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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...

Rapper MoneySign Suede Killed in California Prison

Lawyer says 22-year-old was stabbed in the neck

(Newser) - Rapper MoneySign Suede has died after he was stabbed in a shower at a California prison, authorities and his attorney said. The 22-year-old rapper from Huntington Park, whose real name was Jaime Brugada Valdez, was found in the shower area of the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad shortly before 10pm...

3 Receive Life Terms in Slaying of XXXTentacion

Florida rapper was gunned down in 2018

(Newser) - A Florida judge gave the three men convicted of killing rapper XXXTentacion life sentences on Thursday. Prosecutors had not sought the death penalty, so life in prison was the only option available to Broward County Circuit Judge Michael Usan, the AP reports. The defendants displayed little emotion when the sentences...

Cops Sue Rapper Whose Home They Raided

Afroman put their images on merchandise

(Newser) - Rap artist Afroman says he was furious after police officers raided his Ohio home last August with guns drawn , finding no evidence of the kidnapping and drug trafficking they'd alleged in a search warrant. No charges were ever filed against Afroman, known for the 2000 hit "Because I...

Rapper Who Ratted Out Gang Members Is Attacked

Tekashi 6ix9ine beaten by several men inside Florida gym, says lawyer, who urges protection

(Newser) - The rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was rushed to a hospital Tuesday after he was beaten by a group of men inside a South Florida gym. The 26-year-old was inside a sauna at an LA Fitness when several men attacked him without warning, his lawyer Lance Lazzaro tells TMZ , which has footage...

One Dead After Stampede at New York Rap Concert
At Rap Concert,
'Tragedy of Epic

At Rap Concert, 'Tragedy of Epic Proportions'

2 dead, 8 hurt after stampede at GloRilla event in Rochester, New York

(Newser) - A second person has died after the tragic crowd surge at a Rochester, New York, rap concert Sunday night. She was one of two women previously reported to have been in critical condition following the incident, CNN reports.

Cops Reveal Cause of Death for Michigan Rappers, Friend

3 men, whose bodies were found Thursday in Highland Park, were shot to death, police say

(Newser) - The autopsies are in. Three men who vanished before two of them were set to perform a hip-hop set at a Detroit club last month were shot to death, each with multiple gunshot wounds, reports ClickOnDetroit.com . The frozen bodies of rappers Armani Kelly, 27, and Dante Wicker, 31, along...

At Young Thug Trial, a 'Hand-to-Hand Drug Transaction'

Prosecutors claim rapper was handed a Percocet by co-defendant right in court

(Newser) - The judge overseeing Young Thug's racketeering and conspiracy trial in Georgia claimed last week that someone hid marijuana in shoes brought to court for one of the 14 co-defendants, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . It was apparently the start of a trend. On Tuesday, the mother of defendant and rapper...

Rapper Theophilus London Hasn't Been Seen in Months
Theophilus London
Is Apparently OK

Theophilus London Is Apparently OK

Man who says he's Theophilus London cousin says the LA rapper was found after vanishing for months

(Newser) - Theophilus London, the Los Angeles rapper whose family reported him missing last month, has apparently been located and is OK, reports the Los Angeles Times . "We have found Theo," Mikhail Noel, who identifies himself as London's cousin, wrote on Instagram on Wednesday. "He is safe and...

Azealia Banks Says She's Never Going Back to Australia

'This place makes me utterly miserable,' rapper says

(Newser) - American rapper Azealia Banks has declared that her tour of Australia is a "farewell tour"—and the farewell is definitely not a fond one. After a concert in Brisbane was called off Tuesday hours before Banks was due to perform, she said this will be her "very...

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