City High unfortunately became one of the many short-lived R&B groups in the genre's history. In the 2000s, the trio was propelled by a strong female lead, Claudette Ortiz. She was just a teenager back then, coming out out Willingboro, N.J. Ortiz, now an actress who's trying to put together a solo album, turns 34 years old today.
As if music fans haven't already been spoiled enough this year, even M.I.A. is joining in on the fun by releasing new material. She dropped a new multimedia project, Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader Than a Border on Apple Music, and it came with anticipation just like most of her releases. Five days later, today (July 18), she crosses over into her 40s.
Hip-hop is full of polarizing figures, and most would point to Kanye West as the biggest one. Although he operates on a smaller scale, Hopsin is another. Born Marcus Jamal Hopson, the rapper turns 30 years old today (July 18).
Hip-hop is a known young man's sport, and this is the year many of the newer talents stepped up to the plate. However, you have to remember the legends. Today (July 17) is one of those days. Guru of the legendary Gang Starr would've been 54 today.
The world is filled with injustices, and the fact that we still haven't received a new Jeremih album after "Don't Tell Em" is one of them. But if Def Jam permits, we should be seeing it this year. It's birthday celebration time for now though. Today (July 17) marks Jeremih's 28th birthday.
In the years following Jay Z's first "retirement," there was no one who epitomized New York swagger and cocksureness like Cam'ron, Jim Jones and the Dipset crew. Today (July 15), the Dipset capo known as Jones turns 39 years old.
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