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Published on January 27th, 2019 | by Lydia Brooks

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40 Greatest Hip-Hop Artists Of All-Time (part 3)

  1. RZA

Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, who is better known by his stage name, RZA, was the production mastermind of the group Wu-Tang Clan. There was some conflict within this group because RZA might have had a larger piece of the pie than the other members.

RZA has been able to succeed on Hollywood when he’s gotten some roles in blockbuster movies and acclaimed television shows like scoring music for Kill Bill: Volume 1 and Volume 2, the Quentin Tarantino films, and also could get roles in movies and shows such as Californication, American Gangster, and Gang Related before having his directorial debut with the film The Man With The Iron Fists.

  1. Cypress Hill

Someone could argue that Cypress Hill can’t make this list due to not having any individual pieces of work to critique, however,  as a collective, this group is worthy of being recognized. The California-based group is the first Latino American hip-hop group to go multi-platinum after taking over airwaves with their hit The Phuncky Feel One in 1991.

The group’s music has gangsta content with unique cadence, that raised eyebrows around the country before their hottest hit Insane In The Membrane became a crossover hit so that the group earned a set at the 1994 Woodstock.

  1. Ice-T

It may be hard to believe that Ice-T was one of the most feared musicians in the world. In fact, the government supposedly began to monitor him after he released the single ‘op Killer which many hip-hop non-listeners misconstrued as the glamorization of police murders. However, he had the ability to record one of the greatest theme songs for movie of all-time.

At that point of time, Ice-T is considered one of hip-hop’s godfathers and even played a cop himself on the popular crime drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and also in the famous hood classic film, New Jack City.

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