
Sleepy Brown Patrick "Sleepy" Brown is an American singer-songwriter and record producer from Savannah, Georgia.
Smoke DZA Sean Pompey, better known by his stage name Smoke DZA, is an American hip hop recording artist from Harlem, New York City.
Smokey Robinson William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. Robinson was the founder and front man of the Motown vocal group the Miracles, for which he also served as the group's chief songwriter and producer.
Solange Knowles Solange Piaget Knowles is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, model actress and younger sister of singer Beyonce.
Southside (record producer) Joshua Howard Luellen, professionally known as Southside, or by his stage name Young Sizzle, is an American record producer, songwriter and rapper. Southside gained recognition in the hip hop industry for producing songs for prominent artists across the American hip hop sphere.
Spectacular Smith Pretty Ricky is an American R&B/hip hop group originated from Miami, Florida.
Stacy Barthe Stacy Barthe is an American singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. She is a Grammy-nominated songwriter and signed a publishing deal to Universal Music Publishing Group by Ethiopia Habtermariam, in 2007.
Stacy Francis Stacy Francis is an American singer and actress. She is best known for being a part of the girl group Ex Girlfriend and as a contestant in the first season of The X Factor USA. Francis has also made several television appearances on various shows.
Starrah Brittany Talia Hazzard, professionally known as Starrah, is an American songwriter, singer and rapper.
Steve Arrington Stephen Ralph "Steve" Arrington is an American singer, songwriter, drummer, record producer, engineer and minister, who grew up in Dayton, Ohio.
Stevie Wonder Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he is considered to be one of the most critically and commercially successful musical performers of the late 20th century.
Sunshine Anderson Sunshine Jocelyn Sian Anderson is a female American R&B and soul singer and songwriter.
Susaye Greene Susaye Greene, is an American singer–songwriter. Greene is best known for being the last official member to join the Motown girl group The Supremes, remaining in the group during its final years of existence from 1976 to 1977.
Suzi Analogue Maya Shipman, better known by her stage name Suzi Analogue, is an American recording artist, musician, songwriter & producer based in New York City.
Syleena Johnson Syleena Johnson is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter and actress.
Sylvester Potts Sylvester Potts was a singer and composer as well as an off and on member of The Contours and a one time member of The Four Sonics. Songs that he has either composed or co-composed have been recorded by The Contours, Mamie Galore, Jimmy Ruffin and The Temptations.
Sylvia Moy Sylvia Rose Moy was an American songwriter and record producer, formerly associated with the Motown Records group. The first woman at the Detroit-based music label to write and produce for Motown acts, she is probably best known for her songs written with and for Stevie Wonder.
SZA (singer) Solána Imani Rowe, better known by her stage name SZA, is an American recording artist. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, later relocating to Maplewood, New Jersey.
Talib Kweli Talib Kweli Greene is an American hip hop recording artist, entrepreneur, and social activist. Kweli earned recognition early on through his collaboration with fellow Brooklyn rapper Mos Def, when they formed the group Black Star.
Tameka Cottle Tameka "Tiny" Harris is an American singer-songwriter from Jonesboro, Georgia. Cottle is best known as a member of the American multi-platinum R&B vocal group Xscape and her marriage with rapper T.I.. Cottle received a Grammy Award for her writing contributions on the TLC hit "No Scrubs".
Tamyra Gray Tamyra Monica Gray is an American actress, singer and songwriter, who finished fourth place on the first season of the musical reality competition American Idol in 2002.
Tank Washington Tank Washington is an American rapper and emcee from Austin, Texas who has worked with artists like King Mez, Dee-1, ST 2 Lettaz, Stunnaman, GLC, Max Frost & Killa Kyleon.
Taral Hicks Taral Hicks is an American actress and singer. She is most known for her role as Jane Williams in the 1993 American crime drama film A Bronx Tale alongside Robert De Niro.
Terence Trent D'Arby Sananda Francesco Maitreya, better known by his former stage name Terence Trent D'Arby, is an American singer and songwriter who came to fame with his debut studio album, Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby, released in July 1987, which included the singles "Wishing Well"...
Terrace Martin Terrace Jamahl Martin is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor from Los Angeles, California.
Terron Brooks Terron Brooks is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. He is best known for his portrayal of R&B/pop singer Eddie Kendricks in the 1998 NBC miniseries The Temptations.
Teyana Taylor Teyana Taylor, is an American recording artist and actress from Harlem, New York. In 2007, Taylor signed a record deal with American musician Pharrell Williams' Star Trak Entertainment imprint, before making her first national appearance on MTV's My Super Sweet 16.
The Clutch The Clutch was an American collective of songwriters and record producers based in Atlanta, consisted of Candice Clotiel "Gg" Nelson, Ezekiel "Zeke" Lewis, Patrick Michael "J. Que" Smith, Balewa Muhammad and Keri Lynn Hilson.
The-Dream Terius Youngdell Nash, better known by his stage name The-Dream, is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. His co-writing credits include songs with Dear Jayne, "Me Against the Music" for Britney Spears, "Umbrella" for Rihanna, "Single Ladies" for Beyoncé and "Baby" for Justin Bieber.
The Exclusives The Exclusives are an American/Canadian R&B/pop/hip hop songwriting and production team from Miami, Florida, consisting of Sean "Pen" McMillion and Ralph "Vintage" Jeanty.
The Knux The Knux are an American alternative hip hop duo, formed in 2003, composed of brothers Kentrell "Krispy" Lindsey and Alvin "Joey" Lindsey. Both brothers are multi-instrumentalists, who sing and rap, as well as produce the bulk of their own music.
The World Famous Tony Williams Antony Williams, better known by his stage name The World Famous Tony Williams or simply Tony Williams, is an American R&B and soul recording artist from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Thi'sl Travis Tremayne Tyler, better known by the stage name Thi'sl is an American Christian hip hop producer and songwriter from St. Louis, Missouri.
T.I. Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., known professionally as T.I. and Tip, is an American rapper and actor from Atlanta, Georgia. Harris signed his first major-label record deal in 1999, with Arista subsidiary LaFace.
Tim & Bob Tim & Bob, also known as Funktwons, are Grammy Award-winning songwriting musicians and a Hip-hop/R&B production duo. Tim & Bob have discovered and or worked on some of the biggest artists in the music industry and has helped develop the Atlanta music scene as it is widely known for today.
Tim Bowman, Jr. Timothy "Tim" Bowman, Jr. is an American gospel musician. He started his music career, in 2012, with the release of, Beautiful, by Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records. This album was his breakthrough release upon the Billboard magazine Gospel Albums and Independent Albums charts.
Timotha Lanae Timotha Lanae is an international and multi-octave singer songwriter, playwright and actress. Her debut album Red reached #1 on the UK Soul Charts. Her follow-up EP Rewind reached #1 on the Sweet Rhythms Chart and peaked at #2 on the UK Soul Chart.
Tish Hyman Latisha "Tish" Hyman, commonly known as Tish, is an American singer-songwriter and rapper.
T. J. Jackson (singer) Tito Joe "T.J." Jackson is an American singer and member of 3T. He is the youngest son of Tito Jackson.
Tom Brock (singer) Tom Brock was an American soul singer, born in Austin Texas. Brock worked with Barry White on the 20th Century Records label in the 1970s. He wrote songs for Gloria Scott's 1974 album What Am I Gonna Do?, including "A Case Of Too Much Love Makin".
Tom Delaney (songwriter) Tom Delaney was an African-American blues and jazz songwriter, pianist and singer, who wrote a number of popular songs, mainly in the 1920s.
Toni Baldwin Toni J. Baldwin is an American singer and songwriter. She started writing songs in the 3rd grade. In 2013 she released her debut EP, Contra.
Toni Braxton Toni Michelle Braxton is an American singer, songwriter, pianist, record producer, actress, television personality, and philanthropist.
Tony Haynes Tony Haynes is an American lyricist, songwriter, poet, music publisher, producer and author. Over the last four decades he has written lyrics to melodies composed by the biggest names in R&B and pop music.
Tony Hollins Tony Hollins was an American blues singer, guitarist and songwriter.
Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman is an American singer-songwriter, known for her hits "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason", along with other singles "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", "Baby Can I Hold You", "Crossroads", "New Beginning" and "Telling Stories".
Trae tha Truth Frazier Othel Thompson III, better known by his stage name Trae tha Truth or simply Trae, is an American hip hop recording artist from Houston, Texas.
Travis Scott Jacques Webster, Jr., better known by his stage name Travis Scott, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer from Houston, Texas. In 2012, Scott signed his first major-label deal with Epic Records.
Troy Ave Roland Collins, better known by the stage name Troy Ave, is an American rapper from the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City. His moniker derives from Troy Avenue, a street near his boyhood home. In November 2013, his first studio album, New York City: The Album, was released.
Turner Foddrell Turner Foddrell was an American Piedmont blues and folk acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter. He performed locally, nationally, and in Europe, both as a solo artist and with his brother, Marvin. They jointly recorded two albums in the early 1980s.
Ty Dolla Sign Tyrone William Griffin Jr., known professionally as Ty Dolla Sign, is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He first gained major recognition in 2010 for his feature on YG's "Toot It and Boot It", which he had written and produced for Def Jam Recordings.
Tyler Perry Tyler Perry is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, writer, and songwriter, specializing in the gospel genre. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s.
Vance Gilbert Vance Gilbert is an American folk singer-songwriter. He started as a jazz singer, switched to folk music, became a regular on the open mike circuit in Boston and toured with Shawn Colvin. He has recorded thirteen albums, including Side of the Road, three of them on Philo/Rounder Records.
Van McCoy Van Allen Clinton McCoy was an American musician, record producer, arranger, songwriter, singer and orchestra conductor. He is known best for his 1975 internationally successful song "The Hustle".
Vic Mensa Victor Kwesi Mensah, better known by his stage name Vic Mensa, is an American rapper from Chicago, Illinois. He is currently signed to Roc Nation and was a member of the group Kids These Days, which broke up in May 2013, after which he released his first solo mixtape Innanetape.
V.I.C. (rapper) Victor Grimmy Owusu, better known by his stage name V.I.C., is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. His single, "Get Silly", reached #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2008.
Victoria Monét Victoria Monét McCants is an American singer and songwriter. She became involved in performing arts at a young age, singing in the youth choir at her church and performing in a city dance team. She soon took to writing and began working with producer Rodney Jerkins.
Victor Willis Victor Edward Willis is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. He is best known as the first member of the disco group Village People, for which he was the lead singer and co-songwriter during its most popular period, on all of its most successful singles.
Vivian Green Vivian Sakiyyah Green is an American R&B singer-songwriter and pianist.
W. C. Clark W. C. Clark is an American blues musician. He is known as the "Godfather of Austin Blues" for his influence on the Austin, Texas blues scene since the late 1960s.
Whoopi Goldberg Caryn Elaine Johnson, known professionally as Whoopi Goldberg, is an American actress, comedian, author, and television host.
will.i.am William James Adams, better known by his stage name will.i.am, is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, DJ, record producer, entrepreneur, actor and philanthropist. He is best known as a founding member of the hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas.
William Bell (singer) William Bell is an American soul singer and songwriter. As a performer, he is probably best known for his debut single 1961's "You Don't Miss Your Water" and 1968's top 10 hit in the UK "Private Number", a duet with Judy Clay.
William Harris (musician) William Harris was an American country blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He recorded sixteen songs between 1927 and 1928, of which fourteen were released on record. AllMusic noted that Harris was "a fine second-level blues and folksong performer".
William Weatherspoon William Henry Weatherspoon was an American songwriter and record producer, best known for his work for Motown Records in the 1960s. He co-wrote "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted", an international hit for Jimmy Ruffin, and many other hit songs.
Willie Clarke (songwriter) Willie Clarke is a Grammy Award winning American musician and songwriter known for such songs as "Clean Up Woman", "Rockin' Chair" and "Willing and Able".
Willie Hutch William McKinley Hutchison, better known as Willie Hutch, was an American singer, songwriter as well as a record producer and recording artist for the Motown record label during the 1970s and 1980s.
Willie Mitchell (musician) William Lawrence Mitchell was an American trumpeter, bandleader, soul, R&B, rock and roll, pop and funk record producer and arranger who ran Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.
Willie "Pdub" Moore Jr. William Moore, Jr., better known by his stage names Pretty Willie, Willie Moore and P-Dub, is an actor, comedian, producer, speaker, radio host, Christian R&B artist and licensed minister from St. Louis, Missouri. Moore has also been known to work with Christian rap artist Bizzle.
Will Smith Willard Carroll "Will" Smith Jr. is an American actor, producer, rapper, comedian, and songwriter. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards.
Yaba Angelosi Angelo Maku better known by his stage name Yaba Angelosi is a South Sudanese American singer, songwriter, producer, film director, and entertainer. He is founder of Assida Records and Assida Films. He is popular in Africa and in South Sudanese diaspora in United States, Canada and Europe.
YC the Cynic Kemba, formerly known as YC the Cynic, is an American hip hop recording artist from Hunts Point, Bronx, New York.
Yolanda Adams Yolanda Yvette Adams is an American gospel singer, record producer, actress, and former radio host of her own nationally syndicated morning gospel show., she had sold 4.5 million albums since 1991 in the United States, and nearly 8 million albums worldwide according to SoundScan.
Young Dolph Adolph Thornton, Jr., better known by his stage name Young Dolph, is an American rapper. In February 2016, Dolph released his debut studio album, King of Memphis, which peaked at number 49 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Young Dre the Truth Andre Truthe, born in Seattle and better known by his stage name Young Dre the Truth, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor from Seattle, Washington.
Young Pyro Jason Bobb, known professionally as Young Pyro, is an American hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York. He gained attention from his debut single, "Blow Something" from his mix-tape Respect This Hustle. The mixtape would feature its first blog placement on The Daily Loud.
Young Thug Jeffery Lamar Williams, best known professionally as Young Thug, is an American hip hop artist from Atlanta, Georgia. He is known for his unconventional vocal style, fashion, and persona.