When you work at MTV News, you learn to expect the unexpected. Each morning, I wake up and try to anticipate what the day will bring, but there is really no telling. Take Thursday (July 9) for example; I knew I had a few meetings, some stories to edit and a couple of deadlines to meet; but nothing was going to prepare me for one particular email that I received around 1 p.m. alerting me that Angelous has a new song out.
"Holy sh-t, Angelous has a new song," I blurted out from my desk before I sent a tweet echoing the same sentiment.
Now, I wasn't particularly excited, just surprised. When I woke up this morning (in 2015), the last thing I expected was to get an email about Angelous.
Who is Angelous, you ask? He is a Brooklyn rapper, who made a moderate amount of noise in the early 2000s, mostly due to the fact that he sounded a hell of a lot like Jay Z. It was a pretty big controversy because in hip-hop, biting another MC's style is a no-no, and many accused Angelous with swiping Hov's vocal essence. Ang argued that he was using his natural voice.
Though he caught flack, Angelous isn't the only MC who has been accused of sounding like someone else. Here are 13 MCs who were once accused of sounding like someone else.
Angelous And Jay Z
It may be hard to hear now, but in 2003, Brooklyn rapper Angelous caught quite a bit of heat because he sounded an awful lot like Jay Z. MTV News profiled him 12 years ago, but he has been mostly quiet since -- until now.
NOE And Jay Z
NOE was a member in Jim Jones' BrydGang crew. He made significant contributions to the group's 2008 commercial debut M.O.B.:The Album and while most couldn't get past the Jay comparisons, dedicated fans celebrated NOE's pen game and dope rhyme construction.
Shyne And The Notorious B.I.G.
When Shyne first got into the game, he was quickly dubbed a Biggie clone, but his solid 2000 self-titled debut went a long way in helping the Brooklyn MC establish his own identity.
Action Bronson And Ghostface Killah
Earlier in his career, Action Bronson got the Ghostface comparison a lot; GFK even told VladTV he once confused Bam Bam with himself. These days, Action is well-established and stands firmly on his own two. Consistency pays.
Loon And Ma$e
Ma$e left a serious void when he left Bad Boy Records in 1999 -- a void that Diddy filled with another smooth-talking rapper from Harlem. To call Loon a Ma$e doppelgänger may be a bit harsh, but you couldn't discount the similarities.
Dana Dane And Slick Rick
Slick Rick really stood out in the 1980s. For one, there weren't nearly as many rappers as there are today and his thick British accent was unlike anything hip-hop fans ever heard. That was until they heard Dana Dane. The Cinderfella caught a lot of flack for sounding like MC Ricky D, but to his credit, Dana and the Storyteller were both members of the Kangol Crew back in the day.
BB Jay And The Notorious B.I.G.
You may not remember BB Jay a.k.a. the Pentecostal Poppa, but this Brooklyn-based Christian MC had a bit of his buzz with the way he blended God's word with a little Biggie 101.
Lil' Zane And 2Pac
Lil' Zane's career didn't last long, but when he landed on 112's 1999 single "Anywhere," he made a ton of noise. The top 40 single was a staple on radio and Zane's verse reminded us of the late, great Tupac Shakur.
Sacario And Jay Z
Sacario didn't have a huge career, but definitely made NY rap fans take notice in the early 2000s. The Dominican MC signed with Angie Martinez's defunct Animal House label and appeared on her 2002 single "If I Could Go." His street single "Live Big (Car Keys)" also made waves, but the vocal comparisons to Hov proved to be too much.
Guerilla Black And The Notorious B.I.G.
Guerilla Black dropped his major label debut album Guerilla City in 2004, and not only did he sound just like Biggie, he even recruited Bad Boy producers Carlos Broady and Mario Winans to help him craft his sound.
Gravy And The Notorious B.I.G.
Jamal "Gravy" Woolard started out as a Biggie clone, but traded in his rap dreams and landed a staring role playing Big Poppa in "Notorious." Well played, sir.
King Just And The Wu-Tang Clan
When King Just dropped "Warrior's Drum" in 1995, hip-hop fans initially mistook the Staten Island spitter with for one of the many members of the Wu-Tang Clan. Though they both hailed from the same hood in New York City, we soon learned that Just wasn't a part of the Wu.
Joe Sinistr And Redman
In the 1990s, Redman and the Def Squad ruled rap with rugged rhymes and funked-out beats. When Joe Sinistr dropped "Unda the Sun" in 1994, he confused fans with his bugged out rhyme style and George Clinton-inspired track.
Oh yeah, and in case you were curious here's Angelous' new track "Back 2 Class."