Happy Birthday, Will Smith!

Michael Kovac, Getty s Here’s a factoid that will surprise anybody under the age 12: Will Smith used to be a rapper. Not a theme song rapper, but a rapper rapper. Smith was Philly’s great hope in the late ’80s before becoming one the most bankable stars the past 20 years. He turns 49 years old today… Read More »

Happy Birthday, Jermaine Dupri!

Jesse Grant, Getty s Happy Birthday, JD! Jermaine Dupri, So So Def founder and legendary hip-hop/R&B producer turns 45 years old today (Sept. 23). JD looms large over the past 25 years popular music. From his early successes with Kris Kross and Xscape and So So Def Records, to his chart-topping success with megastars like… Read More »

Happy Birthday, Wale!

Christopher Polk, Getty s Happy Birthday, Wale. The D.C-bred star turns 33 years old today (Sept. 21). The Wale and MMG team up wasn’t supposed to work. He was a conscientious rapper who got props from the alternative hip-hop crowd instead a rhymer who fits into MMG’s streets to nouveau riche formula. The rapper’s first… Read More »

Happy Birthday, Dave of De La Soul!

Michael Loccisano, Getty s Happy Birthday to Dave De La Soul! The artist formerly known as Trugoy turned 49 years old today (Sept. 21). David Jude Jolicoeur has been making stellar music with his former high school buddies in De La Soul for almost 30 years. Alongside Posdnous and P.A. Mase, Trugoy helped blaze a… Read More »

Happy Birthday, The-Dream!

Angela Weiss, Getty s Happy Birthday to The-Dream! The hitmaking songwriter/producer/artist turns 40 years old today (Sept. 20). The-Dream is one the more accomplished individuals in the biz. He wrote Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” and Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” then became a star in his own right with hits like “Falsetto” and “Walkin’… Read More »

Happy Birthday, Jay Electronica!

Christopher Polk, Getty s He’s one hip-hop’s most frustrating figures. Jay Electronica celebrates his 41st birthday today (Sept. 19). Erykah Badu, his ex-girlfriend, was right in wondering if Electronica would ever release an album. The New Orleans native started getting attention back in the 2000s from grandiose statement pieces instead traditional singles. There was Act 1: Eternal Sunshine… Read More »

Happy Birthday, Jay Electronica!

Christopher Polk, Getty s He’s one hip-hop’s most frustrating figures. Jay Electronica celebrates his 41st birthday today (Sept. 19). Erykah Badu, his ex-girlfriend, was right in wondering if Electronica would ever release an album. The New Orleans native started getting attention back in the 2000s from grandiose statement pieces instead traditional singles. There was Act 1: Eternal Sunshine… Read More »