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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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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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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
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.
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.
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
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams is covering the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, so he wasn't available to slow jam the news on Jimmy Fallon's third episode of "The Tonight Show," but he was able to do the next best thing. Using snippets from dozens of nightly news broadcasts, Fallon's editors once again turned Williams into a rapping master. During his "Late Night" days, Fallon recut the genial Williams to rap Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations," Warren G's "Regulate" and N.W.A.s' "Straight Outta Compton.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Rapper Lil' Kim is thrilled about having a baby! "I'm so excited! I'm a few months along, I can't wait to be a mom!" the 39-year-old told Us Weekly. The "Money, Power, Respect" rapper, who sported a burgeoning baby bump in a colorful floor-length gown at a New York Fashion Week after-party Wednesday, confirmed the news to the mag. She did not officially name the child's father, but MTV News suggested it might be rapper Mr. Papers, whom she's been dating for a while off and on and whose Twitter timeline is full of retweets of baby congratulations and at least one story naming him as the father.
SPORTS
February 4, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Rapper 50 Cent, who caused a minor sensation at last year's Daytona 500 with his awkward attempt to kiss Fox reporter Erin Andrews, is back with NASCAR in a more conventional way. Swan Racing, a team that fields two cars in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series, said Tuesday that it has a new associate sponsor in SMS Audio, a maker of headphones and other audio gear owned by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson III. The team, whose drivers are Cole Whitt and...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Now here is this unforeseeable artifact, "Chozen," a cartoon series about a gay white rapper, an ex-con (he was set up) living on his sister's couch at a liberal arts college. Premiering Monday on FX, it is from people who make that network's spy-toon "Archer," whose visual style it borrows whole, and from people who made HBO's "Eastbound & Down. " And it is very much as if they had taken these shows - neither of which puts a great point on taste, sensitivity or modesty - and run them at each other very fast.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Beyoncé's stealth midnight release - a self-titled collection of new music and videos - may have arrived in near silence earlier this month, but it now rules the charts and The Times' Consensus Top Albums of 2013. The list, which stretches to a dozen albums this year because of voting ties, pools the Top 10 lists from pop music critic Randall Roberts and seven other pop music staff writers, assigning 10 points for a No. 1 album, 9 points for a No. 2, 8 points for No. 3 and so on. Beyoncé's "visual album" was named album of the year by two Times writers - August Brown and Gerrick Kennedy - and picked up additional points with its fifth place finish on Times pop music editor Lorraine Ali's list.
ENTERTAINMENT
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
December 27, 2013 | By Mikael Wood, August Brown, Chris Barton and Gerrick D. Kennedy
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Kelela | Singer-songwriter With its spacey textures and shape-shifting grooves, Beyoncé's self-titled album - released this month on iTunes with no warning - felt like the superstar end point to a year rich in adventurous R&B. Among the underground acts that appear to have inspired her is...
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.
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