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September 6, 2002 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city's neon lights vibrated in the polished hood of the black BMW as it cruised up Las Vegas Boulevard. The man in the passenger seat was instantly recognizable. Fans lined the streets, waving, snapping photos, begging Tupac Shakur for his autograph. Cops were everywhere, smiling. The BMW 750 sedan, with rap magnate Marion "Suge" Knight at the wheel, was leading a procession of luxury vehicles past the MGM Grand Hotel and Caesars Palace, on their way to a hot new nightclub.
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NEWS
May 4, 1994 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA and CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Quintanilla is a Times staff writer. Philips is a free-lance writer
Sophia Woldemariam sits within view of rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg, one of her brother's accused murderers. With pen in hand, she documents the March morning hearing, her brown eyes darting from lawyer to rapper to Superior Court Judge Paul G. Flynn. Her parents listen to the stinging claims about their son: the gang member. The stalker. The guy with a gun.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2013 | By Robert Hilburn
Johnny Cash's life in the 1960s is mostly remembered as a time of glorious achievement - from the landmark prison albums at Folsom and San Quentin to the launch of the ABC-TV series featuring such guests as Bob Dylan and the Doors that led to his becoming a giant figure in popular culture, a symbol to millions, no less, of the best of American social values. But Cash also experienced excruciatingly dark times in the decade, fueled by drugs and guilt over the breakup of his marriage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2011 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy and Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Hip-hop singer Nate Dogg, who along with Snoop Dogg and Warren G is credited with crafting the blend of singing and rapping now known as G-funk, has died. He was 41. Nate Dogg, who was born Nathaniel D. Hale, died Tuesday at a Laguna Niguel care facility of complications from multiple strokes, said his attorney, Mark Geragos. By lending his gruff baritone vocals to ubiquitous hooks on hits by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Warren G, Nate Dogg rose to prominence along with the West Coast rap scene that was brewing in the early 1990s.
NEWS
November 25, 1990 | SUE MARTIN
THE SHOW: "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"(NBC, Mondays, 8 p.m.) THE SETUP: Will Smith plays "the Fresh Prince" (also his real-life rap moniker), a kid from a tough Philly neighborhood whose parents send him to live with his well-to-do uncle Philip Banks (James Avery) and his family in Bel-Air. The frequent clashes between the young rapper and the upper-crust set provide sparks. And also some smooth dance steps.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 1994
Years ago Woody Guthrie used the traditional format of the "Talking Blues" to create "Talking Dust," "Talking Merchant Marine," "Talking Constitution" to express his anti-Establishment views. Later, Vern Partlow wrote "Old Man Atom," which ended with ". . . peace on the Earth or the Earth in pieces." Since then, many folk singers have used the format to express their own critiques of society--the Vietnam War, the population explosion--with great effect. Notably, these songs have been absent from the airwaves as "subversive" and "radical."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 1995 | CHUCK PHILIPS and FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Even before AIDS-stricken rap star Eric (Eazy-E) Wright was laid to rest earlier this month, Wright's former lovers and business associates were haggling in Los Angeles Superior Court for control over his dwindling fortune. "It's sad and it's shocking," said the rapper's 26-year-old widow, Tomica Woods Wright, who has a year-old child by Wright and is pregnant with another, due in September. "A lot of people who claim to know (Wright) really didn't.
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