There are many things that have changed in hip-hop, but the game's respect for what the Notorious B.I.G. accomplished in his short time on Earth will always remain. Today we celebrate Biggie's 43rd birthday (May 21).
Busta Rhymes is still one of the most respected Brooklynites after more than two decades in the game. E.L.E.2 (Extinction Level Event 2) is coming at some point, but today (May 20), we recognize his 43rd birthday.
As expected, May was a slower month of music releases compared to the craziness of March and April. That doesn't mean the year has finally gone stale. There's still more to come just in time for the summer
There are plenty of artists who have risen from being a well-known songwriter to being a successful solo artists. Eric Bellinger, a Los Angeles native, might be one of the latest. The man who helped penned many hits for the likes of Rihanna, Brandy and Beyonce turns 29 today (May 18).
The contributions of some of your favorite '90s girl groups live on in throwback playlists and weekly reality shows thanks to people like Kandi Burruss, one-fifth of Xscape. The current co-star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta turns 39 today (May 17).
Since the '90s, Raphael Saadiq has long been an appreciated member of R&B and hip-hop circles after working with the likes of the Ummah, TLC and Mary J. Blige. He's also known as a great artist even without the collaborations. Saadiq turns 49 today (May 14).
Stevie Wonder has been doing this music thing for a while, and he still hasn't lost his touch. For proof, look no further than "California Roll," arguably the best track off Snoop Dogg's new album, BUSH. Actually, do look a little further. It'd be a disservice to overlook Wonder's entire discography. The singer turns 65 years old today (May 13).
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