The record sold over 100,000 copies, establishing both the label and the rapper. This was the label's first long-playing release. Up to this day, L.L. is thought out to be one of Def Jam's most prized possessions. When he released his first hit, "I Can't Live Without My Radio," in 1985 when he was just 17 years old, LL came out to be a hard-hitting, streetwise b-boy with spare beats and ballistic rhymes (Internet Source).
He recorded the song with his injured jaw still wired shut. (http://www.people.com/people/kanye_west/biography/0,,,00.html) January 2004 – Kanye hits the Top 40 helping out Twista and Jamie Foxx with "Slow Jamz." (http://www.rapcentral.co.uk/kanyewestTimeline.html) February 10, 2004 – West finally releases his debut album, The College Dropout, which is an immediate hit, selling 441, copies in its first week! (http://www.people.com/people/kanye_west/biography/0,,,00.html) April 2004 – Kanye’s debut album The College Dropout is certified platinum. (http://www.rapcentral.co.uk/kanyewestTimeline.html) February 13, 2005 – As the most nominated artist at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards with 10 nods, West takes home three trophies – Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song for "Jesus Walks", and Best R&B Song for producing Alicia Keys' "You Don't Know My Name."
Early days The group's founding members, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo all grew up on the same block rapping together.  Rise to fame Rapper 50 Cent signed to Interscope Records. Due to the success of his commercial debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin', he was granted his own record label. This was when G-Unit Records was created.  G-Unit logo The group continued to work hard and released several mixtape series which earned them a lot of attention in the rap industry.
My debut studio album, Thankful (2003), had been certified 2× platinum and sold over 4.5 million copies internationally. Its lead single, "Miss Independent," became an international hit, earning me my first Grammy nomination. I developed a rock-oriented sound with the release of my sophomore album, Breakaway (2004). It had been certified 6× platinum and sold over 15 million copies worldwide earning me two Grammy Awards, including one for my hit single "Since U Been Gone." I took full creative direction of her third album, My December (2007), which had been certified platinum.
Raised in Chicago, Fiasco developed an interest in hip hop after initially disliking the genre for its use of vulgarity. After adopting the name Lupe Fiasco and recording songs in his father's basement, 19-year-old Fiasco joined a group called Da Pak. The group disbanded shortly after its inception, and Fiasco soon met rapper Jay-Z who helped him sign a record deal with Atlantic Records. In September 2006, Fiasco released his debut album Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor on the label, which received three Grammy nominations. He released his second album, Lupe Fiasco's The Cool, in December 2007.
The Beastie Boys The Beastie Boys are one of the greatest rap/hip-hop groups in the history of the genre. They mastered their own style and influenced many other groups throughout their history in the music industry. For more than 25 years they have been performing and putting out records. They are one of the longest lasting rap groups, continuing to be successful to this day. The group was nominated for the Rock and Roll hall of fame in 2007, for the year of 2008.
When Enrique started to change his form of English music from his slower paced music to the fast and upbeat kind of music he gained millions of fans and the millions and millions of dollars that came along with it. Sources estimate that Enrique Iglesias is worth about forty-five million dollars. Much of his success is due to the fact that he has had five English number one hits and twenty-one Latin American hits. He has sold over fifty-five million records and released his ninth studio album in
Presley is regarded as one of the most important figures of 20th-century popular culture. He had a versatile voice and unusually wide success encompassing many genres, including country, pop ballads, gospel, and blues. He is the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music.  Nominated for 14 competitive Grammys, he won three, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36. He has been inducted into multiple music halls of
Then for the next thirty years he established himself as the “King of Pop” ("Bio True Story", 2012). With lifelong fame and stardom came bourdons ("Bio True Story", 2012). Michael became so popular that his personal life became public information and led to public inquiry ("Bio True Story", 2012). Michael Jackson went on to become one of the most internationally famous award-winning solo pop sensations to date ("Bio True Story", 2012). His 2009 death stirred controversy and was ultimately ruled an accidental overdose ("Bio True Story", 2012).
Tupac the Poet Tupac Shakur has been voice of America through history. Tupac has been one of the most successful poets of all time. Tupac has sold about 75 million albums worldwide. Most of his songs are about American problems moreover, ghetto problems. The difference between Tupac and other rappers is that 2Pac’s poems were the truth’s of life.