CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2007 |
Rapper Pimp C, an influential hip-hop figure credited with helping launch the popularity of Southern rap, was found dead Tuesday morning at an upscale hotel on the Sunset Strip. Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics responding to a 911 call found the 33-year-old native of Port Arthur, Texas, lying on his bed at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood. "It appears that he died naturally," said Capt. Ed Winter of the county coroner's office.
November 6, 2007 |
When Cheryl "Salt" James of Salt-N-Pepa asked a potential lover in the hip-hop anthem "Shoop," "Come on, gimme summa that yum-yum chocolate chip, honey dip, can I get a scoop?" she was not exactly referring to ice cream cones. That hit, along with "Push It," "Whatta Man" and "Let's Talk About Sex," defined the group's brash yet innocently catchy approach to sex, making the female rappers groundbreakers in the male-dominated world of hip-hop.
October 14, 2007 |
For hip-hop fans who relish a good debate, the last few weeks have been a gift horse. On Sept. 25, hip-hop went to Washington. At a congressional hearing titled "From Imus to Industry: The Business of Stereotypes and Degradation," spearheaded by Rep. (and former Black Panther) Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), speakers included Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman, Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. and rappers Master P and David Banner.
October 12, 2007 |
** SEE CORRECTION APPENDED: "The Times apologizes over article on rapper" ** Millionaire mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, who nearly topped Forbes' 2007 Hip Hop Cash Kings' List, was accused this week in separate lawsuits of swindling a business associate and battering a concert promoter, just days after resolving a child support dispute with the mother of his 15-month-old daughter, whom he had stiffed for more than a year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2007 |
A northeast Los Angeles gang leader charged with murdering and assaulting gang rivals to keep control of a lucrative drug trade composed rap lyrics that will help prove his guilt, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday. During opening statements in the trial of Timothy McGhee, 33, whom police once described as a "monster" and a "thrill-killer" who led the Toonerville gang in Atwater Village, prosecutor Hoon Chun recited lyrics McGhee wrote for a girlfriend, and said they would help prove his case.
September 21, 2007 |
A New York judge let The Game go free Thursday on a charge that he impersonated a police officer. Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Marc Whiten gave the West Coast rapper, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor, a conditional discharge, meaning that if he isn't arrested again within six months, the misdemeanor charge will be dismissed and the case file sealed. Taylor, 27, of Glendale, was arrested Nov.
September 18, 2007 |
It's not every day that rappers are invited to hold court on "Larry King Live." It's also not every day that they decline the invitation. So before Chamillionaire told King last spring that he'd have to pass, the Grammy-winning rapper thought long and hard. "I really wanted to do it. I want to be asked real questions about issues," said Chamillionaire, who had been asked to appear on a show about the hullabaloo surrounding hip-hop, misogyny and the N-word.
September 17, 2007 |
Don't hold your breath waiting for 50 Cent to retire. Sure, the trash-talking MC may have uttered what seemed like famous last words, vowing to hang up his mike if Kanye West's "Graduation" were to outsell 50's third album, "Curtis," in their first week of release.
August 13, 2007 |
Cypress Hill's B-Real indicated something unsettling about the state of rap music during his band's performance at Saturday's Rock the Bells festival in San Bernardino. "Thank you for coming," Real told the audience. "By being here, you're supporting hip-hop." Real's gratitude sounded awfully close to a pledge-drive solicitation. It's no secret that mainstream hip-hop's record sales (and arguably, its quality) have taken a nosedive in the last few years.
July 5, 2007 |
HIP-HOP for kids can be pandering or preachy, an iffy proposition. The Figureheads, a Wisconsin-based trio with a child and teen focus, manage to sound like the real thing, despite the group's near-missionary drive to reach kids with words of affirmation and hope. "We're kind of speaking from within the culture," says Jeremy Bryan, 28. "My generation is probably the first or second to entwine our identity with hip-hop culture and what it entails."