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'Just a Friend' Singer Biz Markie Dead at 57

He was battling diabetes

(Newser) - Marcel Theo Hall, better known to most as rapper Biz Markie, has died. The "Just a Friend" singer was 57. Per TMZ , he'd been suffering complications from diabetes. “We are grateful for the many calls and prayers of support that we have received during this difficult time,...

2 Swedish Rappers Jailed After Gang Trial

Top soccer player was also among 26 convicted

(Newser) - After one of the biggest gang-related trials Sweden has ever seen, two rappers and a former member of the country's national soccer team were among 26 people to receive prison sentences Wednesday. Chart-topping rapper Yasin Mahmoud, who was named Artist of the Year earlier this year at an event...

T-Pain Says Usher Remarks Started Long Depression

'That's the very moment that started a four-year depression for me,' rapper says

(Newser) - T-Pain says remarks from fellow musician Usher ushered in years of pain. In the upcoming Netflix series This Is Pop, T-Pain says he fell into a four-year depression after Usher criticized his use of Autotune, saying he had "really f---ed up music for real singers," Entertainment Weekly reports....

His Song Went Gold Last Week. Now He&#39;s Dead at 20
Rapper With Smash Hit
Is Dead at 20
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Rapper With Smash Hit Is Dead at 20

Dallas' Lil Loaded had a gold record with '6locc 6a6y'

(Newser) - One week after his big hit was certified as a gold record, Dallas rapper Lil Loaded has died at age 20, reports Billboard . Attorney Askhan Mehyrayi told the outlet that the singer (real name Dashawn Robertson) is believed to have committed suicide. Lil Loaded was best known for his 2019...

Rapper's Album Cover Raises DOJ's Eyebrows

Feds: Cover of 'The Capital' by 'Bugzie the Don' features picture of rapper at Jan. 6 Capitol riot

(Newser) - A heavy-metal guitarist has been charged in the attack on the US Capitol. Now, a rapper. Back in March, Politico reporter Kyle Cheney posted a picture of one of the suspects in the Jan. 6 riot, perched atop a Capitol Police SWAT truck and appearing to casually have a smoke...

Diddy Is No More: &#39;Welcome to the Love Era&#39;
Sean Combs Officially
Changes Name

Sean Combs Officially Changes Name

Producer will apparently go by his new middle name, 'Love'

(Newser) - The man formerly known as Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy, and Diddy should now be called "Love." The rapper and producer, whose birth name is Sean John Combs, has officially changed his name once again, this time swapping his middle name for "Love." The 51-year-old posted...

Rapper DMX Is Dead at 50
Rapper DMX
Is Dead at 50
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Rapper DMX Is Dead at 50

He had been in a vegetative state for days

(Newser) - Rapper DMX has died at age 50, reports the AP . The entertainer had been in what was described as a vegetative state after suffering a cardiac arrest about a week ago. "We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed...

DMX&#39;s Family Asks for Prayers
Family of DMX:
We Need Your Prayers

Family of DMX: We Need Your Prayers

Rapper, 50, remains in 'vegetative state' after heart attack

(Newser) - Monday brings no reports of a medical rebound for rapper DMX. Instead, the family of the 50-year-old rapper is asking for prayers, reports People . DMX remains in what his former manager tells BuzzFeed is a "vegetative state" in White Plains Hospital after going into cardiac arrest on Friday night....

Report: Rapper DMX Suffers Near-Fatal OD

TMZ says 50-year-old is hospitalized in New York state

(Newser) - Rapper DMX, who has battled drug problems for years, is in critical condition after an overdose Friday night, reports TMZ . Reps for the 50-year-old, whose real name is Earl Simmons, have not confirmed the news, though a post at AllHipHop says its sources agree that DMX is "fighting for...

Director&#39;s Take on Tekashi 6ix9ine: &#39;Horrible Human&#39;
Documentary Director Calls
Subject a 'Horrible Human'
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Documentary Director Calls Subject a 'Horrible Human'

Karam Gill paints Tekashi 6ix9ine as truly awful, but also a social media mastermind

(Newser) - The three-part Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine premieres Sunday on Showtime , and if director Karam Gill was hoping to drum up interest in the docuseries, well, consider it done. Gill gave Page Six a fairly scathing and headline-worthy take on what the rapper is like: "He is truly...

For Third Night, Rioters Protest Rapper's Jailing

About 80 have been arrested and 100 injured in Spain

(Newser) - Protests over the imprisonment of a rapper convicted of insulting the Spanish monarchy and praising terrorist violence were marred by rioting for the third night in a row Thursday. The plight of Pablo Hasél, who began this week to serve a 9-month sentence in a northeastern prison, has triggered...

Rapper Sentenced for Lyrics Barricades Himself in University

Spanish rapper was convicted of insulting monarchy, glorifying guerrilla groups

(Newser) - "They'll have to break in to arrest and imprison me," Spanish rapper Pablo Hasel tweeted Monday after barricading himself inside a university building with around 50 supporters. Hasel, who holds radical leftist and anti-establishment views, was supposed to surrender to authorities by last Friday to begin serving...

Rapper Casanova in Hot Water Over 'Junebug Challenge' From Jail

TikTok dance challenge gets him disciplined

(Newser) - TikTok dance challenges: fun, but apparently not OK to do from jail. Casanova found that out the hard way, according to TMZ . The rapper, jailed in New York on a gang-related racketeering charge, now faces discipline after a woman recorded him doing the "junebug challenge" during a video visit...

MF Doom, Who Awed With Intricate Wordplay, Dead at 49
MF Doom, Wordsmith
Extraordinaire, Dead at 49
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MF Doom, Wordsmith Extraordinaire, Dead at 49

Masked rapper was known for his complex lyrics

(Newser) - MF Doom, a masked rapper who awed hip-hop fans and fellow musicians with intricate wordplay, has died. He was 49. The British-born rapper rarely appeared in public in recent years without his signature mask, modeled after the Marvel Comics villain Doctor Doom, reports the AP . His death was confirmed Thursday...

Rapper's Surprise Release Includes an Apology

He says sorry to singer Rihanna

(Newser) - Eminem's surprise album, which was released Thursday night, includes a apology. In a track titled "Zeus," the Detroit rapper seeks to atone for a line from a decade-old song in which he endorsed singer Chris Brown's 2009 assault on his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna. That song—which...

'Brazen' Highway Shooting Kills 28-Year-Old Rapper

Man suspected of killing Mo3 remains at large

(Newser) - Up-and-coming rapper Mo3 was killed Wednesday in a midday shooting on a highway in his hometown of Dallas. "I don't know a better word to describe it other than 'brazen,'" Dallas Police Sgt. Warren Mitchell tells the Dallas Morning News , noting the shooting occurred "...

Cuddle With This Giant Chicken McNugget for $90

3-foot body pillow part of McDonald's 'lit' promotion with rapper Travis Scott is straining supply chain

(Newser) - "We've created a program that’s so compelling to our customers that it's stretching our world-class supply chain, and if demand continues at these levels, more restaurants will break supply," reads a recent memo sent by McDonald's to franchisees and employees around the nation. That...

Biggie's Crown Smashes Auction Estimates

Sells for nearly 100K times what the photographer paid

(Newser) - The crown that the Notorious B.I.G. wore in his last photo shoot, three days before his death, cost $6 in 1997. On Tuesday night, it sold for nearly 100,000 times that amount, the New York Post reports. The plastic crown, purchased by photographer Barron Claiborne, was auctioned...

Celebs Hope to Free Rapper Serving Life for Killing Teen

Ex-girlfriend Monica claims C-Murder is innocent

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian West has teamed up with singer Monica in an effort to free rapper C-Murder, who's serving life in prison for a murder they say he didn't commit. C-Murder, real name Corey Miller, is the brother of rap star Master P. He was a member of the...

Weekslong Dispute Ends With Rapper Banned From Twitter

It started with a post about Black rappers with lighter-skinned wives

(Newser) - Rapper Talib Kweli has been kicked off Twitter for allegedly harassing a woman over a period of weeks. The Guardian reports that the rapper's dispute with Maya Moody started July 9, when she responded to a tweet containing a list of Black rappers, including Kweli, who are married to...

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