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US Urban Family Tree

The Chancers have every reason to be daunted by the US challenge. As this timeline of the greats by Trace magazine shows, the past 30 years have yielded some huge stars which have taken urban music on to an international stage.

2000 - 2004 1990 - 1999 1980 - 1989 1974 - 1979

Destiny's Child   Beyoncé/Destiny's Child
Emerged 2001
Influence Destiny's Child is undeniably one of the biggest girl bands this side of the millennium, with lead singer Beyoncé Knowles emerging as a bona fide icon in her own right.
Fact! Shy and nervous as a child, the Knowles sent their daughter Beyoncé to see a psychiatrist when she was seven to try and bring her out of her shell.

The Neptunes   Pharrell Williams/The Neptunes
Emerged 2000
Influence Still the safest bet and quintessential ingredient for a hit record today, hip hop's unshakeable virtuoso Pharrell and his co-conspirator Chad Hugo have consistently prescribed more hits for other artists this millennium than Gotti did in his whole life.
Fact! Back in the krush-groovin' 80s, teenagers Pharrell and Timbaland used to be in a rap group together called SBI (Surrounded by Idiots).

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