1990's

1990
Aug 11

DJ Laz

DJ, Cuban

Fact: His “Move Shake Drop” featured Pitbull, Flo Rida and Casely.

Aug 11

Kid Frost

MC, Mexican

Fact: “La Raza” rapper’s moniker is inspired by Ice-T.

Aug 11

TooFly

Graffiti artist, Ecuadorian

Fact: Her artwork has appeared in Marie Claire, MTV, YRB, Trace, and more.

Aug 11

Mellow Man Ace

MC, Cuban

Fact: “Mentirosa,” his biggest hit, was the first Spanglish song to hit Billboard’s Top 20.

Aug 11

Bobbito Garcia

DJ, Puerto Rican

Fact: As co-host of The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show he featured then-unsigned acts: Jay Z, Big Pun, Biggie Smalls and more.

Aug 11

Johnny “J”

Producer, Mexican

Fact: Produced half of 2Pac’s classic All Eyez on Me.

Aug 11

A Lighter Shade of Brown

MCs, Mexican

Fact: The duo provided songs for Latino-market movies such as Mi Vida Loca and I Like It Like That.

1991
Aug 11

Funky Aztecs

MCs, Mexican

Fact: Viewed as pioneers of Chicano rap.

Aug 11

Gerardo

MC, Ecuadorian<

Fact: The “Rico Suave” rapper later became a record label exec who signed Enrique Iglesias.

Aug 11

Cypress Hill

MCs, Cuban, Puerto Rican

Members: B-Real, Sen Dog, Eric Bobo, and DJ Muggs
Fact: First Latino rap group to have both platinum and multi-platinum albums.

Aug 11

The Madd Rapper

MC/Producer, Puerto Rican and African American

Fact: As a record exec, he managed and mentored a young Kanye West.

1992
Aug 11

Zack de la Rocha

MC, Mexican

Fact: The lead singer of the now defunct Rage Against The Machine has the revolution running through his veins—his grandfather fought in the Mexican Revolution.

Aug 11

Aztlan Nation

MCs, Mexican

Fact: The themes of the group’s music consisted of police violence and racism against Latinos.

Aug 11

Kurious

MC, Puerto Rican and Cuban

Fact: His debut, A Constipated Monkey, featured production by The Beatnuts, Pete Nice and more.

Aug 11

The Beanuts

MCs/Producers, Dominican (Junkyard JuJu) and Colombian (Psycho Les)

Fact: Members of the Afro-centric Native Tongues collective.

Aug 11

Hurricane G

MC, Puerto Rican

Fact: On the Redman “classic, “Tonight’s Da Night,”, she urges him to rap that “rough shit.”

1993
Aug 11

Funkdoobiest

MCs, Puerto Rican

Fact: The trio was part of the Soul Assassins crew with Cypress Hill and House of Pain.

Aug 11

Fat Joe

MC, Puerto Rican and Cuban

Fact: He’s also a member of the mostly Bronx collective, D.I.T.C. (Diggin’ In The Crates Crew).

Aug 11

Arsonists

MCs, Latinoh

Fact: Former member D-Stroy is now a host on The Flama.

Aug 11

The Mexakinz

MCs, Mexican

Fact: The first Latino artists to be signed to Motown.

Aug 11

DJ Enuff

DJ, Puerto Rican

Fact: Enuff was Biggie Smalls’ tour DJ.

Aug 11

DJ EFN

DJ, Cuban

Fact: In 2012, he co-produced Coming Home, a documentary on the hip-hop scene in Cuba.

Aug 11

Big Noyd

MC, Puerto Rican and African American

Fact: He’s affiliated with the legendary Queens crew, Mobb Deep.

1994
Aug 11

AZ

MC, Dominican and African American

Fact: He is the only guest rapper on Nas’ classic, Illmatic (“Life’s a Bitch”).

Aug 11

Dres

MC, Puerto Rican and African American

Fact: The Black Sheep frontman’s flow is one of the silkiest in history.

Aug 11

SPM (South Park Mexican)

MC, Mexican

Fact: He started his career as a Christian rapper.

Aug 11

Psycho Realm

MCs, Mexican

Fact: They were originally co-signed by B-Real of Cypress Hill.

Aug 11

Frankie Cutlass

Producer/DJ, Puerto Rican

Fact: He’s also produced for freestyle legends, TKA, Judy Torres, and The Cover Girls.

1995
Aug 11

Bocafloja

MCs, Mexican

Fact: Considered a pioneer in the Mexican rap scene.

Aug 11

Taboo

MC, B-Boy, Mexican

Fact: As a member of the Black Eyed Peas, he was originally signed to Eazy-E’s Ruthless label.

Aug 11

Big Pun

MC, Puerto Rican

Fact: First solo Latino MC to reach platinum status, Capital Punishment.

1996
Aug 11

Chino XL

MC, Puerto Rican and African American

Fact: He is a member of MENSA, the oldest high IQ society in the world.

Aug 11

La Bruja

MC, Poet, Puerto Rican

Fact: She appeared in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled.

Aug 11

Ana Rokafella Garcia

B-Girl, Puerto Rican

Fact: She’s also a teacher who uses hip-hop to empower the next generation.

Aug 11

Delinquent Habits

MCs, Mexican

Fact: Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog produced their first album.

Aug 11

Control Machete

MCs, Mexican

Fact: The group covered “Amnesia” as a tribute to Mexican icon, Jose Jose.

Aug 11

Angie Martinez

Radio Personality, Puerto Rican, Cuban and Dominican

Fact: The “Voice of New York” was nominated for a Grammy for her contribution to the all women posse cut, “Not Tonight.”

Aug 11

Jonny Z

MC, Mexican

Fact: He’s one of the first artists to mix bass music with salsa, mambo and regional Mexican.

Aug 11

DJ Felli Fel

DJ, Latino

Fact: He’s a member of the Heavy Hitters.

Aug 15

Cipha Sounds

DJ, Puerto Rican

Fact: The DJ, who has spun for Dave Chappelle and J. Lo, is also the first comedian signed to Roc Nation.

1997
Aug 11

SieteNueve

MC, Puerto Rican

Fact: He was highly inspired by New York rap.

Aug 11

Lil Rob

MC, Mexican

Fact: He’s collaborated with Paul Wall, The Game, E-40 and more.

Aug 11

N.O.R.E.

MC, Puerto Rican and African American

Fact: After entering the rap game with the gritty C-N-N duo, N.O.R.E. let the world know about his Latino pride with the reggaeton classic, “Oye Mi Canto.”

Aug 11

Cuban Link

MC, Cuban

Fact: Originally started rapping with Full-A-Clips, a group featuring Big Pun.

Aug 11

Rob Swift

DJ, Colombian

Fact: He was a member of the turnatable specialists, The X-Ecutioners.

Aug 11

Arianna Puello

MC, Dominican

Fact: She calls herself La Reyna del Mambo.

Aug 11

El Meswy

MC, Spanish

Fact: He’s shared the stage with American acts, Masta Ace, dead prez, and more.

1998
Aug 11

Trina

MC, Dominican and African American

Fact: “Pull Over was among Complex’s “50 Best Rap Songs by Women.”

Aug 11

Ana Tijoux

MC, Chilean

Fact: She gained exposure with her guest spot on Julieta Venegas’ “Eres Para Mi.”

Aug 11

Swizz Beatz

Producer, DJ, MC, Puerto Rican and African American

Fact: The creator of the Ruff Ryder sound was also named the first “Producer in Residence” at New York University.

Aug 11

The Heavy Hitters

DJs, various

Fact: Founded by DJ Enuff, the DJ collective boasts over 30 members nationwide.

1999
Aug 11

Terror Squad

MC Collective

Fact: “Lean Back” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Charts in August 2004.

Aug 11

Mala Rodriguez

>MC, Spanish

Fact: Many critics have compared her to Lauryn Hill for precision rhymes and singing voice.

Aug 11

Kinto Sol

MC, Mexican

Fact: The trio, consisting of brothers, is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.