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MF Doom, Wordsmith Extraordinaire, Dead at 49

Masked rapper was known for his complex lyrics

(Newser) - MF Doom, a masked rapper who awed hip-hop fans and fellow musicians with intricate wordplay, has died. He was 49. The British-born rapper rarely appeared in public in recent years without his signature mask, modeled after the Marvel Comics villain Doctor Doom, reports the AP . His death was confirmed Thursday...

Rapper's Surprise Release Includes an Apology

He says sorry to singer Rihanna

(Newser) - Eminem's surprise album, which was released Thursday night, includes a apology. In a track titled "Zeus," the Detroit rapper seeks to atone for a line from a decade-old song in which he endorsed singer Chris Brown's 2009 assault on his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna. That song—which...

'Brazen' Highway Shooting Kills 28-Year-Old Rapper

Man suspected of killing Mo3 remains at large

(Newser) - Up-and-coming rapper Mo3 was killed Wednesday in a midday shooting on a highway in his hometown of Dallas. "I don't know a better word to describe it other than 'brazen,'" Dallas Police Sgt. Warren Mitchell tells the Dallas Morning News , noting the shooting occurred "...

Cuddle With This Giant Chicken McNugget for $90

3-foot body pillow part of McDonald's 'lit' promotion with rapper Travis Scott is straining supply chain

(Newser) - "We've created a program that’s so compelling to our customers that it's stretching our world-class supply chain, and if demand continues at these levels, more restaurants will break supply," reads a recent memo sent by McDonald's to franchisees and employees around the nation. That...

Biggie's Crown Smashes Auction Estimates

Sells for nearly 100K times what the photographer paid

(Newser) - The crown that the Notorious B.I.G. wore in his last photo shoot, three days before his death, cost $6 in 1997. On Tuesday night, it sold for nearly 100,000 times that amount, the New York Post reports. The plastic crown, purchased by photographer Barron Claiborne, was auctioned...

Celebs Hope to Free Rapper Serving Life for Killing Teen

Ex-girlfriend Monica claims C-Murder is innocent

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian West has teamed up with singer Monica in an effort to free rapper C-Murder, who's serving life in prison for a murder they say he didn't commit. C-Murder, real name Corey Miller, is the brother of rap star Master P. He was a member of the...

Weekslong Dispute Ends With Rapper Banned From Twitter

It started with a post about Black rappers with lighter-skinned wives

(Newser) - Rapper Talib Kweli has been kicked off Twitter for allegedly harassing a woman over a period of weeks. The Guardian reports that the rapper's dispute with Maya Moody started July 9, when she responded to a tweet containing a list of Black rappers, including Kweli, who are married to...

Rapper 'Who Feared Nothing' Shot Dead in Atlanta: Cops

Police believe Lil Marlo was intended target of gunfire over the weekend

(Newser) - An up-and-coming rap artist from Atlanta died over the weekend, and police there say it appears he was the targeted victim of a shooting. Per NBC News , Rudolph Johnson (stage name: Lil Marlo) was confirmed dead by the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office on Sunday morning, with a cause...

Rapper's $200K Donation to Hungry Kids Is Rejected

Tekashi 6ix9ine, convicted of involvement with 13-year-old, says it's 'cruel'

(Newser) - Fresh out of prison, rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine is getting a lot of attention. He's set an all-time record for a Instagram live stream with more than 2 million viewers; the music video for his new song "Gooba" became the fastest by an American artist to reach 100 million...

Rapper Nick Blixky, 21, Gunned Down in Brooklyn

Detectives reportedly investigating possible link to Pop Smoke slaying

(Newser) - A 21-year-old New York rapper was gunned down on a Brooklyn street three weeks before the release of his first mixtape. Police responding to a 911 call about a man who had been shot found Nick Blixky unresponsive on Winthrop Street in Prospect Lefferts Gardens around 9:30pm Sunday, Brooklyn...

MIA Said She'd 'Choose Death' Over Vaccine. Now, a New Tiff

Rapper claims 'British Vogue' pulled feature on her over controversial vaccination remark

(Newser) - Last month, rapper MIA started a bit of a hubbub regarding vaccines in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and she now says her remarks cost her a high-profile magazine feature. At the end of March, the musician also known as Maya Arulpragasam tweeted , "If I have to choose...

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...

In Rare Chat, Eminem Opens Up About Daughter

Rapper tells 'People' he's proud of 24-year-old Hailie

(Newser) - If you've ever listened to the Marshall Mathers discography, it soon becomes apparent that he's obsessed with someone named "Hailie." That someone is his daughter, and the rapper more commonly known as Eminem just opened up about her in a rare interview. "It definitely is...

With 'Oprah's Bank Account,' a Record for Drake

Canadian rapper has his 208th song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart

(Newser) - The cast of Glee had a good run, but Drake's now taking over. The AP reports that the Canadian rapper's latest single, "Oprah's Bank Account," performed with Lil Yachty and DaBaby, debuted at No. 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it his 208th...

Public Enemy Boots Flavor Flav —Over Bernie Sanders

Maybe the weirdest headline to come out of Election 2020 yet

(Newser) - In 1970, Yoko Ono (supposedly) broke up the Beatles. In 2020, Bernie Sanders broke up ... Public Enemy? While rap battles are common, this is one of the weirder ones to emerge, with Flavor Flav now kicked out of the iconic group he helped found. Per the New York Daily News...

Saudi Arabia Orders Arrest of Female Rapper

Authorities angered by 'Mecca Girl' video

(Newser) - By Western standards, there is nothing remotely offensive about Saudi rapper Asayel Slay's "Mecca Girl" music video , in which the young woman dances in a cafe while rapping about the strength and beauty of women from Mecca. Officials in the holy city, however, have ordered her arrest, saying...

Rapper's Final Facebook Posts May Have Made Him a Target

Video revealed Pop Smoke's address

(Newser) - Rapper Pop Smoke's final posts on social media might have gotten him killed. The up-and-coming 20-year-old was shot dead in a home invasion in Hollywood Hills early Wednesday—hours after he posted a video on Facebook showing himself opening gift bags with the address he was staying at. An...

Rapper, 20, Murdered Days After Album Drops

Pop Smoke shot and killed in apparent home invasion

(Newser) - Up-and-coming rapper Pop Smoke was murdered early Wednesday in what TMZ describes as a home invasion in the Hollywood Hills. The rapper, born Bashar Jackson, was shot and killed around 4:30am when masked men broke into a home where a gathering had taken place, the outlet reports, citing law...

Performer at Grammys Has a Problem

Rapper YG is arrested on suspicion of robbery

(Newser) - Rapper YG was arrested Friday at his Los Angeles home on suspicion of robbery just two days before he is scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards, officials said. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies took YG, whose real name is Keenon Jackson, into custody at his Chatsworth home as...

Juice WRLD's Cause of Death Released

Medical examiner blames accidental overdose of oxycodone and codeine

(Newser) - Juice WRLD, the rapper who died after suffering a medical problem at a Chicago airport last month, died of an accidental overdose of oxycodone and codeine, officials said Wednesday. He was 21. The rapper, whose legal name was Jarad Anthony Higgins, had a seizure at Midway Airport while police and...

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