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May 22, 2010 |
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.
April 20, 2011 |
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.
May 10, 2011 |
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.
December 25, 2011 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2012 |
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.
December 20, 2013 |
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.