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Rapper/singer-songwriter/actor SNOOP DOGG aka SNOOP LION (Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.) is unquestionably one of the greatest and most popular rappers of all time.

He has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and is known for his soft, smooth, laidback delivery and for freestyling.

His music career began in 1992 when he collaborated on Dr. Dre’s solo debut The Chronic, and on the theme song to feature film Deep Cover.

His debut album Doggystyle (1993) debuted at #1 on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. Selling almost a million copies in the first week of its release Doggystyle became certified 4× platinum in 1994 and spawned several hit singles, including “What’s My Name” and “Gin & Juice.” In 1994, Snoop released a soundtrack for the short film Murder Was The Case, which he starred in.

His second album, Tha Doggfather (1996), also debuted at #1 on both charts with “Snoop’s Upside Ya Head” as the lead single. The album was certified double platinum in 1997.

Snoop’s other albums include Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told (1998), No Limit Top Dogg (1999), Tha Last Meal (2000), Paid Tha Cost to Be da Boss, R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece (2004), Tha Blue Carpet Treatment (2006), Ego Trippin’ (2008), Malice ‘n Wonderland (2009), and Doggumentary (2011).

After a trip to Jamaica in 2012, Snoop Dogg announced that he had converted to the Rastafari movement and taken on new name, Snoop Lion, under which he released a reggae album titled Reincarnated (2013), and a documentary film with the same title.

FRAYSER BOY (Cedric Coleman) is a rapper from Memphis. He began his career working in promotion for Three 6 Mafia’s Hypnotize Minds label, while working on his lyrical skills on the side. Three 6 were impressed and gave him a guest shot on La’ Chat’s 2001 album Murder She Spoke.

Two years later, the Hypnotize Minds label released his solo, full-length debut Gone on That Bay. He followed with two more albums for Hypnotize Minds, Me Being Me (2005), and Da Key (2008), after which he signed to Lil Wyte’s label Wyte Music, where he teamed with rapper Partee on the mixtape “The First 48” in 2012.

In 2014, Frayser Boy released B.A.R. (Bay Area Representatives), a project with Lil Wyte that was 10 years in the making.

Memphis rapper YO GOTTI (Mario Mims) began his career when he was 14, rapping as Lil Yo, affiliated with DJ Sound and his crew.

In 2000, he released his debut album From Da Dope Game 2 Da Rap Game, followed by Self Explanatory (2001), Life (2003), Back 2 da Basics (2006), and Live from the Kitchen (2012, his first major label record).

He toured with his sixth album, I Am (2013), from which he released the singles “Act Right” (featuring Young Jeezy and YG), and “Going Down,” with Grammy winner T.I. I Am was also his premiere release from his CMG label (Collective Musik Group).

He recently released a single titled “Errbody,” to promote his next album The Art of Hustle.

AL KAPONE (Alphonzo Bailey) is an American rapper from Memphis. Kapone is known principally for his underground success in the Memphis hip hop scene in the 1990s.

He began to achieve mainstream success with his role on the soundtrack for the film Hustle & Flow (2005). He also wrote and produced “Whoop That Trick” and wrote “Hustle & Flow (It Ain’t Over),” both of which were performed by Three 6 Mafia’s Djay Paul. His song, “The Deepest Hood,” was featured in the 2007 film, Stomp The Yard.

Kapone collaborated with several musicians including E-40, Mike Jones, Too Short, Pastor Troy, and D-Shot. He co-wrote E-40’s “U and Dat” and Lil’ Jon’s “Snap Yo Fingers” and appeared on Three 6 Mafia’s album, “Last 2 Walk,” and “8Ball & MJG’s “Ridin High.”

LIL’ P-NUT (Benjamin Flores, Jr.) is a 12-year-old American rapper, actor, dancer and singer from Memphis. He was nine and 10 when he shot his scenes for Take Me To The River. Lil’ P-Nut’s first rap, “You Might Be the One,” was released in 2010.

His other raps include: “Bad Dream,” “Choosin,” “Walk This Way” (featuring Haunted by Heroes), “Get On Da Floor!” (with Lil’ Wicked and B-Team), “I Could Cry,” “Lil Mama,” among many others. He rapped and appeared in the video for Cymphonique’s “All That.”

Lil’ P-Nut also has a flourishing career as an actor, most notably voicing the role of Atticus, the rapping penguin in Happy Feet Two (2011), for which he contributed to the tracks “Happy Feet Two Opening Medley” (with Common and Pink), and “Penguin’s Life” (with Ozomati).

He also appeared in Ride Along (2014) with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart; an episode of the sitcom Are We There Yet; and the upcoming TV movie Santa Hunters.

Lil’ P-Nut currently stars in the Nickelodeon TV series The Haunted Hathaways as Louis, a ghost who has to live with normal people.