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21 Savage donates $25K for legal aid for detained immigrants

Jun. 14, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage has given $25,000 to the Southern Poverty Law Center after the watchdog organization helped him while he was in federal immigration custody earlier this year. The rapper, whose real name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested Feb. 3 in what U.S....

Nick Cannon to host morning show on LA radio station

Jun. 14, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Cannon is coming to radio. Meruelo Media on Friday announced the rapper, comedian and actor is joining Los Angeles hip-hop radio station Power 106 as host of its morning show. "Nick Cannon Mornings" launches Monday from 5 to 10 a.m. In a statement, Cannon says he's honored for the...

Missy Elliott, in tears, gets inducted into Songwriters Hall

Jun. 14, 2019 2:18 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Missy Elliott, the creative mastermind who has written hit songs for a number of female acts and created camaraderie among women in the music industry for more than two decades, felt the love back from her musical sisters as she became the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters...

New York City street named for rapper Notorious B.I.G.

Jun. 10, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City street has been named for rapper Notorious B.I.G. Community members and elected officials gathered in a downpour on Monday at the intersection of St. James Place and Fulton Street. Rapper Lil' Kim — embracing the event's themes of social justice and making a...

Rapper Scarface running for city council in Houston

Jun. 10, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A member of the iconic rap group the Geto Boys is hoping to trade beats and rhymes for politics. Scarface, whose real name is Brad Jordan, announced over the weekend that he plans to run for a Houston City Council seat. The Office of the City Secretary confirmed Monday that Jordan had filed...

Country music fans erupt for Lil Nas X at CMA Fest

Jun. 10, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rapper Lil Nas X may have been deemed not country enough by Billboard, but he got plenty of support from country music fans and artists when he made his debut CMA Fest performance. Fans were chanting for "Old Town Road" about an hour before he appeared on the CMA Fest stage in...

Rapper Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys dies at 52

Jun. 10, 2019 2:31 AM EDT

Bushwick Bill, the diminutive, one-eyed rapper who with the Geto Boys helped put the South's stamp on rap with hits like "Mind Playing Tricks On Me" and "Six Feet Deep," died on Sunday at the age of 52, according to his publicist. Dawn P. told The Associated Press that the rapper died Sunday at 9:35 p.m., local...

Publicist: Geto Boys' Bushwick Bill is critically ill

Jun. 9, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Representatives of pioneering rapper Bushwick Bill say he is hospitalized in critical condition but still alive, contrary to some reports. Bill's publicist, Dawn P., told The Associated Press that the rapper is on a ventilator at a Colorado hospital. She says hospital officials confirmed...

Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' inspires autistic boy to sing

Jun. 8, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta rapper's take on country music has inspired a mostly nonverbal autistic boy in Minnesota to sing. Lil Nas X has found huge success with the song, "Old Town Road." It has sparked controversy , spawned a clothing line, made the rapper a household name and got his collaborator Billy...

Indiana officer apologizes for blackface Halloween costume

Jun. 5, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana police captain has apologized for a blackface Halloween costume and his department plans to update sensitivity training following the disclosure. The News and Tribune reports it was recently made aware of Facebook photos showing Clarksville Capt. Joel DeMoss, a...