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A 'Magical Art Form' Turns 50
Aug 11, 2023 9:16 AM CDT
A 'Magical Art Form' Turns 50
On Aug. 11, 1973, 18-year-old DJ Kool Herc put hip-hop music on the map
- 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...
Major Gang Takedown
Snags Drill Rapper Sheff G
May 17, 2023 6:15 PM CDT
Major Gang Takedown Snags Drill Rapper Sheff G
He was among 32 people indicted by the Brooklyn DA
- Rappers Sheff G—born Michael Williams—and Sleepy Hallow, AKA Tegan Chambers, are well-known in the popular New York drill music scene, having racked up more than 100 million views and plays on YouTube and Spotify. On Tuesday, they racked up something else—charges. The
New York Times
Sep 29, 2022 12:01 AM CDT
A Hip-Hop Legend Is Dead at 59
'Gangsta's Paradise' rapper Coolio dies in Los Angeles
- The rapper Coolio, one of the biggest hip-hop stars of the 1990s, has died at age 59, reports the AP . The rapper—real name Artis Leon Ivey Jr.—is best known for his monster hit "Gangsta's Paradise" of 1995, featured in the Michelle Pfeiffer film
Who Put Ed
Sheeran on the
Map Dead at 31
Feb 21, 2022 10:55 AM CST
Music Visionary Who Put Ed Sheeran on the Map Dead at 31
Mom of UK's Jamal Edwards said he died after a sudden illness
- Jamal Edwards, a British music entrepreneur who championed UK rap and grime and helped launch the careers of artists including Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, and Stormzy, has died. He was 31. His mother, broadcaster Brenda Edwards, said Monday that her son died the day before after a sudden illness but...
on Her Addiction
Dies at 25
Apr 9, 2020 8:12 AM CDT
Rapper Whose Music Touched on Her Addiction Dies at 25
Philly performer Chynna Rogers is gone
- Chynna Rogers, the Philadelphia rapper who had breakout hits with 2013's "Selfie" and 2014's "Glen Coco," has died at the age of 25. "Chynna was deeply loved and will be sorely missed," her family wrote in a statement, per Pitchfork . Rogers' manager tells...
In Rare Chat,
Mar 31, 2020 11:47 AM CDT
In Rare Chat, Eminem Opens Up About Daughter
Rapper tells 'People' he's proud of 24-year-old Hailie
- If you've ever listened to the Marshall Mathers discography, it soon becomes apparent that he's obsessed with someone named "Hailie." That someone is his daughter, and the rapper more commonly known as Eminem just opened up about her in a rare interview. "It definitely is...
With 'Oprah's Bank Account,'
a Record for Drake
Mar 17, 2020 9:20 AM CDT
With 'Oprah's Bank Account,' a Record for Drake
Canadian rapper has his 208th song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
- The cast of
had a good run, but Drake's now taking over. The AP reports that the Canadian rapper's latest single, "Oprah's Bank Account," performed with Lil Yachty and DaBaby, debuted at No. 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it his 208th...
Public Enemy Boots Flavor Flav
—Over Bernie Sanders
Mar 2, 2020 6:39 AM CST
Public Enemy Boots Flavor Flav —Over Bernie Sanders
Maybe the weirdest headline to come out of Election 2020 yet
- In 1970, Yoko Ono (supposedly) broke up the Beatles. In 2020, Bernie Sanders broke up ... Public Enemy? While rap battles are common, this is one of the weirder ones to emerge, with Flavor Flav now kicked out of the iconic group he helped found. Per the
New York Daily News
Diddy Speech Is
Jan 26, 2020 1:15 PM CST
Diddy Speech Is Making Headlines
Sean Combs slams the Grammy Awards for failing to include black music
- Sean "Diddy" Combs called out the Grammy Awards for dissing rap and R&B stars in its major categories in a blazing speech that earned him a standing ovation from Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and several other music industry players, the AP reports. At the end of his 50-minute speech Saturday...
Diversity Training Follows
Rap Video a la Michael Scott
Jan 8, 2020 11:00 AM CST
Diversity Training Follows Rap Video a la Michael Scott
Manulife Financial apologizes for video featuring senior management
- The CEO of John Hancock's parent company apologized, then hosted an employee forum on diversity, after a video was released showing senior management rapping in hoodies and dark shades, in a scene that wouldn't be out of place in
. The video shared on the company's...
Teacher's Halloween Get-Up
Gets Him Put on Leave
Nov 6, 2019 9:45 AM CST
Teacher's Halloween Get-Up Gets Him Put on Leave
Unidentified instructor raps while in blackface in class at California high school
- A California high school teacher is on administrative leave following the "inappropriate, unprofessional, and insensitive" decision to wear blackface for Halloween. A student posted a video to Twitter on Friday showing the Milpitas High School teacher in blackface at the front of a classroom while dressed as rapper Common,...
His Girlfriend Disappeared,
and He Rapped About a Burial
Sep 5, 2019 11:31 AM CDT
His Girlfriend Disappeared, and He Rapped About a Burial
Robert Camou charged in killing of Amanda Custer
- A man who was allegedly filmed rapping about burying a woman in the hours after his girlfriend went missing is now charged in her killing. Police say Robert Anthony Camou, 27, killed Amanda Kathleen Custer, 31, in late July after taking her against her will from the home they shared...
He Played Rap Music in His
Car. A Man Nearby Felt 'Unsafe'
Jul 9, 2019 7:51 AM CDT
He Played Rap Music in His Car. A Man Nearby Felt 'Unsafe'
Cops: Michael Paul Adams says he fatally stabbed 17-year-old whose music scared him
- By Michael Paul Adams' own words, cops say, 17-year-old Elijah Al-Amin didn't say or do anything threatening to the 27-year-old man in a Peoria, Ariz., convenience store on July 4: It was simply the rap music Elijah was listening to in the parking lot that prompted Adams to suddenly...
How 'Old Town Road'
Sparked a Boy's 'Miracle'
Jun 9, 2019 4:35 PM CDT
How 'Old Town Road' Sparked a Boy's 'Miracle'
Minnesota mom Sheletta Brundidge couldn't believe it
- "I was crying so hard that tears were dropping on his head. I was like, 'This is the beginning. This is the light!'" So says a Minnesota mom after the hit song "Old Town Road" appeared to transform the life of her autistic son Daniel,...
Hip-Hop Artist's Song Got
Rejected. Enter Billy Ray Cyrus
Apr 6, 2019 10:45 AM CDT
Hip-Hop Artist's Song Got Rejected. Enter Billy Ray Cyrus
Lil Nas X releases a remix of "Old Town Road"
- Lil Nas X seems to be asking, Am I country enough now? The Atlanta hip-hop artist just released a remix of his rappy cowboy song "Old Town Road" with Billy Ray Cyrus as guest vocalist—after Billboard kicked the original Cyrus-less version off its country chart , the
Teen's Plan to Get to Concert
Involved Plane He Couldn't Fly
Jan 28, 2019 12:25 PM CST
Teen's Plan to Get to Concert Involved Plane He Couldn't Fly
Zemarcuis Scott wanted to get from Arkansas to Chicago to see Famous Dex, apparently
- An Arkansas teen has pleaded guilty to trying to steal a commercial plane so he could fly to Chicago to attend a rap concert, the AP reports. Per the
Texarkana Gazette ,
Zemarcuis Scott of Texarkana pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted theft of property and commercial burglary and was sentenced to...
Putin: Let's Crack Down on Rap
Dec 15, 2018 2:20 PM CST
Putin: Let's Crack Down on Rap
Russia's president says it promotes 'sex, drugs, and protest'
- Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, the popular music, the AP reports. Putin says "if it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it." But...
It's a Girl for Rap's
Jul 11, 2018 11:25 AM CDT
It's a Girl for Rap's Reigning Queen
Cardi B welcomes first child with husband Offset
- An infant's cries follow wedding bells for Cardi B and fellow hip-hop artist Offset. The pair welcomed daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus Tuesday at a hospital in Atlanta, reports TMZ . It's the first child for 25-year-old Cardi B, who revealed her pregnancy on
Saturday Night Live
in April, and...
A Look at the
Insane Gender Gap
Aug 11, 2017 12:45 PM CDT
A Look at the Rap World's Insane Gender Gap
Just 17 female rappers have made it into top 20 since 2000: Jezebel
- Hip-hop is seen as a "man's world," and it's easy to see why: Since 2000, just 17 female rappers have made it into the top 20 of Billboard's Hot 100 chart, Jezebel reports. That number goes down even further when you eliminate the female rappers...
Man Behind 'Most Paralyzing
Rap Lyric Ever' Dead at 42
Jun 21, 2017 7:10 AM CDT
Man Behind 'Most Paralyzing Rap Lyric Ever' Dead at 42
Prodigy of Mobb Deep was hospitalized for complications from sickle cell anemia
- Prodigy, one half of iconic rap duo Mobb Deep, died Tuesday in Las Vegas. He was 42. Born Albert Johnson, the rapper was hospitalized after a weekend performance "for complications caused by sickle cell anemia," a disease he'd battled since birth, his publicist says in a statement....
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