The most influential Hip-hop Artists of the decade. In alphabetical order.
VERNON MORENO-CRUZ – better known by his stage name 200 Muscles (200 being the number of muscles involved in taking a step forward), was an American rapper and songwriter belonging to the roster of C-Section Records.
Born in Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood of New York City’s Manhattan borough, on March 27, 1971, Moreno-Cruz relocated to Miami, Florida, in 1987, and soon became a central figure in the Miami hip-hop scene, introducing social issues in the genre, and experimenting with Alternative rock in his riffs.
In his songs Moreno-Cruz often tackled the subjects of Racism, what it meant to be of Cuban and African American descent, violence in the cities, and inequality.
Moreno-Cruz signed with C-Section Records in 1992, releasing his much anticipated debut album Take A Step 4ward later that year, receiving critical and commercial success. His two follow-up albums Beyond A Reasonable Doubt (1994) and By The B00k (1995) made him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
On December 26, 1996, he was killed in a shooting while leaving The Metronome club, in Manhattan, where he had just performed a concert. The gunman was never arrested.
Moreno-Cruz’s fourth album was released a week later as planned, with the title Gone But Still On (You Crossed the Rubicon) and immediately became number 1 in the charts.
Born:March 27, 1971, New York City, New York, United States Died:December 26, 1996, New York City, New York, United States
TAKE A STEP 4WARD (Year: 1992/ Label: C-Section)
BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (Year: 1994 /Label: C-Section)
BY THE B00K (Year: 1995 /Label: C-Section)
GONE BUT STILL ON (YOU CROSSED THE RUBICON) (Year:
The title was chosen by Jon Bell, seemingly implying that he accepted the theory according to which Kevin Julius Hart and August "Augie" Brown of rival label LoLee Records were behind the murder of his artist 200 Muscles. In fact, Hart's stage persona – 44 BC – was a tribute to Roman statesman and writer Julius Caesar, and when Julius Caesar took his army across the Rubicon river, in January 49 BC, he disobeyed the Senate's orders causing the civil war.
, posthumous / Label: C-Section. )
Kevin Julius Hart – better known by his stage name 44 BC was an American rapper and songwriter, known for his politically incorrect songs and use of Latin quotes in his lyrics.
In 1992, Hart sent a demo to LoLee Records founder, August “Augie” Brown, who immediately decided to make him the star of LoLee hip-hop section. It was rumoured that Brown used Hart in his quarrel with rival hip-hop mogul Jon “El Capataz” Bell, head of Miami-based C-Section, provoking the so-called NYC–Miami hip-hop feud of the mid-1990s.
Hart had studied Latin as a kid, before dropping out of school, and based his stage persona on Roman statesman and author Julius Caesar, stating that he, just like Caesar, would fight ‘the corrupt system to create a republic of intents’. He often spoke about the use of violence to defeat violence in his lyrics, and on different occasions liked to refer to rival rapper 200 Muscles by the name of 'Cicero, or 'Pompey'.
Hart was stabbed to death by a burglar who broke into his Brooklyn apartment, in February 1997. Police never identified the perpetrator.
Hart’s fourth album, titled Et tu, … , was released posthumously in March 1997, debuting at No. 1 on the World Music Charts.
Born:January 15, 1972, New York City, New York, United States Died:February 27, 1997, New York City, New York, United States
CHECK IT (Year: 1993 / Label: LoLee Records)
VALE (Year: 1994 / Label: LoLee Records)
IT AIN'T JUST ABOUT ME AND U (Year: 1996 / Label: LoLee Records)
ET TU, ... (Year: 1997 / Label: LoLee Records)
Sean Spencer Berry, known professionally as Dice Cast, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and businessman, most famous for co-founding in 1990 with childhood friend Jon "El Capataz" Bell the Miami-based hip-hop label C-Section.
In 1997, following the death of C-Section major artist and friend – Vernon Moreno-Cruz – Berry decided to leave the label and relocated to Los Angeles, signing a new record deal with Cambial.
All Good (Year: 1991/ Label: C-Section)
Phoney Ceremony (Year: 1993/ Label: C-Section)
Bummertime (Year: 1996/ Label: C-Section)
Winnertime (Year: 1998/ Label: C-Section)
I Ain’t Nobody Without Ur Mercy (Year: 2002/ Label: Cambial)
Alyssa Rhodes Berry, better known by her stage name Mel’ody, is an American rapper, songwriter and actress. She’s the half-sister of rapper Dice Cast.
This place’s the pits (Year: 1992/ Label: C-Section)
Mono (Year: 1994/ Label: C-Section)
Fail Fail Fail (Year: 1997/ Label: C-Section)
Deal With It (It Ain’t Gonna Last) (Year: 1999/ Label: C-Section)
Whisper Whisper (Year: 2004/ Label: Cambial)
Jorge Reyes-Sosa (born June 4, 1969), better known by his stage name Two Suns, is an American rapper, songwriter, television producer, actor, and entrepreneur.
Born in the Allapattah neighborhood in Miami, Reyes-Sosa was discovered by Jon “El Capataz” Bell and signed to C-Section Records in 1993.
Ace, Nice, Space (The Nice Trilogy Volume 1) (Year: 1994/ Label: C-Section)