Hip-Hop’s Biggest Stars & Vets Hit The 30+ Club

By Allen Starbury  |  06/05/2009

As the hip-hop inches closer to nearly 40 years since being introduced in the Bronx in New York City in the 1970s, the genre has grown tremendously. That means some of today's biggest artists have aged along with it. Some of the game's pioneers have maintained their presence over the years, continuing to grow their brand, while some haven't.

Either way, it shows how much hip-hop has grown and will continue to grow in the coming years.

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Here's a list of hip-hop vets who have hit the 30+ mark, compiled by the people over at Bossip.com:

  • Ice-T (February 16, 1958) - 51
  • Flavor Flav (March 16, 1959) - 50
  • Uncle Luke (December 22, 1960) - 48
  • MC Hammer (March 30, 1962) - 47
  • Dr. Dre (February 18, 1965) - 44
  • Rev. Run (November 14, 1964) - 44
  • Slick Rick (January 14, 1965) - 44
  • KRS-One (August 20, 1965) - 43
  • Master P (April 29, 1967) - 42
  • Bushwick Bill (December 8, 1966) - 42
  • LL Cool J (January 14, 1968) - 41
  • Birdman (1969) - 39-40
  • Ice Cube (June 15, 1969) – 39
  • Diddy (November 4, 1969) - 39
  • Jay-Z (December 4, 1969) – 39
  • Raekwon (January 12, 1970) – 39
  • Q-Tip (April 10, 1970) – 39
  • Redman (April 17, 1970) – 39
  • DJ Quik - (January 18, 1970) - 39
  • Ghostface Killah (May 9, 1970) – 39
  • RZA (July 5, 1969) - 39
  • Fat Joe (August 19, 1970) – 38
  • Scarface (November 9, 1970) – 38
  • DMX (December 18, 1970) – 38
  • Method Man (April 1, 1971) – 38
  • Snoop Dogg (October 20, 1971) – 37
  • Common (March 13, 1972) – 37
  • Busta Rhymes (May 20, 1972) – 37
  • Jermaine Dupri (September 23, 1972) - 36
  • Kurupt (November 23, 1972) - 36
  • Black Thought (October 3, 1972) – 36
  • Eminem (October 17, 1972) – 36
  • Bun B (March 19, 1973) – 36
  • Nas (September 14, 1973) – 35
  • Twista (November 27, 1973) - 35
  • Trick Daddy (September 23, 1973) - 35
  • Mos Def (December 11, 1973) – 35
  • Beanie Sigel (March 6, 1974) – 35
  • Andre 3000 (May 27, 1974) – 35
  • Nelly (November 2, 1974) - 34
  • Xzibit (September 18, 1974) - 34
  • Styles P (November 28, 1974) – 34
  • Big Boi (February 1, 1975) – 34
  • Jadakiss (May 27, 1975) – 34
  • 50 Cent (July 6, 1975) – 33
  • Talib Kweli (October 3, 1975) – 33
  • Rick Ross (January 28, 1976) – 33
  • Cam’ron (February 4, 1976) – 33
  • Jim Jones (July 15, 1976) - 32
  • Kanye West (June 8, 1977) – 31
  • Ludacris (September 11, 1977) – 31
  • Young Jeezy (October 12, 1977)- 31
  • Fabolous (November 18, 1977) - 31

This list is not a complete list of every rapper to hit the mark. We're sure there's more.