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Teacher's Halloween Get-Up Gets Him Put on Leave

Unidentified instructor raps while in blackface in class at California high school

(Newser) - A California high school teacher is on administrative leave following the "inappropriate, unprofessional, and insensitive" decision to wear blackface for Halloween. A student posted a video to Twitter on Friday showing the Milpitas High School teacher in blackface at the front of a classroom while dressed as rapper Common,... More »

His Girlfriend Disappeared, and He Rapped About a Burial

Robert Camou charged in killing of Amanda Custer

(Newser) - A man who was allegedly filmed rapping about burying a woman in the hours after his girlfriend went missing is now charged in her killing. Police say Robert Anthony Camou, 27, killed Amanda Kathleen Custer, 31, in late July after taking her against her will from the home they shared... More »

He Played Rap Music in His Car. A Man Nearby Felt 'Unsafe'

Cops: Michael Paul Adams says he fatally stabbed 17-year-old whose music scared him

(Newser) - By Michael Paul Adams' own words, cops say, 17-year-old Elijah Al-Amin didn't say or do anything threatening to the 27-year-old man in a Peoria, Ariz., convenience store on July 4: It was simply the rap music Elijah was listening to in the parking lot that prompted Adams to suddenly... More »

How 'Old Town Road' Sparked a Boy's 'Miracle'

Minnesota mom Sheletta Brundidge couldn't believe it

(Newser) - "I was crying so hard that tears were dropping on his head. I was like, 'This is the beginning. This is the light!'" So says a Minnesota mom after the hit song "Old Town Road" appeared to transform the life of her autistic son Daniel,... More »

Hip-Hop Artist's Song Got Rejected. Enter Billy Ray Cyrus

Lil Nas X releases a remix of "Old Town Road"

(Newser) - Lil Nas X seems to be asking, Am I country enough now? The Atlanta hip-hop artist just released a remix of his rappy cowboy song "Old Town Road" with Billy Ray Cyrus as guest vocalist—after Billboard kicked the original Cyrus-less version off its country chart , the New York ... More »

Teen's Plan to Get to Concert Involved Plane He Couldn't Fly

Zemarcuis Scott wanted to get from Arkansas to Chicago to see Famous Dex, apparently

(Newser) - An Arkansas teen has pleaded guilty to trying to steal a commercial plane so he could fly to Chicago to attend a rap concert, the AP reports. Per the Texarkana Gazette , Zemarcuis Scott of Texarkana pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted theft of property and commercial burglary and was sentenced to... More »

Putin: Let's Crack Down on Rap

Russia's president says it promotes 'sex, drugs, and protest'

(Newser) - Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, the popular music, the AP reports. Putin says "if it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it." But... More »

It's a Girl for Rap's Reigning Queen

Cardi B welcomes first child with husband Offset

(Newser) - An infant's cries follow wedding bells for Cardi B and fellow hip-hop artist Offset. The pair welcomed daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus Tuesday at a hospital in Atlanta, reports TMZ . It's the first child for 25-year-old Cardi B, who revealed her pregnancy on Saturday Night Live in April, and... More »

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... More »

Man Behind 'Most Paralyzing Rap Lyric Ever' Dead at 42

Prodigy of Mobb Deep was hospitalized for complications from sickle cell anemia

(Newser) - Prodigy, one half of iconic rap duo Mobb Deep, died Tuesday in Las Vegas. He was 42. Born Albert Johnson, the rapper was hospitalized after a weekend performance "for complications caused by sickle cell anemia," a disease he'd battled since birth, his publicist says in a statement.... More »

Run-DMC Rapper Demands Apology From NYPD Head

Darryl McDaniels takes issue with William Bratton calling rappers 'thugs'

(Newser) - Run-DMC's Darryl McDaniels ( not McDonald's ) is demanding an apology after comments made by NYPD commissioner William Bratton following a fatal shooting at a TI concert this week, the Hill reports. Bratton blamed the shooting on "the crazy world of the so-called rap artists who are... More »

A Tribe Called Quest Rapper 'Phife Dawg' Dead at 45

Rapper Malik Taylor had suffered from various health issues, including diabetes

(Newser) - Malik Taylor, the rapper also known as Phife Dawg who helped catapult A Tribe Called Quest to success with such hits as "Can I Kick It?" and "Scenario, " has died at the age of 45, Rolling Stone reports. Taylor was known for his rhyming skills and his... More »

Men Wanted for Trying to Rap Battle Some Teens

'Frightening' or 'absurd?'

(Newser) - Be on the lookout for a roaming group of young people picking rap battles with unsuspecting citizens, warn police in one Massachusetts town. WCVB reports the Charlton Police Department issued the warning after an SUV with two or three young men inside stopped next to a group of young teens... More »

Rock Hall Picks Its Latest Class

NWA, Cheap Trick among the honorees

(Newser) - The groundbreaking Los Angeles rap act NWA will join a quartet of 1970s-era FM radio rockers—Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, and Steve Miller—as 2016 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. NWA, led by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, was elected after three unsuccessful nominations in... More »

Shia LaBeouf's Newest Plagiarism Accuser: '90s Rap Group

Anomolies MC doesn't appreciate actor's viral freestyle-rap video

(Newser) - Stop us if you've heard this one before , but Shia LaBeouf has been accused of plagiarism : The actor turned up on YouTube over the weekend in a video since gone viral that shows him, sans shirt, freestyle rapping. But as relaxed and spontaneous as LaBeouf seemed, a "self-described... More »

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,... 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 »

Court: Rapper's Lyrics Aren't Evidence

'One would not presume' Bob Marley actually shot the sheriff

(Newser) - Disturbing though they may be, justices say, a man's violent rap lyrics can't be used as evidence that he tried to kill someone. New Jersey's Supreme Court reached a 6-0 decision in the case of Vonte Skinner, who is accused of shooting and paralyzing a man. Skinner... 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 »

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 »

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