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Lil Peep, 'Emo' Rapper With Cult Following, Dead at 21

Sources say up and coming star may have overdosed

(Newser) - Rapper Lil Peep has died at age 21, the AP reports. A representative for the performer confirmed reports of his death Thursday. Lil Peep, whose real name was Gustav Ahr and whose stage name came from a childhood nickname his mother gave him, didn't take the stage during his... More »

Diddy: I Was Just Kidding About That New Name

He originally said he wanted to be called Love or Brother Love

(Newser) - The artist who has been known as Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Puffy, Diddy, and so forth appeared to have given himself yet another name change for his 48th birthday—but he's since revealed it was just a joke. The rapper and media mogul, who was born Sean Combs, tweeted... More »

Less-Than-Sympathetic Judge Sends Meek Mill to Prison

Judge Genece Brinkley went against prosecutor's recommendation

(Newser) - Rapper Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years in prison on probation violations Monday by a Philadelphia judge who said the musician had wasted several chances to clean up his act following a 2009 gun and drug case. The sentence rounded out a roughly decade-long back-and-forth between the... More »

He Was a Rap Pioneer. Then He Forgot Everything

But T La Rock has reconstructed his life after a traumatic head injury

(Newser) - Back in 1995, Tupac recorded a song called "Old School" in which he paid tribute to the rap artists who'd come before him. Among those he mentioned was T La Rock, whose single "It's Yours" in 1984—mixed in the dorm of Rick Rubin at NYU—... More »

Rapper Starts GoFundMe to Prove Earth Is Flat

What a world

(Newser) - Everyone knows the Earth is round, but what one rapper is presupposing is: What if it isn't? It's 2017, and flat-Earth theories are making something of a comeback (NBA stars seem to be uniquely susceptible ). Mashable reports one person who thinks we've been lied to by... More »

A Look at the Rap World's Insane Gender Gap

Just 17 female rappers have made it into top 20 since 2000: Jezebel

(Newser) - Hip-hop is seen as a "man's world," and it's easy to see why: Since 2000, just 17 female rappers have made it into the top 20 of Billboard's Hot 100 chart, Jezebel reports. That number goes down even further when you eliminate the female rappers... More »

Rapper Yung Mazi Shot, Killed Near Police Station

The performer was shot at a pizza shop in his hometown

(Newser) - A 31-year-old rapper known as Yung Mazi has been shot and killed outside an Atlanta pizza shop, less than eight months after he survived being shot at a Waffle House and then tweeted "God made me bulletproof," the AP reports (that tweet has since been deleted). Atlanta police... More »

Mobb Deep's Prodigy Choked to Death, Says Coroner

Rapper had been hospitalized for sickle cell anemia complications in Vegas

(Newser) - An update on the June death of Mobb Deep's Prodigy: Per TMZ , the Clark County Medical Examiner in Nevada has determined the rap artist, whose real name was Albert Johnson, died after accidentally choking. The site had reported right after his death that the 42-year-old had choked on an... More »

Rapper Accused of Murder Thought He Was Being Hit On

Kidd Creole reportedly went to work immediately after alleged stabbing

(Newser) - A New York prosecutor says a founding member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five stabbed a homeless man to death in Manhattan after he became enraged because he thought the man believed he was gay and was hitting on him, and he feared he would be robbed, reports the... More »

Hip-Hop Legend Charged With Murder

Kidd Creole accused of stabbing homeless man in Manhattan

(Newser) - One of the founding members of the 1980s hip-hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was arrested in New York City in connection with the fatal stabbing of a homeless man, police say. Nathaniel Glover, 57, also known as Kidd Creole, was arrested Wednesday night on murder charges, reports... More »

DMX Faces 40 Years for Alleged Tax Evasion

He hid millions from 2010 to 2015, say prosecutors

(Newser) - Legal trouble is nothing new for DMX —but paying taxes allegedly is, which is why he's back in police custody. The rapper surrendered to law enforcement in Manhattan on Thursday to face allegations that he owes $1.7 million to the IRS after "engaging in a multi-year... More »

Man Behind 'Most Paralyzing Rap Lyric Ever' Dead at 42

Prodigy of Mobb Deep was hospitalized for complications from sickle cell anemia

(Newser) - Prodigy, one half of iconic rap duo Mobb Deep, died Tuesday in Las Vegas. He was 42. Born Albert Johnson, the rapper was hospitalized after a weekend performance "for complications caused by sickle cell anemia," a disease he'd battled since birth, his publicist says in a statement.... More »

Jay Z Is Now JAY-Z

Rapper changes his name again

(Newser) - Jay Z, who used to go by Jay-Z, has changed his name again, Entertainment Weekly has confirmed. The rapper, whose real name is Shawn Carter, will now go by JAY-Z. The move comes ahead of the release of his first new album in four years , 4:44. JAY-Z also, of... More »

Rapper Slams Governor, Gives $1M to Chicago Schools

Chance the Rapper urges Gov. Bruce Rauner to start doing his job

(Newser) - Chance the Rapper demanded action Monday as he handed a $1 million check to his hometown's struggling school system. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner "still won't commit to give Chicago's kids a chance without caveats or ultimatums," Chance said, per the Chicago Tribune . "Gov. Rauner,... More »

Songwriters Hall of Fame Has Inducted Its First Rapper

Jay Z has most No. 1 albums by a solo artist

(Newser) - The man who famously said "H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A; that's the anthem, get your damn hands up" is now the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Billboard reports. Jay Z was included on the list of 2017 inductees announced... More »

Rapper Gets 6 Months for Kicking Female Fan at Concert

Kevin Gates says he was just trying to defend himself

(Newser) - A Louisiana rapper was sentenced to six months in jail Wednesday for kicking a female fan during a concert last year in Florida, WFLA reports. A video of the incident went viral. Kevin Gates admitted he kicked the woman—19-year-old Miranda Dixon—but claimed she left him no choice. Gates,... More »

Rapper Hosts 'Peace' Event, Is Killed on Way Home

Lor Scoota was fatally shot in Baltimore on Saturday

(Newser) - Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota hosted an event calling for "peace in the streets"—and was fatally shot an hour later, reports the Washington Post . Authorities say Tyriece Travon Watson was driving home from a charity event at Morgan State University around 7pm Saturday when a black male wearing... More »

Rapper Arrested After Deadly Concert Shooting

NYPD commissioner blames 'crazy world of so-called rap artists'

(Newser) - Police investigating a deadly shooting at a packed hip-hop concert arrested a rap artist Thursday, saying surveillance footage showed him stalking through the venue firing a gun. Roland Collins, who's from Brooklyn and goes by the stage name Troy Ave, will face attempted murder and weapons charges, a police... More »

4 Shot, 1 Killed at NYC Rap Concert

TI never took the stage

(Newser) - One person was killed and three others wounded in a shooting inside a concert venue in New York City, where hip-hop artist TI was scheduled to perform Wednesday night, police say. It happened around 10:15pm at Irving Plaza, near Manhattan's Union Square, the AP reports. Police say a... More »

Rapper May Have Recorded 2nd Album Behind Bars

'C-Murder' is serving a life sentence in Louisiana

(Newser) - The rapper known as "C-Murder," who once recorded an album while locked up in jail, may have done it again—this time in a maximum-security Louisiana prison, where he is serving a life sentence for a teenager's killing, the AP reports. Prison officials are investigating whether the... More »

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