December 27, 2007 |
Rapper Yung Joc failed to show up at his arraignment in Cleveland Wednesday on a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon and was considered a fugitive, a prosecutor said. A judge issued an arrest warrant for the "Hustlenomics" singer, whose real name is Jasiel Robinson. Robinson, 27, of Atlanta, was accused of attempting to take a loaded gun onto a Delta Air Lines flight Sunday and was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, police said. He had been released Monday on $50,000 bond.
December 16, 2007 |
Kanye West, "Graduation" (Roc-A-Fella). The Chicagoan's famous brashness rivals his musical prowess on this stellar album. Common, "Finding Forever" (Geffen). After 15 years in the business, the Chicago rapper hits a smooth, socially aware stride. Talib Kweli, "Eardrum" (Warner Bros.). The Brooklyn rapper's winning mix of lively wordplay and political commentary makes this collection linger long after the music stops. WC, "Guilty by Affiliation" (Lench Mob).
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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.
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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.