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Arrest Warrant Issued After Murder of Rapper Young Dolph

Authorities are seeking Tenn. man Justin Johnson, 23, in connection with fatal November shooting

(Newser) - Update: An arrest warrant has been issued for a Tennessee man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of rapper Young Dolph, who was gunned down in a daylight ambush at a popular cookie shop in November in his hometown of Memphis, authorities said Wednesday. A first-degree murder warrant was...

LA Music Festival Ends in a Sudden Tragedy

Drakeo the Ruler confirmed dead Sunday after backstage altercation

(Newser) - A rapper was stabbed at the Once Upon a Time in LA music festival on Saturday night, and the show ended early. The rapper, Drakeo the Ruler, died Sunday morning, his attorney, John Hamasaki, confirmed. He had been scheduled to perform at Banc of California stadium that night, and was...

Rapper Slim 400 Shot to Death
Rapper Slim 400
Shot to Death

Rapper Slim 400 Shot to Death

He was killed in Inglewood, California

(Newser) - The rapper Slim 400 cheated death in 2019 when he was shot at least eight times but survived. On Wednesday night, however, the rapper was shot once again, this time fatally, reports NBC News . Slim 400's real name was Vincent Cochran, and reports differed on whether he was 33...

Travis Scott Took the Stage. Then, a 'Mass Casualty Incident'

Officials say 8 are dead after crowd surge at Astroworld music fest in Houston

(Newser) - Update: This file has been updated to add information about the victims. At least eight people died and numerous others were injured in what officials described as a surge of the crowd at the Astroworld music festival in Houston while rapper Travis Scott was performing. Officials declared a "mass...

FBI: Fetty Wap Helped Flood Long Island With Drugs

Rapper busted by FBI Thursday at music fest at NYC's Citi Field

(Newser) - Fetty Wap has had his fair share of legal trouble over the past few years, and he's now got another woe to add to the list. WABC reports the 30-year-old rapper, real name William Junior Maxwell II, was arrested Thursday by FBI agents at Citi Field in Queens, NY....

Murder of Star Rapper Is a Stunner in Sweden

Einar, 19, was shot to death in what is believed to be a gang-related shooting

(Newser) - An award-winning 19-year-old Swedish rapper was shot to death in southern Stockholm in an incident that media reports on Friday said was likely to be gang-related, per the AP . The case has shocked the Swedish entertainment world and highlighted what officials said was the urgent need to deal with growing...

Kanye Claims Donda Release Was Unauthorized

That's 'preposterous,' Universal insiders say

(Newser) - The long-delayed Kanye West album Donda broke streaming records after its release Sunday morning—but West says he never signed off on the release, Pitchfork reports. "Universal put my album out without my approval and they blocked Jail 2 from being on the album," he said in an...

Tom Hanks' Son Doubles Down on Anti-Vax Stance

'There's more evidence for UFOs being real than that vaccine being healthy for you,' says Chet Hanks

(Newser) - The rapper son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, some of the first celebrities diagnosed and then hospitalized with COVID-19 last year, says he's fine without the vaccine, thank you very much. Chet Hanks—whose rap name is Chet Hanx—was derided Tuesday after posting a video on Instagram,...

Kanye Finishing Album in an Odd 'Private Space'

Rapper is holed up in tiny room in Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium

(Newser) - It's not really surprising that Kanye West's latest album didn't drop on the day it was supposed to. What is odd, however, is where he appears to be holed up as he finishes Donda, named for his late mother. On Tuesday, the 44-year-old rapper posted on Instagram...

'Just a Friend' Singer Biz Markie Dead at 57

He was battling diabetes

(Newser) - Marcel Theo Hall, better known to most as rapper Biz Markie, has died. The "Just a Friend" singer was 57. Per TMZ , he'd been suffering complications from diabetes. “We are grateful for the many calls and prayers of support that we have received during this difficult time,...

2 Swedish Rappers Jailed After Gang Trial

Top soccer player was also among 26 convicted

(Newser) - After one of the biggest gang-related trials Sweden has ever seen, two rappers and a former member of the country's national soccer team were among 26 people to receive prison sentences Wednesday. Chart-topping rapper Yasin Mahmoud, who was named Artist of the Year earlier this year at an event...

T-Pain Says Usher Remarks Started Long Depression

'That's the very moment that started a four-year depression for me,' rapper says

(Newser) - T-Pain says remarks from fellow musician Usher ushered in years of pain. In the upcoming Netflix series This Is Pop, T-Pain says he fell into a four-year depression after Usher criticized his use of Autotune, saying he had "really f---ed up music for real singers," Entertainment Weekly reports....

His Song Went Gold Last Week. Now He's Dead at 20
Rapper With Smash Hit
Is Dead at 20

Rapper With Smash Hit Is Dead at 20

Dallas' Lil Loaded had a gold record with '6locc 6a6y'

(Newser) - One week after his big hit was certified as a gold record, Dallas rapper Lil Loaded has died at age 20, reports Billboard . Attorney Askhan Mehyrayi told the outlet that the singer (real name Dashawn Robertson) is believed to have committed suicide. Lil Loaded was best known for his 2019...

Rapper's Album Cover Raises DOJ's Eyebrows

Feds: Cover of 'The Capital' by 'Bugzie the Don' features picture of rapper at Jan. 6 Capitol riot

(Newser) - A heavy-metal guitarist has been charged in the attack on the US Capitol. Now, a rapper. Back in March, Politico reporter Kyle Cheney posted a picture of one of the suspects in the Jan. 6 riot, perched atop a Capitol Police SWAT truck and appearing to casually have a smoke...

Diddy Is No More: 'Welcome to the Love Era'
Sean Combs Officially
Changes Name

Sean Combs Officially Changes Name

Producer will apparently go by his new middle name, 'Love'

(Newser) - The man formerly known as Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy, and Diddy should now be called "Love." The rapper and producer, whose birth name is Sean John Combs, has officially changed his name once again, this time swapping his middle name for "Love." The 51-year-old posted...

Rapper DMX Is Dead at 50
Rapper DMX
Is Dead at 50

Rapper DMX Is Dead at 50

He had been in a vegetative state for days

(Newser) - Rapper DMX has died at age 50, reports the AP . The entertainer had been in what was described as a vegetative state after suffering a cardiac arrest about a week ago. "We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed...

DMX's Family Asks for Prayers
Family of DMX:
We Need Your Prayers

Family of DMX: We Need Your Prayers

Rapper, 50, remains in 'vegetative state' after heart attack

(Newser) - Monday brings no reports of a medical rebound for rapper DMX. Instead, the family of the 50-year-old rapper is asking for prayers, reports People . DMX remains in what his former manager tells BuzzFeed is a "vegetative state" in White Plains Hospital after going into cardiac arrest on Friday night....

Report: Rapper DMX Suffers Near-Fatal OD

TMZ says 50-year-old is hospitalized in New York state

(Newser) - Rapper DMX, who has battled drug problems for years, is in critical condition after an overdose Friday night, reports TMZ . Reps for the 50-year-old, whose real name is Earl Simmons, have not confirmed the news, though a post at AllHipHop says its sources agree that DMX is "fighting for...

Director's Take on Tekashi 6ix9ine: 'Horrible Human'
Documentary Director Calls
Subject a 'Horrible Human'
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Documentary Director Calls Subject a 'Horrible Human'

Karam Gill paints Tekashi 6ix9ine as truly awful, but also a social media mastermind

(Newser) - The three-part Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine premieres Sunday on Showtime , and if director Karam Gill was hoping to drum up interest in the docuseries, well, consider it done. Gill gave Page Six a fairly scathing and headline-worthy take on what the rapper is like: "He is truly...

For Third Night, Rioters Protest Rapper's Jailing

About 80 have been arrested and 100 injured in Spain

(Newser) - Protests over the imprisonment of a rapper convicted of insulting the Spanish monarchy and praising terrorist violence were marred by rioting for the third night in a row Thursday. The plight of Pablo Hasél, who began this week to serve a 9-month sentence in a northeastern prison, has triggered...

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