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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 »

Rapper Files Weird Lawsuit Over Penis Story

Andre Roxx says his career has suffered because he was misidentified as a penis cutter

(Newser) - A Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated rapper has filed a very confusing libel lawsuit having to do with penis-cutting and gossip outlets. See if you can keep up:
  • Marques Andre Johnson performs as Andre Roxx (for our purposes, we'll refer to him as Roxx from here on out). He performed with a
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A Tribe Called Quest Rapper 'Phife Dawg' Dead at 45

Rapper Malik Taylor had suffered from various health issues, including diabetes

(Newser) - Malik Taylor, the rapper also known as Phife Dawg who helped catapult A Tribe Called Quest to success with such hits as "Can I Kick It?" and "Scenario, " has died at the age of 45, Rolling Stone reports. Taylor was known for his rhyming skills and his... More »

Rapper: You've Been Fooled, the World Is Flat

Neil deGrasse Tyson sides with round-Earthers

(Newser) - "They all laughed at Christopher Columbus when he said the world was round," sang Fred Astaire—and Atlanta rapper B.o.B is still laughing. In dozens of tweets over the last few days, he has passionately defended what appears to be a genuine belief that the world... More »

Mos Def Arrested for Fake 'World Passport'

Rapper has 14 days to leave South Africa and is banned for 5 years

(Newser) - A government spokesman says the American entertainer commonly known as Mos Def was arrested in South Africa for traveling with a fraudulent passport. Department of Home Affairs spokesman Mayihlome Tshwete tells the AP that the 42-year-old rapper and actor was arrested at Cape Town International Airport on Thursday. Mos Def... More »

Azealia Banks Has Another Epic Meltdown

Rapper was arrested on multiple charges

(Newser) - Azealia Banks, last seen losing it on a fellow airline traveler , has allegedly had another epic meltdown. The rapper was arrested outside a New York nightclub Wednesday for allegedly attacking a security guard—and sources tell Page Six that Banks really lost it, biting the female guard in the boob.... More »

US Crosses German Rapper Off Its List After Airstrike

Terrorist Denis Cuspert, aka Deso Dogg, killed in Syria: State Dept.

(Newser) - Deso Dogg, the German rapper who joined ISIS and threatened President Obama, won't be freestyling on the Syrian front anymore, the AP reports. "I can confirm that an October 16 strike near [Raqqa] killed Denis Cuspert," Defense Department Elissa Smith says, per the AFP , using the rapper'... More »

Cops: Rapper's Killers Ran Over Baby

Chief Keef to hold memorial concert via hologram

(Newser) - Another bloody weekend in Chicago: Local rapper Capo was killed in a drive-by shooting Saturday afternoon by suspects who killed a baby with their vehicle as they made their getaway, police say. A police spokesman tells the New York Daily News that the two suspects, who are now in custody,... More »

Moms Swoon Over Rapper's Breast Pump Selfie

George Moss: Breastfeeding moms are heroes

(Newser) - A day in the life of a rapper probably isn’t what you'd think—at least in George Moss' case. "If you ever wonder what #rappers do when they get off stage, they clean breast pumps for their wives so their baby can eat. #thuglife," the rapper... More »

Official Fumes Over Rap Video Shot in Courtroom

But Jason Mallas, known as Mini Thin, says he's misunderstood

(Newser) - Guns, fatigues, and a violent crime: A rapper used a West Virginia courtroom to film his vigilante-themed music video, and that has disturbed one local official. Hancock County Commissioner Jeff Davis is not happy that the courtroom was used by a Weirton rapper known as Mini Thin. Davis wants his... More »

Megachurch Pastor May Sue Rappers

TD Jakes taking Young Jeezy, Kendrick Lamar to court

(Newser) - Megachurch pastor TD Jakes says rappers Young Jeezy and Kendrick Lamar violated God's law—and US law, too. The rappers' remix of "Holy Ghost" opens with a sample of a Jakes speech from last year, the New York Daily News reports, and Jakes says in a Facebook post... More »

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 »

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