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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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Rep: TobyMac's Son Died of Accidental Overdose

Truett Foster McKeehan ODed on amphetamines, fentanyl

(Newser) - In October, the 21-year-old son of Christian rapper TobyMac (real name: Kevin McKeehan) died suddenly at his Tennessee home. Now, the cause of Truett Foster McKeehan's death has come to light. A rep for TobyMac tells People that the younger McKeehan accidentally overdosed on a mix of fentanyl and... More »

Eminem Drops Surprise Album

'Music to Be Murdered By' was announced at midnight

(Newser) - Rapper Eminem once again dropped a surprise album, releasing Music to Be Murdered By on Friday. The follow-up to 2018's Kamikaze—also released without warning—was announced on Twitter just after midnight. The Detroit rapper also released a new music video for one of the 20 tracks on the... More »

It's a Double Whammy in Court for Tekashi 6ix9ine

Rapper is sentenced to 2 years, sees long-lost dad in court

(Newser) - It was a double whammy for Tekashi 6ix9ine in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday: The rapper was sentenced to two years on racketeering and other charges—a sentence that was announced in the presence of the estranged father the 23-year-old hadn't seen since he was 9. "Is this... More »

Cardi B's Gift to Husband Came Inside a Fridge

And there was $500,000 in cash

(Newser) - Can we get on Cardi B's Christmas list? The "Money" rapper just surprised her husband with $500,000 in cash for his 28th birthday because "what else can I give somebody that got everything?" "You got every car, you got every jewelry… you got every shoe,... More »

Juice WRLD's Luggage Was Being Searched When He Collapsed

Agents were seizing drugs and guns, sources say

(Newser) - Federal agents were in the process of searching the luggage of Juice WRLD and his entourage when the Chicago-area rapper experienced a medical emergency in a private hangar at the city's Midway Airport Sunday, ultimately being pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The Chicago Tribune 's sources say... More »

Billboard's 'Top New Artist' Is Dead After Medical Emergency

Juice WRLD was just 21 years old

(Newser) - Chicago-area rapper Juice WRLD, whose real name is Jarad A. Higgins, was pronounced dead Sunday after a "medical emergency'' at Midway International Airport, the AP reports. Police and fire officials confirmed a 21-year-old male was transported from Midway to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Chicago... More »

TI Speaks Out on Backlash to 'Hymen-Gate'

He says he's 'incredibly apologetic' to teen daughter

(Newser) - TI has spoken out on what he calls "hymen-gate"—and the rapper/actor seems a little surprised by the uproar that followed his claim that he takes his teenage daughter to a gynecologist for annual virginity checks . TI, who appeared on Jada Pinkett Smith's "Red Table Talk"... More »

Rapper Plays Key Role in Sondland's Testimony

Mention of ASAP Rocky jogs the ambassador's memory

(Newser) - Gordon Sondland has retrieved lost memories yet again—this time thanks to a rapper whose work includes songs like "Wassup" and "Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2," Slate reports. Testifying Wednesday on Capitol Hill, the US ambassador to the European Union mentioned a July 26 phone call he... More »

Snoop Dogg's Grandson Kai Dies in His Father's Arms

The rapper posts a series of iMessages about his faith

(Newser) - Snoop Dogg's grandson spent only 10 days on this Earth, People reports. The rapper's son Corde Broadus posted the sad news Wednesday on Instagram , saying his son Kai Love was gone. "He died in my arms and that feeling of energy will never leave me," he... More »

Rapper Testifies That Cardi B Is a Gang Member

Tekashi69 says Cardi B is a Blood

(Newser) - Cardi B, a gang member? A rapper said so Thursday in federal court and sparked a flurry of reactions from the media and Cardi B herself. Rapper Tekashi69, real name Daniel Hernandez, brought it up when testifying about two members of the Brooklyn gang Nine Trey Bloods who allegedly kidnapped... More »

Nicki Minaj Announcement Stuns Fans

She says she's retiring to have a family

(Newser) - Nicki Minaj stunned fans Thursday by abruptly announcing that she is retiring from the entertainment business to concentrate on starting a family. "I've decided to retire & have my family. I know you guys are happy now," she tweeted . "To my fans, keep reppin me, do... More »

Her Fingers Just Stole a Twista Show

Amber Galloway Gallego can sign at lightning speed

(Newser) - The "fastest rapper of all time" isn't too fast for Amber Galloway Gallego. The sign language interpreter with memorable magenta hair is drawing raves for her ability to keep up with Twista at a Saturday concert in North Carolina, the New York Post reports. A tweeted clip of... More »

Trump Celebrates the Return of A$AP Rocky

The American rapper returns to US soil

(Newser) - Nearly a month after he was arrested in Sweden, rapper A$AP Rocky returned to the United States as the verdict in an assault case against him and two other Americans looms, the AP reports. Los Angeles television stations reported the 30-year-old artist was among a group of people shown emerging... More »

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