Big Daddy Kane
Kane is widely known as one of hip hop's most lyrical, diverse, innovative, and trendsetting MCs. With several Gold albums to his credit, Kane has enjoyed a long career, including the releases Long Live The Kane ("Ain't No Half Steppin'" and "Raw"), It's A Big Daddy Thing ("Smooth Operator," "Warm It Up, Kane," and "I Get The Job Done"), and Taste Of Chocolate ("Hard Being The Kane" and "All Of Me," a duet with the late legendary Barry White). As a powerful figure in the rap game, he has also collaborated with many artists, including Public Enemy, Ice Cube, Heavy D, Patti LaBelle, and Quincy Jones. All of these accomplishments combine with a Grammy Award to make Kane a true hip hop legend.
M.O.P., short for Mash Out Posse, is an American East coast hip hop duo. The duo, composed of Billy Danze and Lil' Fame, is known for the aggressive delivery typically employed by both emcees.. Although they maintain a strong underground following, they are mainly known for the song "Ante Up," released on 2000's ''Warriorz'', and for which they have had mainstream success. The group has frequently collaborated with DJ Premier. Fame sometimes produces under the moniker Fizzy Womack, and has produced a significant amount of tracks on all M.O.P. releases since 1996's ''Firing Squad'', as well as work for other artists including Big Noyd, Teflon and Wu-Tang Clan.
Weighing in at 250 pounds, Chubb Rock (born Richard Simpson) often evokes images of a hip-hop Barry White (whom he dueted with on And the Winner Is...). Chubb Rock had a group while he was a teenager in New York but started his career in earnest after he dropped out of college. After three singles from his first album went nowhere, his second album, And the Winner Is..., was released to greater commercial and critical acclaim, thanks to a remixed single version of "Caught Up" that was released prior to the album. After 1991's One and 1992's I Gotta Get Mine Yo, Chubb Rock's career again faltered, and five years passed prior to the release of Mind.
Grand Puba has been a crucial participant in the hip-hop movement since its early days. Originally a member of the group Masters of Ceremony, he became the lead emcee of the New Rochelle-based Brand Nubian in 1989. Although their upbeat music and positive lyrics tied them strongly to the Native Tongues movement (De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest etc.) Brand Nubian's politics and religion were always at the forefront of their music, paving the way for groups like Dead Prez, RZA & GZA (of Wu-Tang), Black Star, Brother Ali & countless others.
As a solo artist, Grand Puba has been extremely successful as well. Many consider both his release of "Reel 2 Reel," ('92) and "2000" ('95) to be classics. In 1998, he reunited with Brand Nubian for "Foundation" and in 2004 for "Fire In The Hole" on Babygrande. With the forthcoming "Retroactive" release, Grand Puba once again returns to his trademark style--brilliant lyrics, socio-political themes and a smooth laid-back delivery. Grand Puba's flow is as refined as ever, his beat selection top-notch, and the finished project promises to fill a much needed void in hip-hop, at a time when positive, progressive and upbeat messages are sorely needed in the world. "Grand Puba is the father to so many styles in hip-hop. Its good to have him back--the game needs him. We have a great relationship with Brand Nubian and we had so much success with Lord Jamar's solo release in 2006 that it only makes sense to keep it in the family," says Chuck Wilson Babygrande's CEO.
DJ Bent Rock
Heavy Hitter DJ Bent Roc is the premiere mix master on NYC’s own 107.5 WBLS. Besides spinning for every event that the radio station produces, he spins weekly on Saturdays 6pm-9pm for his own show called “CLASSIC FLAVORS” alongside his partner in crime The Legendary Chubb Rock! Classic Flavors is a show that provides you with interviews from The Legends, guest performances, classic trivia and non-stop old school Hip-Hop & R&B music. The show reminds everyone where it all started by giving respect and attention to the pioneers of the culture.