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Rapper 'Humpty Hump,' aka Shock G, Is Dead
Rapper 'Humpty Hump,'
aka Shock G, Is Dead
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Rapper 'Humpty Hump,' aka Shock G, Is Dead

Gregory Jacobs was 57

(Newser) - Hip-hop lost DMX earlier this month , and now the rapper Shock G of the group Digital Underground is dead at age 57, reports TMZ . No cause of death has been revealed. SFGate notes that Shock G, whose real name was Gregory Jacobs, is perhaps better known by his rap alter-ego...

Crown Biggie Wore 3 Days Before His Death Is for Sale

Sotheby's sale also includes a teen Tupac's love letters

(Newser) - Letters from a lovestruck 16-year-old Tupac Shakur will be auctioned off at Sotheby's first-ever sale devoted to hip-hop history. The 22 letters to Kathy Loy, one of the rapper's classmates at the Baltimore School for the Arts in the 1980s, are expected to fetch up to $80,000,...

2 Indicted in Notorious Unsolved NYC Murder

Hip-hop pioneer Jam Master Jay was slain in 2002

(Newser) - Two suspects have been indicted in the 2002 killing of hip-hop artist Jam Master Jay, which until now had been one of New York City's most notorious unsolved killings, two law enforcement officials tell the AP . Federal prosecutors were expected to announce the charges at a news conference Monday...

She Blends Irish Dance, Hip-Hop, Gets a Big Call
She Blends
Irish Dance,
Hip-Hop, Gets
a Big Call

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She Blends Irish Dance, Hip-Hop, Gets a Big Call

'Riverdance' wants Virginia's Morgan Bullock

(Newser) - Morgan Bullock is a 20-year-old resident of Richmond, Va., who posted a video of herself dancing to hip-hop on TikTok. Not so unusual. But in Bullock's case, she accompanied the music with traditional Irish dancing, her passion since she first saw it performed as a young girl, reports the...

Rapper Whose Music Touched on Her Addiction Dies at 25

Philly performer Chynna Rogers is gone

(Newser) - Chynna Rogers, the Philadelphia rapper who had breakout hits with 2013's "Selfie" and 2014's "Glen Coco," has died at the age of 25. "Chynna was deeply loved and will be sorely missed," her family wrote in a statement, per Pitchfork . Rogers' manager tells...

Chuck D Says Feud With Flavor Flav Was a Hoax

Flav says he wasn't part of it

(Newser) - The widely reported feud between Public Enemy members Chuck D and Flavor Flav was an elaborate setup for an April Fool's Joke—according to one party. Chuck D said Wednesday that Flav was never fired from the group after a supposed clash over Bernie Sanders, the Guardian reports. He...

3 Shootings Linked to Florida Hip-Hop Festival

2 killed, 1 injured in weekend of violence

(Newser) - Police say it is too early to say whether three shootings tied to a Miami-area hip-hop festival are related. South Florida police agencies are comparing evidence Tuesday to determine whether the shootings have a link beyond the Rolling Loud Festival, which concluded Sunday, the AP reports. A bystander died after...

Beloved LA Rapper Nipsey Hussle Shot Dead

33-year-old was killed outside store he owned

(Newser) - "Having strong enemies is a blessing," rapper Nipsey Hussle tweeted Sunday. Hours later, the 33-year-old was shot dead outside the Marathon Clothing Company store he owned in Los Angeles' Hyde Park neighborhood. Police say two other men were shot and injured in the shooting in the store's...

'Immortal' Trumpeter Dies at 49
Roy Hargrove Dead at 49
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Roy Hargrove Dead at 49

Winner of two Grammies played vast array of styles

(Newser) - Trumpeter Roy Hargrove, a prolific player who provided his jazz sound to records across a vast range of styles and won two Grammys, has died at age 49, his manager said Saturday. Hargrove died in New York on Friday of cardiac arrest stemming from a longtime fight with kidney disease,...

He Was a Rap Pioneer. Then He Forgot Everything
He Was a Rap Pioneer.
Then He Forgot Everything
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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—...

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...

Dr. Dre Putting $10M Back Into Compton

He's funding a new performing arts center

(Newser) - Dr. Dre is putting a lot of money straight into Compton: The rap mogul is giving back to his hometown with a $10 million donation toward a performing arts complex at the new Compton High School, reports the Los Angeles Times . "My goal is to provide kids with the...

Suge Knight Pleads Not Guilty, Has Panic Attack

He's taken to the hospital

(Newser) - Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded not guilty this morning to murder and attempted murder, and it was apparently a stressful experience: TMZ reports that the former hip-hop music mogul suffered a panic attack and was rushed to the hospital. It's the second time he's ended up hospital-bound while...

New Yorker's Pop Critic Leaves for Lyrics Startup

Sasha Frere-Jones joins annotating site Genius

(Newser) - After 11 years at the New Yorker, the magazine's pop music critic is departing to join a startup. Sasha Frere-Jones' new job is as executive editor for Genius , a startup that annotates lyrics and other material online, the New York Times reports; he will focus on annotating lyrics. Genius,...

US Secretly Riled Cubans Against Gov't—Via Hip-Hop

Agency infiltrated music scene to spark change among country's youth

(Newser) - For more than two years, a US agency secretly infiltrated Cuba's underground hip-hop movement, recruiting unwitting rappers to spark a youth movement against the government, according to documents obtained by the AP. The idea was to use Cuban musicians "to break the information blockade" and build a network...

'Achy Breaky Heart' Gets Hip-Hop Remake

You cannot un-see this: Billy Ray Cyrus teams with rapper Buck 22

(Newser) - Here's a sentence you probably never thought you'd read: The world now has a hip-hop version of Billy Ray Cyrus' 1992 country hit, "Achy Breaky Heart." The video for "Achy Breaky 2" involves Larry King, nearly-nude aliens, twerking, and of course, Cyrus singing the familiar...

Hot New Minor at U. of Arizona: Hip-Hop


 Hot New Minor 
 at U. of Arizona: 
 Hip-Hop 
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Hot New Minor at U. of Arizona: Hip-Hop

But don't expect to just sit around listening to music

(Newser) - Who needs those overrated, underpaying MBAs ? At the University of Arizona, you can now minor in hip-hop. The school, which has been offering courses on hip-hop since 2004, recently made the subject available as one of the concentrations of its Africana Studies program, the Los Angeles Times reports. "...

Killer of DJ Megatron Pleads Guilty
Killer of
DJ Megatron
Pleads Guilty

Killer of DJ Megatron Pleads Guilty

Rising hip-hop star was gunned down in New York City

(Newser) - William Williams, the man who fatally shot radio and TV host DJ Megatron in New York City in 2011 has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and will serve 21 years in prison, reports the Daily News . Megatron, real name Corey McGriff, was beginning to establish a presence in the hip-hop world...

Translators: Psy Didn't Really Say 'Kill Those Yankees'

Bad translation fuels controversy

(Newser) - If you've had trouble enjoying " Gangnam Style " ever since hearing that Psy once urged people to kill Americans , well, we've got some good news. It looks like the lyrics to "Dear American"—which was a cover from a band called NEXT—may have been...

Hip-Hop Mogul Dead in Apparent Suicide

Chris Lighty worked with 50 Cent, Diddy, Mariah Carey

(Newser) - Hip-hop lost a huge figure today, even if he's not a household name. Manager Chris Lighty apparently shot himself at his Brooklyn apartment after an argument with his ex-wife, reports the Daily News . The 44-year-old had managed the likes of 50 Cent, Sean "Diddy" Combs, and Mariah Carey,...

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