Ludacris is a rapper and actor from Atlanta, Georgia, known for his boisterous lyrics and “Dirty South” sound. He made his mainstream breakthrough in 2000 with his second album, Back for the First Time, and has since become a label boss, restaurateur and philanthropist, while still releasing music. The hits: What’s Your Fantasy, Rollout, Area Codes, Southern Hospitality, Stand Up, How Low, All I Do Is Win, Get Back, Move B***H Get Out Da Way, and more….
Refined contemporary R&B artist Mario debuted in his mid-teens with the Top Ten pop hit “Just a Friend 2002.” The deeply impassioned (and on-key) update of Biz Markie’s humorous 1989 hit ignited a career highlighted by a string of high-performing albums for Clive Davis’ J label. Most successful of all was the platinum, Grammy-nominated Turning Point (2004), the source of his similarly successful “Let Me Love You,” which also topped the Billboard Hot 100 and provided the breakthrough for song co-writer Shaffer Smith, later known as Ne-Yo.
Twista is best known for his chopper style of rapping and for once holding the title of fastest English rapper in the world according to Guinness World Records in 1992, being able to pronounce 598 syllables in 55 seconds. The hits: Overnight Celebrity, Slow Jamz, Do Or Die, and more…
He has charted three No. 1 albums on Billboard’s U.S. Top R&B Chart since 2006. Bobby V’s first major single, “Slow Down”, produced by Tim & Bob, charted No. 1 on Billboard’s U.S. Top R&B Chart and peaked at No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The single was certified gold by the RIAA. His second single, “Anonymous”, was produced by and featured a guest appearance from producer Timbaland.
Southern rapper Petey Pablo took the quick route to the top of the rap game in the early 21st century, making his breakthrough in 2001 with debut single and North Carolina anthem “Raise Up.” The muscular hype-track helped push his first album, Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry, toward the Top Ten and garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album. His follow-up single and album — the explicit “Freek-a-Leek” from 2004’s Still Writing in My Diary: 2nd Entry — extended his mainstream popularity before legal troubles put his music career on hold until 2011.