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  • Toronto rapper Murda Marz dead after bullet-riddled Chevy Malibu found in Cabbagetown in ‘brazen...'

    04/05/2014 2:05:50 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 42 replies
    National Post ^ | April 4, 2014 | Canadian Press
    A Toronto rapper is dead after being shot numerous times in his car in what police are calling a “brazen attack” in downtown Toronto. Det. Sgt. Steve Ryan says the victim — identified as Shmar Parris, 25, who social media messages of condolence said also went by the name Murda Marz, a rapper who several videos posted on YouTube — was known to police and the overnight shooting is believed to be a targeted attack. Ryan says a light-coloured SUV was seen driving erratically away from the scene but there are no details on any suspects or how many may...
  • Tyler, The Creator Arrested After SXSW Riot Incident

    03/16/2014 5:13:56 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 21 replies
    Billboard ^ | March 15, 2014 5:58 PM EDT | By Erik Hayden, The Hollywood Reporter and Associated Press
    Rapper Tyler, The Creator, was arrested Saturday for allegedly inciting a riot during his show at the Scoot Inn at South By Southwest music festival. Travis County Sheriff's spokesman Roger Wade said the Odd Future rapper, whose name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, was arrested at Austin-Bergstrom Airport and was to be arraigned later Saturday. If convicted of inciting a riot, which is a misdemeanor, he faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. His Bond was set at $25,000 "Specifically, the subject encouraged a large crowd on more than one occasion to force themselves past venue employees...
  • 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....
  • Kanye West Lashes Out At The Grammys Onstage In Arizona

    12/11/2013 4:56:33 PM PST · by zeestephen · 61 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 11 December 2013
    Kanye West took aim at U.S. Recording Academy officials for his Album of the Year Grammy snub at a show in Arizona on Dec 10, suggesting the oversight is racially charged.
  • German rapper-turned-jihadist injured fighting in Syria

    09/09/2013 9:55:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 9, 2013
    A German rapper who converted to Islam and joined jihadist rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad has been injured in an air strike, a jihadist group said on Monday. The jihadist, formerly known as Deso Dogg, was hiding at an anti-regime fighter's house that "was hit by an air strike and helicopter shelling", said a statement posted on Facebook by a group that identified itself as the People of Abraham. As a result of the strikes, Deso Dogg or "Abu Talha al-Almani and several other brothers were injured, while several Muslim children were killed", the statement said.
  • The Truth about Rap Music: Rap speaks differently to middle-class whites and ghetto blacks

    08/21/2013 6:54:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/21/2013 | Eugene Slaven
    I listen to rap. I grew up listening to rap. Since I was old enough to enjoy music, rap has been one of my favorite genres. It remains so to this day. I'm not just talking about mainstream or party-mix rap. I am talking about hard-core rap, underground rap, and rap performed by artists that nine out of ten rap fans have never heard of. So given that I am a genuine rap aficionado, how can it be that I largely agree with liberals like the late anti-rap activist Delores Tucker and conservatives like Bill O'Reilly who argue that rap...
  • Hip-Hop Rumors: Is Rick Ross Threatening George Zimmerman?

    08/01/2013 11:34:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    All Hip-Hop Blog ^ | August 1, 2013 | Ill Seed
    We know Zimmerman is riding around with a piece in the glove compartment, but that wouldn’t help if he was, say, involved in a drive-by. I’m not advocating that, but just saying it wouldn’t be of any help to him. But, these recent comments Rick Ross has said made me think. George Zimmerman is not even in hiding and tensions are still very high. Peep what he said in a recent interview with Global Grind: “I’m still angry [at the George Zimmerman trial verdict]. I’m upset and really, really enraged. I’ve just been trying to keep from putting too...
  • Rick Ross' 'I Wonder Why' References Controversial Stand Your Ground Law

    07/29/2013 1:56:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    MTV's Rap Fix ^ | July 29, 2013 | Sowmya Krishnamurthy
    Rick Ross dropped a new song today, "I Wonder Why," in which he ponders his life. On the track, Ross wonders why his brother is incarcerated and why his ambition continues to push him forward. The MMG honcho also indirectly references slain Trayvon Martin and the incident which led to his death in Rozay's home state of Florida.(PROFANE-AUDIO-AT-LINK)"Now I'm being followed by some creepy ass cracker," Ross raps, a seemingly thinly-veiled reference to vigilante George Zimmerman following Travyon. "Stand your ground! Stand your ground! You gotta stand your ground!" Ross cries. Zimmerman stood behind Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law...
  • Raekwon Reveals Why He Thinks Zimmerman Walked Away Scot-Free [Video]

    07/27/2013 1:33:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    SOHH blog ^ | July 26, 2013 | Cyrus Langhorne
    With high-profile rap stars like Jay Z speaking on the controversial George Zimmerman verdict earlier this month, Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon is the latest emcee to reveal his reaction. In Rae's opinion, the Trayvon Martin family's fate was sealed with the selected jurors not having any compassion or realizing how defenseless the slain 17-year-old was. "When I heard about the verdict, about the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman case, I was sad," Rae revealed in an interview. "I was disappointed in the justice system and I felt like they didn't really pay attention to the case the way they were supposed...
  • Jay Z ‘Angry’ At Trayvon Martin Verdict, Calls Zimmerman ‘Mall Cop’

    07/24/2013 5:16:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Radio.com Blog ^ | July 24, 2013 | Kevin Rutherford
    Jay-Z attends a rally in support of Trayvon Martin on July 20, 2013 in New York CityAn extensive interview with Jay Z has revealed that the rapper was “angry” at the outcome of the George Zimmerman verdict, a case he followed closely through its duration. In the interview with Elliott Wilson of Rap Radar, Wilson brought up President Barack Obama’s statement on the verdict, which the MC called “amazing,” after which Wilson asked point blank for the rapper’s thoughts on the trial’s finale. “I was really angry,” Jay said. “I didn’t sleep for two days. We all knew there was...
  • Coming Soon to Your TV… “All My Baby’s Mamas” Starring Rapper Shawty Lo and Ten of His Baby’s Mamas

    01/08/2013 3:52:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 8, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Coming soon to your television… “All My Baby’s Mamas” a reality show starring rapper Shardy Low and the ten women who had eleven of his babies. The show is scheduled to air this spring on Oprah’s Oxygen Channel. (VIDEO AT LINK) That’s not a house. That’s a harem...
  • Dallas police lieutenant Regina Smith ... under scrutiny for rap video, website

    11/27/2012 10:25:55 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 26 replies
    dallasnews.com ^ | 11-27-12 | Tanya Eiserer
    A lieutenant in the Dallas Police Department who goes by the name “Lucille Baller” when she promotes herself as a recording artist promises to shoot anyone who messes with her in a rap song that was posted on her website. “Don’t push Ms. Lucy because you won’t like the consequences,” Dallas Police Lt. Regina Smith raps on the recording. “Mess with me or I will shoot a [expletive] cuz Lucille Baller, she been to hell and back.” Smith, who oversees burglary and theft detectives at the Southwest and Northwest patrol investigative units, will likely face an internal affairs investigation over...
  • Exclusive Interview: Insane Clown Posse (band) is Suing the FBI!(And Why it Matters)

    08/11/2012 2:00:46 PM PDT · by LucyT · 23 replies
    FuseNews ^ | August 10, 2012 | Nicole James
    Did you know Juggalos are considered a "criminal gang" by the FBI? "It gets laughs out of people, but think about it," Violent J tells Fuse. "That's insane." After Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope tweeted a mysterious message earlier this week talking about "the biggest announcement of Insane Clown Posse's career," we've now got an answer: ICP is suing the FBI. The problem is that the FBI considers Juggalos—what ICP fans call themselves—a real-deal criminal gang. According to the FBI's 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment report, Juggalos are considered an official "concern to law enforcement." The members of Insane...
  • Americans James Blackston, Unnamed Teen, Arrested in Connection with Death [Tokyo]

    05/27/2012 6:07:41 PM PDT · by lonevoice · 56 replies
    Hinterland Gazette ^ | May 27, 2012 | Janet Shan
    Full title: Americans James Blackston, Unnamed Teen, Arrested in Connection with Death of Nicola Furlong After Nicki Minaj Tokyo Concert TOP STORY: Two black Americans, one identified as dancer James Blackstone (James “King Tight” Blackstone or James Blackston), and another unnamed teen, (reported as Larry Perry) have been arrested in connection with the death of an Irish exchange student, Nicola Furlong, in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Nicki Minaj Praises God But Raises Hell

    05/01/2012 2:34:47 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 16 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | May 1, 2012 | JP
    Nicki Minaj, the first female solo artist to have seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 list at the same time, announced today the first set of dates for her “Pink Friday” concert tour. The 29-year-old Trinidad-born rapper, who now makes New York City her home, is perhaps best known for the bump and grind she performed this past February while sharing the stage with Madonna during the Super Bowl half time show. She was no less provocative last month in an appearance on ABC’s “Nightline” when she said that she contemplated killing her father when she was younger. In...
  • At Sharpton Event, Girls Grill Hip-Hop Radio CEO: You ‘Play Music That Degrades Us’…

    04/13/2012 8:39:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Cybercast News ^ | April 13, 2012 | Penny Star
    Two young ladies who are leaders in youth groups for Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) grilled a radio executive about his lucrative hip hop music programming, asking whether it was any different than drug dealers making money and why would the executive promote material that “degrades us and dumbs our African American people down just to make money?” At the NAN convention in Washington, D.C., a panel discussion was held entitled “Media Race” that was led by MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton, who founded NAN, and included Alfred C. Liggins III, the CEO of Radio One, the seventh largest...
  • Kanye West mobbed at Occupy Wall Street protests

    10/11/2011 1:03:32 PM PDT · by Baladas · 27 replies
    PMSNBC ^ | 10/11/11 | Marianne Garvey
    Kanye West didn't bring a picket sign, but he was flashing a big gold grill on his bottom teeth. The outspoken, be-blinged rapper was the latest celeb to join the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City yesterday, but wound up beating a hasty retreat after the crowds got a little rowdy at the sight of him. So what went down when he popped up at Liberty Square?
  • 'Me So Horny' Rapper Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew Running for Mayor (Miami)

    02/04/2011 5:23:48 PM PST · by Baladas · 26 replies
    AOL News ^ | Feb 4, 2011 | Michael McLaughlin
    "Politics" is the latest dirty word for rapper Luther Campbell to work into his vocabulary. Campbell, the raunchy rapper from 2 Live Crew, is running for Miami-Dade County mayor in Florida and thinks he could boost the economy with a tax on exotic dancers. "I'm mad frustrated," Campbell said about crime in his hometown in an interview in the Miami New Times. "Why aren't we getting it right in Miami-Dade? Why is our government only serving one set of people? That's what is pushing me to run." Retna / Corbis; Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images Pictured is Luther Campbell...
  • 14-Year-Old May Face Hate-Crime For Rap Attack

    07/28/2010 12:31:27 PM PDT · by inflorida · 65 replies · 4+ views
    WFTV.com ^ | July 28, 2010 | WFTV
    PALM BAY, Fla. -- A 14-year-old black Palm Bay teen, accused of attacking a white man for listening to rap music, could be charged with a hate-crime. Officers arrested Joshuah Eligah Lamb late Monday and charged him with battery.In a report released Wednesday (read report), Lamb told the victim to turn his music off, but the man refused and told Lamb that he could listen to whatever he wants. The report also states that the teen was in the company of other juvenile males and females, who also attempted to get involved in the dispute.Police say Lamb told the 22-year-old...
  • 'Rapper's Delight' (And Commercial Hip-Hop) Turns 30

    10/14/2009 12:16:22 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 44 replies · 1,110+ views
    MTV Viacom ^ | 10/13/09 | Kyle Anderson
    Last week, MTV News unveiled its list of the Hottest MCs in the Game (topped, rightfully so, by none other than Jay-Z). This week marks a key moment in hip-hop history, as the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" — the first real hip-hop single — was unleashed a full 30 years ago. If you had described the concept of "Rapper's Delight" to somebody ("Hey, I've got this breakdown in the middle of a disco song — let me rhythmically recite poetry over it!") in the age before rap music, that person probably would have rolled his eyes at the very concept....
  • Girls Had Enough of Being Called 'Hos' In Rap Music, Organize High School Ban

    05/15/2009 6:17:05 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 20 replies · 1,477+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 5/15/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    Three energetic young girls from Arcadia High School have been successful in having 20 offensive Rap songs banned from their high school prom dance. The trio got 1,000 other students to sign a petition excoriating Rap tunes that employ against women derogatory terms such as "bitches" and "Hos." With their campaign the girls of the Arcadia High Women's Health and Issues Club convinced school administrators to drop the songs from the prom music playlist. Club members were not advocating for replacement songs nor for any particular genera of music, just to eliminate songs that featured abusive language toward women, presented...
  • Hip-Hop Music: An Urban Deception?

    05/05/2009 1:02:32 PM PDT · by truthnomatterwhat · 10 replies · 560+ views
    The Voice Magazine ^ | May 5, 2009 | By Jennifer LeClaire
    “The roots of hip-hop subculture are demonic, and are similar to other subcultures with an antiestablishment, “Down with the man” mentality. Fatherless-ness, rebellion, oppression, anguish, poverty, violence, and other negative influences created this subculture.” – G. Craig Lewis G. Craig Lewis gets real about the Rap and Hip-Hop subculture in the world. The devil is trying to erase lines that divide holiness from godlessness – and he’s using hip hop to do it. So says G. Craige Lewis, founder of EX Ministries. Lewis is shouting from the rooftops about the Satan’s strategy to infiltrate the Church of Jesus Christ with...
  • Snoop Dogg appears at Nation of Islam convention

    03/02/2009 6:50:53 PM PST · by Justaham · 14 replies · 712+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 3-1-09 | SOPHIA TAREEN
    Rapper Snoop Dogg made an appearance Sunday at the Nation of Islam's annual Saviours Day convention, praising Minister Louis Farrakhan and suggesting that he is a member of the movement. Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, gave a $1,000 donation to the Nation and said he will always seek the minister out.
  • Obama To Address Nation in Weekly Fireside-izzle Chat-n-tizzles (Satire-izzle)

    12/29/2008 5:24:51 AM PST · by SvenWaring · 4 replies · 321+ views
    DotPenn.com ^ | 12-29-2008 | Sven Waring
    Finally, a candidate speaks the language-izzle of the youth-n-tizzle. Stating that the only thing we have to fizzle is fizzle itsizzle, Barack Obama hopes to pull in more young Americans with his Fireside-izzle Chat-n-tizzles. These weekly radio chats--or raps, as the youngsters call them--will be used as a psychological stimulus plan in conjunction with a massive spending plan aimed at re-igniting Americans' addictive reliance on credit and habitual over-spending for non-essential bling. The bling industry has been particularly hard-hit, according to suburban rap artist BIG-E Def-i$it. "My grill is now only 18 carat and cubic zirconium, dog," said Def-i$it. "And...
  • T.I., Rev. Yearwood & the Hip Hop Caucus: Respect My Vote

    07/29/2008 12:33:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 132+ views
    Pro Hip Hop ^ | July 28, 2008
    T.I. is joining the Hip Hop Caucus for the newly announced Respect My Vote! campaign to register and mobilize voters: "The campaign, led by T.I. will employ other celebrities, athletes and high profile influential figures to get out the vote in a variety of ways including PSAs for radio, television and online use; in person appearances; press events; mobile and email alerts from celebrities themselves; and an aggressive online campaign." "Famed photographer Jonathan Mannion has been exclusively tapped to shoot portraits of the famous faces adoring the "Respect My Vote!" slogan and t-shirt produced by forthcoming AKOO clothing line as...
  • Tax RAP Music to Feed the Poor

    05/17/2008 2:07:31 PM PDT · by Brian_Baldwin · 14 replies · 150+ views
    opinion | 05-17-2008 | brianbaldwin
    Al Gore likes to say that human caused global warming is an indisputable fact. And using the same way of thinking of an Al Gore, it’s just as rational for me to say that it’s an indisputable fact that RAP music kills more people than cigarettes. I mean we can see from a random sampling of two decades prior to RAP music in a scientific assessment of two decades since RAP music the increase in killings which, of course, we must attribute to human caused RAP music, not to speak of the message of murder, cop killing, rape, drugs and...
  • (Bill) Cosby prepares "unflinching" hip-hop album

    04/16/2008 10:51:58 AM PDT · by weegee · 8 replies · 86+ views
    Reuters/Billboard via Yahoo News ^ | Tue Apr 15, 11:27 AM ET | By Gail Mitchell
    LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Comedian Bill Cosby's hip-hop album, described as an "unflinching look at life in the 21st century, but without the profanity, misogyny, violence and braggadocio" is expected to reach stores within the next several weeks, a spokesman said. "Cosby Narratives Vol. 1: State of Emergency" is designed as a companion to Cosby's provocative book "Come on People: On the Path From Victims to Victors," which he co-wrote with Dr. Alvin Poussaint last year. The album weaves hip-hop, jazz, pop, funk and other genres around frank, positive messages drawn from Cosby's lyrics, stories and musical ideas. Cosby does...
  • Will MSM Ignore Rap Song Promoting Maturity, Responsibility?

    02/03/2008 4:07:25 PM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 8 replies · 400+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 2/3/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    Will this rap song with a positive message get any play in the MSM? Will a rapper that is telling kids to quit acting like a punk and grow up resonate?Okay, I'm a nearly 50 year-old white dude, so you won't catch me trying to be "all that" with the kid's rap music. In fact, I hate the stuff. [I was listening to Beethoven, Glenn Miller, U2 and The Police today, if that helps pinpoint me] HOWEVER... and this is a big one, too... I am compelled to pass on the latest tune from Mr. Bomani D. Armah, the self-proclaimed...
  • FReep This Poll! Do you think the NAACP's funeral for the 'N-word' will reduce its use?

    07/10/2007 4:56:51 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 34 replies · 897+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | July 10, 2007 | North County Times/The Californian
    FReep This Poll! Do you think the NAACP's funeral for the 'N-word' will reduce its use? Yes No Not sure
  • Rap for the Rich

    04/19/2007 7:14:44 AM PDT · by liberty1971 · 232+ views
    Campus Report Online ^ | April 17, 2007 | Wendy Cook
    The controversy continues to swirl around the remarks made by Don Imus about the Rutger’s Women’s basketball team being “nappy headed hoes”—which eventually got him fired. But my question is why the media and action groups continue to go after Imus and not rap artists? No one seems to even blink anymore when a new rap song comes out with degrading lyrics towards race and women. Where do we draw the line? Take a look at the top 10 rap songs on the Billboard charts this week—half of them use defamatory or racist remarks. The #3 song on the charts...
  • Obama compares rappers to Imus

    04/14/2007 3:08:12 AM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 38 replies · 1,071+ views
    AP ^ | Apr 13, 2007 | JIM DAVENPORT
    FLORENCE, S.C. - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record) on Friday questioned the way some rappers talk about women in songs, saying the lyrics are similar to the derogatory language used by embattled radio host Don Imus. They are "degrading their sisters. That doesn't inspire me," Obama said of some hip-hop artists when a man in a crowd of about 1,000 questioned him. The Illinois senator was responding to a question of what inspired him, and said God and civil rights activists. Earlier this week, Obama criticized Imus, who was fired Thursday for labeling the Rutgers women's...
  • Imus vs. the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks Chart (MICHELLE MALKIN/language warning)

    04/11/2007 5:57:49 PM PDT · by kellynla · 47 replies · 1,948+ views
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | April 10, 2007 | Michelle Malkin
    Let's stipulate: I have no love for Don Imus, Al Sharpton, or Jesse Jackson. I repeat: A pox on all their race-baiting houses. Let's also stipulate: The Rutgers women's basketball team didn't deserve to be disrespected as "nappy-headed hos." No woman deserves that. I agree with the athletes that Imus's misogynist mockery was "deplorable, despicable and unconscionable." And as I noted on Fox News's O'Reilly Factor this week, I believe top public officials and journalists who have appeared on Imus's show should take responsibility for enabling Imus—and should disavow his longstanding invective. But let's take a breath now and look...
  • The Culture of "B****es, H*s, and N****s’ [her title, my censoring]

    04/11/2007 7:57:59 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 76 replies · 2,730+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11 April 2007 | Michelle Malkin
    Let's stipulate: I have no love for Don Imus, Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. A pox on all their race-baiting houses. Let's also stipulate: The Rutgers women's basketball team didn't deserve to be disrespected as "nappy-headed hos." No woman deserves that. I agree with the athletes that Imus's misogynist mockery was "deplorable, despicable and unconscionable." And as I noted on Fox News's "O'Reilly Factor" this week, I believe top public officials and journalists who have appeared on Imus's show should take responsibility for enabling Imus — and should disavow his longstanding invective. But let's take a breath now and look...
  • Rap music sags in popularity

    04/10/2007 10:28:14 PM PDT · by april15Bendovr · 55 replies · 1,865+ views
    Orlando Sentinal ^ | April 9, 2007 | Nekesa Mumbi Moody
    Rap music sags in popularity Critics blame it for negative influences on our society. Nekesa Mumbi Moody the Associated Press April 9, 2007 NEW YORK -- Maybe it was the umpteenth coke-dealing anthem or soft-porn music video. Perhaps it was the preening antics that some call reminiscent of Stepin Fetchit. The turning point is hard to tap. But after 30 years of growing popularity, rap music is now dealing with an alarming sales decline and growing criticism from within about rap culture's negative effect on society.
  • Sales of Rap Albums Take Stunning Nosedive

    03/01/2007 5:11:49 AM PST · by IDontLikeToPayTaxes · 305 replies · 5,403+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | March 1, 2007 | Foxnews.com
    NEW YORK — Maybe it was the umpteenth coke-dealing anthem or soft-porn music video. Perhaps it was the preening antics that some call reminiscent of Stepin Fetchit. The turning point is hard to pinpoint. But after 30 years of growing popularity, rap music is now struggling with an alarming sales decline and growing criticism from within about the culture's negative effect on society.
  • Rap is the culprit in killing of black men

    01/07/2007 12:12:43 AM PST · by neverdem · 113 replies · 2,683+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | January 6, 2007 | Gregory Kane
    The 800-pound gorilla is back, and as usual folks are pretending the critter ain't in the room. We'll call this particular 800-pound gorilla Joey, in tribute to that 1940s film about the giant ape called Mighty Joe Young. I think it's time Joey got his props. I think it's time we acknowledge Joey. Joey, meet the guys. Guys, shake hands with Joey. "The guys" in this case are those Baltimoreans who, for the past week, have expressed angst and dismay about the appalling way some young black men in this city, addicted to the thug life, dispatch each other with...
  • Fan Asks Hard Questions About Rap Music

    12/24/2006 6:06:24 AM PST · by Condor 63 · 64 replies · 2,479+ views
    The NY Times ^ | December 24, 2006 | ERIK ECKHOLM
    Byron Hurt takes pains to say that he is a fan of hip-hop, but over time, says Mr. Hurt, a 36-year-old filmmaker, dreadlocks hanging below his shoulders, “I began to become very conflicted about the music I love.” A new documentary by Mr. Hurt, “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” questions the violence, degradation of women and homophobia in much of rap music. The intended audiences include young fans, hip-hop artists and music industry executives — black and white — who profit from music and videos that glorify swagger and luxury, portray women as sex objects, and imply, critics say,...
  • State Senator Found Guilty Of Harassment (NY Dem to enroll in anger management courses)

    08/26/2006 2:28:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies · 1,035+ views
    CBS News ^ | August 25, 2006
    ALBANY State Senator Ada Smith has been found guilty of harassment stemming from an altercation with a staffer. The Queens Democrat was accused of throwing hot coffee in a staffer's face at her Albany office in March. She was also accused of pulling a hairpiece from the woman's head. Smith was originally charged with misdemeanor assault, but the charged was reduced to harassment, a violation, in July. Smith will have to pay a $250 fine and any medical expenses for the former staffer, Jennifer Jackson. She will also have to enroll in anger management courses. Jackson says she feels justice...
  • (MTV) Video Awards Seek Jolt From Crowd and Internet (hoping for anarchy and chaos?)

    08/24/2006 12:17:10 PM PDT · by weegee · 4 replies · 423+ views
    NY Times ^ | Published: August 24, 2006 | By BEN SISARIO
    The celebrities will be on risers along the side of the hall, while the main floor, emptied of seats, will be given over to fans, to roam and hoot and jeer as they please. Which raises the question: What if some wild fan abandons his network-designated station and rushes toward the beautiful people? “He should be encouraged at all points to storm the stage and to create a television moment that people will talk about at the water cooler the next day,” said Hamish Hamilton, one of the producers. “Or even better, that people will download and put on...
  • Degrading lyrics lead to early sex, study says

    08/06/2006 11:27:05 PM PDT · by prisoner6 · 88 replies · 2,269+ views
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | August 07, 2006 | Timothy McNulty
    Degrading lyrics lead to early sex, study says Monday, August 07, 2006 By , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Common sense says exposing children to sexually degrading song lyrics cannot be a good thing. Now, a multiyear study of teen sexual behavior and listening habits, led by a researcher in Pittsburgh, is setting out to prove it scientifically. The Rand Corp. study, released today, shows that the more often teens listen to sexually degrading songs -- marked by obscenities and stereotypes of women as sex objects and men as sexual predators -- the likelier they are to have sex at an early age....
  • Cosby charms, chastises conventioneers

    06/11/2006 8:24:51 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 12 replies · 1,497+ views
    Atlanta J-C ^ | 6/11/06 | JEFFRY SCOTT
    Bill Cosby didn't waste a second Saturday afternoon giving an almost entirely black audience at the Georgia World Congress Center exactly what they probably expected, which, in the comedian's words, was a "whuppin'." "It has come to this," Cosby said, reprimanding his hosts and the audience as he took the podium, following civil rights leader Andrew Young at the 20th Annual 100 Black Men of America convention. "Who would think that Andy Young would be sitting and I would be standing last to be the keynote speaker? Either they [the sponsors of the event] don't know. Or they tend to...
  • Rapper Proof killed in Detroit nightclub

    04/11/2006 9:49:38 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 61 replies · 1,625+ views
    AP ^ | April 11, 2006
    DETROIT - Proof, a member of rap group D12 and a close friend of Eminem, was shot to death early Tuesday at a nightclub along Eight Mile Road, a publicist said. The death of Proof — whose real name is Deshaun Holton — was confirmed by Dennis Dennehy, the publicist for D12's label, Interscope Records.
  • 4 charged in beating of student (This story makes "Blackboard Jungle" look like a Disney film)

    03/31/2006 9:25:48 AM PST · by Cagey · 52 replies · 2,100+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 3-31-2006 | ROSALIND ROSSI AND MAUDLYNE IHEJIRIKA
    Four Kennedy High School students were charged Thursday in an assault on a Kennedy senior who was pummeled in the school auditorium in front of scores of students and who, witnesses said, was attacked with feces later found strewn across the auditorium floor. Teachers and students were horrified by the incident, which left the victim, an 18-year-old honor student, with a broken nose, two black eyes, abrasions on both eyes and a swollen cheek, according to his father. "For these [attackers] to do what they did is beyond disgusting,'' said one teacher who asked for anonymity. "No kid should go...
  • Did anyone catch the name of the young girl rap artist on Fox News this morning?

    03/29/2006 6:19:58 AM PST · by academics · 28 replies · 1,623+ views
    Did anyone catch the name of the young rap artist featured on Fox News this morning? The young girl is supposed to be singing racist lyrics, similar to Prussian Blue I suppose. I missed her name and of course there is NO MENTION of the story in the MSM.
  • Success in rap music

    03/05/2006 10:50:27 AM PST · by Anne_Conn · 4 replies · 276+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Sunday March 5, 2006 | Klaus Rohrich
    If like me you are a student of contemporary culture, then I’m sure that you understand rap music and what separates the good from the bad. Having watched a number of rappers rise and ultimately fall (literally) over the past decade, I think I am beginning to understand what rap music is all about.
  • Eminem and Ex-Wife Remarry in Michigan

    01/15/2006 6:28:01 AM PST · by zzen01 · 25 replies · 937+ views
    AP ^ | Jan 14, 9:24 PM (ET)
    Superstar rapper Eminem remarried his ex-wife Saturday, a month after he announced they were getting back together, his publicist said.
  • Snoop Dogg laments Williams' execution

    12/21/2005 3:30:08 AM PST · by beaversmom · 66 replies · 1,788+ views
    Seven News ^ | December 21, 2005 | Peter Prengaman
    US celebrities and rights activists have lamented the execution of Stanley Tookie Williams at his funeral. Hundreds of mourners came to the violence-wracked area of Los Angeles where Williams founded the murderous Crips gang three decades ago. Under heavy police presence, a long line of people entered the 1,500-seat Bethel AME Church. Vendors sold T-shirts with Williams' picture, and a large TV set up in the parking lot allowed the overflow crowd to watch the service. Williams was executed on December 13 despite clemency pleas from celebrities and others who said he had rededicated his life to peace. "It's nine-fifteen...
  • Gangsta, in French

    11/19/2005 4:03:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 6,508+ views
    www.freewilliamsburg.com ^ | November 10, 2005 | DAVID BROOKS
    After 9/11, everyone knew there was going to be a debate about the future of Islam. We just didn't know the debate would be between Osama bin Laden and Tupac Shakur. Yet those seem to be the lifestyle alternatives that are really on offer for poor young Muslim men in places like France, Britain and maybe even the world beyond. A few highly alienated and fanatical young men commit themselves to the radical Islam of bin Laden. But most find their self-respect by embracing the poses and worldview of American hip-hop and gangsta rap. One of the striking things about...
  • Killer Who Claimed Rap Influence Executed

    10/07/2005 11:38:17 AM PDT · by Borges · 45 replies · 1,085+ views
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 10/06/05 | MICHAEL GRACZYK
    HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A man was executed Thursday for gunning down a Texas state trooper in 1992, a slaying his trial attorneys had argued was prompted by anti-police rap music. For his final statement, Ronald R. Howard looked at the trooper's widow, daughter and brother and said he hoped "this helps a little. I don't know how, but I hope it helps." Then he turned to friends and a brother who were among his witnesses, expressing love and thanking them for locating two of his young children, who visited him on death row within the past week. "Love you all....