With all of that in mind, we proudly present this gallery of 25 of the most important African-American artists of the last 25 years, in no particular order. There were plenty of people who could have made this list—and plenty who, unfortunately, didn't make the cut—so, if you think we forgot anyone, drop us a line in the comments section and let us know! Now, let's make some history.
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When He Got Arrested: March 2010
What He Got Arrested For: Offering an undercover policewoman $40 in exchange for oral sex in New York City
Why It Was Dumb: This is D'Angelo. The guy from the "Untitled" video. The guy who recorded Brown Sugar. The guy who was once the brightest R&B star on the planet. Damn, homie. In '95 you were the man, homie...
The Artist: 2Pac
The Day: 2 Times 2Pac Tuesdays
Even after eight posthumous releases (and a gang of unofficial mixtapes!), 2Pac's got still new songs locked away in a vault somewhere. Why not release them to the world? If two new ones come out every Tuesday, we should be able to hear them all by—*crunches numbers* *carries the 2* *finds another hard drive full of new stuff*—2018 or so. Hmmm, how about Makaveli Mondays, too?