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  • "Drop Hoes", When LA Street Gangs go White Collar

    08/29/2015 9:37:58 PM PDT · by cicero2k · 17 replies
    KrebsonSecurity ^ | August 20, 2015 | Brian Krebs
    Authorities across the United States this week arrested dozens of gang members who stand accused of making millions of dollars stealing consumer identities in order to file fraudulent tax refund requests with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The arrests highlight the dramatic shift in gang activity in recent years from high-risk drug dealing to identity fraud — a far less risky yet equally lucrative crime.
  • LISTEN: JESSE JACKSON’S TEEN DAUGHTER DROPS RAP SINGLE

    08/13/2015 11:33:25 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | AUgust 12, 2015 | KIPP JONES
    Rev. Jesse Jackson’s daughter, Ashley, might only be 16, but her hair, makeup and accessories are on point, according to her newly recorded rap single, which has been obtained by TMZ.
  • Rapper Slim Thug and pastor Joel Osteen collaborate on new song

    07/15/2015 4:45:07 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 19 replies
    Channel 39 News Fix ^ | July 14, 2015 | mabarbagallo
    HOUSTON, TX – A new song by two of Houston’s own cranks out the bass, all while beating down boundaries. The unlikely duo of gangster rapper Slim Thug, and preacher Joel Osteen is breaking the internet as much for their pairing, as for their musical message. Slim, a member of Osteen’s Lakewood Church for many years, used clips of the pastor on “Chuuch”, a song on the rappers latest release “Hogg Life Volume 2″. And while mixing religion and rap might not be the norm, for many the sermon and the song are a perfect fit. The message of the...
  • Details Of P. Diddy'S Arrest At UCLA

    06/23/2015 6:34:35 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Bruins Online ^ | 6/22/15 | Tracy Pierson BRO Publisher
    UC campus police arrested music mogul P. Diddy after he assaulted a UCLA coach and swung a kettlebell (a piece of weight-lifting equipment) at a football intern, according to sources. The incident began early Monday morning when Justin Combs, Diddy’s son, was participating in an off-season workout on UCLA’s field. According to sources, Combs, who will be a redshirt junior defensive back this fall, had missed some recent workouts and wasn’t giving a great effort Monday morning, so UCLA strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi kicked him out of the session. At approximately noon, Combs and Diddy came to UCLA’s...
  • Sean 'Diddy' Combs Arrested at UCLA for Alleged Assault with a Deadly Weapon

    06/22/2015 7:51:07 PM PDT · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 25 replies
    People.com ^ | 22 June, 2015 | GABRIELLE OLYA AND CHRISTINE PELISEK
    Sean "Diddy" Combs was arrested Monday afternoon at a UCLA athletic facility and charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
  • The big payback: why are rappers suddenly OK with shilling for big brands?

    06/20/2015 10:06:57 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 17 June 2015 09.02 EDT | Ben Westhoff
    As we learned from Mad Men, the advertising industry is ever intent on harnessing trends that are bubbling up organically. Countercultural ideals (say, hippie-era peace and love) are wedded to a mainstream product (say, Coke) and blasted to the mainstream before anyone knows what’s hit them. Which is why hip-hop and advertising go together so well. Firmly rooted in youth culture, hip-hop is edgy but accessible, a combination that companies adore. It can be exciting to see your favorite rapper validated in big-name plugs, whether it’s Jay Z for Hewlett Packard or Eminem for Chrysler. But for every carefully considered,...
  • 10 State Troopers Injured During Summer Jam Riot (New Jersey)

    06/09/2015 3:45:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Patch ^ | June 9, 2015 | Daniel Hubbard
    State Police also arrested 61 people after they allegedly climbed fences and tried to push past security at the concert at MetLife Stadium.Dozens of people were arrested and nearly a dozen state police troopers were injured when people tried to climb fences and push their way past security at the Summer Jam concert at MetLife stadium Sunday, state police said. Concertgoers threw bottles and trash at police and security personnel; Troopers used shields and helmets to protect themselves, state police said. Police used pepper spray, noise generators, and tear gas was used to remove people from the area outside the...
  • Lauryn Hill Cancels Show in Israel

    05/30/2015 2:58:31 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/5/15 | Elad Benari
    R&B, soul and hip hop singer-songwriter Lauryn Hill officially announced on Monday that she was cancelling her planned show in Israel, scheduled for May 7. In a statement on her website, Hill wrote, “When deciding to play the region, my intention was to perform in both Tel Aviv and Ramallah. Setting up a performance in the Palestinian Territory, at the same time as our show in Israel, proved to be a challenge.” “I’ve wanted very much to bring our live performance to this part of the world, but also to be a presence supporting justice and peace. It is very...
  • Morning Joe Finds the Real Racists in Oklahoma: Rap Musicians

    03/11/2015 12:44:47 PM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 11, 2015 | David A. Graham
    You might find, like many people of many races, that some of the language used in some rap makes you uncomfortable (or you might not). But you might also be able to see the distinction between that and, say, a bus full of white members of a fraternity chanting about segregation and the extralegal murder of black people for their race. You would, in that case, have a more nuanced understanding of race relations and hip-hop than Mika Brzezinski, the co-host of Morning Joe. On Wednesday, she, Joe Scarborough, and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol embarked on a discussion of...
  • Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight hospitalized for third time

    03/02/2015 4:27:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/2/15 | AFP
    Los Angeles (AFP) - Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was taken to hospital for the third time in less than a month Monday, as he made his latest appearance in court. The 49-year-old, who has complained of medical problems since he was arrested in late January over a fatal hit-and-run incident, said he has lost 35 pounds in weight and is blind in one eye. "At this time, I don't know if I can proceed," he told LA Superior Court judge James Brandlin at Monday's hearing, which was cut short after Knight said he had fired his attorneys. Knight was...
  • Will Smith Gets Candid About Racism, Gun Culture & Hints About Hip-Hop Return w/Help From Kanye West

    02/24/2015 2:11:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | February 15, 2015 | Taylor Gordon
    As the nation continues discussions about police brutality and how it pertains to racism, acting veteran Will Smith is also addressing the way America’s overall obsession with gun culture is leading to many early deaths in the Black community. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air has also sparked rumors that he may be making a return to the music business with the help of one of hip-hop’s biggest stars, Kanye West. Smith has spent more than 25 years in the acting business, something that often leaves big stars disconnected from the issues impacting people who don’t benefit from fame and...
  • US Blacklists German Rapper Who Joined ISIS

    02/09/2015 11:57:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/2/15
    The United States added German former rapper Denis Cuspert to its list of "terrorists" over his role as a fighter with the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, the State Department said Monday. The 39-year-old, who used to rap in Berlin under the name "Deso Dogg" and now goes by the name Abu Talha al-Almani, is one of the most famous Western fighters for ISIS. He is already listed as an Al-Qaeda supporter by the United Nations. The US listing as a "global terrorist" freezes all of Cuspert's assets under US control and prohibits transactions with him. Cuspert joined...
  • Ohio girl, 11, takes visiting baby upstairs, beats her to death, police say

    02/09/2015 5:13:56 PM PST · by BBell · 70 replies
    CLEVELAND -- An 11-year-old girl from a Cleveland suburb has been charged with murder in the beating of a 2-month-old who was staying overnight with the girl and her mother to give the baby's mom a break. The 11-year-old, her mother and the baby girl, Zuri Whitehead of Cleveland, were on a couch downstairs when the mother fell asleep at about 3 a.m. Friday, Wickliffe police Chief Randy Ice said at a news conference Monday.
  • 911 call: Witness saw Suge Knight hit two men

    02/05/2015 5:29:43 PM PST · by canuck_conservative · 17 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | Thursday, February 5, 2014 | Wire Services
    Officials have released a 911 call from a witness who saw former rap mogul “Suge” Knight strike two men with his truck, killing one and leading to a murder charge. On the recording released Thursday to The Associated Press, a shaken woman reports seeing a vehicle pull back and then forward, running over the men following a fight.... Los Angeles County prosecutors say it was a deliberate act after a fight that began at another location during a video shoot. Knight complained of chest pains after pleading not guilty to murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run. He was released from a...
  • Former rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight charged with murder

    02/02/2015 4:48:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/2/15 | Tami Abdollah - AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former hip-hop music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was charged Monday with murder and attempted murder after he struck two men with his pickup truck last week. Prosecutors allege that Knight intended to run down a friend and another man after an argument on a movie set. One of the men was killed. Attorney James Blatt says Knight accidentally ran over the men on Thursday as he tried to escape a vicious attack. He turned himself in to police on Friday. Knight's initial bail of $2 million was revoked Monday after a court commissioner agreed with authorities...
  • Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, found unresponsive in tub

    01/31/2015 12:19:45 PM PST · by traumer · 25 replies
    ATLANTA – The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub Saturday and taken to a hospital in the north Atlanta suburbs, police said. Bobbi Kristina Brown was found by her husband, Nick Gordon, and a friend and given CPR, said Officer Lisa Holland, a spokeswoman for the Roswell Police Department. When police arrived, they gave Brown additional care until she was taken alive to North Fulton Hospital. The incident remains under investigation, police said. Brown is the daughter of Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown. A representative for the family did not immediately...
  • Suge' Knight accused of murder; lawyer says he was fleeing for his life

    01/30/2015 8:55:42 AM PST · by libstripper · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | Jan. 30, 2015 | JOSEPH SERNA, RYAN PARKER AND ANGEL JENNINGS
    Former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was fleeing for his life when he allegedly ran over two people – killing one of them – in Compton on Thursday afternoon, his attorney James Blatt says. A group of people attacked Knight and threatened to kill him and were “attempting to drag him outside of the vehicle when he made an effort to escape ... in fear for his life,” Blatt told the Los Angeles Times on Friday morning. But police have a different view. After interviewing the onetime hip-hop mogul, Los Angeles County detectives arrested him for murder.
  • Rapper Tiny Doo facing long prison sentence over lyrics

    01/23/2015 11:26:25 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/23/2015 | Emma Lacey-Bordeaux
    Song lyrics that glorify violence are hardly uncommon. But a prosecutor in California says one rapper's violent lyrics go beyond creative license to conspiracy. San Diego-based rapper Tiny Doo has already spent eight months in prison, and faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted under a little-known California statute that makes it illegal to benefit from gang activities. The statute in question is California Penal Code 182.5. The code makes it a felony for anyone to participate in a criminal street gang, have knowledge that a street gang has engaged in criminal activity, or benefit from that activity....
  • Man dies after officer-involved shooting near Garth Brooks concert

    01/17/2015 6:38:55 AM PST · by kjam22 · 27 replies
    koco news ^ | 1-17-2015 | zak patterson
    TULSA, Okla. —An off-duty Oklahoma City police officer was involved in a fatal shooting Friday night. The officer, 33, who hasn't been identified, saw the man push the woman to the ground. The officer got out of his vehicle and confronted the man. He said he saw a gun in the man's waistband. When the man began walking toward the officer, the officer said the man reached for the gun. That's when the officer drew his gun and opened fire. The male, 23, who was not identified, was shot several time and taken to St. Francis Hospital. He was pronounced...
  • Chip Off the Old Block… Malia Obama Wears T-Shirt of Nasty Anti-Cop Rap Group

    01/06/2015 7:23:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 145 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | 1/16/15 | Jim Hoft
    Today she’s wearing a T-shirt supporting an anti-white gangster rap group. Tomorrow she’ll be attending Socialist meetings at Columbia College. And, before you know it she’ll be dining with Al Sharpton.On Monday a grainy photo of a 16-year-old wearing a hip-hop group’s tour T-shirt was posted on said group’s official Instagram account.One of the members of the collective, which consists of rappers, producers, and non-musical members, such as photographers and publicists, told Gawker that Mr. Bada$$ had allegedly been sent the snapshot by “a mutual friend of Malia’s and the pro era member.”The lead “singer” for Pro Era was just...
  • Police: Man suspected of sexual assault is beaten by relative, arrested in South Carolina

    01/06/2015 7:21:04 AM PST · by Freeport · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 05, 2015 | N/A
    CONWAY, S.C. – Police say a South Carolina man charged with sexual assault of his nephew's girlfriend was beaten by the relative, who won't be charged in the incident. Fifty-two-year-old William Mattson of Conway is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Local media outlets report that a judge denied him bond Saturday. Mattson was arrested New Year's Day. Authorities say Mattson's nephew told them he came home and found his girlfriend and uncle in bed together. The nephew said the woman was naked, and Mattson was clothed. The man said he beat Mattson until he was out of the house....
  • ‘GENTLE GIANT': Mike Brown’s VERY Explicit Rap Songs Praising Drugs, Drinking, Ho’s & Murder

    11/28/2014 12:30:28 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 33 replies
    CLASH DAILY ^ | August 16, 2014 | CLASH DAILY
    Well, this kind of destroys the ‘gentle giant’ narrative spun in the media. Here are some of his songs with the lyrics underneath via Soopermexican:
  • Rapper Big Paybacc Shot Dead In McDonald's

    11/08/2014 8:33:47 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 132 replies
    Sky News ^ | November 8, 2014
    Rapper Big Paybacc has been shot dead while eating his lunch in a McDonald's near Los Angeles. The star, whose 2011 track Gangsta Luv has been viewed more than 250,000 times on YouTube, was gunned down by an attacker who walked in and opened fire. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Deputy Guillermina Saldana said: "It appears to detectives that the victim was the intended target and that this was not a random shooting." The victim was identified officially as 38-year-old Habeeb Ameer Zekajj, the rapper's real name. Big Paybacc was connected to former G-Unit artist Spider Loc.
  • Hip-hop’s anthem in Ferguson

    10/17/2014 7:48:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    MSNBC ^ | October 16, 2014 | Amanda Sakuma
    ST. LOUIS, Missouri — If the protests in Ferguson and St. Louis in recent months have an anthem, it isn’t “We Shall Overcome,” or “Wade in the Water,” or any other civil rights-era song. It’s a darker, more confrontational song – Lil Boosie’s “F*** the Police.” When the chorus of Lil Boosie’s song wasn’t blaring on a giant sound system carted through the crowd at night, it showed up in chants or printed on posters. As night fell, the protests morphed into a party, with demonstrators dancing out on the street and on top of cars. With few ways for...
  • Ebola Controversy!! Rapper Akon Singing In Plastic Bubble In Africa To Avoid Catching Disease?

    10/05/2014 6:25:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Mstars News ^ | October 5, 2014 | Mitch Thorpe
    It looks like when it comes to the Ebola virus some people aren't taking any risks. Rapper Akon, who performed during the International Day of Peace festival in the city of Goma in The Democratic Repbulic of Congo, took extreme precautions to avoid catching the deadly disease. The "Smack That," singer took a note from the made-for-TV movie, The Boy In the Plastic Bubble, and secured himself in a giant rubber ball so that he didn't catch the sickness from the festivalgoers. After a diagnosis of a Dallas man earlier this week, the world has broken into a Ebola...
  • Rapper Waka Flocka to Hire 'Blunt Roller' for $50,000 a Year

    09/17/2014 5:01:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | September 17, 2014 | Kelli Serio
    Rapper Waka Flocka, also known as Juaquin Malphurs, announced on social media that he is accepting job applications for an experienced "blunt roller" and is willing to pay an annual salary of $50,000. He encouraged all applicants to apply using the hashtag "#icanroll"(continued)
  • The Game Taps Rick Ross, Diddy, 2 Chainz, and More for an All-Star #Ferguson Song

    08/27/2014 6:19:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Spin Magazine ^ | August 27, 2014
    "I managed to get everyone on board fairly easy, simply because we have the hearts."The Game tapped an incredible array of talent for a new song dedicated to Mike Brown and the fallout in Ferguson following the unarmed teen's death at the hands of Missouri police. No less than Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh, and TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank) lend their considerable skills to "Don't Shoot," which takes its name from the protest slogan that's come to define people's frustration and horror in regard to police brutality...
  • Tupac Shakur Musical ‘Holler if Ya Hear Me’ Flops on Broadway

    07/15/2014 4:26:52 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Variety ^ | 7/14/14 | Gordon Cox
    Broadway’s Tupac Shakur musical “Holler if Ya Hear Me” won’t be heard after July 20, when the sales-challenged new show will close following several weeks of dire box office.
  • Parody News: "Couple Avoids Jail: Will Keep Record Store Open"

    07/05/2014 10:57:53 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 13 replies
    Back Issues of Heterodoxy ^ | April 1, 2000 | Judith Schumann Weizner
    Couple Avoids Jail: Will Keep Record Store Open by Judith Schumann Weizner Back Issues of Heterodoxyhttp://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=337(April/May 2000)The Musikants Today, Ernest and Sylvia Musikant are breathing easy for the first time in many months , having won an eleventh-hour reprieve of the prison sentence they were to begin serving this morning for a violation of the Racial Equity in Employment Act.The couple, whose classical record store, We’ll Get Bach To You, has been a fixture on Manhattan’s West Side since 1968, had been ordered to report to the Federal Race and Hate Crimes Correctional Facility on Ward’s Island to begin their...
  • (Tax-cheat Charlie) Rangel rap urges voters to turn out for Harlem's 'Original Gangster'

    06/24/2014 2:23:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/23/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Facing the toughest reelection fight of his career against primary challenger state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) has turned to unconventional measures to get out the vote ahead of Tuesday’s primary. He’s seen as vulnerable in part because of his age and long tenure in office, but the congressman has taken steps — quite literally, at times, dance steps — to dispel any notion that he’s unhip or out of touch. This weekend, he danced to the “Wobble” after being endorsed by a founding member of the Fugees at an event that also featured a customized rap about...
  • The Conspiracy to Whitewash Hip-Hop

    06/20/2014 1:09:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    The Root ^ | June 18 2014 | TRAVIS L. GOSA, PH.D
    Why Iggy Azalea’s music is so popular and problematic.hen asked about Forbes’ claim that hip-hop is run by a white, blond, Australian rapper named Iggy Azalea, incumbent queen bee Nicki Minaj laughed hysterically. The financial magazine may be qualified to calculate the $250 million valuation of Nicki’s Myx Fusions Moscato wine coolers, Nicki reasoned, but only the hip-hop community can bequeath the throne to Iggy. One week later, Iggy Azalea became the only artist since the 1964 Beatles to have her first two singles occupy the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the fourth female emcee to hit...
  • 18 Famous Literary First Lines Perfectly Paired With Rap Lyrics

    05/24/2014 8:32:03 AM PDT · by workerbee · 5 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | 3/24/14 | Arika Okrent
    Are you an aspiring rap lyricist? Have I got the tool for you! RapPad is a site where you can compose your raps with the help of rhyme lookups, syllable counters, and a library of beats. It also puts you in touch with a community for discussion, feedback, and online rap battles. But even if you’re not planning on writing raps, it offers a unique kind of linguistic fun. With the “Generate Line” feature, you can give RapPad a line, and it will write the next line for you by pulling from a library of successful rap songs. I entered...
  • Macklemore Wears Racist Stereotypical Jewish Costume At Show

    05/19/2014 11:59:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    HipHopWired ^ | May 19, 2014 | D.L. Chandler
    Macklemore may be a darling of gay rights activists and feel-good lefty types, but he's in potential hot water after the popular rapper played a show in a questionable costume. At a secret show in Seattle, Macklemore hit the stage appearing dressed to look like a stereotypical Jewish man. Last Friday, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were the surprise performers in honor of a new exhibit at Seattle's EMP Museum. Although it's difficult to determine who exactly Macklemore is supposed to be in his getup, it's clear fans on social media are just as confused. But anyone expecting a rousing statement...
  • 'First billionaire in hip-hop' Dre boasts of Apple Beats deal on Facebook

    05/09/2014 6:51:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    CNET ^ | 5/9/14 | Luke Westaway
    Appearing to confirm rumours of a $3.2 billion Apple buyout, the Beats co-founder says the Forbes rich list has changed "in a big way".
  • German Rapper Embraces Islam - Self-Detonates Shortly Thereafter

    04/22/2014 7:52:59 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 60 replies
    The Natinal ^ | April 22, 2014
    German rapper turned Islamist militant killed in Syria suicide attack BEIRUT // A German former rapper who joined jihadists fighting in Syria has been killed in a suicide bombing carried out by rival fighters. Denis Mamadou Cuspert, who rapped under the name Deso Dogg but took on the name Abu Talha Al Almani in Syria, was reported to have been killed in a suicide attack on Sunday in an eastern province. He was a member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and was reportedly killed in a double suicide bombing carried out by Al Nusra Front,...
  • When the People Cheer: How Hip-Hop Failed Black America

    04/22/2014 2:57:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    This is the first in a weekly series of six essays looking at hip-hop's recent past, thinking about its distant past, and wondering about the possibility of a future. There are three famous quotes that haunt me and guide me though my days. The first is from John Bradford, the 16th-century English reformer. In prison for inciting a mob, Bradford saw a parade of prisoners on their way to being executed and said, “There but for the grace of God go I.” (Actually, he said “There but for the grace of God goes John Bradford,” but the switch to the...
  • The Forbes Five: Hip-Hop's Wealthiest Artists 2014 [Crap "Music" Pays Big $ for the Top 1%]

    04/18/2014 11:20:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/16/14 | Zack O'Malley
    ack in 2007, Sean “Diddy” Combs teamed with Jay Z and 50 Cent to create a song titled “I Get Money: Forbes 1-2-3 Billion Dollar Remix.” Less than a decade later, rappers are closing in on ten-figure fortunes, and he’s the nearest of the bunch.
  • Rapper Andre Johnson severs penis, jumps off building, but survives

    04/16/2014 1:37:54 PM PDT · by Theoria · 165 replies
    CNN ^ | 16 April 2016 | Alan Duke
    Rapper Andre Johnson severed his penis and jumped from a Los Angeles apartment building early Wednesday, police said. Johnson was seriously injured, but survived the fall from the second level of the building in North Hollywood, Los Angeles Police Sgt. William Mann said. Johnson, along with his recovered penis, was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was being treated, Mann said. Details about what triggered the incident were not available. Johnson has been a member of Northstar, a Long Beach, California, hip hop group that was part of the Wu-Tang Clan family, according to the Wu-Tang Clan website. He...
  • Hip-hop propaganda: How the U.S. enlists rap music to fight “jihadi cool”

    03/25/2014 4:09:10 PM PDT · by Sheapdog · 6 replies
    www.salon.com ^ | March 16, 2014 | Hisham D. Aidi
    Excerpted from "Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Culture" One of the odder phenomena of the last decade is hearing national security elites, terrorism experts, and career diplomats discuss the finer points of “flow,” “bling,” and the “politics of cool.” American and European terrorism experts have increasingly expressed concerns over “anti-American hip-hop,” accenting the radicalizing influence of the genre. Noting that Al-Shabaab, the Somali-based Islamist group, uses “jihad rap” in its recruitment videos, Harvard scholar Jessica Stern wrote in Foreign Affairs: “The first- and second-generation Muslim children I interviewed for a study of the sources of radicalization in...
  • Corrections investigating rap video reportedly made by SC inmates

    03/20/2014 5:46:23 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Fox Carolina ^ | 3/18/14 | Casey Vaughn
    The South Carolina Department of Corrections is investigating a video posted online reportedly filmed from within a state prison by inmates.... The video, posted on worldstarhiphop.com, is titled "South Carolina Inmates Film 1st Ever Music Video In Prison!" and already has more than 400,000 views.
  • Texas set to execute aspiring rapper for murdering studio manager

    03/19/2014 10:16:06 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 87 replies
    MSN News/Reuters ^ | March 19, 2014 | Reuters
    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas is set to execute on Wednesday an aspiring rap musician who was convicted of slitting the throat and stabbing to death a music studio owner in San Antonio so that he could rob him of equipment.
  • Man who drove car into SXSW festival was wannabe rapper with six kids

    03/14/2014 4:40:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    The man being held in Austin for that fatal car assault at the South by Southwest festival was in town to perform during it, according to reports. Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, is an aspiring rapper who goes by the name KillingAllBeatz or K.A.B254. Mixes, posted on a SoundCloud account that matches his rapper name and mugshot, have attracted scores of comments in the past 24 hours.
  • Rick Ross Defends Controversial Trayvon Martin Lyric

    02/28/2014 5:45:22 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 2/27/14 | Jason Newman
    Rick Ross has been forced to defend a controversial lyric involving Trayvon Martin found on his upcoming album Mastermind. In new song "Black and White," Ross rhymes, "Forbes dot com, I'm the Teflon Don/ Too close to a n---a as a motherf*****g bomb/Trayvon Martin, I'm never missing my target/Bitch n---as hating, tell me it's what I'm parking.
  • Michelle Obama Lays Down A Healthy Foods Rap

    02/25/2014 9:35:10 PM PST · by taraytarah · 20 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 25, 2014 | Breitbart News Network
    While first lady Michelle Obama was speaking at an event to propose limits on the types of foods advertised in schools, she did a few lines from a rap written by students at Marshall High School in Virginia...
  • Christian Rapper Responds To Macklemore’s “Same Love”, Gets Death Threats From LGBT Community

    02/17/2014 7:05:43 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 89 replies
    therightscoop.com ^ | 2/16/14 | therightscoop
    Admittedly I don’t listen to Christian rap or rap of any kind for that matter, but after watching this news report I had to hear Bizzle’s new song which is a well thought out response from a Christian perspective to Macklemore’s song “Same Love.”- (the song the played at the Grammys for the big gay wedding.) And let me say Bizzle’s new song doesn’t pull any punches at all. It treads in love but it doesn’t tread lightly. It’s quite powerful actually. But first, watch this news report by KHOU on how Bizzle’s life is being threatened because of his...
  • WORST SONG EVER: This Hip Hop Artist Sounds Like a Wounded Moose

    02/16/2014 12:13:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 56 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | February 15, 2014 | Clash Daily
    How this guy even got people to help him make a music video kind of makes you wonder. Does he really think he sounds good? RIP Hip Hop.
  • Macklemore a 9/11 Truther? Can We Trust Him Inspiring Kids' Worldviews?

    02/03/2014 9:49:38 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    mynorthwest ^ | January 29, 2014
    Taken from Tuesday's edition of The Jason Rantz Show on KIRO Radio. After some backlash following the Grammys, there were all these tweets being highlighted that Macklemore sent out years ago that might cast him in a bad light. One of those particular tweets was sent out on Sept. 18, 2009. He tweeted this: That is, according to Buzzfeed, a regurgitation of a lyric from a Mos Def song that says the same thing. But I ask, does this make him a 9/11 Truther? Is this someone who actually holds this belief system? We look at some of his music....
  • Rapper Doe B. Among 2 Killed in Ala. Shooting

    12/29/2013 4:58:54 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 76 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/29/13 | AP
    Police in Alabama are investigating the killings of rapper Doe B. and another person in a shooting Saturday that also wounded six others inside a bar and grill. Police say the gunfire happened around 1 a.m. about a half-mile north of Alabama State University. Police identified those killed as 21-year-old Kimberle Johnson and 22-year-old Glenn Thomas, both of Montgomery. They said Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. Thomas — an up-and-coming rapper known as Doe B. — was taken to Baptist Medical Center South, where he was later pronounced dead.
  • Video: Kerry's High Level Summit with Snoop Dogg

    12/27/2013 5:59:10 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Foreign Policy.com ^ | 12/13/13 | Yochi Dreazen
    It's not every day that a rapper with a well-publicized love of guns, girls and ganja hangs out with our nation's top diplomat. Earlier this month, though, that's exactly what happened. In what has to be seen as a top contender for the strangest video of the year, Calvin Cordozar Broadus -- the rapper better known as Snoop Doggy Dog, Snoop Dogg or, more recently, Snoop Lion -- posted a short clip of himself chatting with Secretary of State John Kerry at a black-tie event on Instagram. The sound is too poor to hear much of what their conversation, but...
  • The Aesthetic Cesspool of America (Keep Kiddies Away!)

    11/24/2013 4:24:49 AM PST · by IbJensen · 38 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 11/23/2013 | Dana R. Casey
    <p>A young student stands in the front of my classroom ready to perform. The students have just turned in their journals which contain four types of entries: literary, current events, composition, and creative. Students must present one of the entries to the class and this young man chooses to present his creative entry. This particular student is one of the really good kids; polite, eager to learn and participate, well-spoken, and hard-working. To enhance his performance, he asks the class for a beat. They all concede and begin to pound the table in a rhythm I have heard thousands of times before: in my class, in movies, driving down the street, on the radio I sometimes let my children listen to. It is a primal beat, the most basic one can imagine.</p>