Hip-hop icon Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter grew up in Brooklyn, New York, but spent part of his teenaged years in East Trenton, New Jersey, where he attended Trenton Central High School. He did not graduate. It was also where another student, Gil De Haven, introduced him to drug dealing and encouraged his rap career. In his […]

Craig Mack

Craig Mack is a former rapper best known for the 1994 single, “Flava in Ya Ear.”  According to multiple sources, he was born in Trenton, New Jersey  in 1971, although the exact dates vary. He grew up in Brentwood Long Island, and began recording with Bad Boy Records in 1988.  But it was Flava in Ya […]

DJ Ready Red (Collins Leysath)

Collins Leysath  aka DJ Ready Red is an original member of the influential Hip-hop group, The Geto Boys.  According to multiple interviews, his mother was a church musician who played popular R&B music at home. He started out as part of Trenton, New Jersey’s disco scene (“I was part of the first Puerto Rican DJ […]

Dionne Farris

From her Wikipedia page: Dionne Yvette Farris (born December 4, 1969) is an American, singer, songwriter, producer and actress. Born and raised in New Jersey, she began singing in elementary school and competed in pageants as a teenager. In the early 1990s, she performed as the vocalist on hip hopgroupArrested Development (1992) hit single “Tennessee”. […]

Donald “Pup” Bolding

Donald “Pup” Bolding is a songwriter, guitarist and producer whose talents have taken him from school and church ensembles in Trenton to touring and recording gigs with such hitmakers as Nelly, Case, Deborah Cox and Sarah Dash. He co-produced Sarah Dash’s album, :The Seventh Child, and co-wrote two of the songs.

DJ Fatha Ramzee

https://www.mixcloud.com/djfatharamzee/, https://twitter.com/DJFathaRamzee  

Poor Righteous Teachers

From their Wikipedia page: Poor Righteous Teachers is a hip hop group from Trenton, New Jersey, founded in 1989.[1] Often referred to as PRT by its fans, Poor Righteous Teachers is known as a pro-Black conscious hip hop group, with musical content inspired by the teachings of the Nation of Gods and Earths. Wise Intelligent, […]

Showtyme Brooks

From his website: What’s in a name….everything when it comes to the triple threat artist, singer, songwriter, and producer SHOW TYME The epitome of soul expression.SHOW TYME Was Born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, Show Tyme began honing his skills at a young age in the church as a drummer for gospel artists. Being […]