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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 »

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 »

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