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12 Hip-Hop Acts With Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood’s Walk of Fame features a who’s who of the entertainment industry, highlighting some of the biggest names in film, television, music, and even radio. Iconic actors, actresses, and pop stars normally come to mind when people think of celebrities with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a number of hip-hop artists who have also received this honor. Over the course of the nearly 50 years since the birth of hip-hop, several influential hip-hop artists have received their own star on the coveted Walk of Fame. 

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Ice T

Year: 2023

As of February 2023, Ice-T became the newest addition to the short list of hip-hop talents with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The honor was well deserved, considering his work across the entertainment industry: as a recording artist and an equally iconic actor on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.

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Several other hip-hop artists have been recognized for their achievements in music and entertainment with this prestigious accolade. Here are 11 other hip-hop acts that have received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

DJ Khaled

Year: 2022

Before Ice-T, DJ Khaled was the latest hip-hop act to receive a star on the Walk of Fame. The Grammy Award-winning producer, record executive, author, motivational speaker, and DJ has been a game-changer and hit-maker in the music industry for more than 20 years. His albums and anthems have topped the charts, while his cloth talks have gone viral. In 2022, the We The Best mogul proudly celebrated the momentous event accompanied by family and friends, including his wife, Diddy, Jay-Z, and Fat Joe.

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Queen Latifah

Year: 2006

Queen Latifah set it off as the first hip-hop artist to represent the culture on the Walk of Fame.​ After first gaining notoriety in the late ‘80s as a female rap star breaking barriers in a male-dominated industry, she earned her respect in Hollywood. Whether starring in the hit show Living Single (1993 – 1998) or in major films such as Chicago (2002), the queen has reigned supreme. 

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Diddy

Year: 2008 

It’s no surprise that Sean “Diddy” Combs was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Throughout his illustrious career, the Bad Boy mogul has been a powerhouse in music, television, and fashion.

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Pharrell Williams

Year: 2014

If you’re a fan of Pharrell Williams, then you know he’s more than deserving of a star of his own. The singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer who has achieved success in music, fashion, film, and several other fields received Hollywood’s stamp of approval after more than two decades of him helping curate the rhythm of pop culture. 

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LL Cool J

Year: 2016

One of rap’s first superstars, LL not only crossed over from hard-edge rapper to loverboy, but he also successfully transitioned into a respected actor. His credits over the course of his illustrious acting career have included In the House (1995 – 1999), Any Given Sunday (1999), S.W.A.T., and NCIS: Los Angeles (2009 -2022). 

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Pitbull

Year: 2016

Pitbull is an international superstar. Mr. Worldwide cemented his legacy with his hard work and hit-making abilities. He went from building his buzz on the underground hip-hop circuit in the early 2000s to landing No. 1 singles in more than 15 countries and selling over 100 million singles worldwide.

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Ice Cube

Year: 2017

Director, producer, writer, actor, and artist, Ice Cube is a founding member of one of hip-hop’s most controversial groups, N.W.A. The AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted rapper also became a Hollywood heavyweight off of the strength of contributions to classic flicks such as Boyz In The Hood (1991), Friday (1995), The Players Club (1998), and Barbershop (2002).

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Snoop Dogg

Year: 2018

One of the most influential figures in hip-hop, Snoop D-O-Double-G further cemented his place in Hollywood history by receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The OG rap and entertainment legend’s ceremony aligned with the 25th Anniversary of his classic debut, Doggystyle.

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Cypress Hill

Year: 2019

Cypress Hill made history as the first Latino-American hip-hop group to receive a star on the Walk of Fame. It wasn’t the first time the trio consisting of B Real, Sen Dog, DJ Muggs, and Eric “Bobo” Correa etched their name in the history books. Back in the early ‘90s, the influential rap crew became the first Latin-American rap group to bring home platinum and multi-platinum plaques.

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50 Cent 

Year: 2020

50 Cent had the game on lock in the early 2000s with the release of record-breaking albums such as Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and The Massacre. Since switching things up and redirecting much of his attention to the small screen he’s continued to be a dominant force in entertainment with his G-Unit Film & Television and hit shows like Power (and its spinoffs).

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Missy Elliott 

Year: 2021

Rapper, songwriter, producer, and style icon, Missy Elliott joined the ranks of Hollywood’s finest when she was honored with a star on the Walk of Fame. The honor was one of the more recent additions to her extensive list of achievements, which has included winning Grammy, American Music, and MTV Awards, as well as being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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5 Rappers That Won More Than One Grammy Award for Best Rap Album

It’s tough winning a Grammy Award. Just ask Nas. The lyrical G.O.A.T. has been one of the most celebrated rap artists since he first made his mark on the game with his 1994 classic, Illmatic. The Magic rapper has also been one of hip-hop’s most consistent artists for almost three decades and yet he just received his first Grammy Award in 2021. Truth be told, most hip-hop icons have never gotten a single Grammy. The list of legendary rap stars without a Grammy includes Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, DMX and many others. The list legit goes on and on, especially if you’re talking about a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. 

Most of the rap G.O.A.T.s that have been victorious at the annual award ceremony have only won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album once. The likes of Jay-Z, Drake and Lil Wayne have been some of the most accomplished artists in history, not just rap, and are in many hip-hop fans’ top five of all time, and yet they only have a single win each. Although they’ve each received a bunch of nominations. 


It’s a rare feat for a rapper to bring home a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album on more than one occasion. It’s so rare that only five rap acts have been able to do it. Here’s a list of the five rappers that have won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at least twice.

5. Tyler, The Creator
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  • No. of Wins: 2
  • Albums that Won: Igor (2019), Call Me If You Get Lost (2021)

Tyler, The Creator is the latest addition to the club of rappers that have won more than one Grammy for Best Rap Album. Upon its release, his well-received sixth album, Call Me If You Get Lost received hella praise. Not only did it top a few “Best of 2021” lists, it also was a winner at this year’s Grammy ceremony. Two years prior, the Odd Future rapper shocked the world with his first win in the category for Igor.

4. Outkast
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  • No. of Wins: 2
  • Albums that Won: Stankonia (2000), Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)

Outkast is one of the greatest hip-hop groups of all time. The duo comprised of Andre 3000 and Big Boi proved that they were top tier with the release of every one of their genre-bending albums. While they were a music-making clique, they were also a history making squad. The second rap act to win a Grammy trophy in the Album of the Year category, Outkast also took home the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album a couple of times throughout their career. Just imagine if they kept making music as a collective?

3. Kendrick Lamar
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  • No. of Wins: 3
  • Albums that Won: To Pimp a Butterfly (2015), Damn. (2017), Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers (2022)

Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly was heralded as a masterpiece. It was a sentiment critics, fans and the Grammy committee all agreed on. The Compton MC followed up on his Grammy success with the release of 2017’s DAMN. The multi-platinum album received several awards at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Following a hiatus, K. Dot returned to with 2022’s Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers. The critically-acclaimed album satisfied critics and the Grammy committee, winning Lamar his third Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.

2. Ye (formerly known as Kanye West)
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  • No. of Wins: 4
  • Albums that Won: The College Dropout (2004), Late Registration (2005), Graduation (2007), My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010) 

Ye’s three-album run from his debut, The College Dropout to his third album Graduation is tough to compete with. Kanye proved himself time and time again with classic and game-changing albums, hit songs and consistent Grammy wins. Out of all the accolades and praise he’s received over the years as a result of his music, his Grammy dominance stands out among them all. Mr. West has earned the prestigious honor of bringing home the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album not once or twice but four times.

1. Eminem
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  • No. of Wins: 6
  • Albums that Won: The Slim Shady LP (1999), The Marshall Mathers LP (2000), The Eminem Show (2002), Relapse (2009), Recovery (2010), The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)

Eminem is the leader in this category. He took the award home for the first time with his 1999 debut, The Slim Shady LP. The “Rap God” has been a winner five more times since. His most recent win was for 2013’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

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IYKYK: Michael Simpson is Giving ‘Hottest DJ in NYC’ Vibes

The age-old adage, “if you can make it here you can make it anywhere” will probably forever be synonymous with New York City. Michael Simpson is living proof of why. Since landing in NYC in 2018, the London-bred transplant has made a name for himself as a go-to DJ for some of the hottest parties, clubs and events the city has had to offer as of late. 

He was commissioned to play the role of lit DJ in the video for Lil Uzi Vert’s viral hit “Just Wanna Rock.” He’s been responsible for providing the sounds for everything from Kid Cudi and NYC’s king of nightlife Richie Akiva‘s star-studded Entergalactic Halloween party to this year’s launch of Kenzo’s US collection with Pusha T. And on a weekly basis he’s curating the sonics and vibes for the litty-est hot spots in NYC, which includes well-known cool kid and celeb hangouts like Little Sister, The Ned NoMad, The Palace and The Highlight Room

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Not everyone has the courage to just drop everything they know and move across the world for a fresh start. Obviously, not everyone is Michael Simpson. “I said to myself, alright, I want to live in New York, so I moved here and then I got back into DJing just for fun kind of,” he recalls. 

Prior to becoming one of NYC’s most requested DJs, Simpson— who first found his love for DJing while in high school— had a successful marketing consulting agency, and according to him, “things were going great.” However, he realized that he didn’t want to do that forever. When he decided to leave his beloved hometown behind for the city that never sleeps he lowkey was in pursuit of something more. 

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Upon his arrival in New York City, Michael’s hobby soon became his focus. “I was going out and meeting promoters and other people in nightlife,” he tells us. “It was a little bit of an introduction to that sort of world. Then I started DJing at a couple of small places like bars. That was like six months before COVID and then COVID happens.” 

While most New Yorkers were trapped in their homes due to COVID lockdowns, Michael was outside, literally. A blessing in disguise, the pandemic helped him go harder. “COVID was crazy,” he says. “It was atrocious for almost all of the world, right? Obviously, but I got like so blessed somehow, because there was a party scene in Manhattan and all of these underground events. People always just hit me up to DJ those. Suddenly I became known in the city from that.”  

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As the pandemic continued on, Simpson further established himself as a go-to DJ for everything from high end house parties to star-studded private events. Although being in the right place at the right time played a role in his come up, Simpson’s eclectic playlists have really been key to his success. During his sets, he taps into a variety of genres including house, trap, club, drill and retro pop.  

“Most of the best stuff I’ve found through just word of mouth,” he says when describing how discovers new music. “I just keep my ear to the ground. I really try to pay attention for new artists and songs that are popping up. I try to find stuff before it’s too mainstream. Spotify, SoundCloud, Instagram and TikTok have also been really helpful for finding new stuff.” 

BandmanRill and Shawny BinLaden are two of the new artists he’s been rocking with lately. “Locally in New York there’s so much music that just goes the fuck off here, but wouldn’t anywhere else,” he says. “Like drill for example, from OG drill to like the Jersey drill club thing. It’s fire, but bro, if you don’t know that stuff, you’re like, what the fuck is that?” 

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When Michael Simpson isn’t DJing for a who’s who of NYC’s party scene, he’s plotting his next phase. “I’ve been working on music,” he unveils. “That’ll be the biggest game changer for me. I’ve been tapping in with producers and I’ve been producing. I want to leverage what I’ve got and the connections I’ve got and just put together something that’s like dope.” 

He adds, “I’m in a dope position. I just feel like fucking blessed and want to take things to another level.”

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How Many Albums Did Tupac Sell?

Gone but not forgotten. Tupac passed away more than two decades ago, and yet his legacy continues to live on. Although his life was cut short, the talented rapper, actor and cultural icon achieved a lot in a small amount of time.

Tupac remains one of the most important and influential figures in hip-hop culture. He achieved worldwide fame during his lifetime, leaving behind an incredible catalog of music that still continues to shape modern hip-hop. He has inspired generations with his deep lyrics, timeless messages and high energy. Rappers from Lil Wayne to J. Cole to Kendrick Lamar to so many others that have come after him have been inspired by him.

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His mixture of political and social commentary, gangster raps and turn up anthems resonated with many people in different ways and is still appreciated by millions and millions of fans around the world. His timeless music can still be heard blasting from speakers to this day.

Drake recently shared that Pac was his most listened to artist of 2022. Pac currently has over 19,500,000 monthly Spotify listeners. With so much attention still placed on his music, it’s easy to wonder how many albums did Tupac sell?

Origin Story

Tupac Amaru Shakur was born in 1971 in Brooklyn, New York. His mother Afeni Shakur was a well known activist and was affiliated with the Black Panther movement. From a young age, Tupac showed signs of being a gifted artist. He began writing poetry and songs at the age as a teenager. He attended a performing arts high school called The Baltimore School for the Arts, alongside actress Jada Pinkett-Smith. 

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In the late 1980s he was known as MC New York. He first appeared on a song as “2Pac” in 1991 with the release of Digital Underground’s “Same Song.” The track can be heard on the Nothing but Trouble soundtrack. He released his debut album, 2Pacalypse Now later that year. It featured the classic single, “Brenda’s Got a Baby.”

His sophomore album was a bigger success than its predecessor. Titled Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z…, the 16-track project featured guest appearances from a legendary lineup consisting of Ice Cube, Ice-T and Treach of iconic rap group, Naughty by Nature. The platinum certified “Keep Ya Head Up” appeared on Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z… The single peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Altogether 2Pac has 11 studio albums. He released five albums during his lifetime and several more posthumously. Five of his albums peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Throughout his career, he won multiple awards and received a bunch of nominations. He also collaborated with legendary rap stars such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, E-40, Too Short and many others. In mid-1990, Tupac signed with iconic rap label Death Row Records.  

Pac was also emerging as a movie star. He starred in several films that have been deemed cult classics. He played a starring role in movies such as Juice and Poetic Justice.

How Many Albums Did Tupac Sell?

For about three decades 2Pac has been considered one of the greatest rappers of all time. He’s also listed as one of the highest-selling rappers ever, which is a testament to his overall appeal. Throughout his illustrious career, Pac has reportedly sold a lot of records. It’s estimated that he’s moved over 125 million records worldwide.

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He sold so many albums that at one point he landed in the Guinness World Records for being the highest-selling rap artist. How many albums did Tupac sell with his biggest album? His highest selling album is 1996’s All Eyez on Me. It’s also the first double-disc hip-hop album ever. The last album he released before his death has sold over 10 million copies.

A Definitive List of Tupac’s Albums
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‘2Pacalypse Now’

Released: November 12, 1991

Certification: Gold

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‘Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z…’

Released: February 16, 1993

Certification: Platinum

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‘Me Against the World’

Released: March 14, 1995

Certification: 2x Platinum

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‘All Eyez on Me’

Released: February 13, 1996

Certification: 10x platinum (Diamond)

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‘The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory’

Released: November 5, 1996

Certification: 4x platinum

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‘R U Still Down? (Remember Me)’

Released: November 25, 1997

Certification: 4x platinum

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‘Still I Rise’

Released: December 13, 1999

Certification: platinum

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‘Until the End of Time’

Released: March 27, 2001

Certification: 4x platinum

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‘Better Dayz’

Released: November 26, 2002

Certification: 3x platinum

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‘Loyal to the Game’

Released: December 14, 2004

Certification: platinum

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‘Pac’s Life’

Released: November 21, 2006

Certification: Gold

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G.O.A.T. Vibes: Here are 30 of the Best Music Videos of All Time

There are music videos, and then there are those music videos that transcend the mundane and end up becoming some of the best music videos of all time. Some musicians create simple music videos to accompany their songs. Others cook up creative visuals that tell a story and add additional layers and meaning to a song. There have been some pretty epic music videos released over the years that stand out from the rest and that have stood the test of time.

Are you ready to take a trip down memory lane? We’ve put together a list of 30 of the best music videos of all time. Compiling a list of 30 of the best music videos ever is no easy task, but somebody had to do it! This list includes timeless visuals from a variety of different genres. So whether you consider yourself a fan of today’s pop music or classic rock or hip-hop or alternative music, this list is for you. This list celebrates many of the most creative, original and ground-breaking music videos of all time. It features visual masterpieces by icons from Missy Elliott and Madonna to Michael Jackson and Beyoncé.  

Even though music is always evolving, these videos will more than likely continue to be remembered as some of the best ever made. Check out 30 of the best music videos of all time below.

“Black or White” — Michael Jackson (1991)
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Director: John Landis

The lead video for Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album is without a doubt one of the most iconic music videos of all time. It of course featured high-energy dance sequences, and also showcased a message of racial and cultural unity, as well as groundbreaking special effects. The 1991 song addressed racial division straight up by encouraging people to come together for a better world regardless of their differences. With this powerful message, coupled with iconic imagery that included Jackson smashing through walls and morphing into various characters, it resonated with people around the globe. This video further cemented the King of Pop place as one of the greatest entertainers of all time. The video features appearances from Macaulay Culkin, legendary guitarist Slash and Tyra Banks.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” — Queen (1975)
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Director: Bruce Gowers

It’s no secret that Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is one of the greatest rock songs of all time. The accompanying music video also deserves plenty of recognition. The iconic five-minute+ video has been praised for its creativity and unique style. The visuals match the song’s poetic and powerful lyrics, and have been watched more than a billion times on YouTube alone.

“Sledgehammer” — Peter Gabriel (1986)
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Director: Stephen R. Johnson

What really makes Peter Gabriel’s classic “Sledgehammer” a G.O.A.T.-ed video is its excellent use of special effects to tell a story. It is jam-packed with imagination, vibrant colors and surreal images. The mesmerizing visual features everything from stop motion animation to hand-drawn illustrations to choreography.

“Rhythm Nation” — Janet Jackson (1989)
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Director: Dominic Sena

Every once in a while, an artist releases something so iconic and timeless that it truly stands out among its peers. That’s the case with Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” music video. With its minimal set design, focus on choreography and iconic style moments, it pulled no punches.

“Welcome To The Jungle” — Guns N’ Roses (1987)
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Director: Nigel Dick

When you think of Guns N’ Roses and their blockbuster hit, “Welcome to the Jungle,” it’s hard not to think about the iconic music video that accompanied it. This legendary clip is widely regarded as one of the best music videos of all time, and rightly so. The video shows the band’s raw energy and attitude, as well as the spirit of Rock n’ Roll.

“California Love” — 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre (1995)
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Director: Hype Williams

2Pac’s “California Love” was an absolute banger of a track and its music video remains just as iconic today as it did when it was first dropped more than two decades ago. Jada Pinkett Smith is rumored to have to come up with the concept for the Hype Williams-produced, Mad Max-inspired music video. The video is set in the year 2095 and features cameos from actors Chris Tucker and Clifton Powell and legendary musician Roger Troutman.

“Like A Prayer” — Madonna (1989)
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Director: Mary Lambert

It goes without saying that Madonna has several of the best music videos of all time. One of her most notable videos is for “Like A Prayer.” Madonna allegedly wanted the visual for her hit single to be more provocative than any of her previous releases. Mission accomplished! Upon its release, the controversial video drew criticism from Christian groups and the Pope.

“Straight Outta Compton” — NWA (1988)
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Director: Rupert Wainwright

Released in 1988, the video for NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton” offered viewers a glimpse of what was going on in many inner cities across the country. It was a bold statement on the state of urban life in Los Angeles at the time. The video with its controversial imagery captured NWA’s rebellious spirit, as well as their desire to kick barriers down and give a voice to the voiceless. More than 30 years after its release, “Straight Outta Compton” is still just as relevant and impactful as it was when it first came out.

“Walk This Way” — Run-DMC And Aerosmith (1986)
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Director: Jon Small

The impact of Run-DMC and Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” on pop culture simply cannot be overlooked. The video for the genre-mashing track signified a cultural exchange between two, at the time, distant musical communities. The high energy video showed hip-hop blending in with its rock-n-roll counterpart. 

“Hypnotize” — Notorious B.I.G.
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Director: Paul Hunter & Sean “Puffy” Combs

By the time The Notorious B.I.G. was ready to release his sophomore album, the rap star was larger than life. Featuring high speed chases, beautiful women and helicopter getaways, the video for his No. 1 hit “Hypnotize” spotlighted the Bad Boy’s grand lifestyle. “Hypnotize” was the last song the G.O.A.T MC released before he passed.

“Girls Just Want To Have Fun” — Cyndi Lauper (1983)
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Director: Edd Griles

Few music videos are as iconic or beloved as Cyndi Lauper’s classic “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” The timeless video was one of the first music videos to make a huge splash in pop culture and on MTV. The video perfectly speaks to the free-spirited, upbeat and fun message of the song. Accompanied by a diverse group of lady friends; simple, yet memorable choreography and (at the time) edgy style choices, Lauper was ready to take over the world with “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” The video currently has more than one billion Youtube views.

“Through The Wire” — Kanye West (2004)
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Director: Coodie Simmons

The first of many classic Ye videos, “Through The Wire” was a proper introduction to the artist formerly known as Kanye West.

“Ironic” — Alanis Morissette (1995)
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Director: Stéphane Sednaoui

Alanis Morissette struck a chord with her 1995 single “Ironic,” and the accompanying music video put the song’s themes of irony and bad luck on full display. “Ironic” is a song that has stood the test of time and its music video is no exception.

“Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)” — UGK featuring Outkast
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Director: Bryan Barber

UGK’s Outkast-assisted, Juicy J-produced “Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)” was a collaboration of epic proportions. The visual for it definitely lived up to the hype.

“Toxic” — Britney Spears
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Director: Joseph Kahn

With a mix of vivid colors, sultry choreography, Spears going from flight attendant to an action-packed spy, her “Toxic” visual is one to remember. Spears proved once again why she is in a class of her own when it came to music videos.

“Stan” — Eminem
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Director: Dr. Dre & Philip Atwell

“Thriller” — Michael Jackson (1983)
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Director: John Landis

“Praise You Fatboy Slim — Fatboy Slim (1998)
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Director: Spike Jonze

“Doo Wop (That Thing)” — Lauryn Hill (1998)
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Director: Bigt, Monty Whitebloom & Andy Delaney

“What’s It Gonna Be?!” — Busta Rhymes featuring Janet Jackson (1999)
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“Single Ladies” — Beyonce (2008)
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Director: Jake Nava

When Ye (aka Kanye West) proclaimed that Beyoncé had one of the greatest videos of all time, he wasn’t lying.

“The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” — Missy Elliott (1997)
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Director: Hype Williams

“Here It Goes Again” — OK Go (2006)
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Director: Damian Kulash, OK Go & Trish Sie

“SCREAM” — Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson (1995)
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Director: Mark Romanek

Two Jacksons are better than one. The futuristic clip for “SCREAM” proved it.

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” — Nirvana (1991)
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Director: Samuel Bayer

This iconic video has been viewed over 1.5 billion times.

“Waterfalls” — TLC (1995)
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Director: F. Gary Gray

TLC was on top of the world in the 1990s and “Waterfalls” is one of their defining moments. Although the Grammy-nominated song that eventually spent seven weeks at No. 1 was a massive success, it was slept on until the video dropped. “The video brought it to life. Videos then told the story. Radio was still on “Creep” because they had seen the video. Once we teamed up with F. Gary Gray to bring our vision to life, it was over at that point. The rest was history,” said group member, Chilli.

“Alright” — Kendrick Lamar (2015)
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Director: Colin Tilley

“We Found Love” — Rihanna (2011)
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Director: Melina Matsoukas

“We Found Love” is one of Rihanna’s most iconic songs and the music video is just as classic. Directed by Melina Matsoukas, the video tells the story of a young couple in a tumultuous relationship. Featuring Rihanna and her co-star, model Dudley O’Shaughnessy, the video captures the highs and lows of young love. Not only is “We Found Love” a fan-favorite, it also won the Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video and MTV’s VMA for Video of the Year.

“When Doves Cry” — Prince & The Revolution
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Director: Larry Williams

Prince was a master of creating musical and visual masterpieces “When Doves Cry” is one of his finest moments. It’s a timeless classic that continues to wow audiences till this day.

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Here Are 10 of New York City’s Most Iconic Music Venues

New York City is known as the city that never sleeps. Music and entertainment play a major role in keeping one of the greatest cities in the world up at night. No music lover’s visit to New York City could be complete without catching a show at one of the city’s most iconic music venues. New York is home to some of the most prestigious and historic music venues in the world. With everything from jazz clubs to rock venues, there’s something for everyone. 

Like the saying goes, if you can make it here you can make it anywhere. Ranging from the world’s biggest pop stars to local karaoke kings and queens, many people have found their voice on stages located throughout NYC’s five boroughs. 

Synonymous with its vibrant music scene, NYC is one of the most exciting places in the world for live music. Many of NYC’s venues have their own unique history and have been cemented into the history books. Here is a list of some of the most iconic music venues of all time in NYC.

CBGB

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Opened: 1973 – 2006

Established in 1973, CBGB continued to play an important role in New York City’s musical landscape until it was closed in 2006. Located on the Lower East Side, CBGB was originally intended to be a country, blues club and bluegrass. The venue, however, would eventually go on to be considered a mecca for the punk and new wave movements. Although it closed its doors in 2006, its legacy continues to live on as one of the most important music venues in the history of New York City.

The Apollo Theater

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Opened: 1914

No list of iconic New York music venues would be complete without The Apollo Theater. The Harlem establishment has been a hot spot for live music for more than a century. Throughout its long history, the landmark has hosted everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to James Brown to Jay-Z. If you’re wondering if the Apollo is still one of the best places to see live music in New York City, just know that Drake is scheduled to perform there next month.

Copacabana

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Opened: 1940 

Copacabana was unlike any other nightclub in New York City. Over the course of several decades, it was known as one of the city’s premier spots for live music. In its heyday, Copacabana was the place to be seen. It was a place where celebrities, socialites and everyday New Yorkers would rub shoulders with each other. The likes of Dean Martin, Marvin Gaye and so many other elite performers performed at Copa’s OG location, while Goodfellas, Carlito’s Way, One Night in Miami and several other well-known films were filmed at the Brazilian-flavored club that will forever be remembered for its glitz and glam.

S.O.B.s

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Opened: 1982

S.O.B.s, aka, Sound of Brazil, was the brainchild of Larry Gold, who in the early 1980s opened the live music venue with the intent of “exposing the musical wealth and heritage of the Afro-Latino Diaspora to as many people as possible.” … Although Gold’s vision for S.O.B.s was clear, the legendary venue would later become a staple in hip-hop. Now a go-to stage for emerging superstars, S.O.B.s’ intimate setting has been tapped by Chief Keef, Drake, DMX, Kanye West and others.

Blue Note Jazz Club

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Opened: 1981

Positioned in the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village neighborhood, the Blue Note Jazz Club is one of the most famous jazz clubs in the world. For more than 40 years, it was the go-to spot for live jazz and unforgettable performances. It has hosted some of the world’s most renowned musicians, including Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente and John Coltrane. The legendary venue’s presence has not only been felt in New York City, but also in locations around the world. Blue Note also has set up shop in major cities such as Hawaii, Tokyo, Shanghai, Milan and Beijing.

Madison Square Garden

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Opened: 1968

Madison Square Garden has been coined everything from the Mecca of Basketball to the world’s most famous arena. For generations, Madison Square Garden has maintained its status as a go-to venue for live concerts in New York City. With its rich history, The Garden has been the home for some of the most iconic concerts of all time. On top of being a great venue for witnessing live music, MSG is also home to the NBA’s New York Knicks, the WNBA’s New York Liberty and NHL’s New York Rangers. Madison Square Garden continues to be a top tier destination for sports and entertainment.

Webster Hall

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Opened: 1886

Another New York City landmark, Webster Hall has been considered to be one of the first modern nightclubs. The nightclub and concert venue remains an important part of New York City’s musical history for a few reasons. Webster Hall, which opened in the late 1880s was modernized towards the end of the 2010s.

Yankee Stadium

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The Roxy

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Cotton Club

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The Cotton Club reigned supreme in Harlem from 1923 to 1940. Its legendary lineup of iconic performers included Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and many, many others.

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11 Rappers with the Most Grammy Awards

Rappers have long had a love–hate relationship with the Grammy Awards. Nicki Minaj’s recent frustration with how her latest smash hit song “Super Freaky Girl” could potentially be categorized is a recent example. Jay-Z’s years of boycotting the annual award ceremony is another example. No matter how the Grammys are viewed by certain members of the hip-hop community, it still remains one of the most prestigious events in entertainment. 

There are many things that make a musician successful and respected. Talent is definitely one of them, but awards and recognition are also important. The Grammys celebrate the best and biggest creatives in music. While there are many super talented and hyped rappers out there, only a select few have Grammy in their list of accomplishments. Even fewer rap stars have proven themselves time and again with multiple Grammy wins. 

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Over the course of their illustrious careers, a small group of rappers have continued to produce great music that not only resonates with fans, but has also won them several Grammys. Out of all the talented rap artists that have been nominated over the years, several have come out on top on more than a few occasions. 

Here, we’ll take a look at some of the greatest rap artists of all time and see who has won the most Grammys. Out of all the rappers who have ever been nominated for a Grammy, these rappers have come out on top with the most wins. These are the 10 rappers with the most Grammys Awards.

10. Childish Gambino
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Five Grammys Wins

9. Lil Wayne
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Five Grammy Wins

8. Outkast
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Six Grammy Wins

7. Dr. Dre
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Seven Grammy Wins

6. Lauryn Hill
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Eight Grammy Wins

5. Pharrell Williams
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13 Grammy Wins

4. Kendrick Lamar
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14 Grammy Wins

3. Eminem
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15 Grammy Wins

1. Kanye West
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24 Grammy Wins

1. Jay-Z
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24 Grammy Wins

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From the Field to the Booth, BlueBucksClan Brings their A-Game

Emerging out of Los Angeles, BlueBucksClan is a rap group on their way up. If you don’t believe us, maybe you’ll take Drake’s word. The record-breaking superstar coined the Clan “two goats” after catching their Fire in the Booth freestyle earlier this summer. And Drizzy hasn’t been the only superstar to show love to the dynamic duo. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and a few more famous names have also shown love to the South Central-bred duo, who has collaborated with the likes of Quavo, Hit-Boy, Bino Rideaux, Kalan.FrFr and Lil Yachty.  

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The duo made up of DJ and Jeeezy Obama has been carving out their own lane off of the strength of their fresh and energetic sound. And that sound continues to resonate with more and more fans. BlueBucksClan has pulled in more than 200 million streams across all platforms over the course of their burgeoning career. Songs like “Walkin’ In” and “Shit Talk” have both reached over 4 million plays on Spotify, where the guys have averaged more than 385,700 monthly listeners.

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Their next project, Clan Way 3 drops soon via Out The Blue Records/Capitol Records. BlueBucksClan is out to prove that they aren’t playing around with the third installment of their Clan Way series. They’ve teamed up with hit-making producers such as Jetsonmade, Zaytoven, Honorable C-Note and Buddah Bless, as well as their go-to beat-makers to curate the sonics for their latest mixtape, Clan Way 3. Look out for the singles “Jeeezy WYA”, “I Guess” and “FYM” to appear on the anticipated 18 song-project.

Consistency is Key

Representing heavy for the West Coast, BlueBucksClan’s music reflects the sound and lifestyle of their hometown. In 2019, Jeeezy Obama and DJ formally joined forces and released their first mixtape, Clan Way. The tandem have been on a roll ever since the release of their debut project. They’ve followed up strong with several buzzworthy mixtapes and eps, including No Rules (2019), Clan Way 2 (2020), Going Up, Clan Virus (2020), No Rules 2 (2020), Clan Virus 2 (2021) and See the Difference (2022). 

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BlueBucksClan’s love of sports runs deep. The more you tap into their music the more obvious that love becomes. Their lyrics are full of clever references to their favorite pastimes and top tier athletes. The group who has released songs with titles such as “Mike Tyson“, “Horace Grant”, “Victor Cruz”, “Jeff Gordon” and “Todd Gurley” even cemented their relationship as a result of their love for sports. The childhood friends first linked up on the football field as youth athletes and later reconnected as a rap group after they attended college on football scholarships. 

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BlueBucksClan have only been releasing music as a squad for a few years and yet they’ve already accomplished what it takes some artists forever to do. The dynamic duo with cosigns from Drake and Kevin Durant should be on your radar for a few good reasons. As they gear up for the release of their Clan Way 3 project, BlueBucksClan shows no signs of slowing down.

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Rolling Loud Brings the Party to the Big Apple 

If you’re a fan of hip-hop or music festivals then you’ve heard about Rolling Loud. The three-day music festival is now in its 7th year, and it has quickly become one of the biggest live music events around. Rolling Loud is easily considered as the premier hip-hop festival in the United States and around the world.

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Rolling Loud is known for its diverse lineup, which showcases some of music’s most popular artists as well as artists on the come up. Past performers have included Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Lil Wayne, Travis Scott and so many others. 

The renowned festival that started with one concert in Miami back in 2015, now takes place several times a year in multiple major cities around the world such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. RL made its return to New York City this weekend. Jam packed with electrifying performances across three stages, this year’s NYC lineup was of course impressive.

Day 1 Vibes

First day of Rolling Loud New York 2022 was full of epic moments, from electrifying performances to surprise appearances. Before headliner Nicki Minaj took to the stage, attendees as well as fans watching from home via RL’s stream were treated to several turnt up performances.

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An early highlight came when Lil Tjay brought his New York energy to a stage for the first time in months. The face of drill music Fivio Foreign kept the momentum going. He performed his bangers and had drill music’s current it-girl, Ice Spice pop out. Lil Uzi Vert made several appearances on day-one. He ran down his biggest hits during his solo set and then came through during Nicki and Chief Keef’s set.

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Kanye West surprised the RL crowd with a sighting during  Playboi Carti’s show time. The two performed their Donda collaboration, “Off The Grid” while rocking all black and Yeezy gear. Quen Nicki closed out the show with a setlist of fan-favorites. Her performance covered her decade-plus long career. Her Barbz gang was in full effect rapping along to just about every lyric.

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Day 3 Vibes

Super Future was ready to tear the stage down for the final night of Rolling Loud New York 2022, but mother nature wasn’t on his side. The superstar rapper was only a few songs into his set when the weather became unbearable. Before the show was shut down due to the bad rain storm, the artist who just sold his publishing for a whole lot of money, performed several anthems from his catalog, including the A$AP Ferg single. “New Level” and his solo hit “Stick Talk.” Right before attendees were forced to leave for safety reasons Offset came through and did a couple of his biggest records.

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The boogie down Bronx was in the house as Terror Squad’s Fat Joe and Remy Ma through it back to their mid-2000s bangers. Hometown heroes such as Dream Doll, J.I., Benny The Butcher and Shawny Binladen put on for the state of New York.

Big Drako aka Soulja Boy also brought the throwback vibes with his timeless hits. Pusha T, who released an album of the year contender earlier this year, Curren$y, Benny The Butcher, Dej Loaf, Yvngxchris and others also showed out.

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Young Devyn Is Real New York Vibes

Cardi B knows how to love. Whether the megastar rapper is collaborating with emerging artists like Glo Rilla and Kay Flock or shouting out the next wave of talent, she is known to share the spotlight. An up-and-coming talent the “Bodak Yellow” artist felt deserves her acknowledgement is Young Devyn. 

“I don’t even know what to say or where to start when it comes to her,” says Young Devyn. “The love that she showed me has been so unexpected. It just goes to show me that you gotta just keep working, because you never know who’s watching you.”

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Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Young Devyn gives authentic New York vibes. Full of swagger, the energetic 20-year-old rapper has the bars to match. Take a listen to her freestyles which have gone viral or her singles like the Fivio Foreign-assisted “Outside” and you’ll see.  
The versatile femcee who is signed to 4th & Broadway/Def Jam is a sight to see live also. Starting at the age of eight years old she was performing. Long before the Brooklyn-bred Trinidadian was considered one of the best drill artists in NYC, she was turning up as a young soca artist. Whether she’s headlining shows at iconic venues such as S.O.B.s, or performing at Rolling Loud or on tour with Skip Marley, she brings the energy to any stage she touches.

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Young Devyn’s debut project, 2021’s Baby Goat gave listeners a small sample of what to expect from her. A little bit over a year later, she circles the block with the sequel, Baby Goat 2, which drops today. 

The 8-track EP features hard-hitting bops like “Decisions” and “All Gifted” alongside the Caribbean-tuned “Toxic.” She also gets in her r&b bag on “Real Love” and the Capella Grey collab “Cruise Control.” 

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Drilled-out versions of past hits such as Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” (“Outside”) and Offset’s Cardi-collab “Clout” (“Rap Sheet”) appear on Young Devyn’s sophomore project.  

When making her latest project, Young Devyn says she set out to tell the “story of that relatable everyday girl who is making it out. ” She put it the work to make sure her mission was accomplished. “I took my time out to just pay attention to everything from the production, the lyrics, the storyline, the tracklist— just everything to make sure that it was concise,” she says. 

On Baby Goat 2, she taps into the sound of her hometown, while staying in touch with her roots and also showcasing her vocals. “Like, it’s not like I’m just doing one type of sound throughout the whole project. It’s just different things, but it all makes sense,” she says proudly. 

It’s safe to assume that her eclectic listening habits as a child may have had an influence on the artist she is today.  “I didn’t really have a favorite genre growing up, because I was always exposed to so many different types of music early on like soca, pop, hiphop, reggae, even gospel,” she says. 


Young Devyn’s hard work has been paying off, because more and more eyes have been on her. The likes of Nicki Minaj, Offset and The New York Times have also been peeping her game. Although she’s already gotten recognition from some of the biggest artists in music, she’s not letting it get to her head. “ I don’t think that anybody owes me anything,” she says. “That is why I’m always super humbled when artists do show me love. Cause I’m never entitled or think that anybody should know me.”

Stream Young Devyn’s latest project, Baby Goat 2 below:

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