On May 1, it was reported Dominican hip hop recording artist Monkey Black, real name Leonardo Ozuna, was fatally stabbed outside a bar in Barcelona, while he was residing in Spain. On May 5, XXL revealed their annual freshman class to include Chance the Rapper, Isaiah Rashad, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, Vic Mensa, August Alsina, Troy Ave, Kevin Gates, Lil Bibby, Jon Connor, Lil Durk and Jarren Benton.
On June 29, at the BET Awards 2014, Drake won Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Nicki Minaj won Best Female Hip-Hop Artist and Young Money won Best Group. On June 29, a rap battle turned physical at King of the Dot's Battle of Los Angeles when Dizaster punched Math Hoffa in the face. Which resulted in Dizaster's conditional ban from King of the Dot.
Sean Michael Leonard Anderson commonly known as "Big Sean", is a hip hop recording artist who came to prominence after getting discovered by the American rapper Kanye West. After the release of his first debut album, Finally Famous in 2011, he got huge attention of public.
Shakur is widely considered to be one of the greatest rappers of all time, with his legacy still prevalent in the hip hop industry to this day. Shakur began his career as a roadie, backup dancer, and MC for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground before beginning his solo career in 1991.
Sporting a mouth full of gold teeth and an arsenal of memorable verses, Method Man is one of the most charismatic figures in rap today. Also known as Meth, Tical, Johnny Blaze, Hott Nikkels, MZA, and Iron Lung, the engaging MC has starred on hit singles and albums as a founding member of the Hip Hop supergroup Wu-Tang Clan, solo, with current partner-in-rhyme Redman, and as a guest rapper on countless projects.
Tyler Gregory Okonma (born March 6, 1991), better known as Tyler, the Creator, is an American rapper, record producer, and music video director. He rose to prominence as the leader and co-founder of the alternative hip hop collective Odd Future and has rapped on and produced songs for nearly every Odd Future release.