Hip-Hop and Pop Stars, Past and Present

 

Actress and singer Selena Gomez achieved celebrity status starring in Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” from 2007 to 2012. Focusing on music, Gomez released her first solo album, “Stars Dance”, in 2013, followed by “Revival” in 2015. Today, Selena Gomez is one of the biggest names in pop music with a devoted fan base of self-styled “Selenators”.  Who could forget her brilliant turn, or that brilliant Selena Gomez bikini, in Springbreakers?

 

Nicki Minaj, born Onika Tanya Maraj, is the first woman to be featured on Forbes’ list of richest rappers. Releasing mixtapes since 2007, Minaj was discovered by rapper Lil Wayne and signed to his Young Money record label. She frequently collaborates with Wayne and label-mate Drake. Known for her outlandish stage outfits and vocal effects, Nicki Minaj big ass has featured in dozens of songs. Her studio albums have all gone platinum, most recently “The Pinkprint” in 2014.

Nate Dogg was one of the earliest superstars of West Coast rap. Besides working with industry giants like Dr. Dre and even Tupac, Nate Dogg is known for his collaborations with Snoop Dogg and Warren G. His most famous work includes the 1994 classic “Regulate”. Nate Dogg, real name Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, passed away in 2011 after a career spanning decades, unfortunately joining a long list of dead rappers gone before their time.

 

Adam Yauch, known as MCA, was a founder of the Beastie Boys, a hip-hop group popular in the 80s and 90s. Known for their mischievous lyrics and punk-influenced beats, MCA and the other Beastie Boys, Mike D and Ad-Rock, influenced a generation of artists that includes Eminem and Limp Bizkit.