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Rapper Mac Miller Dead

Cause of death at age 26 is believed to be a drug overdose

(Newser) - Rapper Mac Miller died Friday at age 26 of a suspected drug overdose in his Los Angeles home, reports USA Today . The LA Times says Miller, real name Malcolm McCormick, "was a rare figure in contemporary hip-hop, equally comfortable accompanying major pop acts and hard-edged hip-hop peers while crafting... More »

He Climbed a Freeway Sign, Then Put on a Show

Environmental activist arrested for his traffic-stopping stunt in Los Angeles

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Times describes him as an "aspiring rapper," but Alexander Dunn apparently aspired to snarl traffic and get arrested instead on Wednesday. The 29-year-old performer, sans shirt but with boxer shorts, ascended an exit sign around 8am on one of the 110 Freeway's southbound offramps,... More »

Thousands Gather to Mourn XXXTentacion

They lined up for hours to view murdered rapper's casket

(Newser) - Loudspeakers blasted songs by the late rapper XXXTentacion as thousands of fans chanting his lyrics lined up for hours at a Florida stadium Wednesday to see the performer laid out in a casket, two braids flowing over the side. XXXTentacion was gunned down last week at the age of 20.... More »

Supermarket Bans Black Man for Questioning Its Policy

Rory Ferreira, 26, says it was 'the scariest thing in the world'

(Newser) - A Maine man says he's pursuing legal action after an unpleasant encounter that smacks of racism, the Hill reports. Rory Ferreira, 26, says he wasn't surprised to be carded Tuesday when buying wine at a Shaw's store in Saco, Maine—but got suspicious when his wife was... More »

This Is XXXTentacion's Killer, According to Cops

Dedrick Williams held without bail on first-degree murder charge

(Newser) - Police have made an arrest in the murder of 20-year-old rapper XXXTentacion, shot dead outside a Florida motorcycle dealership earlier this week. A 22-year-old was taken into custody Wednesday on a charge of first-degree murder, the Broward County Sheriff's Office confirms, per the Independent , identifying the man as Dedrick... More »

XXXTentacion: Slain Rapper Loved Kurt Cobain, Violence

Musician, real name Jahseh Onfroy, was gunned down Monday in Florida

(Newser) - Police in Florida's Broward County continue to investigate Monday's fatal shooting of 20-year-old rapper XXXTentacion, but they have no suspects at the moment, reports the AP . Two armed men approached the rapper, real name Jahseh Onfroy, in his vehicle as he left a motorcycle dealership, and at least... More »

Rapper XXXTentacion Shot Dead in Florida

Police have not released a motive in the up-and-comer's murder

(Newser) - Troubled rapper-singer XXXTentacion was shot and killed Monday in Florida, authorities said. The 20-year-old rising star, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was pronounced dead Monday evening at a Fort Lauderdale-area hospital, the Broward Sheriff's Office said. He was shot earlier Monday outside a Deerfield Beach motorcycle... More »

Bonnaroo Freaks Over Eminem's 'Gunshot Sound Effect'

Rapper slammed for 'irresponsible' song ending

(Newser) - Gunshot sound effects at an outdoor music festival, when memories of last year's Las Vegas concert massacre are still fresh, goes way beyond poor taste, critics told Eminem after his Saturday night set caused panic at the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee. Witnesses say some fans screamed, ducked, or dropped... More »

Detroit Station: No More Kanye

Hip-hop station launches boycott over slavery remarks

(Newser) - Slavery was not a choice—but playing the music of Kanye West is, and at least one radio station is choosing not to after his controversial remarks . Hosts Shay Shay and Bigg at Detroit's 105.1 The Bounce declared Thursday that they were boycotting West because of his statements... More »

Aspiring Rapper 'Lil Lonnie' Shot Dead While Driving SUV

22-year-old was killed in hometown of Jackson, Miss.

(Newser) - An up-and-coming rapper was planning on buying a house for his family as soon as he hit it really big in the music world, but the 22-year-old never got the chance. The Clarion-Ledger reports Lonnie Taylor, aka "Lil Lonnie," who gained national fame with his 2015 song "... More »

Judge Calls Meek Mill a 'Danger,' Keeps Him in Prison

Judge Genece Brinkley's ruling was released Monday

(Newser) - A Philadelphia judge says Meek Mill will stay in prison because he's a "danger to the community." Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley on Friday denied a motion to allow the 30-year-old rapper to be released from a Pennsylvania correctional facility on bail, reports the AP . Mill's... More »

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 »

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