October 18, 1998 |
A Tribe Called Quest's fifth album, "The Love Movement," may have just hit the record stores, but there's no celebration these days among fans of the premier hip-hop crew. Because of personal and business differences, the group is calling it quits after a decade in which the Tribe proved to be one of the most innovative and influential outfits ever in rap.
September 24, 2010 |
When Hotlanta rapper-turned-movie star T.I. was arrested on drug possession charges earlier this month, there was a feeling of "haven't we all been here before?" But also genuine surprise. From ODB to DMX, Kanye to 'Pac, hip-hop performers have a chronic habit of getting busted for stupid stuff. Identity theft. Cruelty to animals. Wearing a bulletproof vest after being convicted of a felony. Rappers behaving badly have become one of popular culture's most numbing constants. After all, T.I. was already on probation when L.A. County sheriff's deputies stopped his $600,000 Mercedes Maybach on the Sunset Strip for what they said was an illegal U-turn and then detected what they said was "a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle"; earlier this year, he served a seven-month prison sentence for attempting to buy a cache of automatic weapons and silencers.
August 6, 2009 |
Two of L.A.'s most significant summer hip-hop shows are on the same day this year, leaving fans to choose between Rock the Bells and Power 106's Powerhouse 09 on Saturday. While this means that Los Angeles remains something of a mecca for top-flight live hip-hop in America, it also illustrates that the genre has competing visions for its relevance, and that booking a rap festival is only slightly less logistically complex than planning a moon landing.
February 3, 2011
The Grammy Museum's new exhibit "Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey," based on a large-format photography book of the same name, explores the genre's four-decade history in the United States and its effect on the world. Through interactive mixing and listening stations, video footage, rare photographs and original artifacts, visitors will get a taste of what made the first pioneering moments from such auteurs as Grandmaster Flash so appealing. Highlights include handwritten lyrics from Tupac Shakur, LL Cool J's trademark Kangol hat, the Run-DMC leather jacket and pants worn during the "Walk This Way" performance with Aerosmith and a hip-hop sneaker gallery.
September 6, 2012 |
The most profitable man in hip-hop hasn't released a solo album since 1999. But as anyone who follows the record business knows today, the real racket is in corporate partnerships and investments, and that's what vaulted the producer Dr. Dre to the top of Forbes' hip-hop earners list . Dre hauled in $110 million before taxes in 2011, the vast majority of it coming from a $300-million investment in his Beats by Dre company by the telephone-tech company...
August 30, 2012 |
Chris Lighty, the manager of prominent hip-hop artists including 50 Cent, Diddy and Mariah Carey , died Thursday morning in New York in an apparent suicide, police sources say. He was 44. Lighty, who died of what police sources say appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was found inside his Bronx apartment, reportedly after an argument with his ex-wife, Veronica. The two divorced last year. According to various reports and law enforcement sources, Lighty also owed significant debts to the IRS, totaling near $5 million.