The latest edition of All Stars of Hip-Hop brings with it a little controversy, some potential for drama — and plenty of old-school rap.
The event, which takes place 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Boardwalk Hall, features a line up that includes Nelly, who’s facing new legal troubles; KRS-One, who may or may not have settled an old score with Nelly; Redman and Method Man of “How High” fame; hypeman Fatman Scoop; and veteran Philly act Three Times Dope.
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One of the most successful hip-hop artists of the past few decades, Nelly has amassed a string of hits, like “Hot In Herre,” “Dilemma” (featuring Kelly Rowland), “Work It” (featuring Justin Timberlake), “Pimp Juice,” “Sweat,” “Party People” (featuring Fergie) and “Just a Dream.” He has also appeared on the big screen in “The Longest Yard” and on the small screen in “CSI: NY” and his own reality show “Nellyville.”
The Grammy-winning rap artist-singer-songwriter-actor has generated more headlines of late for his legal troubles than his music. He faces a civil lawsuit, claiming he sexually assaulted a woman and defamed her; criminal charges for the alleged incident have been dropped, and Nelly has denied the assault.
Redman launched his career in the early ’90s, scoring hits as a solo artist, working with Method Man and later joining the Def Squad.
Redman’s solo hits include “Blow Your Mind,” “Time for Some Aksion” and “Rockafella.”
As Method Man & Redman, they scored a gold single with “How High,” which inspired their 2001 stoner comedy “How High”; they are said to be working on a long-delayed sequel.
They also were featured in the video games Def Jam Vendetta, Def Jam: Fight for NY and Def Jam: Icon, and co-starred in the short-lived Fox sitcom “Method & Red.”
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Besides his work with Redman, Method Man has enjoyed his biggest success as a member of Wu-Tang Clan. He also received a 1996 Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By” with Mary J. Blige. His most recent release is “The Meth Lab” from 2015.
Method Man also has extensive acting credits, including recurring roles in HBO’s “The Deuce,” “Oz” and “The Wire,” as well as movies, such as “Belly,” “Garden State” and “Venom.”
The longtime hype man, whose signature hit is “Be Faithful,” Fatman Scoop has worked with everyone from Mariah Carey and the late Whitney Houston to Pitbull and Skrillex.
He’s known for catchphrases like, “You got a 50 dollar bill get ya hands up” and “Let’s go now! Let’s go now! Single ladies, I can’t hear you.”
Three Times Dope
Three Times Dope came out of the late-’80s North Philly music scene, and features E.S.T., Chuck Nice and Woody Wood. The group has released three albums, coining lingo, like “Ackinickulous” and “The Giddy Up.”
E.S.T. has enjoyed his own fame as a Grammy-nominated songwriter for Destiny’s Child and Beyonce.
The Bronx, N.Y., native, known for hits like “Outta Here” and “MC’s Act Like They Don’t Know,” is appearing behind his 2017 release, “The World Is Mind.”
He got his start in the mid-’80s with Boogie Down Productions and partners DJ Scott La Rock and Derrick “D-Nice” Jones, and launched a solo career after La Rock was shot and killed in 1987. La Rock’s death helped inspire the politically and socially conscious KRS-One to found the Stop the Violence Movement.
Back in 2002, KRS-One reportedly tried to organize a sales boycott of Nelly’s album, “Nellyville,” which went on to be a huge commercial hit, so it remains to be seen whether there’s any lingering ill will between the two.