Meek Mill is an up and coming rapper from Philadelphia, who recently made it big after the release of his debut album “Dreams and Nightmares”. Meek Mill started his rap career in 2005 with a rap group called “The Bloodhoundz”. The group released a number of mixtapes that gained them some popularity in Philadelphia on the underground scene.
Famous rapper T.I signed Meek Mill to his record label “Grand Hustle Records” in 2008 where Mill was to work on his debut album. However, due to T.I’s legal issues and trouble with the law, Mill was unable to release his album under the Grand Hustle banner and parted ways with T.I in 2010. In 2011, Rick Ross, a famous rapper from Miami, announced that he was signing Mill to his record label “Maybach Music Group”.
Mill released a mixtape titled “Dreamchasers” that year which was received well by the audience. Later that year, he released a single titled “I’m a Boss”, which became his biggest hit to date and landed him on the Billboard 100 charts. Mill soon caught the attention of many rappers as well as fans of the genre, and his second mixtape under his new record label titled “Dreamchasers volume 2” was an instant hit. He released his debut album titled “Dreams and Nightmares” in October 2012, which gained him a lot of critical acclaim as well as fame and fortune.
Barry Adrian Reese, better known by his stage name Cassidy, is a rapper from Philadelphia. Cassidy started his rap career in 2003 when he signed with Full Scarface. He released a single titled “Hotel” which featured R.Kelly and became one of his biggest hits. In March of 2004, Cassidy released his first studio album titled “Split Personality” which went gold in the first month.
In June of 2005, Cassidy released his second studio album titled “I’m a Hustla” which debuted at #5 on the Billboard 100 chart, sold 93,000 copies in the first week and his single of the same title as the album went platinum. He went on to release two more albums after that but was never able to recapture the fame and attention that he had commanded after the release of his first two albums.
Eve is a female rapper, songwriter and actress hailing from Philadelphia, who is regarded as one of the greatest female rappers of all time. Eve was always interested in singing, ever since her childhood and was a regular in her school choir. She released her debut album under the Ruff Ryders banner in 1999, titled “Eve: Ruff Ryders First Lady”. The album was an instant hit and topped the billboard 200 chart, making her only the third person in history to do so. In 2001, she released her second studio album title “Scorpio” which made the rapper an international sensation and star. Her single “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” from the album went platinum and earned her a Grammy award for best Rap/Song Collaboration in 2002. Her third album followed in 2002 titled “Eve-olution”. The album, though successful, did not match the status of her first two albums and became her lowest selling album to date.
Eve shifted her focus from rapping to acting in the years after her third album and did critically acclaimed roles in films “Barbershop” and “Barbershop 2”. She is scheduled to release her fourth studio album titled “Lip Lock” in 2013. The album has been delayed for a number of years now, but Eve says it is all set to be released in 2013.
Beanie Sigel is one of the most prominent rappers to have come out of Philadelphia, having sold more than 2 million records worldwide. Sigel was a close friend of Jay Z and Dame Dash and under the banner of Roc-A-Fella records. He released two albums under the banner in 2000 and 2001 titled “The Truth” and “The Reason”. In 2004, he served a one year prison sentence over a weapons and drug possession arrest. During his time in jail, Jay-Z ascended to the Presidency of Def Jam Records, and Dame Dash to split off and form the Dame Dash Music Group. Sigel’s third studio album titled “The B.Coming” was released on Dash’s music label in 2005.
In 2007, he released his fourth studio album after which he took a break and relieved himself from contracts with Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. He signed with 50 cent’s label G-unit Records in 2009 and was scheduled to release his fifth studio album from that banner. He is yet to release any new material although he has talked about making more albums and doing a project with fellow Southern Rapper ‘Scarface’.