December 21, 2006 |
ALL Slick Rick wants for Christmas is to be home with his family in New York. And next Christmas. And the next. And the next. It's a modest wish for a rapper, especially one known as a key figure in the '80s rise of glitzy hip-hop -- he of the spangled eye patch and the colorful, character-driven tales of such hits as the controversial "Treat Her Like a Prostitute" and his playful 1985 "La-Di-Da-Di" pairing with Doug E. Fresh, all cited as influences by figures including Eminem and Chris Rock.
December 8, 2006 |
In the three decades since rap music grabbed the microphone and swaggered toward pop culture's center stage, it's been hotly debated whether it's the essential sound of youth and urban culture or just ugly noise masquerading as music. But nobody could argue that it was yesterday's news. That changes today.
October 18, 2006 |
Rapper Fabolous was shot early Tuesday as he stood at a Manhattan parking garage, spurring a sequence of events that left him both hospitalized in stable condition and under arrest, police said. The 28-year-old rapper, whose legal name is John Jackson, was shot once in the thigh when a male with a gun approached him and three others and opened fire, police spokesman Sgt. Mike Wysokowski said. The four jumped into a vehicle and fled, attracting the attention of police when they ran a red light.
October 12, 2006 |
China's Culture Ministry has canceled rapper Jay-Z's planned debut in the country, citing his "vulgar" lyrics, a state-run newspaper reported Wednesday. The rap icon, whose real name is Shawn Carter, was scheduled to perform Oct. 23 at Shanghai's Hongkou Stadium. "Some of Jay-Z's songs contain too much vulgar language," Sun Yun, of promoter KS Production Co., was quoted as saying in the Shanghai Daily.
June 3, 2006 |
Top-selling rappers Kanye West and Ludacris won a copyright infringement trial when a New York City jury concluded their 2003 hit "Stand Up" did not copy a tune by New Jersey musicians. "I hope the plaintiffs enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame," Ludacris said after the verdict was announced Thursday. "This whole experience is proof to me of why I will always fight for what I believe in."
January 1, 2006 |
Obie Trice, a protege of Eminem, was shot while driving on a Detroit highway, police said. Someone in another car shot through the back window of 28-year-old Trice's vehicle as he drove along the Lodge Freeway in the early morning, state police said. The Detroit native managed to continue driving and got off the freeway in the suburb of Southfield, where his girlfriend, also in the vehicle, flagged down police. Trice was taken to Providence Hospital, where he was treated and released.
November 4, 2005 |
Spike Lee says the value of education is being overshadowed by the images that gangsta rap glorifies. "Young black kids didn't grow up wanting to be a pimp or a stripper like they do now," Lee said of his youth in Brooklyn. He drew two standing ovations Wednesday night as a featured speaker at a conference on cultural diversity at Middle Tennessee State University.
August 29, 2005 |
Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, whose name is synonymous with the music genre's violent history, underwent surgery Sunday for a gunshot injury he suffered in a Miami Beach nightclub, police said. Knight, 40, who was expected to recover from the bullet wound in his upper leg, was being treated at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Police officers were posted outside his room, said Miami Beach police spokesman Bob- by Hernandez. Police said they had no suspects.
May 12, 2005 |
T.I. is riding the wave of his commercial breakthrough, but only three years ago the Atlanta rapper was at a crossroads. He had released his debut album, "I'm Serious" (2001), and even though it earned critical acclaim, the collection quickly stalled on the pop charts and was soon forgotten. The man who was born Clifford Harris was then dropped by Arista Records. But rather than give up on his dream of music stardom, the rapper also known as Tip decided to try a new way to get back in the game.
March 30, 2005 |
Jailed rapper Shyne, who signed a $3-million record deal in prison last year, won't see any money until a lawsuit against him is resolved. Justice Michael Garson of Brooklyn has frozen the funds, citing the "Son of Sam" law barring convicts from profiting from their crimes. The money -- including a $500,000 advance -- will be held in escrow pending the outcome of the civil lawsuit brought by two bystanders wounded in a 1999 shooting at a Manhattan nightclub.