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Chet Hanks: 'White Boy Summer' Isn't About Hate

Actor's son condemns how it's been co-opted by white supremacists and other groups

(Newser) - A phrase coined by Tom Hanks' rapper son has become a rallying cry for hate groups, despite Chet Hanks' assurance that "white boy summer" is actually all about "love." For many, "the phrase represents an unapologetic embrace of white heterosexual masculinity, often at the expense of...

Rapper Must Have All Songs Approved by US Government

At least while the former Hot Boys rapper BG is on supervised release

(Newser) - In what AV Club calls a "bizarre" court ruling, a US rapper has been ordered to submit his future songs for approval by the federal government before they are released, at least until his sentence in a criminal case has been served. The situation revolves around rapper BG (short...

Florida Rapper 'Ambushed,' Killed at Hotel

Julio Foolio was fatally shot during a weekend spent celebrating his birthday

(Newser) - A Florida rapper was fatally shot early Sunday while visiting Tampa to celebrate his 26th birthday. Julio Foolio, whom TMZ describes as an "up-and-coming" artist from Jacksonville that first made waves with his 2018 debut album 6toven and who Local 10 says was most well known for his 2019...

Iran Flips Death Sentence for Popular Rapper

Nation's Supreme Court overturns sentence for Toomaj Salehi

(Newser) - Iran's Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of a government critic and a popular hip-hop artist, Toomaj Salehi, who came to fame over his lyrics about the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini in 2022, his lawyer, Amir Raisian, said Saturday. In a post on X, Raisian said...

Travis Scott After Arrest in Miami: 'Lol'

A 'rowdy' boat party ended in the 33-year-old rapper's arrest

(Newser) - Rapper Travis Scott was arrested early Thursday in Miami after what authorities say was a drunken disturbance on a charter boat. The 33-year-old was reportedly arrested at 1:44am local time at the Miami Beach Marina and booked three hours later into Miami-Dade County Jail on charges of disorderly intoxication...

He Transformed Hip-Hop From the 'Tame'
He Was One of
Hip-Hop's 'Early

He Was One of Hip-Hop's 'Early Provocateurs'

2 Live Crew member Brother Marquis dead at 58

(Newser) - Influential hip-hop group 2 Live Crew has lost an integral member. Brother Marquis, whose real name was Mark Ross, died at age 58, the group announced Monday on social media. A cause of death wasn't provided. Brother Marquis was one of the most notable members of the Miami hip-hop...

Kanye's Ex-Assistant Sues Him for Sexual Harassment

Lauren Pisciotta alleges rapper sent her vulgar texts, pictures, and videos, then fired her

(Newser) - Kanye West is being sued again , this time by his former executive assistant. Per TMZ , Lauren Pisciotta, an OnlyFans model who started working for the rapper in 2021, alleges West approached her a year after he hired her and requested she delete her OnlyFans site to be more "God...

Rapper Sean Kingston and His Mom Arrested

A lawyer claims the situation has to do with a very, very, very large television

(Newser) - Rapper Sean Kingston was arrested in California on fraud charges Thursday, several hours after a SWAT team raided his rented South Florida mansion and carted away a van load of items, the AP reports. The Broward County Sheriff's Office said Kingston was arrested without incident on a Florida warrant...

Will the Real Father of the Bride Please Stand Up

Eminem's daughter Hailie Jade got hitched to partner Evan McClintock, danced with her dad

(Newser) - It seems hard to believe, but the little girl that Eminem used to rap about in his earliest songs is now a married woman. Hailie Jade Scott, the 28-year-old daughter of the "Slim Shady" rapper (real name: Marshall Mathers), tied the knot over the weekend with her longtime partner,...

Rap Battle Song Hits No. 1, and 'It's a Bit Disconcerting'

Andre Gee of 'Rolling Stone' muses on lyrics in Lamar's diss track on Drake

(Newser) - Earlier this month, Andre Gee declared in Rolling Stone that Kendrick Lamar "won the great rap war " between himself and Drake, a long-running feud that has resulted in a recent slew of diss tracks—including Lamar's "Not Like Us," which ascended to the No. 1...

2 Guilty of Murdering Hip-Hop Legend

2002 killing of RUN-DMC member Jam Master Jay was unsolved for many years

(Newser) - For many years, it was one of New York City's most notorious unsolved murders . Now, two men have been found guilty of murdering Jason Mizell—better known as Jam Master Jay from RUN-DMC—in his Queens recording studio on October 30, 2002. A federal jury found Karl Jordan Jr....

Acclaimed Rapper Who Fell From Window Was Murdered
Acclaimed Rapper Who Fell
From Window Was Murdered

Acclaimed Rapper Who Fell From Window Was Murdered

Venezuela's attorney general says Canserbero's former manager confessed to the crime

(Newser) - In its October 2023 ranking of the top 50 greatest rappers in Spanish of all time, Rolling Stone gave the top slot to Canserbero, a Venezuelan rapper who died at age 26 in 2015. His name is back in the headlines, this time because his former manager has admitted killing...

Fugees Rapper Blames Conviction on Lawyer's Use of AI

Prakazrel 'Pras' Michel says David Kenner hid personal stake in 'experimental' AI program

(Newser) - Prakazrel "Pras" Michel wants his April corruption conviction thrown out, partly because his high-profile defense attorney allegedly relied on artificial intelligence to deliver his final arguments. Accused of conspiring with Malaysian businessman Jho Low to funnel money to political campaigns through straw donors and attempting to influence the Trump...

Vegas Rapper Detailed Murder in Song, Is Charged

Kenjuan McDaniel being held over 2021 slaying

(Newser) - Police in Las Vegas say a local rapper made their murder investigation easier by essentially confessing to the crime in one of his songs, reports the Washington Post . Kenjuan McDaniel, 25, has been charged with murder in the 2021 shooting of 32-year-old Randall Wallace, says the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police...

A 'Magical Art Form' Turns 50
A 'Magical Art Form' Turns 50

A 'Magical Art Form' Turns 50

On Aug. 11, 1973, 18-year-old DJ Kool Herc put hip-hop music on the map

(Newser) - It was born in the break, all those decades ago—that moment when a song's vocals dropped, instruments quieted down, and the beat took the stage. It was then that hip-hop came into the world, taking the moment and reinventing it. The music was something new, coming out of...

Rapper Who Shot Megan Thee Stallion Reacts to Sentence

'I refuse to apologize for something that I did not do,' Tory Lanez defiantly wrote on Instagram

(Newser) - Daystar Peterson has a lot to say about his 10-year prison sentence handed down Tuesday in the 2020 shooting of fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion, and none of it seems especially repentant. "I refuse to apologize for something that I did not do," Peterson, aka Tory Lanez, wrote...

Tory Lanez Gets 10 Years in Megan Thee Stallion Shooting

Shooting left fellow rapper with bullet fragments in her feet

(Newser) - Canadian rapper Tory Lanez was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday for three felonies connected to the 2020 shooting of fellow hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion. Prosecutors had sought a 13-year sentence while lawyers for the 31-year-old Lanez had sought probation, arguing in a memo last week that "...

Lizzo Does an Aussie 'Shoey'
Lizzo Does an
Aussie 'Shoey'

Lizzo Does an Aussie 'Shoey'

Under duress from the crowd, star takes a modified shot out of her shoe

(Newser) - Lizzo took her tour Down Under, and Down Under did its best to take her down under—vis a vis a very Aussie, very strange drinking stunt. As Yahoo News reports, the rapper was performing at the Qudos Bank Arena on Sunday night when fans shanghaied her into doing a...

Rapper Big Pokey Dies at 45
Rapper Big Pokey
Fatally Collapses

Rapper Big Pokey Fatally Collapses Onstage

Houston's Milton Powell was 45

(Newser) - Big Pokey, a rapper credited with advancing the Houston scene, collapsed on stage while performing Saturday at a bar in Beaumont, Texas, and died the next day. The rapper, born Milton Powell, was 45, CNN reports. "It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing...

27 Years After His Death, a Star Gets His Star

Rapper Tupac Shakur to receive 2,758th star on Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday

(Newser) - The 2,758th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will go to Tupac Shakur. The late rapper, who died of injuries suffered in a drive-by shooting in 1996 at the age of 25, will be honored with a posthumous star during a ceremony set for Wednesday, People reports. The...

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