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  1. Comedy runs through Kevin Hart's veins. So, undaunted by the slim chance he would be accepted on the tough comedy circuit, a young Kevin made his debut on amateur night at a Philadelphia comedy club. The audience welcomed him into their hearts and...   Read More

  2. Born and raised in Riverside, Calif., Liz Hernandez began her radio career while majoring in communications at the University of San Diego and interning for a local radio station. As an intern she did it all -- answering phones, promotions, on-air...   Read More

  3. Darryl McDaniels -- better known as D.M.C. -- helped transform the musical landscape as one-third of the trailblazing, multi-platinum rap group Run-D.M.C. He is recognized as a pioneer of the hip-hop genre, having sold more than 30 million albums...   Read More

  4. Da Brat was one of the first of a new breed of hard-edged female MCs to hit the hip-hop scene during the mid-'90s. Although sexuality was certainly part of her image, it wasn't as important to her as it was to, say, Lil' Kim or Foxy Brown. Instead,...   Read More

  5. The second youngest of seven children, Big Boy grew up in Los Angeles. After college, a hefty Big worked as a bodyguard for the rap group The Pharcyde. It was an adventurous and enlightening experience to be on the road touring with The Pharcyde,...   Read More

  6. A multi-talented entertainer, Shar Jackson is an actress who has had roles in such TV shows as Moesha and The Parkers and the films Good Burger and
    Love and Basketball. Despite this, she is much more well-known as the...   Read More

  7. As one of the first female MCs to find mainstream success, MC Lyte is a hip-hop pioneer. She is known for her tough-as-nails attitude and calling out the sexism that runs rampant throughout rap music, often facing the subject head-on in her...   Read More

  8. If you've seen the E! reality series The Girls Next Door, then you know Kendra Wilkinson, who is one of Hugh Hefner's three live-in girlfriends. She met the inimitable Playboy publisher while working as a model hired to be one of the "painted...   Read More

  9. Born in South Central, Los Angeles, Too Short was one of the first West Coast rap stars to emerge from the region. In 1983, when he was just 17, he released Don't Stop Rappin' on a tiny independent label, selling it out of the back of his...   Read More

  10. The original singer of rock band Skid Row, Sebastian Bach is all about rock and roll. It pumps through his veins. It's what he lives for. He's the voice behind hits like "18 and Life," "I Remember You" and "Youth Gone Wild." The band sold millions...   Read More

  11. Rap took hold of Kurupt when he was just 8 years old. He idolized Rakim and emulated him on the streets of Philadelphia. In the mid-'80s, Kurupt moved to South Central, Los Angeles, where he found himself right smack in the middle of the burgeoning...   Read More

  12. Blogarazzi extraordinaire Perez Hilton calls himself "the Internet's most devilish gossip columnist" on his eponymously named web site. He is best known for breaking celebrity news accompanied by paparazzi photos that he has doodled on.

    Born...   Read More

  13. With his gravelly voice and wisecrack lyrics, Tone-Loc soared from near obscurity to stardom in 1989 with songs like "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina." His debut album, Loc-ed After Dark, became the second rap album to top The Billboard...   Read More

  14. Discovered in 1988 on Star Search, Countess Vaughn was named the nationally broadcast talent show's Junior Vocalist Champion and Overall Junior Champion. That led to a role on the NBC sitcom 227, starring Marla Gibbs and Jackee. But...   Read More

  15. Warren G grew up in Long Beach, Calif., and formed his first rap group, 213, with childhood friends Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg. All three had run-ins with the law and spent time in jail, which motivated them to seek out success as rappers. Of course,...   Read More

  16. This alum of MTV series Laguna Beach and The Hills is young, rich and has a way with the ladies. In fact, he was Lauren Conrad's on-again, off-again boyfriend for quite some time. (For the record, they're now permanently off-again, as...   Read More

  17. Southern boy Bubba Sparxxx surprised hip-hop fans by seemingly coming out of nowhere in 2001 with his Timbaland-produced hit "Ugly." But even more surprising was the fact that he was -- gasp -- white! Despite artists like the Beastie Boys and Eminem...   Read More

  18. He is known to many simply as "Pedro." And it was with that iconic role in Napoleon Dynamite that Efren Ramirez broke through after more than a decade as an actor.

    Before starring opposite Jon Heder as a fellow misfit in Preston, Idaho,...   Read More

  19. As part of Detroit's demented school of rap, Bizarre made a name for himself alongside such notable artists as Eminem and Proof. In fact, he's been rockin' the mic with Em in the group D12 since the mid-'90s. But he's probably just as well-known for...   Read More

  20. Born in East Orange, N.J., Jamal Anderson was a running back with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons from 1994 to 2001. In 1998, he was NFC MVP, playing a major hand in the Falcons making it to the Super Bowl that year. But in 2001, he suffered a...   Read More

  21. Redman got his big break when he spit rhymes on EPMD's 1990 album, Business as Usual. His witty freestyle and P-Funk beats instantly won over hip-hop fans and, in 1992, he released his debut album, Whut? Thee Album.

    In 1998,...   Read More