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DMX, rap's explosive, tortured star, dies at 50

New York - DMX, the hardcore hip-hop star whose raw, snarling raps chronicled the struggles of the American street and his own inner pain, has died. He was 50 years old.

Biggie's crown sells for $595,000 at hip hop auction

New York - A plastic crown worn by rapper Biggie during a photoshoot just days before his murder has sold at auction for $594,750 in New York.

Suspects charged in the long-unsolved murder of rap star Jam Master Jay

New York - Two people have been charged in connection with the murder of hip hop innovator Jam Master Jay of the seminal group Run-DMC, an infamous New York slaying that's gone unsolved for 18 years.

Rhymes to riches: Def Jam banks on Southeast Asia rap stars

Chon Buri - When Singapore's Yung Raja remixed "Gucci Gang" by US rapper Lil Pump, he swapped the original's flashy cars and a prowling tiger for a beer can and Tamil food in a viral YouTube video that reeled in hip-hop label Def Jam.

Saudi calls to arrest 'sugar candy' female rapper draw ire

Apo - Official calls to arrest a Saudi female rapper who appeared in a music video has sparked an online backlash with many calling the move hypocritical as the kingdom invites Western women to perform.

Review: Adam Lambert announces 'Comin in Hot,' showcases rap skills Special

On June 18, Grammy-nominated pop sensation Adam Lambert announced that he will be releasing a new single "Comin in Hot."

French rappers set date for 2m-euro cage fight

Paris - Two feuding French rappers have said they will settle their differences with a two million-euro cage fight in Switzerland in December.

Grammy-nominated US rapper Nipsey Hussle shot dead: reports

Washington - Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot dead in the US city of Los Angeles on Sunday, US media reported.

'I will drink your blood': French rappers take feud to ring

Paris - Two feuding French rappers have sparked hilarity on social media by vowing to settle their differences in the ring.

Thai rappers cause stir with anti-junta lyrics

Bangkok - A group of Thai rappers has touched a nerve with an impassioned and now-viral music video lobbing fiery rhymes at the ruling junta, as police mull filing charges against the lyricists.

'We've got the power!' In DRC, rap moves to take on rumba

Apo - It is a conflict at once cultural, generational and political: rap music in DR Congo is staging a frontal assault on rumba, accusing its ageing stars of only singing of love and other banalities.

French Muslim rapper calls off shows at Bataclan after protests

Paris - A French rapper known for his provocative pro-Muslim lyrics said Friday that he would cancel two upcoming concerts at the Bataclan, where 90 people were shot dead when jihadist gunmen stormed the venue during the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris.

Musicians flee Libya for 'right to rap'

A group of rappers who say they had to flee Libya for their art were on their way to Italy Wednesday after being rescued by a charity boat.

Qveen Herby talks new solo music, digital transformation Special

R&B and rap star Qveen Herby chatted with Digital Journal about her new musical venture. Front-woman Amy Noonan was previously one half of the musical duo Karmin.

Italian rapper Fedez gets beaten by neighbor who breaks his jaw

Milan - Italian rap music star and Italian X-Factor TV host Fedez got in a brawl with his neighbor for seemingly futile reasons. The man savagely beat down the Italian star, who has been hospitalized with a broken jaw.

Moldovan rappers chime with protests over elite graft

Chisinau - Mani is a TV producer by day, but in his "second life" the business management graduate dresses up as a mobster to rap about corruption among Moldova's ruling elite.

Review: Public Enemy return to London in beat-tastic style Special

London - Veteran musicians Pubic Enemy returned to London to deliver a powerful, political infused set, made up of classics and some new tunes. The set reminded this reporter how cutting edge and relevant hip-hope once was.

Pope's rapper stance sends Twitter in a flurry

Vatican City - He conquered the United States in September, is just back from a hugely successful trip to Africa ... and now Pope Francis is an unlikely inspiration for rappers around the world.

'Straight Outta Compton' plays well to all demographics

UPDATE: With the actual figures coming in Monday (Aug. 17) for the box office, it looks like "Straight Outta Compton" made $60.2 million.

Op-Ed: A Tribe Called Red make their Pan Am Games debut Special

Toronto - Last night A Tribe Called Red made their Pan Am Games debut, although the crowd that spent their evening listening to A Tribe Called Red’s heart thumping electronica beats, in the heart of Pan Am madness, wasn’t your typical hip-hop/ electronica crowd

The Lacs talk new album 'Outlaw in Me' and future plans Special

Clay Sharpe from the country-rap group The Lacs chatted about their newest studio album "Outlaw In Me" and their future plans.

Review: A different kind of Kendrick Lamar with new album

I Just finished listening to rapper Kendrick Lamar's “To Pimp a Butterfly" and realized it's a jazz record. I thought jazz was dead, and then some rapper just revived it after 30+ years of rigor mortis. Wow!

Musical 'Holler if Ya Hear Me' related to Tupac bombs on Broadway

New York City - After a rocky start the musical "Holler if Ya Hear Me" has failed on Broadway. The public simply was not interested in hearing a different take on the music of Tupac Shakur.

Iggy Azalea breaks Billboard record with 'Fancy'

Rapper Iggy Azalea spends her sixth consecutive week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts with her single "Fancy," and she shatters a record doing so.

Don't Try This At Home: Meet Queens rapper Heartbreak Julio Special

New York - Born in Flushing, New York in 1987, Queens emcee Heartbreak Julio has been vying for hip-hop's world title since his friend Donnie Dozens schooled him to the game at the young age of 15.

Rapper Phife releases '#dearDilla' in honor of J Dilla

New York - A Tribe Called Quest rapper Phife Dawg paid tribute to his late friend J Dilla Tuesday when he dropped the song "#dearDilla."

Rapper Dan Bull takes us through 5,000 years of human achievement

Dan Bull, with all the grace of a hardcore poet, releases another awing installation of his Epic Rap series with his new song, "Civilization."

Jay-Z leads Grammy nominations with 9

After award nominations are handed, out come the stories of snubs and misses. However, with the Grammys, can one really tell?

Video: Woman describes knife attack by Golden Dawn supporters

A young Greek woman describes a knife attack in the street on the day after anti-fascist rapper, Pavlos Fyssas, was murdered by Golden Dawn supporters. Her crime was wearing an anti-fascist T-shirt.

Shady Records launches Shady Films

Detroit - Eminem's Shady Records has officially announced a major expansion of their label as they will be now be venturing into film production with Shady Films.
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