PhillyRap Hall of Fame

The PhillyRap Hall of Fame provides recognition to Philly artists and others people active in the Philly Hip Hop community.  The PhillyRap Hall of Fame will open with five inductees. After the initial induction, an individual or group will be selected every 3 months for induction.

Beanie Sigel 2014 PhillyRap Hall of Fame InductionBeanie Sigel – Induction: January 2015

Coming straight out of Sigel Street in South Philly, Beans has been one of the more prominent Philly Rappers since 2000. Known for his slick flow and hard lyrics, Sigel is one of the most respected rappers ever to come out of Philly. But Beans is also well respected the realness he portrays not only in his music, but in real life as well. Similar to many other Philly Rappers (and unlike most rappers from anywhere else on the planet), Beans lived the life rapped about. Sadly this resulted in a few bids in jail for the Philly star, but people always knew what they were getting with Beanie. But Beans’ actions outside the booth actually made his music truly great. When people listen to Sigel, they know he lives what he raps about, bringing an extra dynamic of realism and truth to his music that other artists lack in an era where rappers create stage personalities to portray someone much different than themselves.

Beanie Sigel first became known to the general public when he was signed to Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records. And with the release of his first studio album, The Truth, in 2000, Beans solidified himself as one of the greatest to ever roc-the-mic. Sigel’s second album, The Reason, was similarly well received, and is regarded as one of the greatest albums ever released by a Philly Rapper.

In addition to his solo career, Beans also served as General and the unquestioned leader of State Property – a group of Philly Rappers who were all signed to Roc-A-Fella records. In addition to producing countless mix-tapes, State Property also released two albums, State Property (Soundtrack) and The Chain Gain Vol. 2.

Beanie Sigel has also had success in acting. Sigel played the lead role in State Property and State Property 2.  Beans also appeared in a 2002 file with Kevin Hart entitled Paper Soldiers.

Beans has been a staple of the Philly Hip Hop community for well over a decade.

Black Thought 2014 PhillyRap Hall of Fame InductionBlack Thought – Induction: January 2015

Black Thought is one of the greatest lyricists to ever come out of the great city of Philly. Although he put most of his music out as a member of Philly Rap group the Roots (also in the PhillyRap Hall of Fame), Black Thought’s lyricism and musical accomplishments make him a PhillyRap Hall of Famer and one of the greatest MCs to ever grace this planet.

All that you need to know about Black Thought as an artist can be summed up in one sentence: Black Thought was chosen to spit with Big Pun on his first album Capital Punishment in a track called “Super Lyrical.”


DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 2014 PhillyRap Hall of Fame InductionDJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Induction: January 2015

Although presently known more for his movies than music, Will Smith as the Fresh Prince along with DJ Jazzy Jeff were once one of the world’s biggest rap starts. Coming straight out of West Philly, the Prince and Jazzy Jeff have sold over 5.5 million albums in the US. In 1987, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince released their first album entitled Rock The House. The album was met with moderate success. The duos second album, He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper, went multi-platinum making DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince starts beyond their belief.

The group’s last album, Code Red, was released in 1993. Following its release, Will Smith has focused most of his artistic efforts in the film industry. DJ Jazzy Jeff is still making hot beats.


The Roots 2014 PhillyRap Hall of Fame InductionThe Roots – Induction: January 2015

Formed in 1987 by Black Thought and Questlove, the Roots are easily the most famous rap group from Philly. The Roots fan base goes far beyond the tri-state area. Indeed, the Roots have fans across the globe and are still one of the most recognized rap groups in the world.

The Roots first major album was released in 1993 and was entitled Organix. And since its release, the buzz surrounding the Roots in the Hip Hop community has continued to grow. In 1999, the Roots released their breakthrough album Things Fall Apart. This album brought the Roots’ music in to the homes of millions around the country. In all, the Roots have released twelve studio albums.

The Roots fame can be seen as strong as ever today. For example the Roots are the official band for the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. In addition, in 2013 Questlove appeared in a Miller Light national commercial.

But most importantly, the Roots have been good to their home city. The group consistently reps Philly and does good for our community. In addition, they don’t mind giving us a good show. There are not many Philly Rap fans who have not seen the Roots perform live. This is because not only do they hold the Roots Picnic every year, they have also played at numerous free concerts over the years.


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Vinnie Paz 2014 PhillyRap Hall of Fame InductionVinnie Paz – Induction: January 2015

Vinnie Paz is best known as one part of the rap group Jedi Mind Tricks (Vinnie Paz, Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind, DJ Kwestion & Jus Allah). But Vinnie in his own right has been slaughtering tracks for years and is one of the most accomplished rappers coming out of Philly.

Paz’s name is not typically mentioned when discussing the best Philly Rapper of all time – but it should. Vinnie Paz has lyricism unmatched by most, and since the late 1990s has had a national presence in the Hip Hop world. He also reps Philly real hard. He loves this city and we love him right back.

Vinnie is known for his musical integrity. He loves and respects being an MC. He has never tried to switch his style to play more to the “radio crowd.” Instead he kept his style, despite the fact that it does not lend itself to the radio and gained a national reputation for spitting straight fire. And Paz continues to produce quality music to this day.  His last album, God of the Serengeti, was PhillyRap’s 2012 album of the year (in the entire country – not just Philly). If you haven’t heard it, you’re missing out.


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