Artists Who Were Born There: Blueprint, Bootsy Collins, Catfish Collins, DJ Hi Tek, Kid Cudi, Chrissie Hynde, Dave Grohl, Gilby Clarke, Robert Quine, Steven Adler, Marilyn Manson, Macy Gray, RJD2 
Bands Formed There: Black Keys, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Devo, Guided by Voices, James Gang, Nine Inch Nails, Ohio Players, Pere Ubu, Slave, the Breeders, the Dead Boys, the Isley Brothers, Times New Viking, Zapp

It may seem random but it's no accident that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is in Cleveland. Ohio has contributed to almost every angle of modern music. First off, in 1970, Ohio's the Pacemakers' members Bootsy and Catfish Collins gave James Brown's band an infusion of fresh blood before decamping for Parliament-Funkadelic. During these same years, funk, soul, and R&B outfits the Isley Brothers, Ohio Players, Slave, and Zapp busted out of the state, while its small label Capsoul Records brilliantly captured similarly minded local talent (some of which has been compiled by reissue label the Numero Group).

As the 1970s proceeded, Ohio spit out punk forerunners Devo, Chrissie Hynde, and the Dead Boys. In the '80s, the state gave us Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler and in the '90s GNR's hired gun rhythm guitarist Gilby Clarke. Around the same time, Ohio native Dave Grohl joined Nirvana and assisted in transforming the landscape of rock music, a change that made possible the career of a ramshackle band like the Breeders—helmed by two sisters from Dayton. This also paved the way for the ascendency of Guided By Voices and later Times New Viking, lo-fi miracles from the Buckeye State.

In terms of hip-hop, Ohio hasn't been quite as prolific. But tongue-twisting Ouija-board mystics Bone Thugs-n-Harmony put Cleveland rap on the map back in the '90s. And folks like Ray Cash, Kid Cudi, and Chip the Ripper have kept the output flowing. Most recently, in 2010, a little-known rapper from a little-known town called Massillon had a windfall when Rick Ross signed him to his Maybach Music Group. His name is Stalley. He's good. And funny.