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Rapper: Here's Why I Cut Off My Penis

Andre Johnson explains, kind of

(Newser) - Andre Johnson, the Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated rapper who severed his own penis in April before jumping off a building, has explained his actions ... sort of. "I cut it off because that was the root of all my problems," the 41-year-old rapper, who also uses the name Christ Bearer, tells... More »

Bigger Vocabulary Than the Bard? Wu-Tang Clan

Data scientist does fascinating analysis of rap lyrics

(Newser) - Shakespeare's works include 28,829 unique words, which gives him what some think is the largest vocabulary ever at more than 100,000 words. But is it possible he's been eclipsed—by rappers? New York data scientist Matt Daniels decided to try and figure it out, the Daily... More »

Rapper Severs Penis, Jumps From Building

Andre Johnson, affiliated with Wu-Tang Clan, survives but is seriously injured

(Newser) - TMZ is reporting on a grisly story out of North Hollywood, where police say rapper Andre Johnson cut off his own penis and then jumped from a second-story balcony in an apparent suicide attempt. Johnson, who raps under the name Christ Bearer, survived and is in the hospital, reports... More »

Rapper Shot During Own Mother's Funeral

Benzino's nephew charged in shooting

(Newser) - A rapper and reality TV star was shot Saturday—while riding in the funeral procession for his mother. Benzino, who stars in VH1's Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, was injured in the Massachusetts shooting but is in good condition, and his nephew Gai Scott was arrested, the AP reports.... More »

Dear Prosecutors, Rap Lyrics Aren't Actual Confessions

Let's keep them out of courtrooms: Erik Nielson and Charis Kubrin

(Newser) - When Vonte Skinner was convicted of attempted murder in 2008, the evidence against him included 13 pages of violent rap lyrics. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison, but four years later, an appellate court ruled that the lyrics weren’t admissible evidence—and it overturned his conviction. New... More »

Lawsuit: Cops Made Me Rap to Go Free

He's suing 'wicked and cold-hearted' NYPD officers

(Newser) - An aspiring Brooklyn rapper is suing the NYPD because he says officers humiliated him by making him rap for his freedom, reports the New York Post . Quinshon Shingles, 28, got handcuffed in a friend's home as police conducted a search, and the lawsuit says that when the "vicious,... More »

Rapper Meek Mill Sentenced to ... Etiquette Classes

Philly rapper told he needs training after fans threaten judge, probation officer

(Newser) - A judge does not like the way Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill is handling himself in the court room or on social media, and has ordered the rising hip-hop star to complete etiquette classes. The judge first told him to take the classes in May, after, she says, messages he posted... More »

Kris Kross Rapper Kelly Dead in Likely OD

Chris 'Mac Daddy' Kelly's death probed as overdose

(Newser) - Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly, who soared to fame as a member of the 1990s teenage rap duo Kris Kross, has died at age 34 in an Atlanta hospital. He'd been found unresponsive at home yesterday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports; authorities are investigating a possible drug overdose. His mom... More »

Lil Wayne Out of Hospital

Rapper was never near death, label chief says

(Newser) - Lil Wayne is out of hospital, and, contrary to what TMZ and other sources had predicted , he didn't leave in a box. The rapper has been released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was admitted following a seizure last week, CNN reports. "LilTunechi has been... More »

Lil Wayne in ICU After Seizures

TMZ has him in critical condition; rapper's camp says he's recovering

(Newser) - Lil Wayne is in the hospital after two separate bouts of seizures, but just how serious it is remains in dispute. TMZ has him in critical condition in the ICU at Cedars Senai in Los Angeles, with his condition stabilizing but his very survival uncertain. A tweet last night from... More »

Oxygen Show on Rapper's 10 Baby Mamas Rankles Critics

But Shawty Lo defends his life to MTV

(Newser) - Move over Honey Boo Boo , a new reality show is coming along to rile up critics. Oxygen is developing one called All My Babies' Mamas, featuring rapper Shawty Lo along with the 10 women with whom he has fathered kids, and, of course, the 11 kids themselves. The Parents Television... More »

Rapper 'Fat Joe' Admits Tax Evasion

He faces up to 2 years in prison over about $700,000

(Newser) - The rap artist "Fat Joe" pleaded guilty today to failing to pay taxes on nearly $3 million in income he earned over two years for performances and music royalties. The platinum-selling artist, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, was once a Billboard chart topper with hits like the duet... More »

PSY Apologizes for Anti-US Rap

Controversy comes before show in front of president

(Newser) - South Korea's PSY has issued an apology for an anti-American rap he delivered at a 2004 concert, reports TMZ . The lyrics spoke of slowly killing US soldiers and their families, and PSY says it was "part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the... More »

Miami Rapper Shot Dead at Car Wash

Bizzle killed while kids were in SUV

(Newser) - A popular Christian rapper known as Bizzle was shot dead at a car wash in Miami's Liberty City district last night while his two young children were in his SUV just a few feet away, reports the Miami Herald . An emotional crowd of hundreds of people gathered in the... More »

Everyone Loves Korean Rapper's 'Horse Dance'

Psy's 'Gangnam Style' the latest craze

(Newser) - The latest dance craze involves … galloping around as if you were riding a horse. Sounds awkward, but it's caught on, thanks to South Korean rapper Psy (that's short for Psycho; real name Park Jae-sang). "There's a saying in Korean. 'Let's ride a horse'... More »

Kanye Unveils Ode to 'Perfect Bitch'

Kim Kardashian receives rapper's accolade

(Newser) - Well, at least Kanye calls it like he sees it. Rapper Kanye West showed up at a New York hotspot Friday night and played unreleased tracks from his upcoming album, including one about "my perfect bitch"—presumably a reference to girlfriend Kim Kardashian. West raps "verses about... More »

Rapper Kicks Fan Out of Concert for Critical Tweet

Then issues tearful apology on YouTube

(Newser) - Nerdcore rapper MC Chris landed himself in hot digital waters this week, after kicking a fan out of one of his shows for a critical tweet about his opening act. Mike Taylor had been unimpressed with opener Richie Branson, and tweeted, "Dear nerd core rapper opening for Powerglove/mc chris.... More »

Law Prof: Jay-Z's Lyrical Legal Advice Is Wrong

Don't let '99 Problems' be your guide

(Newser) - Jay-Z's smash hit "99 Problems" may be fun to listen to, but don't get your legal advice from it. The rapper's perspective on the law is way off in parts, says a professor who authored a law review article analyzing the lyrics line by line. "... More »

Rapper's Home Video Leads to Animal Rescue in Detroit

Young Calicoe allegedly boasts of fighting dogs, roosters

(Newser) - Detroit police today confiscated animals that might have been used in dogfighting and cockfighting rings. The authorities moved after a local rapper known as Young Calicoe allegedly made a video showing off the "zoo" behind a city home. The video shows chained-up pit bulls and caged roosters, reports the... More »

Odd Future Singer: My First Love Was a Man

Frank Ocean marks hip-hop milestone with sexuality revelation

(Newser) - Frank Ocean, member of the rap group Odd Future, revealed today that his first love was a man—making him, TMZ notes, "the first hip-hop star to publicly address a sexual attraction to men." Ocean, who has collaborated with Kanye West and Jay-Z, told the story in a... More »

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