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January 12, 2007 | From Associated Press
School administrators in Riverbank, Calif., have banned clothing featuring the name of Mac Dre, a slain rapper who glorified drug use in his music, education officials said. Riverbank Unified School District board members voted unanimously Tuesday to add the Sacramento-based rapper to a list of names and labels banned at the district's only high school. Dre was gunned down in Kansas City, Mo., in 2004 and popularized the slang term "to thizz," to describe being high on ecstasy.
January 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Their very names strike fear in the hearts of white rappers everywhere: Vanilla Ice. Snow. Kevin Federline. Though there are notable success stories -- Eminem and the Beastie Boys, most obviously -- pale emcees often travel a hard road to respect. "The White Rapper Show," a new reality program debuting at 10:30 tonight, is both a parody and commentary on race in hip-hop.
December 21, 2006 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
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 | Geoff Boucher and Chris Lee, Times Staff Writers
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 | From the Associated Press
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 | From the Associated Press
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 | From the Associated Press
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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 15, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Rap performer 50 Cent will start a line of books published by Simon & Schuster based on his rhymes about drug dealing, street crime and expensive cars. The publisher will pair with parent company Viacom Inc.'s MTV division to issue a series of graphic novels and novellas starting in 2007 geared to young black readers, Pocket Books Publisher Louise Burke said Monday. 50 Cent, born Curtis Jackson, will be an advisor for the books, she said.
November 4, 2005 | From Associated Press
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.
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