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Don't miss Lupe Fiasco tonight on 106 & Park!

Lupe Fiasco, "Till I Get There" - Lupe, pound-for-pound one of the best rappers out there, spits an extended riff on Ali and one of his most famous couplets on last year's "Till I Get There":The truth stings like Muhammad AliI tell 'em tell 'em don't homicide meI just a little old hope with his back against the ropesFighting for his fans and fighting for his folksBut the boos from the crowd they become so loudIf I could block em out then, I could knock em out thenDance around the ring, but until then I'll sing(Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Lupe Fiasco - Thoughtful and deep lyrics coupled with being opinionated and controversial is what rapper Lupe Fiasco has built his career upon. He has mentioned retiring from the game lately, but we hope that he doesn't leave a void and decides to stick around for a little while!Don't miss Lupe Fiasco tonight on 106 & Park with a special performance to celebrate his new album Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 tonight at 6P/5C! (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

6. He's Drawn Comparisons to Waka Flocka Flame - With his agressive, straightforward lyrics, amped-up delivery and swinging dreadlocks, Keef was being likened to the "Hard in da Paint" star. Waka had this bit of advice for him: "You ain't gotta hold no gun in no interview. It's bigger than that, you're already there. Get your people out." (Photo: Courtesy Glory Boy Entertainment)

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Chief Keef - A few months ago, "I Don't Like" was just a local hit in Chief Keef's hometown of Chicago, but then listeners caught on (including Kanye West) and made the song a national hit!(Photo: Courtesy Glory Boy Entertainment)

Kanye West: June 8 - The newly coupled-up hip hop great rings in his 35th birthday. (Photo: Anthony Harvey/PictureGroup)

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Kanye West - Kanye West is one of the most successful rappers to come out of Chicago, if not the most successful. Before he was a rapper, he was a super producer, and now with the talent to do both, he has pretty much become one of the most important figures in the history of hip hop.(Photo: Anthony Harvey/PictureGroup)

Common Gets the Gold - Rapper-actor Common hasn't lost his lyrical touch — he earned the award for Element Lyricist of the Year.(Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images For BET)

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Common - Common came out under the name Common Sense in the early '90s and hasn't looked back since. He's dominated the world of rap, so like a lot of creatives he successfully transitioned into the world of acting and has been juggling both gigs since 2003.(Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images For BET)


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Da Brat - Even though Da Brat is always associated with Jermaine Dupri and Atlanta, she is actually a Chicago native. She's been on the scene since the '90s and she's managed to grow in the industry while remaining true to herself and her image. Go Brat! (Photo: Jeff Daly/PictureGroup)


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Twista - Twista is one of the fastest rappers in the game and has been for a while. Seriously, he was even in the Guinness Book of World Records for his superior and unique rapping skills.  (Photo: John Amis/PictureGroup)

Shawnna – DTP to Nappy Boy - Another defector from the Disturbin' Tha Peace crew was Shawnna. The femcee wasn't just signed to Luda's label, but appeared on hit Ludacris singles like "Stand Up."  After releasing two LPs for DTP, Shawnna jetted to T-Pain's Nappy Boy Entertainement in 2009.     (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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Shawnna  - Shawnna hails from Chicago and was the first woman signed to Luda's DTP Records. You know her skills have to be on point since her nickname is "The Queen of Chicago." (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Yung Berg - "Juice was incredible because I got to see one of my favorite rappers acting, and doing a great job. Pac was always passionate but you could tell that he took the role seriously, and actually made me want to act. Juice is a hip hop classic." (Photo: Scott Gries/Getty Images)

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Yung Berg - When it comes to unforgettable summertime fly records, Yung Berg's "Sexy Can I" featuring Ray J is definitely a track that's unforgettable. He's been quiet lately, but the rumor mill is saying that we can expect new music from Yung Berg really soon. We'll all have to wait and see! (Photo: Scott Gries/Getty Images)

Kid Sister - Another femcee who hails from Chicago is Kid Sister. She's done some dope work with Kanye West and is a serious lyricist who is a force to be reckoned with.(Photo: Kid Sister/Facebook)

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Kid Sister - Another femcee who hails from Chicago is Kid Sister. She's done some dope work with Kanye West and is a serious lyricist who is a force to be reckoned with.(Photo: Kid Sister/Facebook)

The Cool Kids

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The Cool Kids - When it comes to indie rappers making it work, you have to give props to The Cool Kids! Member Antoine "Sir Michael Rocks" Reed is a native of Chicago and along with his buddy from Detroit, Evan "Chuck Inglish" Ingersoll, the duo is sure to be around for years to come and music that'll set trends.(Photo: Fools Gold Records)