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March 9, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Clint Massey, who raps under the name RondoNumbaNine, brags in one of his videos about his ability to "meet face to face, put a hole in your face, still beat the case. " "Glock go blah , damn, that's great," he raps. Now the 17-year-old Chicago rapper is charged with first-degree murder in a shooting, and investigators say there's a fingerprint, witnesses and video footage that connect him to the killing, according to local media reports. Massey appeared in court Sunday, where he was ordered held in lieu of $2-million bail on suspicion of being part of a two-gunman team that shot and killed a livery driver in Chicago's South Side in February.
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April 23, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Days after being hospitalized and forced to pull out of his Coachella performance last weekend, Chance the Rapper will miss additional shows in order to recover from “a combination of the flu virus and tonsillitis.” The 21-year-old rapper, born Chancelor Bennett, fell ill Friday night and was admitted to a hospital Sunday,  according to tweets sent on his behalf  from his management.   “On behalf of @chancetherapper and our entire...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2010 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
A man who shot and killed an up-and-coming rapper at the Beverly Center last year was acquitted of murder Friday in a case that focused in part on the victim's violence-laced gangsta rap lyrics. Aubrey Berry, 24, was hugged by his defense attorney as the last of the not guilty verdicts was read in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. Friends and family of rapper Dolla, whose real name was Roderick Anthony Burton II, wailed and sobbed in the audience. "Obviously, what happened on May 18, 2009, was a horrible tragedy for everyone," Superior Court Judge Michael E. Pastor told the lawyers in court.
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April 20, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Chance the Rapper was forced to cancel his Weekend 2 appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival after he was admitted to a hospital Sunday, his management said. A little more than an hour before the Chicago emcee was to hit the main stage in Indio, the festival's official smartphone app sent a dispatch with the news. “Chance the Rapper unable to perform today,” the alert said. “Check out Classixx, Showtek, Scuba or Frank Turner instead.” FULL COVERAGE: Coachella 2014 The rapper, 21, born Chancelor Bennett, fell ill Friday night and was admitted to a hospital Sunday, according to tweets sent on his behalf from his management.   “On behalf of @chancetherapper and our entire team- We sincerely regret to have to cancel our 2nd weekend at coachella,” his management tweeted Sunday afternoon.
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April 20, 2011 | Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
Afroman, who became a hero to stoners with his comedic hit "Because I Got High," is named in a lawsuit that was appropriately filed today -- 4/20 -- the unofficial  pot smoking holiday. The rapper, born Joseph Edgar Foreman, is being sued for allegedly missing a concert. The lawsuit accuses Afroman of failing to appear at an April 9 concert scheduled at the Patio at the Continent in Columbus, Ohio. "I understand the significance of the date. I went to college, but I'm not part of that culture," said Matt Crumpton, one of the plaintiffs' attorneys.
NEWS
May 10, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
Outrage alert: Some conservatives have a beef with Michelle Obama’s invitation to a rapper who once called for the “burn”-ing of George W. Bush to perform this week at White House event. Hip-hop artist Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., a Chicago native who goes by the name Common, will be part of a poetry program Wednesday night. President Obama is expected to attend. The Daily Caller, a conservative news site launched by Tucker Carlson, has helped spearhead the controversy over the rapper.
NEWS
December 25, 2011 | By Richard Fausset
As bad as things got for Willie Nelson, at least at the end of his financial nightmare, they still called the guy Willie. That may not be the case for Nashville rapper Young Buck, who could lose his trademarked nickname in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation case, the Tennessean newspaper reported . The multiplatinum recording star, who was born David Darnell Brown, apparently owes a lot. He owes child support. He owes the IRS. And he allegedly owes more than $10 million to rapper 50 Cent and his G-Unit record label, with whom Young Buck is engaged in a nasty contract dispute.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2010
Where you've seen him Common began his career as a rapper and has recorded more than eight albums. His 2004 collaboration with Kanye West was nominated for four Grammy Awards, and his latest album was nominated for best rap album. He made his acting debut in 2007's "Smokin' Aces" and has since appeared in "American Gangster," "Street Kings," "Wanted" and "Terminator Salvation." Most recently, he acted in "Date Night" opposite Steve Carell and Tina Fey. — Amy Kaufman
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2013 | By August Brown
During a run-through of his loopy, lusty song “Lost,” Chicago MC Chance the Rapper got a little lost himself. He fell off the stage at Club Nokia. That's what it looked like, at least, when the 20-year-old abruptly disappeared from view mid-verse, only to be lifted back to his feet by a few tense security guards seconds later.  The rapper seemed fine afterward, but it was an apt metaphor for his sometimes-enthralling but often halting show on Thursday night. One of hip-hop's finest new talents is, quite literally, finding his footing as a live performer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Police Department took the unusual step Friday of unsealing the 15-year-old autopsy report of rapper Notorious B.I.G., saying they hope to generate new leads in the murder mystery. The autopsy report had been kept private at the request of investigators. But on Friday, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office released the 23-page document, which provided details about the shooting. "Investigators decided to release the autopsy to stimulate new interest in the case and hopefully produce new leads," said Lt. Andrew Neiman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and rapper Jay Z are set to appear Wednesday outside City Hall for what is expected to be an announcement on the two-day Budweiser Made in America music festival planned for Labor Day weekend in Grand Park. Garcetti sent an advisory saying the news conference will be attended by Budweiser Vice President Brian Perkins, along with county Supervisor Gloria Molina and City Council President Herb Wesson. The prospect of a major concert drawing as many as 50,000 people to the heart of downtown had raised red flags for Councilman Jose Huizar , who warned that street closures and beer sales could create "a nightmare" for downtown residents.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
INDIO - As a giant impenetrable scrum of attendees waited for New Zealand singer Lorde, 17, to take the Outdoor stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Nearby, MGMT played the main stage, and the chorus of its song "The Youth" gusted in toward Lorde's crowd like a portent. "The youth is starting to change," offered singer Andrew VanWyngarden as the band's psychedelic disco slow jam drifted in. "Are you starting to change? Are you, together?" A few minutes later, as if conjured by MGMT's query, arrived Lorde.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2014 | By Kate Linthicum
TEL AVIV - Tamer Nafar, a 34-year-old rapper who has been described as the Chuck D of Palestinian hip-hop, was standing on a sidewalk dressed in a skin-tight black bodysuit and wearing a silky red wig. "Can I see more duck lips?" the director prodded from behind the camera. Nafar pursed obediently. He was channeling Scarlett Johansson for a video sketch skewering the actress for serving as a spokeswoman for SodaStream, a company boycotted by Palestinian activists because it is headquartered in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.
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April 9, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Naya Rivera of "Glee" and Big Sean have split up, the Detroit rapper said Wednesday.  The couple, who met on Twitter -- she followed him first -- got engaged in October, only six months after making their public debut as a couple at the premiere of the movie "42. "  Big Sean's rep said in a statement obtained by Us Weekly  that the 26-year-old rapper was the one to call things off. A source told the magazine yes, that's how things...
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March 9, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Clint Massey, who raps under the name RondoNumbaNine, brags in one of his videos about his ability to "meet face to face, put a hole in your face, still beat the case. " "Glock go blah , damn, that's great," he raps. Now the 17-year-old Chicago rapper is charged with first-degree murder in a shooting, and investigators say there's a fingerprint, witnesses and video footage that connect him to the killing, according to local media reports. Massey appeared in court Sunday, where he was ordered held in lieu of $2-million bail on suspicion of being part of a two-gunman team that shot and killed a livery driver in Chicago's South Side in February.
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February 21, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Vanilla Ice has made a career out of being embarrassing in a wholly self-aware way. The rapper's latest foray into cringe-inducing territory? Shucking and jiving for Kraft macaroni and cheese. Ice lends his “Ninja Rap” to a new commercial for pasta shaped like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The song appeared on the soundtrack to 1991's “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze,” and the branded mac likely coincides with a reboot of the live action film set to hit theaters later this year.
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November 16, 2002 | From Reuters
A Detroit-area rapper who plays a bit part in Eminem's blockbuster debut movie was shot on 8 Mile Road in Detroit, the street that gave the film its name, authorities said Friday. An unidentified assailant shot 26-year-old Ali Miyzaan in the stomach outside Detroit's Phoenix Theater after he dropped in for the premiere of "8 Mile" last Saturday, police spokesman Glen Woods said. He said Miyzaan had been trying to break up a fight outside the theater when "somebody shot him from somewhere."
NEWS
March 24, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gangsta rapper Notorious BIG was charged with assault after allegedly attacking a pair of autograph seekers with a baseball bat. The rapper, whose real name is Christopher Wallace, and a friend hopped in their car to chase the two victims, who tried to flee in a taxi after Wallace refused to sign his autograph and they argued, Det. Mark Patterson said. The two caught up and allegedly smashed the cab's windshield, hood and doors before attacking the men, Patterson said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Pharrell Williams looked wiped out. Late on a recent evening, the singer-rapper-producer was shuttling between two studios at a Melrose Avenue recording complex. In one he was working on music for this spring's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which he's scoring along with Hans Zimmer; in the other he was supervising final mixes for his upcoming solo album. Now Ryan Seacrest's people had arrived to shoot Williams' cameo in a video, set to his song "Happy," marking the 10th anniversary of the radio host's popular morning show.
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