Mos Def – Mathematics (Freddie Joachim Remix)
Born in the Philippines, raised in San Diego, CA, and now residing in Los Angeles, Freddie Joachim (pronounced: JO-AH-KIM), became a dj in the later part of 1996. Starting as a mobile dj and turntablist, Joachim has become a dj, who spins and listens to all genres, with a strong focus on jazz and hip hop.
Bell Biv DeVoe – Poison
Bell Biv DeVoe is a successful spin off group of New Edition that consisted of three previous members, Ricky Bell (also known as Slick), Michael Bivins (also known as Biv), and Ronnie DeVoe (also known as R.D.). Bell Biv DeVoe began to take shape in the late ’80s, but not until completing the tour in support of Heart Break did the threesome decide to make the break from New Edition official. At the suggestion of producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, they chose to chart their own course.
Devin The Dude – Do what you wanna do
Devin the Dude is a Houston-area rapper. Though relatively well-known among the underground hip-hop community during the mid-to-late 90’s, Devin did not achieve mainstream success until his appearance on Dr. Dre’s 2001 album. Besides sex, relationships, ridin’ trucks, smokin’ reefer, drinkin’ beer, partying, and conscious or proverbial themes, much of Devin’s work is also light-hearted and comically self-deprecating.
Lamont Coleman (1974–1999), also known by his stage name Big L, was an American rapper who made significant contributions to the New York City music scene in the 1990s as a member of the hip hop collective D.I.T.C. In February 1999, Big L was shot and killed before releasing his second album. Members of the hip hop community consider him to be one of the most skilled MC’s of all-time.
Cru was an American hip hop group formally signed to Def Jam Recordings composed of three members, Chadio, Mighty Ha and Yogi. The groups first appearance was the “We Got It Goin’ On” remix by R&B group Changing Faces in 1995. Two years later the group released their debut album, Da Dirty 30 which featured two singles “Just Another Case” and “Bubblin’”. After the release of the album, the group disbanded with Yogi becoming a successful hip hop producer. After a long hiatus, Chadio resumed his career and released an album titled “Internal Insurgency” via itunes in 2009.
Bay area rapper who was mostly active during the mid to late 90’s he became a cult-favorite with many fans with his acting debut as Cousin Harold in Menace II Society and due to his advanced lyrics and unique flow. He was also a member of the Golden State Warriors together with Xzibit and Ras Kass.
Juice is a 1992 crime horror drama film that stars rapper Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps. Additional cast members include Jermaine “Huggy” Hopkins, Khalil Kain, Samuel L. Jackson, and features cameo appearances by Queen Latifah, EPMD, Special Ed, Ed Lover, Doctor Dré, Flex Alexander, Fab Five Freddy, and Treach. The film was directed by cinematographer Ernest R. Dickerson who has directed and written other Hollywood films such as Surviving the Game and Bulletproof as well as some television series such as ER and The Wire.
They never had a mainstream hit of their own, but during rap’s golden age in the late ’80s, Eric B. & Rakim were almost universally recognized as the best DJ & MC duo. Not only was their chemistry superb, but individually, each represented the absolute peak in their respective skills. Eric B. was a hugely influential DJ and beatmaker whose taste for hard-hitting James Brown samples touched off a stampede through the Godfather of Soul’s back catalog that continues up to the present day. Rakim, meanwhile, still tops fan polls as the greatest MC of all time.
Armand van Helden – Funk Phenomena
Armand Van Helden is a house music artist and music remixer whose biggest commercial successes came from his remixes of the 1996 Tori Amos song “Professional Widow”, which reached the top of the UK singles chart, and his own track “You Don’t Know Me” which was Number 1 in the UK in January 1999.
Van Helden was born in Boston in 1970 to a Dutch-Indonesian father and a French-Lebanese mother, but travelled around the world as a child spending time in the Netherlands, Turkey and Italy, as his father was a member of the US Air Force. At the age of thirteen, he bought a drum machine and started DJing two years later.